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Festive fun for the whole family at Life Science Centre

Posted on Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Festive fun for the whole family at Life Science Centre

Life Science Centre is offering a jam-packed programme of events over the festive period, with highlights including the blockbuster exhibition ANIMAL INSIDE OUT and Life’s ever-popular outdoor ice rink.

Always a family favourite, Life’s ice rink will be spreading the festive cheer in Times Square as visitors skate to a soundtrack of Christmas tunes.

On Saturday 17, Sunday 18 and Saturday 24 December (Christmas Eve), Life will also be hosting a very special guest: tucked away in his grotto just behind the ice rink, Santa Claus will be meeting and greeting young visitors between 11.00am and 3.00pm. Visits to Santa are free of charge*, and booking is not required, although visitors may have to queue for a short while. After all, it is one of Santa’s busiest times of year!

Inside the Science Centre it’s the last chance to see the spectacular ANIMAL INSIDE OUT exhibition before it leaves on 8 January. Featuring more than 100 real animals and specimens that have been preserved using plastination, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT offers visitors a unique look under the skin of some on nature’s most amazing creatures, including an elephant, giraffe and even some reindeer.

For younger visitors, Life’s state-of-the-art planetarium will be showing Little Bear goes North , alongside Edge of Darkness – an exploration of the deepest regions of space – for older visitors. Science Theatre show Weird Nature will be taking a look at the oddest creatures in the natural world, and thrill-seekers can hop on the 4D Motion Ride** - currently showing Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – to enjoy rollercoaster-style seats along with plenty of special effects. Who knows, there might even be some snow too…

Julia Hankin, Marketing and Communications Director at Life said: “Our ‘one ticket gets you everything’ policy means you can take advantage of the range of exhibitions and activities inside the Science Centre – there’s something for everyone. If you haven’t seen ANIMAL INSIDE OUT yet, we’d highly recommend it. We’ve had phenomenal reviews and it’s only here until 8 January.”

Please note - Separate prices apply to skating and Science Centre admission. See for more info.

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT was made possible through cooperation with zoos and various university veterinary programmes. No animal was killed or harmed for this exhibition.

•Booking is not required for the rink; skaters can turn up on the day and purchase their tickets at the main Science Centre. Christmas Eve is the only day on which booking is required for skating and all spots are currently sold out. Limited tickets may be available on the day, but queues are likely.

•*Visits to Santa are free of charge. A gift from Santa costs £4.00 and is optional. This event is for under 7s.

•**For safety reasons you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the Motion Ride.

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About Life

The Centre for Life is a pioneering science village based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne where scientists, researchers, doctors and nurses work alongside people in the fields of education, public engagement and business.

Now established as one of the most successful of the country's 14 landmark Millennium projects, Life is an independent and self-funding charitable trust with a robust business plan that eliminates reliance on public funding for its operating costs.

Almost 600 people from 35 countries work on site. What unites everyone is a passion for science.

Life's mission is to be the best place in the UK for enthusing and engaging everyone in science and to provide support and state-of-the-art facilities on site so that world class scientific research in medicine can flourish.

On site partners include Newcastle University, who chose Life as the location for its Institute of Genetic Medicine; the NHS Newcastle Fertility Centre; the NHS Northern Genetics Service and several young and vibrant biotechnology companies.

At the heart of the science village is the Life Science Centre which attracts around 250,000 visitors per year. As well as a family audience, Life's public engagement programme attracts a broad audience to its edgy evenings combining cocktails and science; stimulating lectures; and special sessions for pre-schoolers and teenagers. Life also provides the largest schools' science workshop programme in any European museum or Science Centre.

Information is updated regularly on our website.