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Fun at Magna Science Adventure Centre

Today we went to Magna Science Adventure Centre. We went for the first time in January (you can read about it here) and the entry ticket is valid for a year, so being back in Sheffield again the kids were keen to go.

When we got there we were told about the new exhibition, all about sound. We went to look round this first and had fun making different sounds with different instruments.Magna 1After the sound exhibition we went into the main centre and went into the Earth Pavilion. The kids had been talking about this for days and were really looking forward to using the diggers and blasting the rocks again! We spent a good 45 minutes working in the quarry!Magna 2After a picnic lunch outside, we went back in and had a look round the Water pavilion. This had changed slightly since we were there in January and they now have a water cycle display, which I thought was really good but I don’t think the kids even looked at! The kids had a great time playing in the water.Magna 3After indoor water play we headed outside to Aqua-Tek and Sci-Tek. These outdoor areas were closed in January so we had left plenty of time for the kids to play today.

Thomas went straight into Aqua-Tek and had a wonderful time splashing, running and jumping through the water and spraying water cannons. Ben went in for a few minutes but he had spotted a sand pit in Sci-Tek, so this is where he wanted to be! Jasmine didn’t want to get wet today so she played in the sand as well. Ben also explored some of the climbing frames and slides.Magna 4When Thomas had finished in Aqua-Tek we all went further down the playground in Sci-Tek and found more to explore. Even Gordon had a go at some of the climbing!Magna 5We had a great day at Magna again today, and especially liked the outdoors areas. I can see it becoming a regular place to visit when we are in Sheffield!

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Magna Science Adventure Centre

We are currently in Sheffield for a few days, staying with Grandma and Grandad (my parents). We have played in the snow (which is much deeper than at home!) and visited my Nana (my mum’s mum, bringing 4 generations together) and then today we went to Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.

Opened in 2001, Magna is located in an old steel mill. It is split into 6 pavilions; Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Aqua-Tek and Sci-Tek. Aqua-Tek and Sci-Tek are outdoor zones and only open March to October so we didn’t see these today.

We started in the Fire Pavilion. We actually had some drama getting there because you have to walk through the relics of the original foundry to reach the pavilions and the kids were all quite scared of how dark it was! Add to that the noise coming from “The Big Melt”, a pyrotechnic and audio display of the steel making process, and it made for quite a authentic experience!

So we reached “Fire” and already had 3 children who weren’t sure they wanted to stay! We started off watching an ice crystal melt, did some metal casting and tried a heat conduction experiment. Thomas, at least, started to enjoy himself! We watched an electric arc in action, pressed lots of buttons and watched the Fire Tornado!

Fire Tornado at MagnaNext we moved on to “Air”. As you step out of the lift you see the Cloud Rings display. This was a great introduction to this pavilion and ¬†everyone enjoyed having a go. Finally, Jasmine and Ben thought it would be OK to stay!

Making Smoke RingsInside this pavilion we played with an Air Cannon, made music with bottles, hammers and bells, watched sound waves travel along a tube and blew into an Air Tornado to watch it collapse and reform.

After lunch we headed for “Earth.” Everyone was looking forward to this because they have life-size JCBs to control! After several minutes of diggers, the kids found the Quarry experience and spent a long time blasting, collecting “rocks” in wheelbarrows and grading them on the Rock Sorter.

Lastly, we went into the “Water” pavilion. Here we found out our weight in water, navigated boats through Canal Locks, made waves and squirted water canons. Oh, and got very, very wet!




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