@Bristol for under-fives

Friday, 28 February 2014

@Bristol is celebrating its fourteenth birthday this year and as a destination for family days out its still up there as one of the leading Bristol venues. Like the young teen it is, @Bristol is packed with plenty of spirited fun, keen to entertain and make its mark on the world.

One of the things I love about @Bristol is the way the venue keeps re-inventing itself with a regular turn-over every few years of attractions and exhibits. As my children get older it’s great to hear their delight at a new display. 

With a science centre and charity at its heart, @Bristol is a big part of offerings for children in the city. While there is absolutely loads for all ages, here are my thoughts on the best @Bristol has on offer for under-fives.

Fun with Wallace and Gromit! On the first floor is the ‘Animate It!’ section where there are drawing areas to create your own Aardman pictures, plenty of crayons and paper to trace and colour pictures of Shaun the Sheep and other characters. 

There are animation stations for older children, but younger children will love the large spinning chamber (apparently called a Praxinoscope!) with a Morph character inside which shows how simple animation is put together.

The Planetarium area has special ‘Little Stars shows for fives and under, and the light beams near to its entrance make for a great place to little ones to explore.

Also on the top floor are a host of over-sized activities, including an area with huge lego blocks so you can build your own child sized house, huge bubbles and big musical instruments.

All About Us on the ground floor has interactive exhibits which allow children to discover how amazing the human body is, including body parts which can be taken apart and re-assembled!

Tiny Explorers on the ground floor is an area for the under eights and includes storytelling, dress up areas themed around an animal and jungle zone.

Apart from the extensive exhibits, there's a great cafe on the ground floor with a play area for toddlers, or a picnic area if you've brought your own food. There are also regular 'Toddler Takeover' days (check the website for the next one) which are full of fun for the under 5s.

@Bristol continues to get a big thumbs up from us as a family. It's constantly growing and changing and there's plenty of room for under-fives to explore and have fun while learning.


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