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6 science and tech activities for curious young minds around Ireland - from defying gravity to deep sea science

You might even learn a thing or two yourself.

Image: Explorium/Facebook

DOES YOUR LITTLE one fancy themselves as the next Albert Einstein or Marie Curie?

There are plenty of ways to nurture their interest outside of school and home, from one-off STEM events to year-round locations.

Learn about the depths of the ocean, defy gravity or get to grips with coding, for a day out where everyone is sure to learn something new. Here’s what’s on around Ireland right now…

DUBLIN

Explorium: A brand new day out for families, Explorium opened its doors for the first time earlier this month. With over 300 interactive science and sports activities, there’s a ‘gravity room’, a bed of nails and even a giant hamster wheel for adventurous little ones, while there are also plenty of events for the younger members of the family too.   

Suits: all ages. When: Monday-Sunday. Where: Backglen Road, Sandyford. Costs: price varies depending on choice of activity. Find out more information here.

Imaginosity: Known as Dublin Children’s Museum, Imaginosity is spread over three floors and features 19 educationally designed interactive exhibit spaces, including an eco floor and a doctor’s surgery for would-be medical experts. Booking in advance is strongly advised. 

Suits: up to 9 years. When: Tuesday-Sunday. Where: The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin 18. Costs: adults €8; children (3 years +) €8; toddlers €6; babies €2. Find more information here.

BELFAST

Northern Ireland Raspberry Jam Science Festival: From computer programming to inventing a new gadget, there’s something for everyone at Raspberry Jam events. All equipment is provided, and there are activities available for attendees of all skill sets.

Suits: 6 years +. When: the second Saturday of every month, excluding July and August. Where: School of Maths and Physics Teaching Centre, Queens University. Costs: free. Find out more information here. 

CORK

Blackrock Castle Observatory: Explore space, hear about what (or who) exists on other planets or try your hand at star gazing in the planetarium. Adults and children will find plenty to pique their curiosity here.

Suits: all ages. When: Monday-Sunday. Where: Castle Road, Blackrock. Costs: €7 for adults, €5 for children aged 5-14 years, free for children under 5. Find out more information and book here.

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GALWAY

Sea Science at Galway City Museum: Delve deep into the ocean at The Wild Atlantic Exhibition at Galway City Museum, where you’ll explore the depths of the ocean and learn about the wonders of our marine world. 

Suits: all ages. When: Tuesday-Saturday. Where: Spanish Parade, Galway. Costs: free. Find out more information here.

OFFALY

Science Centre at Birr Castle: Visit the Science Centre at Birr Castle to learn about the wonders of early photography, engineering and astronomy, and see the centre’s giant telescope (which was once the largest in the world).

Suits: all ages. When: Monday-Friday. Where: Rosse Row, Birr. Costs: adults €9; children (5-16 years) €5; free for four years and under. Find out more information here.

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