Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham

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#3 of 9 in Childrens Museums in Yorkshire
Magna Science Adventure Centre brings the sciences to life for children. Located in an old steel mill, the science center divides its exhibits into four element-themed pavilions: earth, air, fire, and water. Kids learn about the laws of physics on the elaborate outdoor playground, which is one of the largest in the UK. In summer, kids can splash around the wet park. Indoors, numerous interactive and hands-on displays help young visitors understand and explore the laws of nature. Every hour, on the hour, the center pays tribute to its heritage with "The Big Melt," a spectacular demonstration of steel production in an electric arc furnace. To learn more about steelworks, you can take a guided tour. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rotherham trip simple and quick.
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  • We visited in the school holidays 2 adults and 3 children aged 4,5, and 6. We paid £42 but would have been more if we'd not had a voucher. Not well signposted inside and actually took us a while to ge...  more »
  • My daughter had been years ago and said how good it was so 10 of us went, 6 adults, 4 children for my birthday treat. Things had really deteriorated. We really tried to make the best of it but 1 of th...  more »
  • It's great that you can purchase your ticket and use it for 12 months, including the outdoor play area and aqua park. On the downside a lot of the hands on experiments inside are broken or don't work,...  more »
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  • Magna is an awesome experience for both kids and adults. From the moment you step in to the main building, the scale of the whole place is mind-boggling. Interactive guides explain the workings of the ex-steel works, and the hourly "Big Melt" tries to convey what it was like when the works was functioning with a noisy display of fire and fireworks. Dotted around the works are four pods containing science exhibits with the themes of air, water, earth and fire. These are chock-full of fun experiments for the kids to do and amazing sights like the fire tornado, equipment like real working JCB diggers you can operate in the Earth section, and splashy fun in the water section. Outside there is a large play area with a water park, so bring the kids' swimsuits if the weather is good. There is so much here that it's hard to fit it all in one day. It is a brilliant day out.
  • Fantastic place in and out when weather permits. Educational and fun. A bit dark inside but I'm sure no one would object to taking a torch.
  • We visited in August 2017 and were pleased with our experience. The site is split into 4 zones (fire, air, water and earth. Of the 4, we found the fire zone the most fun. The fire tornado in particular is very impressive. The building alone is unlike anything you will have seen before (unless you used to be a steelworker), and entering the main hall is breathtaking. Whilst our 2 children (6 and 10) coped well, a few younger kids were scared by the darkness and strange noises. Also, the main hall can be a little cold, but nothing that a jumper won't cover. Parking is free, and the outdoor play area and water park are a fantastic addition. I hope that the owners keep up with the maintenance and cleaning to make sure the current standard doesn't drop. Also, new exhibits would be good over the next few years to encourage repeat visits.
  • Magna is a great place to go and is suitable for adults as well as children. I've been here when I was younger and recently as an adult and still has lots of joy and fun. Learnt loads! Some exhibits are looking worn but still bring tonnes of enjoyment and learning. Most probably a half day thing for adults, but may be more an all-day for children as you could spend hours playing at the different areas. Fully Recommend!
  • My daughter had her 7th birthday party here today. What an absolutely Fantastic day. The children went all around the venue, played in all the various parts and had so much fun. The party host was brilliant she was very informative and very involved. Food was freshly made, good variety and delicious ( kids ate almost everything there!) we added the slime and bubbles extra to the party! This is a must the faces on the children was priceless and extremely well priced for the experience. All in all I would say the best party I've attended/hosted. Definitely recommend and a different to all the rest!! Couldn't fault anything. Plenty you of time and not rushed we went over our time but this was not a problem as they ensured we got exactly what we paid for. To End off the party bags were great ( I added a few sweet but was plenty there) and everyone got to get a wristband to play outside for unlimited time after. All in all great value for money and children never board or restless. Defo be back again!! Well done Magna keep up the fabulous work xxx
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