When you think of a big day out with the kids you don’t usually think of something educational. In fact, after five seemingly endless days at school during the week, even posing the idea of learning to kids may well cause a crying fit all on its own. Yet not all learning is equal, sure being talked at for an hour in a classroom or having to work from a textbook is far from most people’s idea of excitement, but what if there was a better way? Granada’s Science Park intends to be that second option, a way to teach audiences young and old about the scientific methods and laws of the universe and to do so in a way that actually brings a smile to faces instead of sad frowns of boredom.
At the heart of Granada this giant white spread of geometry separates the endless sea of magnolia high-rise buildings, it looks exciting before you even step inside, like a not so secret base for a team of superheroes. The only real problem with this huge place is that the exhibitions cover almost all of its 70,000 square metres, which simply means – where do you start? Parents may want to organise a route beforehand in order to keep kids from immediately scattering in all directions upon entering.
With a focus on health and life the trip to the human body pavilion showcases interesting and insightful pieces that reveal how many of our functions work. Here you will immediately be left marveling at the bone structures of several animals as you observe the skeletons suspended from the ceiling. This is not simply showing how they are put together but also showing visitors first hand the proportions from one animal to the next. Inside cabinets here kids will love to see the guts of the preserved people here as well as the focuses on each system the body has.
At the centre of the science park is the biosphere. This are is dedicated to life on our planet and has so many parts and interactive pieces that you may feel like you have had a full museum experience in this area alone. Understand the parts of the earth, soil, rocks and fossils that you can pick up and examine. See through vivid pictures and live creatures how different species live amongst each other as well as seeing examples of evolution, and even look through the eyes of a fish with their piranha camera.
The Stars and Beyond
If you stick around until later on you can enjoy the nighttime exhibitions at the planetarium. Here you can see the stars, distant planets and get a great view of the moon using the varying equipment here. Their observatory tower offers a fantastic view out over the city alone but also allows for an ideal spot to use telescopes for assessing the night sky. These are simply a handful of the amazing spaces here so depending on how into science you are, your trip to the museum here could last all day and lead right into the night.