Imagine That! Science and Discovery Centre
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What will students see and do?
From the moment you walk in the door with your students it’s easy to see why Imagine That! is a popular option for school science trips.
The building is divided up into several different spaces designed to target a different learning area. The tour begins in the Imagination Village, where students can engage in role-playing after they push the button on the pelican crossing. Here, your pupils can run a pizzeria, salon, supermarket or pet rescue. A theatre space offers a stage and backstage dress-up area, or pupils can get involved in a construction site.
The second area you enter is Artbeatz, where artists of all types can engage in traditional painting, create digital graffiti or bang out some music. You can also access the outdoor area from this section to explore the dino village and builders’ bootcamp. Pupils can even leave their mark on a real car using the provided paints.
Move from art to science in the Bright Sparks science zone, which is filled with more than 40 interactive exhibits where students can experiment with wind, electricity, magnets and lights. Enjoy a science show and snow workshop before having a splashing good time in the water area. Learn about solids and gasses with the dry-ice sensory show.
Your last stop is the Slime Factory where students can create the best slime and bath bombs in Liverpool. Learn the secrets of the trade, then pack up your goodies to take home.
There are more than 20 different workshops and shows presented each day, all designed to be fun and educational. The list of programmes changes each day. Contact the centre in advance to find out what shows and student workshops are available the day you visit.
Teaching resources provided
Contact the team to discuss the teaching resources available to support your visit.
Minimum and maximum group size
There is a minimum group size of 12 and a maximum of 50 children per group. There are a maximum of four groups permitted each day, and a school can hire the entire facility if they bring four groups together.
Details of risk assessment
The centre doesn’t provide a risk assessment publicly but can work with you to develop an assessment for your group before you come.
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School groups have private access to a special room in the back where you can eat packed lunches in the middle of your visit. This room can also be used for storing coats, backpacks and other gear.
There are two car parks outside the centre for cars and coaches.
Inside the first two zones, two cafes offer a coffee-shop-style menu with children’s meals, sandwiches, sweet treats and more. Both provide a range of options catering to allergies and food intolerances.
Toilets are available in each section of the centre.
Admission is by advance booking with three-hour timed entry sessions. Opening hours are from 9.30am-5.30 daily with staggered entry times.
Most school trips run from 10am-2pm.
For UK school trips, the minimum cost per group is £238.50 + VAT, which covers up to 30 children in your group. Any additional children are charged £7.95 + VAT per child up to the maximum of 50.
Your group will receive one free adult admission for every five children’s admissions. Additional adults are charged at £4.95 + VAT each.
You can reach Imagine That! by car, coach, bus or train. There is free parking on site.
The centre is located at the end of the Faraday Road (which is a cul-de-sac). The Number 139 bus stops inside the technology park just a five-minute walk from the centre.
A little further away are stops for several bus routes on Edge Lane, Wavertree Road, and Rathbone Road, including 6, 7, 14, 60, 61, 62, 78, and 79.
The train stops at Wavertree Technology Park Station, a ten-minute walk from the centre with one road crossing between. The station is on many lines into Liverpool, including Manchester Victoria, Preston and St Helens.
26-32, Faraday Road, Wavertree Technology Park, Liverpool, Merseyside
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