What is Techniquest?
One of the nicest parts of Techniquest is the staff. They are all so friendly and helpful and really seem enthusiastic about working there. Many are pretty young and are comfortable talking to kids and answering questions.
After spending an hour playing with everything from magnets to locks, lights and lungs it was time to head to the Science Theatre for the Bubbles and Blasts show. Now, I remember this show from previous visits and my youngest loved it just as much as my oldest had. What’s not to love about massive bubbles and watching stuff explode? After the show, which runs for half an hour and is quite interactive, it was back to the water part before spending time upstairs. All in all we were there for a good two hours before impending closing time and rumbling tummies drove us to the massive choice of restaurants around Mermaid Quay where we settled on Wagamamas for the “chomp sticks” (him) and speed of service (me).
Getting to Techniquest is easy whether you drive or take the bus or train to Cardiff Bay. There are also bike racks which I imagine are popular in summer because there are always families cycling around Cardiff Bay’s parks and paths. The Mermaid Quay carpark is directly across the road (pay and display) or you could also park by the Millennium Centre (pay when you exit) and walk the 10 minutes or so.
It is open every day from 10am (9.30am on some mornings during term time) with entry for adults costing £7 and children (4-16) costing £5. Family tickets are cheaper. We had such a good time yesterday I invested in a season pass. Because the cost of entry was refunded it worked out to be great value. You can find out more about the Friends Membership Scheme, which includes lots more than just free entry, here. I am not sure how many times we will go over the next year but I am certain it will be at least twice more so I’ll make a saving. If you want to see one of the Science Theatre or Planetarium shows make sure you book when you’re paying to go in. They are popular and fill up fast. One word of warning: do not go to Techniquest if you have a headache because it is loud in there. The massive open space coupled with loads of chattering children and dozens of noise-making activities (especially the musical ones upstairs) is not the environment to be if you are feeling a little delicate.
Cardiff Bay Attractions
While Techniquest is not a full day out, Cardiff Bay itself has plenty of other attractions, including several great parks, plenty of restaurants, the Doctor Who Experience, and boat trips. The Norwegian Church has a lovely cafe and often some sort of exhibition upstairs, and the Millennium Centre regularly runs free entertainment in school holidays and on weekends. It’s common to see families cycling and scooting on the flat wide path that circles the bay. Find out what’s on in Cardiff Bay here.