Want to find a way of keeping the kids entertained for hours, at the same time as perhaps learning something yourself? Want to find it in the heart of Cardiff Bay, just five minutes’ walk from the train station? If the answer is yes, head for Techniquest interactive science discovery centre on Stuart Street in Cardiff.

The key to Techniquest, which was opened in its current site – formerly an engineering workshop – in 1995, is that it aims to teach about science and encourage further investigation, study and learning through interactivity, fun and hands on experimentation.

Techniquest is open throughout the year, seven days a week during the local school holidays, closing on a Monday during local term time. The museum has a plethora of hands-on, entertaining exhibits and displays. Highlights of the museum include a giant, hydraulic metal Welsh dragon, a digital planetarium offering stunning views of the stars and planets, no matter what the time of day, and an ever-changing roster of shows, demonstrations and exhibitions taking place throughout the museum and in the dedicated Techniquest Science Theatre.

Special treats include specific Toddler Days, with exhibits tailored to appeal to the under-fours, and After Hours night, when it’s the turn of the grown-ups to have all the fun over a glass of wine or two. While visiting, you can also stop for lunch in the café and treat yourself to a book, gift or science kit in the Techniquest shop.

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