Eureka, describes itself as a children’s museum, and is located in Halifax, wear Yorkshire. We have never been there before but it has been on our “to do” list for ages!
We were thrilled when Little Pets Live invited us to join them their for the launch!
Little Pets Live are little birds and butterflies that your children can have as their own little pet!
The birds (which retail at £9.99 each) sing and chirrup away and are actually quite cute. They respond to touch and sing some lovely little tunes. They are also really soft to touch and stroke. You can also record yourself saying something to the bird (up to 10 seconds) and the little birdie repeats your words back. It is a bit like Talking Tom on the iPad so fans of this will love these little birds. I have to say this functionality has had mixed success with us but it really doesn’t spoil the fun and enjoyment. There are six different coloured birds to choose from. You can also buy a bird cage (£19.99) with two birds and a swing for them to perch on so you can take them with you on your travels.
The butterflies (retailing at £12.99) are really pretty colours (there are six to collect) and flap their wings when held in your hand. You can also attach them to the wall and I think they would look great on a child’s bedroom wall especially if they are a butterfly fan. You can also buy a butterfly house (£22.99) which comes with two butterflies and an extra flower pad charger.
We were given a pink bird to join our family and Noah immediately took it under his wing! He declared he was going to build a house for it and this is just what he did today (from an old cereal box and lots of tape!). The bird takes two AAA batteries which were really easy to fit and immediately the relationship was established! If this carries on I can definitely see more of these little birds making it onto his Christmas list. The birds (and butterflies) are excellent quality and really sweet.
We had a great time at the launch with face painting (butterflies and birds though Noah went for a dinosaur!), making butterfly sun catchers and colouring in sheets of the Little Pets Live characters followed by a delicious lunch of sandwiches, pizza, cake and fruit.
Then it was time to explore Eureka! Eureka is a fun, interactive and educational centre for the children aged to around 11 years.
The biggest hit for us has to be the “Living and Working Together” area which is divided into shop (M&S) complete with baskets, pretend food and cash registers; bank with an ATM and cards, vault, security cameras and a chair containing £1million; post office, garage and dig area exposing the underground pipes. There is also a house with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen etc explaining all the workings and mechanics. There really was endless amounts of role-play and I was starting to think we would never leave this area! The kids loved playing grown up and pretending to do the jobs they only ever watch in real life. It was brilliant and there was so much to learn and discover!
Upstairs there was more role play to be had in the “All About Me” section where you could write down all about yourself – how tall, how far you could step, stretch etc and also learn lots more about your body and role play being a doctor or dentist. Daddy loved being a patient so the boys could bandage him up! There was also a huge section on healthy living and exercise and so much more!
As well as everything in the museum – including a Sound Garden, Desert Discovery and Global Garden (we didn’t have time to see it all) there is a Wonder Walk, sandpit and play area outside and a train which is for picnickers.
We had an amazing time at Eureka and we were really impressed on what the museum had to offer. When you visit you can exchange your entry ticket for an annual pass at no extra cost which is fantastic if you live nearby as there is so much to take in a few return visits are definitely on the cards.
Thank you to Daisy and all the team at Eureka and Little Live Pets for organising such a brilliant day!