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London for kids: The Energy Show, Science Museum
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Yesterday we went to see, The Energy Show or in the words of the performers and not mine, the “Great British nerd off”. Promising lots of noise and explosions, it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Aimed at the 7 years plus audience, the ‘edutainment’ show is pretty entertaining, set in the future, and features two young female scientists Annabella and Phil who have failed their exams and been partnered together for one final try to pass. They have an assistant called Bernard who looks like a cross between Thomas Dolby and Andy Warhol. As you can see, the set is designed in a steam punk style as are the costumes for the performers which makes it engaging from the start.

So back to the plot, Annabella and Phil have to create a presentation which assesses the nine forms of energy which are, in no particular order:

  • Heat
  • Light
  • Electrical
  • Sound
  • Chemical
  • Magnetic
  • Kinetic
  • Potential
  • Nuclear

As the two girls are wildly different in personality; Annabella controlling and organised, Phil creative and erratic, there’s a lot of humour and banter involved. Also making an appearance is Einstein as a virtual assistant who covers off the clever stuff and explains the science of the various energies with fun animations.

A science show really does need to have live experiments throughout and this has them in buckets including one which sets bubbles on fire, a bunch of flowers frozen using liquid nitrogen and lots of very loud exploding balloons. As a family show it works really well for the under tens and teenagers, the audience all seemed engrossed in it throughout and there are quite a few laughs for the grown ups as well, especially Star Wars fans. If only science had been this much fun when I was growing up, I might not have been thrown out of physics for blowing up an ammeter.

There are some really fascinating smaller exhibits which are worth taking a look at including Health Matters which features a full-sized iron lung and lots of other medical and scientific developments such as the MRI scanner. Great fun for kids is the Launch Pad but it is really busy so best head over to the new 3D printing exhibition or the perennially popular Space travel area on the ground floor.

Tips for visitors:
It can take around 10 minutes to walk from the entrance to the IMAX box office and you still need to take escalators up to the show. If you’re coming by tube, you also need to factor in the long walk through the tunnel from the tube to the Science Museum itself.

You can expect to spend several hours in this museum, I swear it gets bigger every time I go there. There are plenty of things to do and the exhibitions change regularly which means going back once or twice a year will not disappoint.

For those of you with a big family in tow, there are plenty of places to stop and have a drink or snack. The Energy Cafe is in my opinion the nicest place there but there is still a family picnic area if you want to take your own food and drink.

Be patient when trying to travel between floors as the lifts are slow and packed, but you will get there in the end!

The show is on in the IMAX Theatre at The Science Museum in South Kensington. Tickets are pretty good value and about the same as a London cinema screen. The show lasts around 90 minutes.

Prices and packages:

Adult: £13.50
Child: £9.50

Family tickets
1 adult, 2 children: £27.00
2 adults, 1 child: £31.00
2 adults, 2 children: £39.00

Meal deal tickets (3 – 11 April only)
Adult: £21.50 (ticket + meal)
Pasta Primavera (v), salmon fish cake or pulled pork sandwich + soft drink
Child: £14.50 (ticket + meal)
Pasta Primavera (v), salmon fish cake or pulled pork sandwich, soft drink + a free scoop of ice-cream

13.30 ticket holders eat pre-show at 12.00–13.00
11.30 ticket holders eat post-show at 13.00–14.00

20% off for groups of 10+

Pupils: £7.00 and accompanying adults go free.

You can find out more about The Energy Show on the link.

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