Snakes alive! Real creepy critters part of half-term fun at Magna

12 October 2012

Children can get up close to a witch's brew of real snakes, spiders, rats and other creepy crawlies as part of half-term fun at Magna Science and Adventure Centre.

Staff from Animals In-Tuition, which runs animal workshops across the region, will be at Magna to thrill kids with Halloween-themed sessions featuring a range of spooky critters. Also planned is a series of workshops run by Magna in which children can learn how to make their own gruesome slime.

Visitor services manager Richard Smith said:  “Any parents looking for ideas to keep their children entertained this coming half-term should think about a trip to Magna as we’ve put together a programme that we think will really appeal to a range of age groups. Of course we’ll be in the Halloween spirit with plenty of pumpkins and scary decorations but there are other activities and events lined up too.”

Magna is housed in the former Templeborough steelworks which were once the biggest in the world. Run as a charity, the attraction aims to inspire interest in science as well as preserve the history of the area’s steel industry. Magna’s four pavilions are on a theme of earth, air, fire and water, and visitors can see the works’ original arc furnace roar to life through dramatic special effects. It also has an outdoor play area, Sci-Tech, which is open all-year round.

The half-hour Animals In-Tuition workshops take place daily between 10am and 3.30pm from October 29th to November 2nd and cost £2 per handler. The slime workshops will be held every day from October 26th to November 2nd, also between 10am and 3.30pm.  Cost is £1 per child while adults and under-4s are free. Families can book for all workshops on the day at the information desk. 

On Halloween itself, October 31, there will be free entry to Magna for children who are dressed up and accompanied by an adult. 

Half-term will be a last chance to see the unique ‘Giants of the Infinitesimal’ exhibition of sculptures which bring the tiny world of nanoscience to life. Top scientists have worked with artists to explore nanotechnology which deals with matter, structures and molecules just billionths of a metre across. On October 27th, some of the scientists involved in the project will be on hand to chat to visitors and Magna is hosting activities relating to nanoscience including building molecules. Activities for older children and adults include zip wire rides and behind-the-scenes steel tours.

Finally on November 4th, Magna will be the venue for a one-off performance by over 50 experimental vocal performers including Sheffield’s Juxtavoices group. Tickets for the lunchtime show, called ‘Node/Flow/Mass’ are £5 and available on the day.

Full day tickets to Magna include entry to the indoor attraction as well as Sci-Tek, or families can pay to just visit the outdoor play area. All full tickets include a further 12 months’ free entry.

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The Templebrough steelworks were built during World War One and shut in 1993. They remained derelict until being transformed into an award-winning visitor attraction in 2001. 

Magna has four pavilions on a theme of air, earth, fire and water, which house over 100 interactive exhibits, and it also boasts outdoor and water play areas. The centrepiece Big Melt uses stunning pyrotechnic and audio techniques to recreate steel making using a huge original electric arc furnace. Magna is open daily, from 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm.  Magna also plays host to all kinds of events and exhibitions and offers a range of corporate and party facilities.

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