Under-fives can explore the senses of sight, touch, taste, hearing and smell in the roleplay medical centre. Crawl through the digestive system and find your way out down the poo slide in our exciting softplay area!

You will be guided by our five feel-good friends; Wise Eyes the Owl, Katrina the Caterpillar, Gnasha the Crocodile, Dr Ele the Elephant and Medi the Monkey.


Opening times:
10am–1pm & 1.30–4.30pm

One hour sessions run:
10–11am*, 11-12pm, 12-1pm, 1.30–2.30pm, 2.30–3.30pm, 3.30–4.30pm

Please note, Sparks! will not be open for pre-bookings on Monday 20th November.

* Please note, the 10-11am session is not available on Monday during term-time due to Story & Rhyme Time.

Under-fives go free when accompanying a visitor with an adult ticket to the museum – just tell our team you’d like to book a slot on your arrival.

Already have a museum ticket? This includes free access to SPARKS! but we’d advise booking a slot as soon as you arrive at the museum or by entering your pass ID and book a slot online.

If you don’t have time to visit the rest of the museum or just want to book a visit to SPARKS! You can pre-book a slot £2 per child.

Book a museum ticket

one year’s entry to the museum and includes free access to SPARKS!

Book a visit to SPARKS! only

does not include entry into the museum

How to use SPARKS!

Spaces are restricted to two adults per child maximum.

We have designed SPARKS! for children aged under five to play in. Please respect this to keep little ones safe.

Please leave buggies, changing bags and coats in the dedicated spaces outside the play area.

Please remove your shoes so that we keep the floor clean – adults too!

Please supervise your children in this area at all times.

Our museum café sells a range of delicious drinks, food and snacks for your family. During school holidays we also have indoor and outdoor picnic spaces available too.

Drinks with lids only please (we ask that no food is consumed within the SPARKS! area).