For active minds - 7 interactive destinations in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:29 31 March 2015

National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

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Keep the kids’ minds active during the school holidays by visiting these interactive venues

National Coal Mining Museum
This deeply interesting museum provides visitors with a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground to one of Britain’s oldest working mines. It also offers exciting experiences whilst providing a genuine insight into the hard-working lives of miners through the ages.
01924 848806


This is a truly unique place for families, where children aged 0-11 are inspired to learn about themselves and the world around them through play and experimentation. The newest gallery – All About Me – cost almost £3m and took three years of development to create a marvellous ‘hands-on, minds-on’ space designed to get children thinking about how their bodies work and how, even though we take everyday things for granted, they are miraculous things.
01422 330069


The World of James Herriot
Where else can you stick your hand up a plastic cow’s whatsit and pull a bad tooth from the ginormous mouth of a fake horse? It’s got to be the wonderful World of James Herriot, the UK’s favourite vet.
01845 524234


York’s Chocolate Story
Telling the sweet story of York’s foodie roots, this city centre museum provides an entertaining and informative guided tour of all things chocolatey. You’ll discover its origins, how to make it and some surprising secrets about your favourite treats.
0845 498 9411


National Media Museum
Situated at the heart of Bradford, UNESCO City of Film, the National Media Museum is home to more than 3.5 million items of historical interest. It also has interactive galleries that put visitors in the picture (literally) and an impressive IMAX cinema screen.
0844 856 3797


Thackray Medical Museum
Kids love a bit of gruesomeness and gore, which is why they love this marvellous medical museum adjacent to St James’s Hospital in Leeds. The Life Zone is a particular hit with younger children.
0113 244 4343


Magna Science Adventure
This Rotherham-based adventure centre is packed with interactive exhibits to help you discover the wonders of science and the laws of nature.
01709 720002

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