We The Curious Bristol

We The Curious 

Overview: 

We The Curious in the centre of Bristol is a science centre and charity which has all sorts of different experiences, where you can interact with exhibits and take part in experiments.  They have numerous educational activities which everyone can interact with and gives you something you can get excited about, be part of and succeed in. They have disability,school trip and home educator sessions which we think is absolutely fantastic and really appealing for the location community and beyond.

Review by Vicky G: 

The best thing about We The Curious is the fact as a parent you feel “relaxed” as the kids can interact with everything and there is enough space and exhibits that everyone has a chance to do something and there is limited waiting time.  One thing our son struggles with is waiting and turn taking, so this venue was brilliant because he was able to do something all the time.  There were a few displays like the “robot” machine which required a bit of sharing but he was absolutely fine with this.

 

 

 

 

The kids really enjoyed the “building” play area which is fully enclosed and gives them a chance to do a bit of role play.  One suggestion would be to have a few sofas or chairs so you could sit and watch them.  We were with three children on the day we visited and they spent about 30 minutes building and playing in this area.  Finally, the animation filming screens were so much fun and accessible for all ages and abilities.

Prior to visiting I called the venue and they were really helpful with working out lots of information:

Tickets: The best ticket option which was cheaper was to get the normal family ticket and add the concession discount for a disabled child and the free assistance pass, which you can pre book and then pay on the day or book online. You can then go and collect the tickets from a separate desk which makes it easier and quicker.

Parking: We parked in the multi storey car park in the Millennium Square which was really easy to find and access the centre.

Busiest times:  They recommended that at weekends to arrive at 10am as they can get pretty busy.  We took this on board and we were one of the first families to arrive which meant we had lots of space to explore.

We The Curious is truly accessible to everyone as the amount of space between exhibitions, the variety of exhibits and activities made it so appealing to our son, and the friends we went with. At the main desk you can request eye defenders which we borrowed but we didn’t have to use them very much at all.  At the main entrance there are lockers which cost £1 (refundable) which means you can de-bag/de-coat everything.  Also, they have toilets (disabled and baby changing facilities) just as you enter into the museum on the ground floor, and another set on the first floor which is reachable via lift or stairs. They have main stream disabled toilets, however, these are large and spacious.

Within the venue they are an enclosed area where families can eat a picnic inside, and they also have a café (which is also open to the public) which sells hot drinks, cakes, sandwiches and snacks.  What we also liked was the fact you could come and go from the venue throughout the day.  If you decided to go somewhere else in the harbourside area you could then pop back into the science centre later.

They run “autism friendly” sessions where the venue opens between 9 – 10.30 and its quieter and the staff are available to help and assist families; and then opens at 10.30 for all other visitors. For further details are in the link below:
https://www.wethecurious.org/event/autismfriendlyearlyopening130119.

What I think is a great idea is the chance to go into the planetarium before a showing. This shows what such an inclusive venue We The Curious are and we are so glad they are recognising a need to support SEND in the community.