Back in April, We The Curious was forced to close unexpectedly due to a fire on the roof. Repair works mean that the building won’t reopen until at least January next year.

The exhibits, labs and performance spaces might all be out of bounds for now, but the team at We The Curious are determined that doesn’t mean the fun needs to stop. And neither does their work as a charity.

Here’s how you can still enjoy their unique take on creative science experiences this #SummerInBristol.

Parent and child exploring colourful exhibit at We The Curious
Image credit - Lisa Whiting

Free activities outside on Anchor Square

Every weekend of the summer holidays (11am to 4pm, weather permitting), you can find the Live Science Team outside We The Curious for pirate-themed raft-building challenge, ‘Sink or Swim’.  Design and test your floatation device and see if your creation can survive the voyage back from Treasure Island.

There’ll also be several free special events over the coming weeks. Look out for Tsala, a prototype robotic elephant toy from Bristol-based robotics company AniBotics, who’ll be visiting to find out if robotic animals could help us connect with nature (10-12 August), and ‘Boxville’ an exciting make-along performance from Theatre Designer, Sam Wilde (10 September).

Girl smiling playing with We The Curious activity
Image credit - Dan Watkiss

Let’s Build festival fun

Drop by the We The Curious tent at some of this summer’s city festivals, including Bristol International Balloon Fiesta and Hoo-ha! Festival at Bristol Beacon, for some creative time-out building amazing structures inspired by what you see around you.

Parent and child doing We The Curious building activity
Image credit - Lisa Whiting

Flower Power

Bristol supports a huge wealth of biodiversity – everything from rare plants found in the Avon Gorge to foxes, skylarks and water voles. Find the Live Science Team at an event near you to chat bees, butterflies and learn how to make a ‘seed bomb’ to help these vital pollinators. You can join in with this activity as part of The Canopy Project at The Galleries on 24 and 25 August.

Flower power activity at We The Curious
Image credit - Lisa Whiting

Scribble-bots pop-ups

Head indoors for free workshops at Junction 3 Library (24 August), Hillfields Library (27 August) and St. Paul’s Library (31 August) and have a go at making your own creative little robot from the We The Curious box of art scraps and electronics (spaces limited, contact the library for details).

Mum and child doing We The Curious activity
Image credit - Lee Pullen

What’s next?

Opportunities to get creative, explore questions and test out ideas will continue into the autumn.

Teams from We The Curious will be visiting schools for a series of takeover days, featuring practical workshops, discussions and experiments.

Expect to see more intriguing activities and free events coming to Millennium Square, including a week of focus on climate action during October half term.

Child playing with Project What If exhibit at We The Curious
Image credit - Lisa Whiting

About We The Curious

We The Curious is the South West’s largest science centre – a place to learn, play, create and test things out. It’s also home to the UK’s only 3D Planetarium.

The centre is expected to be closed until at least January 2023 for repair work.

Sign up to the We The Curious mailing list for updates on reopening and details of free events and activities taking place this summer and autumn.

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