W5 Interactive Discovery Centre Belfast – Review


Whilst planning our visit to Belfast we received lots of days out recommendations and one of them was the W5 Interactive Discovery Centre, which is situated in the Odyssey building in the Titanic Quarter.

W5 stands for Who, What, Where, When & Why and is a very accurate way of describing the award winning science centre.

The centre doesn’t look much from the outside, however, once inside it is four floors of fun, with over 250 interactive exhibits and 6 themed exhibition areas.

The fun starts on the ground floor, where the kids can attempt to make smoke rings, spin a marble sphere on water and even program their own robot.

Also on the ground floor is Spacebase, a multi-sensory activity zone for 3-11 year olds which combines soft play with space discovery.

On the first floor is the ‘MED-Lab’, where you can discover the fascinating world of pharmaceutical and biomedical science.

It is an amazing area, packed full of information about the human body and how it works. The kids loved a computer game where they pretended to be snot, trying to catch germs as they entered the body and looking at real life scans of the human body.

It is all aimed at children and gives them the information in ways that they understand it and even Hubby and I were fascinated and learned lots of new facts.

For younger children there is the chance to play a game of giant operation and listen to their heartbeat being played on a drum.

Sebby especially loved dancing in front of a huge screen and seeing a human body move like he did, but showing either the skeleton, the nervous system or the muscles.

The Discovery Zone is aimed at under 8’s and lets them get hands on with more simple experiments or play in the role play areas.

Go features exhibits exploring health, hygiene, genetics, geology, electric circuits, flight and forces.

Have you ever tried to get elevated on the pulley chair and pull yourself up using a 3, 4 or 5 pulley system……..it is harder than it looks!!

We had lots of fun trying out the lie detector machine, although was not sure how accurate the results were……….what was the question that gave this reaction?

See / Do gives you the chance to design and build structures, bring robots to life, make patterns and play virtual sports and it was here we saw our first show – Ice, which was a lot of fun and ended with the making of Steve – a frozen Bubble Monster.

In the middle of the building is Climbit, an unusual mixture of physical fun, exploration and art!

This huge multi-storey three dimensional sculpture specially designed for climbing, which is a cross between a maze and a jungle gym.

For half term, they had a very special exhibition – Gaia!

Gaia is a piece of touring artwork by Luke Jerran which features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real earth with each cm of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the earth’s surface and is a truly fascinating object to walk around.

If you are visiting Belfast with the family, I highly recommend a visit to W5, but be prepared to stay there all day, as there is so many fun things for the kids to see and do.

A Family Pass to W5 costs from £29.50 for 2 adults and 2 children and entry to the Spacebase play area is an extra £3.50 per child.

26 thoughts on “W5 Interactive Discovery Centre Belfast – Review

  1. This place sounds fantastic! We went at Christmas time as a couple but thinking of taking my boyfriends son with us next time. He’s 10 so the discovery centre would be the ideal place for us all to go as a family xxx

  2. Clare Minall says:

    What a brilliant place to take my kids. There so much things to do and see there. Seems like it would be a fun trip

  3. Anosa says:

    For the last few months we’ve been doing loads of interactive activities with my nephew so this would be the ultimate one.
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  4. Courtney says:

    Omg now this place looks like a total blast!! My daughter would have so much fun. So need to go!

  5. Louise says:

    Oh, wow! What an absolutely amazing centre to discover! My two would love it here for sure 🙂

    Louise x

  6. Stephanie says:

    My kids LOVE places like this, there is so much to do thats hands on and they learn so well this way

  7. Kirsty says:

    I think handsnof learning like this is a great way to get kids interested and involved with science. I love the different sections from space to the human body although pretending to be snot might not be for everyone!

  8. Oh wow how amazing does this look! It reminds me of Wonderlab at The Sience Museum in London which we love.

  9. Sarah Dee says:

    It looks really fantastic. So much to see and do. It reminds of London’s Science Museum. What a fab day out!

  10. wow, this place looks awesome! my son would have so much fun here
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  11. What a fun place to visit. We have a place like this in my town. My kids loved it.

  12. Looks very fascinating. I bet it was a fun experience for all.
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  13. That looks really good! It’s quite similar to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and my kids loved it

  14. Nati says:

    Oh my! so many amazing activities and fun things to discover! My children would be thrilled to visit this place!
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  15. Lauretta says:

    What an awesome place to spend your day with the kids. Who wouldn’t be thrilled with all those fun and educational activities?

  16. I got so tickled when I saw the photo of the boy laughing so hard. It is that kind of joy that we should aspire to!

  17. It sounds like a great place for a family day out, I think my children would be fascinated visiting somewhere like this x

  18. If we ever make it to Belfast this is on our list. It looks brilliant with so much to learn and do. Its made me realise we don’t take the kids to enough Science museums so I think I am going to plan one now for next weekend! Thanks for the inspiration

  19. Wow how impressive is this! It looks very high tech, with the scanner etc, a great way for kids to learn xx

  20. Rachel says:

    This looks like so much fun and so interactive. A great hands-on day out for kids (and adults too I reckon!) Love the ultrasound bit!

  21. Soniachic says:

    I’m so glad your kids have fun,learning about the human body that’s sound really great to me!
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  22. Even as an adult I love places like this where there’s lots to touch and feel x

  23. This looks like such a fun and educational place for the whole family!

  24. I love seeing kids having fun and getting interested in science, they don’t even know they are learning 😀

  25. What an amazing place. I much prefer interactive museams / centres than just look and point. So much better for retaining information. It’s a shame we are so far from Belfast.

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