A child appears larger than an adult in the Ames room

Under 7s

Glasgow Science Centre for Under-7s

While our Big Explorer exhibit is temporarily shut, there is still lots to do at Glasgow Science Centre for the wee ones and here are some suggestions that are especially suitable for under 7s to explore.


Floor 1

The Space Zone on Floor 1 is a great area for young space cadets, and at the Gravity Well they can explore how our mini-planets orbit the Sun.

The floating head illusion

Our Question of Perception exhibition is full of mind-bending illusions including: an Ames Room where smaller visitors might suddenly appear to dwarf their adults; a Floating Head Illusion which makes for a great photo opportunity; and our exhibits such as the Zoetrope, Praxinoscope, and Spinning Wine Glass will have them in awe of animation illusions.

There’s also music to be made at our wonderful Infrared Harp, and the answer to the question, How Does Sound Travel? You can also investigate the world of numbers and shapes in our Maths Zone, and tackle puzzles like The Tower of Brama. And how about testing the skill and understanding of balance at our Balance Table?


Floor 2

The memory path in Idea No59

Our brand new exhibition, Idea No.59 celebrates the innovative spirit in all of us, and has many interactive exhibits that young visitors can enjoy. Take on a robot at a game of Noughts and Crosses; work as a team at Team Snake; and test your memory in our exciting Memory Path.

The energy dance floor in Powering the Future

Our other large exhibition on Floor 2 is Powering the Future, which explores how energy underpins our modern lives, and features many family favourites. Test your stamina and dance moves on the Energy Dance Floor. Race cars at our Giant Scalectix track. Use your muscles to power gadgets at The Tower of Power. Or how about launching a Compressed Air or Hydrogen Rocket?


Floor 3

Covering the whole of Floor 3 is Bodyworks, and exhibition looking at the science behind health and wellbeing. The leg bone’s connected to the…? Do you know? Find out in our Skeleton Puzzle. There are other great body puzzles in Bodyworks, including a Torso Puzzle and a Brain Puzzle.

The reaction timer in BodyWorks

Test yourself to find out How high can you jump? And right next door to this exhibit test how softly you can jump, in Landing Gently!

Monkey bars are a lot of fun, and you can test your stamina in our Hang Time exhibit. There’s also a lot of excitement to be had when you compete with friends and family at our fast-paced Reaction Timer. And after all of that, check your heart-rate at How fast is your heart beating?


All photographs shown on this page were taken prior to temporary closure due to COVID-19. All visitors aged over 5 years old will need to wear a face mask during their visit. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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