Eureka! Blog

Want to hear about what goes on behind the scenes at Eureka! as well as thought pieces and top tips from our team of Experts? Well look no further!

We’d love to hear your thoughts, whether we’re talking about hot topics such as childhood obesity or education, or simply sharing our day-to-day experiences and giving you a behind-the-scenes peek into life at Eureka!, so do comment on our blogs or get in touch if there’s something you’d like to share.

Guest Bloggers

We regularly feature blogs by guest writers who are experts in their field. If you’d like to contribute please email Sophie Ballinger or give her a call on 01422 330069.

 

The power of science fiction

Science fiction has fascinated me since I was a child. I’ve watched, read and played lots of different kinds of science fiction over the years and it’s entertained and even inspired me. My love of science fiction is one of, if not the biggest reason I was interested in science at school, did a degree in Chemistry and ended up working at a place like Eureka! Science fiction for me […]

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Twenty Five years of Eureka!

Twenty Five years of Eureka!

In 2017 Eureka! celebrates our 25th anniversary. While it’s a good time to remind ourselves of some of the key achievements of the charity, it’s also an exciting time to look forward to the plans we have to take Eureka! forward for a new generation of children. In 1992, when we opened, Eureka! was a pioneer in hands-on learning in the UK. Children’s museums were largely unheard of, and many […]

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Good will to ALL this Christmas

Is it just me, or did the shops start selling Christmas items even earlier than usual this year? Back in early October I’m sure I spotted some Christmas stock alongside the Halloween section in my local supermarket. And with all the talk of Black Friday sales and big brands launching multi-million pound advertising campaigns (H&M wins this year, for the record), it’s easy to get wrapped up in buying pressies, […]

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Look for the helpers: Exploring difficult topics with children

Look for the helpers: Exploring difficult topics with children

I recently had to help my seven year old understand the word ‘beheaded’, after he heard about this at school. A difficult conversation, especially when confronted with it with no prior warning or prep. At home we try and turn off the news if he’s in the room, but he often has questions having heard about world events, or media stories which other children have talked about, or which have […]

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Sticks and Stones: Why language is more powerful than you think

Sticks and Stones: Why language is more powerful than you think

“Sticks & stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, or so we’re taught as children. As adults however, we’ve learned that simply isn’t true. Whether carelessly dropped or intentionally thrown, words have the power to cause great pain. As part of my role as Inclusion Manager at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum I deliver training to our team (plus teams at other museums and attractions) around […]

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View from the Nursery

View from the Nursery

I’m Angela, and I have been an Early Years Practitioner here at Eureka! Nursery for 24 years. I’m a strong believer in the power of creativity and we know that it plays an active role in a child’s development. Infants and toddlers need to explore the world and develop a range of ways to communicate in order to express their ideas through art and design, and creative activities don’t just […]

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Why Pink Stinks (and blue, too)

Why Pink Stinks (and blue, too)

I was in the supermarket recently, hovering in the toy section as my three year old daughter announced that she wanted to spend her birthday money. She has always been a fan of Scooby Doo, so when I spotted a Mystery Machine I pointed it out and asked if she’d like it. Her reply was a simple “No Mummy. That’s for boys.” I won’t lie – my blood ran cold. […]

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Are you coming out to play?

Are you coming out to play?

Many of us used to hear the words “are you coming out to play?” regularly as kids, but children today are spending less time outdoors, in fact less time than any previous generation! So there has never been a more important time for parents and educators to make outdoor play a priority for the children in their lives.  It is one of the best things that we can do for […]

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