The NI Science Festival has launched its sixth annual programme of 270 events across 90 venues throughout the country, packed with interactive workshops, funny demonstrations and dynamic shows suitable for children of all ages.

This year’s children’s events have expanded with more shows than ever before. The new ‘Create, Make, Play’ section in the festival programme in print and online features a range of hands-on workshops with a host of partners aimed at those with busy hands and curious minds; perfect for entertaining the kids over half term.

Chris and Xand Brains, Bugs & Body Parts

Book tickets to see Dr Chris and Xand van Tulleken’s live stage show at The MAC, Brains, Bugs and Body Parts (22 February). Known for their CBBC TV series Operation Ouch, the twin brothers will be performing crazy experiments and amazing facts as they explore the fascinating world of human biology and show what the body can do.

Operation Whippersnapper


Check out a local Belfast library to take part in science experiments in Hands- on Science with Science Starz (17 & 19 February) suitable for ages 5-11. At W5 anyone aged 6+ are invited to create drawings of their interpretation time in the creative workshop Thinking in Time (22 & 23 February). Children aged 8+ can test their skills at being a spy in Operation Whippersnapper at Crumlin Road Gaol (15 February).

Be amazed by the physics defying circus skills of Strong Women Science as the acrobatic duo reveal the science behind their incredible stunts at The MAC (18 February).

Returning family friendly favourites include Nick Arnold’s Horrible Science Lab part two in Derry~Londonderry (15 February) and Belfast (16 February); an interactive show ideal for kids that love the ‘yuck’ side of science. The Science of Harry Potter returns to various venues across Northern Ireland and children’s broadcaster Maddie Moate comes back to the Festival at The MAC, Belfast (15 & 16 February) and the Alley Theatre, Strabane (17 February).

Green Screen The Science Way

NI Science Festival is coming to Armagh, Derry~Londonderry and anywhere in between for a range of exciting family events. Experiment with green screens at the Amma Centre in Armagh (13 February), become a mini professor with hands-on experiments in Dungiven’s Dry Arch Centre (14 February) or go on a nature trail around Groomsport Harbour (15 February).

Teachers and educators can avail of the exciting new workshops which are facilitated at schools, colleges and various local venues such as W5, Armagh Robinson Library or SERC campuses. Visit the NI Science Festival for a range of workshops suitable for all key stages.

Events include Destination Space Workshops for KS1&2 pupils at W5, visiting Queen’s University’s Medical Biology Centre in Pharmacist for the Day for KS4 students or Discover Science for Juniors in Northern Regional College for KS2 pupils.

NI Science Festival director Chris McCreery shares his views on this year’s festival: “The Festival events this year have a key focus on environmental issues and sustainability, which is why we have created many events that encourage young families and children to take part in events that help them appreciate nature and understand the importance of ecology. Many events are designed to be hands-on so that young scientists can learn from doing as well as having fun too.”

Chris adds: “We aim for our education and children’s programme to engage with audiences of all ages and interests in order to educate and excite people to learn more about the world around them. We are delighted to have returning family events as well as welcoming new events and science facilitators to the Festival’s busy line-up.”

NI Science Festival kicks off across Northern Ireland in various venues from 13 – 23 February 2020. For more information about NI Science Festival events and to purchase tickets, visit and keep up to date with the festival on social media niscifest   niscifest 

Nadia Duncan

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