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Childhood wonder

Wednesday 25 January

A time to think back...

Over 18s only

Come along to the Science Museum on 25 January and delve back in time to your childhood. 

What made you wonder? Remember a time when your eyes were wide and your mind was full and racing with each new aspect of the world around you? 

Revisit your sense of scientific wonder at Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery, as well as enjoy a scientific see-saw, toy car racing, voice Pong, bee home-building and much, much more.

Plus, the regular Lates highlights are waiting for you to enjoy, including live music and the best silent disco in town.

Download the map and guide for this month's Lates 

Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month. Each entry in this hugely popular ongoing series of events centres on a different theme: from sex to climate change, from big data to childhood.

See what we have planned for the coming months

Inspiring, enlightening and unbelievably good fun, Lates always draw a crowd, so we strongly suggest you arrive early to ensure the best chance of getting in. Be advised that you may have to queue before a timed event.


Do we need experts?
Tony Juniper, Emily Shuckburgh, Jim Al-Khalili and Steve Jones discuss writing for the new Ladybird Expert series. How did they manage to convey their life’s learning on a subject in 5000 words? The authors will consider this question in relation to their particular areas of expertise: climate change, quantum mechanics and evolution.

Authors will be signing copies of the Ladybird Expert books following each talk.

Understanding Maths Through VR Technology
Join the teams from Samsung and the Science Museum who will be showcasing a new virtual reality experience. Developed as part of a new Digital Lab research project, this VR experience brings to life the mathematical principles behind the Gugnunc aircraft, a star object in Mathematics: The Winton Gallery.

The Wonder of Offshore Wind
Be creative and join the experts from Statoil to build your very own wind turbine. Can you make something that will both float and rotate? Test your concept in our float tank and be in with the chance to win a prize for your design. You can also learn about offshore wind and take a virtual tour of a wind farm to discover the wonder of alternative energy production.

Action Potential: Interactive Dance
Dancers and martial arts performers delve inside a motor neurone to explain how scientists think they work. An interactive and entertaining performance raising awareness of the devastating neurological disease MND.

Also on this month

Think (Talks and object related events)

  • A Brief History of Time: revisited for the smartphone generation
  • When breast isn't best
  • Planet science – how our planet is changing
  • Hidden gems – our curators show the best of our secret objects
  • Can touch this – our volunteers let you get hands on
  • Victorian classroom 
  • We need to talk about physics
  • Do I still love animals 

Experience (Active events such as shows and demonstrations)

  • Ditch the digital – play classic games with friends
  • Art attack – colouring-in
  • LEGO
  • Tattoo fitters – get yourself inked
  • Dot to dots 
  • Science Toy Award
  • Playing: Past and present
  • The colour and smell of microbiology
  • Centre of gravity
  • Upside-down town
  • #whenigrowup
  • Voice pong
  • Conductive Scalextric
  • Darwin's children
  • Marbling cart
  • B&Bee
  • Balance out
  • A playful investigation into Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Is that right? Or left?

Create (Hands-on creative workshops)

  • Screen grab – print your own memento

    Regular events 

    Wednesday 25 January 2017


    Over 18s only

    Admission free although some events may require a ticket


    Lates: A night of free adults-only entertainment at the Science Museum