Big Bang!

Saturday we had a brilliant day at the Big Bang Science Festival being held at London’s Excel. We had smooth drive down and i must say the parking facilities were excellent. Parking fairly reasonable I guess, in comparison to train/tube fairs (even with family railcard!) – Β£15 for the whole day.

We had an early booking to watch the Brainiac live show and managed to get front seats πŸ™‚

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Was an excellent show with crazy experiments – the girls loved it πŸ™‚ Next onto the exhibition, Poppy particularly enjoyed modelling her own Grommit on the Wallace and Grommit stand, I had a go too and made a penguin πŸ™‚

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We had a giggle trying to build the highest tower out of straws – we were not terribly successful but it was fun πŸ™‚ Made balloon powered cars, jumping beans, snot and did experiments with yeast. Chatted to some of the scientists and engineers and a couple commented on how knowledgeable they were πŸ™‚ Spent quite a while with a lovely lady from the Natural History Museum who had a video running about penguins and a display of bird skeletons – girls asked and answered lots of questions.

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We found a table to eat our picnic at then went in to see Bang Goes the Theory live – another amazing show.

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This one was definitely our favourite of the two with lots of interaction with the audience πŸ™‚ By the time we got out of that show there was not much time left so we did as much as we could before they announced it was time to leave 😦 On our way out I spotted a handwritten sign sellotaped to the top of a stand saying ‘Home Edders pop and say hello’ so we did and met a very pleasant young man, an entomologisy, with a fab display of wasps. Unfortunately he was the only exhibitor not listed in the programme, every school, company, university were in there but not him, had we have seen him listed we would have made a point of looking out for him, as I guess all the home ed visitors would. Very disappointing for him and the home ed community 😦

There was lots that we didn’t get to see and do which was unfortunate so will make sure when we go next year we spend two days there.

pics to follow πŸ™‚

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