Fun with Science in Andalucia

If you've never been to the Parque de las Ciencias science museum in Granada (capital), I highly recommend you make a spot in your agenda. This is a must see for kids of all ages - up to around 110 years old, I think. In fact, as my family and I enjoyed a fun-filled day mixing with a zillion hands on exhibits and displays, I noticed there were actually organised groups of third age adventurers who seemed to be enjoying the facilities every bit as much as we were. With more than 30,000 square metres to explore, I can guarantee you won't run out of things to do and see at Granada's Science Museum. Check out the biosphere, put science to the test in the hand-on Eureka room, take the little ones to an area created especially for kids aged 3 to 7 years old, learn more about astronomy at the planetarium, head outside to cross a central plaza full of interactive sculptures and toys. And take the glass elevator to the top of the observatory for panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada mountains and Granada - Alhambra included! Honestly, this is one museum that is well worth the visit. And running right now through June there is a temporary exhibit of Poisonous Animals with a wide variety of live creatures as well as big screen multimedia presentations and a display that shows the effects of different animal poisons as well as their antidotes. And one more plus - many, if not most - of the displays are accompanied by panels in both Spanish and English. A word of advice to those planning to spend the entire day at the Granada Science Museum. This is a very popular destination, so expect crowds. Particularly if you're going on the weekend, my recommendation is to either arrive slightly before opening time and be the first inside, or do like we did and eat your picnic lunch at the park across the street while everyone else endures hour-long queues. From this perfect vantage point, you can keep an eye on the queues and pop straight in once they've practically dissappeared. The question of food and drink is also key as you'll need a refresher at some point and the single (severely understaffed) cafeteria/restaurant can hardly keep up with the multitudes. There are picnic areas on site, so don't hesitate to bring your own refreshments for a stress-free break! As far as parking is concerned, there is a (miniscule) free parking area within the museum and a very nice, large public parking garage under the park across the street.
Blog published on 3 March 2008