Centre of the Cell Summer 2019 Holiday programme

This summer Centre of the Cell has dozens of experiences to educate, entertain, and inspire. There’ll be something to do and see nearly every day in August. Read on to find out more!

Visit our Snot, Sick, and Scabs and Pod Show experiences, or learn about Genes and Evolution instead. Or, spend time during our family open afternoons at a working biomedical research centre learning about the human body, relaxing in our cafe, and meeting a scientist. For younger visitors we have Sophie’s Sensational Holiday. And for local Tower Hamlets families we’ll have free Pod shows and sessions on staying healthy in a smoggy city.

The full August timetable is listed below. Scroll down for more information about each of our summer activities, or book online with our interactive calendar, or call 020 7882 2562 or email info@centreofthecell.org.

Please note – community and staff events must be booked by calling or emailing us direct.

Date in August Time Activity Suitable for
Mon 5/8 10:00am – 12:15pm Snot, Sick and Scabs and Pod Show Ages 7-12 plus family
Mon 5/8 2:00pm – 4:15pm Snot, Sick and Scabs and Pod Show Ages 7-12 plus family
Thur 8/8 10:00am – 12:15pm The Genes and Evolution Show and Pod Show Ages 7-12 plus family
Thur 8/8 2:00pm – 4:15pm The Genes and Evolution Show and Pod Show Ages 7-12 plus family
Fri 9/8 11:00am – 1:15pm Snot, Sick and Scabs and Pod Show Ages 7-12 plus family
Thur 15/8 10:00am – 11:00am Sophie’s Sensational Holiday Ages 4-7 plus family
Mon 19/8 1:00pm – 5:00pm Family afternoon – Gross out! All the family
Wed 21/8 1:00pm – 5:00pm Family afternoon – Genes and Origins All the family
Sat 24/8 2:30pm – 3:30pm Community Genes and Evolution Show (Whitechapel Idea store) Any families
Tue 27/8 11:00am – 12:30pm Community pollution workshop Families from Tower Hamlets or Queen Mary University staff
Tue 27/8 2:00pm – 3:30pm Community pollution workshop Families from Tower Hamlets or Queen Mary University staff
Wed 28/8 11:00am – 12:30pm Community Pod show Families from Tower Hamlets or Queen Mary University staff
Wed 28/8 2:00pm – 3:30pm Community Pod show Families from Tower Hamlets or Queen Mary University staff
Thurs 29/8 11:00am – 13.15pm [NEW] Gut Feeling and Pod Show Ages 7-12 plus family
Fri 30/8 11:00am – 12:30pm University Family Pod show Families of Blizard Institute and Queen Mary University staff

 

 

Community Shows

Centre of the Cell is a proud Whitechapel landmark, 2 minutes’ walk from Whitechapel Station. This summer we’re offering free tickets for Whitechapel and Tower Hamlets families to visit Centre of the Cell.

We’ll have events for local families, including a free educational Pod show, in our dedicated venue above the laboratories and offices of the Blizard Institute. The 90-minute experience includes a visit to the Blizard Institute, videos, interactive games, and more. Contact us to find out more and reserve your place in the pod.

Our other community event will be a free session on staying healthy in London’s smoggy air, a problem close to the hearts of Tower Hamlets families. Learn about air pollution, asthma, and how to stay healthy with this free workshop for young and old. Contact us to find out more and book.

Finally, we’ll be working with the Whitechapel Idea Store to give local families a free Genes and Evolution show. Visit the Idea Store website to find out more.

Genes and Evolution Show in the Whitechapel Idea store

Saturday 24th August 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Pollution workshops

Tuesday 27th August 11:00am – 12:30pm

Tuesday 27th August 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Pod show

Wednesday 28th August 11:00am – 12:30pm

Wednesday 28th August 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Blizard Institute and Queen Mary, University of London staff Pod show

Friday 30th August 11:00am – 12:30pm

For enquiries please call 020 7882 2562 or email info@centreofthecell.org

Please note that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (aged 16+) at all times.

Open Week

The Blizard InstituteSpend the afternoon with Centre of the Cell, exploring the weird, wonderful, icky, and inspirational science of cells and the human body.

Centre of the Cell, in Whitechapel’s Blizard Institute, will open its doors to a limited number of families for an afternoon of interactive games, videos, conversations with experts, and explorations of the science of us. Open afternoons will feature timed interactive multimedia shows in our STEM Pod, and hands-on activities and games in our new Neuron Pod.

Each event will explore a different theme: Gross Out (A fun look at snot, sick, scabs, blood, and poo) or Genes and Origins (the stories and science of DNA and evolution).

During your visit, you and your family will be able to relax in the Blizard Institute’s Nucleus Café, buy your own Giant Microbes in the Centre of the Cell shop, and take a peek at the laboratories and offices in the Blizard Institute.

These events are suitable for children aged 7 – 14 and their families.

Monday 19th August 1:00pm – 5:00pm Gross out

Wednesday 21st August 1:00pm – 5:00pm Genes and Origins

For these events you can start your Centre of the Cell visit any time between 1 and 4pm. The last timed welcome talk is at 3.30pm, and the last Pod show experience is at 4pm.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable. However, it may be possible to transfer your tickets to an alternative date or event if required, subject to availability.

Adults (£8.00); Children (£6.00); Concessions (students, over 60s, QMUL staff, disabled visitors) (£6.00); Under 3s (free)

Book your visit now

For enquiries please call 020 7882 2562 or email info@centreofthecell.org

Please note that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (aged 16+) at all times.

Sophie’s Sensational Holiday

Sohpie's Sensational HolidayJoin Sophie and her family on their seaside holiday and learn about the wonderful world of senses along the way! Discover how sound travels underwater, use your nose to identify different seaside smells and understand why light is essential for our sense of sight. Search for hidden objects in sand using only your sense of touch, find out how other animals taste things and see if you can predict the flavours of different ice cream toppings in your very own taste test.

Please note, this session does not include a Pod show.

This event is suitable for children aged 4 – 7 and their families.

Thursday 15th August 10:00am – 11:00am

Please note that tickets are non-refundable. However, it may be possible to transfer your tickets to an alternative date or event if required, subject to availability.

Adults (£6.00); Children (£4.00); Concessions (students, over 60s, QMUL staff, disabled visitors) (£4.00); Under 3s (free)

Book your visit now

For enquiries please call 020 7882 2562 or email info@centreofthecell.org

Please note that children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (aged 16+) at all times.