A selection of activities particularly well suited for children aged 8-11, though all the activities can work for any age.
Investigate how your memory works, and learn a cunning trick to help memorise lots of things.
Baffle your brain with the famous 'hollow mask illusion', and experiment with how it works by making your own.
Experiment with your perception of distance and size by making the amazing Ames room illusion.
Confuse your body with eight illusions to experiment with your sense of 'proprioception'.
Learn how different parts of your brain deal with different tasks, test your multitasking skills, and explore how some activities 'interfere' with each other.
Make a delicious and disgusting fake poo, and learn about how our emotions form.
Create your very own hand-made animations, and learn about how we perceive motion.
Find out why we see faces in inanimate objects and learn about what features are most important in recognising a face.
Learn to make splatter pictures and experiment with trying to spot hidden images in random patterns.
Andrea and his sons Alessandro and Serafino build rubber band cannons from crisp tins and drinks bottles, and use them to explore projectile motion... and knock down any target they can think of.
Oly and her daughter Viola build a home-made lava lamp and use a surprising property of citrus fruits to explore the science of floating and sinking.
Marieke and her daughter Tilly make music with wine glasses and squash, and investigate how changing one variable can affect another.
Sophie and her son Hector explore the magical world of static electricity by making charged objects move without touching them.
Mark and his girls Sasha and Lara build and race their own balloon powered cars.
Aoife and her children Lorenzo and Alice become engineers for the day, building structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows, and investigating the properties of materials.
Jackie and her son Alex make a homemade parachute to transport an egg safely to the ground, and explore what it means to do a fair test.
Gail and her daughters make amazing balancing structures and explore the science of stability.
Discover the hidden colours in ink.
Make an uncooked egg bounce!
Experiment with the chemistry of candles and make a flame jump through the air.
Comedian Rufus Hound and his son Alby make soap powered boats and learn how soap affects the way water molecules hold onto each other.
Danielle and Michael make self-propelled rockets out of juice bottles in an adventure playground, and learn how a chemical reaction which produces gas can be used to propel a rocket.
Andy and his nephews make a beautiful colour changing liquid from cabbage juice, and explore the science of indicator solutions.
Olympia and her daughter Viola make a self-inflating balloon and experiment to find out which household liquids react with bicarbonate of soda.
Catherine and the Lurgan Brownies Group make butter from cream.
Investigate the chemistry of cakes by making microwave mug cakes and seeing what happens when you leave out key ingredients from the recipe.