Thinktank Science Garden
Where Scientastic Things Happen
The new Thinktank Science Garden opened in Summer 2012. This outdoor discovery space is packed with surprises and fun activities for the whole family! And you’ll find out all about science and engineering along the way.
Visitors of all ages can get ‘bodies on’ with exciting and inventive exhibits including an eight metre high clanging ‘Terminus’ machine and a giant human-sized hamster wheel that has a top speed of 30 revolutions per minute.
The interactive outdoor exploration space offers an adventurous and entertaining day out for all the family, bringing themes of engineering, mechanics and transportation to life through 42 hands-on exhibits and fun zones.
The Science Garden is the first project of this type in the UK and one of only a few in the world, with specially designed features such as the first ever logic-defying square wheeled people wagon, a giant weighing station and a ‘pulley me up’ exhibit.
The Science Garden is full of giant exhibits for all the family. Fun zones in the Science Garden include;
- Energise - Harness renewable energy to power a mechanical theatre - which turbine or solar panel will you choose?
- Mechanise - Use a host of intriguing machines to feed the 8m high 'Terminus' machine - can you get enough for an explosion of dancing balls and whistles?
- Mobilise - How does it feel riding on a wagon with square wheels on a bumpy road? Find out!
In addition to these interactive exhibits there is an outdoor classroom – Garden Arena, where shows and workshops for schools can take place. The Science Garden is unique to the UK, building on the success of outdoor science play areas around the world, such as those at in the New York Hall of Science and Danfoss Universe in Denmark.
The Science Garden is located directly in front of Thinktank and is part of the Eastside City Park.
For more information on Eastside developments visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/eastside
Thinktank gratefully acknowledges support for the Science Garden from
and a range of other charitable trusts and supporters.
Towering 8 metres above you, the Terminus is a machine that moves like
no other. Compete with other visitors to operate this intriguing machine and keep its many parts in mesmerising motion.
Visit Thinktank Science Garden
The Thinktank Science Garden is open every day from 10am - 5pm* (last entry 4.30pm*) until December 23rd when it will close for winter. It will reopen for February half-term.
From 10am - 3pm the Science Garden is only available to Thinktank Ticket Holders. Click here to buy tickets.
The Science Garden is free to visit from 3pm until close.
*Closing time is generally 5pm, with last admission at 4:30pm, but this may alter during winter months due to inadequate light levels. Our gate staff will always know at what time the garden is due to close each day!