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“Better than any playground”

Viva de Lagos Science Centre
Ranked #19 of 81 things to do in Lagos
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Lagos Ciência Viva Science Centre is a place for science, fun and hands-on learning. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in activities and interactive exhibitions that show how history, science and technology cross-cross in an educational and entertaining way. Three theme areas form the core of the exhibition: Orientation and Navigation Instruments, Life on Board and Distance Communication. The permanent exhibition "From the Astrolabe to the GPS" allows visitors to make connections between discoveries of the past and of the present.
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“Better than any playground”
Reviewed 28 July 2013

We went after seeing reviews on Tripadvisor and this place sits on the third floor above the fish market. It was very cheap to get in (6 Euros for a family of four) and there were plenty of staff on hand to show the kids what to do with any of the exhibits if they needed it.

We loved the indoor attractions (submarine etc) but most of all the kids love the rooftop outdoor areas (lighthouse and pirate ship). Everything in the place is an interactive playground and the kids learn without realising.

We went twice and found even more the second time around.

Just go.... its fab and breaks up a day nicely for a couple of hours out of the heat....or if its cloudy.

I have to add the staff were great. They spent ages with our kids and were really knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Kids loved it”
Reviewed 18 July 2013

Great to give the kids a break from the pool and the get to learn something also.
Great tour exercises the mind with puzzles and lot of information.
Make sure you go it's up over the fish market just get the lift.

Visited June 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Great value”
Reviewed 23 April 2013

Took a visit to this attraction in March 2013 on a dull coldish day. For 4E ( 2 adults and one child - £3.60 all in) we had a guided tour of all the exhibits and was shown in great detail how to complete each task. The guides never left our side, all spoke english. There are interactive tasks for youngsters to complete, A lighthouse with a slide, A see saw and a pirate Ship complete with treasure.

great value, great staff

Visited March 2013
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“Great way to pass a couple of hours”
Reviewed 28 October 2012

Not much more to add to other reviews, and would totally agree that it's a hidden treat and the ideal way to pass a couple of hours on a rainy or dull day.

We went on the day we were returning home. As our flight wasn't until the evening, and it was raining, we popped in for a look. We were amazed at the price - in only cost Euro 4.50 for 2 adults and a 3 year old. I'm sure they could easily be charging double and it would still be good value. We were there for over 2 hours, even with a small child when most of the interactive activities were a little too advanced for her, and it was too wet to look at the outside section. There were adults by themselves too, although it's probably aimed more at older familes (age 8+ perhaps). We especially liked the semaphore flags, making a radio, rowing the galleon, and driving the submarine.

The staff were great and on hand to explain everything; if anythin it was over-staffed for the time of year (mid Oct). All in all, we hope it can keep going in the current economic climate, as it really is impressive and engaging.

Visited October 2012
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“Five star fun”
Reviewed 26 October 2012

Excellent centre. Helpful staff, and really a bargain at 5euros for a family! Interactive exhibits, views of the harbour and a lovely building. Go into Lagos Market Hall and take the lift or stairs. Went in to fill an hour on a showery day; spent two hours with all family engrossed ( a 7 an 11 and us).

Visited October 2012
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