For more than three decades, young Aberdonians and their families have had at their disposal a place where they can enjoy hands-on scientific fun, try experiments and expand their minds in the most enjoyable of ways.
In the old days the centre, known as Satrosphere, was housed on Justice Mill Lane, not far from the city’s main swimming pool.
It then moved to much bigger premises, former tram sheds on Constitution Street close to the beach.
Many happy memories have been created there which is why it’s so fondly regarded by generations of citizens and visitors alike.
The venue, now known as Aberdeen Science Centre, is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound redevelopment and is due to reopen this summer.
It will include an extension and creation of a new mezzanine floor – almost doubling the exhibition space – and exposing the roof structure to allow natural light to flood into the building.
But just because work is being carried out doesn’t mean there’s no chance to have fun…
The centre has moved to a temporary building at 107 George Street in Aberdeen which means visitors can continue to enjoy the interactive exhibits, inspiring activities and topical science events.
If you’re looking for somewhere magical to take the family at the weekend, this is it.
Plans are afoot to host a number of fun-filled events focusing on spellbinding science, workshops on the digital world and survival skills.
The Science of Magic is already underway, taking place every weekend and holiday until Sunday March 1.
Unveiling the science behind the curtain, visitors will see the science that magicians use to enchant audiences.
Up and coming events include being able to have a go at programming robots in the Magic of Robots.
This half-term special takes place on February 13-19 and is fun for the whole family.
On February 22-23, children will be able to make hovering butterflies in the science centre’s levitation workshop and have the chance to investigate optical illusions in a Duck! Rabbit! story session.
For most workshops, no prior booking is required, and normal entry fees apply.
The centre also offers four-week clubs for various disciplines, offering youngsters the chance to learn in a fun workshop environment.
Clubs cost £10 per child for the four-week term.
Back by popular demand next month is the Coding Club will take place from February 9 until March 1 between 11am and 1pm.
Designed for ages 8-12, youngsters will be introduced to digital concepts and be immersed into the digital world and learn about programming through engaging hands-on workshops.
And this year, the theme for the Engineering Club will be Shipwreck Science.
Children aged 9-12 will need to put their creative thinking and practical skills to the test, as they find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island.
The budding engineers will need to make survival tools as they devise a plan that leads to rescue.
Elaine Holland, centre manager, said: “With workshops for all ages, from young children to adults, visitors can experience the science behind magic and learn new skills as well as having fun with family and friends.
“We also have other workshops on such as our coding and engineering club, designed to boost interest in STEM and show how it’s applied day to day for personal and professional development.”
Aberdeen Science Centre, currently at 107 George Street, is open Monday to Sunday from 10am-5pm (10am-3pm on Tuesdays). Admission costs £5.75 for adults with children aged over three paying £5. Concessions available. Contact: www.aberdeensciencecentre.org or 01224 640340.