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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Granada Science Park - part 2

Part one of this post on the Science Park in Granada more or less took us up to lunchtime. We had hoped to eat there but just in case, had packed a few nibbles...
As it happens, this was a good idea because lunch ended up being haphazard. When most of us were hungry, we couldn't drag Mateo away from the exhibits so he got an extra hour on his own to explore. We sat in a little shade and ate what we'd brought with us - chorizo, jamon, cheese, bread and some fruit - then whilst FR and I indulged our addiction to coffee, Romy and Ruy decided they could also eat a plate of pasta in the less than inspiring restaurant (only real criticism of the place) -  so they did - plus ice-cream and some cans of lemonade... and in the end....

Mateo had nothing more than a crust of bread that was left. He just wanted to keep on looking and looking. And it was his day.

One of Romy's favourite parts of the Science Park was the 'Body' bit. She really enjoyed putting all the bits back in their proper place and did so with confidence - definitely a doctor in the making.

We saw stuffed animals, animal skeletons, human skeletons, human bodies - real and models;

There were laboratories with brains, rats, snakes, pickled piglets and organs of all shapes and sizes.

 There was a machine for two people which allegedly measured brainwaves. The idea was to stop thinking so that a ball that was placed between two 'competitors' moved away from the person who was most relaxed mentally - who could reduce their brain activity.

FR (Player 1) beat Mateo hands down, though he swears he was thinking about Einstein's theory of relativity at the time. Mateo admitted to not knowing how not to think, so we're going to work on that over the summer holidays...

Interestingly, Romy was excellent at this and beat me twice, though I put up passive resistance for quite a while both times

We visited the Sahara, going back to its original settlers to see some cave paintings. I'm sorry - I wasn't paying too much attention so can't tell you how long ago these paintings were done. I just thought it was rather well presented for the ignorant tourist...


I was impressed by this giant ammonite that was found in the desert though - my history might be loose but I do know that the Sahara is no longer anywhere near the sea...which is where I presume this ammonite once lived.

Then we entered a hall of permanent exhibits - many of which we were familiar with from other science museums but which were irresistibly good fun.

Balls that floated on their own

And made little girls look like magicians

I love this photo - guess why!!

Not quite got the angle here...

Three-legged Romy

Exhuberant Ruy

FR won't mind me publishing this picture of him flying

Couldn't drag him away

Mateo going for the special effect

It's all done with mirrors, you know.

Even the exhibits that had nothing to 'play' with hit the spot for father and son. Not born to shop, born to visit museums!

We went up to the top of the tower and looked out over Granada. (I did get the hang of it eventually...)

And of course, I had to capture the Alhambra, where we could just see people on top of the highest part looking at us through spyglasses too!

And then we had only just enough time to visit the Tropical Butterfly House. Always a favourite with us, I was dreading entering into a hot place - but as it was already so very hot outside, the dampness of the tropical house actually felt rather cool and pleasant! And we took rather a lot of photographs of butterflies...these are just a few.

It felt to be quite an achievement to capture these creatures in a settled position - we seemed to be surrounded by them flying.

I think Romy and I were admiring some turtles that shared the space - Romy I know has a peach stone in her mouth, not the beginnings of mumps!

And finally, we were too late to get into one part of the science park where there are penguins and other animals but as we walked past it, we met the animal carers who looked after the birds. We got a really good close up of some of them, including this very impressive vulture.

And my only real criticism of the park is that it closed at the ridiculously early time of 7pm. No one was ready to leave and the staff were not rushing us away, but, apart from the shop, of course, everywhere was closed or closing. We could easily have spent another hour or so - guess we'll just have to go back again one day.

All finished off by a wonderful meal at the Brasserie on our way home called Tu y Yo. We ate really well for an incredible price. Perhaps we will do that again too. Excellent day out. 


  1. Fantastic post!

    It really makes me happy to see kids (and adults) so enthusiastic about science and things scientific.

    Our scientists and engineers of the future are going to come from kids turned on to science, and places like this, together with good teaching and an even better curriculum, will mean that we have an excellent supply.

    My work will then be done ...

    1. Glad this touched the spot, Gaynor. It is an inspiring place and 'm sure at least one of my children will do something with ascientific bent. Schools here are much less inspiring ...much less. There's still a long way to go. Axxx

  2. What way to make children enthuse about science!

    My junior school made me enthusiastic...but quickly lost the urge faced with turgid science lessons on moving up and it wasn't until reading about the history of science that the fascination returned.

    1. It's really only since I had children that I have been interested in scientific things - and that because we've visited some excellent museums and science parks around the UK and here in Spain. It's never too late - but equally, never too early!!

  3. The whole day sounds fabulous, and I just love the photos of the kids ( and FR with the mirror thing ) A great fun blog of a great fun day. Lots of love, J. xxxx

    1. I think we'll remember this day for a long time, Janice. It was good from beginning to end. I forgot to photograph our lovely meal...too hungry to get the camera out! Axxx

  4. Annie you packed a truly amazing amount into that special day and I just love the photographs, especially of Mateo looking like Zaphod Beeblebrox from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. :-) A place like this science park is enough to make almost any child want to be a scientist.

    1. That's the name! How could I forget - I once had a two-headed cactus with that name. Mateo is currently reading the whole series (again) - he got it for Christmas. Definitely a good place to visit, regardless of age. Axxx

  5. You have NO idea how much I enjoyed this visit to the Science Park. Suddenly I was Romy wanting to fiddle and put back those anatomical parts in place. We always had them in the Science Department at school but we pupils never seemed to be allowed to touch them or participate..........

    1. So glad you enjoyed it, MPM, it really was even better than it looks. And we touched lots and lots of things - I forgot to get my camera out sometimes, so engrossed I was! Great fun. Axxx


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