We were in Glasgow this weekend as I had a residential training course (I'm the Branch Equalities Co-ordinator for my union). The boy was treated to a day at the Glasgow Science Centre on Saturday by the creche at the course and had a great time. So much so, he decided he needed to take me there after the course finished on Sunday afternoon.
Entrance is expensive - it was £19 for the two of us, although they do let carer's in free. There's then additional charges for the planetarium, the iMax Cinema and the Glasgow Tower. We'd been before, a couple of years now and I was relieved to find that the main lift was working again. The centre is home to perhaps the least reliable lift in the city, at the neighbouring Glasgow Tower. It's been out of operation for much of the centre's life and unfortunately high winds meant it was closed when we were there as well. As the limit if 20mph, I suspect it reaches it quite often given the Scottish weather (which, by the way, has been stunning the last few weeks!)
The centre is good, there are loads of activities and quite a lot had changed since our last visit so it felt fresh. They pitch well to different ages and have sections specially for younger children. This time we spent a lot of time looking at Bodyworks, which we'd missed last visit. Given the sheer amount of interactive activities, it was good to see that only a minimal number were out of order - I'm quite sure it's a constant battle to keep things working. I'd like to see the planetarium, but we didn't have time this visit.
We went for a snack at the cafe and unfortunately by 3:30 the selection of cakes was poor. As it was a lovely sunny day, I fancied and ice cream but there were none to be had. There are disabled toilets on two levels, but there really aren't enough lifts given the number of families with buggies. There's one large lift near the entrance (which is possibly the second least reliable in Glasgow) and another which is barely big enough for a wheelchair at the other end of the building. As a result I spent 20 minutes at one stage trying to get up a single floor.
On the whole, I don't think it's as good as the Science Museum in London, which we visited last year and which is free or W5 in Belfast, which we visited 2 years ago and costs a couple of quid less. And both of those have better cafes and better lifts.