Dinosaurs By Design: Valencia
In May we had a mini break to Valencia, mainly to visit grandparents but also to continue our slow discovery of what the city of Valencia has to offer. I used to do the PR for the Valencia tourist board and wrote countless press releases on The City of Arts and Sciences…I always thought it looked amazing but on this trip I finally got to see it in the flesh and I realised that no picture or description could really compare. Design obsessed mums and dads and dinosaur loving kids…this one’s for you.The City of Arts and Sciences is (I think) the most architecturally iconic modern building in Valencia. Spread across two kilometres, the building is a cultural and entertainment centre interwoven amongst water features and gardens. You’ll find an Oceanarium, Science Centre, Imax theatre and Opera House but even if you visit none of these and just go to have a look at this amazing piece of structural art, you’ll be impressed.
Our main purpose was to visit the Science Museum and see the dinosaur exhibition. The exhibition is a permanent fixture and whilst it’s not huge what they do have is impressive and will satisfy any dinosaur loving child. There is also a little drawing station with pictures of dinosaurs to colour in and a sandpit where hidden dinosaur bones can be excavated with a trusty spade, by budding archaeologists.
Aside from the dinosaurs, the science museum also has an interactive technology and space exhibition, a Kiddies corner for ages 3 to 8 years which includes an area where small animals, insects, reptiles and bugs can be viewed and learnt about. The entire space at the City of Arts and Sciences is perfect for children to run around and the awe-inspiring architecture means parents get to enjoy something from the day too.
- The building’s design around water features means that there are plenty of outdoor activities such as paddle boarding and boating
- There are a couple of small coffee shops but nothing really substantial if you’re looking for more of a restaurant
- You can buy a multi-entry ticket here for the City of Arts and Sciences which allows entry over 72 hours to each of the different areas.
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