Mon 7 Dec 2015
Last week it was my daughter’s third birthday. We were looking for something fun to do as a family in the morning and I was lucky enough to have been offered tickets to Dynamic Earth. I’ve always thought the attraction looked great from the outside and wondered what it was like inside, so we decided to take a look.
Our Dynamic Earth tells the story of planet Earth right from its formation to the present day. The first experience is the Time Machine, which transports you back to the time of the Big Bang. It’s really just a fancy lift with screens giving information. But it’s very well done and left us quite intrigued as to what we’d see when the doors opened.
Next we came to the interior of a space ship, which looks out over various important moments in the history of the universe. Again, it’s very impressive and feels a bit like a film set.
This then leads to an exhibit all about what happens on the surface of the Earth from volcanoes to earthquakes. This room is very dark and the floor actually shakes beneath your feet. My little girl found this part a bit scary.
As we moved through there were films and interactive exhibits, all brought to life through fantastic sets and displays – glaciers, oceans, a tropical rainforest. There was also a 4D Experience, a virtual trip through the different climates of the world, which was good fun. We did have to skip through some sections, which my daughter didn’t like the look of. I thought the staff were extremely helpful in this situation, showing us the best way to go.
Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to see the 360 degree dome show at the end. My three-year-old and ten-month-old had simply had enough by then and we had to leave. It sounds fantastic though, so I would like to go back one day to see it.
We has a great experience at Dynamic Earth. However, I think it would better suit families with older children, as it’s very educational. I’d like to take my kids back there one day, when they are old enough to learn more from it. It would also make a fantastic school trip!
Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS