East End science centre to be open for half-term

FAMILIES are being given the chance to have a look around the East End s unique new science centre during the half-term holiday. The Centre of the Cell is opening its doors from Monday February 15 to Friday February 19 when families can book a slot for

FAMILIES are being given the chance to have a look around the East End's unique new science centre during the half-term holiday.

The Centre of the Cell is opening its doors from Monday February 15 to Friday February 19 when families can book a slot for a free session and enjoy the first science centre in the world to be located within working research laboratories.

And those who are not free during the day can soon visit in the evenings with the centre opening every Thursday night from February 18 between 6pm and 7.30pm.

It is based in a giant `pod' in Queen Mary University's Blizzard Building in Newark Street, Whitechapel and gives children the chance to learn more about the science of cells.

Once inside the centre, the central 'nucleus' opens up to reveal touch-table games and kids can take part in virtual experiments, learn the importance of brushing their teeth, heal extensive burns and have their cells counted.

Visitors can book a slot by visiting www.centreofthecell.org or contacting 020 7882 2564.