Discover and Make
Welcome to the Family Zone. We have tons of fun and inspiring science activities to keep your brains fizzing and your hands creating.
There are chances to try out crazy crafting, kitchen challenges and meet our brilliant scientists.
- Entry type Best for families with primary-school aged children
- Location On our website, on social media and in your home!
What's happening this week?
Every week this summer, we'll be introducing you to a brilliant Crick scientist and sharing one of our amazing family science activities for you to try at home.
Meet a scientist
PhD student Pooja works on finding bugs and bacteria in ancient skeletons. She'll be here on 7 August answering your questions about her work and life as a scientist.Meet Pooja
Meet our scientists
Crick scientists will be on hand all summer to answer your questions about their research, life in the lab and anything else you want to ask them about.
Tune in for two live Q&A sessions streamed on YouTube and Facebook where you'll be able to ask your questions directly to our scientists.
But don't worry if you're not able to make it to the livestreams! Three more scientists will also be answering your questions here on our website throughout the summer.
Under the microscope
Scientists at the Crick use microscopes to look at very, very small things.
Can you figure out what's in these super close up photos taken by our electron microscopy team?
At home experiments
Scientists at the Crick sometimes have to make their own equipment - can you figure out how to make the tools you'll need to paint what you might see under the microscope?
Explore different liquids, densities and a fun chemical reaction in this quick and simple activity that will just need a couple ingredients from your kitchen!
Use chemicals you probably already have in your kitchen to blow up a balloon and create an invisible figure extinguisher using the power of chemical reactions!
Can you tell the difference between different flavours of sweets? What about when the only sense you can use is taste? Have a go and see if you do better than the team at the Crick!
Meet Crick malaria researcher Laura, learn about different blood cells and find out how to make clay to make your own blood cell crafts.
Crick scientist and Bake Off star Yan is going to teach you how to make cupcakes and decorate them with all the different things inside our cells.
Scientists at the Crick focus on finding patterns in very small things, but what about very big things? Learn about constellations, design your own and make a constellation viewer.
Discover and draw
Use your code-cracking skills to figure out what the secret messages say, and find out how our bodies have their own code-cracking skills.
Download our scavenger hunt sheet to a phone and see if you can fill in all the boxes next time you head outside. Make sure you take pictures or draw what you find!
Download and print off our template for making your own science snapper, and learn some fun facts about the Crick and our scientists!
We use microscopes at the Crick to look at very, very tiny things. Print off this colouring sheet to draw what you think you might see if you look under the microscope.
Scientists at the Crick use tools and techniques to modify the DNA of flies. Print out the colouring sheet and have a go at designing your own fly!
The team of glass washers at the Crick wash nearly a million pieces of equipment every year. Download and print out our colouring sheet to design your own scientific kit.