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Seoul Science Park Namsan- let’s explore the fun world of Science!

Three levels of hands-on games and experiences to learn the magic of physics, space exploration, human body, sound waves and more! A great introduction to science for kids of all ages in family or for a school field trip.

Seoul Science Park Namsan
Electrostatic experiment

Come discover Seoul Science Park Namsan branch, a public museum providing interactive introduction to the world of science. The museum occupies the underground levels in the Seoul Education Research & Information Institute building near the Namsan public library. It is a sister branch to the main museum located in Gwanak-gu.

This is a smaller and much more modest venue than the highly recommended Gwacheon National Science Museum. The museum is a bit oldish however it covers a wide variety of science related activities. Our kids had a great time experiencing each discovery corner, whether it was space, physics, colors, human body, forces of nature, etc. It is a good option especially on a rainy day if you are in Seoul downtown area.

You will find dozens of experiences such as: building an arch-shape bridge, playing with sound frequencies, fooling with a kaleidoscope, rolling-ball games, gravity tests, pretend x-ray biking, driving a miniature train, creating a steam twister, flying a balloon using an air-blowing machine, etc. Kids will also be impressed with the human body complexity (check out the 3D transparent models) and how it looks like to have a baby in mummy’s womb. There is also a small nature section showing up butterflies, insects and small aquariums.

You may also want to visit the upper floors in the same building where you will find a Folk Craft museum and a free indoor activity playzone.

Opening hours: Tuesday~Sunday 10:00 ~ 17:00
Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Seollal, Chuseok and Weekends during Korean school holidays

Admission: Free

How to get there: From Seoul Station (Subway Line 1, 4, Exit 9-1): Take Bus 402 to Namsan Library (남산도서관). OR, From Seoul Station (Exit 4): take Bus 405 to Namsan Library (남산도서관).

Address:  Seoul Education Research & Information Institute Building, 46, Sopa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 중구 소파로 46 (회현동1가) 서울시 교육연구정보원
Tel. 02 311 1276

For more information check Seoul Science Park Namsan website (Korean only)
For localisation, see our Seoul Map for Kids and Families

Seoul Science Park Namsan
Eye-catching kaleidoscope

 

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Ara waterway on bike: Easy family ride from Gimpo Marina to the Waterfall

Enjoy the 21km long bike path connecting the Han River with the Yellow Sea. Ride along the canal surrounded by a unique landscape with wildflowers, waterfalls, terraces and docks

Ara Waterway Gimpo Marina

Last week-end we rediscovered the Ara Waterway biking path – this time starting from Ara Gimpo Marina and going until the Ara Waterfall.

The Ara Marina is a nice place to start the trip – taking pictures by the docks and the main sailing basin or just watching yachts and sailboats before renting our bikes. There you can rent canoes, kayaks, pedal boats or even take some classes for yachting and sailboating. We’ll definitely be back next time for some boat adventure 😉

We rented our bikes at the marina and followed the biking path in the direction of Incheon. Unfortunately there are some construction works around this area right now, so you have to take a short detour by road for the first 500m before connecting to the real biking lane. Starting from there everything was perfect. We loved biking on the wooden platforms watching the yachts, fields of flowers and airplanes taking off from the nearby Gimpo airport. We passed by the Suhyangwon- Korean traditional garden with its eight-sided pavilion and continued until the Ara Waterfall and then all the way back.

All in all we had a great time with our little ones biking at their own speed on this easy path and in a beautiful natural environment. Next time we want to try the other portion connecting from the Ara Waterfall until Incheon. See you there!

How to get there:
Gimpo Airport (Line 5, Line 09) – Exit 1 and take the Ara Marina convention shuttle bus

Address:
Arayukro 270-73, Gochon-eup, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
주소 경기도 김포시 고촌읍 전호리 130-3번지 마리나클럽하우스
연락처
TEL 1577-8764
FAX 031-984-6730

For localisation, check Seoul Map for Kids & Families

Rent a bike:
3,000KRW/ hour

For more information go to Ara Waterway

Ara Waterway

 

Kidsfuninseoul weekend roundup – Dec. 21st, 2013

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way! Christmas carols, bright night lights, Gingerbread-men cooking scents, returning to a warm home after a walk in cold Seoul, lighting the Christmas tree and waiting…

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Last week, we discovered another fantastic cultural venue – that is worth visiting during this cold season and would even be a strong contender entry to our Top 10 Seoul Indoor Activities for Kids
In case you missed our post, the Seoul Olympic Museum of Art is just the right size to visit in family and is exciting for kids of all ages! Weather permitting visit of exhibitions can easily combine with a walk in Olympic Park.

Tidbits & Reminders from recent news:

  • Ice Skating at  Seoul Plaza Rink until Feb 23
  • Snow Sledding Field at Korean Children’s Center (next to Children’s Grand Park) until  Feb 23
  • VisitKorea.Kr just posted a great list of Winter Festivals 2013 – worth checking out
  • “The Nutcracker” will return to the stage this yuletide season, performed by the Universal Ballet Company. They will perform the Mariinsky Theatre version of the dance production with choreography by Russian Choreographer Vasili Vainonen, which features a grand composition spiced with a hint of moderate Korean twists. It is a perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones. Each day features two sessions starting in the late afternoon and evening, respectively.

VENUE: Universal Arts Center
PERIOD: Dec 20–31
ADMISSION: KRW 10,000-100,000
MORE INFO: T.070-7124-1740, www.uac.co.kr
GETTING THERE: Achasan station 아차산역 (Line 5) Exit 4

Universal Ballet Seoul 2013

We keep our Christmas Top 10 List, updated so make sure to check from time to time.

Stay Warm and Have a great week! 😉

Bonus: “Frosty the Snowman” for the Christmas feel!