Forget tedious textbook-based science lessons, Al Khobar's Science and Technology Centre (SCITECH) is home to exhibits so interactive and immersive that they mesmerize children and adults alike. You want to take a tour through the human body, or get up close with Arabian sea creatures? SCITECH can make that happen.
Soaring above the city's corniche, SCITECH combines imaginative displays, interactive experiences and visual galleries, all aimed at getting kids – and people of all ages – excited about science and technology. The complex is Saudi Arabia’s biggest public science gallery, with more than 350 exhibits. These are separated into six main halls, exploring topics such as electricity, sound waves, robots, and the solar system, and the centre also houses a 190-seat IMAX theatre. Look out for these highlights during your trip.
Take a voyage to the stars in the Earth and Space hall, where kids can experience what it feels like to jet off into space. Whizz through the solar system, learn about the Earth’s place in the galaxy and get your hands on a replica of the Hubble Space Telescope. Don’t miss the observatory in the north of the complex either: the telescope in this interstellar attraction is spectacular.
Take a walk through the Living World hall and discover the mysteries of the human body, brought to life through huge models. Find answers to questions such as ‘How does the brain work?’ and pick up tips on staying healthy. Bonus exhibitions about the lifecycles of native animals and plants are also great for teaching kids about the local environment.
The marvels of underwater life are on show in SCITECH’s sprawling aquariums, with dozens of species of marine life for you to observe. Expect to get a crash course in sea creatures native to the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea – from floating jellyfish to drifting rays – and discover how to help protect the world's oceans.
Explore scientific phenomena in a fun and educational way in the Wonders of Science hall, and get interactive with experiments. The displays cover a host of subjects, from magnets and nuclear energy to lasers and sound waves: ideal for firing the imaginations of little scientists.
More visual feasts are available in the Amazing Technology hall, where you can see how science shapes our daily lives, and hear how Saudi Arabia is putting technology to work in a range of fields. Don’t forget to check out the theatre to learn more.
Let youngsters loose in the Discovery Oasis and uncover an exciting play area, where kids aged four to eight can dabble in interactive games, meet model reptiles and desert animals or just let off steam.
Dive into the natural world with SCITECH’s 190-seat Scientific Dome IMAX theatre. Among the centre’s biggest draws, the theatre deploys the latest 3D technology to let viewers become part of the film. Experience the plains of Africa, take an underwater journey through coral reefs, or whizz through space and watch the wonders of the world come to life.
SCITECH is a fantastic way to bring technology alive for children and inspire the scientists of tomorrow. Programmes and attractions take place throughout the year, so there are plenty of excuses for a return trip.
Visit scitech.sa for details of opening hours and entrance prices.