Tots to teens

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EX­PLOR­ING SCI­ENCE: From cli­mate change to cock­tail chem­istry, Cork Sci­ence Fes­ti­val is rolling out a pro­gramme of mostly free events for fam­i­lies. The fes­ti­val be­gins this Sun­day with Cel­e­brate Sci­ence in Gate­way UCC, where there will be more than 75 in­ter­ac­tive work­shops, ex­hibits and talks from 12 noon un­til 5pm and ends with the Com­mu­nity Fes­ti­val of Sci­ence at Nep­tune Sta­dium on No­vem­ber 18; www.corkscience­fes­ti­val.ie

FUN PUZ­ZLES: Smart Games are fun, multi-level, logic games, with puz­zles to solve, from easy to ex­pert, for ages four up­wards, de­vel­op­ing spa­tial aware­ness and prob­lem-solv­ing skills. Sev­eral of th­ese games come in com­pact travel cases, for one or more player, in­clud­ing the new IQ-Puz­zler Pro, €12.95, age 6+, which fea­tures 120 chal­lenges in three play­ing modes, with both 2D and 3D chal­lenges; www.mim­i­toys.ie

IN­TER­AC­TIVE LEARN­ING: Ex­plore The Sea Life is an in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing puz­zle, de­signed for chil­dren to ex­plore the sea floor and the marine an­i­mals that live there. First they can put to­gether the 70-piece puz­zle of a co­ral reef where sharks, sea­horses and starfish are just some of the in­hab­i­tants, not­ing their dis­cov­er­ies on the list in­cluded. Then they can use the Magic Torch to re­veal images in­vis­i­ble to the naked eye, €17, ages 5+; www.arnotts.ie

BUB­BLE BATH: For those who want to try some­thing dif­fer­ent than mak­ing slime, Smyths have in­cluded the So Bomb DIY Bath Bomb Fac­tory on their Top Toys list this year. The kit con­tains a mix­ing sta­tion, mould­ing press, and a pipette and a mea­sur­ing spoon and enough pow­der, glit­ter and dec­o­ra­tions to make six fizzing bath bombs, €19.99, ages 6+; www.smyth­stoys.ie

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