Chain Reaction!

Become an inventor and work together to make an elaborate chain reaction (also known as a Rube Goldberg) machine. Achieve a simple goal in the coolest, most complicated way possible.

For anyone who doesn't know what a Rube Goldberg machine is, it's "a contraption, invention, device, or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion" - named after inventor Rube Goldberg, and made famous by some well-known car adverts! Put simply, it's a creative, fun and awesome way to work together to create an amazing visual chain reaction. 

We'll do our own take on it, with scrap metals, toys, balls, dominoes, pulleys, levers and electronics to create part of a chain reaction machine. Come with family, friends, or on your own, and play a part in building a brilliant contraption all together!

‚ÄčThe activity will last around 45 minutes, with 15 minutes at the end to show the machine in action. You can sign up for a place on arrival at the front desk, or just come along at the advertised time. Places are limited for each session.


21 Jul - 30 Nov

How Much

Included with a general admission ticket.


Tinkering Space

Who for

Recommended age 5+


Weekends and Holidays. Ask at front desk or check the chalk boards in the Tinkering Space (First Floor) for times