“Early Start Discovery Space is the first dedicated children’s museum in the world based on a university campus. It provides interactive experiences, stimulating educational programs and learn-through-play activities for children aged birth to 10 years and their families.
All experiences are designed to allow children to take control and share their imagination and creativity with others. The environment stimulates curiosity, supports independence, encourages social interaction and promotes an inclusive community.”
"The Discovery Space is fully accessible for wheelchairs and prams with ramps, wide hallways and dedicated bathroom facilities. There are lifts available from the members’ car park and throughout the building itself."General accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Adult change facilities
- Level or ramp access to front entrance
- Paths wide and not slippery
- Lift access to all levels
- Sufficient clearance for wheelchairs under tables
The following are excerpts from Havewheelchairwilltravel.net:
"I was very impressed at how mostly everything was wheelchair accessible, with the only exceptions really being the top of the Shipyard and part of the Cave. There is a ramp at the entrance to the centre. The ground floor was flat, open plan and room for circulation.
The 2nd storey was accessed via either stairs or a lift. The activity spaces were spacious, and even though it was rather busy being school holidays, there was plenty of room to walk around.
Many activities were on table top height and tables had room for a child's wheelchair to fit under them. Many activity stations were attached to walls, with lots of buttons to press, music to play, or dials to turn. Tubs of role-playing toys were usually at waist height.
There are child-sized toilets and sinks available, and spacious disabled toilet rooms. They have even thought of shower facilities, and throughout the centre there are water bubblers and hand sanitiser units. There is a Cafe that can be visited from outside the Centre or from the Discovery Gardens.
The Discovery Gardens have stepping stones, musical instruments and water troughs at waist height."