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Operation Ouch! Half Term at the National Science and Media Museum

For February half term 2019, the National Science and Media Museum is joining forces with hit CBBC programme Operation Ouch!

The half term programme will explore the wonderful world of medicine, set up some crazy experiments, and give young visitors the chance to meet the stars of the show—Dr Chris, Dr Xand, and the latest member of the team, Dr Ronx.

One of the most popular programmes on CBBC, Operation Ouch! follows real-life stories from children’s A&E wards around the country, demonstrates eye-popping experiments and shares amazing facts about medicine and biology. It has won two BAFTAs (Best Children’s Factual Programme) and starts its seventh series on 2 January 2019.

A whole range of free half term activities and live shows have been created at the museum for families to discover more about the fascinating (and sometimes gross!) science of the human body. Visitors can also delve further into the show through clips, trails and a look at some of the medical-themed objects in the museum’s collection.

Plus, on Tuesday 19 February 2019, CBBC’s Operation Ouch! presenters Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx will be making a special appearance at the museum to reveal some behind-the-scenes secrets and share their favourite stories (free, booking required).

John Darnbrough, Learning Programmes Developer at the museum, said:

“We’re thrilled Operation Ouch! will be joining us in February, and can’t wait to take inspiration from some of the funniest, messiest and grossest bits of the show.

“If you’re a fan of the programme, interested in medicine and the human body, and want to take part in some great interactive events, we look forward to seeing you in the half term holiday.”

And, on Wednesday 20 February 2019, the National Science and Media Museum will be the location for a live streaming of Operation Ouch! ‘After Party’ with its three presenters and an invited audience. Further details will be available on CBBC.

Operation Ouch! Half Term, 16–24 February 2019, National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. Free entry; booking may be required for some activities.


Programme details


All taking place 16–24 February 2019, 10.00–16.00; free unless stated otherwise

  • Live Demo Area Enjoy live demonstrations of Operation Ouch! science. Don’t miss these cool experiments all about how your body works.
  • Chattering Teeth Make a model of your mouth and teeth to take home. Chatter away!
  • Challenge Yourself! Explore the displays and find mind hacks and body tricks that will amaze your family and friends. Are you up to the challenge?
  • Circuit Surgery (£1 per kit) Make your very own Operation Ouch! game to take home! Test your nerve and surgical skills against your friends.
  • Gaming Zone and Chillout Space Try Operation Ouch! online games, discover the inside of your body with our augmented reality T-shirts, or just sit back and relax. There are books and toys to experiment and play with too!
  • Family Trail We’ve hidden the lab skeleton, Billy Bones, all over the museum—along with a secret code word. Can you discover the hidden clues and piece Billy back together?

Live shows

Free; ticket required

  • Meet the Doctors Tuesday 19 February 2019 at 10.30, 12.00, 14.00. Meet Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx as they share some behind-the-scenes secrets from Operation Ouch! and give you the chance to ask them anything!
  • Eye Dissection 16–18 and 22–24 February 2019 at 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, 15.30. See real science in action with a live dissection exploring how the eye works.
  • Heart Dissection Thursday 21 February 2019 at 11.00, 12.30, 14.00. Ever wanted to know how the heart works? Come along to this live dissection and find out.
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The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. The museum explores the science and culture of image and sound technologies, creating special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults. It is home to three cinemas, including Europe’s first IMAX cinema screen and the world’s only public Cinerama screen outside the USA. Entry to the museum is free.

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