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Lifetime Lab celebrates Water Heritage Day

Lifetime Lab hosted a highly successful Water Open Day on Saturday 2nd September to mark Water Heritage Day. Families thronged the site throughout the day enjoying stands and activities relating to water.


The Casey family learning how to measure the pH of water

Organised by Lifetime Lab Education Officer Una Leader and staffed by enthusiastic volunteers and Lifetime Lab staff, the day aimed to help children learn about water through a series of hands-on activities.


Maurice O’Sullivan, Cork City Council & Water Open Day Volunteer, explaining to some young Cork residents where their water comes from.

Lifetime Lab was an ideal location for such an event given its history as the old Cork Waterworks, the site from which water was supplied to the City for over two hundred years. Families were able to enjoy the prize winning redevelopment of the site which now hosts a playground, garden, courtyard, café and permanent interactive exhibits relating to Water, Energy and Waste.


Lifetime Lab Water Open Day volunteer Taly Williams showing her son Francis how water moves through the ground at the “Aquifer in a Box” stand.

Of the many excellent stands one of the most popular was the Water Rocket which was launched from the Lifetime Lab garden every hour. The Water Beasties stand provided by South Western River Basin District Project personnel was also hit with parents and children enjoying a close look at the invertebrates that live in our streams and rivers.


Spotting the Water Beasties

Children in particular enjoyed the Water Fun stand where they learned how to blow giant bubbles using paper cones, and how to stick their fingers in bubbles without bursting them!

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Some of the giant bubbles blown by children at the Lifetime Lab Water Open Day.

Lifetime Lab Schools Resource Centre will be offering Science Workshops for Primary School classes (3rd-6th class) from mid September. These workshops will be directed by a fully qualified primary teacher and are linked to the Primary Science Curriculum. For further details please contact Lifetime Lab at 021-4941500 or see the website at

Lifetime Lab would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up their Saturday to come and put on such a wonderful show for Water Heritage Day.


Some of the Water Open Day volunteers and Lifetime Lab staff at end of the Water Heritage Day event at Lifetime Lab on Saturday.

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