Rescue at the Ipswich Art Gallery is an interactive exhibit which showcases the efforts of our nation's emergency services. It shows kids what it is like to be involved in rescue efforts on land, in the air and in the sea. Unlike most museum and gallery exhibits, it is very hands on, with loads of things for children to touch and explore. Kids get to dress up and roleplay, try some indoor rockclimbing and balancing and have a go at using different kinds of rescue equipment. There are hours of fun to be had and all for free.
The highlight for my little one, and many of the kids there, was the helicopter just inside the entrance. It's not a little toy helicopter but actual size. Kids can climb in and "fly" it using a joystick, or sit in the back and use the infra-red camera to pick up the heat signatures of the people nearby. A close second would be the ball pit full of blue balls which simulate the sea with a life raft kids can climb into.
There are jetskis the kids can ride on and pretend to rescue a swimmer in trouble and computers where they can pretend to operate equipment like the jaws of life.
There were free posters for the kids and a competition to enter. We spent a few hours at the exhibit but I reckon we could have easily spent another whole day there without the little people getting bored (tired and cranky, sure, but not bored). It's a great family day out.