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14 Space days that are out of this world!

Written by Annabel Middleton

Have you ever wanted to visit space?
Then perhaps Winchester Science Centre is the Place!
With so many Planetariums on this list,
these are not days out to be missed!

We the Curious

Bristol

We The Curious in Bristol’s Millennium Square boasts a shiny silver orb of a planetarium, offering a host of ways to explore space. Take part in stargazing or over 6’s can step inside the UK’s only 3D planetarium for the immersive Solar System Odyssey! Choose from 28 amazing missions and get exploring! Find out more here!

Winchester Science Centre

Winchester, Hampshire

Go and fly through the stars in the Planetarium. A massive screen all around makes you feel as though you’re flying through space with stars, planets and action everywhere! You can also hear why science sounds amazing in the sound, hearing and vibration exhibition. Plus, from the 9th of July to the 11th of September there is the ‘Sparks’ event where you can watch electricity come to life with fun audience participation and ‘electrifying’ experiments in this free summer show! Find out more here!

The Observatory Science Centre

Hailsham

This fantastic observatory is a leading hands-on science centre with over 100 exhibits for the family to see. It is the former home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory and has many domes and telescopes. Learn about the planets, gravity, forces, sound, light and so much more, it really is easy to spend a whole day here exploring everything come rain or shine. Find out more here!

Science Museum

South Kensington

Bring the kids for a fun and educational day out at the Science Museum! Discover wonderful exhibitions ranging from space to technology. There’s the opportunity to think like a scientist at Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery which will inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways! In the IMAX: The Ronson Theatre you can immerse yourself in the big screen and watch things from newly released block busters, and stunning 3D documentary films to cinema classics and an array of live events! Find out more here!

National History Museum

South Kensington

Discover the cosmos which has fascinated humans since we first gazed at the night sky! Meet the Museum scientists working at the forefront of space research and get answers to your pressing questions about our solar system, space missions, space travel, the search for life on Mars, planetary protection, and beyond! The gem-filled meteorites and diamond stardust which is older than our solar system will leave you in awe. Find out more here!

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Greenwich park

Home to the world famous Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the world. There is also London’s only planetarium, the Harrison timekeepers and the UK’s largest refracting telescope. Watch spectacular shows in the planetarium and don’t forget to get the family to stand either side of the Meridian line which represents Longitude 0º and divides eastern and western hemispheres! This summer there are also live science and astronomy demonstrations where you can chat with the Observatory explainers and navigation experts to learn all about space! Find out more here!

National space centre

Leicester

For the budding astronaut, this centre will fulfil their starry eyed dreams! Inside you will find six interactive displays, models and a planetarium all exploring the history of space. There’s so many fascinating objects to admire from satellites to Martian surfaces. The family can learn all about the solar system, space exploration and so much more, plus you can also see the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower. Find out more here!

Cambridge Science Centre

Cambridge

The Cambridge Science Centre is full of amazing exhibits and learning activities which will make you and your young ones wide eyed. From interactive shows to hands-on exhibits including a spectroscope which will let you see the colours of light the way the naked eye cannot there is so much to see! Find out more here!

Techniquest

Cardiff

Bring the family here for a fun and educational day out; a hands-on science discovery centre that the kids will love exploring! It has over 130 interactive exhibits from a hot air balloon, and a hydrogen rocket, down to chunky puzzles. The current star tours also take you through space for a close-up look at some of nature’s most beautiful sights such as distant galaxies and exploded stars! Find out about some familiar constellations, the planets, how stars are born, and how they die. Find out more here!

The Spaceguard Centre

Knighton, Powys

The most significant natural danger to life on Earth comes from Asteroids and comets which is what the Spaceguard Centre tries to monitor! It holds the main source of informatio about near Earth objects in the UK and is located on a remote, dark sky site ideal for astronomy! On your visit one of the country’s leading experts will explain the structure of the solar system, why we have a problem, and how we can solve it! Find out more here!

W5 Belfast

Belfast

Unleash your inner explorer in The Lost Planet at W5 Belfast where dinosaurs rule! Discover fun facts about the universe through play, such as learning interesting facts about the solar system in the activity zone to complete the mission! Your adventure will begin at the base of the giant rocket on the launchpad and to get to the top your little ones must make their way through the launch gantry or climb through the spider tower webbing inside the rocket! From there they can travel back through the tunnels and zip back down to earth via the spiral slide! Find out more here!

Spaceworld

Prescot, Merseyside

Spaceworld is a wonderful play centre for your very own little astronauts. With fantastic equipment including tubes, climbing nets, a spiral slide, an astra slide and even a 20ft space rocket, they will be spoilt for choice! The will love riding the electric space buggies and there is a separate toddlers area for the little ones to play safely in. As one of the largest play frames in Merseyside it has been designed to enable you to see your child wherever they may play! Find out more here!

Spaceport

Wirral, Merseyside

You’ll be taken to the moon and back at Spaceport, where you can learn all about space and science. Be sure to check out the Planetarium, where you’ll learn all about the stars and the galaxy in the impressive dome. The Observatory is also home to the world’s largest telescope and offers a fascinating look into the night sky. Plus, there are many interactive exhibits and audio-visual experiences across six galleries for your little ones to explore! Find out more here!

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow

The Glasgow Science Centre is a fascinating place that’s perfect for kids with a thirst for knowledge! Experience the ‘Forward! To the moon’ event as you are taken on a journey with the Artemis missions as NASA plans to land the first woman and the first person of colour on the moon in the next decade! The permanent space zone also forms an immersive walkway through the solar system towards the entrance of the planetarium where you can observe planets and learn facts about our cosmic neighbourhood! Find out more here!

 

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