Thursday 10 October 2019

Family activities to celebrate world space week!

Did you know the past week has been World Space Week?

World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology. It is held each year from 4th to the 10th of October! 

These dates commemorate two events: 

4th October 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, opening the way for space exploration.
10th October 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activites of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.

There is plenty of places around the UK to learn all about space and science. Here's some of the best!

Liverpool Planetarium - Liverpool,.
Free entry.
For a fascinating day out take the family to the Liverpool Planetarium. Take a journey through space and time and learn all about the magnificent universe! You'll get up close to the moon and lots of amazing planets and be blown away by the new digital show 'Chronicle of a Journey to Earth'.

Island Planetarium - Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. 
Adult £5, Child £3.
The family will be amazed and mesmerised by what they will see at this planetarium and you will learn all about the night sky. You will go on a journey through space and time in the astrodome and the exhibition. Throughout the year they have a changing variety of shows including 'we are aliens', 'a star is born' and 'cell!cell!cell!'. 

Armagh Planetarium - Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Show the kids that science can be both educational and fun at the Armagh Planetarium. It was established in 1968 and has been fascinating visitors ever since. You'll learn all about our solar system and the amazing object that exist in the cosmos.

Southend Planetarium – Southend-on-Sea.
Adults £5, Children £3.
Southend Planetarium is a wonderful and unique experience where you can learn all about the solar system, astronomy and the night sky. You'll have the chance to ask the lecturers any questions so sit back and enjoy the live and rather fascinating talk.

£12 per person.
This hands on, interactive science and technology centre is a great place for a family visit and is packed with fascinating exhibits including a space zone where you will be transported through the solar system. Enjoy amazing film screenings in the 360 degree planetarium cinema on lots of interesting topics about our amazing universe and the planets and stars we share it with.

Free entry.
This beautiful windmill was built in the 1800's by a Nottingham baker and has a rich history, having once been owned by a famous mathematical physicist, George Green. Here you can see the windmill working then the wind blows and even buy organic flour. There is a fascinating small science centre next to the mill where you can find out all about George Green and his life story. 

Cambridge Science Centre - Cambridgeshire.
Adults £4.50, Children £3.
The Cambridge Science Centre is full of amazing exhibits and learning activities which will make you and your young ones wide eyed. Take a look at the many displays which include, a spectroscope which will let you see the colours of light the way the naked eye cannot. You can also see how passing an electrical current through a single wire can make it generate enough of its own energy and will jump around.

Adult £8, Child £6.
A unique and fun museum for all science fiction fans, with lots of different shows under one roof; see the collection that ranges from Doctor Who to Red Dwarf. Enter through the Tardis like door into the atmospheric museum with sounds effects and props.

This museum has a fantastic collection of artefacts from the first airborne cameras and flying clothing to high altitude 'space suits', night vision aids and lots more. The museum has exhibitions to interest the children and you will get to see parts of aircraft tunnel, a fully working wind tunnel, models and more. 

Adults £11.50, Children £9.
The Glasgow Science Centre is a fascinating place that's perfect for kids with a thirst for knowledge. Using temporary displays, you'll learn about all aspects of science including the human body and the universe. The Science Centre is also home to an IMAX theatre, so you can take your little ones to see a large scale film in stunning surround sound.

Do any of these take your fancy? Have you visited any of these places before?


  1. I didn't realise there was a planetarium in Liverpool!! That's not so far from us and I think small girl would love it !!

  2. I haven't visited these places but I'm sure my kids would love too. I'm looking at Farnborough right now, my hubby loves planes and I'm a bit fed up of Cosford. :) xx

  3. Brilliant resources my son is learning space at the moment X #mmbc

  4. I'm surprised my youngest didn't tell me about space week. Astronomy is his favourite hobby

  5. I love going to the space centre in Leicester