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Reach for the stars this October half term and explore the surprising challenges of space with nine days of free family fun!

Build and test your own Mars rover, design a Space Mission Patch and wear it with pride, and build a mini rocket to launch across the museum. Then join in with our challenges and find out whether you have what it takes to be an astronaut.

What’s on

Drop-in activities in Gallery One

Time: 10.00–16.00

Mars Rover Make a balloon-powered Mars rover with cardboard, then try out your creation in our testing area. Can you design the best rover for the job?

Mission Patches Each astronaut mission comes with its own mission patch. Tim Peake’s Principia mission had a nationwide competition to design his—now it’s your turn. Design your mission patch and wear it with pride.

For under-5s: Mission Stickers Use felt pens and fun stickers to create a junior mission patch!

Space Collection See real objects that have been to the Moon and back, including space chocolate pudding and more space food, on loan from The Space Collective.

Children taking part in a family activity at the National Science and Media Museum

Drop-in activities in Gallery Two

Time: 10.00–16.00

Astronaut Training A series of space-based challenges and demos to really test your mettle... Control robotic arms, test your skills wearing space gloves and see what would happen to your body if you went to space without a suit.

Rockets Build your very own model rocket—just like the one Tim Peake flew in—then use our launchpad to test your design. Can you get Tim to the target?

For under-5s: Straw Rockets Make a simple, air-powered rocket using straws.

Visitors taking part in a family activity at the National Science and Media Museum

Challenges of Space

Time: 10.30, 12.00, 13.30, 14.00 (times subject to change)

Location: Gallery Two

Learn some of the amazing science secrets behind space travel. What would happen to your body in the vacuum of space? What does space smell like? And most importantly, how do you go to the toilet in space?


Mission: Space is part of Bradford Family Learning Festival 2017.