Family fun

Young Astronomers Workshop

Get hands-on in these short drop in family workshops themed around space science and exploration, from the most recent discoveries about the Solar System to our latest understanding of the wider universe.

Our team of Observatory Explainers include those who are studying astronomy at degree or postgraduate level and can answer your burning space questions such as: how big is the Universe and why is Pluto not a planet anymore? Also if you've always wondered what it takes to become an astronomer - they are the people to ask!

Holiday to Space with Q Pootle 5

Bring your little ones along to a special Q Pootle 5 themed morning where you will get the chance to watch an episode of the hit CBeebies series on the big screen surrounded by stars in our morning planetarium screening!

This is followed by an interactive presentation from Nick and a chance to meet him at a book signing after the show.

The Princess Alice: Dance Performance

Daisy Farris Dance Collective performs a retelling of the SS Princess Alice disaster. The sinking of the the pleasure paddle steamer in 1878 near Woolwich is the greatest loss of life on the River Thames ever recorded. 

Performances are free and suitable for all ages. Following both workshops, you are invited to join our dancers in a short movement workshop.

Cosmic Christmas

How can we use these colours to find out about the ingredients of the Universe?

Start your voyage of discovery with a Christmas-themed planetarium show to learn a space-themed 12 Days of Christmas song; followed by a solar system quiz, and ending with a stellar make and do that allows you to see the ingredients of the Universe through light and colour!

Please note: all children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Age: 7+

She Tells Sea Tales

Our storytelling festival of high seas adventure returns to Cutty Sark this half-term.  Brace yourself for tales of freak storms, giant waves,  mysterious stowaways as well as the adventure of the luckiest sailor who sailed aboard Cutty Sark and only just survived to tell his tale. 

Family Halloween: Bermuda Triangle

This Halloween the Museum is being taken over by ghosts and ghouls with a space twist... 

  • Join us on a ghost hunt and encounter mysterious mathematicians and appalling astronauts roaming the ancient museum corridors. If you’re very nice they may even give you a spooky surprise gift!  

  • Take a dip in our alien ocean immersive space and create a deep sea alien monster then hop on our makeshift Seastar science station and learn about the curious creatures imagined by voyagers of the past.

Holiday to Space activity morning

Start the morning with a sing along to help Ted find the great big bear in our 20-minute Space Safari planetarium show, filled with spectacular views of the planets up close!

Afterwards, take part in a 30-minute workshop in one of our learning spaces, to find out a little more about Ted’s adventure to the planets. Can you choose one that would make a good holiday destination? Help prepare our brave teddy bear for the trip and his stay.


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