As the Summer holidays finally begin it’s time to pop a few things in the diary to keep the little darlings entertained and help prevent the wailing ‘Mu-um, I’m Boooooored’ (although a little boredom is good for the soul, encourages thought and helps them learn to entertain themselves!).What better than a journey into space?
With four of them to entertain I am always on the lookout for things which will appeal across a very wide age range and which do not damage my finances beyond repair. This week my Darling Girl and I were lucky enough to be invited to a preview of the revamped Space trail at the Science Museum in London which opens to the general public tomorrow.
The whole event made for a very giddy girl who LOVES science, had never travelled by train and had never been to London, her eyes are still shining but I’ll let her tell you all about it herself!
When we got to the museum we had to sit on benches made from recycled plastic and were given a Flip camera to record what we saw (not to keep unfortunately, we had to give it back!) We were given a Space Passport and set off to explore the trail, looking for code letters.
The first room we came to had a big globe in the middle with a projector that showed you what happens on Earth. This was Mummy’s favourite thing.
There were some astronaut’s gloves with bolts and screws behind a glass screen which you had to try to pick up. I found this quite easy.
Next we saw a big projection of the Earth surrounded by rubbish. I was disgusted.
We saw a replica of the Eagle which did make us laugh a bit. The real Eagle is still where it landed on the Moon and is covered with gold…REAL GOLD! The replica was made out of gold wrapping paper and sellotape…but it was very good!
The Apollo 10 capsule was our next stop, you could see little white seats inside which the astronauts had to lie in, it was miniscule!
We visited a games room which had a huge table which reminded me of the betting table in the James Bond movie Casino Royale! We had to think about science in the future, we didn’t have long enough here!
Next we visited the Launchpad Gallery which was my favourite bit. It had a variety of scientific activities such as trying to make a burglar alarm using light triggered and pressure plate triggered circuits and a rocket launcher powered by water and air.
I had a go at pedal powering some electrical appliances, there were lots of gravity experiments, we loved the fish puddle.
We also loved the thermal imaging screen.
At the end we listened to a talk given by an actor pretending to be one of the astronauts who landed on the Moon. He was the last man to land on the Moon. He explained what it was like to live in a spacecraft, what they ate and how they went to the loo!
We were given a goody bag and set off for home.
I really enjoyed the day out, the passport was a bit young for me and I would love to have spent more time at some of the exhibits. I would definitely go back again and recommend it to anybody as a day out.
The Space Trail opens to the public at The Science Museum tomorrow have a look at the website for details. Bonus Boy would love this trail and there is plenty to keep the older ones busy too. We will be going again!
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