Small Space Alien Explorers

11 September 2020

Become alien explorers with our special early year’s development toddler day.

Book now to become an Alien Explorer

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Can you find the aliens around the Centre, or even become one?

Join our Mission Controllers as we take a trip around our Universe to see if there is something out there.

The Centre is not open to groups or schools on this day, so small children are able to toddle, explore and engage with the exhibition freely.


Our Education team host additional activities, crafts and story time sessions throughout the day.


Experience an exclusive planetarium show included with your day ticket


Explore the centre and enjoy unique trails developed by science educators


Alien Fancy Dress Parade

Come dressed as an alien to join our alien parade around the galleries and earn yourself a certificate.

13:45 – 14:15


Join our commanders in the sensory story area for a selection of alien stories.

10:45, 11:45, 12:45 and 14:45


Head to LIVE Space for some well-known songs to sing, with a very special twist. Bubbles, lights, sound, and participation all create an out of this world sensory experience for little ones to enjoy.

10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:00

Meet Astronaut George

Time to grab the ultimate memento of your visit, a photo with our very own Astronaut George! Come along and meet George, make sure you pack your camera.

11:15, 12:15 and 13:15

EYD Sensory Alien Experience

Time for your littlest aliens to get in touch with this fun and educational sensory experience.

11:00, 12:00 and 13:00


Footprint/Handprint Alien

Help your little one create a very special footprint or handprint memento.

11:00 – 15:00

Paper Plate Alien

Design your very own paper plate alien to take home.

11:00 – 15:00

Planetarium Shows

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All day tickets include a fulldome planetarium show on your first visit. For Small Space day we have two shows to choose from, including a very special show, created for toddlers to enjoy.

One show is included in your first visit. If you would like to add a second show, you can purchase additional tickets for £3 per person from the ticket desk.


Astronaut George Show

Which is the best planet to live on? What dangers will he find? But most importantly – will he find any alien friends to play with? Find out in this inter-planetary adventure!

10:20, 11:00, 11:40, 13:00, 13:40, 14:55

We Are Aliens

Narrated by Rupert Grint. Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas? Or is Earth the only planet with life? We Are Aliens! takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life.

12:20, 14:20 and 15:30

Around the Centre

Astronaut George Trail

Astronaut George is traveling around our Solar System looking for samples that he can bring home, but he has run out of magic words to get his rocket to work… Can you help Astronaut George get home safely?


A tiny planetarium has been created, where Astronaut George can tell young visitors all about the planets in our Solar System.

Dressing Up Trail

Time to become a scientist, an astronaut, or even an alien!

Buggy Park

To keep the galleries clear and to allow you to enjoy all the spaces, please drop off your buggy upon arrival in the Shuttle Suites.

PLEASE NOTE – this space is not supervised.



– What age is Small Space Santa Special Suitable for?

This is a toddler event, so it is suitable for children aged 2-5. However, children younger than this may enjoy the sensory elements and children older than this will also enjoy visiting the Centre and the exhibition.

– Is this event suitable for groups and schools?

No. As the day is planned around small children and parents, we do not encourage or take group bookings. Please see our EDUCATION pages to see other programmes that will be more suitable for you.

– Can I use my Annual Pass?

Yes. This is not a Premium Event.

– Would Small Space be suitable for a child with disabilities?

Yes. The event is aimed at providing a safe and educational space for all those looking to develop skills through play. We include many opportunities throughout the day, where children and parents can drop in and drop out at their leisure. We do not take large school or group bookings, so this is a special day for smaller children, or those who need a quieter and gentler pace to enjoy the Centre.

– Is this day suitable for just adults?

No. The Centre is hosting this event for small children and their families. The galleries will be busy with children’s activities and you will not get the best experience. Please do look at our Space Lates events which are aimed at ages 12+.

– Can I drop my child off with you?

No. All activities are open for children to participate in, but they must be supervised by a parent, grandparent or guardian at all times.