Small Space Day – Teddy Toddler Day

09 September 2022

Calling all toddlers… bring your special cuddly friend to our day dedicated to early years development.

It’s teddy and toddler time at the National Space Centre, as we host a day dedicated to our very special cuddly friends, that also supports the early educational development of our youngest visitors.

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

Our Discovery team host additional activities, craft sessions and story time sessions throughout the day.

Booking in Advance is Essential
Including Annual Pass Bookings


Teddy Bear Party

If you go down to LIVE space today, you’re sure of a big surprise! Lots of fun teddy bear games for you and your furry friend to play.  Come and join our Mission Commanders as they lead you in fun games, with a teddy bear theme.

13:30 – 14:00 at LIVE Space Stage


Join our commanders in the sensory story area for a selection teddy bear stories.

10:45 and 12:45 at Shuttle Suites

Ted’s Great Space Adventure

A very special guest, Elizabeth Avery from Royal Observatory Greenwich, will be joining us to read her story ’Ted’s great space adventure.’

11:45, 13:45 and 14:45 at Shuttle Suites

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

Footprint Teddy

Help your little one create a very special footprint memento.

11:00 – 15:00

Teddy Bear Hat Ears

Create your own teddy bear ears to wear to the teddy bear party

11:00 – 15:00


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 and 12:30 at LIVE Space Gallery

Astronaut George Trail

Astronaut George is travelling 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?

Dressing Up Trail

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


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

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.

Shuttle Suites

Planetarium Show

All day tickets include one fulldome planetarium show on 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 and 14:55

We Are Stars

Narrated by Andy Serkis Discover what we are made of, where we come from and connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe.

12:20, 14:20 and 15:30


What age is Small Space 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, or consider visiting on a sunny weekend date, when we tend to be a lot quieter (sunny summer holiday midweek dates are also good).

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.