Small Space

10 September 2018

Small Space is the Toddler Takeover day for our youngest astronauts to enjoy at the National Space Centre.

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Small Space Day

Combining stories, songs and trails, this is a fun and interactive way for young children to continue their early educational development.

There is also the chance to see a special show featuring the planets, and even meet our own astronaut, George!.

The building and all activities are dedicated to our smallest visitors, so this is a great way to enjoy the National Space Centre, with lots of extra activities to keep young hands and minds busy.


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

10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 13:45 and 14:45

Alien Art

Create your own 3d model alien, complete with googly eyes and pipe-cleaner antenna.

11:00 - 15:00

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, and make sure you pack your camera.

11:15, 12:15, 13:15, and 14:15


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 and 14:00

Blast-Off Rockets

Design your very own paper rocket to take home, with lots of tissue paper flames, to be super safe.

11:00 – 15:00

Planetarium Show

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 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

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?


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 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.

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