Small Space Santa Special 2017

22 December 2017

Come along and enjoy a special Christmas Small Space Day, with songs, stories, games and the whole Centre for the under 5s to enjoy.

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Join us for a very special pre-Christmas Small Space day, including a visit from a very jolly chap on route from the North Pole!

Our friends at NORAD are getting ready to track Santa as he heads off, delivering gifts to all the children around the world. He will be making a scheduled stop at the National Space Centre for a special Small Space day for all our youngest astronauts.

Come along and enjoy a special Christmas Small Space Day, with songs, stories, games and the whole Centre for the under 5s to enjoy.

If you want to drop in to see Santa, tickets are available on the day, for a small additional charge (including a gift).

Paint and Take Wooden Tree Decorations

Time for some tiny hands to get creative!

Make a special Christmas decoration to take home and display on your tree.

Reindeer Hats

Looking for a special Christmas outfit to wear?

Take a seat and make your very own Rudolph, complete with bright colourful nose and googly eyes!

Christmas Magnets

Colour in and keep your own magnetic National Space Centre Christmas character!

Take your character home and display on any metallic surface (if you have any room left on the fridge!)

Sing-a-Long Snow Time Sensory Party

Time to dance and play in the snow. Lights, snow, bubbles and music all turn this into a sensory spectacular for the Christmas season.

Fun and Games

Join our Mission Commanders for games time in LIVE Space. Learn and develop through tactile play.

Christmas Story Time

Find a space and sit down for a special story time session. Take an adventure with Santa and discover a Brilliant Surprise.

Planetarium Shows

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.

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!

We Are Stars

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

Sit back and explore our cosmic chemistry in the comfort of the UK’s largest planetarium.


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

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!

Extra Information

To help keep the galleries clear and to allow you to enjoy all the spaces, we have two BUGGY PARK areas available for you to leave your push chairs and prams. PLEASE NOTE – this space is not supervised.

Remember, your Annual Pass is valid for Small Space Santa Special and all children under 5 are FREE.

A visit to Santa is £3 per child (suitable for children under 10). Tickets are available on the day on a first come first served basis.