Small Space Teddy Bear Day

09 September 2019

Bring your special cuddly friend to a special early year’s development toddler day.

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It’s Teddy and Toddler Time at the National Space Centre, as we host a day dedicated to our very special cuddly friends and supporting the early educational development of our youngest visitors.

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, craft sessions and story time sessions throughout the day.


Bear Awards

Bring teddy along for some special visitor voted certificates. Do you have the most hugged bear, or the brightest bear? Help them win a certificate and meet some new furry friends.

13:45 – 14:15


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

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

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/Handprint Teddy

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

11:00 – 15:00

Paper Plate Polar Bear

Design your very own paper plate polar bear to take home, with lots of tissue paper to be super cuddly!

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, 12:30, 14:00

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.

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

CapCom Go!

An immersive fulldome show celebrating the Apollo Space programme. Take a seat in the UKs largest Planetarium to see this brand-new show.

From the National Space Centre based multi award-winning fulldome show producers comes ‘CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story’.
CAPCOM GO! showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon.

12:20, 14:20 and 15:30

Additional Activities and Information

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.