Out of this World
These series of activities represent the most fun you can have this summer without actually leaving terra firma (although you might feel that you’ve left the Earth’s gravitational pull at some point). Take, for instance, ‘Falling with Style’ the new show at Life’s state-of-the-art planetarium. Here you will be able to take a space-flight like no other – soaring through the solar system in high-res detail – while exploring how gravity affects the universe. And then there are the Space Zone adventures, which lets you be the boss in Mission Control and walk inside a replica of the International Space Station. At the Live science show, meanwhile, you’ll be able to join the Explainers as they journey through space (can you help them return the spaceship safely back to earth?). And don’t forget to check out the Making Studios if you want to get hands-on and make your own air-powered rocket (before you take it home, take it for a test-launch and see how high it flies). In the Experiment Zone you can mix chemicals together to see what works best for rocket fuel (and what works best for an astronaut’s visor – ages 7+). Finally, be amazed by Gaia – a 7-metre wide, glowing replica of Earth. Best vantage point for this is the upper level of the centre where you’ll be able to grab an easel and create your own Earth-inspired artwork. Chuck in under 7s fun – Play Zone, discovery backpacks, and three pop-up play stations – and you’ve got an interstellar experience like no other.
Lightyear, Life Science Centre, Newcastle, each day, 10am-5pm. A whole range of different tickets are available (including family tickets): life.org.uk/lightyear