Fascination, information and sheer fun for youngsters from three-18 are all on the programme for next month’s Gravity Fields festival (September 24-28), from astronaut training to rocket workshops.
The George Centre in Grantham stages a weekday Science Fair with such diverse exhibits and activities as astounding animals to university projects and microbiology, with a special Family Science Fun Day on the Saturday (27th).
Grantham Museum’s new exhibition Newton’s Grantham: Grantham’s Newton has everything an enquiring mind would want to know about the 17th century world in which Isaac Newton lived – complete with a live apothecary demonstration.
Any youngster with a camera will find inspiration in the Royal Photographic Society’s exhibitions of scientific photography, with a mainly outdoor showcase at Belton House and electronic digital display in Grantham Museum.
One Giant Leap, with afternoon and evening showings on the Wednesday (24th) is possibly one of the most ambitious works of children’s theatre ever created, and went down a storm at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Creator the Wee Stories Theatre Company takes a funny and serious spin through the solar system, bringing the whole universe into the Grantham Guildhall theatre.
Equally entertaining is Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking from the Tangram Theatre Company, presenting the ubercoolest moustache in science and the wurst sausage joke ever at Grantham Guildhall on the Friday evening (26th). Where else can youngsters get astronomy tips from BBC Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott and astronomers from the University of Oxford? These are all available at The Age of the Universe – Zooniverse Schools workshop on the Friday.
The national Science Museum presents its Greatest Hits show with all its favourite science demos packed into one show, plus Glorious Blood and Danger High Voltage. Science Made Simple goes to town with bubbles and balloons and the National Space Centre’s Sunday family invitation to space activities at Harlaxton Manor seals a great week.
Staring with Martian Rover Training, moving on to Who Wants to be an Astronaut and including a portable planetarium, the Space Centre has events running throughout the day.
Special pupil packages and last minute bookings are still available for the festival’s schools and colleges’ education programme with workshops, fun science shows, stimulating science and history activities and displays – including free science displays and exhibitions.
For tickets visit www.gravityfields.co.uk or call the Guildhall box office on 01476 406158.