Planetarium Tour for Primary Schools is back for 2020!

With 2020 due to be a stellar year for space exploration (SpaceX, Mars 2020 Rover, OSIRIS-Rex) we’re about to relaunch our very own space-themed show tour for primary schools. In association with STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, we will be bringing an inflatable planetarium to schools in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire next January.

Starry Skies is a planetarium show for primary school children that takes them on a tour of the night sky, introducing some of the stories our ancestors told about the images they could see as they looked up in awe and wonder. The show takes place inside our amazing inflatable planetarium, where they can watch the stars move as we simulate the earth spinning on its axis, see how the sky changes from season to season and marvel at the imagination that created constellations out of points of light.

Ian Snell, our Education Programme Officer said, “We normally run the Planetarium Tour in November and we’ve shared our love of the night sky with more than 4800 children from 35 schools over the past few years. This year, we’ve decided to move our tour to January to give more schools an opportunity to experience what the night sky should look like without all the light pollution shrouding our view.”

We might be a bit bias about how good the show is, but we know children love it too. Starry Skies has been described as ‘inspiring’, ‘exciting’ and ‘fun’ but we think the experience can be summed up best by the words of one KS2 pupil: “The stars were awesome, especially when they moved. I love exploring, interesting things. I used to be scared of the dark but now I am not, the dark is fascinating.”

Find out more and book here.

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