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The Observatory Science Centre
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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Children's Workshops

Bringing Science and Creativity to Life!

Holiday fun for children aged 6-8 years and 9-11 years. In addition to our daily activities, during the local school holidays we also offer fantastic workshops for children which are a great way to have fun and learn at the same time. They are fully interactive; children are totally immersed in carrying out experiments or making and creating (depending on the type of workshop). Many of the workshops involve an element of 'Make and Take' projects when the children are able to take what they have made home.

Specific workshops are aimed at age groups 6-8 years and 9-11 years. Please check the intended age group of your chosen workshop. We cannot accept children who are younger than the intended age and we would be very grateful if you respect this decision.

For further information about dropping off and picking up your children please see Notes for Parents and Guardians.

The cost of our workshops is as follows:

Half Day: £12.50 per child
Full Day:  £23.50 per child
Twilight:  £25.00 per child

Further information about the workshops will be added to this page very soon.

While we do our best to include all the activities mentioned in the descriptions, some activities may vary on the day. We recommend warm, practical clothing and sensible footwear for all the workshops.

SPECIAL OFFER:  Please note that the cost of the workshop is for the workshop only. If you would like to visit the Centre either after or before the workshop then you will have to purchase an entrance ticket. However, we are offering a special discounted rate of just £5 pp if admission to the Centre is purchased at the time of pre-booking a workshop (not including twilight workshops). This special offer admission applies to any adults who are dropping off children booked onto a workshop and who wish to stay in the Centre and any children within the same group that are not attending the workshop but wish to stay in the Centre (up to a reasonable limit).

FOR EXAMPLE: if the booking is for 1 child attending a workshop and staying in the Centre after the workshop, 1 adult and 1 child not attending the workshop then you pay:
  • £12.50 for the workshop + £5 to stay in the Centre after the workshop = £17.50.
  • £5 for the adult
  • £5 for the extra child not attending the workshop   

This discount only applies if pre-booked AT THE SAME TIME AS BOOKING THE WORKSHOP.

PLEASE NOTE: The special offer does not apply to twilight workshops

Booking is essential for all workshops
APRIL 2018

Wednesday 4th - 'Astronaut Academy' half day

Come and investigate how to be an astronaut with some exciting activities. You will certainly discover the challenges that astronauts face when they travel to space, live in space and return home.

Time:   10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:    £12.50 per child (this is for the workshop only*)
Age:     6 - 8 years


Thursday 5th - 'Earth & Beyond Twilight'

From the depths of the Earth to the stars! Come and find out about our own dynamic Earth then, as the night draws in and the Sun disappears take a look beyond Earth at the fascinating night sky through a giant telescope. The afternoon will be spent carrying out some fascinating experiments learning about volcanoes, earthquakes, icebergs and much more. Then we turn our attention to the stars, looking beyond Earth through the Centre's giant telescopes (weather permitting). Come and find out how Albert Einstein proved one of his ground-breaking theories using a telescope that we now have in one of our domes.

Time:    2pm - 8pm
Cost:     £25.00 per child (this is for the workshop only*)
Age:      9 - 11 years


Tuesday 10th - 'Explore the Moon' half day

Why does the Moon look like it has a face? Why does its shape change from night to night? Why is it sometimes up during the day? Come and find out through fun interactive activities. Make your own Moon model, create some fantastically messy craters and hear about the mysteries of the "Man in the Moon".

Time:   10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:    £12.50 per child (this is for the workshop only*)
Age:     6 - 8 years


Wednesday 11th - 'Smart Systems' half day

Ever wondered how you could do stuff quicker and easier? Want to get your chores done fast? Try these fascinating games and find out how never to waste time again

Time:   10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:    £12.50 per child (this is for the workshop only*)
Age:     9 - 11 years 


Thursday 12th - 'High Fliers' half day 

Let's investigate the fascinating world of flight and make some things that fly. You will be making and firing a spectacular water rocket.

Time:   10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost:    £12.50 per child (this is for the workshop only*)
Age:     6 - 8 years 


To make a booking please phone the Centre on 01323 832731

*SPECIAL OFFER: discounted rates for entrance into the Centre before or after the workshop if purchased at the time of booking (see the notes above).
How to Book

Notes for Parents/Guardians: before booking your child/children on to a workshop please consult the 'Notes for Parents/Guardians.' This will give you more information about how to book. Please note whilst we endeavour to include all activities mentioned in the description, some activities may vary on the day.

To check availability please ring or email the centre.

To make a booking please telephone the Centre and reserve your place using a credit or debit card.

Telephone: 01323 832731

Alternatively there is an option to book on-line for some of the courses. Please follow the link in the relevant section above if this option is available.

Refund policy: Any refunds will incur a £5 administration charge. Please note; we will not be able to refund any bookings within 7 days of the event taking place.