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

Email Us

Children's Workshops

Bringing Science and Creativity to Life!

Holiday fun for children aged 6-9 years and 10-13 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 6-9 years and 10-13 years. Please check the intended age group of your chosen workshop because we cannot accept children outside of the specified age range.

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

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

For dates, times and the cost of each workshop please see the details below the following descriptions. 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.

Booking is essential for all workshops
We are in the process of planning an exciting line-up for 2016 so please do come back to this page and check periodically for further updates - see provisional programme below the photographs.

Provisional 2016 programme

February

Tuesday 16th - 'A Hearty Work Out!' half day

You will be learning all about the heart and how it keeps you alive! You will also get your heart pumping, check out your pulse and make your own stethoscope. These are just some of the fun activities before you relax and make your own heart-warming chocolates for a belated Valentine's treat.

Times   10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Either phone the Centre on 01323 832731 or book on-line using the following links:

To book the morning session click here
To book the afternoon session click here
(A booking fee applies for on-line booking)

Wednesday 17th - 'Curious about Chemistry' half days for younger children

Chemistry is fascinating and this is a great chance to come and have a go at some exciting chemistry experiments.

Times   10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL


Either phone the Centre on 01323 832731 or book on-line using the following links:

To book the morning session click here
To book the afternoon session click here
(A booking fee applies for on-line booking)

Thursday 18th - 'Creative Chemistry' half day for older children

Come and have a go at some exciting chemistry experiments.

Time     10.30am - 1pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 10 - 13 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL


Either phone the Centre on 01323 832731 or book on-line by clicking here (A booking fee applies for on-line booking)

March

Wednesday 30th - 'Man in the Moon' half day

Learn all about the features of the Moon through fun interactive activities. Make your own Moon model, create some fantastically messy craters and hear about the mysteries ot the "Man in the Moon".

Times   10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Thursday 31st - 'Mysterious Moon' Twilight

Our Moon is a fascinating but mysterious place. Sometimes you see it at night and sometimes you can see it during the day but why? And why do we only ever see one side? Come and find out some fascinating facts, make your own Moon model, create some messy craters and build a Moon lander. All this plus the chance to look through the giant telescopes - not at the Moon though because it is being mysterious and will not be in the night sky on this evening. However Jupiter is in the night sky so we can have a look at that and its moons instead! (weather permitting)

Time     2pm - 8pm
Cost  £21.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age  10 - 13 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

April

Tuesday 5th - 'Rocketry' half day

How does such a huge rocket actually get off the ground? Why does it "break up" and where do the astronauts sit? Come and find out in this fascinating workshop. Tim Peake the European Space Agency's first British Astronaut will already be on the ISS as part of the Principia mission and you will be able to find out exactly how he got there. Its a fabulously fun workshop and you even get to build and launch your own water rocket.

Times     10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Wednesday 6th - 'Be an Astronaut' half day


Join an Incredible Adventure to the International Space Station. You will train, prepare and carry out tasks as an Astronaut living in Space.

Times    10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Thursday 7th - 'Space Junk Creative' half day

Design and construct your own Creative Space World using paint, junk and imagination!

Times    10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL
June

Wednesday 1st - 'Car Power' half day

Do you like to do a bit of designing and building? Then this might just be the workshop for you! From simple beginnings you will design and build your own model car and try different ways to improve it to make it move; test out what is the best; gravity, balloons or batteries! Which one is the fastest? You may be surprised!

Times     10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Thursday 2nd - ‘Forensics Investigation’ - half day (6 - 9 years)

Test your investigating skills using forensics and science technology to help follow the clues and solve the mystery of ‘Who Dunnit’!

Times     10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL
July

Tuesday 26th - 'Light Fantastic' half day

Discover ways in which ‘light’ can change and reveal hidden worlds. Using Science Technology we explore how we use light for more than just seeing.

Times     10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Wednesday 27th - 'Noisy Nature' half day

Is nature really noisy? Come and explore the fascinating world of sound with some cool experiments and fun investigations. Find out for yourself how sound in nature can be quite surprising.

Times     10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Thursday 28th - 'Wonderful Weather' half day

Have you ever wondered why our weather is so changeable, how snow is made, or where the wind comes from? Come and find out, it may just blow your mind!

Times     10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL
August

Tuesday 2nd - 'Cool Chemistry' full day workshop

Find out what makes things fizz, bang and pop in some crazy chemistry experiments. If you can't do Tuesday why not come along tomorrow instead!

Time      10.30am - 4pm
Cost £21.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Either phone the Centre on 01323 832731 or book on-line by clicking here

Wednesday 3rd - 'Cool Chemistry' full day workshop

Find out what makes things fizz, bang and pop in some crazy chemistry experiments. If you can't do Wednesday why not give Tuesday a try instead!

Time      10.30am - 4pm
Cost £21.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Either phone the Centre on 01323 832731 or book on-line by clicking here

Thursday
4th - 'Captivating Chemistry' full day 

Chemistry is definitely fun, especially when trying to find out what does with a bang! Come and try some crazy chemistry experiments.

Time      10.30am - 4pm
Cost £21.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 10 - 13 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Tuesday 9th - 'Rocketry' half day

How does such a huge rocket actually get off the ground? Why does it "break up" and where do the astronauts sit? Come and find out in this fascinating workshop. Tim Peake the European Space Agency's first British Astronaut will already have returned to Earth after his mission to the ISS as part of the Principia mission and you will be able to find out exactly how he got back. Its a fabulously fun workshop and you even get to build and launch your own water rocket.

Times      10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Wednesday 10th - 'Wonder of Colour' half day

A scintillating workshop focussing on what colour actually is. We look at colour, pigment, light, paint, shade, hue and tone. How does colour affect us and the environment. What do colours mean? How do we see colour? We will do some simple colour experiments, look at colourful facts, have some fun with colour and even make a Kaleidoscope. Come and join us and get really colourful!

Times       10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Thursday 11th - 'Family of the Sun' half day

We know who our family is don't we? Mum, Dad, brothers and sisters. But who does the Sun hold close? Come and find out why the planets don't wander off, how they became the Sun's family and all the other relatives that travel around our parent star. You will also get to design and make a space probe to land an egg safely on the surface of another planet like Mars. You never know astronauts may go there one day.

Times      10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Wednesday 6th - 'Be an Astronaut' half day

Join an Incredible Adventure to the International Space Station. You will train, prepare and carry out tasks as an Astronaut living in Space.

Times      10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Wednesday 17th - 'Electronics' half day *NEW*

Come and try out our brand new workshop aimed at the older age group. Run by Dave Williams from Ditronix you will be able to explore the fantastic range of electronic bricks to build some amazing circuits.

Times      10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 10 - 13 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Thursday 18th - 'K'NEX construction' half day


Design and build a model using a K'nex construction kit under expert guidance with some fabulous templates or your own imagination. We are sorry but on this occassion you will not be able to take your model with you.

Times      10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75 per child (this is for the workshop only)
Age 6 - 9 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

October

Tuesday 25th - 'Earth and Beyond' full day Twilight Special

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 £21.75
Age 10 - 13 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Thursday 29th - 'Eyes on the Universe' half day 

What's in space? Can we go there? Can we see it? How big is it? Is there anybody there? So many questions! Come and find out some of the answers by doing fascinating hands-on activities.

Times     10.30am - 1pm or 2pm - 4.30pm
Cost £10.75
Age 6 - 13 years

BOOKING ESSENTIAL
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.