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Armagh Observatory and Planetarium announce series of summer events

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium has announced a number of family friendly events that will take place on site during the summer holidays of July and August 2023

The school summer holidays, whilst enjoyable, are often a past-time minefield for parents.

Keeping the little ones entertained for the best part of eight weeks can be a challenge but the team at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium have put together a programme of Summer events to help alleviate the stress.

Helen McLoughlin, Education Officer at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, says, “We can’t wait to host visitors over the summer months!

“Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is a globally renowned centre for astronomical research and we aim to inspire Northern Ireland’s next generation of STEM leaders. With this in mind, we have created a jam-packed summer schedule to entertain the whole family, and stimulate the young minds of the future.”

These will include:

Planet Roar Live Dinosaur Show

Running at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 3:00pm from July 18 until July 23, the show takes a prehistoric leap into the world of the dinosaurs with Loc-Down Events and their fun filled educational live dinosaur show!

The Ultimate Bubble Show

This one hour long interactive experience will run on July 26 and July 27 at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm and 4:00pm on both days.

Be amazed by this unique performance showcasing the best in bubble magic and infusing this with conjuring and circus sideshow acts adding exciting elements of drama.

Bakineering in Space Special Event

This is a one off, not to be missed event, running at both 11:30am and 3:00pm on Thursday August 3.

Hosted by Netflix star and The Great British Bakeoff finalist, Andrew Smyth, it explores the surprising connections between the everyday bakes and the extraordinary engineering that helps keep astronauts alive.

Expect tasters in this interactive event where your curiosity will be whisked, stirred and shaken in a show that is out of this world.

The Science of Dragons with Scientific Sue

This live show will run from August 15 until August 17 at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm and 3:30pm.

The interactive event is perfect for all the family, and especially those who dare to create their very own dragon!

Join Scientific Sue on this most historical and creative journey of scientific discovery which is based on the book written by Cressida Cowell: How to Train Your Dragon.

Solar Superstorms is a Dome Show

Running daily at 4:00pm from July 1 until August 30.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, it takes a look at the interior of our star.

A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena?

How will they affect planet Earth? Find out during the Dome Show!

Jurassic Ark Encounters

The team at Jurassic Ark Encounters bring their reptile friends to meet you for an interactive workshop!

Get up close and personal with some of nature’s most fascinating and amazing animals, like snakes, lizards, tortoises and many more.

This is an educational learning session about nature’s most fascinating family, reptiles!

This event will run daily from July 4 until July 9 at 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm,2:30pm, 3:15pm and 4:00pm.

Each workshop lasts for 30 minutes.

The Bricks 4 Kidz Workshop

This workshop is a fun space-themed brick-building workshops, where kids can make their very own cosmic creations out of colourful LEGO® bricks.

A great way to have some fun with science, the Bricks 4 Kidz workshops are always popular with the kids and help build confidence and creativity as well as developing problem-solving skills and critical thinking.

The workshop will run daily from 11 th July until 16th July at 10:45am, 11:45am, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, as well as a relaxed show at 9:45am.

Most event tickets include exhibition entry. Children Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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