Today the children went out of this world with a visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester. Before leaving the Scout Hut, the children spent a little bit of time rehearsing for the end of visit part then it was on the bus for the short ride to the Centre.
Once parked we headed for the entrance and were surprised to be greeted by two Stormtroopers from Star Wars and the Webb Ellis Cup, which was visiting the Space Centre as part of the Rugby World Cup trophy tour. The children posed for photos before going inside and dropping off our lunch.
First of all we looked around the exhibits – Dan was particularly interested in the parts that talked about the Russian Space Programme. We also had an opportunity to be television weather presenter. Despite not being able to read the English autocue, the children really enjoyed appearing on television and sang songs for the camera.
The highlight of the morning was the planetarium – a giant domed cinema that took us on a journey across the stars. The children were all very well behaved and sat still in their seats while the show was on. Once the show was over it was time for lunch and the Space Centre provided us with a private room for the children to use.
After lunch we took the lifts to the top of the space tower which looks out over Leicester and the children came face to face with the rocket at the heart of the tower. The children thought this was great and after spending quite a while up there, we took the stairs back down to the ground.
We had one final look around the ground floor exhibits before going back to the bus. Once back at the Scout Hut, the children did a bit more rehearsal before being collected for home.
Thanks to Ali, Eloise, Kloe, Lily and David for volunteering today.
I’m away for a few days now, but will be back on Tuesday.