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An Out of This World Birthday Party!

Lottie and her friends have been learning about Space at school and so when one of her friends invited her to a Space Party at The National Space Centre in Leicester she was beyond excited, she went last week and had an amazing time. She decided to write about it herself.

Lottie, age 6, reviews her visit to The Space Centre in Leicester

I went to my friend’s party at the National Space Centre and it was brilliant. There was about 10 children for his party altogether and we got to look round in a big group.

We saw lots of astronaut things and a space toilet. We had fun making weather. We followed where the buses and planes were in Leicester using satellites. We tried making sound waves which was funny.

Shouting to make sound waves

 

My little brother came with us and he really liked driving the Rover that is used to collect samples. We both thought the replica space station was brilliant, but that the astronauts shower was very tiny!

 

We had lots of fun looking round with our friends and then we went to the party room where there was space table cloths and lots of balloons to play with and a sign up to wish my friend Happy Birthday. We had really yummy chocolate milkshakes and hot dogs with chips. My friend’s Mum had got him a rocket cake which was brilliant.

We then went to the planetarium and watched a film about how the world started. This was one of my favourite bits. I really liked it, it felt just like you were flying through space.

My really very favourite part though was when we went up the tower and saw a real rocket.

I want to go back to the Space Centre soon, I know Luke would really like it too.

A Note from my Mum.

I hadn’t realised you could have parties at the Space Centre and this was one children’s party I was actually keen to go to!

The party itself was brilliant, so interesting and so much to see and do but the centre was incredibly busy and this made it quite stressful for the parents at times. I struggled with a toddler who wanted to be running off and looking at everything and keeping track of older children so I would recommend the Space Centre as being best suited to children over 5 if you are outnumbered!

We were lucky that we could eat our lunch in the party room as people were queuing for a long time to get access to the restaurant so this would be a consideration if you were visiting as a family.

Parking was fine, with an overflow car park that we got into easily at a cost of £3 for the whole day and the gift shop had a good selection of reasonably priced souvenirs as well as some more expensive educational toy options.

Other than being so very busy the Space Centre is really interesting for both adults and kids and well worth a visit and this certainly was one of the best children’s parties I have been too!

 

 

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What’s Inside?


What’s Inside?

I am quite interested in technology and love to know how everything works so when my Mum was wondering what to do with her old laptop (old, old- not this one which she really needs to replace but the one before that- so really old!) I asked if I could take it apart to see how it works.

 
I know computers hold loads and loads of information and have huge memories but had never seen what their ‘brain’ looks like. I was able to sit down with a screwdriver and take all the casing off and then started to remove all the parts. I was really surprised at how small the pieces were that actually contain all the information and couldn’t believe how little these machines actually need to operate them. It is really clever how so much technology is contained in a small piece of plastic.
 
My parents were telling me about how when computers were first invented they needed a whole room to store just one- I wonder how small they will be by the time I am grown up?!
 
 Dad has asked his work if he can take one of their very old hard drivers for me to look at and compare the difference to the laptop parts with so I am looking forward to doing that. 
 
I am now on the hunt to see what else I can take apart- Mum is hoping I might start learning how to mend things rather than break them so I can fix her oven that Dad broke!