Reach for the stars as half-term blasts off !

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Half-term will be a blast for visitors to Eureka! children’s museum in Halifax as youngsters are urged to aim high and Reach for the Stars.
 The crew of Space Station Eureka! are getting ready to welcome young visitors with a packed programme of intergalactic activities which will run from February 14 to 22.

The Eureka! crew will be investigating the planets and inviting children to have a go at a bit of rocket science with fun demonstrations. Older children can find out more about our nearest planetary neighbour and learn all about the missions to the red planet in regular ‘Missions to Mars’ sessions.

In addition children will be able to dress up as astronauts and find out what life is like on board the International Space Station.

Visitors from February 16 to 20 will also get the chance to find out how NASA astronauts prepare for the effects of zero gravity on the Gyroscope.

Reach for the Stars activities are free with standard admission or annual Eureka! passes. In addition visitors arriving after 2pm on weekdays from February 16 to 20 will receive 15 per cent off the price of admission with opening hours extended to 6pm.

Also this spring Eureka! will be hosting ‘Once Upon a Time’ story sessions, giving youngsters the chance to explore the world of books, in the Easter holidays and ‘Creat it:Make it’ craft activities in May. For further details visit www.eureka.org.uk

lThe accent will be on Japan at the Royal Armouries in Leeds at half-term. Family activities from February 14 to 22 will include origami, sushi workshops, taiko drumming and martial arts demonstrations. The ‘Eastern Warriors’ theme will tie in with exhibits in the museum’s Oriental Gallery. There will also be gallery talks, presentations and tours.

Events manager Rachael Bevan said: “There’s something different every day to entertain and excite the whole family this half-term, whatever the weather.”

The information line is on 08700 344 344 or visit www.royalarmouries.org