Fun for families

A whole range of FREE opportunities for families to enjoy whatever the weather

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17 September - 19 October

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Explore Outdoors

Visit our family friendly commission SEE MONSTER in Weston-super-Mare. A decommissioned North Sea offshore platform is becoming SEE MONSTER, one of the UK’s largest public art installations - 15m taller than the Angel of the North!

This is a rare opportunity to get up close to one of the Monsters who usually spend their time out at sea. Explore the four levels of interactive displays and activities including a weather room where you can experience every type of weather, stand in awe of the gigantic waterfall which creates the monster’s roar and see Weston from a new perspective.

SEE MONSTER also has a programme of family activities including a jam-packed programme for October half term. See the SEE MONSTER website for details.

Visit our Roadshow

The UNBOXED team is going on tour, taking our stand to festivals and events happening across September and October. Come along and meet us for the opportunity to take part in a series of fun interactive activities for all ages involving colour, music, illusion and more.


British Science Festival

Saturday 17 September High Cross Shopping Centre, Leicester
ASDC Discovery Conference Wednesday 28 - Thursday 29 September Glasgow Science Centre
New Scientist Live Friday 7 - Sunday 9 October ExCel Centre, London
IF Festival Saturday 15 October Oxford Business Park, Oxford
IF Festival Sunday 16 October Templars Square Shopping Centre Oxford
BEYOND Conference Wednesday 19 October Cardiff

Our Place in Space

See the earth from a different perspective

The Our Place in Space app enables you to enjoy the solar system trail anywhere. You can choose to walk the whole 8.5km from the sun to Mercury or just little bits of it at a time. The walk is a perfect scale model of our solar system and enables children (and big children) to understand the size of our planetary neighbourhood in a way they can relate to.

There are also a host of Oliver Jeffers special characters for you to find along the way.

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For budding astronauts

Astronaut Chris Hadfield in space suit and on space station

The Our Place in Space team have joined forces with trailblazers from the worlds of science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths, who will inspire children to think in new ways about space and our place in it. Each month a new creative challenge is launched. So far, McLaren Engineer Ella has a design challenge, NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield needs help with his latest mission, author Neil Gaiman challenges children to channel their inner writer, and NASA astronaut Nicole Stott challenge needs a creative crew to help her special mission.

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A flower unique to you

Create an augmented reality flower and plant it in a virtual super garden with the app. The PoliNations app asks you 12 simple questions about yourself and how you see the world and generates a flower which is completely unique to you. Through the wonders of augmented reality you can plant your flower anywhere in the world, cross pollinate it with other plants to create new flowers and create your very own virtual super garden.

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Discover answers about Life’s Big Questions

Children aged 7 and above can try out the Dreamachine’s Life Big Questions. Hosted by Martin Dougan from CBBC Newsround, take part in five FREE challenges, which takes around 15 minutes to complete and reveals the amazing potential of the human brain and how your senses are your superpower.


Discover new stories from places you thought you knew with the app

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Watch a story of our future unfold

Teenagers and young adults will be able to watch GALWAD, a drama set in the future from 2 October 2022 free to view on Sky Arts.  GALWAD is a story set 30 years in the future, which will unfold across a TV drama, digital platforms and live events in three Welsh locations – Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merthyr Tydfil and Swansea from 26 September. The grand finale to the week is broadcast on Sky Arts on 2 October and brings together Wales’ boldest talent in film and TV, creative technology and live performance including award-winning production designer Alex McDowell (who worked on Minority Report).