Blast-off into the New Year at Dynamic Earth


With many places closing between Christmas and New Year, parents can often struggle to find ways to entertain children after the excitement of Christmas Day.

This year, Edinburgh’s five-star attraction, Dynamic Earth is offering families the chance to end 2019 with a bang and then blast-off into the New Year with Destination Space – an exhilarating experience for all ages.

From 27-31 December 2019 and 2-5 January 2020, families can explore the universe through explosive demonstrations; fun interactive activities, and hands-on crafts.

Visitors can be transported to the surface of our neighbouring planet Mars, to explore the Red Planet using Lego Rovers and Virtual Reality. Meanwhile, back down on Planet Earth, families can discover how huge telescopes explore the invisible world and how they can be used to see ‘back in time’ using infrared technology. And the impressive technology doesn’t stop there. Visitors can learn how satellites are used for everything from counting penguins in Antarctica, to predicting the Scottish weather – and even for tracking pirates on the high seas.

The venue’s incredibly popular Dome Nights will be returning this January, on selected nights from 3-18 January. Visitors can choose from the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, inspired by the music of rock band Pink Floyd band along with spell-binding abstract projections and mesmerising HD graphics.

Also making a return in the New Year as part of the Dome Nights is ‘Planets 360’, where audiences will be transported out of this world watching a mixture of art and science on the dome, whilst listening to the British composer Gustav Holst’s The Planets orchestral suite.

Commenting on the events over the festive period, Eilidh Massie, Marketing Director at Dynamic Earth said: 

“We’re so excited to be running these programmes over Christmas and into the New Year. We know that families are often looking for different things to do over the holidays, or when the excitement of the festive season is over in January. When it’s cold outside, there’s nowhere better to get comfortable and be amazed than at our Dome Nights!

“Destination Space offers something for everyone: things to learn, fun experiences to be had and not a Brussel Sprout in sight! It’s a great activity to launch the new decade at Dynamic Earth. A visit here is the perfect way to beat those post-Christmas blues, while allowing children the chance to get hands-on and find out more about outer space. Who knows – you could have an astronaut on your hands by the end of the 2020s!”

Activities are drop-in and will run between 10am and 4pm daily. Activities are free with admission to Dynamic Earth. For more information, visit the website

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