Fun Palaces is a national project which began in 2014. They want communities to come together for a day of free fun, using lots of different skills and knowledge to create something for everyone.
After the success of its debut last year, Mansfield Fun Palace is once again returning to Leeming Street! This year, to tie in with National Space Week, the event is full of all things space related. From building balloon rockets to painting galaxies to using a special explosive technique, we’re mixing art and science together in a way that’s fun for all the family. Mansfield Museum, Palace Theatre and Old Library will be full of free activities with something to interest everyone. The British Science Association are also bringing along some of their space related workshops and experiments.
There’s a very theatrical spaceship journey, a look at how the human body survives in space, short films with a space theme, making galaxy pinwheels, constellation art, rocket powered gliders and lots, lots more!
There’s also our ‘Galactic Gallery’ mini science fair competition. If you’re aged 11-14 and interested in all things science, you could win a bundle of space themed goodies, including a signed photograph of the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman OBE. We want you to design a poster or model that clearly explains a scientific idea in a creative way. Perhaps you can teach us why Saturn has rings or why gravity behaves differently on the moon. Be as creative as you like! To register to take part, fill in the form below.
Go here (opens in a new tab) to see some photos of the 2016 Mansfield Fun Palace.
Go to www.funpalaces.co.uk for more information on the national project.
To find out more or to volunteer to help out on the day, contact Sally Evans (Museum Community Participation Officer) or telephone 01623 463088.Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist.