@Bristol girls’ trip and the UK’s first 3D planetarium

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Sometimes for us it’s good just to switch up the family dynamic.

So, yesterday I took Annie and Orla to @Bristol, mainly to try the UK’s first 3D planetarium, but also because I’m keen to make sure that Annie in particular doesn’t dismiss anything to do with science as irrelevant / boring / mostly for boys.

The planetarium

The presenter, Florence, apparently a fortuitous love-child of Kirsty Alsopp and Brian Cox (sounded just like Kirsty but knew as much as Brian) was properly interesting

Because we were on a tight timeframe and to avoid any arguments about the details of our trip, I prebooked the planetarium show and that’s where we started our visit. We all loved the show!

The presenter, Florence, apparently a fortuitous love-child of Kirsty Alsopp and Brian Cox (sounded just like Kirsty but knew as much as Brian) was properly interesting and the 3D effects were mind-blowing, with planets swooping into view and seeming to float just within reach.

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Other hits: The AnimateIt stations, the leaning room and the giant bubbles

IMG_2883We spent some time in the Aardman Animations section, where we got to play Sound Engineer with Wallace, trace key characters just like the pros, and make a completely bonkers animation about a sister who kicks her brother so hard he takes flight and lands in the desert.

All great fun, and definitely worth going back to see all the stuff we completely missed, as well as revisit our favourite bits. Oh, and of course take the boys!

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