Family Fun Day: Our amazing planet

Drop in between 11.00am and 4.00pm, Saturday 24 October

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Planet Earth from space

    Credit: NASA
  • Type

    Family Fun Day


£12 Adults


£6 3-18 year olds


Faraday members free.

Members and Associate Members get two free junior tickets with every paying adult member.

Fellows get two free junior tickets with their ticket, and another two with their adult guest's ticket.

Event description

Why do we have earthquakes and volcanoes? Can you create your own cloud? And why does it rain so much in Wales? Get hands-on with all the family at our Family Fun Day all about the wonders of this world - the science of our earth and its systems. Learn how the world is changing around us, what keeps everything alive and how we know about the Earth millions of years ago.


Lights in the sky

See how rainbows are formed, why the sky is blue and what makes the green flash across the sky in this talk with Alan Davies. Full of beautiful images and demos, he’ll take you through some wondrous optical phenomena happening above our heads.

Talks at 11.30am, 1.15pm and 2.45pm.

Life in Antarctic extremes

Antarctica. A beautiful place. An inhospitable place. This pristine world is the last truly unexplored corner of the planet. Lloyd Peck from the British Antarctic Survey shares a unique insight into life in this hostile environment.

Talks at 12.15pm, 2pm and 3.30pm.


Earth Observation Detective
Join the National Centre for Earth Observation to find out how we observe Earth from space and how that's changed over the last 50 years.
15 minute workshops, every half an hour throughout the day.

Please note

Family Fun Day activities are suitable for 6-12 year olds though older and younger siblings and friends are also very welcome.

Entrance for Faraday Members and under 3s is free. Adult Ri Members are entitled to bring two accompanying children free.

All children must be accompanied by an adult - in fact the idea is you do stuff together!

This Family Fun Day is now sold out and no tickets will be available on the door.

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