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Take the kids to … the National Space Centre, Leicester

Rockets, a huge planetarium, bags of interactive fun – and a moon landing anniversary to celebrate – make for a stellar day out

An interactive museum of super-size space experiences: from a giant planet Earth you can touch to the UK’s biggest domed planetarium and a 42-metre rocket tower. You can’t miss the latter as you drive into Leicester – the structure looks like it’s wrapped in giant inflatable pillows. Inside, it houses Blue Streak and Thor Able rockets. Take in the full scale of them by riding a glass-sided lift up to the viewing platform. Elsewhere, there are six galleries with plenty of buttons to press, screens to touch and switches to flick. It’s all under cover so, hours later, you’ll exit squinting into the daylight – it’s a good one to tire them out on a rainy day!

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