Museum of the Moon comes to Rochester Cathedral between February 12 and March 4 2020

by Lauren Abbott

Fly your kids to the moon thanks to a magical art installation coming to Kent.

A giant replica of the moon, which has inspired audiences across the world, is coming to Kent this February together with a host of magical space-themed activities.

The spectacular Museum of the Moon opens at Rochester Cathedral on Wednesday, February 12.

The touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram measures seven metres in diameter and features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.

But to accompany the glowing installation will be a range of activities to inspire youngsters both before and during the February half term break.

Museum of the Moon is coming to Rochester
Museum of the Moon is coming to Rochester

Toddlers will be able to explore and understand more about the moon in Toddler Trails taking place on two dates in February - Thursday, February 13 and Monday, February 24.

Hop on board either a morning or afternoon session to join in with space-themed songs, rhymes and stories in conjunction with Medway Library Service. There will also be some crafts to keep little fingers extra busy!

On Monday, February 17 children will be able to drop-in and make a hanging moon mobile, followed by space-themed screen printing classes on the Tuesday.

On Thursday, February 20 there will be two family-friendly interactive talks taking place and on Friday (February 21) imaginations will really take-off with Cosmic Clay Creations which will include designing a spaceship, lunar landing craft, rocket or astronaut using colourful air-drying moulding clay.

All of the half-term activities are suitable for children aged four and over but youngsters must be accompanied by an adult.And whilst entry to the Cathedral to see the moon during the day is free, there are additional charges ranging from £3 to £10 to take part in the school holiday workshops on offer.

Luke Jerram and his Museum of the Moon
Luke Jerram and his Museum of the Moon

Luke Jerram, the artist behind the Museum of the Moon, said: “I am delighted to bring Museum of the Moon to Rochester. For most people, this will be their most intimate, personal and closest encounter they will ever have with the Moon.”

The Museum of the Moon is at Rochester Cathedral until March 4. Opening times will be from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and noon until 5pm on Sundays.

There will also be some evenings where the Cathedral will stay open for visitors until 9pm. To learn more click here.

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