Kids can build and launch their own rockets, see a Mars Rover up-close, and investigate an inflatable planetarium at the Royal Albert Hall’s Big Space Day in May.

The free family event on Sunday 6 May, with input from the UK Space Agency, features a host of interactive activities spread throughout the historic building, and launches the Hall’s two-month Festival of Science: Space.

Other attractions on the day will include a ‘space walk’, a gadget workshop and Jon Spooner’s one-man show about trying to be an astronaut, How I Hacked My Way into Space, which will take place in a portable shed on the venue’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps.

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “This is one of our biggest and best family events yet: a fully interactive celebration that will capture the magic, excitement and wonder of space. We’ve scoured the galaxy for the most fun performers, exhibits and games – the Big Space Day is going to be out of this world.”

The Big Space Day takes place on Sunday 6 May, from 11am-6pm, and will take over nine spaces around the Hall – including the famous auditorium – showcasing everything from astronaut dress-up to a high-definition screening of Pixar’s WALL-E and an encounter with Apollo satellite thrusts brought back from the far reaches of the galaxy.

Activities on the arena floor include the chance to become a space photographer – with the National Centre for Earth Observation – test a pair of robotic arms, and check out some space food, as well as experiencing an International Space Station via augmented reality.

Further family events in the wider Festival of Science: Space season include the latest installment of the Hall’s beloved children’s concert, as a space-set My Great Orchestral Adventure lands in the auditorium, while the Elgar Room plays host to the wordless one-woman show, A Strange New Space – which blends physical theatre and puppetry – rhyming, peer-reviewed songs for every letter of the alphabet in Ensonglopedia of Science, and Albert Einstein and his rapping sidekick MC Squared starring in Relativitively Speaking.

The Big Space Day is free but ticketed: the event pass permits access to all activities except WALL-E, which requires a separate free ticket.