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Fun things to do with kids in South Kensington

Looking for fun things to do with the kids in London? Explore and experiment - interactive activities for families - music, science, arts, performance, film, parks, playgrounds, simulators and so much more.

Bibliothèque Quentin Blake

Daily
10am-9.30pm
Institut français
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The children's library has reopened providing children with easy access to a wide range of interactive resources.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Daily
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

Dinosaur Trail

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Are you big on museums, but short on time? NHM's knowledgeable visitor assistants have designed just the dinosaurs tour for you. It will introduce you to some of the Museum's most famous and imposing specimens. One hour

RCM Sparks

Various - term time
Royal College of Music
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From babies to teens, RCM Sparks run a variety of inspiring events for a range of abilities, including family workshops, concerts and courses

Typhoon Force

Daily
10.15am - 5pm
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Fuel your adrenaline and feel what it's like to fly a low level mission in the RAF's latest Typhoon jet. Our new simulator takes you on an action-packed flight, demonstrating the aircraft's manoeuvrability through the beautiful landscapes of North Wales and the Lake District.

Go back in time with My Dino Mission AR

Free downloadable app
Natural History Museum
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Combining the latest augmented reality technology with STEM skills, children can recognise a dinosaurs’ species, what it eats, likes and needs to survive. Young explorers can care for and capture fun photos of themselves interacting with their new dinosaur friend in the backdrop of their home or back garden. Age 7-10

IMAX: Hubble 3D

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Join a team of space-walking astronauts as they perform one of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, Hubble 3D explores the mysteries of our celestial surrounding.

V&A trail: Explore as a family

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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Are you ready to go on an adventure? This trail takes you on a journey through V&A galleries, exploring some of the incredible cultures and traditions you can see. You will discover objects that are hundreds of years old, uncover secret meanings behind animals and colour in art, and learn about some of the wonders of the museum, from an emperor's throne to dragons, from plaster casts to wigs!

Energy Hall

Daily
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Trace the remarkable story of steam and how it shaped the world we live in today. Steam has been the driving force behind British industry for 300 years. Without it, the Industrial Revolution could never have happened. Even now, steam provides 75% of the electricity we use every day.

Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries

Daily
10-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Showcasing extraordinary medical artefacts including the world’s first MRI scanner, Fleming’s penicillin mould, a professional pianist’s prosthetic arm and even robotic surgery equipment.

3D Red Arrows

Daily
10.20am-5pm
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With stunning high definition 3D vision and flight simulator motion technology, you can see and feel for yourself what it’s like in the cockpit of a Red Arrow.

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

Daily
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Mathematics is too often perceived as dry and complex, but this new gallery will tell stories that place the subject at the heart of our lives, exploring how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world.

Dippy's Naturenauts

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Welcome, naturenauts! Are you ready for an adventure? Grab your phone or tablet to explore the nature on your doorstep.

Investigate for Families

Daily
Mon-Fri 4pm-5:15pm; School hols 10:30-4:30pm
Natural History Museum
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Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence museum scientists use in their daily work.

Princess Diana Memorial fountain

Daily
Hyde Park
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A unique fountain memorial to Princess Diana designed to reflect her spirit of life and love of children.

Pattern Pod

Daily
Science Museum
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Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.

The Garden

Daily
Open from 11.15 am
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The Garden is an exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers in the basement of the Museum.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
During winter/spring 6am-7:45pm
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and have a great adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

Saturday classes for Kids at Imperial

Saturdays
Imperial College London
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Based at Imperial College London, a unique Saturday science tuition featuring specialists in science education and highly qualified scientists.

Ciné Kids

Various
Institut français
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Ciné Kids screenings cater to children aged 4 and over – and their families – so they can discover the best animated films. In English, French or French with subtitles. Including Despicable Me and Paddington.

Fly 360°

Open Daily
10am - 5pm
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Have you ever wanted to fly your own jet? Come and take the controls on Fly 360°, the hands-on flight simulator. Get your adrenaline flowing by performing your very own aerobatic displays, barrel rolls and loop-the-loops, all as if you were really flying!

Under the sea 3D (U)

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Narrated by Jim Carrey and using incredible 3D technology, Under the Sea will leap off the screen and take you on a fascinating journey to discover the mysteries of the ocean floor.

Who Am I?

Open Daily
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Explore the science of who you are through intriguing objects, provocative artworks and hands-on exhibits. Discover what your voice sounds like as a member of the opposite sex, morph your face to see what you’ll look like as you age, or collect DNA to catch a criminal.

A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

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Experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet captured from the International Space Station on the biggest screen in Europe. See fantastic images of the Earth from the Space Station and gain a new understanding of how wonderful and unique our planet is.

Making the Modern World

Wednesday-Sunday
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Chart 250 years of science and technology and discover some of the most iconic items that have shaped our society. The Making the Modern World gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects.

Dinosaurs

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Explore the different time periods dinosaurs lived, sort the facts from the myths about why they died out, and find out what our scientific research has taught us about these prehistoric giants.

Cocoon

Daily
Monday-Sunday 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
Natural History Museum
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Inside the Cocoon see hundreds of Museum specimens. Marvel at beetles and butterflies, metre-high plants, huge tarantulas and historic herbaria.

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and our famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live.

Destination Space Family Show

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Science Museum
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Help to explode some rocket-fuelled bubbles, melt some marshmallows, and learn all about the challenges of space in this free interactive family show. This show is suitable for children aged 5 and above.

Fly Kids

Daily
Science Museum
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Fly Kids is a pay-as-you-go flight simulator that lets your child experience the sights and sounds of flying with the Red Arrows during one of their aerobatic displays.

Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery

Opens 3rd Nov
10am-6pm
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Step into the fascinating world of technicians for a peek behind the scenes in the Science Museum's brand new interactive gallery. Experience what it’s like to create visual effects on a blockbuster film set or operate a robot in a manufacturer's workshop,

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

14th Oct-2nd July 2023
10am-5:50pm
Natural History Museum
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Discover the natural world in all its wonder and diversity at the newly redesigned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, where 100 remarkable photographs illustrate the precious beauty of our planet.

Cirque di Soleil - Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

13th Jan-12th Feb 2023
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Royal Albert Hall
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Discover a world of wonders at Cirque du Soleil’s European Premiere of Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. Gasp at the daring acrobatics, clever contortion and breath-taking talent of Cirque du Soleil that will delight all ages.

Early Birds

22nd Oct & 3rd Dec
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Natural History Museum
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Early Birds is a sensory friendly event for families with members who need a quieter environment to enjoy the Natural l History Museum. As well as exploring some of the galleries, you can enjoy a selection of fun workshops in a gallery space free from the hustle and bustle of the general public . Suitable for families with children aged 4–15.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

18th Nov - 2nd Jan
10am to 10pm
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The UK's most iconic festive event returns with Hyde Park Winter Wonderland welcoming back loved attractions including the UK's largest outdoor ice rink, the giant wheel, and thrilling shows at Zippo's Circus and Cirque Beserk as well as introducing brand and improved new rides.

Home Alone in Concert

10th Dec
2:30pm & 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Home Alone in Concert returns to the Hall as renowned composer John Williams’ score is performed live to picture by a symphony orchestra. Nominated for for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, Home Alone has become a seasonal classic.

My Christmas Orchestral Adventure

11th Dec
1pm & 4:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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An introduction to classical music for children, delivered through a Christmas adventure story. Through classical favourites, the orchestra creates ice skating on frozen lakes, sleigh rides and a white Christmas, all without leaving the Royal Albert Hall’s auditorium.

Image credit: Mike Vallely, 1989, photograph by Spike Jonze.

Skateboard

20th Oct 2023-25th Feb 2024
10am-6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This exhibition will map the design evolution of the skateboard from the 1950s to today. It will showcase innovative skateboards and components, alongside skate photography and video, complete with original soundtracks.

Science Fiction Astronights

12th Nov, 10th Dec, 13th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Mar
6:45pm
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Have you ever wanted to have a sleepover in a museum? With workshops, shows and activities—rounded off with breakfast and a trip to Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination—it will be a sleepover the little ones will never forget!

Re:Imagining Musicals

On til 27th Nov 2023
10am-5:45pm
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This display celebrates the glittering world of musical theatre, exploring the evolution and craftmanship of iconic musicals, from Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady to modern classics SIX the Musical, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

11th - 27th November
Times vary
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Experience Marvel Studios’ 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' in the Science Museum's IMAX cinema. Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye, and the Dora Milaje, fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

Story Time

3rd & 13th Dec
11am
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Let your kids’ imagination run wild through listening to our favourite stories from French authors. With a new theme each month, these sessions are also a good occasion to develop the sensibility to French for young learners.

Adult Learning Workshop Compose your own ASMR Soundscapes

4th March
10am-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Are you a sound and music enthusiast? Join an immersive and creative workshop with sound/performance artist Lou Barnell and musician/sound artist Ian Thompson. Experiment with instruments, objects, and electronics to record, edit and mix your own ASMR soundscape.

Sustainable Design Schools Programme

2022/2023
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Design Museum Kensington
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Drawing on our most recent 'Waste Age: What can design do?' exhibition and accompanying handling collection, these creative, design-led workshops will teach students how to become better informed consumers and more responsible future designers.

BBC at 100

From 27 July 2022
10am-6pm
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Celebrate 100 years of the BBC with a new display that explores how the BBC has used broadcast technologies to deliver its mission to inform, educate and entertain its audiences.

Is there Anybody Out There?

9th Feburary
7:30pm-8:45pm
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Are we alone in the universe or is there extra-terrestrial life out there? Join the Science Museum for this panel discussion and hear what the experts have to say. How are real-life scientists looking for alien life? Where in the universe might we find it? What will it look like if we ever do encounter it?

Neon Dance: Last and First Men

4th May 2023
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A future race of humans finds itself on the verge of extinction. Almost all that’s left in the world are lone and surreal monuments, beaming their message into the wilderness. Neon Dance presents a contemporary dance based on the ground-breaking 1930 novel by Olaf Stapledon, 'Last and First Men'.

Avatar: The Way of Water

From 16th Dec
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Witness the second part of James Cameron’s sci-fi epic in 3D, on one of biggest screens in the UK. Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family, the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe.

Matilda The Musical

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A new and vibrant take on Roald Dahl’s classic novel, Matilda tells the story of a little girl with big curiosity, a sharp mind and a vivid imagination and the worst parents in the world. After meeting her inspirational teacher, Miss Honey, Matilda begins conjuring her own fantastical tales.

The Wizard of Oz

12th, 16th & 18th Dec
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Joined by her dog Toto and a band of unlikely friends she made along the way, Dorothy sets out to find the enigmatic Wizard of Oz who seems to be the only one who can take her home and fulfill the wildest wishes of her new friends.

Christmas Specials at Institut français

December
Times vary
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Get into the spirit of Christmas with an enchanting programme of films and musicals at Institut français this December!

IMAX: The Ronson Theatre

Daily
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Book your ticket to watch this fully immersive IMAX experience on one of the biggest screens in the UK. Experience the very best of digital and analogue cinema on one screen with Antarctica, A Beautiful Planet and Hubble all in 3D.

Antarctica 3D (U)

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With never-before-seen footage and the latest underwater filming techniques, this epic documentary transports you to the farthest reaches of this majestic land and reveals that what happens there affects every single one of us.

Astronights

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If your child has ever wanted to explore the museum after dark, or if the idea of spending the night in one of our iconic galleries fills them with excitement, then they’ll love Astronights, a sleepover for children. With workshops, shows and activities—and breakfast and an interactive science show to boost your morning energy—it will be a night they never forget.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

On til 8 Jan 2023
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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Book ahead to see the life and work of one of the best-loved children's authors of the 20th century. Featuring original drawings, watercolours, and manuscripts that inspired some of Potter's most beloved characters. Kids go free.

Dino Snores for Kids

14th Jan, 15th Apr, 6th May
6:45pm-10am
Natural History Museum
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Have you ever wanted to have a sleepover with a giraffe? Or spend the night camped beneath a blue whale? This unique sleepover gives kids aged 7 to 11 the chance to explore the Museum after dark while taking part in fun and educational activities.

Mission: Invertebrate

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Download Mission: Invertebrate's free activities and information sheets to see London’s green spaces in a whole new way. Whether you’re at home, in your local park or one of the incredible Royal Parks, these resources will help you and your family discover fascinating nature on your doorstep.

Behind the Scenes Tour: Spirits Collection

Daily
11am, 3pm
Natural History Museum
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Go behind the scenes withthe science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit. Explore some of the Darwin Centre's 27 kilometres of shelves, you'll encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here.

V&A Secret Seekers

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Set off on a treasure hunt to unlock the secrets of the museum hidden in its walls. Meet a cast of characters, collect gems and reveal the museum's secrets!

Out-of-hours Dinotours

Dates vary
9am - 9:45am
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Have you ever wondered what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur, what they really looked like and why we continue to study them today? Book a Dinotour with one of the Museum's knowledgeable tour guides to get up close and personal with all the main characters in their world-famous Dinosaurs gallery.

Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination

6 Oct 2022 - 4 May 2023
Daily 10am-6pm
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Step aboard and voyage to the edge of imagination in this immersive, genre-defying exhibition! Visitors will be at the heart of an interactive science fiction story which is filled with objects that explore how scientists and science fiction creators have inspired each other through innovation and imagination.

Deep Sea 3D (PG)

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Swim alongside some of the most exotic creatures on the planet, from the bizarre Rainbow Nudibranch to the Giant Pacific Octopus. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, Deep Sea 3D transports you below the ocean surface on a unique underwater adventure.

Children & Families at the Royal Albert Hall

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Enjoy a wide range of shows and events for children and families to get involved in, which all promise an unforgettable day out. From storytelling for babies and toddlers to interactive concerts featuring Albert’s Band.

Films in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

Oct- Dec
Times vary
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Experience cinema’s most iconic films with the score performed live by an orchestra in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall. From Harry Potter, James Bond, to Home Alone there is a wide variety of films on offer each year.

Dippy Returns to South Ken

Until 2 Jan 2023
10am-5:45pm
Natural History Museum
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Last chance to see Dippy, the first Diplodocus to go on display anywhere in the world, when it returns to the Museum for a short visit. Now you can see Dippy's memories of UK landscapes and hear how nature inspires different communities.

Space Descent Virtual Reality with Tim Peake

Daily
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Tim Peake is your guide for an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule. As the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station.

Self-Guided Tours at the Natural History Museum

Daily
10am-5:50pm
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Whether you're visiting for the first time or the fiftieth, these tours and free things to do, will take you through the best the Museum has to offer.

CinéFamilies at the Institut français

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The much acclaimed Ciné Lumière offers a wonderful choice of movies for the whole family to enjoy together, from Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, Asterix, Tad the Lost Explorer & The Curse of the Mummy and so many more. There is something for everyone!

Asteroid Hunters 3D (U)

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Narrated by Daisy Ridley, Asteroid Hunters 3D ventures into deep space for a fascinating look at asteroids, their cosmic origins and the potential threat they pose to our world.