Education at Space Place


During our Space Place learning sessions, you’ll get a planetarium show experience, browse Space Place’s interactive galleries and participate in a fun and interactive educator-led workshop. We offer learning experiences for school students of all ages and our programmes support a range of curriculum areas. 

Get in touch with our team to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have for your next visit. Please note that charges apply for all our education programmes.

Covid-19 update for Educators 12 November 2021

As part of our responsibility as LEOTC providers and in line with the Public Health Order for Education, our team members who may have contact with children or students, or will be present at a time when children and students are also present, must have had a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that Space Place is a public building and general public may be present in the same space as your students.

The World Around Us

Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon

New entrant to year 4.

This visit is ​$7.50​ per student.

Adults $7.50 per ticket.
Students Years 1-8, 1 free adult for every 8 paying students.

Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon, including day and night, the rotation of the Earth and the changing phases of the Moon. This programme can be tailored to complement your class programme. The planetarium show Tilt works well with this programme.

Duration: 2 hours.

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Seasons, Shadows and Cycles

What Shadows can show us about Seasons

Years 3 – 8.

This visit is ​$7.50​ per student.

Adults $7.50 per ticket.
Students Years 1-8, 1 free adult for every 8 paying students.

Study how shadows change. Whether it be daily or yearly, shadows relate to seasons and time. Learn how shadows affect our day-to-day life. The planetarium show Tilt works well with this programme.

Duration: 2 hours.

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Explore the Solar System

Planets of the Solar System

Years 3 – 8.

This visit is ​$7.50​ per student.

Adults $7.50 per ticket.
Students Years 1-8, 1 free adult for every 8 paying students.

You’ll begin with the Earth, Sun and Moon, before setting off to explore the planets of the Solar System and the relationships between them all. The planetarium shows Dynamic Earth and We Are Astronomers works well with this programme.

Duration: 2 hours.

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Solar System and Beyond

Interactive Tour of Space

Years 5 – 10.

This visit is ​$7.50​ per student.

Adults $7.50 per ticket.
Students Years 1-8, 1 free adult for every 8 paying students.
Students Years 9 and up, 1 free adult for every 10 paying students.

Fly through our Solar System, find out what galaxies are and see the Hubble Deep Sky Field during this special interactive tour number limitations apply). This is an interactive tour, with video snippets and gallery challenges. It’s a perfect introduction to Space and for students on School Camps to Wellington.

Duration: 2 hours.

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Astronomical Cycles and Timescales

Astronomical timekeeping and calendars

Years 7 – 10.

This visit is ​$7.50​ per student.

Adults $7.50 per ticket.
Students Years 1-8, 1 free adult for every 8 paying students.
Students Years 9 and up, 1 free adult for every 10 paying students.

Explore astronomical timekeeping and calendars from many different cultures around the world. Take a look at Te Maramataka and other lunar and solar calendars, how they are used and the stories hidden in the stars.

Duration: 2 hours.

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Roving Robots

Roving Robots

Programming Edison Robots

Year 7+.

This visit is ​$7.50​ per student.

Adults $7.50 per ticket.
Students Years 1-8, 1 free adult for every 8 paying students.
Students Years 9 and up, 1 free adult for every 10 paying students.

In this programme students will learn how to programme Edison robots using Edware software in order to complete a number of different challenges. The planetarium show We Are Aliens work well with this programme. Please note—we accept a maximum of 25 students for this session, this programme requires an hour long workshop and will not include gallery exploration time like all other Space Place workshops. Programme made possible by funding from the Pelorus Trust.

Duration: 2 hours.

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Telescope Tour

Find out how lenses and mirrors, refraction and reflection help us to learn more about our universe

Year 7+

This visit is ​$7.50​ per student.

Adults $7.50 per ticket.
Students Years 1-8, 1 free adult for every 8 paying students.
Students Years 9 and up, 1 free adult for every 10 paying students.

Learn about light and optics, find out how lenses and mirrors are able to refract and reflect light. Use this knowledge to make your own telescope!

Duration: 2 hours

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Star Path

A fascinating exploration of navigation, journeys, and arrivals

Years 5 – 8.

This visit is ​$12.50 per student, including entry to both Space Place and Wellington Museum and a one-way trip on the Wellington Cable Car. 

Adult cost $2 for Cable Car journey. Adults Space Place entry: $7.50.
Students Years 1-8, 1 free adult for every 8 paying students.

Embark on a journey of discovery, focusing on the opportunities and challenges of exploration and navigation, from the early Polynesian wayfinders to the satellite technology that we use today. In this joint venture between Space Place and Wellington Museum, students learn how to identify constellations in the southern skies and find out about the incredible navigational techniques and tools of adventurers who crossed the Pacific Ocean to settle in Aotearoa.

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins at Wellington Museum 2 hours at Space Place and Cable Car trip.

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Extremophiles

Discover life on other planets

Years 9 – 13.

This visit is ​$7.50​ per student.

Adults $7.50 per ticket.
Students Years 1-8, 1 free adult for every 8 paying students.
Students Years 9 and up, 1 free adult for every 10 paying students.

Explore and understand the weird and wonderful world of extremophiles. Find out what they are, where they could live and why they are so important. The planetarium show We Are Aliens works well with this programme.

Duration: 2 hours.

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