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. 

If you can’t make it into Space Place, we can engage with your akonga regardless of alert levels! We have a team of kaiako who would love to support the inquiries from your akonga, answer pātai and support your local curriculum, either via Zoom or with an in-person visit to your kura.

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.

Space Place Sing-along

Space Place Sing-along

Early Childhood.

$7.50 per ticket, 1 adult free for every 10 paying students.

Space Place has it’s very own sing-along planetarium show called The Family of the Sun/Te Whānau o te Rā. Learn about the stories of the southern stars, see how the Moon orbits the Earth, and follow poor lost Pluto through the Solar system as he tries to find his way back home.

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins.

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The World Around Us

Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon

Years 1 – 4.

$7.50 per ticket, 1 adult free for every 10 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

Seasons, Shadows and Cycles

How Shadows Change

Years 3 – 8.

$7.50 per ticket, 1 adult free for every 10 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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The World Around Us

Explore the Solar System

Planets of the Solar System

Years 5 – 10+.

$7.50 per ticket, 1 adult free for every 10 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

Solar System and Beyond

Interactive Tour of Space

Years 5 – 10.

$7.50 per ticket, 1 adult free 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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Extremophiles

Extremophiles

Wonderful world of Astrobiology

Years 7 – 10.

$7.50 per ticket, 1 adult free 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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Astronomical Cycles and Timescales

Astronomical Cycles and Timescales

Astronomical timekeeping and calendars

Years 7 – 10.

$7.50 per ticket, 1 adult free 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+.

$7.50 per ticket, 1 adult free for every 10 paying students.

Space Place is proud to announce its new education programme Roving Robots made possible by funding from the Pelorus Trust. 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 shows Back to the Moon for Good and 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.

Duration: 2 hours.

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Telescope Tour

Telescope Tour

Discover our collection of Telescopes

Year 7 – 10.

$7.50 per ticket, 1 adult free for every 10 paying students.

Discover the collection of telescopes at Space Place; learn about how different types of telescopes work and construct a working telescope!

Duration: 2 hours

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Solar System and Beyond

Star Path

A magical exploration of navigation, journeys, and arrivals

Years 5 – 8.

This visit is ​$13.00 per student, including entry to both Space Place and Wellington Museum and a one-way trip on the Wellington Cable Car.

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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