Space Place Programmes


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. Contact our team to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have for your next visit.
 

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All Space Place learning sessions are two hours long and include:

  • LEOTC supported educational workshop (30-40 minutes)
  • A planetarium show (45 minutes)
  • Time to explore our interactive, multimedia galleries
 
Education visits take place from Monday to Friday during term time, we have two sessions a day which start at 9.45am and 12.15pm. Each session can accommodate two groups of up to 35 students (for younger groups: Year 1 and 2, we strongly recommend a maximum of 20 students per group).
Early childhood

Early Childhood

Sing-along

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.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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The World Around Us

The World Around Us

Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon

Years 1–4 (Levels 1–2)

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.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Explore the solar system

Explore the Solar System 

Tour the Solar System

Years 5–10+ (Levels 2–5)

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 show Dynamic Earth and We Are Astronomers works well with this programme.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Seasons, Shadows and Cycles

How shadows change

Years 3–8 (Levels 2–4)

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.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Solar System and Beyond

Solar System and Beyond

Fly through our Solar System

Years 5–10+ (Levels 2–5+)

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.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Telescope Tour

Telescope Tour

Discover our collection of Telescopes

Years 7–10+ (Levels 4–5+)

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

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Astronomical Cycles and Timescales

Astronomical Cycles and Timescales

Astronomical timekeeping and calendars

Years 7–10+ (Levels 4–5+)

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.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Extremophiles

Extremophiles

Wonderful world of extremophiles

Years 7–10+ (Levels 4–5+)

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.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Asteroids in the Solar System

Hunting for Asteroids

Asteroids in the Solar System

Years 8–10+ (Levels 4–5+)

Students use customised astronomical software and real telescope data to hunt for asteroids in the Solar System (number limitations apply).

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Roving Robots

Roving Robots

Programming Edison robots

Years 7 + (Levels 4 – 5+)

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 notewe 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.

  • $7.50 per student
  • $7.50 per adult helper
  • One teacher or adult helper per ten students is free
  • Teacher aides are free

 

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Collaborations with our other sites


We offer collaborative education programmes between Cable Car Museum, Space Place and Wellington Museum. These are ​full-day programmes. More information on timings on enquiry with the education team.

Astronomical Cycles and Timescales
Star Path – A magical exploration of navigation, journeys, and arrivals

With Wellington Museum and Space Place

Years 5 – 8

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.

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.

Adults ​$2.50​ for a one-way Cable Car ride.

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