School holiday program

Spring School Holiday program

Spring into space school holiday program

20 September – 6 October

Get ready for World Space Week (4-10 Oct) by joining the out of this world fun at Sydney Observatory. Night tour highlights include the Southern Cross and spectacular Saturn (6.15pm session only). The Moon will be visible from the 25 September onwards leading up to a spectacular total lunar eclipse on 8 October. Treat yourself, family and friends to an astronomical experience this school holidays.

DAY PROGRAMS

Overall Winner Paul Haese ' Dust and Gas' The Great Nebula in Orion is a star-forming region located 1,300 light years from Earth. The nebula is 24 light years across and this image shows all the dust and gas in the region. Winning Sky Photos: 2014 David Malin Awards
Until 15 October 2014
See spectacular astrophotography in this amazing exhibition, absolutely free!

3D Space Theatre and Planetarium
Each child who takes a paid tour receives a free ‘Sundial’ activity to take home.

Session times
10:15am Space Shapes planetarium and telescope tour. (under 5s)
11am Space Detective 3D movie + telescope tour (family audience)
11:45am Secret of the Cardboard Rocket + tonight’s sky planetarium (under 7s)
12noon Extreme Places 3D movie + telescope tour (family audience)
1pm Sizing Up Space planetarium show + telescope tour (family audience)
2:30pm The Little Things 3D movie + telescope tour (family audience)
3:30pm Losing the Dark + tonight’s sky planetarium show (teens and up)
4pm Our Sun What a star 3D movies + telescope tour (teens and up)

Duration: 40minutes. Telescope tour includes viewing the Sun, weather permitting, from a dome.
Cost: $10 adult, $8 child/conc, $28 family of 4; members $8 adult, $6 child, $22 family of 4.

claymationDigital Claymation and Space Race Day
Tuesday 23 or 30 September, 9.00am – 4.00pm
A full day workshop where participants make a short Sci-Fi movie. Working in groups, participants will write a narrative set in outer space then create clay characters, design backdrops, shoot and edit footage, add titles, music and sound effects. All participants will receive a copy of their digital animated short movie on DVD to take home! The day also includes the 3-D Space Theatre and making and launching a water powered rocket! For ages 8 to 14.

Cost: $105 per child, $90 members.
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It’s about time!
Monday – Friday, 11.40am & 12.40pm
Enjoy a volunteer-led highlight tour through the Observatory to see its key timepieces and learn about time keeping with the stars. Learn how to tell the time using the Southern Cross clock time calculator. For ages 7 and over.

Cost: Free. $2 for optional Southern Cross clock time calculator and tour notes.
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workshopDIG IT! Mini-archaeologists in training workshops
Friday 26 September or 3 October, 10:30am – 12noon or 1pm – 2:30pm
Become a hands-on archaeological detective and investigate the history of Fort Phillip, on the site of Sydney Observatory. Children do an archaeology dig, sort and analyse the artefacts and use them to discover long-lost treasures from life on Observatory Hill. Plus make a traditional peg doll soldier, signal master or one of the Moffitt family, just like the children who lived here 150 years ago. Solar viewing through an outdoor telescope weather permitting.
For 6 -10 years.

Cost: $15 child, $13 member child.
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Dig it! Vacation care for group bookings
Weekdays 10:30am-12noon or 1-2:30pm
Interact with history in this fun, hands-on simulated archaeology dig for inquisitive children. Ideally suited to primary and infant school-aged children, participants become mini-archaeologists and take part in a simulated dig with our resident archaeologists. Binoculars are used to view South Head. The children decode Sydney Observatory flags and make a take-home craft item related to the site’s history. Solar viewing through an outdoor telescope weather permitting.
Before or after enjoy scenic lunch areas on Observatory Hill.
For groups of up to 60. Minimum group size 15.
Cost: $10 per child, carers free
Suitable for: ages 5-12 years. This program is exclusive to vacation care groups. Bookings essential. (‘Book Here’ button)
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NIGHT PROGRAMS

Dreamtime Astronomy: a planetarium and stargazing experience
Hear wonderful Indigenous sky stories told by our Aboriginal Astronomy guides under the Sydney Planetarium dome. Also learn how to find south using the Southern Cross and see the emu in the sky. Telescope viewing weather permitting.
5.45pm to 6.45pm, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Cost: $50 family, $18 adult, $12 child; Powerhouse Members $43 family, $16 adult, $11 child.
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visitorsTelescope viewing and 3D Space Theatre tour
A night telescope viewing session is the quintessential Sydney Observatory experience. On a clear spring night through our telescopes, you may see Saturn (6:15pm session only), Alpha Centauri (our next door neighbour), the constellation Scorpius and many other celestial features. Viewings are guided by knowledgeable astronomers and include a stunning 3-D space movie experience. In the case of overcast viewing conditions, the telescope viewing is replaced with a fun session in the planetarium.
Every night, 6.15pm and 8.15pm (Note: no 6.15pm sessions on 5 and 12 July)
Cost: $50 family, $18 adult, $12 child; MAAS members $43 family, $16 adult, $11 child
Suitable for: ages 5+
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pizzaSpace Pizza family night
Mon 29 September and Wed 1 October, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Bring your family along to experience 3-D adventures, telescope viewing (weather permitting) and of course, pizza, drinks and a Milky Way dessert! If the weather is overcast a planetarium session and star map workshop are offered. Smart phone users can attach their device to our telescope for a unique Moon photograph opportunity. For ages 5 and over.

Cost: $85 family, $30 adult, $25 child; members $72 family, $25 adult, $20 child.
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visitorsThe Moon, the Myth and the Mystery
Thursday 2 October, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Ahead of the total lunar eclipse, join us for a night of stories about the Moon from around Australia. Meet our Aboriginal guides from various communities and learn some sky stories. Astronomy curator Dr Andrew Jacob will then explain why the Moon cannot affect our behaviour. Use our telescopes and your smart phone to take a great image of the Moon, weather permitting.

Cost: Usual night fees apply: $18 adult, $12 child, $14 concession, $50 family.
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moonTotal lunar eclipse
Wednesday 8 October, 8.00pm – 11.30pm
Enjoy great viewing on a total eclipse of the Moon from Sydney Observatory. The Moon will start to move into Earth’s shadow at 8.15pm and will be fully immersed by 9.25pm. Totality ends at 10.25pm with the Moon finally leaving the Earth’s shadow at 11.35pm. Snacks, tea, coffee and hot chocolate available for purchase on site. For ages 5 and over.

Cost: $59 family, $22 adult, $15 child; members $48 family $18 adult $12 child.
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VACATION CARE GROUPS

Dig it! Vacation care for group bookings
Weekdays 10.30am-12noon or 1-2.30pm
Interact with history in this fun, hands-on simulated archaeology dig for inquisitive children. Ideally suited to primary and infant school-aged children, participants become mini-archaeologists and take part in a simulated dig with our resident archaeologists. Binoculars are used to view South Head. The children decode Sydney Observatory flags and make a take-home craft item related to the site’s history. Solar viewing through an outdoor telescope weather permitting.
Before or after enjoy scenic lunch areas on Observatory Hill.
For groups of up to 60. Minimum group size 15.

Cost: $10 per child, carers free
Suitable for: ages 5-12 years.
This program is exclusive to vacation care groups.
Bookings essential (02) 9921 3485