School holiday program

Eclipsed! Easter school holiday program
Sydney Observatory, 12 – 29 Apr 2014

Open daily 10am to 5pm. Night programs by booking only.

DAY PROGRAMS

3-D Space Theatre and Sydney Planetarium
Stories of the night skyEvery day during the holidays, enjoy a session in the interactive 3-D Space Theatre or Sydney Planetarium and a tour up to the telescope domes. Programs vary throughout the day.

10.15am Space Shapes planetarium and telescope tour. Great for the under 5s.
11am Mars 3-D theatre and telescope tour.
11.15am Space Shapes planetarium and telescope tour. Great for the under 5s.
12noon Bigger than Big 3-D theatre and telescope tour.
1.00pm Sizing up Space and Rocketman in the planetarium. For ages 7+.
2.30pm Space Detective 3-D theatre and telescope tour. For ages 5+.
3.30pm The Diamond Planet and Einstein’s Universe 3-D theatre and telescope tour. Ages 13+.
4.00pm Sizing up Space planetarium and telescope tour. For ages 7+.

Cost per session: $10 adult, $8 child, $26 family of four.
$10 adult, $8 child, $26 family of four.
If you purchase a family ticket to a second session in the same day, you can do so at the discounted price of $20 instead of $26.
Powerhouse members for Planetarium sessions $6 adult, $4 child/concession, $16 family.
Powerhouse members free for the 3-D Space Theatre (limit one session per day).
No bookings required but tickets sell quickly. Tours last 30 minutes.

Kids activity: Make a Solar System Model
Monday to Friday, (excludes public holidays)

Every child that has a ticket to weekday shows can make a model of the Solar system in our workshop (until 3pm) or to take home. Parental supervision is required.
Cost: Free with ticket to any session

It’s about time!
Monday – Friday, 11:40am and 12:40pm (excludes public holidays)

Take a guided 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 and a see the Time Ball drop at precisely 1pm.
Cost: Free. $2 for optional Southern Cross Clock time calculator and tour notes.
No bookings required.

Workshop: Make a sci-fi movie
15 and 16 April, 9:30 am – 3:30pm

Digital claymation workshop at Sydney ObservatoryA full day workshop where participants make a short Sci-Fi movie with digital claymation. Working in groups, participants will write a narrative set in outer space featuring stars, planets, astronauts, space ships, aliens and more. 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! For ages 8 – 14

Take a look here at some of the space-themed claymations made on the day.
Cost $85 per child, $75 Powerhouse members.
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Fort Phillip time and telescope tour
Saturday 12 April, 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Fort Phillip sitting high on Windmill Hill made way for Sydney Observatory in 1858 but happily some of the fort remained. Join a twilight tour of the fort and learn about the people that lived here and the vital roles they played in the lives of Sydneysiders. Then take a tour through the Observatory to see its key timepieces and learn how to tell the time using the Southern Cross Clock time calculator. Includes telescope viewing, weather permitting. Part of the National Trust Heritage Festival and National Archaeology Week. Suitable for history buffs of all ages.
Cost: $50 family, $18 adult, $12 child; members $43 family, $16 adult, $11 child.
Bookings essential on www.sydneyobservatory.com.au

Workshop: Mini-archaeologists in training
Thursday 17 and Wednesday 23 April, 10.30am – 12noon and 1pm – 2.30pm

digging the pastInteract with history in this fun, hands-on and fully-guided program ideally suited to infants and primary school age children. Participants become mini-archaeologists and take part in a simulated dig with our resident archaeologists. Binoculars are used to view South Head and the children will learn how to decode Sydney Observatory’s nautical flags and also make a craft item related to the site’s history. For ages 5 – 12.
Cost: $15 child, $13 members.
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Vacation Care group program: Dig it! Archaeology
14 – 29 April, 10:30am – 12noon or 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Interact with history in this fun, hands-on fully-guided program ideally suited to infants and primary school age children. Participants become mini-archaeologists and take part in a simulated dig with our resident archaeologists. Binoculars are used to view South Head and the children will learn how to decode Sydney Observatory’s nautical flags and also make a craft item related to the site’s history to take home. For ages 5 – 14.
Cost: $10 child, carers free (minimum group size 15, up to 50).
Bookings essential at www.sydneyobservatory.com.au or call 9921 3485. Note: All Vacation care groups must be booked.

Total Lunar eclipse
Tuesday 15 April, 5:15pm – 7:45pm

Total lunar eclipseEnjoy a magical twilight view through the telescopes of a rare total eclipse of the Moon. Plus learn more about how eclipses occur through astronomer-led sessions in the 3-D Space Theatre and Sydney Planetarium. Refreshments can be purchased on site.
Cost: $50 family, $18 adult, $12 child; Powerhouse members $43 family, $16 adult, $11 child.
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Partial Solar eclipse
Tuesday 29 April, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Partial solar eclipseThrough special eclipse glasses or filtered telescope, view this spectacular partial solar eclipse where more than half of the sun will be covered by the moon. Refreshments can be purchased on site.
Cost: $22 adult, $16 child, $64 family; Powerhouse members $18 adult, $12 child, $54 family.
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NIGHT PROGRAMS

Dreamtime astronomy
14, 17, 19, 24, 26 April, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

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 will follow weather permitting. For families with young children.
Cost: $50 family, $18 adult, $12 child; Powerhouse Members $43 family, $16 adult, $11 child.
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Night telescope and 3-D Space Theatre tour
Every night at 6:15pm and 8:15pm (excluding Good Friday)

View Jupiter, the amazing gas giant, and objects in constellations such at Orion the hunter amongst other celestial features through telescopes. Afterwards experience the 3D Space theatre. A planetarium session is offered where telescope viewing is limited by cloud or rain. For ages 5+.
Cost: $50 family, $18 adult, $12 child; Powerhouse members $43 family, $16 adult, $11 child.
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