North West Sydney
Rocket to the stars and beyond at Sydney Observatory during the Easter holidays
Stars - Night Sky
3-D Space Theatre and telescope tour Daily, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.00pm Kids will love exploring the galaxy in fantastic 3-D. Take off to Mars, be a space detective, discover the littlest objects in our solar system and much more. Afterwards take a look through one of our large telescopes in the domes (weather permitting). No bookings required.
Cost per show: $8 adult, $6 child, $22 family, PHM members free (limit one session per day).
Planetarium and telescope tour
Daily, 10.15am and 12 noon
Discover the planets and stars in our beanbag planetarium and afterwards tour to the telescope domes. Cost per show: $8 adult, $6 child, $22 family, PHM members $6 adult, $4 child.
Mini rocket scientist party day
Tuesday 17 April, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Watch the experts fire their small rocket engines then launch your own water powered rocket, plus collect your free rocket plans to build your own rocket at home. Go on a voyage in the 3-D Space Theatre, dress-up as an astronaut and get your picture taken in front of a space backdrop, make your own alien face mask, and much more. Suitable for all ages, especially 4 - 7 years.
Cost: $12 child, $10 member child, accompanying adults free (1 per child), $8 additional adults, free for under 3. No bookings required.
Dig it! Archaeologists in training workshops
16 and 20 April, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Become a hands-on archaeological detective and investigate the history of Fort Phillip and the site of Sydney Observatory. What happens to artefacts after they are dug out of the ground? What is evidence and how can you use the findings to discover what life was like on Observatory Hill? Plus make a simple toy just like the children did that lived here 150 years ago. Suitable for 6 -10 years.
Cost: $15 child, $13 member child. Bookings essential at sydneyobservatory.com or 9921 3485.
Time Detectives: a science and archaeology game Thursday 12 April, 9.30am – 4.00pm
Treat your child to a fabulous day of science investigation at historic Fort Phillip, part of Sydney Observatory. This workshop includes making an electronics analysis device, investigation of archaeology finds, and solving a mystery dating back 200 years. An all-day workshop suitable for 8 – 12 years. Cost: $75 child, $65 member child. Lunch not included. Bookings essential at sydneyobservatory.com or 9921 3485. Numbers limited.
Make a model of Saturn
Weekdays (except Tues 17 April), 10.30am – 12.30pm Watch a short film about Saturn and afterwards create your own model of the ringed planet to take home. Suitable for 3 - 6 years. Cost: $5 per child, $3 members. No bookings required.
Space jigsaws and colouring-in Drop in to our activity room for space jigsaw puzzles and colouring-in. Free.
Fort Phillip open days Saturday and Sunday 14, 15, 21, 22 April, 11.00am – 2.00pm
Free access to the oldest structure in mainland Australia, includes touch trolley and exhibitions.
Sydney’s historic Time Ball Daily, 1.00pm
See Australia’s most important alarm clock, the Time Ball, drop at precisely 1pm from anywhere in the grounds. Listen carefully, you might also hear the Fort Denison cannon.
Telescope viewings and 3-D Space Theatre Every night, 6.15pm and 8.15pm (Note: no 6.15pm sessions on 10 and 18 April) A night telescope viewing session is the quintessential Sydney Observatory experience. On a clear autumn night through our telescopes, you may see Saturn, Venus, Alpha Centauri (our next door neighbour), the constellation Orion sinking in the west and many other celestial features. Viewings are guided by knowledgeable astronomers and include a stunning 3-D space movie experience. During overcast conditions, the viewing is replaced with a fun session in the planetarium.
Cost: $50 family, $18 adult, $12 child; members $43 family, $16 adult, $11 child.
Bookings essential: 02 9921 3485 or online sydneyobservatory.com
Rings of Saturn pizza nights
10 and 18 April, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
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.
Cost: $30 adult, $27 concession, $25 child (4 years+), $85 family; members $25 adult, $22 concession, $20 child, $72 family. Bookings and prepayment essential at sydneyobservatory.com or 9921 3485.
Astronomical inventions: tales of the telescope 17 and 19 April, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Astronomer and educator Dr Paul Payne presents the amazing history of the telescope in stunning 3-D imagery as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival 2012. Afterwards see real historic instruments on display at the Observatory and go up to the telescope domes for some stargazing. Suitable for ages 12 and over.
Cost: $18 adult, $15 Powerhouse and National Trust members, $12 child/student/conc. Bookings and prepayment essential on sydneyobservatory.com or 9921 3485
Bookings & Information: 02 9921 3485 or www.sydneyobservatory.com.
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