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There are three amazing ways to experience the Early Start Discovery Space as a group:

  1. SELF-GUIDED EXCURSION
    Come along and have fun at the Discovery Space independently, including access to all the Experiences.
  2. GUIDED EXCURSION
    Your excursion will include time for independent exploration PLUS a guided Experience Lesson from one of our Education Coordinators. All Experience lessons – there’s three to choose from in the menu below – have been mapped to the NSW Board of Studies K-6 Syllabus.
  3. INCURSION
    Our experienced Educators will come to your centre or school to share purpose-designed activities that inspire imagination and ignite a love of learning. See the menu below for which Experience Lessons are available as an Incursion.

Cosand availability

Excursion Option 1:
Days:
Tuesday – Friday
Sessions: 
9.30am – 11.30am*
Cost: 
$10 per child Self-Guided / $15 per child Guided (minimum 20, maximum 50 children)
This option has you in the space with our regular members and guest, but we will put you in small groups to ensure you see it all and move around the space safely.
No charge for educators/adults**
*some flexibility on time can be made if given sufficient notice
**1:8 adult: child ratio is essential so we can split into small groups and ensure we socially distance within the Space.

Excursion Option 2:
Days
: Tuesday – Friday
Sessions: 12pm-2pm
Cost: $10 per child Self-Guided / $15 per child Guided (minimum 30, maximum 300 children)
With this option you will have the entire Discovery Space all to yourself plus our excellent Education Coordinators will be onsite for a chat.
No charge for educators/adults**
**1:8 adult: child ratio is essential so we can split into small groups and ensure we socially distance within the Space.

Incursion:
Days:
Tuesday- Friday
Session Options and Pricing:
Half Day (9am – 12pm) 
$560 (up to 50 children. Additional children $6.50 each)
OR
Full Day (9am – 3pm)
$1120 (up to 50 children. Additional children $6.50/child)

All excursions must be booked 14 days before the date of the excursion.
Please note guided tours and incursions are not available during school holidays.

Options

Self-Guided Excursion

Child in cave

Your group will spend two hours independently exploring Early Start Discovery Space. You will be briefed by a Discovery Space Educator and supported with materials, including a map outlining our schedule to ensure you maximise your time across all of our experiences.

Bricks & Clicks – Science & Technology (Excursion or Incursion)

Children playing with LEGO

Children participate in a hands-on engineering activity creating and designing LEGO brick boats that float. Working in small collaborative groups children will develop their problem-solving skills while exploring the concepts of floating and sinking.

Download the pre/post-excursion activities

Book Nook – English (Excursion or Incursion)

Children finding clues

The world of Roald Dahl’s The BFG comes to life!
Children play with images, sounds, and words to ‘gobblefunk’ their own quirky characters before playing with narrative elements to construct their own wild stories.

Download the pre/post-excursion activities

Trains – Geography (Excursion or Incursion)

Children on trains

Children will explore the concepts of ‘what makes a community’ and ‘what makes a place special’ using their school as an example. Using their understanding of people and places, children will work in collaborative groups to make their own community.

Download the pre/post-excursion activities 

The Dig – History (Excursion only)

Child measuring artefact

Children explore Australian history by searching for Australian cultural artefacts, ranging from before European arrival to the present day. Children develop their historical inquiry skills by recording their finds, regarding them with a critical eye and placing them on a timeline of Australian history.

Download the pre/post-excursion activities 

Additional Information – Excursions

It is the responsibility of the coordinating educator to ensure all children and accompanying teachers are briefed on the conditions of entry, and expectations and commitments. Please read our venue and safety information to assist with planning your risk assessment. All excursions require a ratio of 1 teacher/caregiver to 8 children. Please also ensure the ratio of teachers/caregivers is approved by your principal or centre director before your excursion. See our FAQs for more info.

Additional Information – Incursions

Each class/group will attend a workshop for approx. 30 minutes. Max. 30 per group. A timetable will be designed to suit the needs of your school or group. Hosting an Early Start Discovery Space incursion is easy. All you need is: one indoor room free of furniture (e.g. spare classroom, hall, library, etc. – preferably non-carpeted), nearby parking for one vehicle, access to water, one supervising teacher per class/group, and handwashing facilities for students prior to their session. See our FAQs for more info.

Special needs bookings

For special needs group bookings, please contact us to discuss your needs. Options may include scheduling your visit on a Monday when we are normally closed to the general public.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please read our FAQs or you can email us at [email protected].

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