There are three amazing ways to experience the Early Start Discovery Space as a group:
- SELF-GUIDED EXCURSION
Come along and have fun at the Discovery Space independently, including access to all the Experiences.
- 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.
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.
Cost and availability
Days: Tuesday – Friday
Sessions: 9.30am – 11.30am* OR 12.30pm – 2.30pm*
Excursion Price: $10 per child Self-Guided / $15 per child Guided (minimum 20 children), Maximum 50 children.
All excursions must be booked 14 days before the date of the excursion.
*some flexibility on time can be made if given sufficient notice
Incursion Price: $750 (up to 100 children) Additional children $6.50/child
Please note guided tours are not available during school holidays.
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 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.
Book Nook – English (Excursion or Incursion)
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.
Trains – Geography (Excursion or Incursion)
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.
The Dig – History (Excursion only)
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.
Tummy Tour – PDHPE (Excursion only)
Children explore the importance of healthy living through an immersive tour of the human digestive system. Children transform into food particles and explore the effects of different food choices in the body.
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.