Celestial Circus School Holiday Program at Sydney Observatory

  • Fri Jan 09 2015
  • Preschoolers
  • $0.00

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Join the Celestial Circus at Sydney Observatory in January!

Solar System Circus - An astronomical circus especially for the under 8s.
Weekdays until 25 Jan, 10am – 11:30am
Observe Space Shapes in the Observatory’s digital planetarium to answer the scientific question “Are the planets round like pancake or round like a ball? Become a planet and learn to balance on the near circular orbits around the Sun as comets and asteroids wiz past.Experience centripetal force as you learn to hula with Miss Twinkle Toes. Launch a rocket into a parabolic path. More fun with circles cannot be had anywhere on our round planet!

Decoding the Past: an astronomical expedition – suited to kids 7-12 years
16 Jan, 9am – 4pm
Become a hands-on archaeological detective as you look at the history of Fort Phillip and the site of Sydney Observatory. See some of the recent finds including gunflints, grapeshot, ceramics, glass, bones, buttons and more! Make a flag decoder and use binoculars and a compass. Then have an astronomical adventure in the afternoon including a planetarium tour, telescopes, 3D Space Theatre. Numbers strictly limited. Bring your own lunch

Daytime Astronomy Tours – suited to all ages! All tours include the telescope dome and a view through the special solar telescope at our closest star, if the weather is fine.
Happening on weekdays and weekends, no bookings are required but arrive early as tours sell out. All tours are approximately 40 minutes.
For more details on the Telescope Tours schedule and ticket prices click here.

Time Ball
1pm Daily until 25 Jan
See Australia’s most important alarm clock, the Time Ball, drop at precisely 1pm from anywhere in the grounds.

The Art of Circles – suitable for 7-12 yrs
Daily until 25 Jan
Free daily activity in which children and adults express themselves with the art of circles using our “spirographs” and learn how to draw ellipses which are the true representations of our planetary orbits around the Sun. Circle based colouring in for the younger children.

Australia Day Activities - suitable for the whole family
26 Jan
Celebrate Australia Day on Observatory Hill - a great place to view the harbour activities. Free entry to the grounds, an exclusive free tour of historic Fort Phillip Signal Station and Sydney Observatory. For a small entry fee enjoy Sydney Observatory’s ‘Observing Sydney in 3D’ 3-D Space Theatre and the planetarium program ‘Stars of the Southern Cross’ every hour. Every show includes a tour to the telescope dome for safe solar viewing.Bookings not required.

- 3-D Space Theatre telescope tours on the hour (11am to 4pm)
- Planetarium tours on the half hour (10:30am to 3:30pm) $5 adult, $3 child.

Click here for the complete day and night program happening throughout January at the Sydney Observatory





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