Pre-school/School excursions

School Excursions

The Planetarium is a great place to learn about our solar system and the universe. It is an educational and fun school excursion suitable for 4+ year olds.

See the night's sky through a Zeiss ZPK-1 star projector, that simulates the constellations on an eight metre domed ceiling. The high quality star projections and animations give a realistic impression of the various movements of celestial bodies with the audience being taken on an immersive guided tour of the solar system and the universe with our highly experienced presenters. 

Visitors learn about the origins of the stars and constellation names, utilising traditional star lore and mythology. 

The Planetarium experience illustrates the constellations that can be seen from the southern hemisphere and also the location and positions of the planets in our solar system. The Planetarium can also simulate the change in the appearance of the sky during the course of the night and even over the year. For advanced students celestial circles can be projected to illustrate how astronomers use celestial coordinate systems for plotting and tracking celestial objects.

Additional digital multimedia equipment, particularly the Mirror-Dome system, is used to take students on an immersive tour of the solar system where we can visit and study each of the planets. Along with a viewing of a short movie, such as the "Mars Exploration Rover", enable participants to experience the planets and other solar system bodies "close up in space" and appreciate how they differ from each other. Our presenters provide narration and information to the level and knowledge requirements of the students.

Topics covered are guided by the SACSA Framework Strand called Earth and Space for the Standard of each Year.  This includes understanding the basic motions of the Sun, Earth and Moon, their effect on every day life, components of the solar system, understanding the universe and the nature of space exploration.


"Can you pass on a huge thank you to Martin for his outstanding presentation last week. I've had lots of positive feedback from kids and parents about the show. They particularly loved his quite teaching manner as opposed to lecturers who just dazzle us with facts. How lucky are we to have such a wonderful resource and talented person."

Ellen Eisenkob, Year 5 Teacher - Grange Primary School 

Dome Movies 

We can also include one of the following movies as part of the session. 

This can be included as part of your 50min session at an additional cost of $2.00 per person.


Guide for Schools

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50min sessions commencing from 10:00am - extended sessions can be arranged at an additional charge.



No Movie

With Movie

Child / Student / Concession






*Shows are subject to change without notice

Two teachers are included free of charge per session
*(Please note there is a minimum booking charge of $100 or $140 if movie included)

*extended sessions can be arranged for a small extra charge - please contact the Planetarium to discuss

Further information

Session Size: The Planetarium has a maximum seating capacity of 45 people.

Parking for Buses/Cars:

  • Free parking permits can be provided for school buses.
  • Public parking in Mawson Lakes is charged at 20c per hour in unreserved spaces.
  • Parking Information for schools

Public Transport: Please see attached map for directions from the Mawson Lakes Interchange (Gawler train) to the Adelaide Planetarium.

Bookings and enquiries

Booking form: 2019 Booking Form
 08 8302 3138 

Office hours:  Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Interesting information


Learn something new and check out some fun facts and links on the solar system, constellations and more!

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School Holiday Program


Looking for something fun and educational to do these school holidays to keep the kids entertained? A trip to the planetarium is a great experience and educational! 

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