School Group Bookings

GROUP BOOKINGS

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to welcome school groups back to Questacon commencing Term 1, 2021.

We are still offering interactive, inspiring and immersive experiences, however, a visit to Questacon will be different for the foreseeable future. Our Centre’s capacity will be closely managed through timed sessions allowing schools and general admission to visit at different times. Other changes include:

  • A reduced maximum capacity for our galleries, only one group will be present in each gallery at any one time
  • Our staff will escort all groups to and from each gallery space
  • There will be one entry and one exit point within each gallery and groups will move around the Centre in a clockwise direction to prevent crossover with other visitors.
  • Social distancing floor decals will be placed around individual exhibits and assembly areas

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers remains our priority. To ensure we are able to deliver the safest experience for all of our visitors we have introduced a new daytime and evening program for school groups as outlined below:

MAKING A SCHOOL BOOKING FOR 2021

We have had to put a temporary freeze on all new bookings for all of 2021, with the exception of joining our waitlist. This is to allow us to manage our existing bookings within a smaller program capacity and with new health guidelines. While we assess how we transition into our new programs, we are discouraging booking holders from making any changes to their bookings.

Existing bookings will be assessed on a Term by Term basis. While we transition into our new programs, we are discouraging current booking holders from making any changes to their bookings. Please check the Book Canberra Excursions portal for any new availability.

TERM 1

Daytime Program

  • Maximum of 50 persons per session (including accompanying teachers/ adults, per session)
  • Monday – Friday during ACT school Terms (excluding Public holidays)
  • Entry will be staggered for a maximum 2-hour  session

Evening Program

  • Maximum of 50 persons (including accompanying teachers/ adults, per session)
  • Monday – Thursday during ACT school Terms (excluding Public holidays)
  • 4pm, 5pm, 6pm & 7pm sessions, one group per timed 2-hour session

TERM 2

Daytime Program

  • Maximum of 1 coach load of passengers or less than 80 pax including accompanying teachers/ adults, per session. A coach load is defined by the capacity of the coach that your group is travelling in.
    • If your group is travelling on more than one coach, multiple sessions will be required when booking. Entry for additional supervisors is priced at the same rate as their students.
  • Monday – Friday during ACT school Terms (excluding Public holidays)
  • Entry will be staggered for a maximum 2-hour session

Evening Program

  • Maximum of 1 coach load of passengers or less than 80 pax including accompanying teachers/ adults, per session. A coach load is defined by the capacity of the coach that your group is travelling in.
    • If your group is travelling on more than one coach, multiple sessions will be required when booking. Entry for additional supervisors is priced at the same rate as their students.
  • Monday – Thursday during ACT school Terms (excluding Public holidays)
  • 4pm, 5pm, 6pm & 7pm sessions, one group per timed 2-hour session

MAKING A SCHOOL BOOKING FOR 2022

School bookings for 2022 can be made on the Book Canberra Excursions (BCE) platform.
Your first step will be to register as either a school teacher, tour operator or social group.
For further enquiries or home school bookings, please contact the Schools Experience Program team on group.bookings@questacon.edu.au or (02) 6270 2893

Please download our detailed overview below for planning your visit.

Visitor Information

  • Engage with science in extraordinary ways with interactive exhibits throughout our galleries, as well as foyer and outdoor Science Garden experiences.
  • The Q Shop offers a range of affordable interactive science toys, teaching resources and souvenirs for purchase. Group sessions also include allocated time to visit our shop. A select range of educational products are also available online.
  • Our catering partners - Atomic offer options for packed school lunches, dinners and light refreshments. For any enquiries relating to school catering, please contact Atomic directly on groupbookings@atomiccatering.com.au  or call on (02) 6273 6663. 
  • Located within Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle, Questacon is surrounded by gardens and lawns ideal for lunchtime activities.
  • Coach/bus set-down and pick-up is available on the eastern side of the building via Mall Road West, opposite the National Portrait Gallery. View a map of the parliamentary precinct.
  • The Centre has full disability access.
  • Health information for visitors with sensory sensitivity, pacemakers, epilepsy, and hearing aids or cochlear implants is available from the information and ticket desks upon arrival.

VENUE SAFETY INFORMATION AND INSURANCE

Duty of Care rests with the teachers of adults associated with each group. It is expected that a teacher or adult associated with each group is present in any Questacon gallery the students of children are in.

Liability insurance and conserving visitor safety through Workplace Health & Safety initiatives are core components of Questacon's operations.

Questacon's venue risk assessment

Questacon’s general liability insurance certificate of currency 2020-21

Questacon’s property insurance certificate of currency 2020-21

N.B. If you are having trouble accessing either of the above documents, please contact the Schools Experience Program Office via details below.

PRICING

An invoice will be issued following the visit. Alternatively, payment may be made upon arrival by cheque, credit card, cash or EFTPOS.

Daytime Program

Students grade Price (per person) Free supervising adults to students ratio
Preschool $15.00 1:4
Primary $15.00 1:10
Secondary $15.00 1:15
Tertiary $17.20 1:15
Social - Adult $20.50 N/A
Social - Concession $15.00 N/A
Social - Child $15.00 N/A
Social – Under 4 Free of Charge * N/A

* When accompanied by paying adult.

Evening Program

This program incurs a minimum charge, based on 30 persons

Students grade Price (per person) Free supervising adults to students ratio
Primary $21.25 1:10
Secondary $21.25 1:15
Tertiary $21.25 1:15

An invoice will be issued following the visit. Alternatively, payment may be made upon arrival by cheque, credit card or EFTPOS.

Contact

If you have any further enquiries please contact our Schools Experience team.