School Group Bookings

Questacon is currently closed in line with ACT Government health guidelines.

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

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
  • Social distancing floor decals will be placed around individual exhibits and assembly areas
  • Gallery 7 - Excite @ Q is temporarily closed due to the high-touch nature of the exhibits. This also include Questacon's Free Fall exhibit.

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.

TERMS 3 & 4 2021

Daytime Program - Self- guided Gallery Experience

  • Maximum of 100 persons per session (including accompanying teachers/ adults, per session)
  • Monday – Friday during ACT school Terms (excluding Public holidays)
  • Free of charge ratio of 1 adult per 10 paying students applies
  • Entry will be staggered for a maximum 2-hour session
  • Groups travelling on multiple coaches, who are sharing the same itinerary (ie. operating as one cohort for the whole or parts of their excursion) are permitted to attend the same session
  • A visit to the Questacon Shop is included at the end of every visit

Evening Program – Q by Night

  • Maximum of 100 persons (including accompanying teachers/ adults, per session)
  • A minimum charge equivalent of 30 students is applied for this program
  • Free of charge ratio of 1 adult per 10 paying students applies
  • Monday – Thursday during ACT school Terms (excluding Public holidays)
  • 5.00pm, 5.30pm, 6.00pm & 6.30pm sessions, one group per timed 2-hour session
  • Groups travelling on multiple coaches, who are sharing the same itinerary (ie. operating as one cohort for the whole or parts of their excursion) are permitted to attend the same session
  • A visit to the Questacon Shop is included at the end of every visit

Catering Options

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.

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 0262702893

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 Questacon 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 on our online shop.
  • 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 desk upon arrival.
  • *Please note Gallery - Excite @ Q is temporarily closed due to the high-touch nature of the exhibits. This also include Questacon's Free Fall exhibit.

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 2021-22

Questacon’s professional indemnity insurance certificate of currency 2021-22

N.B. If you are having trouble accessing 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 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 during 2021, and 45 persons 2022 onwards.

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