Get ready to blast off as we invite young scientists, aged 3-5, to experience Questacon Mission to Mars Junior! Join our Questanauts on a guided interactive role-playing adventure to the red planet.

On this journey, junior astronauts will have the opportunity to explore how humans will travel to Mars through a mixture of theatre and live science demonstrations. Junior astronauts will receive a passport to Mars upon boarding, explore the science of rockets in an exciting show, before joining our Questanauts in experimenting in our Spacelab and undergoing an astronaut training camp to prepare for their final descent to Questacon’s 7 metre Mars globe via rocket ship.

Questacon staff in astronaut suits standing next to a guest who is enjoying an exhibit.
A camera shot looking up at a large suspended Mars, as astronauts frame the shot.

Mission to Mars Junior blasts off daily at 9:30am! Pre-booking by at least 4pm on the day prior to your visit is essential. With a limited capacity of 15 people per session, tickets may sell out quickly. Bookings will not be accepted on the day or at the door.

Every person attending the tour (including babies) must have a ticket.

Tickets to Questacon Mission to Mars Junior are now available through Ticketek. When you click on the booking link, you will be directed to Ticketek to purchase your tickets.

Ticket General price Members' price
Adult $16.35 $11.25
Children (0-16) $11.25 $11.25

From 1 September 2020, tickets purchased will attract additional charges. The ticket prices above are inclusive of all ticketing fees.

Please ensure you have read our updated Terms and Conditions before purchasing your tickets.

Mission to Mars Junior is recommended for children aged 3-5 years, along with their parents, grandparents and carers. Older children are able and welcome to attend (with a ticket), however, the tour content is aimed at younger audience.

This 90-minute guided tour experience is different from Questacon’s usual hand-on activities, however it is high energy with lots of interaction, experimentation, and roleplay! Each child will receive a gift bag with items to use during the tour, and then to take home to continue experimenting.

Looking for the all ages event? See Mission to Mars.

For more information about our reopening, please visit our FAQs page.

Health and safety is our priority

We have additional health and safety procedures in place, in line with public health advice, including:

  • Physical distancing - floor markers and other signage will be in place
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at a number of locations throughout the building
  • Only small groups of visitors will be in the Centre at any one time, with a maximum tour capacity of 15 people per session
  • Regular and additional cleaning procedures will also be in place
  • Separate entry and exit doors
  • The Members’ Lounge is closed and lockers are unavailable for the time being
  • Flexible booking conditions.

To help make this a safe experience, please:

  • Follow directions from our staff
  • Ensure you maintain a distance of at least 1.5m from other people, in line with physical distancing guidelines
  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands well with soap and water. You will notice hand sanitiser in several locations during the tour
  • If you are unwell, do not undertake the Mission to Mars Junior experience. We will happily rebook your experience for another date, subject to availability, or can arrange a refund
  • If you have been to any of the current COVID-19 affected locations, including Victoria and locations identified by NSW Health, within 14 days of your planned visit, do not come to Questacon. We will happily rebook your experience for another date, subject to availability, or can arrange a refund.

Please visit the ACT Health and NSW Health websites for more information and details of COVID-19 affected locations.

More information about Questacon's reopening including FAQs can be found on the Visitor update: Coronavirus page.

To change your booking, please contact info@questacon.edu.au or phone 02 6270 2800.

For the latest health advice, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.