Primary School Trips

Each Primary School visit includes a classroom session led by a Stardome Astronomy Educator, followed by a Planetarium show and time exploring our gallery and exhibits. The duration of your trip will be 90 minutes. Choose from 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm or 2pm time slots.

School trips total price – Child/Adult/Teacher $5. One adult free for every eight students.

Minimum charge $175.00 applies to groups of 35 or fewer.

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Primary School Planetarium Shows

Magic Sky Planetarium show
Magic Sky

Magic Sky brings the magic of the sky closer with fantastic images and delivers facts in a fun way, with songs and introductions to ‘night-time firends’. Also available in Te Reo. Suits pre-school.


Tycho to the Moon Planetarium show

Tycho to the Moon

Blast off on an amazing ride into space with Tycho the travelling space dog, to learn about night and day, space travel, the Moon and much more.]Suits Year 0-1.


The Little Star that Could Planetarium showThe Little Star that Could

Experience one star’s search for planets to protect and warm. Learn about different stars and come along for the ride as he meets interesting characters like “Pearl”, “Goldie”, “Sapphire” and “Big Daddy”, and makes other discoveries in the galaxy. Suits Year 0-3.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Planetarium showSecret of the Cardboard Rocket

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket is a fun story following two children who build a cardboard rocket that takes them on an informative and very visual tour of the Solar System accompanied by a very helpful Astronomy book.
Suits Year 1-4

Perfect Little Planet Planetarium show Perfect Little Planet

Go along for the ride with a family of aliens searching for the ideal holiday destination, and learn about the best and worst places in our Solar System. Suits Year 2-6


 TiltTilt Planetarium show

With surprising help from her younger brother and his amazing toy robot, a young girl learns why we have seasons on Earth. From the makers of ‘Tycho to the Moon’, this feature show explains our weather cycles as we experience them “down under”. Suits Year 3-6.


Wonders of the Universe Planetarium show

Wonders of the Universe

This show takes you on a journey from the far reaches of the cosmos encountering galaxies, stars, nebulae, clouds of gas and dust, and finally meeting each of the planets in the Solar System. Suits Year 5-13.



 Wildest Weather in the solar system Planetarium showWildest Weather in the Solar System

Join National Geographic on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather in the solar system, including tornadoes on Mars, lightning on Jupiter, and the solar wind on Mercury. Suits Year 6-11.


Astronaut Planetarium showAstronaut

Takes you on a roller-coaster ride into space and a virtual tour of a space station. With some help from a test dummy named ‘Chad’ we are introduced to the dangers astronauts face in space, the affects that space has on the human body, and the training needed to become an astronaut. Suits Year 6-13.


Matariki Dawn Planetarium showMatariki Dawn

Learn more about the cultural and astronomical aspects of this group of spectacular stars. Show includes Maori myths and stories about the formation of the Earth, the Moon and Maori New Year. Suits Year 6-13.


We are Aliens Planetarium showWe are Aliens

On a fascinating and immersive journey, the show seeks to find the evidence of alien life in our galaxy. The latest research into this fast evolving area of science is explored with input from UK scientists. Suits Year 6-13.


Two small pieces of glass Planetarium showTwo Small Pieces of Glass

With the help of a teacher and her students we learn about telescopes and the many discoveries they made possible, the nature of light and how Galileo’s discoveries they made possible, the nature of light, and how Galileo’s discoveries changed the world. Suits Year 7-13.



We are astronomers Planetarium showWe Are Astronomers

Reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. See how technologies such as the Large Hadron Collider, the observatories of Chile and the Hubble Space Telescope work and how they are used by teams around the world. Suits Year 8-13.


Primary School Classroom Topics

Day and Night

We want students to understand that:
The Sun shines on the Earth, creating light on one side of the planet. Anything not facing the Sun is in shadow.
Anyone standing on the part of the Earth that faces the Sun sees daytime. Anyone standing on the part of the Earth that faces away from the Sun sees night time. We see different times of the day due to the rotation of the Earth and how we face the Sun. Suits Year 0-6

Earth, Moon and Sun Movement

We want students to understand that:
The Sun is in the centre of our Solar System. The Earth rotates on its axis as it revolves around the Sun. The Moon revolves around the Earth while the Earth revolves around the Sun. 
Suits Year 0-6


We want students to understand that:
Matariki is a group of stars that help signal the time of the Maori New Year. Matariki can be seen in the night sky during most of the year, rising and setting at different times.
Suits Year 0-13

Solar System

We want students to understand that:
The Sun brings heat and light to the rest of the Solar System. There are major differences between the various planets in our Solar System. Earth has the right conditions needed for life to exist.
There are major attributes that help determine what kind of conditions are on a planet (ie. distance from Sun, type of atmosphere, type of planet, etc). 
Suits Year 3-13

Moon Phases and Eclipses

We want students to understand that:
The Sun shines on the Moon, causing half of the Moon to be lit, and the other half shadowed. The Moon does not shine on its own; it merely reflects light from the Sun
The Moon goes through phases due to the angle that we are viewing it from as the Moon orbits the Earth. Describe how Mercury and Venus also appear to go through phases as seen from the Earth.
Suits Year 4-8


We want students to understand that::
The Earth sits on a tilt, causing the southern and northern hemispheres on the Earth to be pointed more toward or away from the Sun over the course of the year.
The northern and southern hemispheres experience opposite seasons (ie. in June, the northern hemisphere experiences summer, while the southern hemisphere experiences winter)
For a particular location on Earth (ie. New Zealand), the Sun’s apparent path across the sky changes over the course of the year, giving us longer days in summer, and shorter days in winter.
Suits Year 4-8

Human and Unmanned Space Exploration

We want students to understand that:
It is important for humans to learn to adapt to different places (ie. Moon, Mars, etc). Comparing our planet with other environments helps us learn more about the conditions needed for life. Machines are able to explore space more easily than humans. Each machine is designed to learn certain information about the object it is studying.The different features that we find (craters, rocks, etc) can tell us a lot about the history of a place.
Suits Year 4-13

Night Sky Watching

We want students to understand that:
When we look at our sky, we are seeing objects in our atmosphere as well as objects out in space. We use constellations to help us find our way around the night sky. The objects in the sky appear to rise and set (or circle around) due to the spinning of the Earth.
Suits Year 4-13