World Space Week: Space School

Mount Stromlo Visitor Centre

World Space Week is coming up in October, and what better way for kids to celebrate than with Space School!

Mount Stromlo Observatory invites the children of Canberra to attend our 2020 Space Week school holiday program. During the semi-structured program, space cadets will design, build and launch their own rockets, drive rovers on the Moon, build structures that can survive a marsquake, learn about gravity and make their own space rainbows!

For children in Years 3 to 6. Bookings are essential. To adhere to COVID-19 regulations, guests will need to complete a COVID-19 declaration form before the start of the event. We ask that a maximum of one adult attends per household.


If you have any questions, please check the FAQs below as they may have already been answered.



What do I need to know before coming to Space School?

During the event, guests will be under advice as per ACT Health Regulations.

Attendees will be required to use 70% alcohol hand sanitiser throughout the event. This will be provided, or you may bring your own.

Disposable masks and disposable gloves (nitrile and vinyl) will be provided to attendees on the day, and we encourage attendees to make use of them.

Attendees will be required to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m (adults) throughout the event.

Instructors will be using hand sanitiser, masks, and gloves throughout the duration of the event.

Signage will be posted indicating the maximum number of people per room. The event will have a protocol officer ensuring these measures are followed.

Members of our community are considered high risk or vulnerable if they are:

• over 70 years of age,

• over 60 years of age with chronic illness,

• have a compromised immune system, or,

• are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50 with one or more chronic medical conditions.

Any persons in any of these high-risk categories should take precautions based on their individual situations. All individuals are responsible for their own safety.

What about hygiene measures?

Everyone is reminded of the importance of the strictest hygiene measures when using bathrooms, including washing hands for 20-30 seconds using soap and water.

Other important basic hygiene measures include the use of hand sanitiser; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; sneezing or coughing into a tissue or your elbow; and disposing of any tissues immediately in the bin.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, shortness of breath, a cough, and a sore throat. Please do not attend if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

If I am from interstate, am I allowed to come?

Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to welcome guests from outside of the Canberra community.

If I am unwell on the day, or beforehand, what should I do?

Please contact us before your booking to inform us that you will not be attending. If you cancel before 9am on the day of your booking, we can refund your ticket. Cancellations after 9am will not be able to be refunded. Please do not come up to the site when you are unwell, as we will have to refuse entry and will be unable to refund your ticket cost.

Why do I have to fill out a COVID-19 Prevention Form?

This allows us to maintain Government mandated contact tracing. We are required to collect your name, phone number and address and will store this information in alignment with the ANU Privacy Policy for 28 days.

What are my public transport options for getting to and from the event?

Public transport does not service Mount Stromlo Observatory. Your best options are to either get a taxi/Uber from your location to Mount Stromlo or get a bus to the nearby suburbs of Wright or Duffy and then a taxi/Uber from there to Mount Stromlo. Information on bus routes and timetables can be found here.

What parking is available?

There is plenty of free parking available at the Visitor Centre. Access to the car park will open 20 minutes before the session starts.