School Visits / Field Trips
Field Trips to the Space Centre
NOTICE: Unfortunately, are are not currently able to take new bookings for schools. Please check back in early 2021.
A trip to Te Awamutu Space Centre is an experience your students won't forget. The venue is full of interesting displays and interactive activities to fire the imagination for all ages (including adults). It's truly immersive and children are always eager to share what they find and learn. You'll probably hear them talking about it long after they have returned to school.
We can accommodate all ages from year 0 to 13, although the experience is more suited to year 3 and higher. Unfortunately we are no longer taking bookings from pre-school groups.
How it Works
You should allow two to three hours for your visit. The exact format is flexible but it normally works like this...
- PART 1: Presentation
Dave Owen (AKA "Space Dave") delivers an audio-visual presentation for up to about an hour. This includes plenty of time for audience participation and questions.
- PART 2: Exploration
60–90 minutes of exploration and activities, during which students explore the displays and interactive activities, and optionally complete paper-based challenges (quizzes, etc).
You can take a break at any stage for a run around outside, have some food, etc.
$7 per student.
- Teachers and adult helpers are free.
- If you can't afford our standard rates, we have some subsidies available for schools or students in high need. Please ask if you'd like to apply for a subsidy.
- You can pay in advance, on the day of the visit, or we can invoice you after the visit.
We can accommodate up to approximately 60 students at a time. We recommend the following adult/student ratios:
- Year 0–3: 1/5
- Year 4–6: 1/6
- Year 7–8: 1/7
- Year 9+: 1/15
IMPORTANT: We need adult helpers who are able and willing to supervise and assist students. Please only bring adults who have agreed to this, and only bring as many adults as you need.
For secondary schools, we don't usually need extra adult helpers. One teacher per class is enough but you can bring a few additional helpers if you want to.
For younger students (up to year 4), it helps to have them organised into groups of up to 6 students with one adult supervisor per group.
- Do not bring any pre-schoolers.
- Let us know about any students with special needs in advance.
Accessibility & Facilities
The venue is wheelchair-accessible (click here for access details). There are two toilets in the main building. The female toilet doubles as the disabled toilet.
Directions and Parking
See our map. Cars and vans can park on the grass beside the main building or on Whitmore Street. Please do not park in the neighbour's property. Buses can park on any of the three roads surrounding the Space Centre, or on the tar seal next to the church. Your bus driver may like to drive around the whole triangular block before choosing exactly where to park (it's a small block).
If you need a Risk Assessment & Management Form you can use our RAMS template (we don't need you to send it to us, it's just for your own records if you want it). You can find more compliance information and documents here.
Some time in the week before your visit, please confirm your booking via email, phone or Facebook.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
"Totally recommend this to all you teachers out there... Our kids love Spaceman Dave."
- Kim Tautari-Scott, Teacher, Te Awamutu Primary School
"The passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge that Dave had when speaking about the Solar System had students spellbound. They were full of questions and wanting more. He is an outstanding educator who instills a passion for learning."
- Tracy Ellis, Teacher, Te Awamutu Intermediate
Schools travel from around the Waikato and even farther to visit us. It's worth the effort!