School holidays at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

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Aliens, dragons and the solar system are just a few of the exciting topics children and families can learn more about these school holidays at Brisbane City Council’s Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.

With four kids shows to enjoy at the venue’s Cosmic Skydome, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to leisure opportunities these holidays.

New general audience show Bella Gaia features a poetical musical journey around planet Earth, blending NASA science visualisations with cultural scenes from ancient Egypt to modern cities and explores the relationship between human civilization and our ecosystem, simulating the new perspectives gained by orbiting astronauts.

Families can also enjoy the new show narrated by Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, ‘We Are Aliens!’ which takes viewers on an epic ride in the hunt for evidence of alien life.

Friday night shows are the perfect opportunity for the whole family to visit for a unique experience at one of the iconic visitor attractions which helps to make Brisbane a liveable, vibrant and cultural city.

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Shows at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium these school holidays

Shows on offer at the Planetarium these school holidays perfect for children include:

  • Perfect Little Planet – Children will love this show as they learn about our solar system through the eyes of a family of aliens on vacation from another solar system. Recommended for children from 5 years
  • Tycho to the Moon – Tycho is a dog who doesn’t just howl at the Moon, but wants to go there. Blast off on an amazing ride into space with Tycho and his young friends. Recommended for children from 3 years
  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket – Embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring the Solar System alongside their ship’s navigator, an astronomy book. Recommended for children from 5 years
  • Secret of the Dragon – Secret of the Dragon is a magical story about two children who are taken on a dragon ride to explore the wonders of the Universe. Recommended for children between 5 and 8 years.

General audience shows for all ages include:

  • Back to the Moon for Good
  • Bella Gaia
  • Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown
  • Capturing the Cosmos
  • Cosmic Collisions
  • Dark Universe
  • Moons: Worlds of Mystery
  • Saturday Night ‘Live’
  • Starlight
  • We Are Aliens!

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Admission to the Brisbane Planetarium

Admission prices for the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium vary, as follows.

Single admission prices:

  • Adults $15.80
  • Children (3-14 years) $9.60
  • Concession card holders $13

Group admission prices:

  • Family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) $43 per family
  • Groups of adults (10 or more) $13.30 each*
  • Group of children (10 or more 3-14 years) $8.80 each*

*single payment is required for whole group

Three-show pass prices:

  • adults: $36
  • children (3-14 years): $22.

Three-show pass tickets are transferable and valid for one year, but can only be used to admit one individual per show. Bookings are required.

Secret of the Dragon prices (showing during Queensland school holidays only):

  • Adults/children: $8.00
  • Group: $7.00

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What is it like to see a Skydome show?

Going to see a show at the Cosmic Skydome is a unique and fun activity. The shows are usually divided into two parts. First, you watch your chosen immersive, full dome show. This can be anything from cute animated features for younger kids, to interesting entertaining features on a wide range of subjects for older kids and adults. The shows feature amazing visualisations and are really engaging, especially as you can see the action on the special dome above you!

Each show lasts from 25 minutes (for the shows for younger kids) to 45 minutes for older kids, which is a great length of time to keep kids interested and entertained.

After each main show in the Cosmic Skydome, there is a Night Sky Tour. This is a great presentation in which the stars, constellations and planets are projected onto the huge dome. The presenter helps the audience to identify the major interesting features, helping everyone to appreciate what’s above them in the Brisbane night sky, before heading outside to see it in real life!

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History of the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium was established in 1978 by Brisbane City Council. Located within the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, the Planetarium is home of the Cosmic Skydome, a 12.5-metre-diameter projection dome.

Make sure you keep an eye out for activities in 2018 to celebrate the Planetarium turning 40!

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The Planetarium is definitely a ‘must do’ in Brisbane, with more than 140,000 people visiting annually and 22,730 visiting during the last summer school holidays.

Other attractions at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Planetarium attractions

As well as the Cosmic Skydome, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium has many other attractions to engage, entertain and educate visitors, including:

  • Display Zone
  • Mini Theatre
  • Observatory (not available during summer)
  • Galaxy Gift Shop
  • Sundial Courtyard

Mt Coot-tha

Featuring a newly unveiled $3.4 million Visitor Information Centre, Mt Coot-tha is an iconic Brisbane destination featuring Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha and the Mt Coot-tha Lookout being key highlights as well as the famous Planetarium.

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Bookings are recommended for all shows so be sure to get in early and call the Booking Office on (07) 3403 2578.

For opening hours please visit

For more information about what’s on at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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