Early Learning Visit2021-09-02T17:06:24+10:00

Early Learning

Hands-on science fun is inescapable as you explore the Discovery Centre’s exhibit floor! Our newly refurbished Early Learning Space, Kaleidoscope, is a tactile, sensory and interactive space for babies to five year olds to safely investigate, play and learn.

Little discoverers will be guided through the cosmos with an introduction to stars and planets in our Planetarium and our range of specially designed workshops will introduce scientific concepts in a fun and engaging way whilst meeting curriculum goals.

Contact our Booking Officer by filling out our booking enquiry form below, calling (03) 5444 4400 or emailing [email protected]

Hands-on science fun is inescapable as you explore 100+ exhibits in the Discovery Centre.

Explore the wonders of astronomy and the sky above in our Planetarium.

Our special space for little scientists aged 5 and under has been beautifully reimagined.

With guidance from a trained science explainer, students learn and explore scientific principles.

Planning your visit

To book with Discovery you can complete a Booking Enquiry Form at the bottom of this page, or contact one of our Bookings Officers. Please note that the Discovery Centre is closed on Mondays.
Phone: (03) 5444 4400
Email: [email protected]
Contact Hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

We know teachers have busy timetables! If you happen to leave a message by phone or email please include a convenient time to call you back. We want to work around your classroom schedule.

Educational Early Learning Visit

$10.50 per child
1 free adult per 5 students ($12 per additional adult)
2 hours – larger groups may require more time

Sample Itinerary*

9:30 am – Arrive at Discovery and meet with Visit Coordinator
9:40 am – Planetarium Session
10:00 am – Interactive Workshop
10:30 am – Free time in Kaleidoscope
11.00 pm – Free time in the exhibits
11:30 pm – Meet your bus for pick up

General Early Learning Visit

$5.00 per child
1 free adult per 5 students ($12 per additional adult)
90 minutes – larger groups may require more time

Sample Itinerary*

9:30 am – Arrive at Discovery and meet with Visit Coordinator
9:40 am – Planetarium Session
10:00 am – Free time in Kaleidoscope
10:30 am – Free time in the exhibits
11:00 pm – Meet your bus for pick up

These itineraries are to provide an idea of how your time with us might flow, however your Visitor Coordinator will provide your itinerary upon our arrival at our Centre. Due to Discovery often hosting multiple groups at once, and to ensure we can remain flexible around unforeseen circumstances such as late buses or weather events, we cannot provide itineraries in advance.

With guidance from a trained Science Explainer students explore a series of challenges tailored to their age. Students will be introduced to scientific principles and have the opportunity to experiment, use initiative, collaborate, and build resilience to become expert problem solvers.

Early Learning Visit Enquiry

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General visit allow 2 hours Educational visit allow 2.5 hours If you have more than 60 students please allow an additional half-hour

Booking FAQs

Discovery during COVID-192020-05-22T13:06:43+10:00

We are aware that safety is a major concern for groups visiting us. During this difficult time Discovery is trying to support our community how ever we can and will be following government guidelines around reopening.

Step 1- Discovery has gone Virtual! we are offering online workshops, challenges and equipment hire to schools and community groups and free online Curious Kids sessions Wednesday at 1:30pm. We have also ramped up our social media providing you with hours of fun hands on experiments you can do at home.

Step 2- Discovery is keeping things Virtual but will also open our doors for Birthday Parties and meetings for up to 20 people at a time. You can book all of Discovery for 3hours just email [email protected] (we can not do planetarium or slide sessions at this time).

Step 3- Discovery is keeping things Virtual but will also be opening our doors and welcoming back our members and the wider community. With social distancing measures we will be implementing and online ticketing system and having no more than 100 people in the centre at a time. We will also be increasing our cleaning schedule and asking people to stay at home if they are feeling unwell.

For more information please email [email protected]

When can I bring my group in?2018-11-29T11:26:42+10:00

Discovery is open from 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Sunday during term. We now offer booking from 9:30 am for school excursions. We try to be flexible and don’t want anyone to miss out. If a group simply cannot book within these hours we may be able to discuss other options.* (subject to availability)

How long will the visit take?2018-02-12T10:02:50+10:00

We recommend 2 hours for a General Visit and 2.5 hours for an Educational Visit. We are happy to add on extra time if you require a lunch or snack break.

What activities will our group be doing?2018-02-12T10:00:03+10:00

In an excursion to Discovery you’ll have access to: The Exhibits; we have roughly 100 hands on exhibits in our open plan Centre. Everything is hands on and everyone is encouraged to explore.

The Planetarium; sit back and relax as one of our presenters takes you on a journey through the planets and the night sky.

Preschool groups will have access to our special under 6s learning space, Kaleidoscope.

School groups will have a session on The Vertical slide; where kids (aged 5 and over) and adults can drop from 7 meters in an adrenaline fueled fun session.

In an Educational Visit you’ll also have a Lab session or Inquiry Workshops and do some hands on science. Find out more about our amazing programs on our Workshop page.

Is it wheelchair accessible?2018-02-12T09:15:10+10:00

Yes, we are equipped with ramps and have a disabled toilet and shower room.

What if I don’t want my group to participate in an activity?2018-02-12T09:14:19+10:00

Let us know if you think an activity might not be suitable for your group. For example, we don’t offer our Vertical slide to Preschools due to the age restriction.

Are you easy to find?2018-02-12T09:13:51+10:00

Yes! We are located directly opposite the Train station. Why not catch the train to the Discovery Centre for an extra fun trip?

The Discovery Centre is located next door to Bendigo’s train station and bus depot, so it is easily accessible by public transport. View map here.

Coming by car? Park at the Bendigo Marketplace carpark, which can be accessed via Mitchell Street, Edward Street and Arthur Street and has over 1,200 free car park spaces including disabled car park and parents with prams parking spaces. View map here.

Bus parking is available behind the Marketplace and alongside the Marketplace loading bay. View diagram here.

How safe is Discovery?2018-03-23T08:02:47+10:00

We are aware that safety is a major concern for groups visiting us. We have a strict ‘no running’ policy and our professional staff are trained in level 2 first aid. There is only one entry / exit to the Centre for visitors, so you won’t lose anyone and the lead teacher is required to undergo a brief safety induction upon arrival.

You can download our Risk assessment on our website as part of the Teacher Planning Guide.

How do I pay?2018-02-12T09:09:07+10:00

We will send you an invoice after your visit to us. Be sure to provide an email to your school or groups accounts department, or be prepared to send it to us.

Want to know more? Call us on 03 5444 4400 or email [email protected]

You can also call in and visit us anytime!

How do I book?2018-02-09T16:25:43+10:00

You can fill in a booking enquiry form below! Or you can call in to the centre and speak to our staff, call us on 5444 4400, or email [email protected].

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