Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

The rain stopped today and we lived up to our promise to our daughter to visit the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium at Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane. We were loaded up with a picnic lunch and headed off to the 12:30pm show of "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket".

A family ticket cost $36.00 for 2 adults and 2 children. The show went for about 45 minutes and was projected onto the 360 degree dome of the planetarium which was very well done. After the short movie, we were shown a short film on Brisbane night skies and what stars and planets to look out for and where to look for them in the sky. My daughter was absolutely enthralled. My 4 year old son was told to be quiet by the usher once but he was really, really good as far as I was concerned. There were worse kids there than he and they were 'ssshhhhed' as well. Great displays in the foyer including Neil Armstrong's space suit, scale model of a space ship, pieces of meteor and other interesting space stuff. A great day out.

Enjoy a walk around the Botanical Gardens afterwards or a quick trip up to the Mount Coot-tha Lookout for a good look around Brisbane. Refreshments available in the Kuta Cafe or a meal in the The Summit Restaurant.

By the way, the Planetarium was named after Sir Thomas Brisbane also the name given to our capital city by Lt John Oxley, who set up a convict settlement in 1823 and therefore naming our great city and river.

For program details, address, show times etc check out the Planetarium web site here.


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