All fees associated with the AstroDome Planetarium appear below. To find out how much it will cost to bring the AstroDome Planetarium to your school, all you have to do is contact us and request a no-obligation quote. Please be sure to include your location, a listing of the school programs and/or the planetarium movies that you are interested in, and the number of students that will be taking part in each program. Also, if it will be a multi-day visit, please be sure to mention that too.
Most programs can be adjusted ±5 minutes to better accommodate your schedule.
You can receive a generous discount when 90 or more students participate in an AstroDome program. These discounts range from 4% to 12% and are listed below.
4% OFF the Admission Fee when 90 to 119 students participate in a program.
8% OFF the Admission Fee when 120 to 149 students participate in a program.
12% OFF the Admission Fee when 150 or more students participate in a program.
The table below shows the Effective Price (Regular Price - Multi-Session Discount) for each of the five Admission Fees and each of the three Multi-Session Discounts.
The Travel Cost associated with bringing the AstroDome Planetarium to your location is calculated based on the distance from High River, Alberta.
The map below shows the area where the AstroDome typically travels. The area within the thick red line has been subdivided into three zones, which are referred to as Zone A, Zone B (Calgary) and Zone C. There is also a Zone D, which is the rest of Alberta, beyond the thick red line. The travel cost associated with each zone appears below.
The Travel Cost includes one set-up and take-down of the AstroDome, at your location. If for some reason you require the AstroDome to be set-up and taken down more than once, there will be a $45 fee applied for each additional occurrence.
Zone A ($89)
This zone includes High River, Okotoks, De Winton, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Millarville, Nanton, Cayley, and Blackie.
Zone B ($138)
This zone includes only the City of Calgary. The Ring Road is usually considered to be the boundary of this zone. However, if you're located just beyond the Ring Road and your official address, according to Canada Post, is "Calgary" then you're considered to be in Zone B.
Zone C ($149)
This zone includes Airdrie, Strathmore, Chestermere, Carseland, Langdon, Indus, Cochrane, and Bragg Creek.
Zone D (To Be Determined)
This zone includes all parts of Alberta located beyond the zones mentioned above. The Travel Cost associated with this zone will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Multi-Day Road Trips into Zone D are a great way to save money! Schools in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, and Edmonton should team-up to take advantage of this cost-saving measure.
There is a $79 Administrative Fee charged for all bookings. However, this amount can be reduced by up to $20 if your booking does not result in an excessive amount of administrative work or extra administrative charges.
Please ask for more details if you're looking for ways to reduce the Administrative Fee associated with your planetarium booking.
The Administrative Fee helps to offset the many costs associated with operating a business, such as bank fees, credit card processing fees, post office box rental fee, annual WCB-Alberta premiums, and liability insurance. It also helps to pay for the many time-consuming behind the scenes tasks that are associated with operating the planetarium, such as responding to inquiries, scheduling bookings, writing quotes and invoices, keeping up with equipment maintenance, upgrades, and repairs, banking and bookkeeping, and completing annual GST returns.
Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Starting in late 2017, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was added to our invoices, as mandated by the Government of Canada. You will find our GST Registration Number clearly printed on your invoice. Many schools receive a GST rebate, upon submitting a GST rebate claim to the Federal Government. Ask the office administrator at your school for more information.
For schools located in Zone A, Zone B, and Zone C, the total cost (under normal circumstances) is the sum of the Admission Fee, the Travel Cost, the Administrative Fee, and the GST.
For some schools in Zone D, there is one additional charge, in the amount of $169/day, that will be added to the overall cost. This charge is applied to cover the cost associated with Accommodation and Meals. If your school is located just a little bit beyond the thick red line (as seen on the map above) you will not be charged for Accommodation and Meals. However, the start time of the planetarium programs may be 30 to 60 minutes after the start of the school day, due to the extra time required to travel the greater distance.
Accommodation and Meals
When the AstroDome Planetarium is taken to locations that are greater than 160 km from High River, an additional charge in the amount of $169/day will almost certainly be added. This charge is used towards the added expenses that are associated with Accommodation and Meals.
There is one exception to this rule, which only applies to schools located between 160 km and 199 km from High River. If your school is located less than 200 km from High River, but more than 160 km, be sure to ask about the exception to this rule because it could save your school some money.
Special Offers and Discounts
Almost every school can find a coupon code or qualify for some sort of discount to lower the cost of an AstroDome visit. We offer multi-session discounts (see above) and special first-time visit discounts too. There are loyalty reward discounts and sometimes we also offer a discount on the Administrative Fee. Occasionally, we will even post a coupon on Twitter.
Click here for more information regarding Special Offers and Discounts.