Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What do you do, when you visit our school?

  2. What kind of space do you need to set up?
    It can vary upon location but generally, a secure indoor space such as a school or community hall, library or other suitably sized space. 100% shade and a sheltered location is required for all outdoors events. Enclosed marquees are also an option.
  3. Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
    Yes, we have $10million Public Liability Cover.
  4. Do your presenters have current Working With Children Checks?
    Absolutely! Details are provided as part of the booking confirmation process.
  5. How many students can you fit into one day?
    It does depend on the type of event planned but for our standard school incursion, we can fit up to ~10 classes / ~250 kids per day.
  6. What kinds of animals do you bring?
    For school incursions (K-12), we bring a carefully curated collection of large, live, colourful Australian minibeasts such as 2-3 species of spider, scorpion, centipede, millipede, and various insects such as 2-3 species of stick insect, stag or rhino beetle, giant burrowing cockroach and other seasonally available insects. Please note however, that Live Butterflies are a specialised and separate type of event. We also do Freshwater Aquatic incursions and will bring such animals upon request.
    For schools, libraries and vacation care groups, (K-12) we also bring a collection of over 200 preserved specimens such as snail shells, cocoons, eggcases, skins, embedded specimens etc.
    For Special Needs Groups, parties and preschools, we only bring the live specimens on the day.
  7. How long has Travelbugs Mobile Minibeasts been visiting schools?
    Travelbugs Mobile Minibeasts have been travelling to schools and other venues for over 15 years! We were originally an Authorised School Performance through the NSW Department of Education and their School Performances Unit (until it’s disbandment in ~2011).
  8. How do we place a booking?
    It’s simple! We’ll just need some details such as:
    – Your school’s name and location
    – How many students / classes you’d like to involve
    – Any dates you might have in mind or a preferred day of the week.
    – Your schools start / break / session times so we can suggest a schedule.
    – Any details about the topic they are learning about or the special minibeast day you have planned. 
    Once we have agreed on dates and times, we send out a Booking Confirmation Pack via Australia Post which comes with the Confirmation, Terms and Conditions, Incursion Checklist and a CD full of resources such as fact sheets, activity sheets and more.
    Please email or call us directly or fill out the Contact Form above.
  9. Will you visit our Regional destination?
    We’d sure love to! We have been as far south as Tasmania, Melbourne, and the ACT. We even once visited a school in Papua New Guinea! We’ve visited many regional NSW locations such as Trangie, West Wyalong, Boggabri, Emmaville, Merimbula and Tumbarumba and everywhere in between!
    We need to prepare a quote however, and it does depend upon your location and how many students will be involved. We endeavour to visit as many regional locations as possible though and try to do our best when it comes to affordability. We have general minimum fees for various regional areas. Please contact us for more information about having us to your regional venue.
  10. Do you have a Risk Assessment for your incursions and exhibitions?
    Yes! This is available upon request during the booking process. There will also be a copy on the Resource CD you receive as part of your booking confirmation.
  11. Is the incursion hands-on?
    Yes! There will be some harmless live and preserved specimens that can be touched or handled safely. We never force anyone to hold anything though, and only allow those who are willing, calm and sensible, to do so. There will also be animals there that will not be touched or handled at all, of course, including anything that might bite or sting. Unfortunately, children under 2 years of age, can not handle or touch any of our live or preserved specimens.
  12. How do you accept payment?
    For all NSW Public Schools, we prefer payment via school P-card either processed on the day of our visit, or via the phone after the incursion. Pre-payment also gratefully accepted. For other venues, such as private schools, council events and libraries, OOSH, parties etc, payment via EFT or cheque is available. Cash payment is accepted at private parties. Our payment terms are strictly 7 days.