SCHOOL HOLIDAY RESCUE – PART 5
Expand their curious and malleable minds with these fantastic Museum activities.
- The Australian Museum
6 College St, Sydney
Keep this one in your repetoir for rainy days. There’s so much for kids to do at this fantastic facility. There’s Kidspace – a lovely kids play area for the under 5s, packed with dress ups, art materials and other cool stuff. Kidspace is home to weekly programs for littlies throughout the school term. On Thursdays at 10.30am there’s Mini-Explorers, for the 3 to 5 brigade. These sessions are based upon a theme (currently Penguins) and involve stories, craft, dressing up and singing. The 1 to 3 year olds get their turn on Fridays at 10.30am with the Tiny Tot Explorers. NB: bookings are essential.
Over the July school holdiays the Museum will be hosting 9 separate kids events mostly centered around their latest exhibition – Deep Oceans. These include interactive shows, behind the scenes tours, a sleep over and torch light tours. The live squid dissection sounds very cool and ought to appeal to primary school kids with a fascination for all things grisly. There are a also a number of workshops where kids get to be a marine biologist or a palaeontologist for a day. Why cant adults get to do this? – its like sooooo unfair.
You may not know that the Museum is a party venue. They offer party packages for 4 to 8 year olds based around a museum themed tour or treasure hunt. They’ll do the catering and hosting, making it an easy and enjoyable option for parents. Mumabulous will keep this one up her sleeve.
- The Powerhouse Museum
500 Harris St, Ultimo
The Powerhouse is another sensational option for rainy days. However I cant stress this enough – get there early to avoid queuing outside with a few hundred of your closest friends. Once inside, there are heaps and heaps of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. The Wiggles and Narnia exhibitions, the great play spaces and craft activities, just to name a few.
The July School holiday program is crammed with cool stuff. There’s digital workshops and jam sessions for teens and tweens using Minecraft, Scratch and Lego, Arduino and Lilypad (which I’d never heard of until now). The ATYP are running a film making workshop using the Museums editing software – I wannna go! For the less technically minded, there’s a number of shows and craft activities focused on the head-lining exhibition – The Chronicles of Narnia.
Mumabulous notes that the cafe is getting a much needed revamp. We look forward to checking it out.
- The Sydney Observatory
Do you have a budding astronaut or sci-fi geek? The Observatory’s program of telescope tours, night time telescope viewing, planetarium and 3D theatre is sure to get them excited. There’s also a drop in space lego workshop open everyday. A word of caution – your husband may enjoy this even more than your kids.
The Observatory also conducts evening courses for adults. They’re pitched at the complete novice and the amateur enthusiast and are a brilliant way to spend 2 hours a week.
- Sydney Opera House – Kid’s Discovery Tours
Dates: 30 June – 15 July
Times: 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.15pm and 1.15pm
Cost: Adults – $35 pp, Kids: $24.50 pp
Adventure on our special kids discovery tour and discover a House of fun, magic and history – go underneath the sails, watch clips from our favourite Kids at the House shows, uncover the story behind the building’s creation and explore the theatres where the magic happens. At the end of the tour, hop into our the Creative Play area or have a special kids lunch at Studio Café.
- Military Madness – Fort Denison (meet at Cadmans Cottage)
Date: 9 July
Time: 9.15am to 12pm
Cost: $20pp (includes return ferry)
Fancy a bit of history? Get carried away with ‘Military Madness’. Become a marching soldier at Fort Denison. Re-enact a cannon firing and have fun with our blockbuster quiz. A certificate of merit will be presented to all our soldiers. Suitable for 5 to 12 year olds
- Centennial Parklands Holiday Program
A trip to Centennial Park with its three playgrounds, bike tracks, duck ponds and cafes is a failsafe day out (if you can get parking). Over the holiday period Parklands puts on an excellent, low cost program. This time around you can choose from Aussie Animal Olympics, Crazy Creatures Cartooning, Little Green Fingers, CP Bushrangers Day camp and loads more.
I can personally vouch for these activities, having taken the princesses to a fairy wing workshop. The host was fantastic and the posse of little fairies had a magical time trapsing through the enchanted forrest to find bits and pieces to decorate their wings. If you’ve got a nature lover or you want your kids to get a healthy dose of the great outdoors this is for you.
- Taronga Zoo – Zoo Adventures
A visit to the spectacular Taronga zoo is always a treat. Joining the Zoo Adventures will make it even more memorable for young animal lovers. Suitable for 5 to 12 year olds the day long sessions involve getting behind the scenes with the animals and their keepers, experiencing the live shows as well as craft activities and games. At around $90 per child, its an expensive option but think of it this way – its cheaper than skiing.