April School Holidays at the Australian Museum

April School Holidays at the Australian Museum


Posted 2024-03-11 by Ashleigh Meiklefollow

Tue 16 Apr 2024 - Wed 24 Apr 2024

School holidays are upon us again, and the Australian Museum has released their April school holiday programs online.

First up is Scientist for A Day: Archaeologist on the 16th and the 17th of April from 9.30am until 3.30pm and is held in the Patricia McDonald Education Rooms. Children aged between nine and twelve can embark on an archaeological journey, and dive into the depths of history. Here, under the guidance of Australian Museum archaeologist Loukas Koungoulos in an interactive experience, you will learn about the enigma of ancient artefacts and their practical purposes. Loukas will guide you through what he does each day as you examine tools and toys from the past and get the chance to see what a working lab is like. You will also gain first-hand understanding about the meticulous work undertaken to uncover the past, including the process of piecing together fragmented objects. There will be hands-on activities as well.

So if you’re keen on archaeology, this unique opportunity will ignite your curiosity and give you a glimpse into the world of archaeology in this full day social and educational workshop for kids who are interested in science. Non-members will pay $150, and members will pay $120.

Or, if you’re creative and interested in Egypt, there is an Egyptian Treasures workshop being run for three age groups 5-8 years old. 9 – 12 years old and 13 – 16 years old on the 18th and 19th of April at 10 am until 11am for 5–8-year-olds on both days, and 12-1.30pm for 9–12-year-olds and 1.30-4pm for 13–16-year-olds on the 18th of April. The workshop will take place in the Patricia McDonald Education Rooms.

In this workshop, children will be transported 3,00 years into the past and the world of Ancient Egyptian art with artists and scientific illustrator Celia Curtis. Celia will help you unravel the mysteries ancient artisans and learn about the intricate funerary rites and rituals surrounding the Ancient Egyptian afterlife and make your own treasure box to take home. You’ll look at gold, precious gems, sacred animals and the stories behind them – all before you channel your inner artist to create a treasure box disguised as a book using decoupage and collage – and remember, wear or bring an old shirt or apron to paint in!


5–8-year-olds - $35 non-member child, $28 member child
9 -12 and 13 – 16 - $45 non-member child, or $36 member child.

This workshop also has specific sessions for D/deaf, hard of hearing and CODA children in an Egyptian Treasures: Auslan Workshop as well. The information is the same for this workshop, and Auslan students and users aged 13 and over are also welcome. However, the Auslan version of this workshop is only for children aged nine and over.

Is your tween interested in bugs? Then scurry on over to the Scientist for A Day: Entomologist om the 23rd and the 24th of April- an all day workshop aimed at 9-12 year olds.

Allow them to become an entomologist for the day and uncover the science of insects in the Patricia McDonald Education Rooms and explore a bug’s life. You can uncover the secrets of entomology and dive into the fascinating world of insects. You will get hands-on to discover what makes an insect unique, as well as learning how to work out which insects are friendly, and which ones are not as you go behind the scenes and meet Dr Andrew Mitchell, an entomologist. He will delve into the Australian Museum Research Institute’s entomology collection so you can understand the crucial role that insects play in the world.

You’ll get to unleash your inner scientist as you learn about the processes of classification and identification using real specimens. This is a full day social and educational workshop for tweens aged between 9 and 12, and is designed to show kids what working in different areas of science is like.

The day will cost $150 for non-members and $120 for members.


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