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Published June 26th 2019
Spark your curiosity these holidays
Spark your curiosity these school holidays. Get dirty with archaeology, discover space, learn what convict life was like or celebrate NAIDOC week. With so many museums, there are plenty of fun activities on offer. These are my favourite museums to inspire young minds. Where will you be taking your kids these holidays?
There are plenty of activities for children of all ages at the Australian Museum.
Matjka-wuma (String Figures)
In celebration of NAIDOC Week, join the Australian Museum's First Nations staff in making traditional string figures. Learn how to make string figures such as 'weitj djen' (emu foot) from Balardung Country in Western Australia and how to craft bush string or cordage using natural fibres.
Combining art and science, children will experiment with shadow puppetry, light, illustration and physical theatre.
Please note, this is a child only event and adults are required to sign children in and out on arrival and departure. Please bring morning or afternoon tea.
DATES: 15 July & 16 July, 10am–12pm & 2–4pm COST: Child $55, Member Child $44 LOCATION: Level G, Hallstrom Theatre AGE: Best for ages: 8
Science Workshop: Earth, Sun and Moon
Children will discover how our solar system works in this hands-on workshop by investigating how the Earth, moon and sun work in the solar system, how the Earth's tilt affects the seasons, and the difference between a star, a planet and a moon.
Join Bundjalung archaeologist, Courtney Marsh and learn how archaeology uses science to paint a picture of how the First Nations People lived, used resources and adapted to environmental change.
This program includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the conservation lab, a bread-making workshop using grinding stones and the oldest recipe in the world, dig site activities, games and more!
Bookings are essential.
DATES: 17 & 18 July, 9am–4pm COST: Child $125, Member Child $105 MEETING POINT: Crystal Hall entrance, corner of William and College streets. Staff will greet group at 9am. AGES: 8 - 12 years.
ROUSE HILL HOUSE AND FARM
Rouse Hill House & Farm has been created in LEGO® and features amazing models of the Rouse Hill House, outbuildings, stable and barns. Constructed with architectural details by the Southern Hemisphere's only LEGO®-certified professional, Australia's Ryan McNaught, the exhibition inspires visitors to create their own house and farm with over 200,000 loose LEGO® bricks.
Youngsters will also be kept entertained with the special DUPLO® wall.
Bookings are essential.
WHEN: Sessions run 10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm, Wednesday to Sunday COST: General $12 (adults & children)
Sydney Museums Pass holders $4
Includes house museum admission
LOCATION: Rouse Hill House & Farm
356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW 2155
Convict children came straight off the ship and got to work on the Macarthur Estate. Children are invited to do the same these school holidays. Mr Macarthur is returning from England and the table needs to be set, clothes washed and the bed made.
Children can then try writing their name with a quill to receive their ticket of leave before relaxing with some games in the garden.
Member child $25.00
Member family (4 people) $90.00
Tickets are required for both children and adults. All tickets include house entry.
LOCATION: Vaucluse House, Wentworth Road, Vaucluse 2030 AGES: 5 plus
At Susannah House, children will become shopkeepers and get behind the counter. Activities include using an old-fashioned shop scale, packaging up goods, filling an order, writing up orders on a slate board and creating a dolly peg shop keeper.