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Museum of Brisbane, or MoB as it's fondly called, keeps getting better and better. It's so much more than you may imagine a museum could be. It's a hub of Christmas fun these school holidays. Their MoB Kids program has free craft and kite-making all day, affordable workshops with artists, and family-friendly exhibitions. Drop in while Christmas shopping in the city or make a day of it.
Cute Christmas Crafter (image by May Cross)
1. Christmas Craft - FREE Fire up your festive spirit with back-to-basics cards and decorations. Cut, fold, paste and stick using the templates provided and guides or let your imagination run wild with an original design and recycled materials.
From 11th to 24th December from 10am to 7pm. Free.
Ice your own Christmas Cookies (image from MoB website)
2. Christmas Cookies Get ready to start icing biscuits and adding adornments to them. You might copy a Brisbane landmark, like City Hall's Clock Tower, on these yummy Christmas bickies. Or you can use your imagination to make a unique design, maybe with a Christmas flavour. Bag them up and gift them to a special friend (or enjoy them all yourself). This 45-minute workshop is held in the Studio and is limited to 16 places. Fee includes tuition by a qualified teaching artist and all materials. Suitable for all ages. From 11th to 24th December at 10:15am to 11am. $7 per person.
Felt Frogs and Flowers (image from MoB website)
3. Australiana Felt Friends Create a series of mini felt animals and flowers with an Australian theme to decorate your Christmas tree. Or you can give them to friends as pressies. Or design your own felt jewellery and wear it as a brooch. Be inspired by the festive colours of Brisbane's flora and fauna emblems – the green tree frog and the red poinsettia (as green and red are traditional Christmas colours). Or you can choose another favourite Australian animal to turn into a felt friend. This 45-minute workshop is held in the Studio and is limited to 16 places. Fee includes tuition by a qualified teaching artist and all materials. Suitable for ages 6 and over. From 11th to 24th December at 11:15am to 12 noon. $7 per person.
Jolly Jars not Lolly Jars (image from MoB website)
4. Jolly Jars
No, not Lolly Jars - these are Jolly Jam Jars. Like snow globes with a modern crafty twist. you can create your own scene-in-a-jar using both new and recycled materials provided. Try a traditional winter snow scene with Christmas trees or make a Queensland summer beachy scene. You choose. Use your scene-in-a-jar to decorate your room or gift it to someone you love for Christmas. This 45-minute workshop is held in the Studio and is limited to 16 places. Fee includes tuition by a qualified teaching artist and all materials.
Suitable for ages 6 and over.
From 11th to 24th December at 12:15am to 1pm. $7 per person.
Finnish Himmeli Sculptures (image from MoB website)
5. Art After Dark
Have you heard of himmeli? It's traditional Finnish geometric sculpture perfect for the festive season or any time of year really. Makes great contemporary Chrissy decos. This is a two-hour workshop.
Recommended for adults and children over 12.
15th December at 5:30pm to 7.30pm. $30 per person (includes tuition and all materials).
Let's Go Fly a Kite (image by May Cross)
6. Kite Wishes Project - FREE
There are daily kite making sessions with added paper wishes this summer. You can create your own kite, adding a hidden wish and fly it with friends and family across Brisbane. Visit the Dome Lounge during the Mao's Last Dancer Exhibition and design your own kite or be inspired by the koinobori (carp streamer windsock) fish template created by Brisbane artist Elysha Rei. Although not strictly a Christmas craft, I think these beautiful kites would make colourful and unusual decorations for Xmas. See Kite Wishes Project.
Suitable for all ages.
From 1st December to 29 April at 10am to 5pm and 10am to 7pm on Fridays. Free.
Kites as Decorations (image by May Cross)
As part of the Christmas in the city celebrations, the Museum is staying open late from 15th to 22nd December, so visit anytime from 10am to 7.30pm to enjoy the Christmas craft and special events.