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Hop into GOMA for this fun, free children's exhibition
GOMA, Kangaroo Crew, Art Gallery, Brisbane
Climb the Sacred Hill in the Children's Art Centre @ GOMA

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) have done it again with this fun, free interactive exhibition just for children. Gordon Hookey is the talented local artist behind this story book come to life, which opened in conjunction with the current exhibition, 'My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia'.

Interactive Children's Exhibits:

Gordon Hookey, Childrens Art, GOMA
Artist, Gordon Hookey reading The Sacred Hill at the exhibition opening


The Kangaroo Crew Exhibition, marks fifteen years of children's programming at QAGOMA. Join the celebration with a visit to this colorful corner, based on Gordon Hookey's own book, The Sacred Hill. It features larger than life displays for the children to "hop" all over, re-enacting the tale of four kangaroos, Blue, Potsy, Treez and Rocko, as they battle the Mynah birds to take back possession of their territory. Twenty five original paintings from the book are also on display, including some interesting footage of the artist (and his son, Joshua) creating a piece in his studio and a live reading of the story as you walk into the exhibition. I enjoyed seeing the real paintings which appear in the book, The Sacred Hill. It is also available for purchase from the QAGOMA store for $14.95.

Make a Roo Mask:

Kangaroo exhibition, QAGOMA
Make your own kangaroo mask


As always, there are lots of hands on activities for the children to immerse themselves in and don't be surprised if you end up spending an entire afternoon at this GOMA exhibition. The Make a Roo activity involves choosing a mask to color in, so children of any age can turn themselves into an instant kangaroo. They can choose their mask from the four main kangaroo characters in the story, Blue, Potsy, Treez and Rocko.

Yoo Roo Posters:

Children's Art Centre, GOMA, school holidays
Make your own digital Kangaroo themed poster


There are plenty of desktop computers available for children to create their own Yoo Roo posters, which can be sent to family or friends. The webcam takes a picture of your face and then you choose a kangaroo personality to be the body, add your name and you're ready to join the exhibition's virtual display album. Seeing yourself as a kangaroo is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone's face.

Kangarcade Games:

Kangarcade, Kangaroo Crew Exhibition
Play in the Kangarcade video arcade


This activity is bound to be extremely popular, with time limits enforced if it gets a bit too busy. Sit at one of ten games in this video arcade, as the four kangaroos help each other get back to the sacred hill. With four different levels of difficulty, any child will enjoy making the kangaroo weave through the maze, trying to escape the nasty Mynah Birds. You can also play Kangarcade anytime you like, online right here. Thanks QAGOMA.

Kangaroo game, Southbank
Help the kangaroos dodge the mynah birds


A visit to the Kangaroo Crew Exhibition makes for a great family school holiday activity, or weekend adventure, and be sure to visit the main galleries upstairs to see all the other artworks on display. You might need to visit GOMA's River Cafe for some light refreshments after all that jumping and hopping creativity. Have fun.

Kangaroo Crew, Art Gallery
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Why? Make a mask, make a poster and play in the Kangarcade
When: 1 June, 2013 - 27 January, 2014 - daily 10am - 5pm
Phone: 07 3840 7303
Where: Children's Art Centre, GOMA
Cost: FREE
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