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The Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour is once again keeping children busy with plenty of activities and workshops, exhibitions and performances, during the April school holiday period.
Lots of exploration, learning and hands on fun to take part in. Below are some highlights.
Voyage to the Deep
For children under 12, Captain Nemo's fantasy submarine will take them on a journey of learning via interactive activities. They can dress up in a dive suit, explore a shipwreck, raise the periscope and take control of the submarine, get lost in a giant kelp forest, and learn about aquanauts and marine snow in this daily exhibition.
A cabinet of curiosities of amazing marine specimens awaits along with a galley of strange foods, a pipe organ to play, treasure to hunt for in the Spanish galleon wreck, and exploration of the lost world of Atlantis. Slide down the squid or venture into the octopus garden with its giant clam shell.
Open from 9.30am-5pm, a wonderland of ghost nets and jellyfish abound.
Deep Sea Critters Claymation Workshop
This is a one day workshop where you learn about stop-motion and clay animations. Create your very own piece and have it featured on the museum's Youtube channel.
Themed around the Voyage to the Deep exhibition, two dates are available - 10th and 16th April from 10am to 3pm. Suitable for ages 8-14, bookings are essential by phoning 9298 3655. Tickets are $50 per person. Bring some lunch and a drink as well as a digital camera and USB transfer cord. There will be some shared-use cameras available.
Captain Nemo's Nautilus Theatre Performances
This popular time travel theatre show, from the Monkey Baa Theatre Company, returns to tell tales of underwater adventures of daring escapes from hungry creatures, swirling storms, and deep sea diving. It also aims to teach about conserving our oceans and their inhabitants.
Inspired by Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, there are some quirky characters that will have the kids laughing and dancing, giving parents a breather.
Wednesday 8 - Saturday 11 April, 11:30am & 2pm
Wednesday 15 - Sunday 19 April, 11:30am & 2pm
Each show runs for about 30 minutes.
Kids on Deck – Deep Sea Mystery
From 10am-4pm daily, an amazing world of deep sea creatures will inspire children (5-12yr olds) with an understanding of the ocean's depths whilst they create their own neon creature prints, temporary tattoos, steampunk squid goggles or sea critter softie.
Dress ups in sea creature costumes and games will also keep them enthralled.
Climb Aboard a Ship or Submarine
Ahoy me hearties, hop aboard and pretend you're a pirate on a tall ship or venture underwater in a real submarine and see how our navy personnel live and sleep in the tiny quarters for months on end. Maybe a patrol boat is more your style, think McHale's Navy - older adults will remember this hilarious black and white TV show from the 60's.
There are many replica vessels that can be explored as well as touring behind the scenes in the fascinating Maritime Heritage Centre in the historic Wharf 7 building.
Ghostnets Weaving Workshop
Learn from an artist on how to weave sea creatures out of recycled materials and have your work displayed in the Voyage to the Deep exhibition in these free drop-in sessions. Furthermore, you will gain an insight into the work of Ghostnets Australia, which aims to teach about conservation of marine life and ocean waste removal.
Suitable for ages 7 to adult.
Tickets to shows and exhibitions can be purchased separately or you can buy a Big Ticket that allows you entry to all of the above, with the exception of the Claymation Workshop.
The website also has lots of make and do projects that kids can do at home.