My regular readers know how much I love Museum of Brisbane. The staff are constantly re-inventing what they think a museum should be and keep on surprising and delighting us with new exhibitions and interactive activities. I applaud their curators for such a well-respected and popular institution that MoB has become, celebrating the history, culture and identity of our city.
MoB Makers Craft Station in front of City Hall's Copper Dome (Image by May Cross)
MoB has you covered with Sunday morning activities for the kids from 10am to 12 noon. Very civilised. The School Holiday Program and summer sessions (until April) are fun and imaginative. Families are invited to join in every Sunday morning, in the lovely Dome Lounge, for story-telling and craft activities inspired by MoB's current exclusive exhibition Mao's Last Dancer: Portrait of Li Cunxin. You can view my article on this world-first exhibition here. So go along each Sunday to enjoy fun and engaging storytelling sessions and more with the talented Museum team.
The Beautiful Dome Lounge on Level 3 MoB (image by May Coss)
* Story Telling Sessions
Stories include Li Cunxin's children's book The Peasant Prince and other titles focused on inspiring stories and dance. I have a copy of The Peasant Prince; it is a beautiful book and a beautiful story - almost a fairytale. It was written by Li himself and tells his inspirational journey from poor childhood in China to International fame as a ballet superstar. It is illustrated by talented Australian artist Anne Spudvilas and her paintings are exquisite. If you enjoy this true story of courage and determination as much as I do, you can purchase your own copy at the re-vamped MoB Shop. (It is a great little gift shop to buy unusual pressies and cards too).
The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin (image by May Cross)
* Kite Wishes Project Li Cunxin has loved kites all his life and flew them as a child in rural China, with his beloved father and six brothers. You too can become part of Li's story this summer by creating your own kite, adding a hidden wish and flying it with friends and family across Brisbane as part of The Kite Wishes Project. You and the kids can design your own kites or colour-in the koinobori (carp streamer windsock) fish template available free at the MoB Maker craft station.
Return to the Museum on Saturday 24 February 2018 (not Sunday) and celebrate by sending your secret wishes and dreams flying high as part of a giant kite procession from King George Square to BrisAsia's Kisaragi-Sai Festival at the Roma Street Parklands. The Kite Wishes Project is a collaboration between Museum of Brisbane and BrisAsia Festival. The project is on from 1 December 2017 to 29 April 2018. See Kite Wishes Project.
Every Day I Wait (image by May Cross)
* Every Day I Wait Kids (and families) can dance to their own rhythm as part of Anne Scott Wilson's exhibition Every Day I Wait in the East Gallery. Artist Anne studied ballet as a child in Brisbane and her first performance was in Christmas in Storyland at Brisbane City Hall in 1960. She has danced for 30 years and was a member of Queensland Ballet before her family moved to Melbourne. Her works integrate video, photography, performance, sound, and installation to explore the agony and ecstasy of dance. It won't be agony for your little ones - it will be heaps of interactive fun.
Tiny Dancer Sophie (image by May Cross)
* Mao's Last Dancer Exhibition: A Portrait Of Li Cunxin While you are in the museum on Sunday, you can beat the crowds to MoB's family-friendly summer show, Mao's Last Dancer - the exhibition. Please note that all other activities are free except the exhibition which is ticketed. A family pass is $30 with children under 5 free.
Mao's Last Dancer: Li Cunxin (image by May Cross)
* Artist In-residence Arryn Snowball While you are at the museum for MoB Sundays, don't forget to check out for free the dramatic works by Arryn Snowball who is currently the Artist In-residence. Arryn's works have been inspired by the words of Brisbane poet Nathan Shepherdson. He has created a major black and white artwork that draws on his dialogue with Nathan. Being a bit of a wordsmith, I was very impressed with this collaboration.
Artist Arryn Snowball at Work (Image by May Cross)
* Clock Tower Tours
You can also take a free ride in Australia's oldest manually-operated cage lift to get a bird's-eye view of King George Square and Brisbane city from the viewing platform at the top of the iconic City Hall's Clock Tower. Tours leave every 15 minutes from 10.15am to 4.45pm daily. Get your free tickets from the MoB reception desk. Please note that tickets are on a first come, first served basis and can't be pre-booked. Sunday morning is a perfect time to beat the peak times during the school holidays. If you have never done this tour, then I highly recommend you do and I hope you get some great photos.
For more information, check out MoB Sundays. You might also enjoy Christmas Craft sessions for kids and families at MoB during the holidays.
Getting to MoB is easy. If you want to drive into the city, King George Square car park offers $5 specials on weekends. Or you can take a train as it is only a 5-minute walk, being equidistant from Central and Roma Street Stations. Or there is a major bus interchange underneath King George Square and Queen Street Mall.