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Museum of Brisbane Winter School Holiday Program 2017

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Museum of Brisbane Winter School Holiday Program 2017
Museum of Brisbane for kids
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Located in Brisbane City Hall, the Museum of Brisbane is not just the city's official museum where you can explore the contemporary and historic developments of Brisbane and its place in Australia. It also brings parents and kids together during the school holidays with a wide variety of activities.

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This June and July, the Museum of Brisbane has so much on offer for kids to make best use of their school holiday time. There are FREE arts activities and hands-on workshops with professional artists and designers as well as affordable full-day art, design and craft programs for young creatives.

Here's a list of what's interesting and fun for the kids this winter school holidays at the Museum of Brisbane. Simply visit the website to reserve your spaces.

26 June - Steampunk Style

Museum of Brisbane arts and craft for kids
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Kids and teens from 8 to 15 years can participate in a day of accessory craft inspired by the Sit. Pose. Snap. exhibition which explores the phenomenon of studio portrait photography in Brisbane. Participants will reference the 19th century fashions and learn how to create their very own armbands, hair accessories and more in a steampunk style with materials such as leather, fabric and metal. The workshop is $80 per child and lunch is not included.

Time: 9.30am - 4pm

26 June to 2 July - Secret Stories

Robert Andrew: Our mutable histories exhibition at Museum of Brisbane
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Kids age 4 years and up can learn how to write a secret story using the exhibition 'Our mutable histories' by Indigenous artist Robert Andrew as a backdrop. The story will be created using wax and cranyon. This is a free event.

Time: 10am - 4pm

27 June - Just a trace

Robert Andrew: Our mutable histories exhibition at Museum of Brisbane
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Kids and teens from ages 8 to 15 can enjoy a day creating a a palimpsest artwork inspired by Inspired by Indigenous artist Robert Andrew's artwork 'Ground Up' and exhibition, 'Our mutable histories'. It involves layering text and images to create something new but also reveals something of its past. This art and craft activity will use old books, magazines and photographs brought along by the participants. A guided tour of the exhibition is also included. The workshop is $80 per child and lunch is not included.

Time: 9.30am - 4pm

28 June - Pattern Party

Museum of Brisbane arts and craft for kids
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Kids and teens aged 8 to 15 years will be taken on a guided tour of the heritage listed-architecture and interiors of City Hall and Museum of Brisbane. During the tour they can take photographs of the interesting imagery and patterns which may provide inspiration for the art and craft exercise. Participants will then create relief prints used for printing on either paper or fabric. The workshop is $80 per child and lunch is not included.

Time: 9.30am - 4pm

29 June - Engineered Artwork

Museum of Brisbane arts and craft for kids
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This workshop for kids and teens aged 8 to 15 years is inspired by Robert Andrew's exhibition, 'Our mutable histories'. It includes a guided tour of the exhibition and focuses on his works 'Data Stratification' and 'Ground Up'. Participants will explore the intricacies and engineering involved in creating a moving artwork before creating their own kinetic artwork using re-purposed materials such as plastics, wire and cardboard. The workshop is $80 per child and lunch is not included.

Time: 9.30am - 4pm

30 June - Captured in Clay

Museum of Brisbane DNA survey
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Kids and teens aged 8 to 15 years will explore the '100% Brisbane' exhibition led by an art teacher. They will get to participate in the Brisbane DNA interactive quizzes, movies and facts. The purpose is to gather imagery and information from completing these interactive quizzes, which will be used in creating unique self-portraits with clay and paint. The workshop is $80 per child and lunch is not included.

Time: 9.30am - 4pm

1 July - Patterns and Paper Cuts with Elysha Rei

Museum of Brisbane Artist-in-Residence Elysha Rei
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Artist-in-Residence Elysha Rei will guide kids 10 years and up for 150 minutes of hands-on workshop. This one-day only event will allow kids to learn more about paper cutting and print-making techniques. Elysha will also take the kids on a tour of her recently installed works. There are 2 sessions to choose from at $60 per child.

Time: 10.30am - 1pm and 2.30pm - 5pm

3 to 8 July - Sit. Pose. Snap: Sit for a Studio Portrait



Kids of all ages can experience taking a portrait of yesteryear inspired by the 'Sit. Pose. Snap. Brisbane Portrait Photography 1850 1950' exhibition. The Museum has set up a studio complete with 19th century costumes and props. Photos taken are available on the spot. Each photo session is $10 per child.

Time: 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm

3 to 9 July - 100% Discovery

Museum of Brisbane ABC radio booth
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Kids aged 4 years and up can explore the '100% Brisbane' exhibition using a zigzag activity booklet. Therefore they can add their stories to the ABC Brisbane Radio Booth. This is a free event.

Time: 10am - 4pm

3 to 9 July - 100% You: Badge-making

Museum of Brisbane badge making
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Kids age 4 years and up can enjoy this workshop which references the '100% Brisbane' exhibition. They will get help to create a mini self -portrait and transform it into a brooch of sorts. This is a free event.

Time: 10am - 4pm
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Why? Enjoy a winter school holiday program of free and ticketed activities for kids in Brisbane
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Phone: 07 3339 0800
Where: Museum of Brisbane
Cost: Free & Ticketed
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