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Pirates Week at Queensland Maritime Museum

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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What are ye waitin' for, land lubbers?
He may not be as famous as Captain Jack Sparrow or the notorious Blackbeard but another scourge of the seven seas, Pirate Pete, is inviting Brisbane would-be pirates aged between five and ten to swab the decks and generally cause some havoc amidships during the Queensland Maritime Museum's Pirates Week. What are ye waiting for, land lubbers?

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Image from event Facebook page.

Your child can dress like a pirate, hoist the Jolly Roger and set sail on a sea of swashbuckling activities these winter school holidays as the Queensland Maritime Museum and the HMAS Diamantina are transformed into Brisbane pirate headquarters. The HMAS Diamantina, a Queensland built Royal Australian Navy World War II frigate, will be temporarily press ganged into service for pirate adventures.

There'll be peg legs and eye patches aplenty as each day kicks off with a rollicking pirate pantomime. "Pirates on the Diamantina II" will feature live music and hearty audience participation will be encouraged.

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Image by WarX, edited by Manuel Strehl, from Wikimedai Commons.

Children will then be placed in small groups and guided through activities that will make pirates out of them, one and all. The full range of activities is dependent on age and includes pirate favourites such as walking the plank and swabbing the decks. They'll also learn essential pirate skills like knot tying, rowing and navigation and find out all about shipboard life and food for a pirate.

Break out those pirate hats, cutlasses and head scarfs because the child with the best pirate costume each day will win a prize. There will be lunch in the riverside picnic area, and what plundering, pirate day would be complete without a treasure hunt?


When: Daily from Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June from 10am to 2.30pm
Where: Queensland Maritime Museum and HMAS Diamantina, South Bank.
Cost: $21 per child with discounts for extra children and parents.
Bookings: Are essential. You can book via the website, by phone on (07) 38445361, or in person at the Museum shop.
Extra Information: You can also purchase Pirates Week T Shirts for $15 if pre-booked or $16.50 on the day. Find out more on the event Facebook page.
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Why? Shiver me' timbers, for a swashbuckling good time
When: From 24 to 26 June 2013.
Phone: (07) 38445361
Where: Queensland Maritime Museum
Cost: $21 per child.
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