Ahoy me hearties! If you're looking for an activity with a difference, why not consider booking your child in for a day of pirate fun at the Queensland Maritime Museum this school holidays?
Conveniently located at South Bank (right next to the Goodwill Bridge), the Maritime Museum is home to artefacts, photos and documents that tell the tale of Queensland's maritime history -- not to mention a couple of actual boats, which are moored close by. You can tour the Diamantina, a 1945 naval frigate, and the Forceful, a 1925 steam tug.
But, during Pirate Week, your kids can do much, much more. For just $20 per child, they can see a pirate-themed pantomime and then learn and practise some of the skills of the sea.
The day starts at 10am, with 'Pirates on the Diamantina', a pantomime that weaves together a classic pirate tale with a bit of Queensland history.
They can learn about pirate cannons, knot-tying, flag folding and raising, rowing a boat (on dry land only!), throwing a lifeline, ships' block and tackle, steering a ship, and pirate food. There'll also be some story-telling with a pirate theme before the day ends at 2.30pm.
Speaking of food, lunch is included in the price -- which makes the day something of a bargain in my opinion. There aren't many other school holiday activities that offer more than four hours of fun and a feed for $20. (Of course, lunch might just be bread and water...)
As far as I know, this is the first Pirate Week at the Maritime Museum, and I think they're to be commended for coming up with a school-holiday activity that's entertaining, educational and affordable.
Plus it's a great way to promote the work of the Maritime Museum, which is something of a wallflower compared to the better-known Queensland Museum and galleries at the other end of South Bank. In fact, I have to confess that I haven't taken my boys there yet. It's now on the 'to do' list.
The days are suitable for boys and girls aged 5 to 10 years, and there are discounts if you book in more than one child. If you'd like to learn more, head to the Pirate Week page on the Maritime Museum's website, where you can fill in a booking form. I imagine this will be a very popular activity, so get in quickly.