The Australian War Memorial has a range of school holiday activities for the kids to enjoy this summer. The Memorial is an interesting museum to explore and participate in the family activities on offer with interactive programs, craft sessions and areas where kids can learn inspiring stories about Australia's history. As kids get into the later years of primary school, many visit the Australian War Memorial for school excursions which may spark an interest in them to learn more. Their programs approach wartime stories in a sensitive manner to suit all age groups.
STORYTIME (FREE) Storytime is held in the Lower Galleries every Friday at 10:30am (excluding public holidays). The stories are aimed at pre-schoolers, however older brothers and sisters are welcome to come also. Using puppets and fun play, the stories are inspiring tales about brave animals, extraordinary people and faraway places. Storytime is also held through the year during school terms. See here for more information.
The Australian War Memorial is having free Drop-In Craft Sessions these school holidays for children 5 and over. Make your own paper slouch hat, bookmark, or poppy to take home.
These craft sessions are held each Friday between 8th - 29th of January between 11:30am - 12:30pm and 2:30pm - 3:30pm in the Lower Galleries. See here for more information. HAND ON HISTORY (FREE) These interactive sessions are held at 11am every day between 4th - 29th of January (excluding public holidays). This hands-on program enables kids to try on uniforms, handle historical items, hear stories of bravery in war time and answer questions about the war that young children may have. See here for more information.
GAMES ON THE FRONT ($10 per child) The Games on the Front program is held on two days only - Monday 11th of January and Wednesday 20th of January. The two hour sessions start at 10:30am and kids learn how to play popular games of the 1940s including marbles, knuckles, and hopscotch. They can also make toys created from recycled materials and hear radio programs from the era. This program is aimed at children aged 5 and over. See here for more information.
A child's 150-piece cardboard jigsaw puzzle showing 24 military seaplane, fighter, and bomber aircraft, 1941–42. (REL/11105.001). Source: Australian War Memorial website
These school holidays the Australian War Memorial will be an interesting (and air conditioned!) museum to take advantage of the fun and educational activities organised. After your visit, why not stop for a snack in the Landing Place café, located inside Anzac Hall. Kids enjoy looking out of the large floor to ceiling windows looking over the exhibits and it is the ideal time to sit and reflect about what they have learnt from their visit. The Australian War Memorial is free entry and is open 10am - 5pm daily, except Christmas Day.