A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Kids fun at GOMA - drift, float, or swim on in
The Children's Art Centre at GOMA has launched their latest exhibition just in time for the school holidays. The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea introduces visitors to Bentinck Island, home of artist Sally Gabori, and her daughters Elsie, Amanda and Dorothy. It tells the tale of the connection between people and place, and of the special relationship shared between the Kaiadilt people, the sea, and of all the spectacular creatures who call this place home.
The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea - Childrens Art Centre Entry
Visitors to the exhibition can take part in a range of arts, multimedia, and imaginative play activities. Our favourite area was the long corridor of the Children's Art Centre which has been transformed into an underwater haven. Animated paper collage sea creatures gently float along screens where visitor images are projected. Children can interact with the dugong, sharks, seahorses and schools of fish who swim past.
Play with turtles as they swim past
For a hands-on makers experience my kids couldn't go past the rock wall fish trap. Children can select a shell, crab, starfish or coral template to decorate with strikingly patterned and textured papers. Finished creations are then used to decorate the rock wall fish traps, highlighting how important these are to obtain a source of food for the Kaiadilt people.
Rock Wall Fish Trap
Tech-kids will love the 'Build Your Own Humpy' game in the computer pod zone. Here they can select an area to build their shelter and then decide on the best materials to construct and decorate it using touch screens.
Visitors can connect with the ecology of Bentinck Island on a personal level by deciding which totem best represents themselves. Following a simple flowchart will reveal an animal totem. Children can then make a wristband using rubbing techniques to proudly display.
Imaginative play is encouraged underneath the sea. In this zone special lighting effects combined with brightly coloured hanging sea creatures give visitors the illusion of exploring beneath the waves. It has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere making it the perfect pit stop for parents with tired legs.