Childrens Activity

Mini Mariners

Fun and Learning for Under 5s

A young boy in a paper pirates hat with his mother doing craft during a mini mariners program

The Maritime Museum welcomes 2-5-year-olds and their parents/carers!

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    Every month, Mini Mariners welcomes 2-5 year-olds and their parents/carers. Explore the galleries, sing and dance in interactive tours with costumed guides. Enjoy creative free play, craft, games, dress-ups and story time in our themed activity area.

    March - Pirates Ahoy

    A young boy in a paper pirates hat with his mother doing craft during a mini mariners program

    Let's follow the treasure map around the museum to find the secret treasure cave. Learn how to sing, dance and scrub the deck like a pirate. Then you can decorate your own pirate hat or parrot puppet to take home and enjoy some special pirate science experiments.

    Date: Tuesdays 6, 13, 20, 27, Saturday 17  Mar

    Time: 10am or 11am

    Eventbrite - Mini Mariners - March 2018

    May - Alphabet Animals

    A toddler in the at play in the museum

    Discover animal photos and specimens on display at the museum with movement, songs and storytime in a fun and interactive learning program especially designed for toddlers. 

    Date: Tuesdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  Saturday  6 April

    Time: 10am or 11am

    April - Terrific Transport

    A little sailor girl with a blow up world globe above her head

    Toot toot, chug, chug and row, row around the museum as we explore different types of transport and how they move in special character tours for under 5s and their carers. Enjoy stories, sing songs and move and dance through the galleries in this fun filled learning program. Craft your own souvenir boat, hot air balloon or sailor hat to take home.

    Date: Tuesdays 3, 10,  Saturday  7 April

    Time: 10am or 11am

    Eventbrite - Mini mariners - April

    General Information

    Please meet at the foyer 5–10 minutes before the program and collect your sticker from the front desk. If you arrive early or want to stay longer, you can explore our galleries and our Mini Mariners Play space or grab a coffee from the Kiosk or Yots cafe.

    Please note: that the museum foyer will be undergoing renovations during February.  The Ticket office has relocated to the side of the museum closest to Murray Street. Staff will be available to help you find your way.  

    The Mini Mariners PLAY gallery is also undergoing renovations and will be closed between 21 February – 22 March.

    Our Plan Your Visit page has everything you need to know about a trip to the museum.

    Bookings are essential.

    Booked playgroups are welcome!

    Enquiries: phone +61 2 9298 3655 or email

    Ticket Information

    Prices: $10 per child, adults $8. FREE for Members.

    Buy a 6 Class flexi-pack and SAVE 20%

    If you’re likely to visit Mini mariners more than once this year, why not buy a multi-class pack? 
    • save 20% on admission to the program when you purchase a pack. 
    • Flexibility to choose when you return to subsequent sessions- drop in any week!
    • Save time spent online booking
    • Class pack sessions are valid to the end of November 2018.
    Simply select the date of your first visit and bring your e-ticket with you to check in to any subsequent sessions as suits your schedule (Mini Mariners runs Tuesdays during school term time and one Saturday per month, themes change monthly). 

    Not a member yet? Joining is easy and there are so many benefits!

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