Childrens Activity

School Holidays

Children dressed up as Romans for the Escape from Pompeii exhibition

From togas and triremes to turtles and tall ships, there’s an adventure to be had every day school holidays

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  • Winter School Holidays

    From togas and triremes to turtles and tall ships, there’s an adventure to be had every day school holidays with amazing exhibitions Escape from Pompeii and Wildlife Photographer of the year, a chance to explore our vessels, enjoy creative activities, performances, art making, tours, workshops and more!

    Daily activities include art making, games and dress ups in Kids on Deck, exploring touchable objects at the Cabinet of Curiosities, enjoying interactive musical storytelling performances, film screenings, Kids Activity Backpacks, and more.

    Join the holiday fun for unlimited access to everything open at the museum on the day of your visit: all exhibitions, vessels and programs.

    Adults $32, Child (under 4), FREE, Child (aged 4–15) $20, Concession $20, Family $79, Members FREE.

    All School Holiday programs run 2-17 July 2017.

    Eventbrite - The School Holiday Big Ticket


    1. Explore Escape from Pompeii

    Escape from Pompeii The Untold Roman Rescue

    Daily from 31 March 30 August 2017

    Tie on your togas and travel back in time to the heyday of the Roman Empire.

    2. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    50 ©Audun Rikardsen (Norway) Arctic Showtime

    Daily from 31 May - 9 October 2017

    Take a journey into the secret places of the world around us and witness the extraordinary talent of photographers.

    3. Sail The Seven Seas

    A young boy and girl climbing through the submarine HMAS Onslow


    Climb aboard our historic fleet to feel what life at sea was really like.

    4. Kids on Deck

    Children dressed up as Romans


    A fun-filled activity space with arts and craft, games, and dress ups. Craft your own centurion's helmet or wreath crown.

    5. Touch the Cabinet of Curiosities

    Roman armour themed cabinet of couriosities


    Explore and get hands on with our wonderful and curious replica armour that tell the story of the Roman world.

    6. Kids Activity Backpacks

    A young boy and girl in front of a diorama in the Pompeii exhibition


    Explore our latest exhibition Escape from Pompeii and the museum galleries with fun and creative activity backpacks.

    7. Meet Bailey the Dog

    Bailey the Dog

    Daily, Roving between 2.30-3pm

    Meet the adorable Bailey, our assistant director of seagulls as he takes his afternoon walk.

    *please check availability of this activity on the day of your visit.


    Creative Workshops

    A group of kids participating during a youth workshop

    5 or 6 July  and 12 July 

    Get hands on with a Cockatoo Island photography or claymation creation animation workshops.

    Family Torchlight Tour

    2 children with character actor during a torchlight tour

    Thursday 13 July

    Join your character guide for an after-dark tour of the museum and our Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition!

    Mythic tales and Circus Maximus!

    A storyteller in costume with a group of children
    Daily (except Saturdays), 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2pm

    Journey into Roman mythology with musical storytelling or join in interactive circus displays.

    A Day in Pompeii 3D

    A still from the 3D movie a day in Pompeii before eruption
    Daily, 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

    See what it was like during the final hours of Pompeii – in 3D.

    Kids Activity Trails

    illustration of a trireme and Mount Vesuvius


    Download our Pompeii Kids Activity Trails. We've got trails for Under 6s, 6-8 year olds, and 9+ year olds.

    Great White Shark 3D

    Great White Shark 3D 500x175 

    Daily,  12noon and 4pm

    Three years in the making, Great White Shark takes viewers around the world on an incredible journey.

    Eat at Yots Café

    Kids pizza
    Open 9.30am–5pm, Monday to Sunday

    Kids are covered with a fresh Pompeii-inspired menu.

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    A Special Offer from Costumebox

    Costume BOx Logo
    Thanks to our friends at Costume Box, sponsor of our togariffic threads these school holidays: receive $10 off orders of $50+ when you use code POMPEII.

    *Offer is valid until 31/12/17, but excludes made-to-order mascots, party busters and sale items.

  • Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery

    A group of children on a torchlight tour in the museumYouth Workshop: Cockatoo Island AdventuresKids on Deck – Splendiferous SubmarineA girl dressed up as a sailor.Cabinet of Curiosities – Weird ScienceFamily Fun Sunday – Cockatoo Island AdventuresA girl plays with a toy shark at our Kids on Deck program.
  • Vacation Care Programs

    Vacation Care Programs

    The museum offers great value vacation care programs. Vacation care groups can enjoy organised activities every school holidays. Stay all day or come for a few hours.

    Programs can include:
    • Exhibitions
    • Kids on Deck activities where children (5–12) can get creative with art-making activities, craft, dress-ups, science activities and interactive games. The program changes every term.
    • Entry to the destroyer HMAS Vampire, the submarine HMAS Onslow and HMB Endeavour.
    • Entry to performance programs such as storytelling and circus, Cabinet of Curiosities and more.
    • Free entry for 2 adults per 10 children
    • Free bus parking
    • Cost: $10 per child (for groups of 10 children or more)
    • $4 extra/child for 1874 tall ship James Craig.

    For bookings please phone +61 2 9298 3655 or email