Paws and Claws Sunday

Bailey the Museum's working dog with a young girl holding a toy polar bear

Have a pawsome day at the museum with family fun hosted by resident canine Bailey – assistant director of seagulls , as we celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Dog!

  • Paws and Claws! Sunday 4 March  11am – 4pm 

    Have a pawsome day at the museum with family fun hosted by resident canine Bailey – assistant director of seagulls , as we celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Dog! 

    Learn animal stories from the museum’s exhibitions through performances, tours, trails, face painting, dress ups and creative artmaking.

    Entry included with any paid ticket.

    Something for everyone...

    Paws and Claws at Kids on Deck

    Enjoy dress-ups, artmaking and games inspired by many a four-legged creature.
    Make an animal mask or hat, print pawesome tote bags, or a souvenir badge. 
    11am – 3pm: For Families

    Face painting
    11am – 3.30pm
    All ages

    Roving shows

    Polar bear character
    11.15am, 3.30pm
    All ages

    A lion dance performance to celebrate Lunar New Year
    All ages

    Bailey roving and centre stage
    Meet Bailey, our working dog and enjoy a display of his daring seagull chasing abilities.
    11am, 2.30pm
    All ages

    Saltwater Stories and live animal encounter
    Join in stories, songs and animal encounters with Dharawhal knowledge keeper Shannon Foster
    11.30. 12.30, 2pm
    For families

    The Stowaway Critter Circus Show
    Interactive circus performances inspired by HMAS Vampire’s history
    1.30, 2.30pm, 3.30pm
    All ages

    Bling on Bailey - collaborative artwork
    Join in making a glittering collaborative artwork inspired by our favourite museum employee!
    11am – 3pm
    All ages

    Canine Capers - Bring your social pooches** to the museum
    Enjoy our outdoor activities with your pup.
    All ages

    • 10am - 2pm Photo opportunities - Join in some photo op fun inspired by Samuel Hoods Shipmate Portraits collection
    • 12pm, 1pm , 2pm Pet portrait workshops with acclaimed artist Sally Ann Conwell- 12pm(families), 1pm (adults only), 2pm (all ages)
    • 10am - 2pm Enter competitions for best dressed dogs and dog parents
    • 10am - 2pm Enjoy doggy daycare services by MAD PAWS while you explore the indoor attractions
    • 10am - 2pm Drop in on pet friendly market stalls – Pepper and Murphy dog clothing, Paws attraction Dog Grooming, Pyrmont Vet  and our very own ANMM Store Pop up shop
    • 10am – 12pm – Goodie bags from our friends at Nestle Purina for the first 200 guests
    • All Day Feast on dog cafe treats
    • See our outdoor exhibition Container with your pooch in tow.
    **IMPORTANT INFO FOR DOG PARENTS:  To ensure a smooth day please make sure your doggy is fully vaccinated, on a leash at all times and is socialised and generally non-aggressive to people or other dogs. Please note that humans or animals exhibiting unsafe or unsociable behaviour will not be accommodated at the museum.

    Please make sure you come prepared with bags to collect ‘doggy deposits’.

    For conservation reasons animals (even Bailey) are not permitted to the indoor galleries. We have limited spots at free Doggy Daycare with Madpaws available for our guests so that dog parents can enjoy all there is on offer. 

    Canine capers finishes at 2pm. At 3pm we will have a Lion Dance performance which is noisy and involves a suit character. Your dog will probably not enjoy this activity so we suggest guests with pets consider moving on to nearby parks at this time. 

    WET WEATHER  This is a mostly outdoor event. Most activities are in well shaded and Marquee covered areas so that it is an enjoyable event in almost any weather conditions.
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