Childrens Activity

School Holidays

School Holidays Spring 2016

It’s fun for the whole family these school holidays with special events, activities, exhibitions and more.

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    25 September – 9 October 2016 

    GO WILD at the Maritime Museum these school holidays with exhibitions, vessels, hands-on workshops, themed creative activities, performances and more. It’s fun for the whole family!

    There’s oodles to do every day including art making, games and dress ups in kids on deck, exploring touchable objects and artefacts at the Cabinet of Curiosities, enjoying family theatre performances, relaxing with a film screening, checking out a kid's activity backpack and more. 

    Book online and beat the queues

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

    Adults $30, Child (under 4), FREE, Child (aged 4–15) $18, Concession $18, Family $75, Members FREE.

    Eventbrite - The School Holiday Big Ticket


    ©David Doubilet (United States) Turtle Flight (detail)


    Dive into the museum for exhibitions for kids and parents alike.

    Kids on Deck

    Three kids outside the Maritime Museum


    A fun filled activity space with art making, games, & dress ups. Delve into the biology of wondrous wildlife & wilderness environments.

    Cabinet of Curiosities

    Kids looking at a sextant in the Cabinet of Curiosities


    Explore wonderful and curious artefacts in this tactile discovery device located in the galleries.

    TV presenting workshop

    Kids in front of a green screen

    Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October

    Script, present and film your own creative TV segment. This workshop is no longer available. We apologise for any inconvenience.

    Family torchlight tour

    Torchlight tour on the Endeavour

    Thursday 6 October

    Take a tour of Endeavour and Ships, Clocks and Stars after dark.

    Theatre Performance

    An actor dressed up as a lighthouse keeper with a lighthouse in the background.

    25 September – 9 October on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

    Drop Bear Theatre presents The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch

    Dine in at Yots cafe

    Chocolate and strawberry milkshake

    Open 9.30am–5pm, Monday to Sunday

    Treat your family to our signature fish & chips, dining in overlooking Darling Harbour. If you're on the move, pick up a $10 Kids Meal Deal including a Nudie Juice or Milkshake.


    Young girl behind the wheel of HMB Endeavour


    Climb aboard our historic fleet for a glimpse of life at sea.

    Kids Activity Backpacks

    2 gilrs and 1 boy dressed in costume hats

    Available every day 2 July – 30 October

    Explore our latest exhibition with fun and creative activity backpacks especially designed for children ages 2-12.

    Young Inventors Workshop

    A tween boy with an invention from a museum youth workshop

    Thursday 29 September 10am-3pm

    Get hands on with kinetic art and science.

    Under 5s Tours - Alphabet Animals

    A toddler in the at play in the museum

    Tuesday 27 Sept, 4 October or Saturday 8 October, 10am or 11am

    A fun and interactive learning program especially designed for toddlers.

    Musical Storytelling

    A boy and girl playing with bongo drums at the museum

    Wednesdays 28 September, 5 October and Saturday 1 October

    Jungle Drums - interactive storytelling and music workshops.

    Cyanotype Sundays

    Kids taking photos on Cockatoo Island

    Sundays, 25 September and 9 October

    Learn about the science behind this special photographic process.

    Wildlife Lounge

    ©Michael Aw (Australia), Under Water
    Daily 20 September - 26 October  9.30am – 5pm, Free

    Relax in our theatrette with short documentary films by acclaimed wildlife photographer Michael Aw, as well as books and collage activities.

    Plan your visit

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

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  • 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