Childrens Activity

School Holidays

Girl dressed as a shooting star and boy with a telescope

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

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    3–17 July 2016 

    Have an adventure at the museum these school holidays with exhibitions, vessels, hands-on workshops, themed creative activities, performances and more. It’s fun for the whole family!

    Daily activities include art making, games and dress ups in Kids on Deck, exploring touchable objects and artefacts at the Cabinet of Curiosities, marvelling at the wondrous world of astronomy with Planetarium Performances, relaxing with a Family Film Screening, checking out a Kids Activity Backpack and more.

    Book online and beat the queues

    Big Ticket (all exhibitions and vessels):

    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. Book online.

    Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude



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

    Three kids outside the Maritime Museum

    Kids on Deck


    A fun filled activity space with art making, games, and dress ups. 

    Kids looking at a sextant in the Cabinet of Curiosities

    Cabinet of Curiosities


    Touch and discover curious artefacts in the galleries.

    Kids in front of a green screen

    TV presenting workshop

    Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 July 2016

    Script, present and film your own creative TV segment.

    Young boy in the engine room of HMAS Onslow

    Family torchlight tour

    Friday 15 July 2016

    Take a tour of our stealth submarine after dark.

    Dub Leffler illustration of a pelican

    NAIDOC Week workshop

    Wednesday 6 July

    Join Indigenous children's literature illustrator Dub Leffler for a free workshop exploring multimedia illustration.

    Young girl behind the wheel of HMB Endeavour



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

    School group in the pop-up planetarium

    Pop-up planetarium


    Astronomy and navigation come to life in our pop-up planetarium.

    2 gilrs and 1 boy dressed in costume hats

    Kids Activity Backpacks

    Available every day 2 July – 30 October

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

    Kids taking photos on Cockatoo Island

    Photography workshop

    Tuesday 12 July 2016

    Ferry out to Cockatoo Island for a day of hands-on photography fun.

    Young boy playing at the Cool Yule snow pit

    Cool Yule snow pit

    Daily, 2–17 July 2016

    Pop on your gloves and play with real snow under Pyrmont Bridge.

    Chocolate and strawberry milkshake

    Dine in at Yots cafe

    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 Lunch Box or a delicious milkshake.

    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