Childrens Activity

School Holidays

Photo of a father and daughter amiling as the little girl in a red cardigan finishes her artwork

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

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    Summer school holidays - Pernicious Pirates!

    27 December – 25 January

    Swashbuckle at the Maritime Museum this summer with exhibitions, vessel tours, hands-on workshops, themed creative activities, performances and more. It’s fun for everyone!

    This season we are all about pesky, pernicious pirates! Daily activities include art making, games and dress ups in Kids on Deck, exploring touchable objects and artefacts at the Cabinet of Curiosities, participating in lively and interactive kids theatre performances, relaxing with a family-film screening and more.

    A girl dressed up as a sailor. 

    Under 5s Tours

    Special character tour for under 5s and their carers.

    A girl plays with a toy shark at our Kids on Deck program.

    Kids on Deck

    Play, create, and discover with art, games and dress ups!

    Free Family Film

    Screening here daily during school holidays.

    A performer in action during one our school holiday performances.

    Theatre Program

    Join us for lively and musical storytelling about pirates and the sea.

    Visitors and museum staff investigating Antarctic objects.

    Cabinet of Curiosities

    Explore wonderful and curious specimens and artefacts in this interactive discovery device in our galleries.

    Promotional image for the Shackleton - Escape from Antarctica exhibition.


    Dive in to the museum for lots of great exhibitions for kids and carers alike.

    Onslow Submarine Vessel

    Climb aboard our vessels

    From HMB Endeavour to Action Stations there's a tour experience to suit everyone. Check the calendar for information about visiting vessels.

    Meal deals

    Available everyday at Yots Cafe during school holidays.

    Plan your visit

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

    Become a Member and save

    Become a Maritime Museum Member and receive FREE or discounted entry to all our events and exhibitions, as well as many other benefits.

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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 interesting vacation care programs – that are great value! 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

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