Childrens Activity

School Holidays

Pirate kids

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

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    10–24 April 2016 

    Have a swashbuckling adventure 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!

    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 Science Show Performances, relaxing with a Family Film Screening 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.

    Pirates Ticket:

    Access to Horrible Histories: Pirates — The Exhibition and our free galleries.

    Adults $20, Child (under 4) FREE, Child (aged 4–15) $12, Concession $12, Members FREE. Book online.

    Horrible Histories Pirates scull and cross bones



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

    Boats on display at the last CWBF.

    Classic & Wooden Boat Festival

    15–17 April 2016

    Vintage boat displays, activities and live entertainment

    Children in pirate costume

    Kids on Deck


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

    Children in sailor costume at the Kids Boatshed

    Kids Boatshed

    15–17 April 2016

    Hands-on fun at the Classic & Wooden Boat Festival.

    2 girls and 1 boy with torches ready for a torchlight tour

    Family torchlight Tour

    Friday 22 April 2016

    Take a theatrical treasure hunt through the museum after dark.

    Family of four entering the submarine at the maritime museum



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

    Performers in costume as a scientist and a pirate

    Sci Pi


    This interactive show brings the science of pirates to life. 

    Cabinet of curiosities at the maritime museum

    Cabinet of Curiosities


    Touch and discover curious and terrible weapons in the galleries.

    Promotional image for the film The Pirates! Band of Misfits

    Film screenings

    Daily, 2.30pm

    Drop in for free family films in the museum's theatre

    Children participating in the Claymation workshop

    Claymation Workshop

    Thursday 14 and Wednesday 20 April 2016

    Create your own stop motion film inspired by Horrible Histories: Pirates

    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