Childrens Activity

Mini Mariners

Fun and Learning for the Under 5s

The Maritime Museum welcomes 2-5-year-olds and their parents/carers!

  • About


    A boy in a sailor suit

    Sail around the world!

    Tuesdays 1, 8 & 15 September

    Saturday 12 September

    Pack your bags for an imaginative journey on the high seas in a special character tour for under 5s and their carers. Learn about different types of boats and cultures from across the sea. Sing songs, dance the hula and enjoy storytime. Then you can create your own paper lei or paint a sail boat to take home.

    Eventbrite - Mini Mariners: Sail Around the World!

    Mini Mariners antarctic adventures

    Antarctic Animals

    Tuesdays 6, 13, 20 & 27 October

    Saturday 10 October

    Join your character guides as we tap and waddle like a penguin, clap like a seal and jump like a Humpback whale, travelling through the galleries to learn about Antarctic Animals. Enjoy story time, games and songs. Make a penguin puppet, a whale mobile or paint a seal to take home.

    Eventbrite - Mini Mariners: Antarctic Animals

    A little girl in pirate dress-up on a throne

    Pirates Ahoy!

    Tuesdays 3, 10, 17 & 24 November

    Saturday 14 November

    Eventbrite - Mini Mariners: Pirates Ahoy!

    General Info

    Every month, Mini Mariners welcomes 2-5-year-olds and their parents/carers. Expect lots of fun with games, crafts, story time, tours and more. Our interactive gallery tours are led by a costumed guide and there is art-making and free play in our themed activity space.

    If you arrive early or want to stay longer, you can explore our galleries (included in your ticket) and our Mini Mariners Play space or grab a coffee from the Kiosk or Yots cafe.

    Prices: $8.50 per child, first adult $3.50, additional adults $7 (including Galleries Ticket). FREE for Members.  

    Dates and times: generally every Tuesday and one Saturday per month at either 10am or 11am. 

    Duration: 45 mins.

    Bookings: essential. See details above.

    Enquiries: phone +61 2 9298 3655 or email

    Booked playgroups: welcome!

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  • Photo Gallery

    Photo Gallery

    Mini Mariners: Boats in the Harbour Mini Mariners: Big Blue WhaleMini Mariners: Fun in the SunMini Mariners: Antarctic AnimalsMini Mariners: End of Year PartyMini Mariners: Fun in the sunMini Mariners: Pirates Ahoy Mini Mariners: Wonderful Whales Mini Mariners: Sail Around the WorldMini Mariners: Silly Sea Creatures
  • Past events

    Past events

    A young boy and girl in dressed up in diver helmets

    Aquanaut Adventurers!

    Explore the world of submarine adventurers and creatures that live under the sea! Dance through the galleries, sing songs, and enjoy storytime. Experiment with special science activities, make your own explorer goggles or painted submarine to take home.

    A little girl in pirate dress-up on a throne

    Pirates Ahoy!

    Let's follow the treasure map around the museum to find the secret treasure cave. Learn how to sing, dance and scrub the deck like a pirate. Then you can decorate your own pirate hat or parrot puppet to take home.