Childrens Activity

Family Fun Sunday

A great day out for the whole family

Heidi hoops performs with a little girl

Join us for creative activities, lively performances, character tours and face painting.

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    Join us for special themed family fun Sundays twice a term with creative activities, lively performances, character tours and face painting. 

    Cockatoo Island adventures

    Sunday 23 October, 10.30am–3.30pm

    Join us for a special day of family fun amongst the spectacular shipyards of historic Cockatoo Island! 
    Make creative crafts, dress up in costume, have your face painted, enjoy circus workshops, character tours, storytelling, steam crane demonstrations, sweet beats by Kinderling radio and more. 


    11am -3pm Rats, Bats and Bunting Tossers: Play, create and discover in Kids on Deck with creative art making, games and dress ups. Spy through the periscopes, raise the signal flags and learn secret semaphore codes as we salute to all things navy and nautical inspired by the historic cockatoo island shipyards. 
    Make your own model submarine or battleship, craft a periscope, a souvenir badge, some bat bunting, or design a temporary tattoo. Play shipboard games and dress-up in sailor style!
    11am - 3.30pm Face Painting- sea creatures, sailors and swashbucklers: Have your pirate face, sailor tattoos or sea creatures painted on.
    11am -3pm
    Kinderling Radio DJ: Dance the day away at the Kinderling radio DJ booth.
    11am, 12pm and 2pm
    30 minute sessions

     Ship Shape- circus performance and workshop with HMAS Heidi Hoops: 
    Join HMAS Heidi Hoops for a display of daring and delightful circus arts. After the performance join in and learn hula-hooping skills and circus moves inspired by sailors and submarine spies.
    11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm
    30 minute sessions

    Sea Tales – Storytelling performances: Join spoken word artist Miles Merrill and composer Trevor Brown- the man of a thousand and one sounds, in lively, interactive musical storytelling performances. Take an imaginative journey from wild storms and brave journeys to distant lands to lighthouse keepers and beat boxing whales. 
    10.30 – 11.30am, 2- 3pm   Photo Ops with Blinky the lighthouse: Have your photo taken with our adorable inflatable lighthouse
    Share your pics with @anmmuseum  @cockatooisland  #familyfunday
       Crooked Characters and Colonial Escapades Tour: Crooked Characters of Cockatoo Island and other Colonial Escapades is an hour-long family friendly journey into the hilarious and fascinating underbelly of Australia’s colonial and recent history and mythologies. Capacity is strictly limited so be sure to register at the visitors centre on arrival.
    10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm Steam Crane Demonstrations
    All Day Maritime Trail: Self-guided

    Getting There:

    See the Cockatoo Island Website  for helpful information on transport.  Getting to Cockatoo Island is easy with regular Harbour City Ferries daily services from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and other inner harbour wharfs. Be sure to pick up your family fun map on arrival to plan your day’s adventure.

    Food and Drink

    There are a variety of places to purchase food and drink on the island or you can bring your own picnic to enjoy.

    Sleepover on the island

    For a special treat, why not sleepover on the island and wake up to family fun day? Check out all the details  on camping, glamping and more. 

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    Family Fun Sunday sponsor Cockatoo Island logo.

    Ticket information

    Cockatoo Island Family Fun Day is a free event

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    Photo Gallery

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