Childrens Activity

Mini Mariners

Fun and Learning for Under 5s

2 young girls dressed as pirates

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

  • About


    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.

    May: Under the Sea

    Wobble like a jellyfish, glide like a tortoise and snap like a shark as we make our way through the museum to discover the magnificent world of creatures that live under the sea. Enjoy a touch tour of sea-specimens and objects, listen to stories, and create your own watercolour painting or sea creature headdress.

    Tuesdays 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Saturday 14 May 2016

    Eventbrite - Mini mariners - Under the Sea

    June: Around the World

    Pack your bags for an imaginative journey across the seas in a special character tour for under 5s and their carers. Learn about the journey of the Bar-tailed Godwit bird featured in Circle, our new exhibition by acclaimed artist and author Jeannie Baker, as we explore different cultures and places from across the seas that the Godwit visits on their journey. Sing songs, dance and enjoy story time. Then you can create your own collaged birds or print a calico book bag to take home.

    Tuesdays 7, 14, 21, 28 and Saturday 11 June 2016

    Eventbrite - Mini mariners - June

    General Information

    Please meet at the foyer 5–10 minutes before the program and collect your sticker from the front desk. 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.

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

    Bookings are essential.

    Booked playgroups are welcome!

    Enquiries: phone +61 2 9298 3655 or email

    Ticket Information

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

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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

    Antarctic Animals

    Mini Mariners antarctic adventures

    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.

    Sail around the world!

    A boy in a sailor suit

    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.

    Aquanaut Adventurers!

    A young boy and girl in dressed up in diver helmets

    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.


    Pirates Ahoy!

    A little girl in pirate dress-up on a throne

    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.