Childrens Activity

Mini Mariners

Fun and Learning for Under 5s

A young boy in a paper pirates hat with his mother doing craft during a mini mariners program

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

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    Every month, Mini Mariners welcomes 2-5 year-olds and their parents/carers. Expect lots of fun with games, crafts, storytime, 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 - Pirates Ahoy

    A young boy in a paper pirates hat with his mother doing craft during a mini mariners program

    Follow the treasure map around the museum to find the secret treasure cave. Learn how to count your treasure, sing, dance and scrub the deck like a pirate. Enjoy some special pirate science experiments, and then decorate your own pirate hat or pirate puppet to take home.

    Date: Tuesdays until 30 May

    Time: 10am or 11am

    Eventbrite - Mini mariners - May

    JULY - W for WILDLIFE

    A toddler in the at play in the museum

    A is for anemone, Z is for Zebrafish. Travel through the alphabet of all things furry, feathered and finned as we spot amazing animals in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. 

    Enjoy touch tours with creature specimens, movement, songs, games, craft and free play in our themed activity space. 

    Make your own block printed tote bag, animal puppet or hat to take home.  

    Date: Tuesdays 18, 25, Saturday 22  JULY*

    Time: 10am or 11am

    Eventbrite - Mini mariners - July

    * During school holidays we do not have our regular Mini Mariners activity sessions but we do have an expanded tour and story time followed by free play at Kids on deck in our Alphabet Animals Program

    JUNE - Around the World

    Pack your bags for an imaginative journey up, off and away over-seas in a special character tour for under 5s and their carers. Explore different cultures and places from across the seas. Sing songs, dance and enjoy story time. Then you can create your own collage creatures or print a calico book bag to take home.

    Date: Tuesdays 6-27 and Saturday 10 June.

    Time: 10am or 11am

    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 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 bookings@anmm.gov.au.

    Ticket Information

    Prices: $8.50 per child, first adult $3.50, additional adults $7. FREE for Members.

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