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.

    Under 5's Tours - Alphabet Animals

    Mini Mariners Alphabet Animals

    School holidays: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 2 - 16 July

    Discover animal pictures and specimens on display at the museum with movement, songs and story time in a fun and interactive learning program especially designed for toddlers. Enjoy messy play time in Kids on Deck after the session.

    Included in activities ticket: $8 adult, $6 child, members free

    Limited space available for on the day bookings with your purchase of any other paid admissions

    Eventbrite - Under 5s Tour- Alphabet Animals

    August - Pirates Ahoy!

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

    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. 

    Date: Tuesdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Saturday 12  August

    Time: 10am or 11am

    Eventbrite - Mini mariners - August - Pirates Ahoy!


    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

    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

    Ticket Information

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

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