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Engage the Brain
Explore some concepts and get the grey matter working in Sydney's museums across the Summer.
Undersea Adventures at the Australian National Maritime Museum
The family exhibition Voyage to the Deep: Underwater Adventures based on Jules Verne's 1870 classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea sets the theme and activities include Kid craft activities: Deep Sea Mystery (daily 28 Dec - 24 Jan), Theatre performance: Captain Nemo's Nautilus (daily except Fridays & 1 - 2 Jan at 11.30am and 2pm until Jan 22), Under 5s Tours - Aquanaut Adventurers! (Tuesdays and Saturdays 7 - 24 Jan at 10am and 11am), Torchlight Tour: Shipwrecked! for 4 -12 and adults (Fri 20 Jan at 6pm- 7.30pm) plus other daily activities and special workshops. For more info, ph 02 9298 3777 or click here.
Critters at the Australian Museum
The current exhibition is Spiders - Alive & Deadly and kids can visit the Creepy Creature Zoo where they can learn about creepy crawlies from expert educators, including the Goliath stick insect, tarantulas, butterflies, giant burrowing cockroaches, rainforest millipedes and scorpions (ages 5-12; sessions every 30 minutes between 10am and 1pm on 2-8 January; $8 per child, adults free after general admission). Scientist for a Day: Web Detective on Jan 10 and 11 includes an expedition to Hyde Park and a tour of the Spiders - Alive & Deadly exhibition with an actual arachnologist (ages 8 - 12, $110 Member Child, $135 non-Member Child). The Glow Worm Disco is on 25 Jan from 10am - 11am and 11am - 12pm (ages 5-12, $8 per child, adults free after general admission). For more info, click here.
Family Art Making at the Museum of Contemporary Art
The Tatsuo Miyajima Family Space where you can turn light into music and create a collaborative light drawing is free and open daily until 15 Jan from 10.30am – 4pm. The Contemporary Kids School Holiday Workshops for ages 4+ run on Jan 17 - 22 from 10.30am - 4pm ($15 for a family ticket). For more info, click here.
Sand in the City at the Museum of Sydney
See giant sand models of Sydney's coast and LEGO® models of some of the coastline's landmarks created by Ryan McNaught, including Bondi Pavilion and Macquarie Lighthouse. Make your own sandcastles, shape something from a range of ready-made moulds or build a beach landmark in LEGO® using over 300,000 bricks. Entry to the exhibition is free with general admission: Adult $12, Concession $8, Family $30, Members and children under five free. For more info, click here.
Ancient Egypt at the Powerhouse Museum
Recently opened is the exhibition Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives with six mummies from the British Museum collection. Associated school hol activities are the Dig Discovery Zone and become an acheologist in Ancient Worlds. Workshops include coding, Scratch, computer science and animation. For more info, click here.
Family activities at the Sydey Observatory
Family Day Tours include a visit to the digital planetarium or see short films in the 3D space theatre and look through the solar telescope (adult $10, conc $8, family $26). Sydney Observatory Family Twilight Tours run nightly at 6.15pm and include fun with rockets and viewing objects in the twilight sky through telescopes (adult $20, conc $18, child $16, family $60, bookings essential). There are also regular night tours starting at 8.15pm. For more info, click here.