Don't Miss Out On Easter School Holiday Fun at the Australian Museum
School holiday programs are a great way to keep young minds active, engaged and interested when school is out, and there’s no better destination for some imagination-stretching activities than the Australian Museum.
Although their school holiday programs fill up super quickly (and for good reason!), there are still a few spots left for some lucky kids and teens at some of their creative workshops.
Online Photography Workshop for Teens and Children
If your child is aged 8-16 and fancy themselves as a budding photographer, this online workshop will jumpstart their creativity. Participants will be shown the winning photographs from the ultra-inspiring Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition, before being guided through a series of photography challenges that will spark creativity and improve skills as well as nurture a love of the Australian natural environment.
Participants will be able to use their point and shoot devices at home (cameras, smartphones or tablets) to capture feather and mineral specimens that will be posted to them within a ‘Workshop Pack’ prior to the event. Creative minds will absolutely love this chance to hone and showcase their skills, and you can bet it will inspire them to practice their craft well beyond the workshop as well!
Onsite Photography Workshop for Teens
If you think your high schooler will engage better in an in-person workshop, this hands-on event at the Australian Museum is for them. The session will kick off with a tour of the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition, where participants will be immersed and inspired by the work of professional, emerging and junior photographers. After that, the photography studio awaits!
Participants will use their point and shoot devices to experiment with capturing live insects, museum specimens and treasures from the garden. A truly engaging experience that's sure to inspire further creativity when they get home!
'Ugly' Animals Scientific Illustration
In one of Sydney’s most popular school holiday activities, kids will absolutely love delving into the world of “uglies" and discovering more about evolution at this hands-on workshop. Participants will first tour the museum to discover some of the museum’s more unsightly beasts: the Aye-Aye, the Blobfish, the White Ibis, before heading to the studio to try their hand at painting their own interesting-looking beast, with coaching on the different approaches to watercolour painting, including a variety of techniques to depict a range of textures such as skin, fur, feathers and scales.
Keep Them Busy at the Australian Museum
And if you missed out on a spot in one of the school holiday programs? Fret not! There is so much to keep kids entertained at the Australian Museum during the April school holidays.
Dinosaur buffs will delight in the interactive stomping ground that is the Prehistoric Playground; investigating fossils in the Fossil Lab, designing their own dinosaur at Paperassic Park and making a paper plane, pterodactyl or helicopter out of a paper cup and exploring how we could use the power of air to help our planet.
There is also a diverse range of exhibitions being showcased at the Australian Museum this Autumn—offering a wealth of opportunities to engage young minds in different topics, causes and global issues. We love Wild Planet—where kids will delight in coming face to face with some of nature’s giants and over 400 species of animals, and Dinosaurs is the perfect accompaniment to a stint at the Prehistoric Playground and a sure-fire hit with budding palaeontologists.
Changing Climate is an interactive display that will engage children and teenagers in learning about the causes of climate change, what life in Australia will look like in 2040 if we don’t take action, and what we can all do to make a difference.
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