Engaging All The Senses At MCA's ARTplay
- Mums & Bubs
Every Wednesday morning at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), you can bring the kids along for ARTplay. In this warm and welcoming space you and your under 5s can explore a range of exhibition-related games and toys, sensory activities and join in for a sing-a-long. We took Mr 4 and Miss-Almost-1 along on a rainy February morning for some indoor fun in a creative and inviting space.
On this day it happened to be 'International Mother Language Day', so everyone was encouraged to write Hello in their mother tongue on the big white board. The museum also organised a group of women from India to talk to the kids about their home country and they sang some Indian folk songs. The babies were entranced! Then the kids were invited to create some Peacock craft to symbolise India’s national bird. To finish, they all sang Hokey Pokey to say goodbye and the staff said a big thank you to everyone for coming.
Free Play For All
Mr 4 loved playing with the blocks, building houses and towers, and I love that he was inspired to make up a tunnel game with the different coloured blocks. The blue blocks were a tunnel to Exit Land, the green blocks were a tunnel to Slime Land, while the red blocks were a tunnel to Lava Land and the yellow blocks were a tunnel to Scary Robot land. Another thing Mr 4 loved was simply being able to use his own scissors to cut paper during craft time. I've always been hesitant to introduce scissors at home or let him use them when we do craft, but it was great to see him doing it so confidently - this is something I will try to let him do at home during our impromptu craft sessions!
Singing Their Praises
Little Miss-Almost-1 loved the Indian folk singing the best! But what I loved, as a parent, was that everything was engaging for her –the blocks, egg shakers, ribbons, books, interactive water colour mats - it was all very tactile and colourful.
When travelling with Mr 4, no trip is complete anywhere without a visit to the gift shop, and the MCA Store does not disappoint. There's something for everyone there - inspiration for both young and old - with an emphasis (of course) on creativity, from books and woven baskets to puzzles and paints. Jax picked some glow-in-the-dark stickers and a light-up ball for Miss-Almost-1, and was a very happy customer!
After a wonderful morning we headed up to the rooftop MCA café to take in the stunning harbour views and relax with a meal. Mr 4 was very happy with his nuggets and chips and it was so nice to be able to enjoy a meal and a coffee with million dollar views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. For just a $5 donation we will definitely be back for some more ARTplay!
When: Every Wednesday between 10am - 12pm, except during school holidays.
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Cost: $5 donation per family to help cover costs.
For more see the website.
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