Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
- Mums & Bubs
Located in Sydney’s Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art is Australia’s only museum dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art from across Australia and internationally. With a continually changing program of exhibitions, there’s always something new to discover at the museum—and plenty going on for all age groups!
The museum is great to explore with very young babies as the colour and movement provide constant stimulation. The MCA runs their iconic Art Baby program, which has recently changed to a group format. These private Art Baby groups are perfect for mothers or social groups with babies under 12 months old. We’ve divided the program into two sections: a 45-minute gallery tour led by an artist educator and a 30-minute tummy time play session.
There are plenty of wacky displays to keep toddlers amused at the MCA and the ultra-engaging Art Safari program for children aged 3-5 introduces contemporary art to pre-schoolers aged 3 to 5 years old through music, storytelling, drama and art-making in the gallery.
Join a small safari of eight little ones and an artist-educator, and discover contemporary art through the lens of a different theme every month. Children aged 3 – 5 years and their grown-ups take a journey through current exhibitions with an Artist Educator playing games, sharing stories and exchanging ideas along the way!
For School Kids
There's always plenty to get involved in during the school holidays for school-age kids; from workshops and exhibitions to activities and online courses. The MCA's Primary School Programs also offer plenty of ways for kids to get involved in the museum.
The MCA provides free access support to all museum visitors with a disability or access requirements. Available by request, this service can support you, your friends, family or learning group to attend any of the MCA’s exhibitions, programs, tours or events.
Call 02 9245 2400 or email [email protected] to make a request.
The MCA is a great destination for the days when you need an activity that will make you feel like a grown-up while still keeping the kids interested and entertained. The most relaxing way to enjoy the MCA is with a very young baby or school-age child. Many of the artworks are tactile and very tempting for young hands so make sure your preschooler truly understands the look and don’t touch rule before a visit. There are plenty of exhibitions where they welcome young children to participate in the art so just keep an eye on upcoming events to make sure your museum visit coincides with an exhibition that suits your child’s age.
GETTING THERE: The MCA is close to all forms of public transport, including bus, train and ferry. For further information on public transport phone 131 500 or visit www.transportnsw.info. Car parking is available within walking distance, at Harrington St, The Rocks and Macquarie St (Sydney Opera House Car Park).
FACILITIES: The MCA Cafe offers a delicious lunch with a view, or you could pack a picnic and relax on the front lawn of the museum, overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour. Baby change facilities are available and there is full stroller accessibility.
READ: The MCA’s tips for looking at art for families of all ages.
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