Drop in to our Discovery Space program during the school holidays. Have fun creating your own take home piece inspired by our exhibitions, or join in our group activities.
Horse toys and Big Spirit, September-October 2014
Children have always loved horse toys. Inspired by the large metal horse sculptures and small bush toys in the Spirited: Australia's Horse Story exhibition, children made their own miniature horse out of wire and other hardware materials to take home.
Working with sculptors Andy Townsend and Suzie Bleach, children helped to create a dynamic life-size horse sculpture. Similar to their large work Adrift in the Museum Hall, this horse evolved over the course of the program as children stuffed, lashed, bound and tied a range of materials to its framework.
Check out the Horse toys and Big Spirit photos on Flickr
Discovery Island, July 2014
In the July 2014 Discovery Space program children got into the swing of the Torres Strait Islander gallery Lag | Meta | Aus by exploring aspects of island life. They created their own island style headdress, danced in a virtual tropical island scene and made a woven fish to add to a colourful seascape.
See children's responses to Discovery Island
Be inspired and create your own island style headdress at home.
Check out the Discovery Island photos on Flickr
Museum Maestros, April 2014
Children made and played musical instruments crafted from everyday materials in our Discovery Space during the school holidays. The maestros were inspired by musical objects from the Museum’s Journeys gallery, including the dàn tre.
Participants joined the Museum’s orchestra, led by Matthew Armstrong from Drummers not Plumbers, and tempted their musical curiosity by playing recycled musical instruments in the Garden of Australian Dreams.
See children's responses to Museum Maestros and hear them play their musical instruments.
See visitors making and playing musical instruments at the Museum.
Young Masters, January 2014
Inspired by the Old Masters exhibition children had fun creating collage masterpieces and documenting their journeys, histories and family stories in our Discovery Space during the January 2014 school holidays.
See children's responses to Young Masters
Photospast Discovery Space programs
Fun at home
Be inspired by our Discovery Space school holiday program, download our activity sheets and craft your own creations at home.
Visit our online calendar for the full range of fun activities for families and children.