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School holidays: Discovery Space

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.

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Discovery Space: Play School – What’s behind the windows?

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum’s amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

A colour photo showing a two children with upraised arms in front of the three Play School windows.

Weekdays Monday 4 July to Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30am and 11.30am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

Play space

Play, read or relax in our colourful Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the drawing or self-guided activities.

Weekdays Monday 4 July to Friday 15 July
2–3.30pm, free, all ages

Fun at home

If you can't make it to the Museum in person you can design and make your own box TV at home.


Discovery Space: Museum Designer

Inspired by the National Museum’s architecture, children designed, made and drew their own museum in April 2016.

Video reflections

Continuing Culture

Children made wearable art and learnt string games, inspired by the Museum’s Encounters exhibition in January 2016.

Video reflections 


Continuing Culture photos on Flickr

Fun at home activity

Free online instructions to make a piece of wearable art

The Canberra Times

Discovery Space was proudly supported by The Canberra Times.

Find your photos

Check out the full collection of Discovery Space photos on Flickr

Fun at home

Be inspired by our earlier Discovery Space activities, with free instructions to craft your own creations at school or home.

Upcoming events

Visit our online calendar for details and the full range of fun activities for families and children.