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School holiday program: 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.

Discovery Space: Native or Feral?

Tuesday to Friday 29 September – 2 October 2015

Tuesday to Friday 6–9 October 2015

A child wearing a thylacine mask.

Sessions: 10–11am, 11am– 12pm, 12– 1pm

Learn about native and introduced species in Australia and how they have affected the environment.

Now extinct, thylacines, or Tasmanian tigers, were once thought of as vermin. Can you imagine what they were like? Were they ferocious or gentle, crazy or calm?

Create your own mask and see through the eyes of a thylacine as you walk through the Old New Land gallery to find one. On the way, make an introduced species and add to our Fenced Ferals installation with artist Amanda Stuart.

Cost: $3 children, adults free; child on Friends full membership free.
Buy session tickets on the day at the Information Desk.

Fun at home activity

Make a thylacine mask at home from everyday objects, like children at our Discovery Space program.


Discovery Space photos on Flickr

Past programs

Discovery Space

A digital image of a robot.

In the July 2015 Discovery Space program, children were able to get ready for the reopening of Kspace by making a time machine or robot.

Kids were also able to take part in a robotics workshop with the amazing Robogals from the Australian National University.

You can make your own robot at home.


Discovery Space photos on Flickr

Robogals Canberra


In the Winter 2015 Discovery Space, kids made time machines or time-travelling robots.

Play with Plays

In the April 2015 Discovery Space program children made their own toy theatre, inspired by the one in the Museum's Everitt and  George family collection.

Children also worked with puppeteer Marianne Mettes from PuppetOOdle to help her bring some of the Museum’s toy theatre stories to a bigger stage.


See children's responses to Play with Plays


Play with Plays photos from 13 to 24 April on Flickr

Carts, carriages and carousels

In the January 2015 Discovery Space program children made their own hobbyhorse or horsedrawn toy cart, inspired by the toys on show in the Spirited: Australia's Horse Story exhibition, and the wonderful variety of horsedrawn vehicles at the Museum.

Kids also added their mark to a magical horsedrawn sulky carriage that has a history of transporting children to school.


See children's responses to Carts, carriages and carousels


Carts, carriages and carousels photos from 12-23 Jan on Flickr

Fun at home

Be inspired by our earlier Discovery Space programs and check out these free instructions to craft your own creations at home.

Upcoming events

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