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.
Play with plays
Weekdays 13–24 April
Sessions: 10–11am, 11am – 12 noon, 12–1pm
Imagine putting on a miniature play in your living room, complete with sets, scripts, costumes and characters. School holiday visitors can bring their stories to life on the stage by making a toy theatre, inspired by the one on show in our Journeys gallery.
Toy theatres were a popular form of family entertainment and storytelling in the 1800s. Every object in the Museum has a story to tell and this activity encourages children to tell the story of one of their favourite objects in their own mini toy theatre. Check out our Collection Explorer for great National Museum of Australia objects and stories.
Children can also work with puppeteer Marianne Mettes from PuppetOOdle to help her bring some of the Museum’s toy theatre stories to a bigger stage.
Cost: $3 children, adults free, children on Friends full membership free.
Buy session tickets on the day at the Information Desk.
Make your own toy theatre at home
If you can't make it to the Museum in person you can download our activity sheets and make your own toy theatre at home.
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
Fun at homeBe inspired by our earlier Discovery Space programs and check out these free instructions to craft your own creations at home.
Visit our online calendar for the full range of fun activities for families and children.