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Family activities

Join us for creative, hands-on activities for children and their families. Book a Museum-guided activity or free self-guided activities, all inspired by our exhibitions.

Voyages of discovery: Adventures at sea

graphic for 'All aboard adventure at sea' school holiday program

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018
(note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)

10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm

Ahoy explorers and artists! Join us these school holidays for art and science activities inspired by our exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family’s journey on our giant map.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Bay Window

Check out our free instructions on how to paint a starfish natural history illustration

Afternoon play space

Weekdays 16–19 April and 23–27 April 2018
(note: 20 April cancelled; no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)

Play, read or relax in our Bay Window play space or try one of the self-guided activities.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $2 child
Bookings not required, places limited

Image: Jellyfish Cassiopea andromeda (detail), by Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, 1804–07. Museum of Natural History, Le Havre


Toddler program

Every month on the first Wednesday

Time for the under-fives to have fun and explore the Museum. Join us on the first Wednesday of the month in a series art-making, storytelling and gallery exploration activities.

Suitable for ages 3–5 years and their carers
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential, limited spaces: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Bay Window

a young child and woman doing craft activities

Fun at home

Check out our free DIY instructions to craft your own creations.

Remember your visit

Find your photo on our website or Flickr

See earlier program highlights

Inspired by A History of the World in 100 Objects

Medieval Space 2016 reflections

Discovery Space photos on Flickr

Play School – What’s behind the Windows?

Inspired by Happy Birthday Play School

More videos and photos

Medieval village time lapse

Make your own medieval crown or shield at home

Museum Designer

Inspired by the National Museum’s architecture

Discovery Space photos on Flickr


See our calendar for more fun activities for families and children