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Twilight tours, wildlife expeditions and free family boat festival these holidays

Image courtesy of Australian National Maritime Museum

These school holidays families are invited to immerse themselves in the museum’s major exhibitions Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Arctic Voices and embark on an exciting hands-on journey from the Arctic to Sydney Harbour through a range of fun activities for all the family.

Children can travel back in time through a twilight tour on HMB Endeavour, star in their own maritime music video and set sail on an adventure to Sydney’s fascinating North Head for a photography workshop. Visitors can also participate in interactive science shows, enjoy creative craft, circus performance, 3D film and more.

Also during the school holidays the museum presents a FREE three-day family festival – The Classic and Wooden Boat Festival – with beautiful boats and nautical fun for everyone.

The full program available throughout the holidays includes:

FREE festival: 2018 Classic and Wooden Boat Festival (all ages)
13 – 15 April 2018, 10.00am – 5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The Australian National Maritime Museum presents a lively FREE festival celebrating Australia’s rich maritime history. With over 100 beautiful boats, maritime demonstrations, fashion shows, entertainment, market stalls and ferry rides. There’s also plenty of family friendly activities. Children can bounce around in a jumping castle, witness the enchanting work of our bubble artist and listen to the Australian Girls’ Choir. They can challenge their friends in a rope throwing competition, enjoy a nautical magic show and roving maritime character performers and visit the Kids’ Boat Shed.

Festival entry FREE, fees apply for selected activities.

Classic and Wooden Boat Festival Kids’ Boat Shed
14 – 15 April 2018 10am – 4pm

Get your hands busy with some crafty festival fun at the Kids Boatshed – an area just for children at the 2018 Classic and Wooden Boat Festival – with art making, games, and dress ups for primary school aged children and their carers . Craft a model sailing vessel and race it, decorate a sailor hat or print your own calico bag. Children can also enjoy face painting, dress ups, musical storytelling and interactive aqua play games inspired by all the beautiful boats on our wharves this festival weekend.

Also join in interactive circus workshops with Heidi Hoops at the boatshed daily at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.

Daily activities – 16 – 29 April 2018

Kids’ craft activities: Coolest Creatures
16 – 29 April 2018, 10am – 4pm (hourly sessions)

Play, create and discover at Kids on Deck with art making, interactive games and dress ups. Be inspired by the science of icy wilderness environments and the biology of the creatures who live there. Craft your own Polar animal puppets, print a tote bag, play with science experiments or sculpt an intrepid explorer’s tool or cardboard camera.

Entry included in the School Holiday Big Ticket – Tickets $32 adults, $20 child or $79 families, no booking required.

Cabinet of curiosities – Weird Science (All ages)
16 – 29 April 2018, 11am – 12pm & 2pm – 3pm daily

Explore wonderful and curious scientific objects and specimens including a taxidermied crocodile and specimens in jars in this hands-on discovery device in our galleries.
Entry included in the School Holiday Big Ticket – Tickets $32 adults, $20 child or $79 families, no booking required.

Performance: The Stowaway Critters Science Circus All ages)

16 – 29 April 2018 (except Saturdays) 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2pm (25mins)

Enjoy spectacular science demonstrations, daring displays of skill and a cast of kooky characters in this lively and interactive circus show.

Entry included in the School Holiday Big Ticket – Tickets $32 adults, $20 child or $79 families, no booking required.

3D film: Oceans: Our Blue (All ages)

Throughout April 2018 – Check website for times (40mins)

Oceans: Our Blue Planet takes us on a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on earth. New ocean technology has allowed us to delve further into the unknown than we ever thought possible.

Beginning our journey in the warm coastal shallows, we meet surfing dolphins, and an ingenious tusk fish that uses a tool to crack-open its food. In enchanted sea-forests, we find a cunning octopus that uses shells as armour from predators.

As we journey through our oceans, we share these extraordinary discoveries and uncover a spectacular world of life beneath the waves.

Entry included in the School Holiday Big Ticket – Tickets $32 adults, $20 child or $79 families, no booking required.

Workshops and tours

Photography Workshop – Wildlife Wanderer (8 – 14 years)
18 April 2018, 9:30am – 5pm

Ferry out to the spectacular historic sites and parklands of North Head for an adventurous photography workshop. Encounter diverse wildlife and flora, military relics, and stunning views. Build skills in using digital SLR cameras and learn photo editing techniques. Have your photos printed and exhibited in a special exhibition at the museum.

This course is held in partnership with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and is suitable to all levels of experience.

Bookings essential

Music Video Workshop – Rock the Boat (8 – 14 years)
23 – 24 April 2018, 10am – 4pm

Create and star in your own imaginative music video inspired by our vessels and exhibitions. Learn clever techniques in music production, directing and choreography facilitated by real independent film makers. Day one will include planning your video, exhibition and vessel visits, music mixing in garage band and storyboarding. Day two will be spent filming outside using a selection of vessels, and inside using the green screen and the museum’s exhibitions.

Following the two-day workshop have your finished work featured in a special event screening for family and friends.

$170, Early bird special $150 (until 18 April 2018)
Bookings essential

Family torchlight tour: Twilight on a Tall Ship (4 – 12 years and adults)
Thursday 26 April 2018, 6 – 7.30pm.

Join your character guide for a dramatic twilight tour through the magnificent HMB Endeavour replica. Enjoy creative capers, light refreshments and exclusive after-hours access to the vessel.

Adult $18, Child $22
Bookings essential


Exhibition: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Throughout the holidays the Australian National Maritime Museum presents the world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, which showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging images.

In admiring the handpicked 100 images from over 50,000 entries, viewers will share in this beautiful celebration of the natural world. From intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes visitors will be able to reconnect with the wonder of nature through the magic of photography.

Entry included in the School Holiday Big Ticket – Tickets $32 adults, $20 child or $79 families, no booking required.

Exhibition: Arctic Voices

Dive into the freezing arctic through this hands on exhibition. Discover the secrets of this icy wilderness and turn your expectations of a barren frozen expanse, upside down.

Children can pounce, hop, push and crawl their way through the Arctic, and come face to face with giant polar bears. Explore with scientists as they catch and tag Arctic whales, and marvel at how flora survive and thrive in this harsh environment.

Entry included in the School Holiday Big Ticket – Tickets $32 adults, $20 child or $79 families, no booking required.

The Australian National Maritime Museum, in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, is open daily from 9.30am to 5.00 pm.

Source: Australian National Maritime Museum

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