Sailing with Sindbad

“Once upon a time, and many years ago…”,

It is a Sunday in Kids on Deck and Sindbad, resplendent in a bejeweled turban, kaftan and genie slippers, has captivated a small crowd of wide-eyed children with tales of adventure.

Every Sunday during school-term and every day in the school holidays Kids on Deck, our activity space for children, is a fun-filled and unmissable stop for families visiting the museum.

Storytime with Sindbad the Sailor

Storytime with Sindbad the Sailor

During spring school holiday our activities were inspired by the exhibition Sons of Sindbad, celebrating cultures from the Middle-East to the East-African coast. We had henna painted hands, vibrant block printed tea towels, decorative hand-painted tiles and Arabian dhow boats crafted from paper templates.

Children also enjoyed a selection of special workshops – finding the beat with African drumming, arranging tiles into intricate mosaics, listening to tales from the infamous Arabian Nights, learning to move and groove like a belly dancer and turning cardboard boxes into arabesque-inspired architecture and sculptures.

Arabesque architecture workshop

Freya and her work of art at our Arabesque architecture workshop

As always it was a delight to see the imaginative and extraordinary creations that children produced in their time at the museum! The holidays might be over but the creative fun continues on Sundays all through term. We’re also looking forward to the thrilling adventures of our shark-themed summer holiday program and hope to see all of our visitors in Kids on Deck again soon!

— Annalice Creighton, ANMM Visitor Programs Officer

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