Dashing in and out of multicoloured foam forts, wielding water pistols, squealing and squelching as they dart between pencil fountains and the spray archway. It is yet another lively day in the Museum’s Wetworld aqua play program as kids keep cool in the two fun-filled zones.
Devotees of the water pistol gallery enjoy getting soaked until they shiver, lining up again and again and again for another chance to play.
Rumour has it the paper tall ship is the most desirable souvenir for a day out at the museum, or a close second to our pirate hat perhaps. This summer Kids on Deck is themed around Sailing with Swashbuckers, inspired by romantic ideas of fearless, fearsome and debonair pirates made famous through children’s literature. Kids can create their own version of a siren’s song or a pirate poem in the Mermaid’s cavern, take to the stage for pretend play with dress ups, invent a pirate’s super tool (a treasure detector, compass or magic spyglass perhaps) and make pirate flags and bandannas as well.
And the Pirate theme doesn’t stop at the doors of Kids on Deck. For 5 days we have special performances of a thrilling Pirate Circus with the crew from Circus Monoxide. Inspired by the mischievous Peter Pan and a cast of familiar characters- Captain Hook and Tinkerbell (or Tinker-smell is it? ) they have captivated audiences with acrobatics and daring circus stunts.
If this all wasn’t enough, today I am on another pirate-like mission, writing a secret message in a bottle that leads to hidden treasure for Stormy Grey the Stowaway to unravel at next Saturday night’s after dark torchlight tour for families. Stormy is very keen on writing rhyming couplets that lead to the different treasures and stories along our tour through the museum galleries and our special exhibition Wrecks and Reefs. I wonder what rhymes with anchor?….
Besides Stormy Grey we also have some extra special characters joining us on Tuesdays and Saturdays in tours for our early learners aged 2-5 years. Through three separate themes- Treasure hunting tots, Silly Sea Creatures and Drip Drop Splash!, the under 5s tours are a chance for the museum’s littlest visitors to experience museum displays and ideas through songs, stories and movement. Polly Puddleboots and the Ice Princess are just rehearsing now for tomorrow’s Drip Drop Splash ! – a journey into the world of water and how we use it everyday. From puddle jumping games and musical storms, to tales of a little duck with a feather on his back and rhymes about a turtle known as Tiny Tim, it all looks to be a very exciting adventure.
With still 2 more action packed weeks of holidays to go, I suspect the fun has just begun!
Find out more about some of our holiday programs at www.anmm.gov.au/schoolholidays