It’s free museum weekend in Sydney this Saturday and Sunday, which is very timely given the wet and rainy weather we’ve been having. The great news is that all the museums participating have some great child friendly exhibits, so here is my run down of the participating museums.
It’s worth noting that although Sydney Observatory is participating, space was limited to tickets, which are now all booked out.
No matter though, as there is plenty of fun to be had at the Powehouse Museum. This includes the transport and pace exhibits (I’m sure my little kiddo isn’t the only guy who’s obsessed with both at the moment). The chance to peak at Mars rovers is sure to delight kids with astronaut ambitions, and a look at NSWs first steam locomotive (or Choo Choo as they’re known in this house) awaits any child fascinated by ‘things that go’. There’s is ofcourse the Wiggles exhibit, which will probably be a huge incentive for many little ones. Jelly tot has never actually watched the wiggles, so perhaps we ought to do some Netflix based research in advance. The ‘reigning men’ exhibit is the only part of the museum with an additional charge this weekend.
We’ll certainly be heading to the Australian museum (which incidentally is not a far walk from the botanic gardens for all you Choo Choo express fans) Jelly tot is a huuuge fan of the kidspace there, and I don’t blame him. It’s a really great, interactive and sensory space. This is also the last week of the GADI exhibit, so be sure to catch that before it’s gone. The ‘Wild Planet’ exhibit is sure to enthrall those with a keen interest in animals, and the minerals exhibit will fascinate budding geologists.
There’re is an additional charge ($10 adults and $5 children) for the ‘Mammoths’ exhibit, but general admission is free.
The Museums Discovery Centre is a great way to get a taste of other museums which aren’t participating in the free weekend, with a range of visiting collections and tours. There will also be plenty of live, interactive discovery stations to explore. .
So if you are looking for something to entertain the kids this winter weekend. Look no further than a fun day at the museum.