Summer holiday fun

Booked activities

Digital Farm Claymation

Claymation
Claymation. Courtesy of DigiEd

Be inspired by the rustic surroundings and lively farm animals at Rouse Hill House & Farm to create a mini Claymation film. Children will write a narrative, create clay characters, design backdrops, shoot & edit footage, add titles, music & sound effects. All this will be burnt onto a DVD to take home.

Bring your own lunch, and any special food needs. We will have apples, biscuits and fruit juice for morning tea.

Parents and carers arrive at 3.15pm, when you will see the children’s creations.

Ages 8+

Where

Rouse Hill House & Farm

When

Fri 15 Jan and Mon 18 Jan
9am–3.30pm

Tickets

General: $110 | Members: $95

Bookings essential

 

Tiny Tastes of Summer at Elizabeth Farm

Children in the garden
Children in the garden Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Come for a tasting tour of Elizabeth Farm. Hunt for edible flowers in the kitchen garden, taste the honey produced on the estate and try your hand at creating your own refreshing summer drink. Ages 5–12 years.

Where

Elizabeth Farm

When

Mondays 11 & 18 January 
10.30am–12pm (Vaucluse House only) and 1.30–3pm

Wednesdays 13 & 20 January
10.30am–12pm and 1.30–3pm

Fridays 15 & 22 January
10.30am–12pm and 1.30–3pm

Tickets

General: $15 | Members: $10

Bookings essential

Summer Nightlight tours of Meroogal

Kids playing with toys at a table
Meroogal. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Explore the nooks and crannies of fascinating Meroogal house at twilight.  Hear the gramophone, pump the water from the well and see what children from the past read and wore.

Where

Meroogal 

When

Fridays 8, 15, 22 January 
6pm – 8pm

Tickets

General $10 | Concession/Child $5 | Family $25 | Members free

Bookings essential

Tiny Tastes of Summer at Vaucluse House

Juicing lemons
Lemons. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

Come for a tasting tour of the Vaucluse House estate. Hunt for edible flowers in the kitchen garden, taste the honey produced on the estate and try your hand at creating your own refreshing summer drink. Ages 5–12 years.

Please wear enclosed shoes, bring a hat and bottle of water.

Where

Vaucluse House

When

Mondays 11 & 18 January 
10.30am–12pm and 1.30–3pm

Wednesdays 13 & 20 January
10.30am–12pm and 1.30–3pm

Fridays 15 & 22 January
10.30am–12pm and 1.30–3pm

Tickets

General: $15 | Members: $10

Bookings essential


Family friendly tours and activities

A group of people standing in the library of Elizabeth Bay House
A group of people are given a tour by a volunteer at Elizabeth Bay House Photo © Stuart Miller & Haley Richardson for Sydney Living Museums

House museum tours

Unlock the secrets of fascinating houses, farms and gardens on our tours for children and their families at each of our house museums.

When

  • All tours are held from 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

  • An additional 10am tour is available at Elizabeth Bay House, Rose Seidler House and Vaucluse House

  • All tours last 30 – 40 mins

Where

Elizabeth Bay HouseMeroogal,  Rose Seidler HouseRouse Hill House & Farm, Elizabeth Farm and Vaucluse House

Entry cost

 General $8 | Concession/Child $4 | Family (of four)  $17 


 

Paperplay: boats and fans

Children doing craft

In the spirit of traditional holiday play, create and decorate your own paper fan to keep cool during the summer, or a decorative paper boat to take home and set sail on a summer breeze, free with every entry ticket or tour.

Where & When

From Saturday 19 December to Tuesday 26 January at:

Free with museum entry

Build a model hut

Children doing craft

Explore our bush huts and fascinating buildings at Elizabeth Farm and Rouse Hill House, then use recycled materials, your imagination and images from colonial Australia to create your very own colonial bush hut to take home. This is a drop-in activity for families of all ages and free with entry.

Where & When

From Saturday 19 December  to Tuesday 26 January at:

Free with museum entry

 


 


 


 

Exhibitions and related events

Australia Day extravaganza with Lego® bricks

LEGO model ship with model yachts.
P&O liner built with LEGO® Bricks. Photo Tim GB © Sydney Living Museums
Looking for something different to do with the family this Australia Day?

Join us on the forecourt of the Museum of Sydney, where certified LEGO® professional, Ryan McNaught, will be building the a model of the new Pacific Eden P&O cruise ship made entirely from LEGO bricks? 

With over 250,000 bricks required to complete this Australia Day challenge, Ryan is sure to need your help! 

Drop by the Museum of Sydney anytime between 9am and 3pm on Australia Day to participate in the FREE event, meet Ryan McNaught and enjoy fun, games and entertainment. 

Everyone who participates will go into the draw to win a cruise for four aboard a real life P&O cruise ship!

Where: Museum of Sydney
When: Tuesday 26 January 2016, 9am to 3pm

It's the perfect family outing for Australia Day and it's free.