Fun Activities on offer these Summer holidays

 

There’s so much to explore at Sydney Living Museums these Summer school holidays! Sydney Living Museums is the perfect place for imaginations to run wild.
 

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Two children using interactive display and audio guide.

Hyde Park Barracks Kids’ Trail 

Come on an adventure through time at the Hyde Park Barracks and discover what life was like for the many people who stayed here. Kids can explore the museum during the school holidays with a new tailored audio guide and activity trail. 

Hear the fascinating story of the Barracks as told by some of the convicts and immigrants who lived there. Listen for clues and complete some activities as you move through the museum - spot the rats, draw your own convict tattoo and more!  

The Kids’ Trail will be available from 10 December. Suitable for kids aged 5-12 years.

Where: Hyde Park Barracks, Queens Square, Sydney
When: Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm, closed Christmas Day and Australia Day
Cost: Included in general admission: Child $16, Adult $24, Family $64. Members and children under 5 are free. 
Bookings: slm.is/hpb


 

Two children in the immersive enchanted valley

Enchanted valley in the Paradise on Earth exhibition 

Playful and interactive, Enchanted valley is a multi-sensory landscape full of surprise and discovery that forms part of the new exhibition Paradise on Earth. Look out for curious animals exploring the bushland, listen for frogs croaking under stepping stones and watch as a storm rolls in over the harbour. If you look carefully, you may even spot fairies hiding under the bridge!

Enchanted valley captures the colour, textures and changing moods of the Australian bushland. Enjoy the sights, sounds, mystery and magic of the valley and wonder at nature’s hidden energies and ever-changing beauty. 

Plus kids can also get creative in the Forces of Nature activity hub and add to the collaborative bush artwork – perch a cockatoo, hang a bat from its toes or add a bunch of leaves and help our gum trees grow!

Where: Museum of Sydney, Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney
When: Until 18 April 2021, Thursday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm, closed Christmas Day and Australia Day
Cost: Included in general admission: Child $12, Adult $15, Family $38. Members and children under 5 are free.
Bookings: slm.is/enchantedvalley


 

Make Your Mark (artist’s impression).

Make Your Mark

Have you ever wanted to see your artwork on the walls of a gallery? This summer kids and families are invited to ‘make their mark’ in a dedicated gallery at the Museum of Sydney.  Over eight weeks, these inspired contributions, drawings or words – will gradually build a fascinating picture of our visitors, their communities and their city. As part of Mark Your Mark a selection of Sydney based artists have been invited to start the artwork from striking murals to informal street art and bold poetry. Come draw on our walls and participate in the creation of an ever changing artwork.

Where: Museum of Sydney, Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney
When: 5 December 2020 –7 February 2021, Thursday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm, closed Christmas Day and Australia Day
Cost: Included in general admission: Child $12, Adult $15, Family $38. Members and children under 5 are free.
Bookings: slm.is/make-your-mark


 

HIVE MIND

HIVE MIND

Large floating bees have been arranged among the trees to inspire a sense of wonder in the natural world. HIVE MIND, a new creation by Dead Puppet Society, is a kinetic sculpture that brings micro insects to life at macro scale using movement, sound and light.

HIVE MIND, presented by Sydney Living Museums, as part of Sydney Festival 2021 takes place in the picturesque grounds of Vaucluse House.  After you’ve viewed HIVE MIND, take the opportunity to explore the magnificent house and participate in a making activity inspired by the artwork (admission fees apply).

Also enjoy breakfast, lunch, high tea or a beverage at Estate Vaucluse House.

Where: Vaucluse House (gardens), Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
When:  6–26 January 2021
Cost:  Free to view (entry to the house is via general admission)
Find out more: slm.is/sydney-festival-hive-mind


 

A Bee Story

 

A Bee Story

 

A Bee Story is a buzzy and adventurous new physical theatre work for children and families exploring ways we can work together in sticky situations and celebrating native Australian flora and fauna.

Join Queen Bee and Worker Bee on a quest to rebuild a home after their hive is destroyed by bushfire. Merging circus, acrobatics, dance and live music, A Bee Story is an enchanting and educational show that explores issues surrounding sustainability, environmentalism and community.

A Bee Story is part of Sydney Festival 2021

Where: Vaucluse House (gardens), Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
When:  6–10 January 2021, 9am & 11am
Cost:  $25 + booking fee
Bookings: slm.is/sydney-festival-bee-story


 

Under the Madhan

 

Under the Madhan

 

Wiradjuri dancer Jo Clancy shares gentle, sometimes cheeky stories about caring for Country in a delightful family show mixing puppetry, song and dance.  Learn dances, tunes and Wiradjuri words with Jo under the shade of the Madhan (Wiradjuri word for ‘tree’) on a magical set designed by revered creators of visual theatre, Erth.

Under the Madhan is part of Sydney Festival 2021

Where: Vaucluse House (gardens), Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
When: 6–10 January 2021, 10am & 12pm
Cost: Free event
Bookings: slm.is/sydney-festival-under-madhan


 

Tony Albert, Healing land, remembering Country, 2020. Installation view for Elizabeth Farm (2020).

 

Healing land, remembering Country at Elizabeth Farm

 

Sydney Living Museums is delighted to present Healing land, remembering Country, a powerful work by Kuku Yalanji artist Tony Albert, at Elizabeth Farm.  View this art work as part of your visit to Elizabeth Farm and take part in a “memory exchange activity” where you can write messages on paper embedded with local plant seeds that are eventually degraded into the soil to regenerate.

Where: Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill
When:  Until 14 March 2021, Wednesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, closed Christmas Day
Cost:  Included in general admission: Child $12, Adult $15, Family $38. Members and children under 5 are free
Bookings: slm.is/healing-land-remembering-country


 

Jacaranda tree

 

Paula do Prado: Re-Connections and Offerings

 

To coincide with the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020 exhibition, contemporary artist Paula do Prado has created an intergenerational making activity inspired by Meroogal, titled Re-Connections and Offerings inspired by the jacaranda or ‘yacaranda’ trees that continue to bloom in front of Meroogal today. Children and families are invited to slow down and participate in the act of making and connect with nature, using a mixture of thread, shredded cloth and natural materials found on site.

Where: Meroogal, Corner West and Worrigee streets, Nowra
When: Until 17 April, open Saturdays only, 10am–4pm, open Boxing Day
Cost: Included in general admission: Child $12, Adult $15, Family $38. Members and children under 5 are free
Bookings: slm.is/paula-do-prado


 

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Set of blue and white patterned objects on dark timber dresser.

Meroogal

‘Go women!’ Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020Wednesday 9 December 2020

Celebrating women’s lives, creativity and stories in the ‘women’s house’ of Meroogal, this year’s prize received a rich and diverse range of entries. 

Pieces of cut and shaped sandstone on ground.

Vaucluse House

Conservation in action: The turret stone has arrived! Wednesday 2 December 2020

We were very excited to receive the beautiful new replacement stone for the turrets at Vaucluse House this week. 

Two students in a hammock.

Donations

Support the Hyde Park Barracks learning precinctThursday 26 November 2020

With your help, Sydney Living Museums has an incredible opportunity to develop a dynamic learning precinct at the Hyde Park Barracks. 

Jungle House outlook Photo © Michael Lassman

Sydney Open

Share your thoughts on Sydney Open 2020Friday 13 November 2020