Our traveling ‘museum in a van’ program brings museum learning activities to 4-year-old kindergarten groups all over metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
These sessions are led by a presenter skilled in early learning and include specimens, objects, replicas and photographs. Most of the items presented can be handled. Each session is between 45 minutes and one hour in duration and is for up to 30 children.
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Testimonials from Early Learning Educators
“Interactive, hands on, educational, interesting, age appropriate and lots of fun.”
“A fantastic opportunity for our rural regions to give children a little taste of what a museum is all about.”
“It's a fabulous experience and one the children gain a lot from. Parents are also pleased to see their children being exposed to high level educational experiences.”
Choose from four presentations
Learn about Australia's unique wildlife with mounted specimens from the Museum Victoria collection.
Australia is home to some of the most interesting animals in the world. This program teaches children about the lives and habits of our favourite mammals, birds and reptiles.
Through this session children will become biologists and use their senses of sight and hearing to identify animals and sort animals by habitat.
Learn about the fascinating world of bugs and the extraordinary things bugs can do. Live bugs such as goliath stick insects will come along with us for the journey.
The Backyard Bugs program will encourage children to learn about the many fascinating creatures to be found in gardens, parks and backyards. With the use of stories, song, activity and bug resources from the Museum Victoria collection, children will explore entomology to observe, describe and identify insects, learn about the incredible things bugs can do and how bugs benefit the environment.
Dinosaurs and Fossils
With the aid of fossils, dinosaur bones, replicas and photographs, we go back in time to reflect on the existence of these ancient animals.
Dinosaurs have long been the subject of fascination for children. Through stories and activities, this program will introduce to children the ways in which palaeontologists have come to understand dinosaurs through finding and studying fossils.
Children will be able to talk about and touch real dinosaur fossils from the Museum Victoria collection, learn about ancient time periods, see life-size replicas of dinosaur skulls, feet and legs, and classify their favourite prehistoric creatures as herbivores or carnivores.
Find out about the wonderful things that live on our beaches and swim in our oceans.
Through games, stories and by touching real objects from the Museum Victoria collection, children will match, sort and classify marine creatures, learn about ocean habitats and develop a respect for ocean life as they learn about shells, sharks and ancient marine animals that lived millions of years ago.
$220 (GST inclusive) per session, maximum of 30 participants