Museum in a van incursion: Dinosaurs and fossils

'Museum in a van' kindergarten presentations

Our travelling museum in a van brings rich museum learning experiences to 4-year-old kindergarten groups all over metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

These sessions are led by museum educators skilled in early learning. Program experiences include interactive stories, games and exploring objects and replicas for strong learning engagement. Most of the items presented can be handled.

Dinosaurs and fossils is currently the only program available. Each session is between 45 minutes and one hour in duration and is for up to 33 children.

All face-to-face incursion bookings are subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and as such are subject to change in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice. We will be in contact with all teachers prior to their booked date if we need to clarify any new requirements.

Our booking process for 2022 will be different to previous years to ensure we are confident we have all necessary safety measures in place and the Department of Education and Training (DET) maintains kindergarten incursions are permitted.

Due to increased-safety cleaning measures, the program will likely be in higher demand than places are available. However, we will endeavour to accommodate as many bookings as are safely  possible.

Auslan bilingual presentations

Bilingual Auslan-English sessions are available for all kindergartens and schools for Deaf children.

Social story for Museum incursions

The social story is a visual story-based resource that educators can use with their pre-school groups prior to the Museum incursion. It has been developed in consultation with autism organisations to assist children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The social story is a valuable resource that can be used to prepare all pre-school children to understand the social learning environment and behavioural expectations for when the Museum comes to visit.

The resource may be edited to suit your group’s needs or you may view the webpage.

Dinosaurs and fossils

Child engaging with a Museums Victoria Outreach Program prop
Engaging with a Museums Victoria Outreach Program prop

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.

Booking details

$220 (GST inclusive) per session, maximum of 33 participants

Read our booking conditions and cancellation policy before proceeding.

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