Become a Viking, explore engineering, and find your inner Gandhi these school holidays at Museums Victoria
Museums Victoria is pleased to present a diverse program of family-friendly Autumn school holiday activities, running from March 31–April 13, 2018.
Kids, big and little, are invited to explore, learn, and play in a range of hands-on, creative activities and tours running alongside current exhibitions at Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Immigration Museum.
How did the Vikings really live? What did they make, eat and trade? How did they fight and play? Why not come and be a Viking yourself? Come, see, and maybe even join Melbourne’s own recreation groups: the New Varangian Guard, Joms Vikings and Wessex.
They will be LIVING at Melbourne Museum in a replicated Viking encampment for the second week of the school holidays. These groups will bring to life diverse aspects of the Vikings live in the museum. You’ll see Viking costumes, tents, furs, pottery, cooking, games, blacksmithing, textiles, spinning, knitting, weaving and much more. The perfect way for children to experience the museum's blockbuster new exhibition Vikings: Beyond the Legend.
Throughout the Autumn school holidays, Scienceworks will celebrate all things engineering! Held in the historic Spotswood Pumping Station, Design Build Test will encourage children to use their ingenuity and creativity, combining gears, levers, pipes, and all the tools of the engineering trade to solve a simple task.
Littlies can explore the Scienceworks Engineering Play Space, where they will look the part in costumes (including, of course, safety gear!), and play the part with a variety of contraptions specially engineered to delight young minds. On top of these exciting activities, visitors can also discover the work of engineers in the free collection store and Pumping Station tours. Plus, the work of electrical engineers is on full show in the electrifying Lightning Room!
At Immigration Museum, visitors can monkey-around as they explore Mahatma Gandhi’s most treasured object – a small statue of the three wise monkeys. This object represents the well-known ethos to see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Cherished as Gandhi’s reminder to stay true to his beliefs, these small monkeys are a special part of Immigration Museum’s exploration of Gandhi’s life, learnings and message. This fun, hands-on workshop is one that the whole family can enjoy.
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