Kids can play, create, learn and discover with fun-filled online games, activity sheets, and print-out and make templates.
Programs Coordinator Annalice Creighton, said the museum’s children’s activities not only provide hours of fun and creativity but also have a strong learning element.
“The topics cover science, the natural environment/marine biology, archaeology, astronomy, history, art and design - all things inspired by the sea and our exhibitions.”
“The Voyage for example is the museum’s most popular educational online game and is based on real convict voyages. Players make decisions, solve problems and deal with conflicts on a perilous journey across the globe.”
The crafty ideas feature easy step-by-step guides and include projects such as making prehistoric sea monster pet rocks, a steampunk ‘socktopus’, a fizzy carrot submarine to a curiosity jar filled with treasures, plus many more.
With a focus on re-use and recycling, they are made with materials that are easily accessible and found within the house or the back garden, providing a great solution for a stay-at home holiday.
From a large range of print-out–and-make downloadable templates children can also make their own pirate hats and paper ships, cake toppers, ocean ‘superheroes’ and snow globes, amongst others.
When hunger strikes, there’s easy-to- follow adventure themed recipes such as Pirate Treasure Cookies and a delicious butter cream cake recipe made into the shape of the HMAS Vampire, Australia's largest museum ship.
Children can also venture into the secret world of a submarine HMAS Onslow or climb aboard the hard-working patrol boat HMAS Advance by taking one of the museum’s 360-degree on-line tours at www.sea.museum/vessels
Online activities are primarily for families with children aged 4-12 years old. However 360 tours of the vessels and some of the more advanced craft activities such as casting, soft sculpture, are suitable for older children and adults.
The Australian National Maritime Museum is temporarily closed due to social distancing practices in response to Covid-19. The museum website is a source of great discovery, where the public can explore the rich collection of artefacts, a range of stories that delve into maritime science and archaeology, and various online exhibitions.
For more information please contact:
Michele Camilleri, Strategic Communications Manager