Note: Unfortunately, we have temporarily suspended all public programs and events from Monday March 16 until Thursday April 30th 2020, inclusive due to COVID-19. 
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Every month, Mini Mariners welcomes 2-5 year-olds and their parents/carers.

Explore the galleries, sing and dance in interactive tours with costumed guides. Enjoy creative free play, craft, games, dress-ups and story time in our themed activity area.

March 2020 - Pirates Ahoy!
Let's follow the treasure map around the museum to find the secret treasure cave. Learn how to sing, dance and scrub the deck like a pirate. Then you can decorate your own pirate hat or parrot puppet to take home and enjoy some special pirate science experiments.

Every Tuesday during term time | One Saturday each month 
Tuesdays 3, 10, 17, 24 and Saturday 14
Times: 10am or 11am
Please note: On Tuesday, 31 March we will be off-site at Luna Park for the World's Biggest Playgroups Day – the ultimate day out for families with young children. You can come and visit us in the Mini Mariners Pirate's Cove pop-up stall! Our swashbuckling stall will have bubble-pop, splish-splash sensory fun and creative activities for little hands and growing minds. Make your own souvenir pirate hat, treasure map or ship, enjoy investigations with fishing games and dress-up in adorable costumes. We would love to see you there! 
To find out more or register, visit World's Biggest Playgroup Day 2020
April 2020 – Alphabet Animals 
A is for anemone, Z is for Zebrafish. Take a journey through the zoo-phonic alphabet of all things furry, feathered and finned as we spot amazing animal specimens and objects in the museum. Enjoy touch tours with creature specimens, movement, songs, games, craft and free play in our themed activity space. Make your own printed tote bag, an animal puppet or wildlife hat to take home. 

Mini Mariners - shark boy

Every Tuesday during term time | One Saturday each month 
Tuesdays 7, 28 and Saturday 4 April
Times: 10am or 11am 

General Information

Please meet at the foyer 5–10 minutes before the program and collect your sticker from the front desk. If you arrive early or want to stay longer, you can explore our galleries and our PLAY gallery or grab a coffee from the Kiosk or Yots cafe.

Our Plan your visit page has everything you need to know about a trip to the museum.

Bookings are essential.

Booked playgroups are welcome!

Enquiries: phone +61 2 9298 3655 or email

Ticket Information

Prices: Child $10 | Members FREE | Adults $8 (includes cinema).