What's on: July School Holidays program

As Term 2 comes to a close we are celebrating Indigenous Australian culture for NAIDOC Week and monster science!

Aboriginal craft, bush foods and performance for NAIDOC Week

Aboriginal craft, bush foods and performance for NAIDOC Week
Photographer:  © Australian Museum

Event Type:
Special event
2 July 2016 to 17 July 2016
Australian Museum, entry via William St

Performance: MUGGERA

Dates: Saturday 2 July & Sunday 3 July; Saturday 9 July & Sunday 10 July
Times: 10.30am; 12.30pm
Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: Free after Museum admission

Join dynamic dance troupe MUGGERA for an exploration of Aboriginal culture. MUGGERA uphold important cultural values and protocols in their song and dance, which have been passed down through their ancestors for generations. Meaning lightning in the Yugambeh dialect, MUGGERA is comprised of highly knowledgeable and professional dancers from both the Yuin and Mununjali/Yugambeh clan groups, including Darren Compton from the popular NITV series Move It Mob Style.

Craft: Boomerang painting

Ages: 5+
Dates: Monday-Friday 4-8 July; Monday-Sunday 11-17 July
Times: 10am to 3pm
Cost: $5 per child after general admission

Be inspired by traditional styles and symbols of Indigenous art around Australia, and create your own design on a wooden boomerang to take home. Discover the trick to the ingenious design of this iconic object.

Workshop: Weaving yarns 

Ages: 14+
Date: Tuesday 5 July 
Time: 10am – 12midday
Prices: $100 Non-members | $80 Members (including general admission)
*Bookings essential* 

Join Aunty Julie, a Gorawarl Jerrawongarla elder, and her daughter Markeeta Freeman for a morning of learning a timeless South Coast weaving tradition using local natural materials. Whilst you are weaving, Aunty Julie will share her creation stories for the local environment, reminding us of traditional knowledge systems of the region.
Light refreshments will be provided.

For further information please contact Laura McBride on (02) 9320 6410.

Tours: First Australians Aboriginal-guided tours

Date: Tuesday 5 July; Thursday 7 July
Time: 10.30am - 12pm; 1.30pm - 3.00pm
Location: First Australians galleries, Level G
Cost: $25 Adult, $10 Child | $10 Member (including general admission)

Discover the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures on this guided tour through the First Australians galleries. Jimmy Smith, a Wiradjuri man and cultural practitioner, will share his cultural knowledge and information about the objects on display. Visitors will experience Aboriginal history, culture, science, spirituality, social justice, Aboriginal connections to Country and Aboriginal language. Following the tour, visitors will also be afforded a hands-on experience with our cultural objects and time to ask questions.

For further information please contact Laura McBride on (02) 9320 6410. 

Scientist for a Day: Creepy, Crawly Science

Ages: 8-12 years
Date: 6 & 7 July 
Time: 9am - 3pm
Cost: $135 Non-Members | $110 Members (including general admission)

Encounter spiders and insects as they wriggle out of the undergrowth. How do scientists collect these bizarre and beautiful specimens? Find out as we head behind the scenes and delve into the fascinating world of creepy crawly creatures. Search our surroundings with us, see live specimens and become an invertebrate investigator for the day!


Workshop: Bush foods and medicine  

Ages: 5-12
Dates: 6, 7, 13 & 14 July
Times: 11am-12pm & 2-3pm
Cost: $10 Non-members | $8 Members

*Bookings essential*

What would you do if you were lost in the bush with no food? How would you cure your headache if there were no chemists? Learn how Aboriginal Australians survived for tens of thousands of years before modern conveniences. See how traditional knowledge compares to what we know from Western science and learn about the nutritional and medicinal values of bush food and how they are being used in modern cuisine.

Disclaimer: Whilst children will not be consuming bush foods, they will be touching food products. Please advise staff of any food allergies.

Under 5s: Mini Explorers – Eora Explorers

Ages: 3-5
Dates: Thursdays 7 & 14 July
Times: 10:30-11:30am & 12-1pm
Cost: $10 Non-member child, free for adults after admission | $8 Member child

Explore Indigenous culture through music, art and Dreaming stories! Learn about native Australian animals, touch Indigenous artefacts and create your own animal mask to take home.

Under 5s: Tiny Tots - Corroboree Kids

Ages: 1-3
Dates: Fridays 8 & 15 July
Times: 10:30-11:30am & 12-1pm
Cost: $10 Non-member child, free for adults after admission | $8 Member child

Join us for an introduction to Indigenous culture with fun sensory activities and singing.

Scientist for a Day: Roaming Giants

Ages: 8-12 years
Date: 13 & 14 July
Time: 9am - 3pm
Cost: Members $110 | Non-Members $135

Walk with the giants past and present and be wowed by the monsters lurking in our ocean’s depths. Meet the largest living land animal, learn about Australia’s megafauna and head into the wild to discover some of the magnificent mammals that roam the Earth.


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