What's on: Mini Explorers

A weekly term-time playgroup for children aged 3 to 5 years and their parents or carers.

Mini Explorers: Guwal Gili

Mini Explorers: Guwal Gili
Photographer: James Horan © Australian Museum

Event Type:
9 February 2018 to 14 December 2018
Fridays, 11am-12pm
Meet at Kidspace, Level 2 and proceed with AM staff to the Halstrom Theatre, Ground Floor
$12 Child | $10 Member Child; Adult admission included in ticket bundle - please see below

Mini Explorers will inspire your little ones to explore, understand and care for our world through fun, hands-on activities led by Aboriginal educators who guide children through story, song and sensory play. Sessions also include a mini-excursion to a museum gallery, relevant to the monthly theme.

Numbers are limited to 15 children per session and held in an exclusive space. Themes change monthly. Young children love repetition so feel free to join us as many weeks as you like!

A great opportunity to make the morning of it by exploring the Museum's Kidspace before or after the playgroup and grab coffee or lunch at our rooftop café, No. 1 William.

Upcoming themes

June – Bush tracks (1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
What animal made those tracks or scats? Through games, dance and stories we will learn how to hunt, about our lore, and the Dreaming. Listen to a Dreaming story about a thirsty frog and the importance of sharing with one another.

July – Megafauna (6 & 27)
Aboriginal people have lived alongside some of our biggest and oldest animals - Megafauna! Many Dreaming stories have similarities with megafauna including a giant snake! Let’s look at ancient rock art of these creatures then make your own pretend rock engraving.

August – Gadi (3,24, 31)
Welcome to Gadigal Country! We will be learning about the Country on whose land the museum stands and the connection to the rich resources of the harbour and rivers. Children can go fish, test a bark canoe to see if it floats and hear a story about an Emu in the Sky.

September – Dinosaur Dreaming (7, 14, 21, 28)
A long time ago, dinosaurs lived around the Kimberley coast and their ancient footprints can still be found. Find out which dinosaurs walked this ancient land including those named using traditional Nyulnyulan language groups of the Goolarabooloo people in WA. Kids will make their own clay fossil to take home!

October/November – Food for thought (19, 26 Oct & 2 Nov)
Touch, smell, taste and even hear some of the unique plants people have used since the first sunrise! Children will create their own scratch n’ sniff paintings using dried native herbs, rosella dye and grind seed to make flour.

(Note: we will offer a taste of native honey also known as sugarbag honey during this session. During the warmer months, you can check out our native bee hive in the Garden area outside the museum on William Street).

November – Birds (binyang) (9, 16, 23, 30)
Listen to a Dreaming story of ‘How the Birds got their Colours’ and the importance of helping those in need before making your own emu feather brush to paint with using the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.

December – Bush tracks (7, 14)
What animal made those tracks? Through games, dance and stories we will learn how to hunt, about our lore, and the Dreaming. Listen to a Dreaming story about a thirsty frog and the importance of sharing with one another.

Meeting Point

Kidspace, Level 2. AM staff will then escort group to venue room. If you are late then head straight to the Theatre on the Ground Level (near Atrium). 

Frequently Asked Questions

Online bookings only. Unsold tickets will be available at the admissions desk on the day, however there is no guarantee of availability.

No refunds. Any date transfers need to be notified at least 72 hours before event. 

On arrival, join the pre-paid tickets line at Admissions then show your Mini Explorers ticket (on phone or print).

Parents or carers are required to participate in the sessions with their children. Younger siblings are welcome to attend, however children over 9 months need a ticket.

For enquiries or to ask us about access services, please email programs@austmus.gov.au or call (02) 9320 6222. 

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