The school holidays are upon us again, where does the term go, and I for one am already wondering how we are all going to make it through in one piece. Especially if it’s wet and dreary the whole time, which is definitely on the cards.
If your kids are anything like mine they aren’t fans of being cooped up inside and that’s when the bickering begins, so ideas for some fun and pocket friendly school holiday activities are always welcome.
Today I have three such suggestions which have the added benefit of being educational.
At the SA Maritime Museum the kids can catch a delightful musical ballet complete with sing-along sea shanties in Shipwrecked! The Search for Peter Pan. Captain Horatio Bumblefingers finds one of the world’s greatest books in his cabin and insists that he and his crew of the good ship Lollylegs the Fourth follow the second star on the right ’til morning in search of Peter Pan.
Shipwrecked! The Search for Peter Pan is presented by Heaps Good Productions and the Australian Classical Youth Ballet. Michael Mills wrote and co-directed, Michael Riggs choreographed and co-directed.
This performance is included in the price of museum entry and children must be accompanied by an adult. The performance is sure to entertain and delight both children and adults alike, and then have a wander through the museum. The new exhibition Windjammers: The Last Grain Races launched June 29 and is about the men and women that sailed on the last commercial sailing ships, ‘windjammers’, from SA to the UK.
SA Maritime Museum:
126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide.
Performances run Monday to Friday 8-19 July at 11am and 1pm.
Admission charges are $10 adults, $8 concession, $5 child or $25 for a family.
For further information call the Museum on 8207 6255.
A scenic drive through the picturesque Adelaide Hills to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood is another magnificent suggestion for those children who love cars, and their history. Sunburnt Country – Icons of Australian Motoring is an educational drive through our motoring heritage. This collection focuses on half a century of Australian vehicle manufacture from the 1899 Steam Carriage to the 1948 Holden. Through this journey you will not only discover some special vehicles but also fascinating people, their journeys and a great deal about the history of motor transport.
For those little people who can’t wait to get their license… The National Motor Museum offers children the opportunity to get their Junior Driver’s License. Complete one of the trails and design a special car of your own and you qualify for an official National Motor Museum Driver’s License.
National Motor Museum:
Shannon Street, Birdwood.
Open 10am-5pm every day except Christmas Day.
Admission charges are $12 adults, $10 concession, $5 child or $30 for a family.
For further information call the Museum on 8568 4000.
The Migration Museum offers junior detectives the opportunity to follow the path of SA’s migrants, those who have come to Australia from all over the world. Journeying through the Museum at 82 Kintore Avenue will show you the reasons that people embark on such a life-changing journey.
This trail is designed for educational FUN aimed at children between 5 and 15, is available all holidays and it’s FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For the adults there is a new exhibitions Refugees and Australia (1972-2012) which looks at the hard facts behind the headlines of the last 40 years addressing this issue. There is also the Crossing Country exhibition which offers the opportunity to discover more about John McDouall Stuart, one of Australia’s inland explorers.
82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide.
Open 10am-5pm Weekdays and 1pm-5pm Weekends.
For further information call the Museum on 8207 7580.