Arts & Entertainment

MAAS School Holiday Program at the Powerhouse Museum

School holidays begin soon, and if you’re stuck for ideas to keep the kids busy the Powerhouse Museum has a school holiday program with a number of activities suited for everyone.

The school holiday program has been running since the late 80’s, where it’s popularity continues to grow due to kids getting free admission. Powerhouse Museum partnerships and festivals manager Jansen Hews said the school holiday programs provide diverse audiences the opportunity to engage with the museum’s current exhibitions.

“At the heart of school holiday programming is the notion of participation and intergenerational learning amongst families and carers, and that this engagement is highly collaborative,” he said.

“Providing opportunities for creativity alongside fostering a sense of agency amongst children is also important to the Partnerships and Festivals teams, who develop and deliver these programs.”

One of the programs supporting the exhibition is Art of the Brick: DC Comics where large-scale, collaborative and participatory programming includes a drop-in experiences centre on comics and superheroes such as the Collaborative Comic strip.

Children can also head to the Sydney Observatory where there are programs on for kids including a new workshop exploring the site history called Hidden Histories, featuring storytelling with a performance element engaging new partnerships with esteemed performers and theatre organisations.

Apart from Hidden Histories there will also be the offer of telescope viewings, planetarium visits and 3D Theatre sessions. Hews also highlights a number of other programs your children might be interested in: “Birds-Eye Superhero Photos, where kids don a cape and have their photo taken as they fly across a city-scape backdrop, their image being projected on the museum wall for all to see.”

“There is also the collaborative comic strip where children and adults make their favourite superheroes come to life by contributing their artwork to the museum’s ever growing giant comic strip.” (AMal)

Dec 19–Jan 29. Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo. Various prices and times. Tickets & info: maas.museum/school-holidays 

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