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The school holidays are almost upon us and the team at WA Museum have put together a jam-packed program of activities taking place at sites across Perth & Fremantle. Explore the underwater world of sharks at the Maritime Museum and Yagan Square, or head over to the WA Shipwrecks Museum to reap a pirate’s reward in the Treasure of the Golden Dragon trail.

Yagan Square

Ocean Wonders: Exploring Sharks

Dates: 1 – 13 October 2019
Times: 10am – 2pm
Cost: Free.
Ages: All ages.

Have you ever wanted to get up close to a shark? Well here’s the chance to touch real shark skin! Even better, see how you measure up against life-size shark cut-outs and learn about the fascinating life cycles of sharks living across our coastline. Don’t forget to get a little creative too and create a shark species to include in our digital aquarium.

 

WA Maritime Museum

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey

Dates: On now until 10 November 2019
Times: 9.30am – 5pm
Cost: Ticket prices vary museum.wa.gov.au
Ages: 7+ years
Bookings: Essential for groups of 10+ on 1300 134 081

Leave the outside world behind as you dive into the incredible underwater world of sharks – without getting your feet wet!

With rare fossils, life-sized models of real sharks, and a multi-sensory cinematic walk-through, this experience is perfect for the whole family!

Shark Show: World of Wonders

Dates: 3 October – 11 October 2019
Times: 10.30am, 11.45am and 2pm
Cost: Free. Museum adult entry fees apply.
Ages: All ages.
Bookings: Essential for groups of 10+ on 1300 134 081

Who doesn’t love a game show, even when the topic is about one of the most misunderstood animals on Earth, sharks?

Join us for a rollicking journey through the wonderful world of sharks. With interactive games, audience participation, and playful comedy, shark talk and shark fun is to be enjoyed by the young and the young-at-heart. Be sure not to miss this theatre show that the whole family will love!

 

Meet the Scientist

Dates: 1 October 2019 – Dr Glenn Moore, Curator of Fishes
2 October 2019 – Dr Mikael Siversson, Head of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Times: 10.30am – 12pm
Ages: 6+ years
Cost: Free. Museum adult entry fees apply.
Bookings: Essential for groups of 10+ on 1300 134 081

Have you ever wondered how we know so much about sharks? What role they play in the environment and how they interact with other ocean creatures? And how do scientists study them? Well, here’s your chance to find out!

Come along and meet WA Museum scientists as they share their captivating stories about and knowledge of sharks, and how they study them and other amazing sea species!

Dr Glenn Moore is the WA Museum’s Curator of Fishes. Glenn learned to scuba dive at 17 and was instantly hooked on sharks and other fish. Today he is a specialist in Aquatic Zoology. Join Glenn as he takes you ‘diving’ into the fascinating world of modern day sharks!

Dr Mikael Siversson is Head of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the WA Museum. Mikael is a palaeontologist and specialises in fossil sharks – think giant megalodon! Did you know that sharks are older than dinosaurs? Join Mikael to find out more exciting information on the evolution of sharks. Don’t forget to bring your best science questions along, and let’s all talk sharks!

WA Shipwrecks Museum

Treasure of the Golden Dragon

Dates: 28 September – 13 October 2019
Times: Storytelling: 11am
All other activities: 10am – 2pm
Ages: 4+ years
Cost: $3
Bookings: Essential for groups of 10+ on 1300 134 081

Avast me hearties! Some pesky pirates have raided the museum and hidden the Treasure of the Golden Dragon! Join in the Treasure of the Golden Dragon trail and take home a pirate’s share of the loot – your very own silvery coin.

Craft a pirate’s treasure chest, and listen to some swashbuckling pirate tales in our storytelling sessions.

WA Museum Discovery Zone

All Fired Up About Volcanoes

 

Venue: State Library of WA, Cultural Centre
Dates: 28 September – 13 October 2019
Times: 10am – 2pm
Ages: 5+ years
Cost: Free

There are plenty of ways to get you fired-up about volcanoes in this workshop. Check out the paper-mache volcano and volcanic rock models. Do you think you can make the volcano erupt? Yes, you can! Join us for some explosive fun!

 

Sparkle

Dates: 28 September – 13 October 2019
Times: 10am – 2pm
Ages: 5+ years
Cost: Free

An arts and crafts activity like no other! The WA Museum friendly staff will help you make your very own paper crystal shape – and have fun finding out what kind of mineral it is! You even get to take your crystal shape home to display.

To check out more of the events on offer see our guide to WA Museum.

Image credits: WA Museum, Grande Exhibitions.

 

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