Super Spring Holiday Program

Child in Welcome Garden

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) will present a fun-filled schedule of activities during the upcoming school holiday period as part of the museum’s exciting Super Spring Holiday Program.

After the sad cancellation of the TMAG Children’s Festival earlier this year due to COVID-19, the program will provide a fresh opportunity to return to the museum and celebrate spring with a wide range of ‘wild’-themed activities, taking young visitors from the bush to Antarctica.

Over four days, from Tuesday 6 until Friday 9 October, the Super Spring Holiday Program will offer a range of hands-on activities alongside daily screenings of films created by young people as part of the MyState Student Film Festival.

For families looking to enjoy the spring sunshine, there will be daily activities in TMAG’s Welcome Garden, including Small and Wild in which children can get creative and make their own moss pot out of a plastic milk carton.

Later in the week, families can join Nature. Be in it. for a bush play workshop and learn how to create from nature, making swings, cubby houses, natural paints, bush necklaces, potions, mixtures and more.

Over in the Courtyard, TMAG’s Aboriginal Learning Facilitators will show how signs and symbols can be inspired by the natural world in the puwinya nayri/Good Spring activity, and then in the Micro and Macro activity young visitors can learn more about the effect of microplastics on the marine environment.

Throughout the school holiday period, TMAG has partnered with the Australian Antarctic Division to show a special giant LEGO model of Australia’s newest Antarctic icebreaker, the RSV Nuyina, in the Central Gallery.

During the Super Spring Holiday Program, Bricks 4 Kidz will be leading daily LEGO building sessions adjacent to the model display, allowing visitors to build their own brick creations inspired by the Antarctic.

Other highlights of the program include regular storytelling sessions featuring the classic children’s book Possum Magic and special stop-motion animation workshops aimed at older children. Visitors can also see the adorable new display of Paddington Bears in the Young Collector case, and also enjoy a last chance to explore the West: Out on the Edge exhibition and its accompanying West Quest trail.

All activities in the Super Spring Holiday Program are free and all materials will be supplied. Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and visitors can register for activities on-site from 10:30 am each day during the program.

All visitors are reminded that bookings are essential to visit TMAG, and free bookings can be made at our website. The full Super Spring Holiday Program flyer is also available to download.

Image details: Explore nature and enjoy the spring sunshine in TMAG’s Welcome Garden as part of the Super Spring Holiday Program. Image: Lucy Parakhina.