Competition Time! Merry Mini Mariners!

Most museums and galleries have a kids program these days, helping mums to delve into their wallets time and again in the pursuit of artistic genius. Well they have me at Under Fives, Lady Moss will take the Littles to anything educational in the city. Not only a chance for us to learn something new especially the insatiable Ari, mostly it encourages mummy to leave the chores behind and focus on what’s important, the growing minds of the Littles.

Whenever I can afford to, I prebook into these programs or buy season tickets to The Australian Museum, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Aquarium etc so that on weeks where the budget is lean we always have something to see, something to do. Today was Pirates Ahoy at The Australian Maritime Museum, one of the best organised and executed tours we’ve taken part in so far.

The tour is perfectly timed for tiny attention spans and runs for 45 minutes in total which includes a good 15 minutes of craft and story time in a room entirely devoted to mess making. The enthusiastic pirate tour guides who wouldn’t be out of place on Playschool encouraged knowledge by osmosis with treasure hidden at various points along the museum and information pointed out to listening ears with a few argh argh’s thrown in for good measure.

The visiting crowd looked on with amusement as the mini pirates marched, danced and sang their way along the bowels of the gallery before finishing in the craft room. Ari and The King had the chance to decorate a pirate hat, parrot and treasure chest in the brightest crayons, neon feathers and glitter. Ari will be wearing her ensemble to Mardi Gras next year.

What impressed Lady Moss most was the easy access to toilets, pram walkways wide enough for at least three abreast and an exit straight from the craft room out onto Darling Harbour and the Maritime Café next door. Ari was safely watched while the King and I did a quick nappy change.

The cost of the tour is more than worth the morning at $8.50 for children (under two’s are free) which included craft supplies, tour and a discount voucher for the café. Adults are $7 which includes full entry into the gallery. I gave public transport a miss today and drove. In my defense I had swimming lessons in the afternoon and needed the Littles to nap at home. I parked in Harbourside where I had my ticket validated at the museum for $12 all day parking. You could easily bus or ferry almost to the door.

The museum runs other kids programs on Tuesday mornings during the school term including Mini Mariners and Sail Away for Under Fives, as well as school aged programs throughout the holidays. We will definitely be giving Sail Away a go next, before soaking up the last of the sunny days with some water play at Darling Park.

Rainbow Lane is thrilled to be offering TWO lucky readers tickets to Mini Miners for two adults and two Littles (under five) valued at $30 per prize.

Like this post below and comment on what your favourite thing is to do out on the town with your children.

Lady Moss will be drawing the winner randomly once we reach thirty LIKES yep thirty big ones on this post (the blog not the facebook page).

Please include your email address in the information section (which will remain private) so we can contact the lucky winners!

Thank you so much to the Australian Maritime Museum for these generous prizes we are so excited to offer them to you!

Please note:

This competition is open to Australian residents and includes tickets to the Museum in Sydney only. The voucher is valid on Tuesday mornings  at 10am and 11am during the school term hooray!

You will need to contact the museum to book your spot on 02 9298 3655 as this is a ticketed program and its only polite to RSVP. Each voucher is valid until December 2012 and is valid for one program session only.

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  1. this looks like so much fun! I can’t wait til wolfie is a bit bigger and more able to join in on fun stuff like this. the city is amazing for stuff like this huh? we are so lucky to live here.

  2. Angelina

     /  March 31, 2012

    What a great way to spend the day with the littles!!

  3. Taylor

     /  April 1, 2012

    Sounds like a fabulous day out with the kids! We love darling harbour!


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