Dinosaur buffs and budding artists will have plenty to dig into these January School Holidays (13 January – 22 January 2021) at the Australian Museum (AM)!

A program of workshops and activities have been created by the AM, to inspire the next generation of scientists and natural history lovers.

Cordelia Hough, Creative Producer of Children and Families Programs said, “We are so excited to present our first school holidays program after reopening! Children from six to 16 years can join our AM experts for workshops to thrill, educate and importantly expand young minds.

“From getting up close to a 75-million-year-old dinosaur fossil in the AM’s Prehistoric Playground, or capturing nature’s best angle with a professional photographer, to art and science workshops, the AM’s January School Holidays Program is unique and tailored to children’s interests and imaginations.

“Alongside our special exhibitions Tyrannosaurus – Meet the Family and Australian Nature Photographer of the Year and permanent crowd favourites such as Wild Planet – where over 400 animals from around the world are all under one roof, there is so much for the whole family to see and do these summer school holidays,” she said.

Spanning science, art and nature, the January School Holidays program includes:


  • Prehistoric Playground 
    The AM has a brand-new stomping ground for dinosaur buffs. Children of all ages can help the Museum’s resident palaeontologists excavate and clean a real 75-million-year-old Centrosaurus fossil, discover which plants and animals once inhabited a Jurassic swamp only a few hours from Sydney, colour your dinosaur and see it come to life on our 9m projection.  Learn how feathers and wings have evolved for flight by making your own aerodynamic paper planes and helicopters. . All welcome. Open daily 10am — 4:30pm

FREE with Creative Kids voucher or $100 per child

  • Palaeo-art workshop: Bringing dinosaurs to life!  
    Art and science collide in this workshop with palaeo-artist Celia Curtis. Recreate ancient creatures, lost worlds, and bring dinosaurs to life! Includes an art kit with Derivan watercolour pencils, paper and brushes. Ages 6-12. Tuesday 19 January (10:30am — 12:30pm or 2pm — 4pm), or online Wednesday 20 January (10:30am — 11:30am).
  • Nature Photography for Children and Teens 
    Young people from eight to 16 years old can learn how to capture nature’s best angles with a series of fun photography challenges using their own camera, smartphone or tablet with expert Tom Covell. Onsite workshops include a visit to the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition for inspiration. These hands-on workshops are available onsite at the AM and online. At the AM – Ages 8-12:  Wed 13 January, 10:30am — 12:30pm.  Ages 13-16; Wed 13 January, 2pm — 4pm.   Online – Ages 8-16:  Thurs 14 January, 10:30am — 11:30am.

The AM is offering free general entry to adults and children for a limited time and includes entry to Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.

Entry to the special exhibition, Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, requires a paid timed-entry ticket that must be purchased online.

Visit https://australian.museum/school-holidays/


What: January School Holidays program at the AM
When: Wednesday 13 January to Friday 22 January 2021
Where: Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney NSW 2010 and Online at https://australian.museum/event/school-holidays/