International Museum Day (IMD) - Friday 18th of May.
Unless you're a particular fan of history or art, a museum might be the last place you think of taking your kids, especially the under 5s.
While many preservation sites are still best enjoyed by adults, we are lucky in Sydney to have a raft of museums that actively welcome families, and offer exhibitions especially designed for children, even as young as pre-schoolers.
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At Sydney Mums Group, we love museums, and thought it worth celebrating International Museum Day, with a list of 10 Family-Friendly Museums, including some from the amazing Sydney Living Museums collection.
Follow the hyperlinks and recommendations below, to find the museum you'd like to visit, whether it's on IMD (Friday 18th of May), or any day.
Recommended for: Families that love trains will enjoy this massive collection of steam-powered machinery, and opportunity for steam train rides on special event days, one of which is being held this IMD weekend.
Recommended for: The more artistically-inclined may get more out of this museum than most, but how do you know if your child enjoys art, unless they are exposed to it? Check out the special exhibitions and activities geared towards kids, throughout the year. Especially cool to visit during the VIVID Festival in May/June!
Recommended for: Those fascinated by science and technology, both modern and historical. Like the CSMM, the Powerhouse has cool steam exhibitions and loads of special events throughout the year, including those celebrating popular culture.
Recommended for: Whether you're into vehicular heritage or not, all families love a good novelty train or tram ride. This museum celebrates the history of the old tram networks of our city, and you can go for a ride in a restored tram! A piece of yesteryear.
Recommended for: This attraction is tremendous for introducing your children to the colonial history of Sydney, in a fun, accessible way. This is a museum crossed with a farm/garden, and with plenty of demonstrations and special school holiday workshops, kids will be fascinated by the lives of John and Elizabeth Macarthur and their roles in shaping early Sydney.
Image credit: Sydney Living Museums' Elizabeth Farm webpages
Recommended for: Anyone who wants to learn more about the lives and tribulations of convicts in early Sydney. This is a must for all kids at some stage, as the colonial artefacts and recreations, bring the hardships of convict transportation, incarceration and labour to life.
Image credit: Sydney Living Museums' Hyde Park Barracks webpages
Recommended for: Apart from being one of the sites to visit during the VIVID Festival, this museum is a specialist in all things Sydney history. Children are encouraged to get up close and personal with the exhibits, evoking curiosity, rather than boredom, from learning about our city's heritage.
Which one of these is your favourite museum? We'd love to hear from you in the comments. Why is your pick great for kids?
Whichever one your choose, we wish you a happy Museum Day!
Vivid Sydney at Chatswood is one of the precincts for Vivid Sydney and offers up an unforgettable experience for kids with Lightscape, an eclectic celebration of food, fashion, light and the planet cosmos.