Exhibitions and kids don’t really go that well together but on a recent trip to the Museum of Sydney it was a revelation to see our two young ones, aged 5 and 6, fully engaged with one of its most recent exhibitions, Alphabetical Sydney.
Granted that the exhibition is billed as a Creative Lab and has a host of interactive elements to get the little ones involved.
The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with illustrator Antonia Pesenti and author Hilary Bell, creators of the book Alphabetical Sydney.
Sydney is brought to life with a series of creative activities designed to capture the imagination and encourage kids to think about the magic of the city.
A souvenir ‘lab kit’, specially created for the exhibition, leads visitors through the show using playful illustrations and rhyming verse. Visitors can investigate the clues in the mini museum, write their own verse in the poetry factory, experience the magic of Sydney at dusk or relax with a book under the canopy of a Moreton Bay fig tree. One of the hits for the kids was creating a bat to hang in the fig tree.
There’s also a dress-up area for kids to clown around in the Luna Park-themed section and an area to make your own paper ferry – in honour of the grand ferries that ply one of the most beautiful harbours in the world.
Open until August 12.