Kids are born explorers and our family programs and exhibitions are designed specifically to stimulate learning.


"Grandchildren aged 6, 7 and 10 loved our visit. So much to see and do, especially the activity centre... Recommended for a family outing."

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Here are a few things you and your kids can experience:

  • Climb and play on board real-life tall ships, warships and a submarine*. 
  • Sea Science Pontoon - peek below the surface of the harbour on our waterfront.
  • Explore exhibition spaces through interactive kids activity trails. 
  • Take a creative guided tour of the exhibitions and enjoy themed play time with Mini Mariners, or Seaside Strollers for carers and bubs.
  • Kids on Deck - play, discover, create and get your hands dirty with printmaking, sculpture or painting.
  • Please check here for updates on availability of vessels, wet and hot weather alerts, and more.

(*nb. minimum height 90cm, prams and baby carriers are not permitted on board tall ships, warships and submarine).


Visiting with babies and toddlers

  • The museum is fully accessible to strollers and prams via ramps and lifts. Strollers and baby carriers are not allowed on the vessels.
  • Free cloaking for strollers or bags is available on site.
  • The museum has 3 baby change rooms.
  • Quiet lounge spaces for breastfeeding can be found in the parents room, or on the upper level in Tasman Light Gallery.
  • We have regular booked programs for carers, babies and toddlers.
  • Ripples Cafe offers high chairs and bottle warming.

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