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Autumn School Holidays

Step up to the dance floor or into the videogame arcade at the Powerhouse Museum during the April school holidays.

Game Masters

Exhibition: Game Masters
Step into the world of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog and many more much loved characters at the blockbuster exhibition Game Masters. Featuring over 100 playable games, this highly interactive exhibition celebrates the work of the world’s most influential videogame designers and showcases some of the most groundbreaking games ever made across arcades, consoles, PC and mobile platforms.
Cost: Additional charges apply for entry into Game Masters
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All Day Workshop: Minecraft 100
Be part of a massive Minecraft building collaboration. Create worlds inspired by classic games showcased in Game Masters. Featuring over fifty unique elements, blocks, textures and items, a hundred players will unite and craft in the Museum’s unique Minecraft modification Powercraft.
Ages: 7+
Dates & Times: 5, 6 April, 10.30am – 4pm
12 – 27 April, 10am – 3.30pm
Cost: $100 per person, $90 member
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All Day Workshop: Science of Angry Birds
Explore the scientific principles behind the popular computer game Angry Birds in this fun hands-on workshop. Children will learn about trajectory physics, how a catapult works and even make a mini version to take home.
Ages: 7 – 13
Dates: 14 – 17, 22 – 24 April
Times: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Cost: $90 child, $80 member child
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4 Day Drama Workshop: Techno Wars
Enter the world of computer gaming to explore new forms of mediatised and interactive performance through the integration of new technologies such as augmented reality. This course requires participants to engage in physical action, active problem solving and role play to create deep physical and emotional connection to the ‘game’ and its characters. This course is presented by NIDA Open.
Ages: 12 – 15
Dates: 14 – 17 April
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: $480
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Strictly Ballroom

Exhibition: Time After Time: The Strictly Ballroom Story
Thirty years since Strictly Ballroom set the world dancing, rediscover the glamour of Baz Lurmann’s flamboyant musical through design drawings, cast and set photographs, and a selection of original costumes.
Dates: from 5 April
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Drop-in Activity: Junior Ballroom
Join us for a fun filled dancing lesson where our steps are not strictly ballroom. Improve your dance skills , learn to waltz, sway your hips to the cha cha or simply give the paso doble a go! Presented with Footsteps Dance Company.
Ages: 5+
Dates: 12 – 28 April
Times: 11.30am – 12.15pm, 1.30pm – 2.15pm
Cost: Free with Museum admission

The Oopsatoreum

Exhibition: The Oopsatoreum
Author and filmmaker Shaun Tan’s new collaboration with the Powerhouse Museum is the fictional tale of a strikingly original but spectacularly unsuccessful inventor: Henry A. Mintox. Shaun’s whimsical stories of Mintox’s failed inventions are inspired by strange and largely obscure objects from the Powerhouse Museum collection.
Cost: Free with Museum admission
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Drop-in Activity: Printing Press Demonstration
Join our Museum volunteers as they demonstrate the Albion Printing Press in the exhibition.
Ages: 6+
Dates: Daily
Times: 10.00am – 12.00noon (dependent on volunteer availability)
Duration: 25 minutes
Cost: Free with Museum admission

Special Events

Performance: From Ether
Join us for a musical performance inspired by photographic images of the Earth captured by astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station. Hear the electro-acoustic infused sounds become the live and visceral soundscape for Hadfields’ impressions of our world.
Ages: 8+
Dates: 12 April
Times: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Duration: 25 minutes
Cost (includes Museum admission): Adult: $25, Concessions: $20, Child: $15, SIMA Member: $20, Powerhouse Members: $15, Member Child: $10
Further information & Bookings

Drop-in Activity: Discover Morse Code
Before the invention of tweets, SMS, email, messages were once sent down a wire from one location to another by electronic telegraph. Join members of the Sydney Morsecodians who will demonstrate this important, but now outdated, means of communication. Send a real message transmitted by Morse code to your home!
Ages: 6+
Dates: 12-27 April
Times: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: By donation after Museum admission
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Thinkspace Workshops

Thinkspace is the Powerhouse Museum’s digital learning centre offering learn-by-making workshops with science and design themes.

Learn the essentials of video game design and create your own game. Use Minecraft to make a short story or music video. Use Scratch and LEGO to create your own Pacman game. Learn to build electronic circuits using Arduino. For ages 7 and over.

Click on the image to be taken to Thinkspace website and further information about the workshops.

Thinkspace workshops

Sydney Observatory and
Powerhouse Discovery Centre

For more fun holiday activities why not visit Sydney Observatory or the Powerhouse Discovery Centre.

Visit Sydney Observatory

The Powerhouse Discovery Centre: Collection Stores at Castle Hill

Visit ‘Go Play’ to browse NSW school holiday activities from a range of organisations, including the Powerhouse Museum. More…Go Play - your school holiday diary