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Winter School Holidays

Explore the science behind how things fly, and find out why people always had a desire to fly. Discover early examples of flying machines, and the story behind Australian inventors and Australia’s first airmail flight. Children will learn about the physics of flight, make paper aeroplanes, interact with Cogs in Cogs’ Flight show and create and take home a model aeroplane.

Performance: Cogs Flight Show
See Cogs’ brand new stage show, Cogs’ Flight show! Join the museum’s robot Cogs on an exciting journey recreating the 100th anniversary of the Bleriot XI, the first air mail flight in Australia. Meet many characters along the way including a postman, an explorer, a doctor and a farmer and find out how flight has changed the way we live.
Ages: 5+
Dates: Saturday 28 June – Monday 14 July
Times: 11.30am &  1.30pm
Duration: 25 minutes
Cost: Free with Museum admission

All Day Science Workshop: The Science of Flight
In this hands-on workshop, budding young scientists will explore some of the scientific principles behind how things fly! Children will learn about the physics of flight, create paper aeroplanes, see amazing flight objects in the Transport exhibition, hear the story behind Australian inventor, Lawrence Hargrave, and even make a model aeroplane to take home!
Ages: 7-13
Dates: Monday 30 June, Tuesday 1 July- Friday 4 July; Monday 7- Friday 11 July
Times: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Duration: All Day
Cost: $90 per child, $80 members
For further information & booking

Drop-in Activity: Paper aeroplanes
Create and experiment with fun flying shapes. Follow some easy instructions and make and take home some uniquely designed paper aeroplanes. The kit has over sixty colourful flying shapes for you to make.
Ages: 6+ with adult supervision & assistance
Dates: Saturday 28 June – Monday 14 July
Times: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: $12 per kit, after Museum admission, $10 for Museum members and 2 kits for $20

Drop-in Activity: Visions of the Future
Join our Museum volunteer storytellers in the Kings Cinema as we explore the story of behind one of Australia’s pioneers of aviation Lawrence Hargrave.
Ages: 6+
Dates: Saturday 28 June – Monday 14 July
Times: 11am (subject to volunteer availability)
Cost: free with Museum admission

School Holiday Volunteers
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist us during the Winter school holidays! If you are interested in history, flight and/or storytelling this could be the experience for you!
Volunteers will assist with:

  • Demonstrating the mechanics of two Museum objects in the Oopsatoreum exhibition: an Albion printing press and a music box.
  • Storytelling in the Kings Cinema – Visions of the Future
  • The make & do aspects paper-plane making activity.

For more information and to apply

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
Bookings & Further information

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




Commemorative Aerogramme

Australia's first airmail flight was flown in a Bleriot XI. Send a letter on our special aerogramme.


2 Ringed flyer

This loop and straw flyer is an interesting twist on the paper plane


Aerofoil wing

Wing shape is important for flight. Experiment with your own aerofoil and learn how an airplane flies