TMAG – Children’s Festival

Children's Festival 2Welcome to the first-ever TMAG Children’s Festival! For six days we are turning TMAG over to you, our younger visitors, with a range of special events, displays, programs and activities for and by children. Running with the themes of the popular Pattern Play exhibition, the TMAG Children’s Festival is all about patterns. All festival activities and events are free. Festival Launch Let’s get this festival started! Join us to launch the TMAG Children’s Festival in style. There will be live music and everyone dressed in a patterned outfit has a chance to win our lucky door prize. Location: Courtyard Tuesday 19 April Time: 10:30 am – 11:00 am Tessellated Pavement Take the festival to the streets! Help fill the footpath with chalk patterns one paver at a time. Location: Dunn Place Footpath Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Kids’ Voices Ever wondered what other kids think about TMAG? Listen to the Kids’ Voices audio guides to find out. Locations: Look for the telephones in the Central Gallery, ningina tunapri, Earth and Life, The Thylacine, Power of Change Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Daily LEGO Challenges Ready, steady, BUILD! Will your creation join our display of winners? Location: Central Gallery Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Suggestasaurus Visit the ‘Suggestasaurus’ and tell us what you would like to see at next year’s Children’s Festival. Location: Courtyard Verandah Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Chill-out Zone Need a break from all of the festival excitement? Visit the Chill-out Zone to read a book, play a game or just sit and relax. Location: Medals and Money Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm I thought I spotted a handfish… Play a game of ‘Memory’ to discover the critically endangered spotted handfish and the other plants and animals that call the Derwent Estuary home. Location: Central Gallery Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Book Spotters Pull-up a cushion and try your eye with an eclectic collection of ‘search and find’ picture books from the Hobart LINC. Will you spot the lot? Location: Chill-out Zone (Medals and Money) Tuesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Pattern Paradigm Join artist Selena de Carvalho to create an artwork that doubles as a mask you can wear! Location: Central GalleryChildren's Festival 1 Thursday and Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Terrific Tessellations Create amazing and complex patterns from a simple square. You will be amazed at what you can create! Location: Patterns in Nature Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Patterns from the Sea Get up close to the amazing patterned world beneath the waves. Create your own sea artwork to take home. Location: Earth and LifeChildren's Festival 3 Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Hands-on Culture Discover fascinating objects from Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture and learn about the history of a 40,000 year old people. Location: Central Gallery Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Playtimes Past and Present Join a TMAG curator to explore historic toys and share your ideas for what should join TMAG’s toy collection. Location: Central Gallery Sunday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Teen Talks Take a special look at highlights of the TMAG collection through the eyes of young adults. These tours are an outcome of an educational program run as part of the 2016 TMAG Children’s Festival. Location: Tour begins at the meeting point in the Central Gallery Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 am and 2:00 pm (approx. 20 minutes) Story Time Settle back, listen to stories and let your mind wander in an imaginative pattern-filled world! Location: Chill-out Zone (Medals and Money) Wednesday – Sunday 11.30 am – 12:00 pm Live at Lunchtime Listen to young local musicians. Location: Courtyard Verandah Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm In-house Insights Discover the collection with the people who see it most, TMAG’s wonderful Visitor Services Officers. Location: Various, detailed below Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday – Find patterns and details in ceramics and learn about mosaics with Donna Ritchie. Location: Modern Age Thursday – Discover opposites and oddities from an upside-down world with Rebecca Robinson. Location: Bond Store Ground Friday – Design a beetle display with Laura E Kennedy. Location: Patterns in Nature Saturday and Sunday – Get a quick glimpse into what it would be like to have your portrait painted with Effie Pryer. Location: Dispossessions and Possessions Children's Festival 4Energetic Afternoons Get your body moving with these high-energy participatory sessions. Appropriate footwear required, some activities may be weather dependent. Location: Courtyard Tuesday – Saturday 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Tuesday – Jump Rope for Heart with Waimea Heights Primary School Wednesday – Hula Hoop Dancing Thursday – Drum Up Big Friday – Zumba! Saturday – Karate Festival Finale The final day of the festival will be a hive of activity, with lots to do across the museum including face painting, live music performances, and Social Circus in the Courtyard. Location: Various Sunday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Masquerade Disco Put on a mask and bring your family for a night of fun at the museum. Dance at the Masquerade Disco, hop on a bike in the pedal-powered Kinetic Cinema, experience the beautiful lights of Cellular Tessellation, and much more!

Friday Open late until 8:30 pm, activities from 5:30 pm

Things to book for These free workshops have limited space, so make sure to book before you arrive. To book, go to Children must be accompanied by an adult for all booked workshops.

Early Explorers TMAG is a great place for young children to explore and make discoveries. Join a TMAG educator in this fun, informal session including time spent trekking through the galleries. Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 10:45 am Ages 3-5 (older/younger siblings welcome)

Circus Skills Try your hand at the wonderful world of circus. Try circus tricks including juggling and hula hooping… you might even build a human pyramid! Wednesday 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (ages 5-7) 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (ages 8-12) Thursday 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (ages 5-7) 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (ages 8-12)

pulawini patterns Join an artist from the Tasmanian Aboriginal community for an introduction to ochre. Learn how to paint with this special pigment. Friday 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (ages 5-7) 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (ages 8-12)

Pattern Printing with Penny Join local textile designer Penny Malone to print patterns onto fabric. Using stencils, colour and shape you will create a beetle tote bag to take home. Saturday 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (ages 5-7) 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (ages 8-12)

Things to see

Toys from the TMAG Collection Did you know TMAG has a historic collection of toys, games and pastimes? Check out this special display of rarely seen objects. Location: Central Gallery Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

LEGO Display The Tasmanian Brick Enthusiasts will appear at TMAG with their displays of classic LEGO. Marvel in the miniature world of this classic construction toy. Location: Bond Store Basement Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

TMAG Pattern Design Competition Exhibition Take a peek at some of the wonderful designs entered into the TMAG Pattern Design Competition, including the original winning work by Julia Benyon featured on the cover and throughout this program. Location: Central Gallery Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Young Collectors Showcasing the collection of one young Tasmanian collector. Location: Link Foyer Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pattern Play Don’t forget to check out the Pattern Play exhibition! Location: Argyle Galleries Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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