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

Treat the kids to a fascinating day of learning opportunities combined with a sense of adventure. Climb aboard real-life tall ships, warships and a submarine, engage in interactive displays, and take part in hands-on kids activities held during the week, on weekends and school holidays. The museum is a family-friendly place with lots of room to explore.

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

  • Climb and play on board real-life tall ships, warships and a submarine*. 
  • Explore our exhibition spaces through interactive kids activity trails and soak up all there is to see and do. Little explorers will enjoy our PLAY gallery for under 5s. 
  • Watch history come to life in captivating live performances such as storytelling, circus or theatre.
  • Take a creative guided tour of the exhibitions and enjoy themed play time with Mini Mariners for early learners, or Sea-side Strollers for carers and bubs.
  • Play, discover, create and get your hands dirty with printmaking, sculpture or painting in Kids on Deck. Craft souvenirs to take home and treasure!

Packed with indoor and outdoor activities, get set for great value experiences for the whole family, all in one beautifully handy location.

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

A few handy tips for your visit:

Getting here 
The museum is at Darling Harbour Sydney and is easily accessible by public transport, bike or by car. Visiting on a Sunday using public transport? You can enjoy discounted prices. Discounted all-day parking is available for $15 at Harbourside Secure Parking (make sure you get your parking ticket stamped by us). See Getting Here for more info

Getting around 
You can expect lots of walking and climbing so comfortable footwear, closed toe/flat shoes are best (not high-heels).

Minimum height for vessels 
For safety reasons, children have to be at least 90cm in height to board all vessels, confident in walking and able to climb stairs. 

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 and alongside Kay Cottee First Lady exhibition. 
- Our free entry play gallery for early learners is open daily 9.30am – 5pm. We also have regular booked programs for carers, babies and toddlers.
- Yot’s Café offers high chairs and bottle warming. 

Food and drink
The Kiosk and Yots café offer takeaway or sit down options, including a delicious kids menu. If you want to bring your own lunch, there are picnic tables on the museum’s Ben Lexcen Terrace. Pyrmont Bay Park (in front of Wharf 7) is another great spot.


What's happening

School Holidays

Kids with cardboard sea creature

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Plan your school holiday visit with extra programs and performances.


© Qing Lin - The Insiders


Incredible photography, art and history exhibitions.

Sail The Seven Seas

Kid in Sub


Climb aboard our historic fleet to feel what life at sea was really like.

Events and Activities

Play, create and discover. This summer unleash your creativity in a world where imagination meets the sea.

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Unleash your creativity in our immersive Aquatic Imaginarium!

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26 Dec 2018 - 28 Jan 2019

Summer School Holidays

Join the throng of boats on Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day to cheer the starters in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

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26 Dec 2018 - 26 Dec 2018

Boxing Day Harbour Cruise

A fun and interactive learning program especially designed for toddlers.

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08 Jan 2019 - 29 Jan 2019

Under 5s Summer Tours

Enjoy a comfortable environment for kids and adults with a variety of sensory differences.

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Kids can learn new creative skills in our hands-on workshops

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A dramatic after-dark tour through secret museum spots, staying behind when everyone has gone home.

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24 Jan 2019 - 24 Jan 2019

Family Torchlight Tour

Join our harbour cruise and absorb the colour and spectacle of the annual Australia Day Parade, including the famous Ferrython and Tall Ships race. 

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26 Jan 2019 - 26 Jan 2019

Australia Day Cruise

Delve into the art of traditional Chinese papercutting techniques with the award-winning multimedia artist Dr Tianli Zu. 

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See the world come to life! 

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Meet Bailey

Daily, Roving Between 2.30-3pm

Meet the adorable Bailey, our Assistant Director of Seagulls (check availability).

Eat at Yots Café

Kids meal

Open 9.30am–5pm, Monday To Sunday

Kids are covered with tasty meals at Yots Cafe.