Every month, Mini Mariners welcomes 2-5 year-olds and their parents/carers.

Explore the galleries, sing and dance in interactive tours with costumed guides. Enjoy creative free play, craft, games, dress-ups and story time in our themed activity area.


March – Around the World

A young child playing at the museum

Pack your bags for an imaginative journey up, off and away over-seas in a special character tour for under 5s and their carers. Explore different cultures and places from across the seas. Sing songs, dance and enjoy story time. 

Date: Tuesdays 5, 12, 19, 26 and Saturday 16 March

Time: 10am or 11am



Visit us at Worlds Biggest Playgroups Day
Wednesday 27 March | 10am – 3pm 
At the museum

Come and visit us in the Mini Mariners Pirates Cove pop-up at the World's Biggest Playgroups Day. The ultimate free day out for families with young children! 
This special day will feature exciting activities and events for the whole family including Performances by Lah Lah’s Big Live Band, The Beanies, Hey Duggee and a dance party presented by Kinderling Radio's DJ

Our Pirates Cove will have swashbuckling fun and creative activities for little hands and growing minds. Make your own souvenir pirate hats and parrot puppets, enjoy sensory investigations with shipwrecks treasure and float the boat games and dress up in pirate costumes. We would love to see you there!


April – Pirates Ahoy

A mother with her young son wearing his craft pirate hat

Let's follow the treasure map around the museum to find the secret treasure cave. Learn how to sing, dance and scrub the deck like a pirate. Then you can decorate your own pirate hat or parrot puppet to take home and enjoy some special pirate science experiments.

Date: Tuesdays 2, 9, 30 and Saturday 13 April

Time: 10am or 11am



May– Alphabet Animals

A under 5 child at play in the museum

A is for anemone, Z is for Zebrafish. Take a journey through the alphabet of all things furry, feathered and finned as we spot amazing animals in the museum galleries. 
Enjoy touch tours with creature specimens, movement, songs, games, craft and free play in our themed activity space. Make your own block printed tote bag or animal sculpture to take home.

Date: Tuesdays 7, 14, 21, 28 and Saturday 18 May

Time: 10am or 11am


General Information

Please meet at the foyer 5–10 minutes before the program and collect your sticker from the front desk. If you arrive early or want to stay longer, you can explore our galleries and our PLAY gallery or grab a coffee from the Kiosk or Yots cafe.

Our Plan your visit page has everything you need to know about a trip to the museum.

Bookings are essential.

Booked playgroups are welcome!

Enquiries: phone +61 2 9298 3655 or email bookings@sea.museum.

Ticket Information

Prices: $10 per child, adults $8. FREE for Members.

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