All this FUN and so much more can all be found at The Australian National Maritime Museum located on Murray st in Sydney Australia.
Whilst we were at the Australian National Maritime Museum, we couldn't resist and took the opportunity to board and look around 3 ex Navy vessels; HMAS Vampire, HMAS Onslow and HMAS Advance. The kids could experience what it might be like out at sea and check out the sailors sleeping, eating and working conditions.
As it was a warm day, we made the decision early on to see all the ships before lunch as the day warmed up so did the inside of the ships. We headed for a quick bite at the Yots Bar & Cafe which is located on the wharf for lunch. Here we discussed our adventures so far and how big the navy boats are. Our meals were quickly served and equally quickly eaten up... Tip - Try their homemade fruit ice creams!
We had just enough time to then hit the Kids on Deck area, the theme Patch Eyed Pirates. Finally after a long day the kids could sit down and enjoy making their own tattoos, creating fun pirate art, crafting a tall ship and making a pirate flag.
I liked watching the live Pirate show, it made me laugh it was very funny. I also enjoyed making my own pirate pictures and tattoos. The best part of the day was walking up the thousands (not that many....) steps of the lighthouse ' I did it so quickly'.
The Pirate show was very interesting and fun to watch. I also enjoyed going to the top of the lighthouse there were so many steep steps and I was very proud that I made it.
The best part was making my own scull tattoo.
Boarding the vessels and seeing them up close really helped the kids (and I) understand how difficult it must be out to sea and its not luxurious at all. Tip; When in the submarine it does get very hot and confined space, there is limited head room for taller people and a very steep descent on entry.
I recommend watching the real life movie (Kids and Adults), it shows footage of the sailors on board the vessels and gives you an indication on what it would be out at sea coming across an enemy ship.
The Kids on Deck area is also a must after a long day of viewing, its the kids time to become creative, sit down and unwind.
- The Australian National Maritime Museum is located at 2 Murray St Sydney NSW ( Pyrmont side)
- Opening Hours are 9:30am - 5:00pm (6:00pm in January)
- We had a 'Big Ticket' which gave us access to all vessels, the Pirate exhibition, galleries and kids on deck hands on kids activities , the cost per family is $75 (2 adults, 3kids)
- Please note the Pirate Threatre Show and Kids on Deck activities are only on until 24 Jan 2016.
- For more information visit their offical website http://www.anmm.gov.au/