Children take over TMAG for festival fun

THE Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) will be providing endless amounts of fun activities for the whole family during its 2019 Children’s Festival, to be held this April school holidays.

Now in its fourth year, the 2019 Children’s Festival will be adopting the theme of ‘EarthTime!’ as a response to the current popular family exhibition, ‘Dinosaur rEvoltuion: Secrets of Survival.’

“As part of the festival, TMAG will take visitors on a journey back in time to explore the way the Earth and the natural world evolved and how we can care for and connect with our precious planet,” deputy director of engagement Andy Baird said.

Responsible for running the event, Mr Baird said he wanted to create a welcoming experience for younger visitors through the fun and joy of learning.

“One of TMAG’s core goals is to provide a place of inspiration, awe and wonder, and regular programming such as the Children’s Festival is a key part of delivering on this,” he said.

The festival will run over five days and one night, featuring a range of events and activities to get involved with.

“From dinosaurs, cave-spiders, ancient storytelling, up-cycled dino-puppets and pottery wheels to the Festival Nature Zone and all of the amazing TMAG galleries, there is something for everyone – even if this is your first festival or your fourth,” Mr Baird said.

TMAG have also collaborated with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra to present ‘Dinosaur Steps’, an interactive, narrated musical for younger children.

Mr Baird said he wanted the festival to be for young people, by young people.

“We achieve this through the TMAG Children’s Reference Panel, a group of young people aged from six to 17 who have a central role in the festival design and programming,” he said.

“We hope that young people will have an experience that is wonderful in the true meaning of the word ‘wonder’, an experience that sparks their curiosity, and one that can be shared across the generations with their families, friends and carers.

“We want young people to feel at home in the museum and want them to come back for regular visits with their families.”

The TMAG Children’s Festival will run from 12 to 17 April, with free entry.

The full program will be available to download from www.tmag.tas.gov.au/childrensfestival in March.

Caption: Children will be endlessly entertained at TMAG’s Children’s Festival. Photo Credit: Lucy Parakhini.

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