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A day at the museum for the kids

Friday, 11th January, 2013

Museum Education Officer, Ian Howarth, in one of the exhibits from the Odditorium show which will be part of the children’s workshop next week. Museum Education Officer, Ian Howarth, in one of the exhibits from the Odditorium show which will be part of the children’s workshop next week.

Do the kids need to get out of the house. Do they need a stimulating distraction? Then the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum has just the thing.

It is about to stage a fun-filled workshop for children from five to 12 years old on Tuesday. It will run from 10.30am to 1.30pm and the cost is just $40. 

Museums are great places to visit and while away the long hot days of summer. They are cool and imaginative institutions, full of curiosities and historical objects. 

They educate, fascinate and stimulate. They’ve got big things, small things and odd things - and there’s nothing odder than the “Odditorium”, an exhibition of curiosities and quirky objects from The Power House Museum in Sydney, now on display at the museum. 

Tuesday’s workshop is designed around this exhibition. Children will draw inspiration from it and construct their own curiosity from found objects, then write their own imaginative and descriptive label. 

They will also have the opportunity to explore and learn about Broken Hill’s mining heritage, its geology and to be fascinated by the breadth of mineralogical displays and interactive activities. 

Places are limited and can only be confirmed with payment of the fee, according to Regional Art Gallery and Museum Education Officer, Ian Howarth.

“Principally, the children will explore the permanent collection. From this they will be able to understand more about Broken Hill’s heritage and geology. We will also tour through the Miner’s Cottage which is full of amazing things,” he said.

“Then we will create our own little oddity or curiosity from found objects. The children will write a label for the object, describing it, like most exhibitions do.”

Mr Howarth said he will bring bits and pieces in for the children to work with.

“The workshop will be fun for the children. Even just exploring the museum will be fun. It is a wonderful asset. I am constantly amazing by what’s on display,” he said.

“The kids respond well to these things. They feel part of it and become part of it.”

To enrol, or for any enquiries, call the museum on 80880 3501 or drop in at the corner of Crystal and Bromide streets between 10am and 4.45pm. 

Children doing the workshop must wear covered shoes and have a packed lunch to enjoy in the museum’s shady garden. 

The fee includes all workshop materials, cold juice drinks and bottled water and is GST inclusive. 

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