Family friendly exhibitions are a great way for kids to get hands on or learn more about a particular subject in history or present day. We have found some of the best family friendly exhibitions happening over summer!

  1. Immerse yourself in an interactive world of colour and light at the latest installation at the Powerhouse Museum; Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park. Fuelled by human interaction, step inside this digital playground and journey through eight collaborative and interactive installations. Add your artworks and watch them come alive or compose a symphony of light and sound with giant colourful musical balls. There is so much to see and do for the whole family!
    WHEN: 24 November 2017–30 April 2018
    WHERE: Powerhouse Museum Ultimo Sydney
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  2. Both young and old will be mesmerised by the colour, sound and scale of Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean at the MCA this summer. Families are invited to explore, touch and experience the exhibition at their own pace. Head to the exhibition on a Sunday and  get creative with free hands-on art-making.
    WHEN: 5 November 2017 – 18 February 2018
    WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art The Rocks Sydney
  3. Celebrating this wonderful city in all its diversity, Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab,  is a colourful, fun-filled, interactive experience for young and old where you can let your imagination run wild. Opening on the 25th November at the Sydney Living Museum, Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab brings Sydney to life through a series of creative activities designed to capture your imagination and reveal the magic of the city.
    WHEN: From the 25th November
    WHERE: Museum of Sydney, cnr Phillip and Bridge streets SYDNEY
  4. Discover fossils, life-size replicas and meet a 42,000-year-old real preserved baby mammoth, Lyuba at the Mammoths Exhibition at the Australian Museum. Investigate current theories about their DNA and extinction and unravel the biological and palaeontological mysteries of these awe-inspiring land mammals.
    Exclusive to Sydney and on until the 13th May 2018.
    WHEN: Until May 2018
    WHERE: Australian Museum Sydney
  5. Head to the Sydney Festival this January and check out Jurassic Plastic; a FREE and fun exercise in creativity and nostalgia, while contemplating mass consumerism. Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji recycles and reinvents unwanted plastic toys into colourful ‘Toysaurus’ dinosaur sculptures and landscapes.
    WHEN: 6th-28th January 2018
    WHERE: Sydney Town Hall SYDNEY
  6. Last chance to catch Titanic the Exhibition at Moore Park these summer holidays. Journey into the heart of the Titanic and experience the world’s largest and most comprehensive touring exhibition about this iconic ship. Immerse yourself in the moving tale of Titanic’s first and final voyage and experience the sights, sounds and stories as if you were on the ship.
    WHEN: Until 4th Feb 2018
    WHERE: Entertainment Quarter Moore Park Sydney
  7. Inside Out at the Melbourne Museum is a one-of-a-kind audio-aesthetic adventure where extraordinary objects are reimagined with theatrical beauty and unexpected stories. Playful, immersive and quietly thrilling, visitors will step out of time and into a world where showbirds dance, miniature civilisations rise and fall, and heartbeats last hundreds of millions of years.
    WHEN: 23rd December-11th February
    WHERE: Melbourne Museum
  8. Imagine … pianos popping up in the most unexpected places all over Melbourne.  Arts Centre Melbourne will present Play Me, I’m Yours from Friday 19 January – Sunday 4 February 2018, as part of the Betty Amsden Participation Program.  Decorated by community groups from all over Melbourne, lead by artists from The Blender Studios and located in public spaces; at Arts Centre Melbourne, the CBD and surrounds, 20+ pianos will be out on the streets, available for anyone to play, so find a piano, pull up a stool and enjoy.
    WHEN: Friday 19 January – Sunday 4 February 2018
    WHERE: Melbourne CBD and surrounds
  9. A new space for little tinkerers is opening at Scienceworks this December! Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together is a brand new permanent exhibition for babies to five-year-olds where curiosity will be rewarded around each bend with surprising and intriguing sights, sounds and touch sensations.
    WHEN: From 4th December
    WHERE: Scienceworks Melbourne
  10. Last chance to catch the Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman exhibition at ACMI before it finishes on the 29th January. Take an extraordinary trip from sketches and models through to elaborate sets as these beloved characters take shape on screen. Highlighting over 350 objects from Aardman’s most amazing animations, celebrate the Oscar-winning studio’s unique artistic vision.
    WHEN: Until 29th January 2018
  11. Children are invited to enter the world of leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and ‘obliterate’ an Australian domestic space by adding colourful dot stickers to white furniture, objects and surfaces in the large-scale interactive installation The obliteration room at QAGOMA. The obliteration room is a dynamic artwork that transforms over time as hundreds of thousands of dots accumulate in the space.
    WHEN: Until 4th February
    WHERE: QAGOMA Brisbane
  12. ‘Me, Myselfie and I’ is a Collection-based exhibition at QAGOMA which explores representation of self. In addition to select artworks from the Gallery’s Australian, international, and Asian and Pacific collections, the exhibition will feature interactive making and multimedia artist projects, inviting children to consider different ways of creating their own portraits.
    WHEN: 9 DEC 2017 – 22 APR 2018
    WHERE: QAGOMA Brisbane
  13. Da Vinci’s Machines is an award-winning international touring exhibition showcasing iconic machines and inventions inspired by Leonardo’s drawings. Opening at Cobb + Co Museum on the 9th December, families will get to see a vast array of machines created from original da Vinci drawings bringing the mechanical concepts of this curious mind to life.
    WHEN: From the 9th December 2017
    WHERE: Cobb+ Co Museum Toowoomba
  14. Dinosaurs will be roaming the South Australian Museum this February. Dinosaur rEvolution, a new touring exhibition from Gondwana Studios, explores the thrilling world of dinosaurs and their ancestors. Featuring animatronics, 3D models, close-to-life sized murals and fossil casts that you can touch!
    WHEN: From 23 February 2018–06 May 2018
    WHERE: South Australian Museum
  15. Last chance to catch Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous at the West Australian Museum this Summer. Prepare for a close encounter with the most extraordinary creatures to ever walk the earth featuring more than 23 moving, life-size models of the Cretaceous period (145-66 million years ago).
    WHEN: Until the 28th January 2018
    WHERE: West Australian Museum
  16. They’re big. They’re fierce. They’re amazing – it’s the first-ever exhibition of more than 120 prehistoric and dinosaur scale casts, fossils and resin replicas from local collector and palaeontologist, Michael Dawson, at SEEN@Swansea. The Exhibition Dinos to Dodos exhibition features original specimens and casts of dinosaur skeletons, showing the life of dinosaurs over millions of years.
    WHEN: 25th November-4th February 2018
    WHERE: The Swansea Centre, Pacific Highway, Swansea.
  17. Research suggests that many of these amazing beasts were covered with all kinds of spikes, quills, horns and feathers, many with brilliant colours. Learn more at DINOSAUR rEVOLUTION, a new exhibition at Newcastle Museum. Lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, fossils and more!
    WHEN: 28 Oct 2017 – 28 Jan 2018
    WHERE: Newcastle Museum