Kid in Prehistoric Playground
Child playing in Prehistoric Playground Image: Sarah Wilson
© Australian Museum

Little palaeontologists will jump back to the Age of Dinosaurs in this creative play space for kids of all ages.

Drop in any time between 10am and 4.30pm and prepare to get hands-on as you investigate what fossils can tell us about our world, why birds are modern-day dinosaurs and how different dinosaurs evolved such extraordinary characteristics!

Join us any day for the following programs:

Fossil Lab

Get the dirt on dinosaurs as you explore real fossils! Watch staff excavate a 75-million-year-old Centrosaurus and help clean these ancient fossil bones using palaeontologists' tools. Using microscopes, zoom in and discover what plants and animals once inhabited a Jurassic swamp only a few hours from Sydney.

Paperassic Park

Design your own dinosaur! Could it have had stripes like a tiger, bright colours like a parrot, or be camouflaged like a chameleon? Use our machine to scan your illustration into the wall projection and see it transform into a living creature in the prehistoric jungle.

Take Flight

Did you know birds are feathered dinosaurs? Investigate how feathers and wings have evolved for flight by making aerodynamic objects inspired by nature. Make a paper plane, pterodactyl or helicopter out of a paper cup and explore how we could use the power of air to help our planet.


The Australian Museum is COVID Safe

The Australian Museum will reopen to the public on 28 November, following our 15-month redevelopment, Project Discover. We will be observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information here.