Happily unplugged and going places: Australian National Maritime Museum

In the beginning of the school holidays I found myself reaching for my phone way too often. I’d check my email first thing in the morning and every three minutes after that, I’d browse the net and I’d even play games now and then, something I don’t remember ever doing since I’ve had kids. I didn’t feel good about it – I wasn’t fully there for my children and I wasn’t setting a good example. So it was time to make a change.

While it wasn’t practical for me to unplug completely, I decided to take a blogging break for the month of January and to spend time online mainly on the days that I’d allocated for work. Next week I’m stepping it up: we’re going away and I’ll be internet and phone free for whole 10 days!

But today I’m interrupting my blogging break to let you know about our visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum (disclosure: I received complimentary Big tickets for my family). What can I say, our day had everything: comedy, adventure, drama and the good old happy end.

The Australian National Maritime Museum, school holidays

In the beginning it was just the kids and me. It was a hot summer day and it felt great to finally find ourselves in the air-conditioned building of the museum, so we thought we’d stay inside for a while.

The kids enjoyed going places,

Going places at teh Australian National Maritime Museum

voyaging to the deep and finding treasure.

Voyage to the deep, The Australian National Maritime Museum

Then it was time for a theatre performance: Captain Nemo’s Nautilius. The story was entertaining, the kids participated enthusiastically and even my 2-year-old chuckled at the jokes.

Next onto the ships… only this is when I realised that I wasn’t allowed to carry my toddler and she got shy all of a sudden and refused to walk by herself.

We played a bit more and did some craft, while my little one had a nap, then we were back for a second attempt. This time she was ready to walk, but she was deemed too little to go onto the ships. My other two weren’t old enough to go by themselves, so we were all starting to get worried that we’d have to give the ships a miss.

No one was happy about it and we sought a second opinion. This time my daughter was declared tall enough (to be fair to the staff, she was a few centimetres under the required height, but not by much). Only by that time, she didn’t want to walk anymore…

The kids were getting quite upset about the whole thing, so I asked my husband to come after work and look after Miss 2 to give us a chance to get on board the ships. In the meantime, we watched a family movie (still at the museum) about a gold fish who turned into a girl. By the time the movie was finished, my husband was there waiting for us and…

Miss 2 was not only happy to walk, she urged the rest of us. ‘Let’s go! Let’s go!’ She was having a great time and so was everyone else. We pretended to be pirates, we imagined what it would be like to sleep in a submarine, we got lost and went in circles on the big destroyer while Miss 2 was entertaining us with her commentary (or, should I say, her orders), ‘Wrong way! Let’s go back!’.

Ship, Australian National Maritime Museum

In conclusion, the Australian National Maritime Museum is a great place to take your kids and there’s lots to do for all ages. But if you have an unpredictable two year old, it’s a good idea to have at least two adults in the party, so that you don’t have to through drama before you get to the happy end.

The museum review by my kids in three words, ‘It was awesome!’

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