Families at MoAD
Want to be the Prime Minister of fun? Elect MoAD for your family day out!
From imaginative play spaces and inquisitive trails to dress ups and interactive exhibitions, the Museum of Australian Democracy has a range of family activities that poke their tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off.
Stand up, make up, think up and step up at PlayUP, our colourful family space that flips the traditional idea of museums completely on its head. After an exciting transformation, PlayUP has all-new activities to inspire and challenge young minds, including listening pods, a fuzzy felt wall, a roleplay Kindness Café and craft activities. Adults can even join in the fun too!
Don’t miss the free craft activity every day from 10.30 am – noon.
Open Air PlayUP
Want some outdoor fun?
The always popular Open Air PlayUP is back these school holidays in the stunning Senate Courtyard.
Enjoy giant lawn games, build an empire with blocks or kick back in a teepee and read one of the many books.
Open weekdays from January 7 until January 18, 10am – 5pm.
The Magic of Malala: Drawing Workshop
Join us these school holidays for a creative drawing workshop inspired by the bravery of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.
Malala stood up for what she thought was right – education for all – and proved that everyone has the power to fight for change.
Create your own masterpiece in this artist-led workshop using a variety of different drawing techniques. Suitable for beginners and up.
Behind the Lines Family Activities
Children can dress up as the colourful and curious characters of Wonderland and become Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat or the Mad Hatter. Adults can get in on the fun too, with costumes in larger sizes.
Board and card games also await, with special Wonderland twists. Older kids can go on a cartooning trail through the exhibition, following clues and learning about the art of political cartooning.
Family Action Packs
For little people who love exploring, borrow a Family Action Pack and embark on the ultimate adventure. Save the world on the Superhero Museum Trail, break the news with a Press Gang Backpack, find out what makes collectors tick with a Collector Kit or borrow a Stanley Backpack and bird watch in the gardens.
Discover the incredible journeys of some of the world’s most inspiring people, taking the time to walk in their shoes in DressUP: Change the World.
Connect with the lives of historical and contemporary figures, including Frida Kahlo, Adam Goodes, Beyoncé, and many others, by dressing up in their most iconic outfits.
Immerse yourself in their stories of triumph as they go from ordinary people to visionary leaders who have made a difference in the world. Listen to their stories and learn about the challenges they overcame to leave their mark.
School holiday programs
We offer playful, hands-on public programs during the ACT school holidays that inspire and connect young minds to the stories and themes of the museum.
MoAD is open 9 am – 5 pm daily. Admission is $2 adults, $1 children and concessions, and $5 family.
For visitors unable to use stairs, lift access is available via the lower entries located at the front of the building, either side of the main stairs.
Baby change facilities are available behind the Visitor Services booth in King’s Hall and opposite the children’s DRESS UP exhibition.
MoAD Little Corner Shop
While at the museum, pop by the MoAD Little Corner Shop (located in the Terrace Café), for a memento of your visit.