Leap into Melbourne Museum this Summer

15 December, 2011

Tiddalik the Frog
Tiddalik the Frog
Image: John Patten
Source: Museum Victoria

Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre presents a vibrant and dynamic summer school holidays at Melbourne Museum.

Watch Tiddalik the Thirsty Frog, a Victorian Aboriginal creation story, come to life, meet some real native Victorian frogs and create a frog mask to wear.

Live performance: Tiddalik the Thirsty Frog
Laugh, dance and sing along with Tiddalik the Thirsty Frog! Tiddalik is a Victorian Aboriginal creation story belonging to the Gunai people of Gippsland. The story follows the thirst of a small frog whose greed has him drinking all of the world’s water, leaving all the animals and plants thirsty and withering. How will the animals force Tiddalik to return the water? A wise old wombat suggests that if they can make the giant, bloated frog laugh he will spill out all of the water. Will the animals make Tiddalik laugh?

This performance is presented in collaboration with Ilbijerri Theatre Company.
Date: 3 to 31 January 2012 (no performances on Saturdays and Australia Day)
Time: 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm
Cost: Included with museum entry

Tiddalik’s Frog Faces
Have fun learning traditional Victorian Aboriginal arts and paint and decorate your own Tiddalik the Thirsty Frog mask with beautiful Aboriginal art designs. Wear your mask and take it home with you.

Date: 26 December 2011 to 31 January 2012
Time: 11am to 3pm
Cost: Included with museum entry

Frogs Alive!
Meet some of the lively and leaping Victorian frogs that live at Melbourne Museum in the care of our Live Exhibits team. Learn about their unique behaviours, lifecycle and watery habitats. You may even be able to hold one but be careful not to let it jump away!

Date: 26 December 2011 to 31 January 2012
Time: 11am to 3pm
Cost: Included with museum entry 

Exhibition: Our Children Our Future
Our Children Our Future is an exhibition by Koorie children and youth that celebrates the strength, diversity and vibrancy of Victorian Aboriginal culture. It is the result of a collaborative project between the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA), Aboriginal Elders, artists and community members from across the state. VACCA provide a series of creative workshops for Koorie children to spend time with Elders, artists and community members to learn about their culture and interpret them through song, dance and visual art. Many of the children’s achievements from the workshops are on display in Our Children Our Future.
Date: Until 5 February 2012

Exhibitions and activities are FREE for children

Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton. Open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm (except Christmas Day) Admission: Adult $10, children & concession FREE. Ph: 13 11 02 or visit museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum