- 1 What’s on at GOMA Kids Activities during these School Holidays
- 2 Did you know?
- 3 Explore Patterns
- 4 The Inside Scoop
- 5 Our Top Tips
- 6 Eat and Drink
- 7 Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
- 8 Follow Roam the Gnome (Family Travel Ideas) on Instagram —> Click here
What’s on at GOMA Kids Activities during these School Holidays
Nature Physica by Ah Xian is an interactive project where children can engage with the artist’s ideas and recreate their own version of his sculptures using multimedia. Ah Xian’s bronze bust figures all have a different object on their heads. His goal was for these objects to appear as ‘floating’ above the head, representing the space where thoughts, dreams, wishes and imaginations occur.
Kids can draw their own self portrait, with their chosen symbol “floating” above their head, just like Ah Xian’s sculptures on display. Sitting at a table with mirror, paper and pens in front of them, the kids press a button to choose the traditional Chinese symbol they like and will use as a guide for their drawing. Each Chinese character has a different meaning, and there are posters on the walls describing the traits of the different icons so you may like to share this info with the kids to help them choose what speaks to them. (See below for details)
Did you know?
- The Tiger represents strength, power and courage
- The Carp represents contemplation and reflection, wealth and plenty
- The Chicken represents the sun, strength and masculinity
- The Rabbit represents the moon and immortality
- The Dog represents peace, and success within the family
- The Crab represents harmony
- Pigeons represent long life
- The Dragon is a combination of nine physical characteristics taken from nine different animals. The dragon represents the collective forces of nature. (Ah Xian would choose the dragon as his object!)
Children can also explore patterns by standing (or dancing) in the projection area. The projections are a combination of designs, motifs and landscapes that reflect the artist’s background, and include inspiration from locations in both Australia and China.
The Inside Scoop
Opening Hours & Entry Fees
- QAGOMA opens from 10 am to 5 pm daily
- No bookings required.
- Entry to the Children’s Gallery is FREE!
- Address: Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane
- Phone: 07 3840 7303
- Website: www.qagoma.qld.gov.au
- Email: email@example.com
- Walk: From the Brisbane central business district, walk across the right footpath of the Victoria Bridge or the Kurilpa footbridge.
- Drive: Parking for the Cultural Precinct is available in three neighbouring carparks under the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG), State Library of Queensland (SLQ) and the Queensland Performing Arts Complex (QPAC), all accessible via Stanley Place. For more information, phone the QAG carpark on +61 (0)7 3840 7103. More information is available on the Cultural Precinct. $16 per car entry.
- QAGOMA is right next to the Cultural Centre Busway station and a short walk from the South Brisbane train station and the South Bank CityCat and Ferry terminal. Additionally, the high frequency bus route 444 (Moggill to City) stops at Stanley Place every day with a service every 10 minutes in peak time and every 15 minutes off peak. Use the Translink journey planner to check journey times and connections.
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Our Top Tips
- GOMA’s newest addition to the GOMA kids program is The Gabbori Sisters Gathering By the Sea exhibition. Open now until 12 February 2017. In this exhibition, children are encouraged to engage in this interactive Indigenous project inspired by the late Sally Gabori and her daughters. They can decorate a rock wall with collaged sea creatures, discover their own Kaiadilt animal, build a digital ‘humpy’ and navigate an under the sea interactive animation.
- GOMA has a speciality program called Toddler Tuesday that runs each week at 10am and 11am for children aged 18 months to 4 years. Books required. Read our review here for more details.
Eat and Drink
- The GOMA Cafe Bistro offers indoor and outdoor dining by the river. Children’s meals are available. Open daily 10am to 4.45pm.
- South Bank ( a 10 minute stroll away) has an awesome selection of cafes and restaurants. We’d suggest bring snacks for your visit and walk here to eat and run around on the playgrounds.
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
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