11 March 2012: To mark the final weekend of Harry Potter™: The Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney over the Easter break, the Museum is staging a magical show and science potions workshop this April school holidays.
From 10 April, ‘Bling, the Greedy Wizard’ will star in a daily, 20-minute live show at the Museum during the school holidays. Bling’s hilarious Museum antics, wizardry magic and clever riddles will delight and amuse young audiences. Fictitious character and Potions Master, Professor Pickles, will run his first series of all-day science workshops at the Museum where children will explore and concoct liquid and powder potions! More on these holiday program highlights follow.
Harry Potter™: The Exhibition has been extended in Sydney to now close on Monday 9 April 2012. It will be open for extended hours over the Easter break from 9am to 7pm on Good Friday through to Easter Monday. To avoid the queues and sold-out sessions on the final weekend, buy tickets in advance at www.ticketek.com.au
Bling the Greedy Wizard Holiday Show
When: Daily, 10–25 April, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Cost: Free with Museum admission ($5 for slime activity)
Suitable for: Ages 8–12 years
Help stop ‘Bling, the Greedy Wizard’, as he attempts to steal our favourite objects from the Powerhouse Museum, in an all-new holiday show. Solve Bling’s riddles and then, with a little bit of magic, help hide the objects. Will we get to them before Bling does? Get hands-on with Potion Master Professor Pickles and use a pinch of this and a squirt of that to mix up your very own batch of slime!
Professor Pickles’ Advanced Potions Class
When: 10-13, 16-20 April, 10am – 4pm
Cost: $75 child, $60 member child (refreshments/lunch not included)
Suitable for: 8-14 years (not suitable for under 8 years)
Potion Master Professor Pickles from the esteemed Institute of Applied Sciences and Magic will be taking this advanced class in potions and powders. In the all-day workshop children will use chemistry to identify mystery powders, mix magical potion and to make their own slime.
Thinkspace workshops: Creative Computing with Scratch (ages 6+ years)
Thinkspace, the Powerhouse Museum’s digital learning precinct, is hosting workshops during the school holidays to inspire and develop creative minds!
Scratch Discovery Session
When: 7-15 April, 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm
Cost: $10 ($8) members
Learn to create animations, games and puzzles and find out about the world-wide Scratch community online. Scratch is multimedia art and science using free, state-of-the-art software Scratch, designed by MIT Media Labs.
Scratch and LEGO Jam Session
When: 7-15 April, 10am – 4pm
Cost: $100, $80 (members). Discounted rate of $90/$75 for 2 or more days.
Build highly engaging, video games, animated stories and interactive art with Scratch and Lego. Use motors, motion sensors, light sensors and your imagination. Each day a different skill area is introduced, for example, music, image re-mixing, stop frame animating, and rule based games. The possibilities are limitless!
Minecraft Discovery Session
When: 17-22 April, 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm
Cost: $10, $8 (member)
Discover today’s fastest growing virtual world. Minecraft is creativity and building-orientated ‘sand-box game’. Players build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world.
Minecraft Jam Session
When: 17-22 April, 10am-4pm
Cost: $100, $80 (members) Discounted rate of $90/$75 for 2 or more days.
Come help us build the Powerhouse Museum of tomorrow in our unique Powerhouse Museum Minecraft world, featuring an exclusive collection of textures, objects, rules and game play. The best constructions and designs are published to the Powerhouse Museum’s online Minecraft gallery.
Preschoolers will not want to miss the Museum’s popular Wiggles exhibition. Upon entering The Wiggles exhibition, children will enjoy a multi-sensory experience in four themed spaces, colour co-ordinated and individually named after the four Wiggles with fun activities that encourage kids to discover, interact and play. Dorothy the Dinosaur’s garden, featuring Wags the Dog’s kennel, the underwater world of Henry the Octopus, and Captain Feathersword’s pirate ship are also exhibition highlights. A stage show where visitors can sing and dance to Wiggles song classics, and the Big Red Car where children can sit and have their photo taken also feature.
On View: April School Holiday Program
Dates: 6-25 April 2012
Address: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney
Telephone: (02) 9217 0111 or infoline (02) 9217 0444
Hours: 9.30am to 5pm
Admission: General admission $12 adult, $6 child, $8 student/concession and $30 family. Powerhouse Museum members and children under 4 years admitted free (additional admission charges for Harry Potter™: The Exhibition).
For further media information, images, interviews:
Mandy Campbell, Powerhouse Museum, tel: (02) 9217 0551 or email@example.com