A day at the museum

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We were very happy to recently receive some passes from Nuffnang to the Melbourne Museum to see the feature performance Tiddalik the Thirsty Frog. When I told the pickles we were going, they were over the moon. We have lived in Melbourne for nearly 10 years and I'm ashamed to say that I had never taken them (or myself) there before. To be totally honest, I'd never really thought about it until I was given the tickets, I then started to check out the Museum's website.....

Why had we not visited here before? There was all this "stuff" for them (and us) to see and do. Stuff they love. There was so much "stuff" that we didn't see it all in one day, which is great because we can go back again and again...which I love. I'm always looking for something to do for all of them that won't drive me insane and won't cost the earth. So freebie tickets or not, they had me at hello...lol

So, off we went...

We got the train to Parliament train station

We crossed the gardens at the Royal Exhibition Building...while trying to do our best "The Sound of Music" impression. 
We arrived at the Museum just in time to catch the 11.30am performance of Tiddalik the Thirsty Frog.

Tiddalik the Thirsty Frog is a collaboration between Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum & Ilbijerri Theatre Company.

This Victorian Aboriginal creation story belonging to the Gunai people of Gippsland is about a greedy frog who drinks all of the water from the world, leaving nothing for the other animals and plants.
After some deliberation, the other animals decide that the only way to get Tiddalik to return the water, is to get him to laugh and spill the water out.
I remember reading this story at school...did you read it too?

The pickles and their friends got to have their photo taken with Uncle Herb Patten, who narrated the story.
I took my little pocket camera with me, so my photos inside the theatre were a little blurry...sorry.

One of our friends, Gab, who came along (there was a bunch of us), made these cute frog cookies to share. Thanks Gab!
We were talking about how the kids may not appreciate these things that much now, but one day, when they look back at these photos, they will remember some of the little things their Mums did to make it special.. hopefully. 

She also made the rice paper rolls....I've asked Gab to do a guest post on how to make these rolls...so stay tuned.....

It's a great idea to take a packed lunch and some snacks when you go to the museum and there's plenty of comfy places to sit while you enjoy your nosh.
We also took rolls, popcorn and red frogs too!
Thanks to my friend Vanessa for this photo of pickle#2...who is officially 4 wombats high!

As an additional activity to tie in with the frog theme, the pickles painted froggy masks at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre 


And the turtles

And the roos

Um, yeah..I'm not a fan...but it was behind glass & stuffed...just the way I like my spiders!!

Same with this fella....eeew. The pickles on the other hand thought it was great.

Not everything was stuffed...these frogs were having a good old time.

One of the favourites of the day was the Dinosaur Walk
a must for kiddies of all ages. We literally had to drag them out of there to go home.

Of course this bit of bling caught my eye...lol
Reminds me of something from the Superman movie.

We had a great day and I was totally exhausted by the time we got home, but we plan to go back to the Museum again soon & we're considering becoming MV Members check out the benefits.

Maybe we'll se you there?


  1. Such a GREAT day in the city!!! My kids LOVE the museum. Our family pass was WELL used here and at scienceworks. Looking forward to a scienceworks blog soon!!

    1. We loved spending it with you too...I'm thinking IMAX would be good to.
      x Marnie

  2. We LOVE the Melbourne Museum! Little man is always asking to go back, which we'll do again soon. It's what I love about living here. There is so much to do and see and all the time too! I'm also interested in going to the Sports Museum at the MCG. Have you been there yet?

    1. We did a tour of the MCG last year when my parents were visiting. The end of the tour included the Sports Museum that the kids loved, especially the interactive section. You can't take photos in the sports museum, but I did a post about the MCG tour, here http://3pickles.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/mcg-tour.html
      I hope you get to go, I think you'll love it.
      x Marnie


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