The Port Arthur Historic Site offers many activities for
families to enjoy together. Wander through the old houses and let the
kids marvel at the way people used to live, or drop by our Education
Centre to see what’s happening.
There is enough to keep both the young and old occupied!
School Holiday Activities 26 December – 26 January
From 12pm to 3pm you can drop in to the Education Centre (The
Accountant’s House) to engage in interactive displays, play 19th century
games, or take part in one of our hands-on activities such as making a
convict tattoo, dressing a peg doll, designing a convict love token or
writing and wax-sealing a Victorian-style letter. Visitors can also
relax with a convict themed book or activity sheet, or challenge their
friends and family to a colonial game on the lawn. See the timetable
below for a full schedule of activities.
Over 37% of male convicts who were transported were recorded as having
at least one tattoo. Discover the hidden meanings behind convict body
art and make your own temporary tattoo.
A child in the 1800s had to entertain themselves with the materials that
were available. Learn about costume and toys for children in the
Victorian era and create a peg doll to take home.
Signed & Sealed
Discover the etiquette of 19th century letter-writing and try your hand
at writing a letter in copperplate calligraphy. Visitors will also learn
how to fold their letter to keep it secret and apply a traditional wax
Convict Love Tokens
Before they were transported across the seas, many convicts made a token
for their loved ones to remember them by. Find out more about these
personal mementos and make your own copper token to take home.
Visiting with Children