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School Holiday activities

By Port Arthur Accommodation on September 29, 2020 in

School Holiday Activities

26 September - 11 October

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 and it’s FREE to participate in, all activities part of site entry!

School Holiday Activities 26 September – 11 October

COVID-19 safe practices limit the spaces available for each session, so bookings are essential and can be made at the Ticketing Desk when you arrive or by phone – 1800 659 101.

Four sessions offered daily at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm & 2:30pm at the Education Centre (The Accountant’s House) to take part in one of our hands-on activities such as making a convict tattoo, dressing a peg doll, making a mini convict brick or designing your very own convict love token.

Convict Tattoos
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.

Peg Dolls
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.

Convict Brick Making
Check out some of the original convict bricks and learn a little about how they were made, before creating their own quarter-size convict brick to take home, complete with thumbprints!

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.

For more information about visiting Port Arthur with children click here.

Detailed timetable with daily activities can be found here.