Whether you visit for a casual day out, or you’re there for an event or workshop, the MAC offers something for the whole family. Formally known as Lake Macquarie Art Gallery, the MAC went through an amazing upgrade, now hosting more events, workshops, and activities for the kids.
Immerse yourself in the latest exhibition and travel the artist’s story expressed through their work and/or culture. Stop by the Sculpture Cafe which offers visitors a chance to sit and enjoy the grounds. Alternatively, bring your picnic rug, grab a takeaway, and enjoy Sculpture Park among the trees for a family picnic.
These school holidays, the MAC has some creative activities for the kids as well, hosted by professional artists. So make sure you book in!
When: Every Sunday 10.30am –11.15am and 11:45am – 12:30pm
Age: Young children and their families
Details: This is a lovely family session where young kids can enjoy simple art activities guided by the friendly art museum educators. The classes run for approximately 30min and often explore the current exhibition at the gallery. Kids need to be accompanied by parents and booking is essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mac-artspace-free-family-artmaking-tickets-114723481020
Aboriginal Art in the Park
When: Tuesday 12 January 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Age: 5 years +
Details: Kids can join an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger from National Parks and Wildlife Service for some art under the trees. Appreciate stories of a practicing Aboriginal artist and be inspired by the significance nature brings to his works. Kids can then take home the art they have created.
Watery Wonderland: Painting Workshop
- Wednesday 13 January 10:30 am – 11:45 am
- Wednesday 13 January 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
- Thursday, 14 January 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
- Thursday, 14 January 1:00 pm – 02:30 pm
Age: 7 years +
Details: If your kids love to paint with watercolours then this session is ideal. Kids can enjoy a tour of the exhibitions with themes of water and the lake, followed by a fun workshop in watercolour painting.
Body Language: Sculpture Workshop
- Wednesday 20 January 10:30 am – 11:45 am
- Wednesday 20 January 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
- Thursday 21 January 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
- Thursday 21 January 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Age: Wed – 7 years +, Thurs – 10 years +
Details: Kids will immerse themselves in the identity of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Explore body language through story, dance, song, kinship, carvings, painting plus markings on bodies and objects.