On my first day of holidays, the kids travelled up to Melbourne and I arranged to meet up with Lara and her kids to see the new Tiddalik the Thirsty Frog performance at the Melbourne Museum
The kids were familiar with the Aboriginal creation story of Tiddalik, about a greedy frog who drinks up all the water leaving all the other animals to try and find a way to make him laugh and release all the water back into the waterways. The story is from the Gunai- Kurnai people of Gippsland, which makes it even more interesting as it's where Matt is from and where most of our extended family live. The story is also so relevant now and the message of looking after our water was not lost on the kids.
The show is so much fun! There are bright sets and beautifully decorated Australian animals, funny dancing, jokes and lots of opportunities for the kids to get involved. There was clapping dancing and even a bit of swimming! It was a very interactive performance which really appealed to all the kids. My boys have been trying blow a few songs on the gum leaf today, inspired by the show.
Uncle Herb (pictured above) is of the Gunai-Kurnai people, narrates the performance as he and the rest of the cast try and encourage Tiddalik to release his water by making him laugh.
The show was presented by Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre in collaboration with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company.
There are even more free activities for kids at the museum. Callum, Kane and Maya were keen to paint up their own frog masks to take home too.
We spent the rest of the day at the museum and hardly stopped for a minute. It was Maya's first visit and she couldn't believe the dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Walk and loved the animals in the Science and Life gallery - especially seeing a wolf! It was so much fun that we will be back to visit again next week, especially since Kane would like to spend a bit more time at Bugs Alive!
Performances of Tiddalik run daily 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm from 3rd Jan until 31st Jan 2012 (except Saturdays and Australia Day) and run for 20 minutes at the Melbourne Museum Theatre. The show is for all ages and bookings are not required. The Melbourne Museum cost $10 for Adults and children and concessions are free.
Give Away – Double Adult Entry Passes to Melbourne Museum (kids are free)
Thanks to Melbourne Museum I have 3 double passes for adult entry to the Melbourne Museum. To enter:
- Leave a comment below letting me know that you can use the tickets and what you would like to see.
- The giveaway is open to Australian residents only. If outside of Melbourne you must be able to use the passes by June 2012.
- Entries close at 5pm AEDST 13 Jan 2012.
- Three winners will each win a double pass.