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For the July school holidays the Immigration Museum is holding a series of activities called Toys and Games from Many Cultures.

We took along Lady AB because by coincidence she is really interested in babushkas and kites at the moment, but left Baby 2.0 at home as he is too young to sit still and undertake craft activities.

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For the babushka activity we needed to decorate, cut and stick together four babushka dolls. As you can see Lady AB didn’t really get the idea of drawing faces on the paper dolls but instead had great fun packing and unpacking the real babushka doll.

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We then moved onto the kite-making activity, involving cutting of tissue paper, colour sticks, tape and curling ribbon. Curiously the kite template was bigger than the sheets of tissue paper but we made do!

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We tested the kite in the outside courtyard but it wasn’t very effective – probably due to low winds and poor (adult) engineering.

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Never mind, Lady AB was thrilled with the kite and the next day was so excited when the weather involved gale-force winds as then we could fly it (by which time I’d surreptitiously put it in the recycling bin).

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While we were at the Immigration Museum we visited a few exhibits. But in my view out of all of the Museum Victoria venues it is the least child-friendly. As an adult and an immigrant I find the museum really fascinating but for kids there is lots of information and reading involved with not too many interactive elements. I am in one of the exhibits though (that’s me on the bike, pregnant with Lady AB at the time), that’s pretty cool!

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The school holiday program at Immigration Museum includes a one-day only event called Play! Kids Fest on Sunday 6 July. On the day kids can get involved in Aboriginal hip hop dancing workshops, African drumming, an interactive Punch and Judy puppet show as well as participate in the babushka and kite making activities. WIN TICKETS HERE – closes today midnight Wednesday 2 July.

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Toys and Games from Many Cultures at Immigration Museum 400 Flinders St, Melbourne

Sat 28 June – Sun 13 July 2014

Adults $12, children and concessions FREE. Activities free with museum entry.

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