School Holidays at the Museum of the Great Southern Sat 15 Dec 2018 – Fri 5 Apr 2019 Activity times vary Museum of the Great Southern Olmec, Aztec, Maya – Ancient Mexico What did the great empires of the Olmec, Aztec and Maya all have in common? Join us at the Museum of the Great Southern these school holidays and come on a journey of discovery as we unravel the mysteries of these ancient civilizations. Explore the Mayan’s complex systems of writing, the Aztec calendar and the Olmec’s colossal stone heads. Discover how cacao beans, used to make chocolate, were a form of currency and used to make a highly prized drink. Find out what ancient Aztec rituals and practices are still performed in Mexican festivals today. Discovery Centre Come and explore the mysterious civilisations of ancient Mexico. Use Aztec designs to decorate your own melodic rain stick and use it to call up a summer rainstorm. Create a vibrant ceremonial mask to wear or hang on a wall, just like the Mayans. Paint a plaster Aztec Sun Stone calendar and try deciphering the pictographs to discover their meaning. Dates: December 15 – April 5 Times: 10am - 4pm Cost: Aztec rain stick $3, Mayan Mask $4, Aztec Calendar plaster $10, Skull plaster $4, Mayan sun catchers $3 Age: All ages Bookings: Not required Demonstrations Cooking Mexican Style We may not realise it, but many of our favourite foods—from tomatoes, corn and avocados to chocolate—were discovered, developed, and refined centuries ago in the Mayan world. Enjoy an immersive demonstration of the flavours and tastes of Mexican cooking. Dates: 9 and 23 January Times: 10.30 am – 12pm Cost: Free Bookings: Not required Cacao to Chocolate The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom. The seeds were so highly prized they were used as a form of currency. The art of turning cacao beans into rich, delicious chocolate through the ages will be explored. Visitors will even have the chance to taste the chocolate drink only given to the Aztec elite! Dates: 16 and 30 January Times: 10.30 am – 12pm Cost: Free Bookings: Not required Programs are subject to availability. All children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Caption: Discover Ancient Mexico these school holidays Credit: Marv Watson Getting Here Address Museum of the Great Southern Residency Road, Albany, Western Australia, 6330, Australia Phone (08) 9841 4844 By Bus The Museum of the Great Southern is located within walking distance of the town centre, which is serviced by the several bus services, visit the PTA website for timetables. By Car Parking is available in onsite. View the discussion thread.