School Holidays at the Museum of the Great Southern

Sat 15 Dec 2018Fri 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


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


Residency Road,
Western Australia,

(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.