Young explorers - under the sea

 Eromanga sea

Mon 7 Dec - Fri 11 Dec 10.15am
Mon 7 Dec - Fri 11 Dec 11.15am

Suited for ages 3-5
Free, but bookings essential

Let’s dive down deep under the ocean and see what we can find! With lots of interesting collection objects to touch and feel and lovely songs and rhymes, kids will have a great time at these free sessions.


January school holiday program: under the Eromanga sea

School holidays

Mon 11 – Fri 15 Jan

Kids and their families are invited to dive into Australia’s ancient inland sea and explore the technologies that help the Museum bring the prehistoric world to life! From 3D printing to fossil casting, join us for stories, hands-on activities and special displays. 

Full program details will be available in November.


Inside the exhibition: interactive performances 

Emma Beech

Weekdays during school holiday programs
11–15 Jan and other surprise appearances throughout Opals.

Throughout the course of the Opals exhibition, local performer Emma Beech will bring the exhibition to life with short, interactive performances inside the exhibition space. Visitors will have the unexpected opportunity to meet a host of different characters and hear tales inspired by the exhibition. 


Minecraft at the Museum


Mon 18 – Fri 22 Jan, 9.30am – 3.30pm
The Armoury (directly behind the Museum)
Suited for ages 8–13.
Tickets $60 per child, includes exhibition entry and lunch.

Over the course of an action-packed day discover the story of opal mining in Coober Pedy using Minecraft. Participants will have a chance to explore the Museum’s Opals exhibition and visit virtual opal mining fields in Minecraft. Experienced facilitators will guide participants through a variety of activities and introduce them to basic coding techniques … bringing the opal fields of the outback to life!


Makers at the Museum: the rainbow connection

Lauren Simeoni

Wed 20 Jan, 6–8.30pm Meet in the Museum foyer 

Tickets: $25, includes entry to the Opals exhibition, materials and a glass of wine on arrival.

Join contemporary jeweller Lauren Simeoni for a hands-on workshop drawing inspiration from the colour spectrum of Australian opals. After a guided tour of the Opals exhibition with curator Ben McHenry, Lauren will lead participants through some simple conceptual making exercises, before giving everyone the opportunity make a piece of wearable art using an eclectic mix of recycled and salvaged materials and inspired by opals.


Jenny Kee: iconic opals

Jenny Kee

Tue 2 Feb, 6–7pm Pacific Cultures Gallery 
Tickets: $25 per person, includes entry to the Opals exhibition and a glass of wine on arrival

Pioneering Australian artist and designer Jenny Kee is renowned for her ability to showcase our cultural icons with humour, flair and a unique graphic style. In the 1980s, Jenny developed two textile designs based on the arresting colour-play in black and white opals. 
Join her at the South Australian Museum for an insight into her love affair with our national gemstone, her design process and stories from a life lived in full, vivid colour!