Detective and Spy Training School

These school holidays, children can embrace their inner detective with The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Powerhouse Museum until October 8.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of Sherlockian themed workshops, events and free activities across the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences venues; the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and the Museums Discovery Centre (MDC).

Enrol in Detective and Spy Training School at Castle Hill’s MDC this Friday to learn the tricks of the trade to become a secret agent.

“We try and find ways which the kids can learn about and relate back to the collection currently on exhibit, and get a better understanding of why we store these objects,” school holiday program coordinator Stefanie Ferguson said.

“Kids will get to pick a James Bond getaway car from our collection, discover how lie detectors work, take finger prints, use invisible ink and crack secret codes.”

The notion of scientific observation underpins the experience, as junior detectives are encouraged to think like Sherlock Holmes and look closely at the world around them, collect data, and consider evidence to solve problems.

“We hope the kids gain an appreciation for it all.”

  • Details: 10am-noon, July 14, Museums Discovery Centre, 172 Showground Road, Castle Hill. Ages 6–10. Tickets: $20-$22. Bookings: 9217 0111 or www.maas.museum.