Explore Noongar Culture and Nature with your Little One at WA Museum Boola Bardip

By Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth 04 May 2023

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Looking for a fun and educational activity to do with your little ones?

We suggest WA Museum’s Little Learners program!

For Term 2, the theme is Kaya Koolangka, which means "Hello Children" in the Noongar language.

In this program, your little toddler will learn about the land's traditional owners, as well as the local flora and fauna.

They'll participate in engaging activities such as storytelling, music, and hands-on craft-making.

By taking part in this program, not only will your child have a blast, but they will also be gaining valuable knowledge about the local history and culture. Plus, it's an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with your little one and make memories together.

So, what are you waiting for?

Register for the Kaya Koolangka program and give your child the gift of learning and fun. The program runs on select dates throughout May and June at the WA Museum Boola Bardip. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!

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Here are a few of the many benefits to introducing your child to STEM concepts at an early age:

Develop critical thinking skills: The activities in the program encourage children to question, explore, and experiment, which helps to develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Encourage curiosity: Children are naturally curious, and the program provides a safe and stimulating environment for them to explore and learn about the world around them.
Promote language development: STEM-based activities can help to improve children's language skills as they learn new words and concepts.
Boost self-confidence: Children who participate in the program will gain confidence in their own abilities as they discover and learn new things.
Create a love for learning: The program is designed to be fun and engaging, which helps to create a love for learning that will last a lifetime.

For more information, visit.museum.wa.gov.au/boolabardip/little-learners-kaya-koolangka

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Kaya Koolangka! Hello children!

Join us on Whadjuk boodja for a series of teachable tasters learning the Nyoongar names of native animals and our environment through stories, movement, and hands-on activities. Every session involves 45-minutes of educator-led activities, and 15-minutes visiting the focus of our session in the Museum.

This program introduces a different theme every week and integrates values from the Early Years Learning Framework.

"Every week has been well thought out and educational. The activities are very age appropriate and the museum visits are engaging." - Kaya Koolangka feedback

Little Learners takes place on Level 3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time. To cater for different timetables in term 1, we will be running the same session at both 9.45am and 11am.

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About | Little Learners

Kaya Koolangka! is a part of our Little Learners program — educator-led early learning experiences for big minds and little hands, aged 2 – 5.

  • Every session involves 45 minutes of educator-led activities, and 15 minutes visiting the focus of our session in the Museum.
  • Programs are aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework.
  • Enrolled children can bring adults with them. General admission fees apply for those 16 and over with an enrolled participant. Younger siblings are welcome but may not be able to participate in all activities.
  • Book and attend week-by-week or purchase a multi-session pack to your chosen program.
  • Sessions will be located on Level 3 of the WA Museum Boola Bardip, except week 3 (Level 1 near the carnotaurus).

Session Times 

WA Museum Boola Bardip’s Little Learners: Kaya Koolangka! program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Term 2, 2023 between 9.45am–10.45am and 11am–12pm.


Week 1 | 2 & 4 May
Birds: Learn the Nyoongar name for some of our WA djerap (birds), make a birds nest and go bird-watching in the Wild Life gallery.


Week 2 | 9 & 11 May
Insects: Search for insects, learn their Nyoongar names and make a house for one to take home after seeing some in the Wild Life gallery.


Week 3 | 16 & 18 May
Frogs: Learn about Kwooyar (frog), how they change as they grow and listen to all their different calls in the Wild Life gallery.


Week 4 | 23 & 25 May
Ocean Life: Make shell prints, learn the Nyoongar word for some ocean animals and think about how we can care for our oceans by visiting the Big Croc in Connections gallery.


Week 5 | 30 May & 1 June - Reconciliation Week 
Reptiles: Create a snake from beads, read a Nyoongar story about the Wagyl, learn the Nyoongar name for some common reptiles and even meet some reptiles that live in the museum!


Week 6 | 6 & 8 June
Mammals: Read a story about Yongka (kangaroo), find traces of mammals and even make some mammal poo to take home! Can you find the mammal poo in the Wild Life Gallery?


Week 7 | 13 & 15 June
The Night Sky: Look up! Learn the Nyoongar names for celestial elements and even handle real meteorites. Visit the Origins gallery to see some big meteorites!


Week 8 | 20 & 22 June
Seasons: Identify what Nyoongar season we are in and words to describe the names of animals you might see in this season. Visit the Ngallang Koort Boodja Wirn gallery to find out more about each season.


For Ages 2-5

Type Price
Single Session for Juniors (0-4years) or (5-15years)$15/Session
Multiple Booking Discount (Book 4+ Sessions)15% Discount Applies.

General admission fees apply for those 16 and over with an enrolled participant.

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