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I Spy: Family Fun day at the Whitlam Institute

Attention all spy kids! You're invited to the Whitlam Institute's family fun day featuring our exhibition SPY: Espionage in Australia.

This adventure includes a Spy family activity trail and special spy training activities for kids aged 5-12. Learn to experiment with invisible ink and crack the code with cipher wheels, or dress up as a spy to take a secret selfie #spy

We’re open 11am – 4pm on Saturday, 4 May and there's something for everyone throughout the day, but registrations are essential for special spy training sessions.

  • Spy Exhibition Family Trail
    FREE, available all day, bookings not required
    Collect a Spy Mission book and explore this fantastic exhibition from the National Archives of Australia

  • Spy Training Sessions for kids - SOLD OUT
    FREE - bookings essential, places limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 5 - 12 years.
    Invisible Ink: experiment with different materials to create your own secret message. Participants will learn about and take turns writing secret messages using different methods. 
    Crack the Code: create your own cipher wheel to crack a series of codes, and write your own coded message. 
    Session 1 - 11:30-12:30pm
    Session 2 - 1:30-2:30pm
    Session 3 - 3:00-4:00 pm

  • Female Orphan School: Secret File for kids
    FREE, available all day, bookings not required
    Pick up your secret file from our Visitor Services Centre and discover this heritage building’s secrets on your own secret fact-finding mission. Or look for answers on one of our free tours.

  • In Disguise: Spy Dress ups for kids
    FREE, available all day, bookings not required
    Do you make a convincing spy? Try on one of our disguises and take a selfie. The top-secret hashtag is: #Spy

  • Free guided tours of the Female Orphan School 
    FREE, 11am or 2pm, 30mins, bookings not required
    Our expert volunteers will guide you through Australia's oldest three storey building, which has a fascinating social history and a picturesque location by the Parramatta River.