Shake, rattle and roll at the Museum

30 October 2014

The Workshops Rail Museum will be alive with the sound of Making Music, the one day event that will have children engaging with one of the world's most treasured art forms on Sunday 16 November.

Youngsters will explore a musical journey through workshops, singing and dancing performances, craft and interactive play.

Museum Director Andrew Moritz said it’s the first time the team have put on the event, which takes inspiration from the social history of The Workshops.

"We're expecting some giggles with performances from King of the Kids Tim Jackman, plenty of smiles at Lil' Fi's half hour Rhapsodaisy Rail Music workshops and hands on activity at the Shake Rattle and Roll music craft workshop," he said.

"Music is one of the many simple pleasures of life, evoking different emotions and reactions, and while it has many benefits for children's development, it's also just a lot of fun.

"The railway has been the inspiration for many songs in popular culture, here and around the world and we figured we'd bring a different style of creativity to our young visitors."

Coloured streamers, paper plates and plenty of glue will have youngsters making their own musical shakers to take home.

"Music has played its part in The Workshops culture, as entertainers would give performances during lunch time on pay day, amongst them was country music king Slim Dusty," Mr Moritz said.

"The Workshops also had a Railway Band that would perform at interstate competitions."

Chugging to its own rhythm, the mini train ride gives children a gentle ride around the Museum grounds and grown-ups a chance to relax. Charges apply.

Entry to the event is included in the standard Museum entry admission fee, so visitors can enjoy the show and experience the Museum's hands on exhibits and stories of rail in Queensland's past.

For more information contact The Workshops Rail Museum on (07) 3432 5100 or visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.

The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism.