I’ve lived in Sydney for 18 years and have NEVER been to Madame Tussauds – until now. Why? I mistakenly thought it was going to be full of wax models to ‘look at, but don’t touch’. Oh was I wrong! It’s awesome!
Maxwell and I hung out for the day and had a ball. In fact, it was officially “EPIC” according to the little guy with the big personality. Here’s our favourite family experiences not to be missed…
1. Hang out the superheroes
Whoa what a crowd pleaser for the little action heroes in your life! Marvel at Wolverine’s razor sharp claws, see Spiderman web-climbing his way up the wall and power-up your best pose for a selfie with Iron Man. And for both the kids and nostalgic parents, jump on the bike to fly ET through the sky! There’s no shortage of the kids’ favourite movie superheroes from past and present!
2. Navigate the high seas with Captain Cook and Arthur Phillip
Ahoy there, captn’! Pop on your admiral’s hat and grab the oversized magnifying glass to reveal hidden images on Captain Cook’s desk map of Australia (and get a sneaky history lesson in!). Check out the Aussie coastline and spot some of his famous first tour spots, including Botany Bay and the Endeavour River.
3. Make your own wax hand!
I thought Maxwell would be hesitant about dipping his little digits into a pot of wax at 55-60 degrees Celsius to create a wax artwork, but no, it was dangerous! It was exciting! Let’s double dip! Wee ones need to do a finger test before committing to dipping their whole hand to check their pain threshold, but all the kids passed with flying colours while we were there. After creating the wax hand, kids (and parents) can customise the colours and choose from a range of bases. This was definitely one of the highlights! Cost: $20 for wax hand artwork + $3 for the base.
4. Mix with Hollywood’s A-list
Mums can get up really close and personal with Ryan Gosling, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt, or compare heights, head size, boobs and legs with Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Rebel Wilson, Toni Collette and Olivia Newton John. Or reflect on great screen stars of the past, including Heath Ledger.
5. Walk the catwalk with Aussie models
Enjoy the glitz and glamour of Fashion Week – any week! Madame Tussauds Fashion experience allows you to walk down the catwalk with Megan Gale, dress up in MYER’s latest fashion pieces and have a snap with Elle McPherson and Miranda Kerr. But not before you have your makeup done by an onsite Napoleon makeup artist. I requested ‘sparkly eyes, a radiant glow and ten years taken off…’! The artist waved her wands, err, brushes, and voila!
I had a little too much fun at the Napoleon virtual makeup bar, too, where you can choose your lippie colour and eye shades for an instant onscreen digital makeover, then flash your pearly whites for your glamour shot and have the pic sent to your email. Or Facebook. Or Instagram!
Take a battery charger, because there’s more snapping fun opportunities at the Fashion Week setup, including striking your best pose for the cover of COSMOPOLITAN magazine. Yep, you and the whole family can be a covergirl/guy/family complete with coverlines (choose discerningly!)
6. Sing sweet nothings to the pop stars
Grab a gold microphone for your very own stage moment singing with Kylie and Danni Minogue, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Pink, Ricky Martin, Michael Jackson, Johnny Farnham (the final tour, he swears!) and more. The kids will love it!
7. Meet Aussie legends
From past Prime Ministers including Julia Gillard, Bob Hawke and John Howard, to sporting greats Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Don Bradman, Layne Beachley, Michael Clarke, Sachin Tendulkar, Greg Inglis, lleyton Hewitt and Cathy Freeman plus Aussie icons Dame Edna Everage, Steve Irwin and more. If the kids aren’t up to speed with the must-know Aussie’s, they will be after this! “Who’s this, mummy?! Who’s that?” Don’t worry if you’re knowledge is a little rusty, there’s descriptions and names of all the wax works ready to read!
8. Be part of the action
Have your photo taken throne-side with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge – complete with bobby cop hat and royal guard top hat! Then slip in the driver’s seat for a Formula 1 racing car photo finish!
Borrow Ned’s armour and legs for an explosive pic with the Kelly Gang. Jump for the gold in the 100 metre hurdles with Sally Pearson (don’t worry, you can borrow some hurdling legs for the photo!) and enjoy some quiet contemplation alongside Nelson Mandela, Gandi, Mary McKillop and other humanitarians, world leaders and historic greats.
Want more? Have your snap taken while playing a game of Wii tennis with Lleyton Hewitt, putt for a hole in one with Greg Norman or test your reaction and hand eye co-ordination on the batak.