Today we returned to the Queensland Museum South Bank to visit the world-class Egyptology exhibit that’s on display until 21 October — including four mummies. Our outing was also a good opportunity for the girls to see some of the Brisbane Festival exhibits at South Bank, including the light show.

In the museum, we bought tickets to Mummy — secrets of the tomb and entered the small theatre for a 3D film. The mummies on display have never been unwrapped, and yet — using computer imaging — “the details of the skeleton”:http://www.mummy.qm.qld.gov.au/The+Exhibition/The+man+behind+the+mummy#.UFn4Ar__TfY can be revealed. The movie provided a fascinating look at ancient Egyptian life as well as the wonders of modern technology. Our girls enjoyed the presentation very much — much more than the actual exhibits.

Lauren with 3D glasses on and Delaney, September 2012
Our 3D glasses are in the fashion of eyes on Egyptian paintings.

Rosetta Stone, Queensland Museum, September 2012
The Rosetta Stone presents the same text in three different scripts — coptic, demotic and greek, providing modern archaeologists with a key to understanding Egyptian hieroglyphs. This is a replica as the real Rosetta Stone resides permanently in the British Museum.

Mummy, Queensland Museum, September 2012
This small mummy is from a girl-child who worked as a singer in a temple. The resin that covers a mummy darkens with time, and the first Arabs who discovered Egyptian mummies thought the coffins were covered with bitumen or pitch — "mummiya" in Arabic. That's why a mummy is a mummy!

Food is not allowed in the museum, so we took a break outside to finish the lollipops we had started (before we found out food was not permitted). In returning to the dinosaur playground, the girls enjoyed the familiarity of a place they’ve visited before.

Brioni, Delaney and Calista at the Queensland Museum, September 2012
The girls dance along to the dinosaur stomp as we take a break outside for a lollipop after finishing with the Egyptian exhibits.

Visiting a museum with young children is a best done in several trips, and today I just followed the girls around as they started to explore more of the floors. We took some maps and used them to navigate our way around.

Calista at the Queensland Museum, September 2012
Calista finds a creature crawling up the replica strangler fig tree.

Delaney in the Queensland Museum, September 2012
Dell greets a frog at the base of the tree.

Brioni looking at moths and butterflies at the Queensland Museum, September 2012
Brioni discovers her new favourite moth/butterfly — the huge Hercules moth. These exhibits of pinned insects remind me of the cases on display in the dispensary at Kent Academy in Nigeria — my first boarding school.

Brioni in Queensland Museum, September 2012
In entering the Discover Centre, the girls are given the opportunity to engage in activities related to exhibits.

Delaney looking at spiders at Queensland Museum, September 2012
Dell examines a selection of spiders. She doesn't really like them.

Brioni looks a Hercules moth, Queensland Museum, September 2012
Brioni finds the Hercules moth again.

Looking at native animals, Queensland Museum, September 2012
A large number of native animals are on display in cases.

Example of taxidermy, Queensland Museum, September 2012
A duck is on display to show what the inside of stuffed specimens looks like.

The Discovery Centre has a huge quantity of live stick insects on display, and we were invited to have a turn at picking out the stick-insect eggs from a tray of droppings collected from the bottom of the insects’ cages.

Looking through stick-insect eggs and droppings, Queensland Museum, September 2012
Aisha starts looking through the tray of eggs and droppings.

Looking through stick-insect eggs and droppings, Queensland Museum, September 2012
Soon, everyone is having a go with the tweezers.

Girls at the Queensland Museum South Bank, September 2012
The girls place their hands against the heat-sensitive screen to leave a hand-print in the tradition of Indigenous Australian artists.

Humpbacks in the Whale Mall, Queensland Museum, September 2012
Life-sized humpbacks hang in the breezeway and their recorded songs echo down the corridor.

We explored the museum for four hours and only left because the venue was closing. The staff were friendly and not oppressive — probably a tricky balance in that venue! Given that this was such a positive experience for the girls, we’ll try to come back again while we’re in town.

Buses at South Bank, South Brisbane, September 2012
Dell watches the rush-hour traffic below her.

Calista runs through the rectangular tables outside QPAC, South Bank, South Brisbane, September 2012
A series of rectangular bar tables outside QPAC forms a fun tunnel.

Brioni at the GLNG City of Lights exhibit, South Bank, South Brisbane, September 2012
The girls point out their favourite lanterns.

Delaney eats a Spanish donut, South Bank, September 2012
Once getting over their disappointment that the Spanish donuts aren't round, the girls appreciate the churros.

Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank, South Brisbane, September 2012
The Wheel of Brisbane beckons to us for a ride.

Brioni on the Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank, September 2012
Brioni delights in the high ride.

Calista on the Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank, September 2012
Calista loves pointing out the scenery.

Aisha on the Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank, September 2012
Aisha is distressed by the noise in the gondola and contributes to it as she repeatedly instructs us all to be quiet.

Brisbane Festival lights from the Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank, September 2012
The Brisbane Festival exhibits dress South Bank in a petticoat of fairy lights.

Staying out late in the evening is fun for the girls, and as the weather warms up, it’s perfect for playing. We had a long wait before the scheduled light show, but I sat next to a playground and let the girls do what they like to do best!

Calista and Delaney on benches at South Bank, South Brisbane, September 2012
All structures are play-equipment for energetic little girls.

Brioni playing at South Bank, South Brisbane, September 2012
Brioni detours from the main path when she finds it too tame.

Calista and Dell on the playground, South Bank, South Brisbane, September 2012
The girls are happy on the playground while we wait for the laser light show to start.

Brisbane Festival Santos City of Light show, South Bank, Septmeber 2012
The laser show features around a barge in the centre of the Brisbane River which spouts water that reflects the lights.

The two younger girls fell asleep on the drive home — with dreams of fairy lights dancing in their heads. Aisha and Brioni have a new interest in archaeology, and we’ll soon be looking for our own treasures to excavate!