Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

Lace up your shoes and prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure! The WA Museum and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre present Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock.

As you arrive you will be given an apron and passport, then directed to a 3D movie where you are introduced to Tom Vickers, at the end of the short film you are left with a choice – do you follow the sock or the boot? We followed the boot.

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

We followed the shoelaces to the Quartermaster, after having our passports validated we were given a card and a new path to follow.

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

This path lead us outside to the Red Cross stand where we helped cut vegetables to make a stew for the soldiers.

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

After chopping all our vegetables we were sent back to the Quartermaster, this time we were instructed to follow the soldiers.

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

The small soldiers lead us upstairs where we discovered stories writing on desks, under the desk lids we found items that belonged to soldiers. Before heading back downstairs we were asked to write down 3 words that remind us of ‘Australia’, my children decided their 3 words were Sacrifice, Freedom and Home.

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

Next, we followed the ‘heads’, this took us back outside around the front of the museum, down the side and around the corner to the post office. We learnt where the name pigeonhole came from and how mail was sent to soldiers during World War I. We were asked to write what down something that makes us smile to send, in hope that it will make somebody else smile in return.

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

After sending our small delight we followed the yarn of wool throughout the museum before finding a tower of knitted socks, during World War I over one million pairs of socks were knitted.

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

It was then time to join the soldiers and walk the trenches, as we walked through the mud we tried the soldier’s stew.

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

After cleaning our shoes we followed the dirt path to a room full of jars and stories from the war.

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

Our last stop was planting seeds, once you have planted our seeds we found the postman and completed our puzzle.

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

Any child with a sense of adventure will absolutely love this fun hands-on expedition, both my kids loved it and learnt a lot along the way. It took us just over 1.5 hours to complete the journey.

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

Tom Vickers and the Extraordinary Adventure of his Missing Sock

WA Shipwrecks Museum: 14 – 29 April
Museum of Geraldton: 10 – 13 May
Museum of the Great Southern (Albany): 1 – 4 June

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

About Kellie Elliott

Kellie Elliott is a stay at home mum of 4 she enjoys adventuring around Perth with her children and sharing her journeys and experiences on Instagram at Perth Mum Adventures.

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