The State Library of Victoria‘s Play Pod is a free creative and reading are for children with a rotating theme every season. From 6 September to 5 December the space is inspired by Nick Bland’s book ‘The Very Noisy Bear‘ and features a jungle animal and music theme.
The children’s area is set up in the indoor ‘courtyard’, on the right as you enter the building from Swanston Street. There is a facilitator on duty but really it’s an area for free play.
There are books to read, themed magnetic boards, craft activities, toy animals and instruments and dress ups.
Baby 2.o spends most of the time making a bear mask (or you can choose a musical shaker) using basic craft materials.
Then he arranges the toys of the jungle animals, creating a whole storyline around the ‘Basilik snake’ (wrong story, but you get the drift).
Play Pod is a wonderful child-friendly space in Melbourne’s CBD and a cool place (literally and figuratively) to chill out when you’re in the city. It’s one of my favourite indoor places to go with kids when the weather’s wet or in a heatwave and the adjoining cafe Mr Tulk is one of my favourite CBD places to eat with kids.
Play Pod, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne