play pod state library
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.

play pod state library

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.

play pod state library

There are books to read, themed magnetic boards, craft activities, toy animals and instruments and dress ups.

play pod state library

Baby 2.o spends most of the time making a bear mask (or you can choose a musical shaker) using basic craft materials.

play pod state library

play pod state library

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 state library

play pod state library

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.

You can also combine your visit to the State Library with a Baby Bounce story time session or storytime for kids 3-5 years.

Click here for more places to go with babies and toddlers in Melbourne. 


Play Pod, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

Daily 10-4pm

Free entry

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