The State Library of Victoria‘s Play Pod is a free creative and reading are for children with a rotating theme every season. From 1 March until 6 June 2017 the space is inspired by my favourite Mem Fox book ‘Where is the Green Sheep’.
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, craft activities, sensory blocks and dress ups.
Lady AB dons the costume for the ‘clown sheep’ then gets busy making a sun and moon mobile and decorating a sheep.
There’s a cute farm area where you can dress up as a farmer, collect veges and herd sheep around.
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.
Play Pod, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne