The State Library of Victoria‘s Play Pod is a free creative and reading are for children with a rotating theme every season. From 7 June to 5 September the space is inspired by the picture book ‘Penguin Problems‘ and has an arctic/marine 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, sensory blocks and dress ups.
The cute costumes of the shark, octopus, lobster and of course penguins are in high demand. You can also get busy making a walrus mask or a penguin collage using basic craft materials.
There’s a cute teepee as a reading nook/cubby with more marine toys too.
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