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Melbourne Museum of Games and Art: MoPA Melbourne

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Mothers, fathers and children better prepare as Geelong’s popular children’s museum – the Museum of Play and Art – now has a second home in Melbourne.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

The Melbourne Children’s Museum, known as MoPA Melbourne, is the largest Children’s Museum in Melbourne and one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

It’s colorful and exciting and like nothing you’ve ever seen and experienced!

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

museum of games and art melbourne

MoPA founders, husband-and-wife team Tom Mahon and Billie Georgieff, have received funding from the Victorian government to bring Australia’s most acclaimed Children’s Museum to Sandringham, in Melbourne’s Bayside.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

Melbourne’s Children’s Museum offers plenty of opportunities for playful learning and creative exploration and a place where children and families can have fun and learn together.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

A lot of love has gone into this beautiful and creative space, as has every hand-painted window frame on the gigantic MoPA cityscape (which adults can climb into)…

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

…a recognition from the Aboriginal owners of the land with a beautiful rainbow tunnel and light-up interactive lilypads…

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

…confetti that splash when you slide down the slide…

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

…a chance to dress up and enjoy a mini dance party…

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

….and beautiful colorful murals by Billie herself that adorn the walls.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

Even the color wheel in the center of the museum is perfectly placed so that everywhere you look the colors complement or contrast with the surrounding installations.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

If you’re trying to describe what it’s like, it’s best to say that this museum is a mix of NGV’s Children’s Gallery and Melbourne Museum’s Children’s Gallery.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

There are many opportunities to get creative, immerse yourself in art or actively play – there really is something here that will pique everyone’s interest.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

Although the children’s museum is aimed at 1-7 year olds, 11 year old Lady AB likes it so much and is reluctant to leave after the two hour session.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

She especially enjoys creating digital art with on-screen coloring and editing selfies, but even simple things like building train tracks keep her busy and the slide makes her run up the slope to slide over and over.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

MoPA Melbourne also hosts parties, with banquet halls named after famous artists – Picasso, Boyd, Bansky and Frida. Party packages include two hours of free play in the museum, balloons, cupcakes, craft activities and goodie bags.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

If you get hungry or thirsty during your stay, there is an on-site cafe with a good view of the center. It serves coffee, sandwiches, snacks and caters for different dietary requirements. The kid’s lunch box costs $10 and includes a small sandwich, fruit, and a treat.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

Around the corner are privacy hubs for nursing mothers (or just when you need a quiet break) and of course there are spacious toilets and changing rooms.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

I guarantee kids and adults alike will love MoPA Melbourne, an indoor playground full of sensory, immersive and game-based learning experiences for babies, toddlers and children up to primary school.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

Given the popularity of MoPA Geelong, I recommend that you book ahead for your session at MoPA Melbourne. It is open daily, with 3 sessions on weekdays and 4 sessions on weekends, each of 2 hours.

Museum of Games and Art Melbourne

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