State Library of Victoria - Play Pod : Herman and Rosie - Review

Every 3 months, the State Library of Victoria's Play Pod turns into a fun and interactive space for children to explore. Perfect for kids under the age of 8 and packed with activities to read, create and play. 

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Image supplied by the State Library of Victoria

Be swept away by the sweet sounds of jazz in New York City this season! Inspired by Gus Gordon’s Herman and Rosie, kids can explore the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, swing by the hotdog stand and experience this delightful tale of friendship and music. This Play Pod theme is open daily from the 1st of December 2016 to 28th of February 2017.

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Image supplied by the State Library of Victoria

Kids can join a Jazz Club, play a record player or play with some giant blocks, enjoy the cityscapes, drive through the city lights or just read this season's theme book amongst many things at the Play Pod's latest theme.

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Image supplied by the State Library of Victoria

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Image supplied by the State Library of Victoria

They can also take part in Herman and Rosie themed arts & crafts and make their own Herman the Crocodile or Invent an Instrument!

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Image supplied by the State Library of Victoria

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Image supplied by the State Library of Victoria

They can also play dress-ups too or if they are little, they can relax in the baby nook area which caters for little hands.

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Image supplied by the State Library of Victoria

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Image supplied by the State Library of Victoria

 Image supplied by the State Library of Victoria

Image supplied by the State Library of Victoria

The Play Pod is free at the State Library of Victoria and open every day (except public holidays) and this theme is on until the 28th of February 2017

Our tips:

  • Entry is FREE, woo hoo!
  • The space isn’t big and can get quite busy on weekends and school holidays – so go early when the library opens at 10am.
  • Be aware that the doors into The Courtyard stay open at all times.  If you have a little one who likes to go off exploring (like Master Arlo!) you will have to keep an eye on them going into the Thescowthick Information Centre.  Although this did provide ample entertainment for the Library staff member at the help desk!  
  • No food or drink is to be consumed within The Courtyard, except for bottled water.
  • Pram parking is available in The Courtyard or you can check them into the Cloakroom at the Welcome Desk on level one.
  • The State Library of Victoria is very family friendly with designated baby-change and feeding areas located adjacent to The Courtyard.

For more ideas on what to do in the city, checkout our Top 5 FREE Melbourne City Guide or Daily Spots List.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids, head to our blog.

For more Play Pod reviews, head here.