The National Sports Museum – School holidays

National sports musuem_2 With the Australian Open kicking off, an exciting season of cricket underway, the return of footy looming and the 2016 Rio Olympics just on the horizon, a visit to the National Sports Museum is the perfect school holiday activity! Kids and parents will enjoy a range of boredom-busting interactive activities and displays that are sure to entertain and inform! Visitors can get Rio-ready by checking out the Faster, Higher, Stronger exhibition, which traces Australia’s participation in the Olympic Games. Highlights include an Olympic timeline with each Olympic relay torch and medals and artefacts from past and present Olympians including Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe. See the King of Spin come to life in 3D by entering the Shane Warne ‘Cricket Found Me’ experience, which uses simulated hologram technology to take visitors inside the MCG change room as Warnie discusses the highs and lows, setbacks and triumphs of his sporting career. A real fan-favourite, in Game On! kids can test their goal-kicking skills against AFL players, run out the batsman on a virtual cricket pitch or pedal against cycling champions. With sporting activities ranging from archery to netball, the interactive gallery is the perfect place for kids to throw, shoot, ride, race and run to their heart’s content! Or for those already looking forward to the return of footy, the Australia’s Game is not to be missed – with a selection of the greatest VFL/AFL moments from throughout the game’s history. A number of special school holiday activities will also be running from Monday 18 January to Sunday 24 January, and all visitors can top off their day with a tour around the mighty MCG. The National Sports Museum is located at Gate 3, MCG, Yarra Park, Jolimont and is open daily from 10am. Visit for details.

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