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Summer of Play

With ping pong, ice cream, interactive art and a roster of late-night fun, the Melbourne Museum Plaza is the place to be this sunny season.
By Libby Curran
December 29, 2022
By Libby Curran
December 29, 2022

Summer has finally arrived — and Melbourne Museum is set on making the most of those warm days and long, balmy nights. From Saturday, December 24–Sunday, February 26, its Plaza will come alive for Summer of Play, complete with a jam-packed program of fun for young and old.

You can take a nostalgic trip back to childhood with a ride on the dazzling Light Seesaw or the luminous swings emblazoned with the words 'I Believe'; both the work of art and technology studio ENESS.

Challenge your mates to games of handball and ping pong, with equipment available from the Plaza Play Concierge. And once you've worked up a sweat, hit the ice cream truck, which is scooping museum-inspired treats from 11am Wednesday to Sunday.

Meanwhile, weekend evenings are kicking on late for Plaza Nights (January 6–28). From 5pm Friday and 2pm Saturday, nab a spot in the al fresco lounge to enjoy pop-up bars, DJs, food trucks and plenty more ping pong matches. You can also score after-hours access to the museum's Tyama exhibition, book a twilight tour of the newly revamped Dome Promenade (atop the Royal Exhibition Building) and hit a late-night IMAX screening of Avatar: The Way of Water.

'Tyama', by Eugene Hyland

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