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Past Playgrounds: Ancient Games for Kids

Town: Melbourne

Address: 280 William Street, Melbourne, 3000, VIC

Classes, Lessons, Workshops and Talks

How did children play in ancient Greece? People rarely get a glimpse into the life of children in ancient times, as not many children’s artefacts survive in the archaeological record. But, they do know that how children entertained themselves in the past is not all that different to today, and that their games can help to reveal information about their society.

In this active school holiday workshop, kids will discover that some of their favourite schoolyard games have a surprisingly long history, as they learn how to play the ancient Greek and Roman predecessors to games such as tug of war, hopscotch, marbles and even ‘What’s the time, Mr Wolf?’

Along the way participants will also explore how these games were first created, what they were designed to teach ancient children, and the broader cultural significance of games in the ancient world.

This kids’ workshop is recommended for ages 7–14. Tickets include all materials, and Museum general admission after the workshop.




07-07-2024 to 07-07-2024