Art Play at the MCA

It’s hump day! I wake up late and exhausted, after my husband’s snoring kept me awake (and increasingly angry) for several hours. My 10 month old, Jack is bored of his toys (he tells me this with exaggerated sighs) and I look around desperately for a magical item that will entertain him the entire day. In a moment of inspiration, I remember that the Museum of Contemporary Art hosts “Art Play Wednesdays” and the slowly turning cogs of my mind begin to concoct a plan that will not only keep the guilt-making boredom from Jack’s face, but will actually educate, delight and make my boy culturally well-rounded… ‘You are a great mum’, I think as I give myself a mental high five.

Jack’s lengthy morning nap means we arrive late at the MCA and only catch the last nursery rhyme. This doesn’t faze Jack, who screams with delight as he sets off to explore the exhibits.

The baby room contains five activity stations, which offer under 5s interactive experiences. Jack crawled straight over to a wall covered in felt shapes which could be removed and reapplied much to the delight of the growing crowd of nearly-ones.

Other highlights of the room include a micro-theatre for budding baby actors, a mountainous cardboard landscape for adventurous types to explore and hundreds of toy blocks, all of which have now been in Jack’s mouth.

A second room, which is for reason’s unknown dedicated to the Dachshund (sausage dog) had Jack enthralled. An oversized and deconstructed toy dog sprawls in the middle of the room whilst floating bubbles and barking sounds complete the effect.

Jack and I had a ball! If you’re stuck for something to do on a Wednesday and you’re baby is giving you the stink-eye because he’s tired of you reading him the same tedious book over and over again, I heartily recommend Art Play at the MCA.

Here is all you need to know:

  • When: Every Wednesday from 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Where: Creative Studios National Centre for Creative Learning, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay Sydney
  • Cost: $5 donation to the MCA
  • How to get there: It is close to Circular Quay Ferries, most Eastern Suburb buses and Circular Quay Train Station. It is about a 10 minute walk from Wynyard Station too.


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