Play School In The Port 

All your favourite Play School characters are sailing in to the Maritime Museum this December for an exhibition that brings all your childhood memories alive!

Take a cardboard box, a paper hat, a whole lot of imagination, and you can be sailing the high seas, tackling mythical sea creatures, you can be an explorer, a pirate or a captain of your ship. This is the kind of creative learning and fun that the iconic Australian TV show Play School has offered for more than fifty years. To celebrate, a landmark exhibition marking the program’s milestone 50th birthday is coming to South Australia and will be exclusively at the Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide from December 7 Dec 2019 – 29 March 2020.

Happy Birthday Play School is a highly entertaining and engaging exhibition celebrating Australia’s longest-running children’s television program. Visitors will find all their favourites like Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty, Jemima and the Rocket Clock at the museum. New arrivals to the world of Play School will have a sense of wonderment as they look through the Round, Square and Arched windows.

“No matter how old you are, Play School is as familiar as vegemite to Australians of all ages,” said Maritime Museum Director, Paul Rees. “This exhibition is an unmissable opportunity for families, mums, dads and grandparents to let their imaginations sail once again into creative waters. It will be an opportunity to relive your childhood memories, remember your favourite presenters and consider the changing nature and experience of Australian childhood across the past 50 years and beyond,” said Rees.

Play School has been a cornerstone of children’s television for decades and this nationally touring exhibition comes to South Australia packed full of history and iconic objects from the set. The ABC transmitted the first episode of Play School on July 18, 1966 and the program is still as popular as ever with audiences young and old today.

The exhibition is presented by the South Australian Maritime Museum and is included with entry to the Museum.

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years is a travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia developed in collaboration with the ABC.

Happy Birthday Play School
South Australian Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide
Saturday 7 Dec 2019 – Sunday 29 March 2020
Daily 10am – 5pm (Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day