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National Sports Museum - School Holiday Activity for Families

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
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If you're looking for a top 'value–for–money' day out and a great learning experience for the kids these school holidays you need look no further than a visit to the National Sports Museum for a week of summer school holiday activities from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th January.

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The National Sports Museum is a world-class exhibition housed in the spiritual home of Australian sport, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloosephoto


Housed at the spiritual home of Australian sport, the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, the NSM is the only multi-sport museum of its type in Australia and combines a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits together with a number of priceless collections, to brilliantly showcase our nation's sporting heritage.

As you move from one exhibit to the next you can't help but be inspired by the achievements of the otherwise ordinary, everyday Australians who have risen to the pinnacle of their particular sporting discipline.

There's The Sport Australia Hall of Fame featuring some of the greatest athletes of all time. Faster, Higher, Stronger highlights Australian achievements at the Olympic Games. The Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and the incredible Baggy Green Room bring to life the achievements of our cricketers past & present. Champions: Thoroughbred Racing Gallery is an intriguing and thought provoking history of Australian horse racing and there could be no more fitting place than the MCG to host Australia's Game, a history of Aussie rules football. It really is a privilege to have this amazing collection on permanent display here in Melbourne.

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Priceless exhibits include VFL Premiership Trophies won by Melbourne (1957) Collingwood (1958) and Melbourne again (1959). Photo: Ian Gill / Footloosephoto


But this is no old-style, "look but don't touch" type of museum. Oh no, the National Sports Museum is very much into providing a hands-on, interactive and FUN, FUN, FUN learning experience - great news for parents perhaps wondering what more they can do to keep the kids entertained over the long summer holiday break.

In fact if you don't have kids you should seriously consider borrowing some just so that you can take part in the museums 2016 Summer school holiday program.

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Brother and sister Aidan and Abbey Walker travelled all the way from Baldivis in Western Australia to pit their skills against one another on the velodrome. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloosephoto


Special events for youngsters include a 'meet & greet' with some of Australia's up and coming young cricketers daily Monday to Thursday between midday and 2 PM.
There are also TENNIS HOTSHOT clinics on each day from Monday to Friday between 10 AM and 4.30 PM with players and coaches taking time out from their Australian Open preparation to help kids lob, ace and volley their way around the court.

A tennis themed dress-up and 'selfie' photo station will allow kids to impersonate the games greats and be in line for some fabulous prizes by sharing their pics on NSM social media.

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Knowledgeable and friendly volunteers are always on hand to assist. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloosephoto


In GAME ON they can test their skill kicking for goal in the AFL, throw down the stumps on the cricket pitch and help the Aussies to another great 'Ashes' victory, or imagine themselves pedaling through the French Alps or down the Great Ocean Road alongside Cadel Evans.

There's archery, soccer, netball and little athletes can even sprint to victory on a stretch of the original running track from the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

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Abbey Walker's throw is on line to score a run-out to lead the Aussies to another great Ashes victory. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloosephoto


When it's time to take a break from the inter-active sites they can view unique artefacts on display including Cathy Freeman's 'speed suit' from the Sydney Olympics, an array of torches used to ignite the Olympic Flame over the years, Cadel Evans Tour de France winning bicycle, premiership medals presented to the great Ron Barassi and even 'big-foot', one of Ian Thorpe's ginormous training shoes.

Knowledgeable and friendly volunteers are always on hand to assist and there is a fabulous audio tour available.

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Visiting from Western Australia Aidan Walker handballs to a West Coast team mate. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloosephoto


January in Melbourne is all about sport. There's Test, One-Day and Big Bash cricket at the G, across the road at Melbourne Park the greats of world tennis are battling for the title of Australian Open Champion, our cyclists are pedalling around the State in the JAYCO Herald Sun Tour and in towns and cities right around the country countless young Australians have their sights set firmly on Rio de Janeiro – the 2016 Olympic Games.

There's no better time and certainly no better place than the National Sports Museum for youngsters to take time out from I-pads, X-Boxes & computer games and immerse themselves in the achievements of Australia's sporting heroes.

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Abbey Walker gives her Nan a lesson in sporting statistics and scoring. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloosephoto


The National Sports Museum is open 7 days between 10 AM and 5 PM but hours do vary on MCG event days so it pays to call or log onto the WEB site to double-check.

Admission costs:

Museum Entry
Family - $55
Adult - $22
Concession - $17.50
Child (5 – 15) - $11
Child under 5 - Free
MCC Members - $17.50
Groups (20 ) - $16.50

An MCG Tour costs:
Family - $55
Adult - $22
Concession - $17.50
Child (5 – 15) - $11
Child under 5 – Free
MCC Members – Free
Groups (20 ) - $16.50

A National Sports Museum Entry and MCG Tour Package costs:
Family - $70
Adult - $30
Concession - $24
Child (5 – 15) - $15
Child under 5 – Free
MCC Members - $17
Groups (20 ) - $22.50

Admission to the museum is HALF PRICE during MCG Event Mode for holders of event tickets. Event Mode commences when gates open and ends just prior to the commencement of the match.
And good news for Backpackers. Purchase an MCG tour and you'll get to visit the NSM for free when you present your international student card or hostel discount card.

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It's GAME ON at the National Sports Museum during January school holidays. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloosephoto


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Why? You'll be in awe of teh achievements of Australia's sporting greats and amazed by an incredible collection of sporting memorabilia
When: The National Sports Museum is open 7 days from 10 AM to 5 PM but hours do vary on MCG event days so it pays to check for a particular date. School Holiday activities run from Monday January 18th to Sunday January 24th
Phone: (03) 9657 8879
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground Gate 3, Yarra Park, Jolimont
Cost: Entry prices are Family $55, Adult $22, Concession $17.50, Child (5 - 15) $11, Child under 5 Free, MCC Members $17.50 and Groups (20 ) $16.50. Refer to the article for MCG tours and NSM MCG tour package prices
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The kids will love this and at $70 for a family ticket the price is not too bad.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6154) 1010 days ago
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