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Need some inspiration for the school holidays? Look no further than the National Sports Museum (NSM), which is located at the MCG. From 27 June to 1 July the National Sports Museum will run a vast range of activities, including cartoon drawing workshops, Olympian visits, soccer skills and drills. Be sure to get in quick as these programs only run for the first week of the school holidays.
Although these special events are only available for one week, the NSM will be open throughout the remainder of the school holidays. Located in the Olympic Stand, the NSM has an array of sporting memorabilia and artifacts on display as well as interactive technology. The world-class facility honours Australian football, cricket, Olympic Games, soccer and many other sports.
Following is a schedule of events for the upcoming school holidays:
Meet an Australian Olympian (27 June to 1 July, 12pm – 2pm) Australian Olympic athletes will be on hand to share their stories with NSM visitors in a special school holiday activity. Be inspired by their dedication to training and hear firsthand how it feels to represent your country on the world stage.
Schedule of Olympic visits: 27 June Trevor Vincent, represented Australia in steeplechase at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics Andrew Smith, represented Australia in field hockey at the 2008 Beijing Olympics 28 June Monette Russo, represented Australia in gymnastics at the 2004 Athens Olympics 29 June Sean Wroe, represented Australia in track and field at the 2008 Beijing Olympics 30 June Monette Russo, represented Australia in gymnastics at the 2004 Athens Olympics 1 July Edward Smith, represented Australia in soccer at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics
Try your hand at Drawing a Laugh! (27 June to 1 July, 1pm – 3pm) The NSM's newest and funniest exhibition, Drawing a Laugh, takes a look at the lighter side of sport with an entertaining collection of sport cartoons. Visitors these school holidays will be able to sharpen their wit and their pencils in cartoon drawing sessions with renowned Australian cartoonists Mark Knight(27, 28 and 29 June) and Paul Harvey (30 June and 1 July).
Soccer skills and drills (Friday 1 July) Soccer coaches from the Archie Thompson School of Soccer will be on site to teach kids all the tips and tricks they need to hone their skills ahead of the International Champions Cup at the MCG. Designed for all ages and skill levels, anyone can join in and have a go!
NSM Artefact Investigators
Step into the shoes of a National Sports Museum curator as you examine a mysterious trunk of Olympic sports objects. Kids will be challenged to sort and identify the objects, handle the collection with care and then think of a way to display the object to tell a story of its history.
Get active in Game On!
A real fan-favourite, in Game On! kids can test their goal-kicking skills against AFL players, compare cycling speeds and test their reaction times against elite athletes. With sporting activities ranging from archery to netball, the interactive gallery is the perfect place for kids to throw, shoot, ride, race and run to their heart's content!
MCG Tour – Special Olympic Theme
Visitors can top off their day with a specially themed Olympic tour around the mighty MCG, exploring otherwise off limits areas of the stadium – from player change rooms to the edge of the hallowed turf – and hearing unique stories from the ground's 1956 Olympics.