School holiday activities
With the summer of cricket in full swing over the holidays, excitement is well and truly alive at the mighty MCG.
There’s no better way to escape the heat and enjoy a great day out than with a visit to the National Sports Museum. Located inside Gate 3 of the ‘G and filled with interactive zones, priceless sporting artefacts and 3D holograms and offering a range of special activities, it’s sure to be a hit with the whole family these school holidays.
Play and explore in the interactive Experience Lab (open now until end of holidays)
Sport and digital technology collide in the Experience Lab, an exciting new interactive inside the NSM. Visitors are encouraged to play with, react to and give feedback on new high-tech installations.
Visitors can take part in colouring in a racing horse and seeing their own creation in an animated projection, take an interactive mascot sports quiz, measure up against the tallest (and shortest) AFL and AFLW players and more!
The Experience Lab will change the way kids see and interact with sport, and is included in the price of admission.
My Match Day at the MCG with footballers and cricketers (Mon 7, Tues 8, Thur 10, Fri 11 Jan, 10.30am and 12pm)
With AFL and AFLW players putting in hard yards for pre-season training, and cricketers in the midst of another summer of cricket, kids will have the opportunity to step into the shoes of professional sportspeople as they experience the real-life match day experience of a player at the ‘G.
Players will share their stories and offer insights into the routines and activities that take place before, during and after a game – from the player change rooms during warm-up to the tense times spent in the thick of the action.
Sessions will depart from the inside of Gate 3 and run for one hour at 10.30am and 12pm each day.
Schedule of visitors (Cricketers AM, Footballers PM):
Mon Jan 7: Sam Harper and Ben Ashkenazi 10.30am, Brody Mihocek and Chloe Molloy (Collingwood) 12.00pm
Tues Jan 8: Bryce McGain, Sam Harper and Ben Ashkenazi 10.30am, Brody Mihocek and Steph Chiocci (Collingwood) 12.00pm
Thur Jan 10: Bryce McGain and Ben Ashkenazi 10.30am, Paul Ahern and Kaitlyn Ashmore (North Melb) 12.00pm
Fri Jan 11: Bryce McGain and Ben Ashkenazi 10.30am, Paul Ahern* (North Melbourne FC) and Libby Birch (W Bulldogs) 12.00pm
*Kade Kolodjashnij is unfortunately ill and will be replaced by Paul Ahern. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a paying adult for this one-hour experience. An additional cost of $10 per person (all participating children and all accompanying adults) is required for this experience, as part of a visit to the National Sports Museum.
Player appearances are subject to change at short notice. In the event this occurs, replacements will be provided.
How to purchase your tickets:
1. Select your chosen date
2. Select ticket type (NSM or NSMMCG) and number of visitors
3. Go to payment, and sign into Ticketek account
4. Add the My Match Day at the ‘G option (for each child and adult in attendance) to your cart
5. Check out!
Download our step-by-step guide to purchasing your My Match Day tickets.
Story time in the MCC Museum
Young visitors and their families will have the opportunity to listen to familiar and new sport-themed story books in the MCC Museum. Stories will be read by our regular pool of story-time holiday helpers, or when possible, a professional writer.
Available every day between January 7-11, readings will run for 30 minutes at the following times:
Monday Jan 7: 11am, 12pm and 1pm
Tuesday Jan 8: 11am, 12pm and 1pm
Wednesday Jan 9: 11am, 12pm and 1pm
Thursday Jan 10: 11am and 12pm
Friday Jan 11: 1.30pm and 2.30pm
Kids can explore the museum by taking our special holiday quest! Finding answers as they explore the museum, completed quests will receive a special prize for their efforts.
Get active in Game On!
In Game On! kids can test their goal-kicking skills against AFL players, run out the batsman on a virtual cricket pitch or 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!
Visitors can top off their day with a special tour around the mighty MCG, exploring otherwise off limits areas of the stadium and hearing unique stories from the ground’s amazing history.