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Past Playgrounds: Ancient Games for Kids
Past Playgrounds: Ancient Games for Kids

Past Playgrounds: Ancient Games for Kids

Learn how to play kids' games from the ancient Greek world, in an active school holiday workshop for ages 7–14.

Event Information

07 July 2024, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


How did children play in ancient Greece? We rarely get a glimpse into the life of children in ancient times, as not many children's artefacts survive in the archaeological record. But, we do know that how children entertained themselves in the past is not all that different to today, and that their games can help to reveal information about their society.

In this active school holiday workshop, kids will discover that some of their favourite schoolyard games have a surprisingly long history, as they learn how to play the ancient Greek and Roman predecessors to games like tug of war, hopscotch, marbles and 'what's the time, Mr Wolf?' Along the way we'll explore how these games were first created, what they were designed to teach ancient children, and the broader cultural significance of games in the ancient world.

This kids' workshop is recommended for ages 7–14. Tickets include all materials, and Museum general admission after the workshop.


  • Kids' Workshop Admission

    +$0.50 service fee



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