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11 fun things for kids at the Library

Are you looking for something to keep the kids busy?


Discover playful spaces, storytime fun and lots of free activities for the whole family at Australia’s oldest library!

Storytime in the Children's Library

1. Storytime in the Children's Library

Come along for stories, songs and rhymes in our beautiful new Children's Library every Monday, from 10.30am-11am. No need to book – just turn up! 

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Family Sunday

2. Family Sunday 

Join us for a full day of family fun at the Library on Sunday 23 February 2020, from 10am to 3pm. 

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3. The magical Mitchell

Count the ships on the oversized marble version of the Tasman Map, and have your photo taken in the magnificent Harry Potter-style reading room.

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Family Room

4. The Family Room

Drop in and enjoy books, toys, puzzles and dress-ups. Look out for the cheeky budgies and see if you can find the secret Library mouse house. This space is specifically for preschoolers!

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Collector's Gallery

5. Treasure chest

Play a game of I Spy in the Collectors’ Gallery — it’s stacked with thousands of fascinating treasures from the Library’s underground stacks. 

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Follow the Trail activity booklet

6. Follow the Trail

Pick up a 'Follow the Trail' activity booklet from the info desk and explore the Library.

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Todd Fuller animations

Image credit: Silversalt Photography

7.  Watch an animated story

Find this 'secret door' on the ground floor of the Mitchell Building and enjoy beautiful animations by artist Todd Fuller.


Scout the chat-bot

8. Chat to Scout

Say hello to our little robot friend! Answer a few simple questions and Scout will give you a list of books to read in the new Children’s Library.

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Children's Library

9. The Children’s Library

Wind your way through this beautiful maze-like space brimming with thousands of children’s books. Kids will love curling up in the comfy reading nooks.

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A young girl and a young boy listening to a tablet with earphones.

10. Kids' picks

Enjoy an audio tour of the Paintings from the Collection exhibition, created for kids by kids.  

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Stories in the Sun

11. Get lost in stories

Look Edward the Emu in the eye and dress up in Murgatroyd’s Garden in our Stories in the Sun display.

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The State Library is located on Sydney’s Macquarie Street, just a short walk from Hyde Park, The Royal Botanic Gardens and the Art Gallery of NSW. The Library’s amenities are family-friendly. View opening hours and plan your visit.