Play School stars arrive on Gold Coast for national exhibition

Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima have arrived on the Gold Coast as their first stop in a celebratory, travelling exhibition to commemorate the 50th birthday of Australian most iconic children’s television program – Play School.

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 years is an exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia (NMA) in Canberra in collaboration with the ABC to honour the show and its special place in the hearts of all Australians.

The exhibition, at The Art Centre Gold Coast, will feature toys, props and costumes from all five decades of Play School – including the iconic Rocket Clock, Flower Clock and Play School Windows. The collection will also include archival audio and video clips of past programs and presenters having fun.


Kids can also enjoy the free Come and Play activity space, where they can read, play, and create alongside their favourite Play School characters and icons.

Gold Coast City Gallery Director Tracy Cooper-Lavery said she’s proud that The Arts Centre Gold Coast is the first gallery to host the exhibition outside of Canberra before it travels around Australia on a two-year tour.

She said it “allows children to experience the wonder of one of their favourite shows and get hands on with a variety of fun activities associated with the exhibition.

“For parents and grandparents it will be a trip down memory lane and an opportunity to see original props from the TV show’s 50-year history.

“We are delighted to be the first gallery to host the exhibition on its national tour and bring the birthday celebrations to the Gold Coast,” said. Ms Cooper-Lavery

Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 years will launch with a free Family Fun Day celebration this Sunday 4 December 2016 from 8:30am – 11:30am at The Arts Centre Gold Coast with special guests Benita Collings – one of the first Play School presenters – and Australia’s favourite banana twins B1 and B2.

The Exhibition will remain on the Gold Coast until 5 February 2017.