Happy Birthday Play School

National Exhibition Register

  • Collection of toys ready for Happy Birthday Play School
    Collection of toys ready for Happy Birthday Play School
    Image Credit
    © Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2018

About the exhibition

It’s a party and everyone is invited to join Big Ted, Humpty, Little Ted and Jemima to celebrate! This colourful exhibition takes a look behind the scenes and celebrates some of Play School’s regular features – telling the time with the Rocket and Flower clocks and exploring the outside world through the arch, round and square windows. It reveals how the show is put together, what makes the program such a success and considers the changing nature and experience of Australian childhood. 

Happy Birthday Play School honours Australia’s longest-running children’s television program and its special place in peoples’ hearts. The exhibition explores over five decades of Play School by featuring toys, props and costumes from each period, alongside archival audio and video clips of past programs and presenters having fun.

Generations of Australians have grown up with Play school and adults and children across the country continue to enjoy the program, which currently appears on ABC Kids four times a day reaching an audience of over 1 million viewers each week. Play School also has its own high quality apps, spin off series’ and a strong web presence. This exhibition offers venues the chance to connect to the biggest birthday bash of the decade – excitement will be high and fun will be had.

Artists and Curator

Sophie Jensen

Big Ted, Humpty, Jemima and Little Ted

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
14/10/2019 - 31/03/2021
Exhibition size
Over 100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
National Museum of Australia
$0 (inc. freight) - Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Mobile Phone App, Public Program Opportunities
Other materials
The exhibition includes AV of various moments from Play School’s history as well as craft wall graphics and interactive play tables especially designed for kids. The NMA support the host venue with the following: Suitable exhibition layout design. Visitor survey platform to gather information on audiences Advice on Play School merchandising opportunities. Assistance will contacting ABC presenters for public programming Digital access programs - NMA may be able to collaborate with the host venue to develop a public program or event around the exhibition with live video connection to a NMA curator or educator.
Primary contact
Catherine Czerw
Travelling Exhibitions Officer
National Museum of Australia
02 6208 5047
Secondary contact
Deborah Hill
02 6208 5106
A travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia developed in collaboration with the ABC