A large, two-storey red-brick building with a silver roof and large, multi-pane windows along the length of the second-storey. Behind the building rise city office block buildings against a pale blue sky.
A diverse group of young children laughing and cheering as they watch a series of falling ping pong balls.

ArtPlay: Ping Pong WoW


The former Jolimont Lecture Hall, owned by Victorian Railways, was a training facility for electric train drivers from the 1920s to the 1980s. In 1999, the City of Melbourne identified the historic red brick building located in the proposed Birrarung Marr park as a potential venue for a unique child-focused arts space in central Melbourne.

What's On

Join us and a whole lot of ping pong balls for this creative play installation at ArtPlay.

Artists: The Ball Room

Balls fling, drop and bounce;

Spherical sculptures manifest;

Tales of sea turtle eggs unfold;

And the constant task of filling and emptying buckets always seems to please!

See what happens when you enter our space with 2,000+ ping pong balls, PVC piping and more…

This experience has been designed to captivate both children and adults alike. 

Children's Activities

This event is a children’s activity. It targets 3 to 8 year olds but is accessible for all ages. This experience is designed to captivate both children and adults alike.

Images: (1-2) ArtPlay. All photos: courtesy City of Melbourne.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Sessions run 10.30am-12.30pm + 2pm-4pm
Last entry 30 minutes before closing

Age: 3 to 8 years
No bookings required

- If we are at capacity you may need to wait 
- Entry is not guaranteed 
- All children must be accompanied by an adult
- All adults must be accompanied by a child
- Please contact us if you or your child have any access requirements

Getting here:
We are located in Birrarung Marr, next to the Yarra River and behind Federation Square. ArtPlay is the red brick building next to the playground.

From Flinders Street Station: cross over Swanston Street towards Federation Square and follow the river along Princes Walk until you see the playground on the left-hand side. ArtPlay is the red brick building next to the playground.

From Federation Square carpark: Take the lift or stairs down to the ground level and exit through the door facing out to the playground. Cross over the playground; ArtPlay is the red brick building next to it.

Car parking: Wilson Parking is the closest. Please check their website for costs and opening hours.


Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Auslan interpreted


All Ages


Birrarung Marr, Melbourne VIC 3000

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