KAWS playtime


Free entry

NGV International

Ground Level

20 Sep 19 – 15 Mar 20

Starring KAWS’s character BFF, KAWS: PLAYTIME is a rich sensory experience welcoming kids and families into BFF’s world. Young visitors are invited to nestle into cosy nooks, explore and play.

Download sensory map

The map shows areas of visual, moving image and noise stimuli, as well as seating. It may be useful for anyone planning a visit the exhibition, in particular those with sensory sensitivities or autism.



BFF and Friends

Made especially for KAWS: PLAYTIME, this multimedia interactive gives visitors of all ages the chance to play with different features of BFF and create a video portrait to share with friends.


KAWS’s sculptures of his characters are filled with human feeling and emotion such as loneliness and embarrassment. For young visitors, this touchscreen interactive featuring BFF tells a tale about feelings and the importance of friends and asks children to draw a friend for BFF. Finished drawings can then be shared with friends and family.


PLAYTIME continues when young visitors receive their own kit containing a pop-up surprise and a special set of alphabet stickers drawn by KAWS. Play is known as children’s work and this activity of playing with letters and spelling new words is the two rolled into one. Children can take their kit home and display proudly in their room.


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KAWS: PLAYTIME is generously supported by The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees, The Fox Family Foundation, The Packer Family and Crown Resorts Foundations, The Neilson Foundation and Official Supplier, Canson Australia.