The Games We Play closed on 11 January 2015. The exhibition offered the chance to explore games and play from across different cultures and time periods. From the Papua New Guinea story of Pikinini Wantaim Bubu, which showed how children learn to be adults from their grandparents, through strategy games like chess and mahjong, to the physical fun of street games such as kite flying and cricket, the exhibition looked at the importance of games in all our lives.
Archaeological evidence shows that games predate the existence of writing, so people right across the world having been playing games for thousands of years. More than just pure fun and enjoyment, playing also gives children skills for life, develops their imaginations and pits adult against adult in battles of skill, courage and endurance.