THEY might not be able to fly, but football has taken off with the penguins at Melbourne Aquarium.The waddling wonders will make the aquarium the coolest place to be these school holidays, leading a festival of fun and games.
Penguin stars Skipper and Private, from the movie Madagascar, will greet visitors between noon and 3pm every day of the school holidays as the resident penguins show off their sporting skills.
The Gentoo penguins are given balls to carry and kick, chasing each other around the ice in their own game of footy.
Handler Tristen Bird said the penguins' curious nature added to the fun.
"They are wonderful animals to engage with and they learn very quickly," he said.
"They each have their own personality, so there are some that are more confident and are always the first to front for new games."
The Penguin Party in the aquarium's Antarctica exhibit is part of a year-long celebration of the aquarium's 10th anniversary.
The birds will be run through three different activities each day, with games also to be held off the ice along with special talks and presentations.
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