Celebrating our little ones

This Children’s Week we’re celebrating the 16,406 children who live in the City of Melbourne.

From 22 to 30 October, Children’s Week celebrates the delightful inquisitiveness and joy that youngsters bring to our city.

Council is hosting a number of fun events across the municipality to celebrate the week and bring children and families in the community together to promote the health and wellbeing of children.

Become the next world-famous trapeze artist or discover the natural world through art and creativity – whatever you imagine, you can achieve this Children’s Week in the city.

Choose your own adventure with an exciting range of events and activities specially designed for kids and their adults.

I Am Nature 

Join us at ArtPlay to celebrate Children’s Week in an interactive play-space inspired by the natural environment.

I Am Nature invites children and their adults to explore the world of native animals through music, movement, and natural materials.

In each 45-minute session, artists Gaby Georges, Pepe Inostroza Aqueveque and Ashlee Hughes will guide you on a narrated journey of discovery through an interactive installation.

Dressed up as animals, Gaby will play original songs, Pepe will show you how to move, and Ashlee will create with you and invite you to add to a growing installation.

Through storytelling and play, I Am Nature will stimulate creativity and imagination, and develop respect and care for the natural environment. 

This is a New Ideas Lab project which supports artists and children to work together to develop new arts experiences. 

This work was co-created with children online in 2021 and at ArtPlay throughout 2022 in collaboration with City of Melbourne Family Services and 16 children aged two to five years.

Suitable for children aged two to six. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Where: ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
When: Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October.
Session times: 10.30-11.15am and 2-2.45pm.
Cost: Free
To book: book online at ArtPlay.

Bookings will open at 10am on the day before the event.

Join us at ArtPlay to celebrate Children’s Week

Circus Nexus 

Circus club is a series of after-school workshops at Circus Nexus, proudly presented by VicHealth.

Circus Club incorporates dance, physical theatre, social interaction and healthy food.

Families can drop in and have a healthy, fun and social time. 

Wednesdays: 4-6pm at Canterbury Street Stables, 49-53 Canterbury Street, Flemington
Thursdays: 4-6pm Open Door, 480 Lygon Street, Carlton
Fridays: 4-7pm at North Melbourne Community Centre, Buncle Street, North Melbourne
To book: Contact Lizzie Doyle on 0412 006 424 or book here.

Check out the full program of Children’s Week events happening in the City of Melbourne here.

Child and Family Services

Melbourne is a city for all people. We offer a range of services for children and their families year-round.

Our services include everything from Maternal and Child Health programs, playgroups, children’s services, family support and counselling, parenting education sessions, through to child care at Lady Huntingfield Early Learning and Family Services Centre and North Melbourne Children’s Centre.

Learn more about our child and family services.