Find out what it’s like to be a wombat, learn secrets from a real magician and join a Disney bingo night to celebrate Children’s Week from 23 to 31 October.
Children play an important role in shaping our city and we have been running virtual events to help kids and families stay connected during lockdowns, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.
The fun continues this Children’s Week, which has a ‘friendship and connection’ theme and offers vibrant events from presenters such as the National Gallery of Victoria and the Fathering Project.
Here is a sneak preview of just a handful of the events on offer. To browse the full program of kid’s activities, parenting workshops and more, visit Children’s Week.
1. Arty animal play
Find out what it’s like to be a lizard, wombat or wallaby. Through movement, music and making activities, artists will explore a different animal every day from 28 to 31 October. Presented by ArtPlay, I Am Nature is a series of online workshops for children aged 2 to 5 and their adults.
2. Funky dance party
Have fun with dress-ups, face paint, props or backgrounds and get ready for a virtual afternoon of music and dancing. Funky FriYAY is an intergenerational online celebration for both Children’s Week and the Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined.
3. Hands of friendship
Trace around your hand, then carefully cut out and decorate the shape. Send your artwork to someone you miss or display it in your window. Look out for the Hands of Friendship on your walks around the city.
4. Magic trick mastery
Meet master magician Elio Simonetti who will pull back the curtain on the elusive world of conjuring and teach you how to perform astonishing tricks. Amaze your family by making objects mysteriously float and learn the secret of mind-reading in these videos.
5. Aboriginal colouring book
Print this beautiful colouring book of Aboriginal artwork for your family to enjoy. Created by artist Dixon Patten, the Aboriginal colouring book features intricate patterns and imagery of local wildlife. There’s a page for every day of Children’s Week and beyond.
6. Disney bingo night
Gather the gang and play against other families in our Disney music bingo night. Singing and dancing is highly encouraged during this fun night of beloved Disney classics. This event is presented by The Fathering Project. Join the fun on Tuesday October 26 at 6pm.
7. Wildlife workshop with Ranger Jim
Learn about bugs and bees from the City of Melbourne’s very own Ranger Jim. Tune in to learn something new on Wednesday 27 October at 10am. This online wildlife workshop is presented by Playgroup Victoria as part of their Playgroup at Home live program.
8. Puppetry with the NGV
Join Melbourne-based Thai artist Bundit Puangthong online and learn how to create a mythical puppet using materials from around your home. This puppetry workshop is part of a series of kids’ art club activities presented by the National Gallery of Victoria.
While Children’s Week is a great opportunity to recognise the talents, skills, achievements, needs and rights of children, our commitment to supporting children and families is year-round.
To find out more about upcoming events, parenting support, child-care, how to connect with other local families and more, visit Children.
To find out what else we are doing to support people and businesses as the city emerges from lockdown, visit Reignite Melbourne.