Five free events for kids

Choose your own adventure in the city this Children’s Week, from artful play to parenting workshops.

More than 20 free events are on offer from 22 to 28 October to spread joy and help us hear, respect and elevate children’s voices.

Here are five highlights for tiny tots:

1. Songbirds
Introduce budding bookworms to the fun and rhythm of language through songs, rhymes and stories. Songbirds is for little ones aged up to 18 months, and their parents and carers. The program runs at various local libraries.

2. Stompers
Encourage your child to have a lifelong love of books through these half-hour sessions of stories, songs, rhymes and music at your local library. Stompers is for toddlers aged 18 months to three years.

3. Are you strong? Are you brave?
Join us for artful play to celebrate the launch of two new picture books co-created by children and artists. These stories are the latest of 13 books created over the past five years, working with more than 200 families. Find the fun at ArtPlay.

4. Preschool storytime
Share the wonder of books with your children aged three to five years. Enjoy fun stories, songs, rhymes and activities at your local library.

5. Romp and stomp
Enjoy exhibits, music, dress-ups, craft, stories and performances at Melbourne Museum. This fun event highlights the value of education, experiences and diversity in early childhood development. For kids aged up to five.

Find out more about all these events and more at Children’s Week.

It’s not all child’s play this Children’s Week. We’re also running a panel discussion for parents to challenge gender stereotypes among children, called Respect and equity: It all starts here.

You can also register for workshops on sleep and settling, introducing solids, and CPR and first aid for your child. To view upcoming times and locations, visit Parent information program.

We coordinate a range of activities, events and services for children, their families, parents and carers, year-round – from maternal and child health services to playgroups.

To find out more, visit For my family.