Make a play date with ArtPlay

Bring your kids for an epic play date at ArtPlay this Children’s Week and reflect on how listening to our youngest residents’ voices can help us create the brightest future for Melbourne.

There are more than 25 events for children happening in the city from 19 to 27 October, including Play Date – a morning of artful play, nature facts from our park rangers, and Aboriginal storytelling.

Running from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Friday 25 October, Play Date is a free event at ArtPlay for families with children aged two to five. No bookings are required. Staff will also be on hand at Play Date to answer questions about the City of Melbourne’s many services for children and families.

An adult and a child in mayoral robes

Lord Mayor Sally Capp with Junior Lord Mayor Sophie Peters

Beyond the great events of Children’s Week, and our year-round services to provide young Melburnians with a great start in life, children play an important part in shaping our future city.

We work to ensure children’s voices are heard as we make plans and policies, and create opportunities for them to participate fully in the creation of the city they will inherit.

At our recent Children’s Forum, children aged 6 to 12 told us they love our city’s parks, food, animals and people, but worry about climate change and the environment, poverty, homelessness and safety.

The children told us they want to provide practical help for people who are homeless and would improve Melbourne by reducing traffic, planting more trees, building more parks and reducing the use of plastic.

Sophie Peters, who was named this year’s Junior Lord Mayor on Melbourne Day in August, said she is honoured to help give kids a voice in our city.

She is also particularly passionate about alleviating homelessness and waste.

‘Melbourne is a city with beautiful green spaces and people with a diversity of cultures, but I believe there are some big city problems that need to be fixed,’ Sophie said.

‘I believe that with the help of kids, Melbourne will become even better. I hope that young kids will be able to influence Melbourne’s future with their creative ideas.’

We will continue to seek out, listen to and action kids’ voices as we make decisions that shape our future city.

To find out what’s on for kids in the city this Children’s Week and beyond, head to Children.

Fast facts for 2018-19

  • 1370 babies were born in our municipality
  • we vaccinated 6510 children
  • we provided 4870 hours of family support and counselling
  • we supported 645 families with parent education
  • we supported 1171 families through 77 playgroups
  • we promoted family literacy through numerous free and low-cost activities in our libraries, including Stompers, Songbirds and Storytime
  • we engaged more than 25,000 children and families in creative arts experiences at ArtPlay, including an inaugural program called By Kids, For Kids, where all events were dreamed up by children