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Celebrating Children’s Week with fun, free activities

Published on 07 October 2021
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  • Arts and culture
  • Children and young people
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Events
  • Leisure activities
Child and parent inspecting a tree with a magnifying glass at Barnegeong Reserve

Children's Week is just around the corner and in support of the annual celebration Council has organised some fun information activities for children and parents, and the best part it’s all free!

Children’s Week is happening between 23 to 31 October and is an opportunity to celebrate the rights, achievements and talents of the youngest members of our community.

Deputy Mayor, Cr Nora Lamont said Children’s Week celebrated the right of children to enjoy childhood.

“Children’s Week 2021 is a wonderful opportunity to promote the rights of children and young people, and to celebrate their capacity to actively contribute to the world around them,” Cr Lamont said.

“Council is supporting the week with various activities including online events, free activity pack giveaways and a focus on nature play, so I encourage all youngsters to get in on the fun,” she said.

Free activity packs

If you live in Maroondah and have a child aged 3-8 years, you can register to receive a free Children’s Week activity pack.  There is a limit of one pack per household.  Contents suitable for children aged 3 years and older.

Registrations can be made online.

If you are unable to register online, please phone 9294 5740 between 10am to 2pm to register for a free pack. There is a limit of one pack per household. 

Activity packs will need to be collected on Tuesday 26 or Wednesday 27 October between 10.30am and 4pm from Karralyka, Mines Road, Ringwood East. Please select your preferred collection day/time when booking.

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Ephemeral Art - daily creations

During Children’s Week we’re encouraging young ones to create a one-piece of ephemeral art a day - in your backyard, a local park or on your daily walk.

Also known as ‘nature art’, ephemeral art can be made using natural materials, anything from leaves, sticks, bark, pebbles and seedpods. No need for glue or tools.

We invite you to take a photo of what you’ve created and share it with us. This will also put you in the draw to win some great prizes.

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Nature play

Are you enjoying more time outside but looking for ideas on what to do and where to visit?

Check out our Nature Play in Maroondah page to discover the many places to visit and ways to connect with nature.

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African drumming with Kofi Kunkpe

Join master drummer Kofi Kunkpe for a 20 minute music playtime session online!

Simply find a pot or plastic container from the kitchen to use as your drum.

This will be a fun and interactive session.  We will be able to see each other online, so a parent/carer must attend this session alongside their child/ren.

Bookings are essential as sessions are capped at 20 participants.

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More of a bird search, than a word search!

Look for the specially marked ‘bird pictures’ to unlock the mystery word! All you need to do is visit one or all of the parks selected find the clues.

Each park has five specially marked ‘bird pictures’ to discover the mystery word for that park!

Submit the mystery words, along with your details, to be in the draw for some fantastic prizes.

Find the clues at these parks:

  • Amazing Space:
    Maroondah Federation Estate - 32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood
  • Barngeong Reserve:
    50 Bambra Street, Croydon
  • Cheong Park:
    84-100 Bayswater Road, Croydon (car parking via Eastfield Road)
  • Glen Park:
    30-48 Glen Park Road, Bayswater North
  • Yarrunga Reserve:
    6 Barwon Court, Croydon Hills

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More information

Find out more information on all the activities on offer in Maroondah during Children’s Week 2021

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