When I was small and asked my parents why there was Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day but no Children’s Day, their reply (which they must teach at Parenting 101) was ‘Every day is Children’s Day.’
So I was quite surprised to discover that there was such a thing as Children’s Week. In fact, it’s a national program running from 22-30 October and is based on the articles expressed in the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child, highlighting play, wellbeing and protection.
The Victoria Government has worked with local councils to run various activities during Children’s Week, one of which we stumbled across by accident – the Children’s Picnic at Werribee Park organised by Wyndham City Council.
Werribee Park is well worth a visit in its own right as it’s home to:
- Werribee Open Range Zoo – see African safari animals in an open environment. It’s pretty cool being able to spot giraffes from the road!
- Victorian State Rose Garden – award winning garden.
- Shadowfax Winery – wine tasting and fine dining.
- Mansion Hotel – I’ve stayed at the hotel a few times and it’s very luxurious.
- Werribee Mansion – the former residence of the Chirnside family.
On this Sunday though, the estate of Werribee Mansion was taken over by the kids! There was music, dancing, mini-golf, mini bungee, fairies, craft activites, giant board games, an obstacle course, African drumming – it was pretty spectacular. Most of the activities were aimed at young kids rather than toddlers and babies but I think NKOTB still enjoyed the singing and dancing acts, plus of course mega-Lego!
The picnic is held annually and we’ll definitely return when NKOTB is a bit older.
To check out other activities being held in Victoria during Children’s Week, click here.