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Children’s Week events start this week and if you miss my event Book Swap Bike at Highpoint (until Saturday 24 October) you can catch the bike again next Wednesday at McNish Reserve Yarraville for bike/pram/scooter decorating and Thursday at Open House Braybrook Community Hub for more book-swapping.

This Saturday is the Garage Sale Trail with lots of garage sales and community events around Melbourne. Check out what’s happening hear you here.

CBD / Docklands




  • Yarra Valley Balloon Festival  (Sat 24 Oct – Sun 25 Oct) – inaugural Yarra Valley Balloon Festival will take off from the Yarra Glen Racecourse. Free entry from 5pm for the impressive ‘night glow’ and fireworks.
  • Children’s Week Fun Day in Maroondah (Mon 26 – Wed 28 Oct) –  special performance by The Music Man, Paul Jamieson and a free sausage sizzle.  Children will enjoy the many interactive activities including:
  • storytelling, craft, sensory play, bubble playground, Teddy Bear Hospital, painting, ball games and much more.
  • Pram Walks Booroondara (Tue 27 Oct – Thu 29 Oct) – Short pram walks followed by some fun physical activities – yoga, group training, tai-chi and BYO picnic.
  • Family Fun Parkview Room Camberwell (Sat 31 Oct) – enjoy show bags, sausage sizzle and performances by Camberwell Primary School, Boroondara Orchestra and Flare Dance Company.
  • Family Fun Day Camberwell Civic Centre (Sat 31 Oct) – storytelling sessions by Council’s librarians, performances by local groups, face-painters, family show bags and lots more.
  • Spring Babies at Healesville Sanctuary (Fri 23 Oct – Fri 18 Dec) – say hello to our waddling baby wombats and Rascal the kangaroo joey, Visit the Baby Burrow inside the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, special baby talks.


  • Book Swap Bike Highpoint (Fri 23 Oct – Sat 24 Oct) – bring a preloved book to the mobile bike library to swap for a new one to take home. Also drop in for a zine-making craft activity with Footscray Community Arts Centre.
  • West Footscray Neighbourhood House Community Market (Sat 24 Oct) – part of the Garage Sale Trail. REcycled and upcycled wares, home made crafts, local produce, sausage sizzle, cake stall.
  • Melbourne Cheeky Monkey Market Point Cook Town Centre Market (Sat 24 Oct) – new items & Unique Handmade pieces. (occasionally Pre-loved Children’s Items) with animal farm, face painting, reptile encounters and children’s entertainment.
  • Community Fair WErribee Mercy Hospital (Sun 25 Oct) – rides, stalls, face painting, animals, entertainment.
  • Fun in the Park Queens Park (Sun 25 Oct) – Funky Monkeys’ interactive circus show featuring live music, magic, storytelling, circus and hip hop workshops and more!
  • Kids at Overnewton Castle (Sun 25 Oct) – dress as your favourite character and come enjoy the amusement rides, story telling, mini zoo, face painting, pony rides, mini circus and much more on offer on this special day out.
  • Children’s Week Picnic at Werribee Park (Sun 26 Oct) – Trackless Train, Entertaining stage shows, Inflatable Jungle Maze, Toy Swap, Build a City, Children’s Cooking Classes, Face Painting, TrySportz Zone, Bike N Blend, Roving Performers, Crafts, Games.
  • Little Kids Day In Scienceworks (Mon 26 Oct) – event provides little guests with the opportunity to learn and develop new skills through play, hands-on activities and shows.
  • Colour Club at Highpoint (Mon 26 Oct) – Toddl’Art program with Footscray Community Arts Centre.
  • Children’s Week Brimbank Libraries (Mon 26 Oct – Wed 28 Oct) – Storytime in Auslan & English and Preschool Storytime with basic Auslan.
  • Circus Play Maidstone Child and Family Centre (Tue 27 Oct) – toddler circus, animal farm, African drumming.
  • Green Play McNish Reserve Yarraville (Wed 28 Oct) – play activities with garden worms, decorate your bike/scooter/pram, native plants show and tell, rainbow painting activity, nature walks.
  • Hobson’s Bay Children’s Week Picnic (Wed 28 Oct) – Enjoy the sun, sea and free activities; jumping castles, face painting, music, live entertainment, pop up playgroup, Play Days bus, story time, dance workshop, animal farm, craft activities and much more.
  • We ♥ Grandparents! Crown Street Stables Flemington (Wed 28 Oct) – Bring your grandparents along for morning tea and fun activities with story time, face painting, playdough, bubbles and more! For children aged five and under.
  • Open House Braybrook Community Hub (Thu 29 Oct) – Olympic games play activities, animal farm, story time, Book Swap Bike.
  • B-active@Pollard Sunshine (Thu 29 Oct) – walking tour of Sunshine that highlights the local history of the suburb. Walking tour starts at 10.30am and concludes with a BBQ lunch at RT Pollard Gardens.
  • Movie Night Crown Street Stables Flemington (Fri 30 Oct) – Embark on a hilarious pre-historic adventure with the computer-animated classic The Croods (PG).
  • Musical Sprouts Footscray (Fri 30 Oct) – musical concert for under 5s and their carers.
  • Passport to Africa at Werribee Zoo (Fri 23 Oct – Fri 18 Dec) – receive a map and our official Zoo Passport to choose their own adventure through the Zoo. Mark off animals as you visit them and collect official passport stamps at each checkpoint. Kids will also have a blast on the Zoo’s new Bush Babies Safari Trail.


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