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HOT: Craftercise, Airport West

HOT: Craftercise, Airport West

Craftercise offers casual and term-based classes for preschoolers that combine physical/active play, singing, art, craft and messy play all in one busy 45 minute session.

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Craftercise is held inside a factory warehouse in Airport West and as soon as Baby 2.0 sees the set-up he wants to get in and play!

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Three facilitators are on hand to lead the session, which is geared towards 3-5 year olds. Other sessions at other times are for 6-18 months and 18 months to 3 years.

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Each week there’s a different theme but the format of the session is always the same.

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The session starts with 10 minutes of free active play with the range of climbing equipment in a circuit.

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Then there’s 5 minutes of structured activity with songs and games.

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Finally a bit more of free play time before the kids are led into the messy play and craft area to don a smock.

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The last part of the session goes by really quickly and there’s not enough time for Baby 2.0 to try everything.

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He enjoys using the mallet to make paint splats, spilling rice into funnels and playdough.

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Other activities include a painting easel, craft and slime.

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During the messy play kids are free to explore as they wish and adults are expected to help and supervise, though the three staff are also in the space.

Baby 2.0 has so much fun he’s reluctant to leave so it’s understandable that most Craftercise participants are regulars. If you do intend to drop in it’s important to book ahead to avoid disappointment. 

For more places to try kids craft and messy play try The Messy Shed and Crafternoon.


HOT Tips:

  • Each session runs for 45 minutes;
  • Suitable for 6 months – 5 years;
  • Session are at different times for different age groups;
  • trial session at the casual rate of $28 before booking in for a term;
  • If you buy a Small Ideas digital membership you get 30% off a casual class & birthday party offer also;
  • Bookings are essential and are based on availability. Bookings for the term are given preference over casual attendance.
  • Sibling discounts available;
  • Wear old clothes and shoes;
  • Party bookings available.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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