Children's Week 2017

Playing giant board games, making wooden toys, planting vegies and eating bush tucker — these events and a whole lot more are on their way to Victorian families for free to celebrate Children’s Week.

Children's Week is a national program recognising the talents, skills, achievements and rights of young people. Not-for-profit organisations, local councils and early childhood services will run hundreds of fun and educational activities across Victoria and all offered free to Victorian families with children aged 0-12 years.

The 2017 theme — ‘Education has the power to transform children’s lives’ — is based on United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child.  Activities will run from Saturday 21 October -  Sunday 29 October.

Learning through play

Darebin Council Playgroup Officer Michelle Prendergast says the council will be encouraging children to make a mess with play dough, sunken treasure pools and sensory snow.

‘Messy play gives kids the opportunity to explore and ask questions about their world,’ she says.

‘It’s about having fun and making a mess without parents having to worry about the clean-up.’

Parent support officer Felicity Cummins from Sunraysia Community Health Centre Activities Centre says the centre will hold obstacle courses, bubble blowing, craft sessions and other activities at various locations across Mildura.

‘Play doesn’t have to involve expensive equipment,’ Mrs Cummins says. ‘We also want to show parents how important it is they also become teachers of their children.’

For more information on what is going on near you for Children’s Week 2017 visit Children's Week