Cooking, gardening, meeting reptiles and bugs, magic and plenty of playtime – Children's Week is full of activities across Victoria
Resilience and magic
Kew Toy Library is hosting a Children's Week event inviting children to explore its collection of toys and board games. Toy Library Coordinator Ayse Bayramoglu says the library has more than 2,500 toys for children aged 0-12. 'Children of all abilities are most welcome to come, have a play and discover our toy library,' Ayse says.
'Children's Week is a great opportunity to give everyone an idea of the 'magical world' of toy libraries.'
Vision Australia provides services, resources, social networking and events for people with a vision impairment. It runs regular groups and activities for children including school holiday programs, sports groups, braille groups and clubs. Vision Australia is hosting a Children's Week activity called 'Building Resilience' for ages 8-12. The Children's Week event aims to build resilience through Lego, physical challenges, self-evaluation and working together.
Vision Australia regional business manager Emma Wilce says resilience in children is crucial for their emotional wellbeing. 'It is their ability to bounce back from challenges and coping with stress,' Emma says. 'It's a workshop of learning through fun.'
The Royal Children Hospital Education Institute brings teaching and education support to children who are patients at the Royal Children's Hospital. Head of Education Emma Fraser says the Institute is celebrating Children's Week with their students to find 'the magic within us'. The students will learn skills and techniques from circus performers and a magician. 'This in turn will provide opportunities for self-development, social connectedness, confidence and most importantly, fun!' Emma says.
Caroline Chisholm Society is running a series of Children's Week activities for parents and young children to bond with each other. The Society works with expecting mothers and mothers of babies and young children to help them with pregnancy, parenting, mental health, social support and housing advice. CEO Jennifer Weber says the Society is participating in Children's Week as part of their work to enhance relationships between parent and child, and facilitating a connection to local community.
'It is an opportunity to connect with other families, support early parenting and encourage both structured and incidental early learning activities, designed to promote and enhance the health and wellbeing of mothers and children', Jennifer says.
Other events include Polish Bilingual Day, musical performances, festivals, the
Surf Coast Kite Festival, making smoothies, picnics, theatre performances, story time and Diwali activities.
See all the activities at Children's Week events.
Children's Week, from 19 to 27 October, is a great opportunity for Victorian families to enjoy a fun and educational experience for free.
This year's theme, 'Children have the right to be healthy, safe and happy' is based on Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Children's Week sees local councils, organisations, schools and early childhood services organise a range of open days, displays and special events that celebrate childhood and showcase children's achievements.