Kicking off from Saturday, 21 October to Sunday, 29 October, this year’s Children’s Week events will celebrate children’s rights, talents and citizenship.

A diverse range of events and activities are being organised across the state, focusing on children’s needs and achievements.

We encourage children, families and community members to get involved and celebrate children’s achievements by visiting local services and schools during Children’s Week.

Stay tuned for events and activities happening in Moonee Valley.

You can also find more information on Children’s Week through the Children’s Week Council of Australia.

What is Children’s Week?

Held in the fourth week of October each year, National Children’s Week recognises the right of children to enjoy childhood. Events take place across Australia throughout the week, focusing community attention on the needs and achievements of children and young people as they learn and grow.

This year’s theme for Children’s Week is ‘Education should develop each child’s personality and talents to the full. It should encourage children to respect their parents, their cultures and other cultures’.

We will be working with primary schools, kindergarten, childcare and libraries to facilitate children’s reflection on using their talents, living peacefully, protecting the environment and respecting others. Opportunities will be provided for children to be active citizens. Creating experiences that involve, reflect and respond to their needs, their ideas and suggestions is a focus of the week. Education is powerful and transforms children’s lives!

Events

My Smart Garden: Children connecting with nature

When: Tuesday, 24 October, 10am-12 noon

Where: Coronet Park, 31 Coronet Street, Flemington

Children can plant and care for their own seedlings while learning the value of home-grown healthy produce, build their own native bee hotel and learn about the vital role native bees play in pollination, and take a Junior Rangers tour to explore the local park and learn about native plants and animals.

Register here.

Parent Forum - Starting school

When: Tuesday, 24 October, 7pm-8.30pm

Where: Clocktower Centre, 750 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

Relationships play a central role in transition and when we all work together we help improve lifelong outcomes for children. Hear tips, ideas and the latest research on supporting your child to have a positive transition to school from a panel of parents, children, early childhood teachers, primary school teachers and researcher.

To register please email childrensevents@mvcc.vic.gov.au or call 9243 8888 by Friday, 20 October.

Grandparents’ games day

When: Wednesday, 25 October, 9.30am-11.30am

Where: Moonee Ponds Bowling Club, Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

Join in the fun and games, where grandparents will show their grandchildren some of the games they used to play. Grandparents will have the opportunity to socialise while caring for their grandchildren.

Family fun day

When: Sunday, 29 October, 2pm-5pm

Where: Ascot Vale Leisure Centre, Epsom Rd and Langs Rd, Ascot Vale

Splash around at Ascot Vale Leisure Centre, with free entry for the whole family. To gain free entry simply mention “Children’s Week” at reception.

For more information contact 9375 3411 or visit the Ascot Vale Leisure Centre website

Moonee Valley Libraries

Toddler Time

Various days and venues

Share stories, songs, rhymes and movement with your active toddler.

Baby Rhyme Time

Various days and venues

Introduce your little one to the sounds, rhythm and movement of language at Baby Rhyme Time.

Find out more information about times and sessions on the Library for Kids page.

Active events

Girls’ Auskick

When: Monday, 23 October, 5.30pm-7pm

Kids’ Yoga

When: Wednesday, 25 October, 4pm-4.45pm

Children’s Week at Essendon Traffic School

When: Friday, 27 October, 4pm-7pm

Register online at the Active8 webpage

Please note that parent or guardian supervision is required at all events.

More information

For further details about Children’s Week events, please contact Family and Children’s Services on 9243 8888 or childrensevents@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 6:19 AM