Festive season fun over school holidays

Monday, 3 December 2018

Festive season fun over school holidays

Kids can enjoy the summer school holidays with a range of fun activities planned in Moonee Valley.

Highlights these holidays include a junior golf clinic, Christmas tree decorating, funky dancing and a cooking class.

Moonee Valley Mayor, Cr Narelle Sharpe, said there was a range of activities on offer across Moonee Valley to appeal to children of all ages.

“Whether it be unleashing their inner artist through NGV Kids on Tour or seeing their favourite characters from Sarah & Duck brought to life on stage, there is something for everyone,” Cr Sharpe said.

“There are plenty of free or low cost activities on offer which will hopefully make it easy for kids of all ages to get out and about, try some new activities and even make some new friends over the summer holidays.” Cr Marshall said.

Check out our website at mvcc.vic.gov.au/holidayprograms for more information and to see what’s happening each day.

Moonee Valley Libraries

For bookings visit  our Libraries page
Phone: 8325 1900
• Ascot Vale Library, 165 Union Road, Ascot Vale
• Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre, 69 Military Road, Avondale Heights
• Flemington Library, 313 Racecourse Rd, Flemington
• Niddrie Library, 483 Keilor Road, Niddrie
• Sam Merrifield Library, 762 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

Join us for a special Christmas story time with songs and activities.
Free, no bookings required.
Saturday, 15 December, 10.30am-11.15am, Flemington Library

Help create some beautiful Christmas decorations for the library tree.
Suitable for 4-12 year olds. Free, bookings necessary.
Thursday, 6 December, 4pm-5pm, Niddrie Library
Friday, 7 December, 4pm-5pm, Avondale Heights Library
Monday, 10 December, 4pm-5pm, Flemington Library

NGV Kids on Tour
NGV Kids on Tour encourages children to engage with contemporary art and design through hands-on activities. This year’s theme `Make Believe!’ will encourage children and families to unleash their creativity and take inspiration from exhibitions onsite at the National gallery of Victoria. Exhibits include: Between Two Worlds: Escher X nendo, Julian Opie: Studio for Kids and William Wegman: Being Human.
Suitable for six to 12 year olds. Free, bookings necessary.
Tuesday, 8 January, 11am-12pm, Niddrie Library
Wednesday, 9 January, 11am-12pm, Avondale Heights Library
Wednesday, 9 January, 11am-12pm, Sam Merrifield Library
Thursday, 10 January, 11am-12 pm, Flemington Library

The Summer Reading Club program is delivered annually in libraries and online. The theme for 2018-19 is Curious Creatures.
The club allows children and young people to develop a sense of community with other children across the country, continue healthy reading habits no matter where they are during the summer holidays, discover great Australian authors and illustrators and engage in literary and creative activities both in libraries and online. Free, no bookings required. Children can register at any of our libraries or online at mvcc.vic.gov.au/libraries
Sunday, 1 December-Thursday, 31 January

Launch- Curious Creatures
Create recycled Curious Creatures and join the summer reading Club. Free, no bookings required.
Monday, 3 December, 4pm-5pm, Flemington Library
Monday, 3 December, 4pm-5pm, Sam Merrifield Library
Tuesday, 4 December, 4pm-5pm, Niddrie Library
Wednesday, 5 December, 4pm-5pm, Avondale Heights Library

Flemington Community Centre

25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington

Come along and make some special sweet treats to enjoy with your friends and family. Messy hands are encouraged! Suitable for ages one to six.
Monday, 21 January, 10am-11am

Rock on down to the jungle for some dazzling dancing and funky music. Play a percussion instrument and sing along as we share a story about a giraffe who can’t dance, until a friend gives him some important advice. Suitable for ages three to 12.
Wednesday, 23 January, 2pm-3pm.

All activities cost $4 / $2 concession. Booking and payment are to be made prior to commencement of activity. Each child may enrol in a maximum of three activities. Parents/guardians are expected to attend with their children.

Come and have some fun on the PlayStation. Suitable for young people from 12 to 18 years old. Free.
Wednesday, 9 January, 2pm-5pm
Thursday, 10 January, 2pm-5pm
Wednesday, 16 January, 2pm-5pm

There’ll be more fun activities to come so keep an eye on our website.

For further information contact the Flemington Community Centre on 8325 1800 or fcc@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Bowes Avenue Community Centre

27-31 Bowes Avenue, Airport West

Learn some funky dance moves to go with some funky music and have fun learning a routine to perform at the end of the session. Suitable for ages five to 10. 30 spaces available.
Tuesday, 22 January, 10am-11.30am

Take some time out to stretch your body and find a bit of inner calm. There will also be some exciting games! Suitable for ages 5 to 10. 30 spaces available.
Thursday, 24 January, 10am-11.30am

All activities cost $4 per session and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Payment must be made prior to commencement of activity.
For more information or to enrol contact Bowes Avenue Community Centre on 8325 1890 or 8325 1800 or email bowesavcc@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Clocktower Centre

750 Mount Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds
Box office: 9243 9191


Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday
The enchanting world of the CBeebies’ hit animated series Sarah & Duck will be brought to life on stage for the first time in Australia. Join Sarah and Duck, along with all their favourite friends, including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, John and Flamingo and Umbrella, as they plan a circus-themed birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. But when the weather turns windy and the big top is blown away, will Sarah and Duck be able to save the day?
Tuesday, 22 January, 3.30pm
Wednesday, 23 January, 10am and 12.30pm
Thursday, 24 January, 10am and 12.30pm

For more information visit  the Clocktower Centre page or call 9243 9191.

Crown Street Stables

40 Crown St, Flemington

Bring the family down to the Stables for a fun movie! Grab an ice cream or snack from the café and sit back and relax. All movies are from 10.30am to 12pm. Children must have adult supervision.

Norm of the North
When a real estate development invades his Arctic home, polar bear Norm and his 3 lemming friends head to New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of the corporation in an attempt to bring it down fom the inside and protect his homeland.
Friday, 4 January, 10.30am to 12pm

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse reaches Moana’s island the adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Together with the once-mighty demigod Maui, she sails across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds.
Wednesday, 16 January, 10.30am to 12pm

Bring the kids along for an hour of fun filled entertainment with Andy! Suitable for ages 3 to 16 years. Snacks, lunch and coffee available from the café.
Monday, 21 January, 10.30am-12 noon

Numbers are limited and bookings are essential for all events. For more information or to book contact 9372 5350 or email csstables@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Activities for youths

Learn design principles, what makes a world compelling, sketching and character design from manga master Kenny Chan. Paper, pencils and snacks provided. Free.
Valley Youth Space (Niddrie Hub)
Thursday, 10 January, 1pm-4pm

Want to march in the Melbourne Pride March with Valley Youth? All LGTBIQA+ young people, their friends and allies are welcome to join us to make banner for the march. All materials provided.
Friday, January 11, 1pm-4pm
Contact Anna for details on 0448 867 394.

Learn the essentials when it comes to road safety, being familiar with your bike and go for a ride. This will be followed by a BBQ. BYO bike if you have one. Some bikes and helmets provided. Free.
Flemington Community Centre
Thursday, January 17, 10am-3pm

Valley Youth FReeZA will be screening a series of short films made by young people, followed by the feature film The Hate U Give. Cost $10. We are looking for young people who want to showcase their films.
Village Cinemas, Westfield Airport West
Tuesday, 22 January, 2pm-6pm
For more information call 9243 1225 or youth@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Part of Midsumma, this free event is for LBGTIQA+ people aged 12 to 25, their friends and allies. Come and enjoy high tea, drag bingo, music and giveaways, with prizes for the best dressed. Free.
The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport
Wednesday, 23 January, Midday to 4pm

Active and outdoor activities


East Keilor Leisure Centre
82 Quinn Grove, East Keilor
Visit East Keilor Leisure Centre for more information.

Queens Park Swimming Pool
13 The Strand, Moonee Ponds
Visit Queens Park Pool for more information.

Ascot Vale Leisure Centre
Corner Langs and Epsom Road, Ascot Vale
Visit Ascot Vale Leisure Centre for more information.

The Junior Rangers program is a fun way for kids to get outdoors and interact with the natural world in parks across Moonee Valley. Find out about the kits and print your own Junior Rangers guide at home by visiting our Junior Rangers page.

Corner Albion and Lawson Streets, Essendon
Essendon Traffic School is a great place for kids to practice riding their bicycles while learning about road rules. Complete with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights, this mini road set up for kids aged two to ten years will be open for school holiday programs from Monday, 7 January to Friday, 25 January. Note that the traffic school is not open on public holidays.
For opening hours and costs visit our Essendon Traffic School page.

Newsom Street, Ascot Vale

Treat your child to a fun and challenging junior golf program! All clinics will be conducted by professional instructors. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Cost $59 per day or $149 for three days. Bookings are required
Monday, 7 January to Wednesday, 9 January, 9am-12pm
Monday, 21 January to Wednesday, 23 January, 9am-12pm
For more information or to book, call 9938 4545.

Contact for journalists:

Kate Murphy, Media Advisor
Phone: 03 9243 1645; Email: media@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM