Spring into the school holidays

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Moonee Valley kids can enjoy the school holidays this spring with a range of free and low-cost programs on offer. 

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said there was a great range of activities happening across Moonee Valley to encourage children of all ages to get out of the house and get involved.

“We have some great activities on offer including a slime and spaghetti challenge, a wacky worms show, a buzzy bees activity, and screenings of Chicken Run and Hook,” Cr Sipek said.

“Other highlights of our school holiday program include a skateboard design workshop, event management training for the older kids, and a circus roadshow, including workshops and a performance.”

Check out our website at mvcc.vic.gov.au/holidayprograms each school holidays to see what’s on offer.

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

ANIMATION WORKSHOP
Toonworld invites you to the wonderful world of Stop Motion Animation. You will construct your own cool clay characters that you can take home and make more movies. Suitable for 8-12 year olds. Cost $4.50, bookings necessary.
Wednesday, 26 September, 1.30pm–3pm, Avondale Heights Library

SLIME AND SPAGHETTI CHALLENGE
Up for a challenge? See what outlandish and original structures you can build just with spaghetti and marshmallows (without eating any!) Then make some oozy, gooey, silly, funny slime. Suitable for 6-12 year olds. Free, bookings necessary.
Wednesday, 26 September, 2pm–3pm, Sam Merrifield Library
Thursday, 27 September, 2pm–3pm, Niddrie Library

PODCASTING FOR CURIOUS KIDS
This workshop will cover planning, writing, recording and editing a podcast, with finished podcasts being hosted on the library catalogue. Suitable for 8-12 year olds. Free, bookings necessary.
Thursday, 27 September, 10.15am–12.15pm, Ascot Vale Library

MAKEY MAKEY MUSIC
Turn your drawings into musical pieces of art by using coding language Scratch and Makey Makey. Suitable for 8-12 year olds. Cost $4.50, bookings necessary.
Thursday, 27 September, 10.30am–12pm, Flemington Library

BUILD IT WITH PLANKS!
Green Hat Workshop presents a dynamic, creative, open-ended building block activity. PLANKS building blocks combine art and engineering, can be used to build almost anything and are fun for all ages. Free, no bookings required.
Tuesday, 2 October, 10.30am–12.30pm, Niddrie Library
Tuesday, 2 October, 2pm–4pm, Sam Merrifield Library

PROF BUNSEN SCIENCE SHOW
Science will come alive at Moonee Valley Libraries with Professor Bunsen. Experience the explosive power packed in a teaspoon of sugar, see a ball bazooka in action, hear sound being poured, marvel at colour changing reactions and much more. Suitable for 6-14 year olds. Cost $4.50, bookings necessary.
Wednesday, 3 October, 10.30am–11.30am, Flemington Library
Wednesday, 3 October, 2pm–3pm, Sam Merrifield Library

SCIENCE DISCOVERY DOME
Discover more about space, the planets and earth with the Science Discovery Dome, a portable planetarium and science dome. Be immersed in dome digital projections and movies, and learn more about our universe. Suitable for 6-12 year olds. $4.50, bookings necessary.
Wednesday, 3 October, 10am –11am and 11am-12pm, Avondale Heights Library

TWISTED SCIENTISTS – WACKY WORMS SHOW
Kids will be decked out in lab coats and safety goggles before the science show begins. Then it’s experiment time! Kids will use pipettes, syringes, test tubes, stirrers, plates, cups and heaps more gear to “science” their take home creations to life. Suitable for 6-12 year olds. $4.50, bookings necessary.
Thursday, 4 October, 10.30am–11.30am, Ascot Vale Library
Thursday, 4 October, 2pm–3pm, Niddrie Library

Activities for teens:

GAME OFF
Video game tournaments for young people aged 12-25 years. Compete for your chance to win gaming vouchers. Free, bookings necessary.
Thursday, 27 September, 2pm-5pm, Avondale Heights

SKATEBOARD DECK ART AND DESIGN WORKSHOP
Design and paint a skate deck. Bring along your sketchpad and ideas, and some clothes you don’t mind getting messy in. Raw deck and paints provided. For people aged 15-25 years.
Free, bookings necessary.
Monday, 1 October, 2pm–4pm, Avondale Heights

YOUNG WRITERS GROUP
Develop your creative writing skills with Melbourne University Creative Writing students.
Sessions include fun writing activities, meeting other young writers and feedback on your writing. Suitable for 12-16 year olds. Free, bookings necessary.
Thursday, 4 October, 6pm–7pm, Niddrie Library

Flemington Community Centre

25 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington

JEWELLERY MAKING
Get crafty in this fun session and make your own beaded jewellery. Parents are encouraged to assist their child but can make something of their own too. Suitable for ages 1 to 5.
Monday, 24 September, 9.30am–11am

GYMBUS FUN
Jump on board the double-decker GymBus for playful games and activities. Climb through tunnels, slide down the firefighter’s pole or join in with a game of The Floor is Lava inside this exciting bus!
Monday, 1 October
10.30am–11.15am for ages 3 to 5
11.15am–noon for ages 6 to 8

SLIME TIME!
Who doesn’t love slime?! Glittering slime, glow in the dark slime, magnetic slime and more! This entire hour is dedicated to making slime and throwing your slime to hit some targets! Suitable for ages 5 to 12.
Wednesday, 3 October, 1.30pm–2.30pm

All activities cost $4 / $2 concession. Booking and payment are to be made prior to commencement of activity. Enrolments open Wednesday, 3 January 2018. Book early to avoid disappointment. Each child may enrol in a maximum of three activities. Parents/guardians are expected to attend with their children.

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

JEWELLERY MAKING
Get crafty in this fun session and make your own beaded jewellery. Parents are encouraged to assist their child but can make something of their own too. Suitable for ages 1 to 5.
Tuesday, 25 September, 9.30am–11am

CIRCUS SKILLS 2.0
Come along and build on your circus skills from last school holidays! This time we’ll be learning how to spin plates and learn the basics of fire twirling (without the fire!) Younger children can join in too and have a try at juggling scarves. Suitable for ages 3 to 12.
Thursday, 4 October, 10am–11.30am

All activities cost $4 per session. Booking and payment are to be made prior to commencement of activity. Enrolments open Wednesday, 3 January 2018. Book early to avoid disappointment. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information contact Bowes Avenue Community Centre on 8325 1890 or 8325 1800 or email bowesavcc@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Incinerator Gallery

180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds

Unleash your child’s creative energy these school holidays through a series of fun and interactive arts workshops. Children will work alongside professional artists and educators to imagine, make, create and express themselves. The workshops are inspired by the Incinerator Gallery exhibitions, architecture and natural environment.

ART ADVENTURES
Explore a variety of media and drawing techniques to create images of real or fantasy holidays to faraway places, and of people and animals. Inspired by the drawings and paintings in the exhibition ‘One World,’ children will build their drawing skills and learn new techniques with artist Carly Richardson. Dress for mess: wear an apron or smock.
Tuesday, 25 September, 10.30am–12pm for 4 to 7 year olds and 1pm–3pm for 7 to 14 year olds

BUZZY BEES: LIFE IS A HIVE
In this fun and interactive workshops, children will get up close with an apiarist from Backyard Honey and some real bees to learn about their lifecycle and positive impact on the environment. Take part in a bee-inspired activity and taste some really fresh honey.
Wednesday, 26 September, 10.30am–12pm for 4 to 7 year olds and 1pm–3pm for 7 to 14 year olds

PRINTMAKING OUR WORLD
Artist Belinda Pringle will guide children through the gallery seeking inspiration to create their own prints. Children will be shown printing techniques to incorporate their findings into their own interpretation of the environment. Bookings essential.
Thursday, 27 September, 10.30am–12pm for 4 to 7 year olds and 1pm–3pm for 7 to 14 year olds

All workshops are $17.50 per child including materials unless otherwise stated. Morning sessions for 4 to 7-year-olds require an adult carer (free of charge) remain with them during the program. Parents must complete an enrolment form for children attending the afternoon session when leaving.

WILD CITY
Wild City is a small sculpture city and mini urban landscape by Incinerator Art Award Finalist, Kathy Holowko. You are invited to help turn it into a thriving green metropolis where humans and animals share the landscape and the buildings. Get introduced to real and inspiring stories of animal architecture, wildlife corridors, green roofs and other animal friendly ideas. Use your imagination and making skills to turn the city wild! Add to the city by making sculptures, building, weaving, and planting new habitats. Suitable for children aged 6 to 10. Free, bookings essential.
Saturday, 22 September, 11.30am–1pm

Book online at the Incinerator Gallery's website or call 8325 1750.

Clocktower Centre

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

CIRCUS ROADSHOW
Roll up! Roll up! The Circus Roadshow is coming to Moonee Valley with a series of fun workshops and a performance that little circus enthusiasts will love! Join Solid State Circus performer Luth Wolff as she introduce kids to her fun and madcap circus world. Children participating in the workshops will need to be accompanied by an adult buddy. Adult buddies will be required to actively participate in the workshops.
Workshops:
Tuesday, 2 October at 10am, Avondale Heights Library
Wednesday, 3 October at 10am, Flemington Community Centre
Thursday, 4 October at 10am, Strathnaver Reserve Pavilion
Friday, 5 October at 10am, Bowes Avenue Community Hall
Performance:
Saturday, 6 October at 10am, Clocktower Centre

ICKYPEDIA
The Listies, Australia’s favourite kidult comedians, bring their best-smelling book Ickypedia: A Dictionary of Disgusting New Words to the Clocktower stage! Ickypedia is a seriously silly show that answers all of life’s unimportant questions: How do you take a smellfie? What are udderpants? What’s Zomba? Anarchic, spontaneous and astoundingly funny, Ickypedia delights audiences of all ages and is a show not to be missed!
Tuesday, 25 September at 10am

FAMILY MOVIES AT THE CLOCKTOWER

Chicken Run
Living on a poultry farm run by two evil farmers, Mr and Mrs Tweedy, one chicken has long dreamt of the day she can escape. When a cockerel called Red flies into the farm she finally sees her chance to save herself and the flock.
Wednesday, 26 September at 11am

Hook (PG)
What if Peter Pan was to grow up? The once whimsical and magical young boy is now a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer with a family of his own. Married to Wendy’s granddaughter, the couple have two children who are kidnapped one fateful night by the evil Captain Hook. Peter must now go back to Neverland to battle Hook and try to remember who he is.
Wednesday, 3 October at 11am

Family Movies at the Clocktower is the perfect way to enjoy a classic film in the comfortable surrounds of your local theatre. All tickets are $8. For more information, visit the Clocktower Centre's website or call 9243 9191.

Activities for youths

WANT TO RUN EVENTS?
Valley Youth FReeZA and The Push are teaming up to run a free event management training day for young people aged 12-25! Free event and food provided for attendees. Bookings necessary.
Tuesday, 2 October, 10am–5pm, Valley Youth Space, 3 Matthews Avenue Niddrie

RAINBOW VALLEY
A social group for LGBTIQA+ young people to hang out, make friends and be themselves. Contact Valley Youth for the location details.
Friday, 5 October, 4.30pm–6.30pm

For more information contact Valley Youth at 9243 1225 or youth@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Active and outdoor activities

HAVE A SWIM AT ONE OF OUR HEATED POOLS
East Keilor Leisure Centre

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

Ascot Vale Leisure Centre
Corner Langs and Epsom Road, Ascot Vale
For more information visit the Ascot Vale Leisure Centre website.

JUNIOR RANGERS
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 the Junior Rangers page.

THE ESSENDON TRAFFIC SCHOOL
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 10 years will be open this school holidays. Note that the traffic school is not open on public holidays.
For opening hours and costs visit the Essendon Traffic School page.

RIVERSIDE GOLF AND TENNIS CENTRE
Newsom Street, Ascot Vale
Treat your child to a fun and challenging Golf, Tennis or Netball Clinic, with other fun activities included too! All clinics will be conducted by professional instructors and snacks will be provided.
For more information, call Riverside on 9938 4545 or visit Riverside's website.

Contact for journalists:
Sarah Schwager, Media Advisor
Phone: 03 9243 8813; Mobile: 0447 517 177; Email: media@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Sunday, 11 November 2018, 10:16 PM