What’s on for the Under Fives in your city? In addition to the wonderful library events planned for the under fives during the week, there are plenty of other toddler related events happening in your city. Check out our top under fives activities this June in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle.

SYDNEY

  • Join the weekly term-time playgroups for children aged 9 months to 3 years (Tiny Tots) or 3 – 5 years (Mini Explorers) and their parents or carers. Australian Museum.
  • Monkey Play-Cheeky monkey’s are free to roam around the Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre foyer on a Monday each month as children play the morning away with themes selected by the team! In June, using their powers of observation, children will create a Play-doh sculptured masterpiece in response to the item in front of them.
  • Head to the Powerhouse Museum for a playful session for curious creators and their carers that brings applied arts and sciences to life. MAAS Minis is designed for children aged 3 – 5 years.
  • This June, the Octonauts are landing at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium for exclusive live shows and meet and greets with their Aussie fans! Watch Captain Barnacles in our live shows, participate in Octo-training and learn what it takes to be an Octo-cadet!
  • Head to ART BABY at the MCA this June for fun and flexible gallery tours designed for parents and carers with babies under 1 year old
  • Drop in every Wednesday* for ARTPLAY at the MCA between 10am–12 noon and get ready to PLAY as you and your tot discover an interactive artwork you can touch!
  • Every month, Mini Mariners at the ANMM welcomes 2-5 year-olds and their parents/carers. Explore the galleries, sing and dance in interactive tours with costumed guides. Enjoy creative free play, craft, games, dress-ups and story time in our themed activity area.
  • Climb trees, build cubbies, explore the great outdoors, make mud pies, and discover strange bugs. Get children back to nature and experience all of its benefits in the Bush School program at Centennial Parklands.
  • Join the Australian Fairy Tale Society to celebrate fairy tales featuring mysterious and fantastical plants and gardens. Fairy tale experts from around Australia will weave their storytelling magic to hold you spell-bound, taking you on a wonderful journey through imaginary worlds at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • With an ensemble playing repertoire to inspire a love of music in young audiences, Kids Music Cafe is a wonderful introduction to instruments and live music at the Sydney Opera House. Each adult ticket is inclusive of coffee and a slice of cake, so you can relax and meet other parents in a casual atmosphere. Featuring Sydney Youth Orchestras.
  • Bring your little explorer along for a fun, social activity designed to enhance curiosity and creativity! MAAS Tinies is designed for mobile babies to 2 years.
  • Head to the Royal Botanic Gardens each Thursday for a wonderful nature based program called Dandy Lions where little ones will get to join in a morning of gardening, craft, singing and play.
  • To celebrate the 100th birthday of May Gibb’s iconic Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Australia’s favourite gumnut brothers are coming to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo! Activities include Storytime, find the hidden letters, activity stations and May Gibbs reading corner.

MELBOURNE

  • Under fives are invited to Betties at Northcote for their weekly Crafting for Little People session every Tuesday.
  • Bring your little ones to Werribee Zoo for a special Junior Safari at 10am then head to the Cheetah Lawn for a morning of singing, dancing, puppet play, craft and plenty of tunes!
  • Bring your own little Joeys to Wallaby Wednesdays at Healesville Sanctuary! Your little ones will love dressing up as wallabies with wallaby face painting, wallaby ears and wallaby tails for pouch races, hopping games and wallaby trails.
  • Every Sunday during May and June, hear and participate in stories from other lands presented through books, puppets and music as you wander through the trails at Werribee Open Range Zoo.
  • Head to the State Library of Victoria Storytime every Wednesday and Thursday for fun with stories, songs and rhymes brought to life by the Library’s Chief Storyteller.
  • Fairy Petunia is back at the South Melbourne Market on Wednesdays with a new, jam-packed 30 minute show for the little ones. She’ll entertain the little ones with bubbles, songs, storytime, activities, games, songs and colouring.
  • Let’s get rowdy! Children aged 0-5 years, and their carers, love to explore and play with MSO in these musical workshops with presenter Karen Kyriakou. Workshops are held at 10am, 11am, 12noon and 1pm at Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre. 10am and 11am are sold out.
  • The Under 4s program series at the NGV invites children and families to discover the Gallery through looking and making activities. For children aged 2-4 and thier parents or carers.
  • Heide introduces a new art program dedicated to babies (0-18 months) and their carers that focuses on the important role art plays in infant development. Join one of Heide’s art educators on the Moonboy baby rug for 30 minutes of sensory play in the gallery, looking, thinking and talking about art.
  • ARTPLAY is the place to be for the Under Fives with a jam packed schedule of fun things to do for babies and toddlers. Check out Inside Out, Hear Me Roar, Ships in the Night, Put a Stamp on it, Curiouser and Curiouser, Ikebana Sculptures, and Light Pickers.
  • Explore our awesome Earth at the next Little Kids’ Day in Scienceworks on Monday 4 June in partnership with Playgroup Victoria. Go on whirlwind adventure to find out how the seasons work in the Melbourne Planetarium, get ready to jump and clap and shake along to Kinderling Kids Radio live and get curious in a range of activities exploring our brilliant planet!
  • Stripy-socked singing sensation Lah-Lah and her friends – Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy the piano accordion, Tom Tom on drums, Buzz the Bandleader and Lola the Dancing Double Bass – will introduce children and their families to the wonderful world of jazz.

BRISBANE

  • Join Queensland Symphony Orchestra for a magical morning of music and mayhem. Enter into the enchanting world of Mrs Summerbloom’s garden and meet a host of colourful characters as they are brought to life by her magic watering can. Perfect for children up to eight years of age, this musical adventure will surprise and delight.
  • Designed for children under six years of age, Little Cobbers at the Cobb + Co Museum encourages fun and discovery based around a museum object.
  • Nippers Play & Learn sessions at the Workshops Rail Museum bring the magic of rail to life for our youngest visitors with singing, art and craft, storytelling and games.
  • Toddler Tuesday a the QAGOMA uses games, storytelling and interactivity to encourage toddlers, along with their parents and carers, to have fun while learning about art. Each 45 minute session explores a single artwork in the Gallery’s Collection and is suitable for ages 18 months to 4 years.
  • The State Library of Queensland has the under fives covered with weekly programs for toddlers including Hickory Dickory RockRhyme TimeBaby Play or just have fun in The Corner and play your way through our interactive environment carefully prepared for children from birth through to eight years.
  • Come down to The Corner at the State Library of Queensland and play your way through our interactive environment carefully prepared for children from birth through to eight years. Through art making, facilitated play, sharing stories and creative conversations, children and families can interact with artists and each other to creatively engage in the serious business of play.
  • Powerkids: Little Artists at Play at the Brisbane Powerhouse is a relaxed and inclusive environment where parents and their under fives are invited to participate in activities together. Bring your kids along to take part in multi-art experiences led by internationally acclaimed artists from Imaginary Theatre.
  • Art Starters is a new program where babies 4 – 12 months, together with their parents and carers, can explore the ‘Tony Albert: Visible’ exhibition through a 45 minute engaging tour and multi-sensory interactive play session.
  • Join the Brisbane Concert Orchestra for a musical and energetic afternoon as the orchestra takes children of all ages on a symphonic journey. The annual BCO Kiddies Cushion concert introduces children to the range of orchestral instruments where they are encouraged to listen, learn and engage.
  • Children’s Storytime, hosted by the Indooroopilly Library each month, is an interactive session where children are encouraged to engage with a story and enter a world of imagination.

ADELAIDE

  • Come on an adventure with Paul Rissmann and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra who, with music and images, will show you that being small never stopped anybody from being courageous and clever! Based on the book, Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants by Giles Andreae and Korky Paul; internationally acclaimed composer and educator Paul Rissmann will guide families in an interactive story telling experience.
  • Young Explorers is a program designed so that children and their families  can enjoy an interactive experience that immerses them in the stories, objects and spaces of the South Australian Museum. June’s theme is Ice and Snow.
  • START at the Gallery offers an exciting introduction to visual art for children and families. Held on the first Sunday of every month, START is free and includes art activities, tours, live performance and entertainment.
  • The Animal Play Day on Saturday 9th June  is an opportunity to highlight animal behaviour enrichment at Monarto Zoo. This year, Monarto will celebrate its 35 year since commencing as a breeding facility. Our animal play day will be birthday themed,  featuring special talks from keepers on enriching the lives of the animals in their care, and is an opportunity to see the animals join in on the birthday celebrations.
  • The cheeky and ever-so-cheerful Ticklish Allsorts is an all-singing and all-dancing musical extravaganza for all the family performing at the Adelaide Festival Centre this June. Each song comes with easy-to-follow dance moves that’ll get your feet tapping and hands clapping throughout this interactive performance.
    Take a virtual world tour of fun-filled songs and dance that combines country, rock, Latin, Celtic, rap, reggae, jazz and more!
  • Bring the kids down to the Fresh Food Mall at Westfield Marion Saturday June 9th from 10:30am, where they can get crafty and feel like royalty as they wear their crown in style.
  • Head to the Olive Branch Cafe where Crafty Kids littlies will be learning all about colours through craft, cooking and storytime.

PERTH

  • The Under Fives are catered for at the State Library of Western Australia with some fun programs including Activity Time, Rhyme Time, Play Time and Story time.
  • Parents with bubs get together for a mid-week art outing. ArtBubs is an opportunity to tour the Gallery with one of AGWA’s Guru Guides, followed by coffee, cake and conversation in the Imagination Room.
  • Help your toddler learn, play and grow, whilst making fun craft projects at the Spiers Centre. This “hands-on” group is excellent for developing fine-motor skills and eye-hand coordination, whilst letting your toddler get plenty of practice socialising and talking with other children
  • Craft a pirate mini-kite to take home, or swashbuckle your own pirate and watch it walk the plank on our digitally animated screen at the WA Maritime Museum Family Fun Day.
  • Children (and their grown-ups!) will be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra as they clap, sing and dance their way through stories and songs, well-known favourites and famous classics with one of our experienced presenters at the EChO Kids’ Cushion Concerts.
  • You’re invited to stimulate and educate your baby through sensory play, as part of Westfield Carousel’s Little Wonders mums and bubs program.
  • Get your little one up and moving with interactive multi-sport classes by Ready Steady Go Kids, as part of Westfield Carousel’s Little Wonders mums and bubs program.

NEWCASTLE

  • Cosy up on a cushion at the Newcastle Museum and journey into the world of storytelling. Pirates, bears, spaceships, or castles – who knows where your next Tuesday Tale will take you… Tuesday Tales is suitable for littles under six and is held at the Museum every Tuesday morning from 10.30am – 11am (except during school holidays).
  • Playgroup is even more fun when it’s at Revolution Sports Park. Equipment is provided that gives them an opportunity to try out their balance strength and coordination in their own time. Monday-Thursday 9am-11am.
  • An exciting new preschool program has started at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
  • Kids Story Time runs at Harry Hartog Westfield Kotara every Wednesday from 10.30am.
  • Don’t miss the Mums and Bubs Purple Pear Farm tours which are aimed at parents with small children. They are slow paced and feature a chance to feed, pat and cuddle various animals such as guinea pigs, ponies, cows, ducks, geese, pigs and chickens. Of course the dads and grandparents are most welcome too.