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.

NATIONAL

  • The Disney Classics Festival is coming to Event Cinemas from 24 February until 18 March and features all your Disney favourites including 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, Dumbo and The Lion King.

SYDNEY

  • Join our 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!
  • Drop in to the MCA every Wednesday between 10am–12 noon  and get ready to PLAY as you and your tot discover artist Kate Beynon’s interactive artwork Room of Lucky Charms (2017).
  • Discover contemporary art with a different theme every month at the MCA! Children aged 3–5 years and their grown-ups take a journey through current exhibitions at Art Safari with an Artist Educator playing games, sharing stories and exchanging ideas along the way!
  • 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 different bugs. Led by an expert team of Education Rangers at Centennial Parklands, Bush School will inspire love for the natural world through games, bushcraft activities, stories and more.
  • The Sydney Youth Orchestra’s Meet the Orchestra concerts are a wonderful way to introduce orchestral music to families and young children. Performed by the SYO’s Peter Seymour Orchestra, this relaxed and informal concert has been specially designed to be interactive, informative and most importantly, lots of fun! Upcoming Dates: 13th May-Mosman, 19th August-Leichhardt
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bring your tiny along to MAAS Tinies; A playful session for the tiniest curious creators Babies-2 years and their carers. Explore sensory play all related to a specific theme. MAAS Tinies occurs once a month at the Powerhouse Museum and the Museum Discovery centre.
  • Children 3-5 years are invited to the Powerhouse Museum and Museum Discovery Centre once a month for the MAAS Minis program- a playful session for curious creators and their carers that brings applied arts and sciences to life.
  • Does your preschooler love to make art? Your invited for a fun artmaking tour of the Art Gallery of NSW to develop their creativity and improved fine motor skills. Perfect for ages 3-5 years. Thursday 22, Tuesday 27 February 2018: Puppy Dog Tales and Tuesday 27, Thursday 29 March 2018: Letters and Numbers.
  • Kids are invited to do their best downward dog at the new Darling Quarter Kids’ Yoga each Friday at 10.30am and 11.30am located at the Village Green.

MELBOURNE

  • 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.
  • Every weekday is wonderful for toddlers at Werribee Open Range Zoo, where terrific activities will keep the fives and under ‘wildly’ entertained all day. Enjoy a kid-friendly safari tour across the savannah or sing, dance and play to African-inspired songs at the African Village Dance Party!
  • Enjoy a day of fun and play-based learning activities without the school groups. Each Little Kids’ Day In at Scienceworks is a unique experience with activities, museum exhibits, shows and storytelling for children and parents to get involved in. Next Little Kids Day In is scheduled for the 5th March and is themed Creep, Crawl, Buzz.
  • Every Thursday join the Mexican Music Man at Prahran Market, a wonderful interactive children’s singer from Mexico. Sing a long or pick up an instrument and join in the fun!
  • Set up in the Market Square, the team from Peninsula Animal Farm will assist your children in getting the most out of their animal farm experience every Tuesday at Prahran Market. They’ll help them hold certain animals, give them feed or even put a chicken on top of their head!
  • 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 their 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 Dance Play, It’s a Wrap, Paint What you Hear, Massive for Babies, Clippity Clop and Roly Poly.
  • Take your little Monet to the Young at Art program at the Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery on Tuesday 8th August to introduces your 2–5 year old to the wonderful world of art. Have a tour of the works on display, enjoy a story and do a hands-on creative activity inspired by our current exhibition.
  • Watch classic nursery rhyme characters magically come to life as the pages of the storybook are turned in this exciting new Play School Live production, ‘Once Upon A Time’. Come join the Presenters, Jemima, Big Ted, Little Ted and Humpty as they travel through an enchanting adventure filled with stories, songs and dance.
  • 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.

BRISBANE

  • Designed for children under six years of age, Little Cobbers encourages fun and discovery based around a museum object. Each week during school term time, the Little Cobbers box is opened and a new object is uncovered. The children learn about the object in the box, hear a related story and join in craft activities at the Cobb + Co Museum.
  • 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.
  • Under fives are invited to a fun session of singing, art and craft, storytelling and games at Nippers Play & Learn at the Workshops Rail Museum.
  • Toddler Tuesday at QAGOMA is a free program for families and children aged 18 months to 4 years. Each session engages toddlers with one focus work from the Gallery’s collection and incorporates specially designed games, storytelling, making and looking activities.
  • 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.
  • Bring your kids to the Museum of Brisbane to enjoy a Clock Tower tour for a special insight into Brisbane City Hall, one of Brisbane’s most iconic buildings and the symbolic heart of the city. Runs daily every 15 minutes.

ADELAIDE

  • ASO Junior Jams continues in partnership with local libraries across metropolitan Adelaide and this April children can sing, dance and experience the sounds and sights of various musical instruments at Brighton Library.
  • 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. March program will run from the 12th-16th March and the theme will be confirmed ASAP.
  • Pack a picnic and enjoy Library in the Park at Tusmore Park on the 9th March. Sit on your picnic rug and listen to SA Children’s author Katrina Germein reading her books Thunderstorm Dancing and Big Rain Coming.
  • Come and enjoy Playgroup on the Green! An outdoor large Playgroup with fun for everyone! Face painting, crafts, loose parts play, messy play, baby zone, box city… loads of fun! Gold coin donation on the day.
  • 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.

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.
  • Especially for littlies (2-5 years), A to Zoo is a fun and interactive early childhood program that takes them on a journey through the Zoo learning about their favourite animals. Storytelling, craft, movement and music at its wildest.
  • 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

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.