Next week is Children’s Week and to celebrate, Council, Mallee Family Care and Eloquent Speech Pathology have joined together to host a week-long playgroup.
All activities are free, open to children aged 0 – 12 years and will be held at the Presbyterian Church Hall, 325 Campbell Street in Swan Hill (with the exception of Roving Storytime at the Swan Hill Regional Library).
Council’s Children’s Advocate Leah Farrow said the week-long play group was designed to promote children leading play.
“We really wanted to highlight to families that often play is at its highest quality when it is child lead and has the support of invested adults,” Ms Farrow said.
“So we’ve created a program where families and carers can enjoy activities that offer the time, support and space that children crave to express themselves through play in its many different forms.”
For more information on activities, visit the events section on Council’s Facebook page or contact Leah Farrow on 0428 119 857.
Bookings for activities aren’t required, however all children must be supported by an adult.
This Children’s Week event is presented by Swan Hill Rural City Council, Mallee Family Care and Eloquent Speech Pathology in partnership with the Department of Education and Training.
Tuesday, 23 October
‘Play all day’ – 10am to 5pm
A time and place to include outlying communities for a play in town.
Refreshments and hospitality will welcome all with a focus on promoting the child directed nature of pop up play. Spaces and materials have been repurposed for play. Families will be exposed to the wide range of “scrap” we have access to in our everyday lives that inspires play.
Wednesday, 24 October
Roving Storytime – 10am to 1pm
Children, parents, carers and businesses will join together to share the enjoyment of reading and storytelling.
Beginning at the Library, roving storytime involves children, their parents and carers taking a guided walk along Swan Hill’s main street. Nursery rhymes are sung during the walk and children will stop in at different businesses along the way. Children will then finish up with a free healthy lunch at the park behind the clock tower, where they will be greeted by emergency services personnel.
Play in the dark – 6.30pm to 8pm
Includes calming play and story before bed.
Children and carers able to enjoy star gazing and “light” play both in and outdoors. A Yoga teacher will encourage relaxation and family stories will be shared.
Thursday, 25 October
Picnic and play – 11am to 3pm
Children are able to pack a picnic for themselves and arrange a space to eat with family and friends.
Nutritious food will be prepared and boxes provided and staff and parents will support children.
Play spaces will also be available for the expression of ideas through drawing, painting, sculpting, dancing and music with children leading the play.
Friday, 26 October
Friday fun day – 1pm to 5pm
Available until 5pm to be accessible to school children.
A festival environment will be created where children decorate themselves and the venue with their art and self expression. Children will be supported to create their own dress ups, music and face painting displays.
Saturday, 27 October
Sensory Saturday – 9am to 1pm
Children will be challenged to explore their senses and share their reactions with their families and community.
Taste, sight, touch, hearing and smell will be treated with a combination of natural and commercial play and learning activities.