The Event Showcase is a great way to find how other organisations, communities, friends and families are celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day right across Australia.
Museums Victoria – Scienceworks (SNAICC’s launch event)
When: Monday 5 August
Partnering with SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, Scienceworks celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day with a special day dedicated to Koorie people, knowledge, stories and culture.
Explore Indigenous Australian constellations in the planetarium, get involved in traditional performances and Aboriginal art experiences, and come to face-to-face with some real Australian Animals including frogs, turtles and snakes! Little Kids’ Day In will be a fun day especially for kids aged 5 and under, their parents and carers.
Bee You Family Day Care
Contact: Tamara Ruffin, firstname.lastname@example.org
They will hold a group play date with other family day cares in Hudson Park, Kilmore, VIC.
Contact: Samantha Latham, email@example.com, 03 9356 6742
At their preschool they will build on their embedded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness through:
• Children creating their own paintings and artworks about the Children’s Day theme, We Play, We Learn, We Belong, and displaying them for everyone to enjoy.
• Arranging for the class to do culturally relevant activities including a memory game, traditional music and through a set up play space.
• Inviting Koori families into the service or school for storytelling and cultural activities.
• Having a flag raising ceremony with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.
Bundalaguah Primary School
Contact: Viv West, firstname.lastname@example.org, 03 5147 1110
The school will run an art session around the theme – We Play, We Learn, We Belong. There will be classroom activities and support from KESO.
Bendigo Special Developmental School
Contact: Tania Franks, email@example.com, 0490 109 188
The school will be holding a whole school assembly incorporating Indigenous stories, art and music as a celebration and acknowledgement on the morning of 5 August.
Contact: Hannah Pring, Hannah.Pring@beyondblue.org.au, (03) 9810 6137
Hosting an internal Q&A session and afternoon tea to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day and learn more about the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in the life and social and emotional wellbeing of every child.
Dederang Primary School
Contact: Christina Torio, firstname.lastname@example.org, 02 6028 9331
They will have a Children’s Day celebration and school assembly.
Geelong Grammar School Toorak Campus
Contact: Suzanne Georgy, email@example.com, 03 9829 1444
ELC 3 and 4 year old children will celebrate the day with a visit from Wurrundjeri Elder Murrundindi on Thursday 8 August.
Gowrie Victoria, Carlton North
Contact: Nicole Lees, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0418 535 378
On Monday 5 August, there will be a morning film (Big Cuz & Little J) and storytelling using symbols followed by games together in the afternoon from the book Let’s Play!
Little Blossoms Child Care Centre, Werribee
Contact: Alana Kuhl, email@example.com, 0421 468 063
Holding a celebration in the centre, providing fun activities for the children to embrace the culture of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children. Activities include painting, making musical instruments and learning some aboriginal dance moves.
Lulla’s Children & Family Centre and Communities for Children
Contact: Jessie Barnes-Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org, 03 5820 0424
Time: 10am – 1pm.
Location: All Abilities playground, 25 Tom Collins Drive Shepparton.
A celebration in collaboration with Lulla’s Children & Family Centre, Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and Communities for Children (Catholic Care Sandhurst).
Contact: Kerri Douglas, email@example.com, 0477 769 459
When: Tuesday 13 August, 10am-3pm
Where: The Hub, Station St, Maryborough
Go Goldfields and Department of Education and Training will hold an activity day for schools and kindergartens to attend, to participate in a range of different activities.
Happy Feet Early Learning Centre
Contact: Imogen Avery, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0417 268 587
Newham Primary School
Contact: Kath Holford, email@example.com, 03 5427 0235
They will have a whole school event to develop an appreciation and respect through learning and play that celebrates Indigenous histories, cultures and knowledge.
OSHC Club, St John’s Footscray
Contact: Novita Sumantri, Stjohnsfootscray@oshclub.com.au, 0402 560 449
When: Monday 5 August
Celebrating Children’s Day at after school care.
Contact: Mishel Lowndes, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0452 553 182
Celebrating stories, music and dance
St. Joseph’s Primary School
Contact: Carmel Natale, email@example.com, 03 5872 1573
They are having an Indigenous incursion on Friday 2 August called ‘Grow Hope’ which will have children involved in learning about the Indigenous culture through dance, art, movement and story.
Uniting in Ballarat: Art Competition
Contact: Leanne Gunn, LGunn@vt.uniting.org, 03 5332 1286
Children under 12 years old can enter their art competition by either colouring the provided image of Bunjil or drawing or painting what ‘We play, we learn, we belong’ means to them.
When: On Saturday 10 August, from 10am to 12pm
Where: Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek
Experience Welcome to Country, Smoking ceremony, cultural story, cultural dance Djirri Djirri dancers, and access to the sanctuary.
When: On Friday 2 August, 10am-12.30pm
Where: Tribes, 107-111 Crinigan Road, Morwell
A lunch event with free activities, face painting, canvas making, activity books and SNAICC bags.
Where: St Vincent’s Cricket Club, 126 Crinigan Road, Morwell
Sports Activity on the Oval Latrobe Street Games with fresh fruit and water provided.
VACCA Ovens, Murray
Where: Wangaratta, Northern Beaches
When: Sunday 4 August, 2pm
Gold coin sausage sizzle in support of MessageStickWalk Bullawah Trail and special guests Anita Cooper, Alwyn Doolan, Helen Haines, Ian Davidson.
Where: Melton Community Hall, 238 High Street, Melton
When: Saturday 3 August, 11am-2pm
Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country, cultural activities, Melton AusKick, Western Bulldogs footy players and mascots, Melbourne Victory Soccer Clinic, Animal Farm, Children’s Day bags, raffle prizes, face painting, art and craft, jumping castle, staffs and free BBQ lunch.
Watsonia North Preschool
Contact: Maddie Francis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0439 771 577
A respected Aboriginal community Elder is comming to the preschool with his possum cloak and items for show and tell and two Torres Strait Islander ladies who will also do show and tell, some art activities with the kids to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.
Weekend Playgroup, Montmorency
Contact: Ashlee Zhang, email@example.com, 0416 883 328
A special theme for the weekend playgroup to support and learn the identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in a way that our babies and toddlers can understand and participate. And to enhance the knowledge of non-Indigenous children through music and lots of cultural activities.
The day will include following activities:
- Beginning with our acknowledgement of the original owners of our land, pay respect
- Face painting
- Toddler painting
- Temp tattoo
- Colouring sheets
- One book from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day kit
- Some background music
City of Whittlesea
Contact: Teagen Cornelissens, firstname.lastname@example.org, 03 9404 8888
The day will be filled with a number of activities such as traditional games, dance, music, face painting, arts and craft. All welcome.
When: Monday 5 August, 10am-1pm
Where: Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic Centre (TRAC), 52-54 Main St, Thomastown
BBQ lunch will be provided.
For further information please phone Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Nurse Teagen on 9404 8888.