I read a beautiful poem on the Sunny Mummy site yesterday. Although we are thankful for our children, it’s nice to be reminded of how lucky we are to have them. Next week offers us one of those moments when we are given the chance to value and celebrate the children in our lives, Children’s Week (23-31 October, 2010).
'Children's Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities'. It begins tomorrow with fun-filled launches in each state.
There are hundreds of activities taking place around the nation for children and their families during the week. So many in fact, that it was impossible for me to list them all on my blog. There will be many private events taking place in schools, kindergartens and childcare centres but there are numerous community events available for the general public to attend.
There are so many activities on offer during the week: art, acrobatics, barbeques, train rides, teddy bears’ picnics, farm activities, science activities, talent quests, drawing competitions, tabloid sports, toy sales, family fun days, treasure hunts, pram strolls, dress-up days, billy kart races………………. Ooh! I'm excited already!
Not being able to list all of the reading-related activities, I decided to put together my own Top Ten list. Most of these activities require bookings. Make sure you follow the links for dates, times and booking details.
- Always at the top of my list are our local libraries. They are running fantastic events and workshops during the week. Many with the help of children’s book authors and illustrators, such as Lee Fox (Ten Little Hermit Crabs), Andy Griffiths (The ‘Bum’ Series), Jeanette Rowe (SmartyCat), Kim Kane (The Vegetable Ark) and Tony Wilson (The Princess and the Frozen Packet of Peas). Find your local library here and see what fun adventures they have planned.
- ‘Hercules the Horse’ story adventure at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat. (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). More details.
- ‘I Spy with my Heide Eye’: Explore elements of art within the grounds of Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). More details.
- ‘Poppets and Puppets in the Park’: Puppet making, face painting and story-time at the Yarraville Gardens, Yarraville: (Tuesday). More details
- Storytellers’ Guild will present a ‘bush frolic’ of stories, songs and rhymes in the tent at the ACT Playgroup Expo, Cook Community Hub. (Tuesday). More details.
- Mobile story-time in Gippsland. Each child who attends will receive a book to commemorate the day. Visiting Bairnsdale, Orbost, Omeo, Lakes Entrance and Paynesville. (Tuesday to Friday). More details
- ‘Romp and Stomp Fun Day’: Craft, dance, music and story time for Under 5s at the Melbourne Museum- Carlton. (Wednesday) More details.
- Local Indigenous art, story and dancing activities at Portland Child and Family Complex, Portland. (Wednesday). More details
- Parent and Kids' Expo (0-5yrs) at Bankstown: Singing, dancing, puppetry, story-time, kindergym, face-painting and arts and craft for the kids. There will also be parenting workshops on baby massage, mummy and bubby pilates. (Thursday). More details.
- ‘Home Among the Gum Trees': Storytime in the Garden at Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown (Friday). More details
- Moreton Bay’s ‘My Space, My Face, My Story’ writing competition. Competition closes on October 31, 2010. More details.
If none of these tickle your fancy then you must definitely check out the program for your state. Enjoy the week with your children.
Are you planning on attending any events near you?