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An annual festival across the nation, Children's
Week celebrates the right of all children to enjoy
childhood, and to demonstrate their talents, skills
and abilities. Most of all, it's a time to have fun!
Here in Ballarat, local schools, childcare centres
and playgroups recognise and celebrate Children's
Week. There are also two big community events for
all Ballarat children and their parents, carers and
teachers -- The Great Big Gardens Play Day and
Kid's Passport to Ballarat.
The Great Big
Gardens Play Day
Ballarat's children are
invited to attend The
Great Big Gardens Play
Day, a free event at the
Ballarat Botanical Gardens, from 10am to 3pm,
Wednesday 24 October.
The theme of the day is ADVENTURE with loads to
A giant maze
Secrets of the gardens
Giant spiders web
Trails to follow
Nature stories and crafts
There will be a special space for kids up to three
years of age and somewhere for the under fives to
have fun, too.
Kids are asked to be ready to play, bring their
imaginations and get a good sleep the night
before! The event will go ahead regardless of the
weather, so remember to bring suitable clothing.
Parents are asked to book ahead as some of the
activities have limited space.
The official opening is at 10am in front of the
Robert Clark Centre near the Conservatory.
In celebration of International Children's Day,
The Great Big Gardens Play Day is an initiative
of the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens,
Education Committee and BotaniKIDS. It is a main
feature of the City of Ballarat's Children's Week
and the Ballarat Gardens in Spring program.
For information, contact Great Big Gardens Play
Day Organising Committee Convenor Julie Bradby
at 5342 9354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover Our Child-Friendly City
The Kid's Passport to Ballarat, to run from 20 to
28 October, is a fun way to families to explore the city.
Children will get their own passport to map their
adventure around Ballarat's CBD and some of its
iconic buildings and places. The activity promotes
Ballarat as a child friendly city, emphasise the
importance of children in the community and
encourages physical activity, education and fun.
The Kid's Passport to Ballarat will replace the Fun
Day previously held in the Phoenix Mall.
A list of fun activities and where to get your special
passport are available at the City of Ballarat
For information on the 2012 Children's Week
passport activity, call the City of Ballarat's Best Start
Community Facilitator Merran Fleming at 5320 5773
or email email@example.com
Celebrate Children's Week
Children's Week (20 to 28 October)
is the perfect opportunity to come and play in Ballarat!
Have Their Say
The City of Ballarat's Family and Children's
Services is busy talking to Ballarat's children
to find answers to the following questions:
• If you had a friend visiting Ballarat,
where would you take them and why?
• If you could change one thing in
Ballarat, what would it be?
Responses will be displayed in various
locations around the city during Children's
Week including in shop windows and at the
Consultation will be used to inform future
decision-making by the City of Ballarat,
including the development of its next
Municipal Early Years Plan and Guide.
Want to be a part of the Children's
Call the City of Ballarat's Best Start
Community Facilitator Merran Fleming
at 5320 5773 or email
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