Summer Vacation in the Moonee Valley

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Children and young people can enjoy the summer school vacations with a range of fun and exciting programs and activities planned in the Moonee Valley.

Moonee Valley Mayor Samantha Byrne said the upcoming school vacation program has something for everyone, with opportunities to learn new skills and make friends.

“There are plenty of activities on offer to keep children and young people entertained, including painting and origami workshops, art exhibitions, a poolside party, yoga and meditation sessions and much more” , said Mayor Byrne.

“The whole family can also get into the festive spirit and visit Santa Claus at Sam Merrifield Library or even test their driving skills at Essendon Traffic School.”

There is a range of free and low cost programs to choose from in December and January.

Click here for more information and to book:


Moonee Valley Libraries

Great summer reading

The Statewide Library Reading Challenge is now running throughout the summer. Register online or at the library.

Click here for more information.

Native Christmas tree decoration

Primary school children are invited to decorate native Christmas trees in Sam Merrifield, Niddrie or Avondale Heights. Trees will then be planted around Moonee Valley.

Meet and greet with Santa Claus

Tuesday December 21 at 6.30 p.m.
Sam Merrifield Library

Santa is coming to Sam Merrifield Library! It’s possible to meet Santa and get a COVID-safe photo, so be sure to bring your camera. There will also be stories and songs to participate too!

Click here to book.

NGV: We are mermaids Diorama Craft

Monday January 10 at 10 am | Sam Merrifield Library
Thursday January 13 at 10 am | Flemington Library
Tuesday January 18 at 10 am | Niddrie Library
Tuesday January 25 at 10 am | Avondale Heights Library and Learning Center

Hear the fascinating story of artist Yolu Djerrku Yunupiu, whose pre-birth mermaid life is told in this creative activity.

Children learn the story and then make a diorama adding their drawings to the scene.

Free, reservation required.

NGV: Loud birds! & Maypal collection

Tuesday January 11 at 1 p.m. | Niddrie Library
Wednesday January 29 at 1 p.m. | Avondale Heights Library and Learning Center
Monday January 24 at 1 p.m. | Merrifield Library

During this program organized by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), author, filmmaker and artist Yolu Siena Mayutu Wurmarri Stubbs shares his culture and connections to the land, including his homeland, Bawaka, East Arnhem Land.

There will be two fun and interactive activities for children to participate in.

Free, reservation required.

NGV: Photography and Design for Young Adults

Wednesday January 12 at 2 p.m. | Avondale Heights Library and Learning Center
Monday January 17th at 2pm | Sam Merrifield Library
Thursday January 20 at 2 p.m. | Flemington Library
Tuesday January 25 at 2 p.m. | Niddrie Library

Learn how to compose and transform photographs from day to night and start your art folios creating a celebrity look.

These sessions are organized by photographer Tom Blachford and stylist Aurie Indianna for the NGV Kids on Tour series.

Intended for 12 to 16 year olds. Participants will need to have access to a smartphone or iPad.

Free, reservation required.

On your marks, get set, find!

Queens Park scavenger hunt. The kids collect a “Junior Ranger Kit” from Sam Merrifield anytime in January and take part in a self-directed scavenger hunt in Queens Park. Return to the library to collect a prize.


Clock Tower Center

Surprise Podcast

Join Anthony, Lauren and Teddy Bear Mick for stories, music and silly things the whole family can enjoy. Story Surprise is perfect for long car trips, story time and a great alternative if you are looking for screen-free entertainment for your kids. Ideal for children from 3 to 7 years old.

5,6,7 Create

The Clocktower Center and the Black Hole Theater are excited to bring you 5, 6, 7 Create – four videos that will immediately entertain and engage young children in the art of puppetry. Using only simple things you have around the house, like a rag, this series will encourage your child’s creativity and help them see their world in a new way.

Fix it!

Fix it! is a four-part online video series created by Anna Thomson Comedy, exploring fun, interactive, and very silly ways to connect with your inner clown and the environment around you. Get ready for games, nature-inspired challenges, talking trash cans, underwater getaways, singing compost and more, like Fix it! inspires you to find creative ways to get your hands dirty and access the tools to create change!

For more information and to register, visit clocktowercentre.com.au or call 9243 9191.


Incinerator Gallery

Fireworks exhibition

Until January 16, 2022

the Fireworks The exhibition and awards showcase the accomplishments of top grade 11 and 12 art and design students who live, work or study in the Moonee Valley.

In 2021, Incinerator Gallery will present the ninth fireworks display and demonstrate the Council’s continued commitment to supporting and promoting young local artists and designers. This exhibition provides a platform for our young creatives to share their work with the wider community and to encourage their continued creativity and ingenuity.

Click here for more information.

Exhibition of bright sparks

Until January 16, 2022

Inspired by youth-led activism amid concerns for the environment and climate change, Incinerator Gallery invited students from Moonee Valley School to grab their art or design posters in the exhibition of Bright Sparks 2021 posters.

This year, the theme is the environment.

Local students submitted posters that express their thoughts, concerns, or love for the world we live in, in whatever medium they choose.

Click here for more information.


Youth of the valley

All Valley Youth activities are aimed at young people aged 12 to 25. Visit valleyyouth.org.au for more information.

Free online fitness sessions

Tuesdays in January from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Go at your own pace and do what works best for you. Suitable for all fitness levels and no fitness equipment is required to participate.
Free, reservation required.

Yoga and meditation sessions

Tuesdays in January from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Want more zen in your life? Let yourself be guided through poses to reconnect with your body and end the session with a basic meditation.

You don’t need any previous experience, and you can go at your own pace and do whatever feels right for you.

Free, reservation required.

Courtroom Tour with Moonee Valley Legal Department

Monday January 10, 11 a.m.

Ever wanted to see what goes on in a courtroom? Here is your chance!

Join us for a tour of the Moonee Valley Legal Department. You will visit their legal offices, then be transported to a court where you will have the chance to witness a case in action! You will have the chance to speak to a judge afterwards and participate in an interactive learning experience.

Or: Meet at the Moonee Valley Legal Service (13A Wingate Ave, Ascot Vale VIC 3032). We will transport you to a courtroom.

Free, reservation required.

Murder on the Express – Murder Mystery

Wednesday January 12, 3 p.m.

All aboard the Mystery Express! You will be immersed in virtual reality aboard a train to ancient ruins never seen before. But be careful because you are not the only passengers. The people around you may not be what they seem and may not be doing any good, and I mean really no good! Can you solve the murder mystery and outwit the killer on board in order to survive and escape!
Free, reservation required.

Bath Bomb Making Workshop

Friday January 14, 3 p.m.

Want to swim in a magnificent pool of glitter? In this online workshop led by delsi, you will learn how to make colorful and ethically sparkling bath bombs using eco-glitter. Bath bombs are a great way to help relax and take care of yourself.

We will send you everything you need, so no need to buy anything.

Free, reservation required.

Disco Splash Pool Party

Saturday January 15, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

We grab Queens Park Pool for an afternoon! Come and enjoy the pool while we play water games, listen to a live DJ and enjoy some snacks.

Free, reservation required.

Anecdotes

Monday January 17, 4 p.m.

It’s time for quizzes! Test your knowledge on topics such as pop culture, TV and movies, music and more!
Create a team with your friends or come alone and meet new ones.
Free, reservation required.

Origami workshop

Let’s be handymen! Origami is the art of paper folding that originated in Japan, China and Europe.

In this fun workshop, we’ll show you how to turn a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture.

You don’t need any previous experience, we’ll teach you everything you need to know.

Free, reservation required.

Painting workshop (online)

Unleash your creativity in this fun and relaxed virtual painting class, you will recreate a famous piece of art (or at least try to give it a try!). Will you be the next Dali or Rembrandt?

We will send you everything you need.

Free, reservation required before Thursday January 6.

Rainbow Valley

Rainbow Valley is a welcoming and safe social group where young people can meet, create events, support each other and express who they are.

The group meets monthly, on the last Friday of the month. Currently, these meetings are held online on Zoom.

For more information or to book, visit: valleyyouth.org.au

Other

Essendon traffic school public session

Public sessions at Essendon Traffic School take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday to Saturday, excluding holidays.

Mondays and Wednesdays are considered as junior sessions, for children aged 2 to 6 (inclusive). Children 7 and over will not be allowed to ride during the Junior Public Sessions but are welcome to all other sessions.

All other sessions are available for children 2 to 10 years old.


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