Activities for Kids

In January 2007, the City of Greater Bendigo received worldwide recognition from UNICEF as Australia’s first Child Friendly City. There are heaps of activities on the council’s website, such as: Get Active, Explore the CityGet Creative, Back to Nature and What’s on in Bendigo.

There are other local organisations with activities especially for children:

Bendigo Family Nature Club

Bendigo Family Nature Club.
Image by T Marwood.

Bendigo Art Gallery
Gallery Giggles – a morning of stories, songs and conversation all around art.
For children 5 years and under on the first Thursday each month during school term. Mums, Dads and carers do need to stay and enjoy the fun.

Bendigo Family Nature Club  
Every third Sunday of the month connect with our natural world guided by experienced naturalists with the Bendigo Family Nature Club. Presented in partnership with the Bendigo Sustainability Group and the Bendigo Field Naturalists. Registration essential.

Bendigo Library
Goldfields Libraries hosts a wide range of free children’s activities during the school term throughout the year, as well as special activities in the school holidays.
Bendigo Library 5449 2700
259 Hargreaves Street
Kangaroo Flat Library 5447 8344 
267 High Street 

Read-aloud stories, songs, finger plays, action rhymes and a craft activity to suit children aged 3-5 years and their parents/caregivers.
 10:30am Wednesday & Friday. Book at the start of term.

Kangaroo Flat    10:30am Friday

Toddler Time  
Simple stories, finger plays, songs and rhymes for 0 to 2 year olds. At toddler time you and your child will have fun and learn together from your positive role modelling of interest and participation.
Bendigo                      10:30am Tuesday
Kangaroo Flat          10:30am Tuesday & Wednesday

Discovery Science & Technology Centre 5444 4400
7 Railway Place
Over 100 fascinating exhibits to explore, including a planetarium, vertical slide, kaleidescope and The Lab.
Curious Kids (for ages 3-5) is held at 11am on the first & third Monday of each month during school terms.
Open daily from 10am-4pm. (Closed Christmas Day and February).

Kelly Sports
Providing kids with an opportunity to participate in sports and physical activities before/after school and lunchtimes. Sports themed kids parties, holiday programs, specialised sports clinics. They even have programs for toddlers (2.5-3.5 years).
Contact Kristi for further details at kristi (at)

Music Classes for Children 
Music classes in the Bendigo area. (Click here for more info.)

Here are the pick of parks with playgrounds in Bendigo, including the triple slippery-dip in Golden Square.

Swimming Pools
A list of all the pools in the City of Greater Bendigo including addresses and opening times. (Click here for more info.)
The only indoor pool is at the Peter Krenz Leisure Centre in Eaglehawk)
The Golden Square Community Pool is our pick of the bunch in summer.

Tumble Tots 0428 990 819 or 0437 358 339
Tom Tweed Stadium, Mundy Street
A fun and educational ‘movement program’ for crawlers to 5 year olds with their parent/carer offered as structured play (term enrollments only) or casual sessions at $5.
See website or Facebook for session times and further details.

Indoor Play Centres
When it’s cold and rainy in Bendigo (not very often, mind you), there are a number of options to choose from.

Bendigo Social Little Butterflies
A not-for-profit community group run by parents to share information about events in and around Bendigo. Follow them on Facebook for more up-to-date info.

Updated 24 October 2014


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4 Responses to Activities for Kids

  1. Karine says:

    Hi, I check your blog regularly. Your writing style is witty, keep doing what
    you’re doing!

  2. Mr Glenn Robert Merlo says:

    Thanks so much for the information. ….I have family up from Melbourne and it’s rain. … I wasn’t sure what the little ones do …. now we have options 😊😊😊 great site 😆😆

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