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Library Children's Programs

Welcome to Children's Programs Online


Here you will find creative opportunities for children to play and learn. Ages 0-11.

These programs support child development and are designed to grow with your child from early years to primary school. Regular programs include Storytime, Baby Bounce and school aged activities and resources. 

Join our libraries’ team as they share some of their favourite children’s books in a special Virtual Story Time. Stay tuned after each book for another adventure.

  

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Virtual Children's Programs

Join our libraries’ team as they share some awesome children programs.

Children's Program - Virtual Baby Bounce

Join the library team as they share some excellent virtual baby bounce stories.

Children's Programs - Virtual Storytime

Join the library team as they share some excellent virtual storytimes.

Library Resources

Children

We provide a wide range of free online resources for children that include:

  • eBooks and Audiobooks, including Premiers Reading Challenge titles
  • Picture books read aloud by your favourite Australian personalities
  • Unlimited streaming of children’s televison shows and movies
  • Educational games and activities
  • Encyclopedias and databases to support virtual learning
  • Tutoring for Grade 3 and up, available 24/7

You may be required to login with your library card number and PIN. If you don’t have a library card, sign up for a free online membership. You can visit us when we reopen to collect your card.

Cyber Safety

The library has produced content for all ages to support safety, including cyber safety videos and tips, mental health online resources, and more. There is a dedicated section for children and youth aged 5-25 years. View the Cyber Safety page

Council Resources

Council Resources

Arts in Greater Dandenong


Arts in Greater Dandenong has created virtual content for children including art workshops and special storytimes featuring authors and illustrators reading their own works.

Faces of Harmony

The City of Greater Dandenong has worked with Dandenong Primary School to share a message of harmony and kindness that is particularly relevant as we face the global health crisis related to COVID-19.


External Resources

Get Moving!

Les Mills - Born to Move

When it comes to learning a whole lot of cool moves from dance, martial arts and yoga these classes are the way to go. Each 20 or 40-minute class is jam-packed with cool music and foundation fitness moves and fun games. This is sure to leave the kids and parents feeling great!

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

Kidz Bop

Get moving with these clean pop songs and dance workshops.

Seven Day Soccer Skills Challenge at Home

Enjoy these soccer workouts at home - rain hail or shine.

Home Learning

Victorian Department of Education and Training

Resources for every stage of learning to meet Victorian curriculum.

ABC Education

Thousands of free, curriculum-linked resources for primary and secondary students and teachers. Includes games.

ABC Kids

Stream your favourite ABC Kids shows. There are also online games, ideas for simple crafts and recipes to create at home, and a selection of printable colouring sheets.

State Library of Victoria

Designed for Victorian students and their teachers.

It provides access to:
- comprehensive easy to follow research and essay writing guides
- over 700 digitised primary sources from the State Library of Victoria
- a database of teachers's resources with links to the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and the Australian Curriculum.

Victorian Department of Education and Training

Advice for parents about supporting education continuity while schools are closed.

Home Education Network

Full list of online resources to support home learning as recomended by homeschooling parents.

State Library of Queensland

The State Library of Queensland has compiled articles including how to make learning fun for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers.

The Australian Government eSafety Commissioner

The Australian Government eSafety Commissioner has produced resources for Early Years eSafety. Find here posters, booklets, family technology agreement templates, PlaySchool's special online safety episode, and more - all designed to support you in keeping your family safe online.

Nosy Crow Publishing House

Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, available for free, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.

Content from Authors

Wheeler Kids - author talks and writing workshops

Immersion in literacy is one of the most important factors in determining the outcome of a child’s future – and nurturing a love of books and reading is part of that. Also, kids plus books and writing equals fun. We’re delighted to be presenting a new series of events for the younger reader in your life: Wheeler Kids. Roll up and enjoy!

Rod Campbell - Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell’s popular ‘Dear Zoo’ has its own website, dedicated to activities and games related to the books.

Dav Pilkey and Library of Congress

From 1st April Dav will provide online how-to-draw demonstrations, engaging read-a-louds and will share resources from the LOC collections.


Sally Rippin

Author of Billie B Brown, Sally is running a free Holiday Program and competitions

Mo Willems

The webpage ‘Pigeon Presents’ contains lots of fun activities relating to Mo Willems' 'Pigeon' series (e.g. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus).


David Walliams

The webpage ‘World of David Walliams’ contains lots of fun activities relating to author David Walliams' work.

Storytimes

Auslan Storybooks

Here you will see "books" of stories - in Auslan. Deaf and hearing people of all ages who use Auslan can enjoy a wide range of stories. May it be a fantasy story, a true story or a science-fiction story. Enjoy a short story or a long story divided by chapters just like a written novel.

SAG-AFTRA Foundation

'Storyline Online' is producing YouTube videos with celebrities reading picture books, storytelling with animation, and more.

David Walliams

Author David Walliams is producing his own virtual content, with daily updates.

Raising Children Network - Baby Karaoke

Animated videos with the words and tunes of popular children’s songs and nursery rhymes - also available on iOs and Android

Raising Literacy Australia

Australian resource with quality books and associated learning activities

Storytime Craft Resources

Brown Bear Colouring Sheet

Download this colouring-in sheet to follow along with libraries' team member Dionyy as she reads Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written and illustrated by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle.

Virtual Reading  Buddies - Things you never knew about dogs - Colouring Sheet

Download this colour-in sheet to follow along with Patient Paws’ duo Gemma and her dog buddy George as they read Things You Never Knew About Dogs written and illustrated by Giles Paley-Phillips and Seb Braun.


National Simultaneous Storytime

Entertain the kids for hours with this fun activity kit created by Lucinda Gifford, author and illustrator of Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas. 

Check out this amazing online Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas jigsaw puzzle. You can make it as hard or easy as you like.

Code Club

Resources for STEAM Festival

STEAM Festival Code Club AI for Oceans Event Worksheet PDF 204KB

STEAM Festival Code Club Rube Goldberg Machines Event Worksheet PDF 852KB

STEAM Festival Code Club Build a Neocities Website Event Worksheet DOC 1.54MB

STEAM Festival Code Club Build a Neocities Website Event Code Template TXT 875B

STEAM Festival Sea Monster Languages Event Worksheet PDF 737KB

Other Resources

MIT - Scratch

Scratch - learn to code and explore others creations

Hour of Code

Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages.

Code Club Australia

Missing Code Club? 100s of fun, step-by-step projects to make games, websites, art and more.

Code.org

Learn JavaScript, HTML, and CSS to program an App, develop a game, or create a web page.

MIT App Inventor

MIT App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. Those new to MIT App Inventor can have a simple first app up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Moonhack 2020

Moonhack is for anyone who is curious to give coding a try. There are coding projects for all levels of experience, from beginners through to advanced. When you’ve finished all the projects, you can print a certificate of participation.

Tinkercad

Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!

General Entertainment

Crafternoons

Let your children’s creativity flow and join us for new crafty hands on activities released each week. Crafternoons are designed to foster important creative skills and beat the boredom as we spend more time together indoors.

Polyglot Theatre

Endless entertainment for children of any age interested in crafty afternoons and inspiring theatre made by children, for children, all available from the comfort of your home.

Museums Victoria

Virtual museum tours plus Scienceworks at home - STEM resources.

Zoos Victoria

Catch the livestreaming and pre-recorded videos of zoo animals in Victoria! #AnimalsAtHome


National Gallery Victoria

Collection of free activity sheets and e-books to support creativity


Sea Life Sydney

The Sydney Aquarium (Sea Life) uploads livestreams and videos of their animals.

Wild Life Sydney Zoo

The Sydney Zoo (Wild Life) uploads livestreams and videos available via their Facebook page.

Hellenic Museum Education Museum

The Hellenic Museum Education Program has developed a digital outreach program to support and engage children at home. This program is free and is called the Argonauts Club Digital Engagement Program.


Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has moved online, and has put together fun 'active virtual content' - if you want to do something active online, check out these great ideas.

Museums Victoria and Kinderling Kids Radio

Museums Victoria and Kinderling Kids Radio have partnered together to produce a podcast series titled The Fact Detectives. The Fact Detectives brings Museums Victoria’s research and collections to life with exciting facts from experts.

National Museum Australia

National Museum Australia has put together a huge selection of crafts and activities you can do from home. Check out the Gold Rush Game, the Time Capsule craft, or the Bogong Moth craft, just to start you off!

Culture24

Culture24, a UK cultural support organisation, has curated a free and safe collection of games, videos, and museums and galleries content in its UK-based portal Show Me.

Science Museum Group

Explore content from the UK's Science Museum, Science and Industry Museum, National Science and Media Museum, National Railway Museum and Locomotion.

NASA

Explore images and videos straight from space through NASA's website.

School Holiday Program: FOOST – Kids Cooking Class – Muesli Bars
SEP
21
21 Sep 2020 2pm
Join the FOOST Colourful Chef on a virtual foodie adventure in this live and interactive cooking class...
School Holiday Program: The Australian Ballet Education and Outreach – STEAMDANCE
SEP
22
22 Sep 2020 2pm
Join us online for a fun and creative 45-minute dance workshop to get moving and look after your health and wellbeing. For ages 5-8...
School Holiday Program: The Australian Ballet Education and Outreach – STEAMDANCE
SEP
24
24 Sep 2020 2pm
Join us online for a fun and creative 45-minute dance workshop to get moving and look after your health and wellbeing. For ages 9-12...
School Holiday Program: Dazzling Dan – Online Magic Show
SEP
28
28 Sep 2020 2pm
Enjoy an eye-popping magical performance with Dazzling Dan the Magic Man. Learn how to do magic tricks with every day household items...
School Holiday Program: Sunshine Herbert – General Illustration Workshop
SEP
29
29 Sep 2020 2pm
Learn all about being an illustrator in this delightful workshop with Sunshine Herbert...
School Holiday Program: Fizzics Education – Chemistry Capers
OCT
1
1 Oct 2020 2:30pm
Discover the science that’s happening in your very own kitchen with these fun hands on experiments...
Social Games Play Session: Ages 10-12
OCT
6
6 Oct 2020 4pm
Join us for Melbourne International Games Week and come and play some online social games with us...
Virtual Baby Bounce
OCT
7
7 Oct 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
OCT
7
7 Oct 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
OCT
8
8 Oct 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Social Games Play Session: Ages 13-16
OCT
8
8 Oct 2020 4pm
Join us for Melbourne International Games Week and come and play some online social games with us...
Virtual Baby Bounce
OCT
14
14 Oct 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
OCT
14
14 Oct 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
OCT
15
15 Oct 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual Baby Bounce
OCT
21
21 Oct 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
OCT
21
21 Oct 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
OCT
22
22 Oct 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual Baby Bounce
OCT
28
28 Oct 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
OCT
28
28 Oct 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
OCT
29
29 Oct 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual Baby Bounce
NOV
4
4 Nov 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
NOV
4
4 Nov 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
NOV
5
5 Nov 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual Baby Bounce
NOV
11
11 Nov 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
NOV
11
11 Nov 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
NOV
12
12 Nov 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual Baby Bounce
NOV
18
18 Nov 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
NOV
18
18 Nov 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
NOV
19
19 Nov 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual Baby Bounce
NOV
25
25 Nov 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
NOV
25
25 Nov 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
NOV
26
26 Nov 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual Baby Bounce
DEC
2
2 Dec 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
DEC
2
2 Dec 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
DEC
3
3 Dec 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual Baby Bounce
DEC
9
9 Dec 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
DEC
9
9 Dec 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
DEC
10
10 Dec 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...
Virtual Baby Bounce
DEC
16
16 Dec 2020 10:30am
Baby Bounce is great fun. By singing and playing with simple musical instruments these early literacy sessions help to develop your baby's motor skills and confidence...
Virtual Reading Buddies
DEC
16
16 Dec 2020 4pm
Join the Library as you practice your reading with these special Reading Buddies videos..
Virtual Library Storytime
DEC
17
17 Dec 2020 10:30am
Join us for a free virtual storytime on Thursdays at 10.30am as you and your child listen to stories and develop their imagination and vocabulary...