City of Rockingham
School holiday activities

School holiday activities - children craftingOur libraries offer a range of activities for children aged four years old to teenagers to do in the school holidays. 

Bookings for the January 2020 School Holiday Activities are essential and open Monday 16 December 2019 at 9am.

To register you can make an online booking in our What's On Calendar or contact the organising libraries directly.

Better Beginnings Program

Better Beginnings kitEvery child born in the Rockingham district will receive a toolkit as part of the Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program.

The toolkit includes a picture book and guidance material for parents to develop their baby’s early literacy.

Rhyme Time and Toddler Time

Rhyme time sessionDid you know that reading to children from the time they are born has a positive effect on the development of language and vocabulary, as well as providing the pre-literacy skills that are essential in learning to read when a child begins school? This program is designed to encourage parents and children to enjoy the benefits of reading together.

Songs, rhymes, finger plays and stories are shared in a group environment. Library staff can also assist you in finding resources to suit your needs, such as board books for babies, nursery rhyme books and parenting resources.

Rhyme Time (suitable for 0-2 yrs)

Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday10.30am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday11am
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday9.30am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday9.30am
Secret Harbour Community Centre (during school terms)    Tuesday9.30am                                                                   

Toddler Time (suitable for 12 months - 2 1/2 yrs)

Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday9.30am
Rockingham Central LibraryTuesday10am
Safety Bay LibraryMonday9.30am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday10.30am
Secret Harbour Community Centre (during school terms)Tuesday10.30am                                                               
Storytimes for preschoolers

Kids at Story timeStorytime for children aged 2-5 years is held at all four libraries. Sessions include two to three stories, songs, action rhymes and a craft activity – all related to a common theme.

Older children are welcome to join storytime during the school holidays and home schooling children are welcome at any time.

Mary Davies Library and Community CentreSaturday10am
Rockingham Central LibraryThursday10am
Safety Bay LibraryTuesday10.30am
Warnbro Community LibraryTuesday and Friday10.30am                                
Toy Library

Child in the Toy libraryOur Toy Library operates from the Rockingham Central Library.

Items from Toy Collection are available to all current and new library members to borrow free of charge.




Opening hours:

Day Time

Toys can be returned at any time during general library opening hours at Rockingham Central Library and loans will only be available during the above Toy Library hours.

Coder Dojo

Coder Dojo logoLearn to code in a fun, free, social open learning environment. Develop new skills and build creative projects.

Free sessions for 7-17 year olds.

Lego and Duplo clubs

Lego club logoThese free play sessions at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre are great for encouraging creativity.                

To register online visit our What's On Calendar or contact the library on 9591 0800 or email

Robotics logo

Robotics 8-week beginner sessions at Mary Davies Library and Community Centreintroduce children 7-11 year old to the world of robotics with hand-on experience writing code and learning coding terminology. 

For more information or to register your interest for the next available after school course contact the Library on 9591 0800 or email


Steam Lab logoScience, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) sessions at Rockingham Central Library for 7-17 year olds. 

Bookstars Club

Bookstars Club logoThe aim of the Bookstars Club is to introduce the benefits of using the library and to promote the joy of reading to all primary school-aged children. Bookstars is held three times during school terms at Safety Bay Library and Warnbro Community Library.

Sessions include crafts, storytelling, author visits, games and puzzles.

For dates and times please contact the library.

Primary Kids magazine

Primary Kids logo

Primary Kids magazine is designed to encourage a love of reading and is aimed at 8-12 year olds.

It’s a great place to find the next exciting book to read or to see what other primary school kids are getting up to across Australia.

(No log in required)

Children's Book Week

Children's Book WeekChildren’s Book Week is an annual national event that celebrates Australian children’s literature. During this week authors, illustrators and storytellers are invited to our libraries to talk about their work and encourage children of all ages to read widely.

Copies of the award-winning and short-listed books judged by the Children’s Book Council are displayed and available in each library.

Base Camp

Base Camp logoRegular meetings for home-schoolers are held at Rockingham Central Library.

Discover new friends, develop new skills, listen to stories and have fun. 


West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA)

Primary and secondary school students are invited to read and vote for books selected from the annual WA Young Readers' Book Award list. Eligible books are displayed and available for loan at each library between March and August each year. Students are encouraged to vote for their favourite book. The votes are corrected and sent to WAYRBA to be included in the state-wide voting.

Young adults collection

Special collections have been developed at all of our four libraries that specifically cater for the young adult reader (12-18 years). This collection is separate from the adult and junior collections and includes novels, non-fiction, graphic novels and audio-visual material.

Group visits

All of our libraries welcome visits by schools, child care centres and playgroups. Please contact the Young People’s Services Librarians to discuss a program for your visit.

The Young People’s Services Librarians at Safety Bay Library and Warnbro Community Library are available to visit schools and groups at their own venues.

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