The autumn school holidays are upon us. Check out the activities at our libraries and register your children early to avoid disappointment.
There are various exciting activities for 0-12 year olds at all four libraries which will provide fun and educational sessions to keep your children happy during the April school holidays.
Children under the age of 13 years must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all time while in a City of Rockingham Library.
|Safety Bay Library||Easter Scavenger Hunt||Tuesday 4 April to Thursday 6 April||9am - 5pm|| 2+||No registration required|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||SciTech Rookie Robots||Tuesday 11 April||10.30am - 11.30am|| 9-12||Register|
|Warnbro Community Library||Egg and Chick Hatching Display||Wednesday 12 April to Thursday 20 April ||9am - 5pm|| All||No registration required|
|Safety Bay Library||Build a Bug Hotel||Wednesday 12 April||10.30am - 11.30am|| 6+||Register|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||West Oz Wildlife||Wednesday 12 April||10.30am - 11.30am|| 4-12||Register|
|Rockingham Library||West Oz Wildlife||Wednesday 12 April||12pm - 1pm|| 4-12||Register|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Iron-Me Beads||Thursday 13 April||10.30am - 11.30am|| 7+||Register|
|Safety Bay Library||Mini Mermaid Party||Thursday 13 April||11am - 12.30pm|| 6+||Register|
|Warnbro Community Library||Mini Mermaid Party||Thursday 13 April||2pm -3.30pm || 6+||Register|
|Warnbro Community Library||Clay Leaf Prints||Friday 14 April||10.30am - 11.30am|| 6+||Register|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Face Painting Workshop||Tuesday 18 April||9.30am - 11am|| 10+||Register|
|Warnbro Community Library||Book Page Leaves||Tuesday 18 April||1.30pm - 2.30pm|| 6+||Register|
|Rockingham Library||No Sew Cushions||Wednesday 19 April||10.30am - 11.30am|| 6+||Register|
|Safety Bay Library||Nature Play Afternoon||Wednesday 19 April||1.30pm - 2.30pm|| 6+||Register|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Stained Glass Cellophane Art||Thursday 20 April||10.30am - 11.30am|| 5+||Register|
|Rockingham Library||Up-Cycled Mosaics||Thursday 20 April||2pm - 3pm|| 6+||Register|
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. The Rhyme Time (suitable for 0-2 years) and Toddler Time (suitable for 12 months - 2.5 years) programs are 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. No registration is required for this free event.
Rhyme Time (0 - 2 years)
| Location|| Days|| Time|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Monday||10.30am - 11.15am|
|Secret Harbour Community Centre||Tuesday||10.30am - 11.15am|
|Rockingham Library||Tuesday||11am - 11.45am|
|Safety Bay Library||Wednesday||9.30am - 10.15am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday||9.30am - 10.15am|
Toddler Time (12 months - 2.5 years)
| Location|| Days|| Time|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Monday||9.30am - 10.15am|
|Safety Bay Library||Monday||9.30am - 10.15am|
|Rockingham Library||Tuesday||10am - 10.45am|
|Secret Harbour Community Centre||Tuesday||9.30am - 10.15am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Thursday||10.30am - 11.15am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Saturday||10am - 10.45am|
Story Time 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 story time during the school holidays and home schooling children are welcome at any time. No registration is required for this free event.
| Location|| Days|| Time|
|Safety Bay Library||Tuesday||10.30am - 11.30am|
|Warnbro Community Library||Tuesday||10.30am - 11.30am|
|Rockingham Library||Thursday||10.30am - 11.30am|
|Mary Davies Library and Community Centre||Friday||10am - 11am|
LETS - Learning English Through Story Time
These sessions are for families who speak English as an additional language to help children develop English speaking and listening skills.
Aimed at ages 2 - 5.
Bookings are for an eight-week term every Wednesday at 10am from 3 May to 21 June 2023 at the Rockingham Library.
Register for LETS
The Bright Tomorrows app developed by child health experts at the Telethon Kids Institute is described as a 'one-stop shop' for tips and ideas to engage a child's brain. The app uses groundbreaking research into the early years (0-5) to create a collection of tips tailored to individual family situations.
The app includes over 1000 tips for activities designed to fit easily into everyday life organised into five core categories of skill development:
- attention and focus
- responding to emotions
- relationships and communication
- planning and routines
- taking on challenges
For more information visit Bright Tomorrows.
Join a librarian in the Pop-Up Story Zone at the Rockingham Shopping Centre (near the ANZ Bank entrance) for stories, songs and craft activities suitable for 2 - 5 years to celebrate special 2022 events. Free sessions, bookings not required.
|Harmony Week||Wednesday 22 March||10am - 10.30am|
|Mother's Day||Wednesday 10 May||10am - 10.30am|
|NAIDOC Week||Wednesday 5 July||10am - 10.30am|
STEAM Lab fortnightly sessions are run by all branches for children aged 6+ who enjoy an exciting and collaborative environment.
Each session will be different, exploring science, technology, engineering, art or maths to challenge your creative and problem solving skills.
Come and meet friends with similar interests. Bookings are essential.
Register for STEAM Lab session