City of Rockingham

Our libraries offer some great activities and programs for your kids. Find something that suits your children from below-listed activities. We would love to see you and your family at our libraries. 

Activities and programs

School Holiday Program - April 2023
For the kids - autumn image with a smiling boy

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 LibraryEaster Scavenger HuntTuesday 4 April to Thursday  6 April9am - 5pm   2+No registration required
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreSciTech Rookie RobotsTuesday 11 April10.30am - 11.30am  9-12Register
Warnbro Community LibraryEgg and Chick  Hatching DisplayWednesday 12 April to Thursday 20 April 9am - 5pm  AllNo registration required
Safety Bay LibraryBuild a Bug HotelWednesday 12 April10.30am - 11.30am   6+Register
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreWest Oz WildlifeWednesday 12 April10.30am - 11.30am  4-12Register
Rockingham LibraryWest Oz WildlifeWednesday 12 April12pm - 1pm  4-12Register
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreIron-Me BeadsThursday 13 April10.30am - 11.30am    7+Register
Safety Bay LibraryMini Mermaid PartyThursday 13 April11am - 12.30pm    6+Register
Warnbro Community LibraryMini Mermaid PartyThursday 13 April2pm -3.30pm      6+Register
Warnbro Community LibraryClay Leaf PrintsFriday 14 April10.30am - 11.30am    6+Register
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFace Painting WorkshopTuesday 18 April9.30am - 11am   10+Register
Warnbro Community LibraryBook Page LeavesTuesday 18 April1.30pm - 2.30pm    6+Register
Rockingham LibraryNo Sew CushionsWednesday 19 April10.30am - 11.30am    6+Register
Safety Bay LibraryNature Play AfternoonWednesday 19 April1.30pm - 2.30pm    6+Register
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreStained Glass Cellophane ArtThursday 20 April10.30am - 11.30am    5+Register
Rockingham LibraryUp-Cycled MosaicsThursday 20 April2pm - 3pm    6+Register
Rhyme Time and Toddler Time

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)

Father and baby with the words Rhyme Time!



                          Location       Days         Time
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday10.30am - 11.15am
Secret Harbour Community CentreTuesday10.30am - 11.15am
Rockingham LibraryTuesday11am - 11.45am
Safety Bay LibraryWednesday9.30am - 10.15am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday9.30am - 10.15am

Toddler Time (12 months - 2.5 years)

Mother and son with the words Toddler Time



                            Location       Days         Time
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreMonday9.30am - 10.15am
Safety Bay LibraryMonday9.30am - 10.15am
Rockingham LibraryTuesday10am - 10.45am
Secret Harbour Community CentreTuesday9.30am - 10.15am
Warnbro Community LibraryThursday10.30am - 11.15am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreSaturday10am - 10.45am
Story Times for preschoolers

""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 LibraryTuesday10.30am - 11.30am
Warnbro Community LibraryTuesday10.30am - 11.30am
Rockingham LibraryThursday10.30am - 11.30am
Mary Davies Library and Community CentreFriday10am - 11am
Learning English Through Story Time (LETS) at Rockingham Library
Learning English Through Story Time - image of an adult and two kids

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

Bright Tomorrows Parenting App
Image of the Bright Tomorrow app

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.

Pop Up Story Zone at the Rockingham Shopping Centre

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.

Pop Up Story Zone image

Harmony WeekWednesday 22 March10am - 10.30am
Mother's DayWednesday 10 May10am - 10.30am
NAIDOC WeekWednesday 5 July10am - 10.30am
Under 5's STEAM Lab
Children doing an activity with the words Under 5's Steam Lab!

Under 5's STEAM Lab sessions are for kids up to 5 years who enjoy an exciting, group environment.

Each session will be different, exploring age appropriate science, technology, engineering, art or maths to challenge the kids' creative and problem solving skills.

In the group they will meet new friends with similar interests. Bookings essential.

Mary Davies Library and Community Centre - Wednesday (fortnightly) 10.30am - 11.30am

Rockingham Library - every Monday 10am - 11am

Safety Bay Library - every Thursday 9.30am - 10.30am

Warnbro Community Library - Friday (fortnightly) - 10.30am - 11.30am

Register for Under 5's STEAM LAB session 

STEAM Lab - image of two laughing children while doing an experiment.

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

Toy Library

Image of toy - wooden house

The City of Rockingham Toy Library operates from the Rockingham Library on Dixon Road.

The collection has a range of different toys (more than 800), that help develop children's skills and imagination across different stages of growth and development.

For more information please view the Toy Library page, or contact the library on 9528 8683.


Opening hours:

    Day                              Time
Tuesday11am - 4pm
Thursday11am - 4pm
Saturday9.30am - 11.30am

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

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

Resources for kids

Better Beginnings

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.

Busy Things

Busy ThingsBusy Things is a resource for the kids aged 3–11. It is a collection of fun learning activities that help children learn important skills in the key learning areas of creative development, problem solving, reasoning, numeracy, communication, language and literacy and knowledge and understanding of the world.

This subscription service has been provided through Better Beginnings supporting families in sharing a love of reading.                                                                                                                                                                

Kanopy Kids

Kanopy KidsKanopy Kids has a diverse selection of educational and entertaining content that range across movies, TV series, animated storybooks, live action, and animated favourites with a focus on kids aged 2-8.

View more information on this resource.

Good Reading Magazine for Kids

Good Reading for Kids logoGood Reading Magazine for Kids is an online magazine for primary school children focusing on sparking any kid’s imagination and creativity.

It is full of book reviews, creative writing, videos, music, arts and crafts and interactive activities. 

(No log in required.)

Story Box Library

Story Box LibraryThe Story Box Library is a beautiful online 'reading room' - a place where the wonderful world of Australian Children's Literature is on permanent exhibit. The collection connects children with literature through the complementary medium of film, providing its audience with a vibrant, interactive experience via a diverse range of storytellers, each sharing past and present book titles.

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.

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