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Published May 24th 2016
Free Kids Activities at The Age Library

hume global learning centre broadmeadows
Photo courtesy of Hume City Council

There are lots of FREE activities and events happening around Melbourne including weaving and afternoon tea, films, essential oils workshop, Tai Chi classes, trades and skills show and art exhibition. The Age Library at the Hume Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows is serving up a schedule of FREE activities just for kids from June through to August. Surrounded by retail and easily accessible by the public transport, it offers a range of community and corporate learning events and activities to an average of 30,000 people every month. So grab your kids and head over to the future northern capital of Melbourne.

31 May - MaKey Zone

Makey Makey started as a project initiated by 2 students at MIT Media Lab in the US. It is an invention kit that allows kids to turn everyday objects into touchpads by attaching them to the alligator clips of the MaKey MaKey board and the board to a computer. It is so versatile that any material able to conduct a tiny bit of electricity will work. Children age 6 to 12 years can get the opportunity to explore and use MaKey MaKey technology and turn everyday items into fun and interactive objects. Click here to register your space.

Time: 4pm - 4:45pm

1 June to 31 August - LEGO Robotics

lego mindstorms
Photo courtesy of LEGO System A/S

LEGO offers lots of entertainment for children with its toys and displays including a massive Christmas Tree. Now LEGO Mindstorms EV3 allows kids to build, programme and command their own LEGO robots to execute actions like walking, spinning, driving and shooting. Everything required comes in a kit including bricks, motors, sensors, EV3 Programmer App and simple instructions. Children ages 10 years and above can now be part of a robot building team and learn to use LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits to create and command robots. Click here to register your space.

Date: Every Wednesday, 1 June to 31 August.
Time: 4pm - 5pm

2 June to 25 August - DigitalMakers 3D Printing Edition

3D printing allows you to make three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. It is also known as additive manufacturing because it uses an additive processes where successive layers of material is laid down until the entire object is created. This hands-on session allows children ages 10 years and above to create and print simple designs like buttons, clips and pen holders. Click here to register your space.

Date: Every Thursday, 2 June to 25 August
Time: 4pm - 5pm

29 June - Tote Bag Printing

If you're planning to purchase a tote bag, send your child to The Age Library instead. Canvas tote bags are provided and children ages 12 years and above can print and decorate them. Click here to register your space.

Time: 2pm - 4pm

6 July - Boomerang Dot Painting

Photo courtesy of

There's lots happening during NAIDOC Week including ceremonies, performances and even FREE movies. Children ages 5 years and above can enjoy decorating boomerangs with paint as part of the Aboriginal art and culture celebrations. Click here to register your space

Time: 2pm - 3pm

7 July - Sand Art Pictures

Sand Art uses bright coloured sand and a pre-cut sticker card to create artwork. Children age 5 years and above can enjoy creating colour sand art pictures. Click here to register your seat

Time: 10.30am - 11.30am

15 July - NAIDOC Week Storytime

naidoc week
Photo courtesy of Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

NAIDOC Week takes place across the country to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As part of the celebrations, children ages 3 to 5 years can learn about the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people through indigenous stories, songs and craft. Click here to register your space.

Time: 11am - 11.45am

23 July - Chess Tournament

chess match
Photo courtesy of Chess World Australia Pty Ltd

If you aspire your child to enter the Chess Championship in Australia and be in the running for the prize money, here's a great way to test the water. Enrol him or her into the competition and test his or her skills against other chess players. Each round is 25 minutes and there are trophies and medals to be won. This event is open to children of all ages. Click here to register your space.

Time: 10am - 4pm

30 July - Flavours of the world

You don't need to fly to Home in Sydney for that Pad Thai fix. Simply send your child to a cooking lesson that whips up this street food commonly found all around Thailand. Children ages 15 years and above can enjoy demonstration and taste test of this stir-fried rice noodle dish. Click here to register your space.

Time: 1.30pm - 3.30pm
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Why? Enjoy free children activities at The Age Library
Phone: 03 9356 6900
Where: The Age Library
Cost: Free entry
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