Children’s Week begins with a BANG this weekend!


Thursday, 22nd October 2020 – Children’s Week in Western Australia will officially launch this Sunday with the ‘Go for 2&5 Children’s Week Family Fun Day at Whiteman Park’. The week will see a series of events run around the State to celebrate this year’s theme – ‘A child’s right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others.’

The Go for 2&5 Children’s Week Family Fun Day will see a host of new activities added to the schedule including The Scitech Wonderland, Whiteman Park’s Community Art Project and Junk Craft. The parenting expo will also be back in full swing with Royal Life Saving WA, Playgroup WA and Mercycare as just a few of the exhibitors.

Event Details
What: Go for 2&5 Children’s Week Family Fun Day
When: Sunday, 25 October
Time: 10am – 2pm
Where: Whiteman Park, 233 Drumpellier Drive, Whiteman WA

Meerilinga is working with Whiteman Park to ensure The Go for 2&5 Children’s Week Family Fun Day will be a COVID safe event. Ticket registrations are essential for entry and the capacity is limited to 5000 people.

Along with the Family Fun Day, Meerilinga will also host free puppet play days at each of its seven centres, in addition to an eighth event via the outreach program in Bullsbrook. Children’s Week ambassador, Fairy Queen Caroline will attend two of these events at Bullsbrook and High Wycombe.

This year Children’s Week will work in partnership with Nature Play WA to launch its first ever Nature Play Trails Digital Scavenger Hunt. This free app will be accessible from Friday, 23rd October to Sunday, 8th November, encouraging families to explore and discover the great outdoors while solving quizzes and challenges along the way. Nature Play Trails will be available across 3 Perth locations including Woodbridge Riverside Park and Play Space in Woodbridge, Coogee Beach Maritime Trail in North Coogee and Hyde Park in Perth.

The Children’s Week Professional Development Series will also return in 2020. Associate Professor Dee O’Connor will lead an online Webinar on The Power of Participation in the Early Years followed by a Live Panel Discussion on Zoom. Tickets are free and available via Eventbrite.

In addition to the events hosted by Meerilinga, there will also be close to 20 events held around regional Western Australia which are being funded through grants from Meerilinga thanks to the generous support of the WA Department of Communities.

Healthway, Lotterywest, WA Department of Communities and the WA Department of Education, Skills and Employment are proud to support Children’s Week 2020. Healthway will help promote the benefits of eating more fruit and vegetables through the Go for 2&5 health message. Lotterywest support provides opportunities for families across the state to enjoy the variety of free activities and events on offer.

These events range from a Town Pool Day in Exmouth, to a Teddy Bear Picnic and Garden Party at Wandering Community Centre, to the Children’s Takeover of the Greenough Museum and Dungeon. To see the full list of events and discover what will be happening in your area head to