Workshops, Walks and Stories for Little Ones

Little ones will love learning about First Nations culture, hearing stories and getting hands-on with walks and workshops.

Barring Yanabul is the epic free program of more than 40 pop-up live events that create a citywide ‘Blak-out’ on Saturday 4 May. First Nations creatives take to Melbourne’s iconic public spaces, laneways and green places for surprising and eclectic moments of music, performance and art, and there’s plenty for the kids to see and do.

At Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, journey through the gardens with a First Nations guide and learn about the importance of different seasons to the Boonwurrung people and the land – did you know that there are six seasons for local people, determined by the movement of the stars and changes in the weather, coinciding with the life cycles of plants and wildlife.

Discover the thriving culture of the First Nations people and their connection to plants, and learn how plants within the gardens have been traditionally used and continue to be used around the world today. Finish with a delicious tasting of foods inspired by the native plants seen on your walk, developed and prepared by First Nations trainee chefs.

Discover the history and culture of the First Nations, including the foundation stories of Bunjil. Children will discover the Boonwurrung language through fun and interactive activities, and hear amazing cultural stories from the beginning of time in this engaging storytelling session created specially for young ones.

In an enchanting session for primary school children at ArtPlay, Yarn Strong Sista presents a storytelling session celebrating the voice of our Elders, with an ochre painting experience using natural materials collected from Country. Children will crush the ochre and paint on bark, gum leaves, paper bark and paper using sticks, feathers or gumnuts.

Melbourne Central’s very own The Little Library hosts Storytime, an engaging and interactive workshop hosted by Jaeden Williams. Providing an insight into the language, culture and values of the First Australians, Jaeden will share stories that have been passed down from his ancestors, highlighting the significance of shared history and contemporary Indigenous practices.