Fair season is here again!
Look out for schools, kindergartens and community groups having their annual Fairs/Fetes in the coming months. This can be a great family fun day out and you may help another community raise much needed funds. You can often find 2nd hand toys, books and even clothes for toddlers/preschoolers at the school fairs and stock up your pantry with home made delicasies while you're at it. It's worth getting out of Richmond for the bigger Fairs at the larger schools and its often a good way to get an insight into schools you may be interested in for future years. Some of the bigger Fairs only run bi-annually so check out the school websites for details.

Try these local events for a start...

Dame Nellie Melba Kindergarten Fair
Friday 17th October, 4-8pm
18 Goodwood Street, Richmond

Come for dinner, drinks and lots of family fun. $5 family entry.  Jumping castle • petting zoo • face painting • curry stand • BBQ • bar • cake stall • handmade crafts • 2nd hand toys • carnival games • and so much more… Prepurchase kids activity wristbands at www.trybooking.com/FWPY
Collingwood College Spring Fair
Sunday 19th October 2014, 11am-4pm
Opposite the Collingwood Town Hall (Hoddle street) cnr Cromwell st & McCutcheon Way, Collingwood.

We invite you to share in our wonderful community! Come along for a day of fun and celebration. Sign an oath, make a sword and have a duel, have your face painted, be nourished by fabulous home cooked food, be thrilled by adventure activities, ride a clown stunt bike, cuddle a crocodile, take in a wildlife conservation talk, rummage through the second hand market, stock up Christmas presents at the homemade Kitchen Garden produce stall and nursery, treat yourself to something special at the silent auction, or get lucky in the raffle, make a terrarium, check out our self-watering rooftop milk crate garden, relax while your children are entertained in the Children’s Garden, chill out at the Battle of the Bands & revive yourself with homemade ginger beer or a steaming cup of Chai.

Yarra Primary’s Bi-Annual Fete
Saturday 25th October, 2-7pm
Davison Street, Richmond

Come along and enjoy all the fun of live music, great food and drinks, rides and entertainment for the whole family!
Prepurchase wristbands in October at www.yarraps.vic.edu.au/community-school-fete

Richmond Primary School Election Day Fete
Saturday 29th November, 10am - 3pm
Brighton Street, Richmond

Grab a coffee and cake from 8am while you’re voting.
Hot food, rides, sporting challenges, face painting, tattoos, crazy hair and more...



Look out for spring school holidays programs at…
The majority of these activities are free but do require bookings as numbers are limited.

ArtPlay Backyard
Wed 24th September : 10am – noon
Thursday 25th September: 10am – noon
Friday 26th September: 10am – noon
ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Batman Avenue.

This is a free event no bookings required. There’ll be all sorts of materials on hand for you to create your artwork. Draw in the sand, build sculptures with recycled and natural materials or muck about with water. Make a mandala, wrap up some rope or ribbon and dream up your own mini landscape. Anything is possible!

Font Factory
Saturday 4th October: 10am – 4pm
Sunday 5th October: 10am – 4pm
ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Batman Avenue, Melbourne

This is a free event no bookings required. Come and join graphic design studio Copy Boy in their fun Font Factory! Create a font out of nothing but rubbish. Use recycled materials to make an R out of bottle caps or an M out of sticks, put it on the factory line and watch it be turned into a font that you can type with. What crazy letters can be made? We need your help to make every letter in the alphabet. Make a letter or simply have fun typing messages to your friends and family using the Font Factory font. For ages 4-12. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Bee’s Sneeze
Wednesday 24 September to Friday 26 September and
Wednesday 1 October to Friday 3 October 2014
10am to 12pm.

Australian Native Gardens, Royal Park, Gatehouse St, Parkville.
Celebrate spring by joining the City of Melbourne Park Rangers for a fun-filled day of games and activities that explore the hidden world of pollen and pollinators in Royal Park. Suitable for children aged 5 to 10 years. Bookings essential: 03 9658 9658 or book online at What’s On.



Free Parent Apps
We’ve found a useful parent app you might be interested in…
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...Or maybe revisit a real place...

Yarra Bend Park and Studley Boathouse
It’s a beautiful hidden gem on the city fringe.  Nestled among towering gums on the Yarra River the city seems a distant memory as bellbirds ring out among the bushland and the vast expanse of the river spreads before you. If you are game you may hire a quaint (but totally safe!) rowing skiff and go for a row on the river.  Seating up to 5 they are very stable and supply life jackets for the littlies too.  The only noise you will hear is the slap of the oars on the water and the ducks who follow you in the hope of being fed some delectable leftovers.  (you can buy duck food at the kiosk for $1).  If rowing for the first time 1/2 hour is plenty and cost $26 for three.
Back at the boathouse there is a restaurant, cafe and kiosk and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the surrounds.  Cross over the river on Kanes Bridge suspension bridge and go up to the playing fields for a kick of the footy or enjoy a bbq at one of the many scattered throughout the park vicinity.  There are great walks, bicycle tracks, ample car parking and a playground.  It is easy to spend a couple of hours in this vicinity and soak up the tranquil surrounds on a beautiful spring day.
For more details head to


So much fun in a box!
Need holiday ideas for the kids and have some large boxes lying around? Turn a box upside down and make a stove!! Use old cds for the burners and milk bottle tops for knobs. Cut an oven door out and use extra cardboard for the handle. Big retail stores (of big items) often have boxes they need to recycle so if you have a project in mind and don’t have a box, ask a local store. I recently made a box maze for my son’s 6th birthday with boxes from Richmond retail stores. The kids drew chalk graffiti on the outside and had just as much fun jumping on it all at the end of the party to recycle it again. For more great box ideas head to www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/31-things-you-can-make-with-a-cardboard-box-that-will-blow-y#kbsxb5



INTERVIEW with a VIK (Very Important Kid) – Abi 4

What is your favourite toy from the toy library ?
Step 2 Big family car
What do you like about the toy library?
So many toys!!!
What is your favourite food?
Savoury crackers
What is your favourite colour?
pink, oh and purple, and yellow too
What’s your favourite song?
Let it go from Frozen
What’s your favourite thing to play outside?
Totem tennis and scootering
What is your favourite thing to play inside?
In my princesses tent
Where do you really like to go?
Collingwood Childrens Farm
What is your favourite book?
Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems (these are awesome and funny and make great early readers too)



Easy Moist Chocolate Cake
(This is almost fool proof!!  I forgot a cup of flour and it still came out ok, just took longer to cook!!)

Sift into a mixing bowl-
2 cups p/flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp bicarb 
1 tsp salt
1 tsp instant coffee powder

Add and mix until combined.
1 cup milk
1/2 cup veg oil
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Place mixture in electric mixer bowl or use beaters and slowly add 1 cup boiling water.  Mix on high speed for 1 min.  
Place in large tin and cook moderate oven (180oC) for 1-1 1/2 hours depending on tin size.



A big thank you to Meg Fricke for nominating us for the Hocking Stuart, Heart of Richmond. RTL received $500 for this generous donation. Hocking Stuart have always been such strong supporters of RTL. Thanks again Pauline and your team for all your help with our printing and advertising needs. 
If you know of other apps, family entertainment, recipes, play activities or any interesting items you might like to include in our next newsletter please email info@rtl.org.au
Have a wonderful holiday and don’t forget were open as usual...  explore, pretend, enjoy, laugh and play with your Toy Library!

The Richmond Toy Library Committee


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Saturdays 10.00am - 1.30pm
1st Tuesday of the month
7.00pm - 9.00pm

Lwr Grnd, Richmond Library
Enter at 415 Church Street
Richmond VIC 3121
We are within the Maternal
and Child Health Centre


PO Box 126
Richmond VIC 3121

0412 287 914
(only answered
during opening hours)

Get creative with these new toys:

1. Counting Caterpillars
2. Pigs in Pants
3. Totem Tennis (swingball)
4. Soccer on a String



Next time your’re in, look out for our Living Fundraiser Xmas Cards. Four beautifully designed cards for $6. Inside each card is a special Christmas tree made from seed-embedded paper to grow your own Swan River Daisies.


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