Big, big, big news!…
We are very excited to announce the opening of a second location for Richmond Toy Library in September at Finbar House, 143 Kent Street, Richmond. Initially this location will be open 10-12am Tuesdays, with a view to opening longer hours in future. A smaller selection of toys will be available at this second location and will be constantly varied with the main collection remaining at its current location under Richmond Library. Toys can be borrowed and returned to either location.

Can you help?
We are currently looking for expressions of interest in becoming a paid co-ordinator of these opening sessions at Finbar House from September for the 2 hour session and also our main location in the basement of Richmond Library when Sue retires from this position later this year. Opening hours required at the library location are Wednesday 9.30-11.30, Saturday 10am-1.30pm and the first Tuesday of the month 7-9pm. The main criteria of the role is to co-ordinate toy library borrowing sessions, manage the toy collection, general administrative tasks and attend committee meetings each month. Further details of the role are available by contacting
We are also in the process of setting up a new web system which will allow our members to renew online, check details of your current borrows, book your volunteer shifts, and eventually book party packs and chairs and tables…and more! We will keep you up to date with our progress and look forward to bringing you even more benefits as members of RTL.

Messy Play Day…what a wonderful event it was celebrating Toy Libraries World Play Day on the morning of Friday 22nd May.

A little chaos and a whole lot of fun with over 70 families attending.  What a great excuse to throw a little party with a lot of play!!!  In a world persistently advancing in the age of electronic entertainment our event was aimed at showcasing the importance of free play and the joy and benefit it brings in early life.

Free play, noise and a little bit of mess were the order of the day with all ages preschool children participating in many activities including face painting, kinetic sandpit, play dough table, trucks, trains, musical instruments and building activities to name a few. 

The Toy Library Committee welcomed local families, both members and non members of the library, and commemorated the occasion with a celebratory cake cutting with Cr Jackie Fristacky.

Thank you to the generous local businesses who contributed to the show bags given to attending families. Based on the very positive feedback we hope to make this a regular event!
Our next Messy Play Day will be on Friday 4th September so stay tuned for more details!
Come in and get creative at RTL during the school holidays.
To continue with some messy fun we’ll have a giant floor mural you can contribute to every Saturday over the school holidays (June 27th – July11th). Use our large textas and crayons to create your own masterpiece!
Catch this event...

Collingwood Children’s Farm Winter Solstice Bonfire
Saturday 20th June, 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Collingwood Children’s Farm 18 St Heliers Street Abbotsford
Story time and children's lantern parade 4.45–5.45pm, Wandering minstrel 4.45–5.30pm, Giant lanterns, Food stalls, Mulled wine and bar 4.30–8.00pm,, Drummers and fire twirlers 5.45–6.20pm, The bonfire will be lit at 6.15pm. Limited tickets available only online through
Entry: family $24, adult $12, child $5, concession available.
Burnley Backyard Opening
Sunday 21st June, 11am

Burnley Backyard is a community lead project to revitalise a once thriving neighbourhood house at Tudor Street, Burnley. The City of Yarra and Richmond Community Garden Group are excited to announce the Official Opening Festival for Burnley Backyard. The Opening will be a big celebration. A thank you to the local residents who fought gallantly to secure the space, the sharing of a communal soup and a showcase of all that is possible at the site – All it needs is you!

Little Rockers RED NOSE 12-hour Disco
Friday 26th June, Red Nose Day, 8.30am - 8.30pm.

Luna Park, function room, St Kilda
The Disco aims to raise funds for SIDS & Kids. There will be LIVE kids music, disco dancing, face painting, ballooning, chill out areas and more. LIVE acts include Animals Rock (with Shelley Craft from The Block), Hey Dee Ho, Pevan & Sarah, The MikMaks and Remy's Music Machine. It's the perfect event for littlies up to the age of about 5-years! Tickets are $11.50 each and all funds raised go direct to SIDS & Kids. More information and links to buy tickets can be found at:
Stuck for ideas over the school holidays?
What about these activities?…

Yarra Libraries School Holiday Fun

Open House Tromarama for Kids
May 23 - Oct 18 - NGV International
Tromarama have built a house inside the Gallery and everyone’s invited over to play. Inspired by ordinary homes, this one is a little bit extraordinary –  everything inside has come to life! Visitors are invited to create their own stop-motion animation using an app, creating short films that can be shared with friends and family.
Light in Winter Fed Square
5.30pm each night from 1 June laser-based installation Molecule of Light.
ANIMAKE at the Dock library
Sunday 28 June, 11am to 5pm
Bookings essential

Docklands Winter Fireworks
Every Friday evening in July and August 7:30pm

ArtPlay Backyard
Various workshops from 01/07/2015 to 06/09/2015

Boyd Play Day
2nd July, Thu: 10am – noon

Visit this
Ripponlea Estate Gardens
192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick VIC 3185
Get into the great outdoors this winter with a visit to Ripponlea Gardens.  These amazing vast gardens are usually entry by charge but whilst the Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition (there is a cost for the exhibition) is on at Ripponlea House until October entry is free.  With waterfalls and ferneries, an orchard, water tower and a wonderland of paths through different garden habitats (check out the vegie garden - how many vegies can you name?) this is an explorers paradise!  Look for the eels in the lake, find the cave or even check out the amazing pool complete with diving board.  Local and fun there is a cool retro café in the old stables (slightly pricey) and plenty of places and a vast lawn for a picnic.
Allow at least half an hour to explore the playground on the right hand side before the exit. Balance on the tree stumps, climb the turtle shell and drop into the sandpit (for the bigger kids) or twirl around on the small garden sculptures.
The costume exhibition is well worth a look too with dress ups, screen displays and video, a mystery to solve and displays of costumes from the current TV series. 

Bridge Road Film Festival
We all know how wonderful Bridge Rd is for shopping, dining, lounging in cafes and people watching, but did you know that each winter there's a free film festival at the Richmond Town Hall?  Classic movies are screened at the family-friendly time of 5.45pm on selected Saturdays in May and June. The main room upstairs is transformed into a giant lounge theatre with chairs and comfy bean bags. You can BYO a picnic dinner, or those traveling without kids can take advantage of many local drinking/dining offers accompanying the ticket, after the show. We took our primary school and kinder kids to Singin' In The Rain last weekend, and they laughed and clapped their way through then danced and sang all the way home. Daggy? Definitely. Joyously fun? Indeed. This year's festival is almost over, only The Blues Brothers on the 20th June remains, or keep it in mind for next year. Ahhh, so that's what those seemingly random handpainted movie billboards are for, the ones with the face holes cut out, dotted along the northern side of Bridge Rd!
Book your free tickets online via eventbrite.   
Thank yous

Sally Young for her generous toy donations.
Officeworks and Collingwood Children’s Farm for their generosity with our recent Messy Play Day and ongoing support.
MCHN Sue Gardiner for her continued support of our toy library.

If you have anything you would like to share with your RTL Community in our next newsletter please email Thanks for reading our news.

RTL Committee


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Check out some new toys at RTL these holidays...

1. Zoob Construction Pieces
2. Search and Learn
    Giant Floor Puzzle
3. Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle
4. Birthday Party Game
5. Counting Jigsaw

Make this
No cook playdough
1 cup plain flour
½ cup salt
2tbs cream of tartar
1 tbs oil
Food coloring
1 cup boiling water
Mix all ingredients together.  Mixing by hand is best but use rubber gloves as it can be warm.
This was the playdough we used at Messy Play Day. It lasts up to 6 months and if you don’t have time to make your own, buy some next time you come into the toy library $4 a bag.
Try this
OPSM Penny the Pirate
Written into the story are three eye screenings, for distance vision, colour vision and depth perception. A simple way to identify if further testing is required for your child’s eyes.
Kinderling Radio Station
A kid-friendly online or digital radio station with carefully curated music to modulate all moods in the household. Available 24/7 Check it out at

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