...at Messy Play Day Friday 4th September.

Those who joined us for our second Messy Play Day were delighted to explore, pretend, create, laugh and play in the ample space of the Richmond Theatrette. Many of our favourite toys featured in the messy play action including our recently purchased collection additions, some old faithfuls and some of our themed Party Pack toys soon to be available for separate hire. All this activity and the magical music of Mel Maslin from Baby Love Music Fun made for an action packed 2 hours.
Thanks to all those who came along to join in the celebration of free play in early childhood. Check out the photos.
Stay tuned for our next Messy Play Day in 2016.
(Baby Love Music Fun is a local business in Richmond (and beyond) with classes offering a sophisticated fusion of developmental science, quality music and emotional connections all rolled into a music program for baby to preschooler. Check out their classes, events or for party bookings at www.babylovemusicfun.com.au

NEW Party Packs for hire

The first of our party packs is available for hire as featured in our Messy Play Day.
Construction party pack:
90 durable plastic blocks
12 safety vests
12 hard hats
3 trucks

Available for hire at the Basement Richmond Library location only. For enquiries email info@rtl.org.au Other party packs coming to RTL are Traffic School, Toddlers and Outdoor Games. Stay tuned for more in 2016.

Credit card payments now available

You can now make your renewal payments online when you login to your member account at rtl.org.au > memberships  or by credit card at each location. Please bring in your receipt if you pay online and be aware payments are subject to a $3 processing fee.

Have you visited our new location at Finbar Neighbourhood House yet?

If you have any questions about this second location, open Tuesdays 10am – 12noon, this may clarify some things for you…
Q: I'm a current member of Richmond Toy Library, can I borrow from Finbar?
A: Yes, you can borrow from Finbar with no extra cost.
Q: Can I borrow toys from Finbar and return them at Richmond Library basement?
A: Yes, and vice versa (but only at Finbar between 10-12 Tuesdays).
Q: Why should I go to Finbar?
A: If you live closer to Richmond Library basement, then sure, you can keep using the Richmond Library basement branch. However, if you live closer to Finbar, then you may want to go there instead. Also at Finbar, there is a playgroup that runs at the same time when the toy library is opened.
Q: What toys are at Finbar?
A: The toy collection at Finbar is smaller than the one at Richmond Library basement. The party tables/chairs will only be available at Richmond Library basement. In the next few weeks, we will update our online catalogue and you'll be able to view exactly what toys are at Finbar.

Catch this...

Paper Planet
Arts Centre, Gallery 1, 29 September – 4 October 2015
9:30am – 3pm (drop in anytime), Excluding Saturday 3 October. Paper Planet is a spectacular forest of tall cardboard trees inviting kids and adults to fill the world with fantastic paper creations. FREE event.
Paper Planes Movie and make your own paper planes
Collingwood Library, 11 Stanton St Abbotsford
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
See the hit Australian movie and have some fun making your own paper planes. Rated G. 96 mins.
For ages 5+. FREE event but booking necessary

Moon Lantern Festival Craft
Yarra Libraries, Monday, 21 September at 10:00 AM - Friday, 25 September  at 6:00 PM
Drop in anytime during this week to decorate your own moon lantern. All materials provided. For ages 5 and up. FREE event no booking necessary.
There are so many ideas for holiday activities to check out at...
Yarra Libraries Holiday Program

Playgrounds you’ll love

Royal Melbourne Show on a budget

Royal Melbourne Show is on again and we have visited before and here are a few ways to avoid spending too much at the show.

Purchase tickets online: Some ticket types are not available at the gates. Don’t worry too much about bad weather. There are plenty of indoor activities and if the weather is not too good, the crowd will be smaller, lines will be shorter so a bonus anyway.
Ticket prices: Options are many and varied so read carefully to choose the best option for you. We think the our members may find these options are most suitable …
One Adult with children 4 yrs & under; Getting Adult Ticket to Ride for $62 will include $50 worth of rides. Having said that, there are plenty to do for children under 5 that do not involve rides, so you can also go for an Adult general admission of $38 only.
One Adult with one Child; If you can get there on Mon/Tue, there is a $5 Kids entry special, and combined with an Adult Ticket to Ride, for a total spend of $67, you get $50 worth of rides.
One Adult with two children or Two Adults with two children; It turns out that if you have two children, the Family Ticket to Ride is the best, whether with 1 Adult or 2. For $105, you get $50 worth of rides.
The kid’s rides are about $5-6 each and some ride operators do a value pack for $20. The Ferris Wheels are more expensive and adult will need to ride with the young child.
Food: Bring your own lunch and if you are short on food, head over to the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion, where you can sample plenty of delicious produce for free. While you’re there, check out the free cooking classes for kids and crafting activities too.

Free Activities: Animal Nursery; Pets, Garden & Outdoor Pavillion, where you can decorate a Terracotta pot, make a bird feeder, plant a seedling plus more; Art, Craft & Cookery Pavilion where children can create many things to take home and also see the amazingly decorated cakes on display; Entertainment Dome to watch the Peppa Pig show or the magic show by the “Unusualist” Raymond Crowe; Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show at Herald Sun Arena; Wood chopping at Woodchop Pavillion.
Show bags: Set a budget before going as there are plenty to choose from and it is best to leave it till the end of the day as the Show Bag tent is near the exit. Try not to be tempted by the Show bag stalls dotted around the place because you get more choices at the Show Bag tent.
There is so much to do so try and get there when the gates open and head to the Animal Nursery or Rides first to avoid the queues. Bring only enough cash that you are comfortable spending and enjoy a fun day out!  If the Show seems like it's all a bit much for small children, you may prefer to check out smaller scale ‘show style’ fun at local schools and kindergartens. There are many upcoming fairs and fetes as we’re heading into the season. That way your money goes towards supporting local families.

Try this...
Muffalo Potato: Not every parent is a great artist, so if you need help in drawing an animal or your child's favorite cartoon character, check out Muffalo Potato.
iPhone app: itunes.apple.com/us/app/muffalo-potato
Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/user/muffalopotato
Website: www.muffalopotato.com
Time Lens: Treasure hunt at Melbourne Museum using the Time Lens app. It is a big app with videos, so download the app on wifi at home before you visit the museum. Bring some headphones and discover new areas of the museum.

We’re business as usual during the school holidays so we hope to see you soon at either of our locations. And pick up a fresh batch of coloured play dough ($4 a bag) at our main location if you need some squishy fun in the next few weeks!

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

RTL Committee
Lwr Grnd, Richmond Library
Enter at 415 Church Street
Richmond VIC 3121
(We are within the Maternal
and Child Health Centre)
Wednesdays 9.30am - 11.30am
Saturdays 10.00am - 1.30pm
1st Tuesday of the month
7.00pm - 9.00pm


143 Kent Street Richmond
Tuesdays 10am - 12noon


PO Box 126
Richmond VIC 3121

0412 287 914
(only answered
during opening hours)

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

1. Dinosaur Layered Puzzle
2. Discovery Box
3. Egg Maracas
4. Roller Derby
5. Stepping Stones
6. Wooden Families
7. Tea for Two

Spring care for toys

As we’re still in the midst of cold and flu season cleaning toys thoroughly is a must.
We ask that all toys be carefully cleaned and dried before being returned.

Here are a few cleaning tips:
•  Wash toys with warm, soapy water
•  Do not immerse toys if water can get into them (especially baby rattles) as we often can’t get the water out
•  Use a cotton bud or old toothbrush to clean nooks and crannies
•  Do not use a dishwasher as some toys can melt.

If your child is unwell while using RTL toys please disinfectant before returning them. An easy home remedy is 1 part tea tree oil, 5 parts vinegar, 20 parts water. But again, please do not immerse in this solution if the toy is not suitable. Alternatively use disinfectant wipes as a non soaking option.

RTL membership returns 26x its value!

We were pleasantly reminded of what great economic sense Toy Library makes for the family budget when a member recently totaled the value of her borrows for 2 children over 1 year to be in excess of $2,000! RTL is a great gift idea for friends or extended family (Grandparents can join for $20) so be sure to pass on the smart thinking.
Volunteer duties

Don’t forget to fulfill your volunteer duties before the expiry of your 12 month membership to redeem you $40 cash back. Is simple to book a time online by going to rtl.org.au > log in to your account > volunteer history > then book a time.

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