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Childrens Week

Childrens Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia during the fourth week in October each year and celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities. In 1996 it was decided to adopt a permanent theme: "A Caring World Shares" as a reflection of Childrens Week aims.

The City of Launceston is active in celebrating Childrens Week which helps to raise awareness within the community of the needs and rights of children and to assist young people to reach their individual potential. 

2014 City of Launceston and Playgroup Tasmania Children’s Week Awards

During Children's Week each year, the City of Launceston in conjunction with Playgroup Tasmania recognise the wonderful achievements of children and those who provide services to children through our annual Children's Week Awards.

The purpose of Children's Week, held nationally, is to raise awareness of the needs, interests, rights and achievements of children and young people and assist them to realise their individual potential.

We are seeking nominations for people in the community who make a difference for children, not forgetting the quiet achievers.  We also seek nominations for young people who make a difference and are a role model for others.

Awards will be given in the following categories:-

Exceptional Young Person Award - For a person under the age of 18 years for having overcome adversity, shown great bravery and generosity to themselves or others.

Endeavour Award - For a person under the age of 18 who makes a contribution to other children/young people.  This may include voluntary work, advocacy or being a good role model for other children and young people.

Community Commitment Award - For groups of young people under the age of 18 who see a need in their community and work together to create a solution.  (Open to schools, youth groups, formal and informal groups)

Child Development Award - For community groups or organisations who have made a contribution to children/young people significantly improving their opportunities to learn and grow.

Contribution to the Health and Wellbeing of Children Award - For individuals, groups, volunteers and businesses who have made a significant contribution or difference to the health and wellbeing of children/young people in the community.

If you would like more information on the awards, please call our Community Projects Officer on 03 6323 3381.

Nominations for the 2014 City of Launceston and Playgroup Tasmania Childrens Week Awards have now closed.    Winners will be announced during Childrens Week (Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 October 2014).

 

Childrens Week Calendar of Events

Each year Launceston City Council collate a Children's Week Calendar of Events.  The following events are on during Childrens Week 2014 from Saturday 18 October 2014 to Sunday 26 October.

If you would like more information, please call our Community Projects Officer on 03 6323 3381.

 
Launceston Eye Institute Run for a Wish Run/Walk in Launceston for the Make A Wish Foundation
Date:             Saturday 18 October 2014

Where:           Aurora Stadium, Launceston
Time:             9.30am - Childrens Run (400m)
                     10.00am - Main Run (6.4km)
Cost:              Registration fee applies

 A fun run/walk for all ages with proceeds going to the Make A Wish Foundation. For more information, visit www.runforawish.com.au or email  info@runforawish.com.au.

Northern Childrens Network - “Art TAStic 2014”
Date:              Monday 20 October – Friday 5 December 2014
Where:           Campbell Gallery, QVMAG Royal Park, Launceston
Time:             10am to 4.00pm daily
Cost:               Free to view exhibition

Local children's work from ages birth-18 years.  For more information visit www.ncn.org.au or call 03 6341 1555.

Active Parks - Yoga for Kids
Date:               Monday 20 October 2014
Where:            Ravenswood Child and Family Centre, Ravenswood
Time:              9.30am to 10.30am (please arrive 10 minutes early to register)
Cost:               Free
                      
For ages 0-5 years 
Creative yoga teaching children and adults how to stretch their bodies and imagination through story-telling, relaxation exercises, games and activities.   For more information visit www.activelaunceston.com.au or call Active Launcestonon 03 6324 4047.

Try the Y -  Pre Kinder Play Centre  (Free* activities for Childrens Week 2014)
Date:             Monday 20 October 2014 - Friday 24 October 2014
Where:           YMCA Kings Meadows
Time:             9.30am to 12.30pm
Cost:              *Free for children who have not previously attended activities at the
                      YMCA Launceston.  Spaces are limited.  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. 
                      
For ages 3-4 years
Preparing children 3-4 years old for school life by creating opportunities using equipment and materials not readily available at home.  For more information visit www.ymcalaunceston.org or call YMCA Kings Meadows on 03 6344 3844.

Try the Y - Tiny Tot's Playtime  (Free* activities for Childrens Week 2014)
Date:              Monday 20 October 2014
Where:           YMCA Kings Meadows
Time:             10am to 11.30am
Cost:              *Free for children who have not previously attended activities at the
                      YMCA Launceston.  Spaces are limited.  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.
                      
For ages 0-5 years
Climbing, swinging, jumping, tumbling and lots more!  There are plenty of activities in our Tiny Tot's gym.   For more information visit www.ymcalaunceston.org or call YMCA Kings Meadows on 03 6344 3844.

Try the Y -  Junior and Teens Basketball Training  (Free* activities for Childrens Week 2014)
Date:              Monday 20 October 2014
Where:           YMCA Kings Meadows
Time:             3.30pm to 4.15pm or 4.15pm to 5.00pm
Cost:              *Free for children who have not previously attended activities at the
                     YMCA Launceston.  Spaces are limited.  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.
Training sessions are held on Monday's and children can attend either session.  If you wish to join a team, games are played on Friday afternoons from 3.45pm to 8.30pm. For more information visit www.ymcalaunceston.org or call YMCA Kings Meadows on 03 6344 3844.

Northern Early Years Group (Tas) - Conversation about 'What Makes a Resilient Child' and launch of the Research Report 'Launceston Children's Ideas about Play Spaces'
Date:              Monday 20 October  2014
Where:            Ravenswood Child and Family Centre, 8 Prossers Forest Road Ravenswood
Time:              5.30pm to 7.00pm
Cost:               Free
Join a conversation about 'What makes a resilient child? How do we recognise it, and how do we create the kinds of environments that help resilience flourish?'  Speakers from the health, social services and education and care sectors will prompt a lively discussion from each of their perspectives and experiences with young children and their families. A feature of the evening will be the launch of the research report ‘Launceston Children’s Views of Play Spaces’. Children involved in the 2013 Children’s Week Children’s Expo in City Park participated in the research. For more information please call Di Nailon on 0400 389107, Carmen Gumley on 6339 2813 or email northernearlyyearsgroup@gmail.com

Try the Y - Ready Set Go  (Free* activities for Childrens Week 2014)
Date:             Tuesday 21 October 2014
Where:           YMCA Kings Meadows
Time:             3.30pm to 4.15pm
Cost:              *Free for children who have not previously attended activities at the
                      YMCA Launceston.  Spaces are limited.  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.

                     
For ages 5-6 years
Children start off easily and slowly, learning various sports through un games and drills.  Training concentrates on ball skills and basic offence and defence, with an emphasis on participation and respect for one another.  A great introduction to all sport skills for 5-6 year olds.   For more information visit www.ymcalaunceston.org or call YMCA Kings Meadows on 03 6344 3844.

Try the Y - Trampoline Fun (Free* activities for Childrens Week 2014)
Date:              Tuesday 21 October 2014
Where:           YMCA Kings Meadows
Time:              4.15pm to 5.15pm
Cost:              *Free for children who have not previously attended activities at the YMCA Launceston.  Spaces are limited.  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.
Trampolines in the backyard are great but can also cause injury - children learn safety tips and some cool tricks in one of our classes.   For more information visit www.ymcalaunceston.org or call YMCA Kings Meadows on 03 6344 3844.

Try the Y - Gymnastics (Free* activities for Childrens Week 2014)
Date:              Tuesday 21 October 2014
Where:           YMCA Kings Meadows
Time:             3.30pm to 6.00pm (4 sessions)
                    
(3.30pm to 4.00pm-Gym Kidz - an introduction to gymnastics 4-7 years)
                    
(4.00pm to 4.45pm-Gym Starz beginner level recreation gymnastics for 7 years +)
                    
(4.45pm to 5.30pm-Gym Whizz - Intermediate to advanced level recreation
                     gymnastics)
                    
(5.15pm to 6.00pm-gym Trix - intermediate to advanced level floor acrobatics)
Cost:             *Free for children who have not previously attended activities at the 
                     YMCA Launceston.  Spaces are limited.  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.
Watch your child's confidence and coordination grow through fun structured classes that will prepare them for any sport.   For more information visit www.ymcalaunceston.org or call YMCA Kings Meadows on 03 6344 3844.

Playgroup Tasmania’s - Teddy Bears' Picnic
Date:              Wednesday 22 October 2014
Where:           City Park, Launceston
Time:             10.00am to 1.00pm
Cost:              Free
                     F
or ages 0-5 years 
For more information visit www.playgrouptas.org.au or call Playgroup Tasmania on 1800 171 882.

Try the Y  -  Taekwondo with Flanagan & Chugg  (Free* activities for Childrens Week 2014)
Date:             Wednesday 22 October 2014
Where:           YMCA Kings Meadows
Time:             4.00pm to 4.30pm
Cost:              *Free for children who have not previously attended activities at the
                      YMCA Launceston.  Spaces are limited.  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.
                      For ages 4-7 years.
Students of this sport will develop self-defence skills, self -confidence, humbleness, patience, tolerance and a positive outlook on life.  Warm up games are always favourites.   For more information visit www.ymcalaunceston.org or call YMCA Kings Meadows on 03 6344 3844.

Try the Y - Y Kids Mixed Netball  (Free* activities for Childrens Week 2014)
Date:             Wednesday 22 October 2014
Where:           YMCA Kings Meadows
Time:             4.30pm to 5.30pm
Cost:              *Free for children who have not previously attended activities at the YMCA Launceston.  Spaces are limited.  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.
                     
For ages 6-14 years
Learn new netball skills, enjoy making new friends have loads of fun for 6-14 year olds.   For more information visit www.ymcalaunceston.org or call YMCA Kings Meadows on 03 6344 3844.

Try the Y - Fencing (Free* activities for Childrens Week 2014)
Date:              Wednesday 22 October 2014
Where:            YMCA Kings Meadows
Time:              6.30pm to 8.30pm
Cost:              *Free for children who have not previously attended activities at the
                      YMCA Launceston.  Spaces are limited.  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.
                      For all ages
For all ages - everyone is welcome no need to worry about equipment everything is supplied.  Wear comfy loose clothing and suitable sand shoes.  Come and give it a go! For more information visit www.ymcalaunceston.org or call YMCA Kings Meadows on 03 6344 3844.

Try the Y - Mini Basketball (Free* activities for Childrens Week 2014)
Date:              Thursday 23 October 2014
Where             YMCA Kings Meadows
Time:              3.30pm or 4.30pm
Cost:               *Free for children who have not previously attended activities at the
                       YMCA Launceston.  Spaces are limited.  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.
                      
For ages 7-8 years
This is a great start to playing basketball for 7-8 year olds.  Training is held for the first 30 minutes followed by a 30 minute game.   For more information visit www.ymcalaunceston.org or call YMCA Kings Meadows on 03 6344 3844.

Try the Y - Renegade Freestyle Taekwondo  (Free* activities for Childrens Week 2014)
Date:             Thursday 23 October 2014
Where:           YMCA Kings Meadows
Time:             4.45pm to 5.45pm
Cost:              *Free for children who have not previously attended activities at the
                      YMCA Launceston.  Spaces are limited.  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.
                     All ages
Students of this sport will develop self-defence skills, self -confidence, humbleness, patience, tolerance and a positive outlook on life.  Warm up games are always favourites. For more information visit www.ymcalaunceston.org or call YMCA Kings Meadows on 03 6344 3844.

Active Kids
Date:             Friday 24 October 2014
Where:           City Park, Launceston
Time:             9.30am to 10.15am    (please arrive 10 minutes early to register)
Cost:              Free
Increase level of physical activity participation or children and provide parents, carers and teachers with new ideas and concepts of how to encourage children to engage in 'active play'.  For more information visit www.activelaunceston.com.au or call Active Launceston on 03 6324 4047.

Playgroup Tasmania’s  Family Fun Day with Kites
Date:            Saturday 25 October 2014
Where:          Royal Park, Launceston
Time:            10.00am to 1.00pm
Cost:             Free
Free fun day for families.   For more information visit www.playgrouptas.org.au or call Playgroup Tasmania on 1800 171 882.

Daniel Morcombe Foundation's  Walk for Daniel
Date:            Saturday 25 October 2014
Where:          From The Boathouse (Northbank), along Seaport to Royal Park, Launceston
Time:            10.30am
Cost:             Free
Wear red and join in the walk for children to raise safety awareness in conjunction with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. For further information visit www.DayForDaniel.com.au or contact Lee-Ann Pattersonon 0428 147 682.

City of Launceston 2014 Children's Week Calendar of Events (PDF 552KB)