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Welcome to What’s On (with a difference)

After the success of last month’s edition, ‘What’s On (with a difference)’ is back for July.

We have compiled a list of some new activities and events designed to keep the whole family entertained as we continue to work our way back to normality.

We would like to note that at the time of publishing, these events were all scheduled and still planned to be going ahead. However, due to the ever-changing nature of Victoria’s COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions, this may change. If you are interested in participating or attending any of the events below, we suggest you please contact the organisers of the events listed to confirm if the event is still running.

From everyone at Alira, we hope you are all safe, well and enjoy this month’s edition.

Online Book Group

Do you love books and reading? The Casey Cardinia Libraries Group has created an online book club to keep you connected and reading during COVID-19. Through this program, you can meet like-minded individuals who love reading and discussing books and authors. Anyone can join this program, which occurs on the last Monday of each month.

To find out July’s book and to register for the Zoom meeting, head to the event page here

Wilson Botanic Park and Gardens 

The Berwick Wilson Botanic Park and Gardens reopened at the end of May following the easing of restrictions in Victoria. Stretched over 39 hectares, the park provides many activities to enjoy on a weekend with friends and family. Head to the park for a picnic and BBQ, take the children to the popular playground, go birdwatching at the Bird Hide at Basalt Lake or even explore some of the wonderful walking tracks.

hile the visitor centre remains closed, all other facilities are open and accessible to the public. To learn more about the park, its location and opening hours, visit the City of Casey website

Online Storytime 

The Casey and Cardinia libraries ‘Online Storytime’ makes it easy to share books and songs with your children. Their librarians have recorded some of the most popular children’s books and uploaded them to YouTube so you can watch and read along with your young ones. There are also many other free online resources to help grow your child’s skills. 

To start reading, listening and watching head to the Casey and Cardinia libraries’ dedicated Storytime hub.

National Gallery of Victoria – Virtual tour

Did you know that you can visit the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for free and from the comfort of your own home? The NGV has digitalised almost all exhibitions to ensure everyone can continue to access art during the pandemic. For the little ones, the NGV has an entire Kids at Home webpage with interactive activities, family stories and a series of online drawing and colouring classes. For older children, check out the Top Arts Learning Resources page. This includes an online guided tour of the galleries and the ‘Digital Creatives’ series, where art and science collide. 

For more information or to start your gallery experience visit the NGV website.

P.E with Joe

Joe Wicks is live-streaming free, family-friendly workouts on his YouTube channel. As we’re spending more time at home, it’s more important than ever to keep moving and stay active. The workouts are great for all ages, even adults can get involved.

For more information or to start your gallery experience visit the NGV website.

School holidays workshop fun 

Begin Bright in Berwick has an exciting range of workshops for primary school children happening these school holidays! With full and half-day workshops available each weekday of the holidays, kids will be able to focus on creative ways to develop and support discovery and exploration. The activities change daily, offering science experiments, drama activities, singing and even making slime!

To browse the different workshops and book in head to the Begin Bright website.

Mini Monsters Virtual Incursion

Mini Monsters is a childcare and kindergarten program providing free virtual activities for you and your children to enjoy at home. Mini Monsters specialise in sports and music programs for children aged two and up. Each virtual session incorporates fun decision-making games to enhance basic skills and motor development.

To learn more and register for the different incursions, head to the Mini Monsters Facebook page.

At Home with The Australian Ballet 

Ballet has always been the perfect escape for people in stressful times. The Australian Ballet is determined to provide its viewers with that escape, even when theatres are closed. Over the next few months, The Australian Ballet company are streaming a selection of its most loved ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake and Coppélia.

To start watching now head to the Australian Ballet website.

What is open for the School Holidays?

Many performances, museums and attractions in Melbourne have been closed or cancelled due to the pandemic. However, in great news for families, some of Melbourne best venues and attractions are opening; just in time for the start of school holidays.

Check out the list of activities and attractions below:

Register your interest