Froggy's Fun on the Green

Froggy’s Fun on the Green is a free, family-friendly, mobile outdoor play program for anyone with children aged 0 to 5 years.

Two sessions are held per week during school terms on a Monday and Tuesday.
Mondays are at Manning Park and Tuesday sessions rotate each term to different parks/venues i.e. four other parks/venues will be visited during the course of the year. In the third term the Tuesday session is held at a venue with an indoor option.

The program includes activities for children and is a chance for mums, dads and carers to connect with others, access information and get support in their parenting roles in a friendly environment.

School Terms only
Term 1 - starting Monday 1 February 2021

  • Monday sessions -  Manning Park, Azelia Road, Hamilton Hill
  • Tuesday sessions - Meller Park, Hope Road, Bibra Lake (opp Blue Gum Montessori school)
The City of Cockburn accepts no liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by attending this program.

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frog sculpture in manning park

New frog sculpture 

The supervisor of the program, Joan de Castro, the City’s Children’s Development Officer saw giant frog sculptures in Burswood alongside the river during a fun run in mid-2019. She tracked down the sculptor – well renowned local Nyungar/Yamatji elder Tjllyungoo/Lance Chadd. She thought these would be a wonderful addition to the revamped Manning Park, fit in with the rich Aboriginal heritage of the park and be great for the children to play on at Froggy and other people visiting the park.

The artist submitted an EOI for this job after the budget was approved in 2020 and commenced work with installation in early January 2021.
My artwork depicts three morphing ‘Kwidjar’/Frogs in their various stages, forming from rock to ‘Kwidjar Boorongor’, including morphing colour patterns, created for children and family to play on and around while providing an exciting new educational cultural experience. They will deliver our sharing of story, belief and knowledge in a way that closely reflects our traditional way of education, which is to allow youth natural learning through self-driven enthusiasm, involving whole body senses while exploring a natural environment.

Our waterways, lakes and estuaries have provided our people with foods and medicines for thousands of years. Manning Lake is one of these important grounds.

‘Kwidjar’ the frog tells us when the water is good, clean, and okay to drink. A lot of our traditional foods came from these places. Like the Maron (fresh water lobster), Yargon (fresh water turtles) ducks, fish, Djilgy (small fresh water lobster), duck Eggs, Mali (swan) eggs and more.I have recently noted in a science presentation that frogs have been ‘identified as bio indicators for environmental toxins’. Being the first in the food chain to leave a water prior to it becoming toxic.

Today’s science continues to unfold and confirm our peoples long-held knowledge on the complexity network of biodiversity, its interconnectedness and collective importance to ourplanets, thus our own wellbeing/survival.

This was a great opportunity for me to produce a dynamic artwork inspired by our stories that relate to these waters and our ways of care for Country.

For more information please contact the Children's Development Officer on 08 9411 3444 or email.

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9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

Language Support

Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.