About Froggy's Fun on the Green
Froggy’s Fun on the Green is a free, family-friendly, mobile outdoor play program for Cockburn families 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 only indoor option (Children's Activity Area, Coolbellup Hub).
The program includes activities for children and is a chance for mums, dads, grandparents and carers to connect with others, access information and get support in their parenting roles in a friendly environment.
School terms only
Term 2 - starting Monday 19 April 2021
All sessions are 9.30-11.30am *
Monday sessions - Manning Park, Azelia Road, Hamilton Hill (on the lake side of the road, spot the Froggy trailer)
- Tuesday sessions (term two only) - Nicholson Reserve, Swallow Drive, Yangebup (indoor option available)
What you need to do?
- Help staff to be able to unpack properly and safely by not arriving early - go to the nearby playground until the start time.
- No registration is necessary, but you will need to sign in and currently scan the QR code or provide your contact phone number.
- Do not park on the verge to avoid a fine.
- Froggy's has a no dog policy.
- Helping pack up after the session is encouraged!
The City of Cockburn accepts no liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by attending this program.
* Sessions might be cancelled or shortened if weather is unsuitable, but all attempts are made to run sessions.
Froggy staff can be contacted at 0467 713 447 from 8.30am onwards if you want to check whether the session is likely to go ahead. Leave a message if staff are busy fetching the toy trailer and setting up and they will get back to you as soon as they can.
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event for more information.
The supervisor of the program, Joan de Castro, the City’s Children’s Development Officer, saw large 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 and artist 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 Froggy children to play on and others visiting the park.
A new interactive artwork was commissioned and installed in early January 2021. The artist describes it as follows:
"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 complex network of biodiversity, its interconnectedness and collective importance to our planets, 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.