Things to Do for Families and Children

Programs, events and workshops

The City hosts a range of activities, programs, workshops and events for families in Cockburn. For a full list of events for families and children in the City visit Events and Workshops. Note, that due to COVID-19 some of our events and programs have been adapted.

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. Held during school terms, 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 family-friendly environment.

Please do not attend before 9.30am as staff need time to set out the equipment.

Visit Events and Workshops for start dates and venues.
How can parents help the program to run smoothly?

  • Parents/carers are responsible for looking after their children
  • If you arrive early (i.e. before 9.30), please use the playground until the session is set up
  • Help staff pack up after the session
  • Park in the designated parking areas, not the verge, to avoid fines by Rangers.
Safety - how can you help?
  • Do not bring dogs
  • Beware there are currently magpies and bees in Manning Park
  • The City of Cockburn accepts no liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by attending this program
  • Lock car doors and windows.
If the weather is bad, staff will stay at the venue for 20 minutes and if there is no improvement, the session will be cancelled. If you're unsure the session will go ahead, call 0467 713 447 to check with our Froggy's staff.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic is a free, family-friendly event held each October at Manning Park for children and families. It offers face painting, entertainment, free rides, an animal farm, information on parenting, support services and much more!  Teddy Bears Picnic now incorporates a Hello Baby Corner to cater for parents who have babies or those who are pregnant. See Events and Workshops closer to the time.

Regular programs for families and children 

Visit Events and Workshops, our library page or our playgroups, prekindys and kindy page for information on regular activities, workshops and events such as Beeliar Hub and all library programs including PramJams, Storytime, Learning English through Song, Creative Kids, Bookstars and one-off events. Many of the City’s events are free. During the school holidays you can find out about holiday activities by checking out Events and Workshops.

My Time: Me Time

'My Time: Me Time' is a free support group for Aboriginal parents and grandparents who are looking for a relaxed and comfortable environment to connect with others and share experiences. Come and make new friendships and memories while sharing food, craft and learning about interesting topics.  

The group runs on Tuesdays during school terms from midday-2pm at the Coolbellup Hub.
There is a free transport service and free childcare available.

If you are interested in joining the group please call 08 9411 3855 or 08 9411 3851.

Playgroups, kindergartens and toy libraries

Find out about playgroups, kindergartens and toy libraries in the City of Cockburn area.

Outdoor fun

Spending time outdoors is a great way to have fun and stay healthy. The City offers many places for families and children to visit, including:

Sports, fitness and aquatics

Cockburn ARC opens in a new window is the City's Aquatic and Recreation and Centre, offering heaps of fun and fitness opportunities for families and children.

There are also plenty of walking and cycling opportunities across the City.

Looking for a sports club to join? Visit My Community Directory opens in a new window to find a club near you.

Art and cultural experiences

Take the family for a visit to the Azelia Ley Museum, an art exhibition, or visit some of our great public artworks and cultural experiences. To find out more, visit the Arts, Culture and History section.

Animals and environmental experiences

There are so many great ways to get your family involved in living sustainably and protecting our natural environment. Find out about places to go and how to get involved through the following pages:

More information and contact 

If you have any questions please contact the City's Children’s Development Officer on 08 9411 3444 or email  
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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
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