In January VicSwim is offering swimming lessons at Dandenong Oasis and Noble Park Aquatic Centre in Week 1 - Monday 5th Jan - Friday 9th Jan and Week 2 - Monday 12th Jan - Friday 16th Jan http://www.vicswim.com.au/locationsmetro
The summerFEST youth holiday program includes fantastic activities for young people between 12 and 25: http://greaterdandenong.com/document/27033/summerfest-youth-services-holiday-program
Folding cranes for hope
The practice of folding 1000 origami paper cranes is recognised within Japanese culture as a representation of healing and hope, with flocks of cranes offered at shrines or temples with prayers, based on the belief that the effort to fold such a large number will surely be rewarded.
Building on this tradition, the City of Greater Dandenong plans to fold 1001 cranes through a series of facilitated community workshops which will result in an installation at the Australia Day Festival 2015 representing the hopes and wishes of the Greater Dandenong community.
Attend an origami workshop and learn how to create your own crane. Each crane created may be a personal wish or prayer, a symbol for hope and tolerance, or a representation of acceptance and harmony within the community.
Creating 1000 paper cranes can be a challenge but together as a community we are aiming to create 1001! to find out how to fold a crane or to attend a workshop go to:
Catch a movie at the lunar Drive-In in Dandenong: http://www.lunardrive-in.com.au/
Check out these websites! There are many great ideas. There are some great places to visit and ideas that are family friendly, and low cost. Check out some of the weblinks and event calendars to see what you and your family might like to try locally and in other areas of Melbourne.
It's not far from anywhere in the city of greater Dandenong to visit the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens.
Take the train into the city and participate in activities in various locations for example the Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria, Federation square, Scienceworks, the Immigration museum or the Melbourne museum.
During summer the Royal Botanical Gardens presents Moonlight cinema: http://www.moonlight.com.au/melbourne/
The Victorian Government website has a fabulous listing of heaps of school holidays activities around Melbourne. http://www.vic.gov.au/about-victoria-tourism/holidays-daylight-saving/school-holidays/school-holiday-activities.html
For a comprehensive list of family friendly events in Melbourne visit : http://www.webchild.com.au/calendar/melbourne