What's on in Boroondara

We have a full calendar of events happening in Boroondara, from bee workshops to kinder open days and the Maling Road Autoclassico.

Mark World Bee Day with free workshops

Friday 20 May is World Bee Day, and you can learn how to support our hard-working little pollinators by joining one of our workshops.

Attracting pollinators to your garden

When: Wednesday 11 May, 7pm to 8:30pm
Where: Parkview Room, 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell.

Backyard beekeeping

When: Wednesday 18 May 2022, 7pm to 8:30pm
Where: Parkview Room, 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell

Bookings are essential. To find out more and book, visit Sustainable living workshops and events.

Main Streets of Australia events

Our shopping centres and strips are hosting events to mark Main Streets of Australia Week, including the Maling Road Autoclassico showing more than 250 classic and modern exotic vehicles on 15 May, CamberWELL-BEING on 28 May, and unveiling of the Faces of Greythorn Statues on 21 May.

Find out more at Shopping local is streets ahead.

Full STEAM ahead at our libraries

Our doors are open and there are plenty of free activities happening across our libraries this month. We’re kicking off with STEAM Saturdays and giving kids across Boroondara the opportunity to engage with science in a fun and friendly environment. Available at all 6 of our libraries, kids will use their imagination (and our resources) to experiment and explore science, technology, engineering, arts and maths. Each session is standalone and suitable for primary school-aged students. We are also offering a range of fun online, outdoor and in-person storytime sessions to help introduce your child to the world of storytelling and build a love of reading.

Visit our library events page to find out more, or book your spot.

Join National Simultaneous Storytime

At 11am on Wednesday 25 May, children from around the country will gather together to read the same book at the same time, in celebration of National Simultaneous Storytime. This year the story is Family Tree, by Josh Pyke, with illustrations by Ronojoy Ghosh. You can join in the fun at Greythorn Library. Together with schools, pre-schools, childcare centres and homes across Australia, we’ll read the book, and follow up with a family-tree craft activity. If you can’t make it to the library, you can still register and join the fun, just visit ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime.

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Celebrate Neighbourhood Houses Week

Neighbourhood House Week (9 to 15 May) is an annual celebration to recognise the wonderful contribution neighbourhood houses and community centres make to our local community. To celebrate, a variety of neighbourhood houses and community centres in Boroondara are hosting fun, free and low-cost activities for all ages to enjoy.

Events include Mums ’n’ Bubs Yoga, Zumba, a pop-up playground, Lego Club, performing arts workshop, music and storytelling sessions, art classes, table tennis and more. To find activities at your local neighbourhood house, visit Neighbourhood House Week.

Take a Canterbury Back in Time walking tour

Learn all the secrets of Canterbury's past with local guide James Nicolas on Wednesday 11 May at 10am. The hour-long tour starts at Theatre Place in Maling Road and ends with Devonshire tea in Canterbury Gardens.

To find out more, visit Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre or call (03) 9830 4214.

Explore at kindergarten open days

In May, kindergartens that are part of the Boroondara Kindergarten Enrolment Scheme are opening their doors and inviting prospective families to attend open days at their centres. It’s a great way for children, parents and carers to explore nearby kindergartens, speak to teachers and discuss the quality programs on offer at kindergartens throughout the City of Boroondara.

For more information and to find out which open days are happening where and when, visit Open days for kindergartens or contact the Central Enrolment team on (03) 9278 4444.

Talk intergenerational play

We’re shining a light on the benefits of intergenerational play with an online information session.

Dr Stephanie Ward, a geriatrician from Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital, will lead the discussion about the physical and mental benefits of bringing young and old people together. Dr Ward is known for her research in intergenerational contact, including the intergenerational experiments shown on the International Emmy award-winning ABC TV series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds. She will be joined by Boroondara local Anna Yeow, who started one of the first grandparents’ playgroups in Victoria, at the Bowen Street Community Centre.

The online information session will be held on: Tuesday 24 May, from 2pm to 3pm. For more information or to register, visit Eventbrite.

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What’s on at Boroondara Arts

Boroondara Arts is running a full program of visual arts, performances and workshops throughout May.

Explore exhibitions Expanded Canvas, Diverse Boroondara, Common Thread and My Arts My Culture.

Get in early as the Boroondara Eisteddfod kicks off 11 weeks of events and competition, bringing together talented musicians of all ages. And sign up for workshops including Tripping on the Digital and Boroondara Creative Network’s Clever Collateral Creation.

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Open Photograph Competition, Historical - My Boroondara taken 1985 to 2017, Second Prize: Elisabeth Frank, Neighbours, 1989, photograph, 30.5 x 40 cm

What’s on at your neighbourhood house

Is there an interest or passion you’d like to pursue? Get in touch with your local neighbourhood house or community centre to find out what courses, classes and workshops they have on offer.

Pathways to employment

9:30am, Mondays from 16 May.
Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning
Call: (03) 9885 9401
Cost: $85 (5 sessions)

Meditation and mindfulness

2pm, Tuesday 17 May.
Hawthorn Community House
Call: (03) 9819 5758
Cost: $40 (1 session)

Personal training program

10:45am, Tuesday 17 and 24 May.
Balwyn Community Centre
Call: (03) 9836 7942
Cost: $25 per session

Tech helpdesk for seniors

Book a 30-minute one-on-one session.
Ashburton Community Centre
Call: (03) 9885 7952
Cost: Free for members

Make Asian dumplings

7pm, Monday 23 May.
Bowen Street Community Centre
Call: (03) 9889 0791
Cost: $40 (1 session)

Linocut printing

12:30pm, Tuesday 17 May.
Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
Call: (03) 9830 4214
Cost: $65

Pilates class

10am, Mondays (ongoing).
Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Call: (03) 9890 2467
Cost: $18 per class

Squiggle Kids creative play

For ages 2 to 5. Tuesdays from 17 May.
Craig Family Centre
Call: (03) 9885 7789
Cost: $135 (6 sessions) or $28 each

Design your own website

10am, Fridays from 20 May.
Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Call: (03) 9853 3126
Cost: $150 (3 sessions)

Fine arts on the iPad

Thursdays from 26 May.
Camberwell Community Centre
Call: (03) 9882 2611
Cost: $150 (3 sessions)

Belly dancing

Free ‘come and try’ session at 2pm on Thursday 19 May.
Trentwood at the Hub
Call: (03) 9006 6590
Cost: $100 for remainder term 2

Download a copy of our new Live & Learn guide at Neighbourhood houses and community centres.