Over the school holidays here in Victoria we spent time enjoying one of our local municipalities the City of Greater Dandenong. Before I started my own family I used to work here with newly arrived families and support their inclusion into mainstream early childhood services along with children with disabilities. I met many wonderful families from diverse cultural backgrounds that I love going back to this area for such an immersion in cultures different than my own.
“With approximately 60% of residents born overseas from over 150 different birthplaces and 55% from non-English speaking backgrounds, Council recognises that this broad mix of nationalities enriches the diversity of the community. As well as this, there has always been a strong Aboriginal connection with the land that is now called the City of Greater Dandenong.”
We enjoyed many events during Children’s week run by the local council and local groups.
Dandenong Festival of light.
This should be on your must do list! We were really amazed by all the amazing lanterns. Celebrating Chinese culture there are over 500 lanterns.
Wheelchair access: The display is set up on the showgrounds so the path is dirt with a few bumps. there is some rubber matting in spots to make a smoother transition over ground textures. Accessible toilets on site. Companion Card Accepted.
Where and when: The festival begins on the 11th of September and will run until the 18th of October. It will be open to the public from 6pm to 10pm daily. The festival covers over 10,000 square metres and will be held in the picturesque Dandenong Showground in Greaves Reserve, Dandenong, VIC.
Ticket info here.
Kids Street Art Tour.
This tour was for one hour hosted by the council and run by Russell. My kids loved learning more about different cultures in Dandenong and what the street sculptures represented. The tour was basically just a few blocks and a laneway so an easy walk for little legs. The kids were able to answer questions and win some prizes so that kept them engaged. Russell also runs the food tours which we highly recommend. After the tour there were free movies at Harmony square.
Wheelchair access: The tour was all wheelchair accessible. ( they were doing some road works on Thomas street but alternative paths had been made)
Details: Free. Check website for next school holidays and updates of free events. Parking behind the Library.
Check out our post about Dandenong Market as its a great place to visit while in the area. They are often hosting free events and highlighting the cultural diversity of this area.
Which events do you enjoy in your local area? We would love to discover more!