Events

Neighbour Day

Thanks to all who helped us celebrate Neighbour Day this March.

Congratulations also to our winners of the Great Neighbour promotion. All winners have been contacted to arrange collection of their prize.

  • Jan from MILLSWOOD
  • Kathleen from MYRTLE BANK
  • Megan from FORESTVILLE
  • Adelina from PARKSIDE
  • Tony from UNLEY
  • Scott (and Niina) from PARKSIDE
  • Anastasia (and Tom) from MALVERN
  • Mario from EVERARD PARK
  • Jackie (and Ken) from MYRTLE BANK
  • Arthur (and Anna) from BLACK FOREST

Please visit the Good Neighbour Day website to find out more about this special annual event!

#unleyneighbourday

  • Acts of Kindness

    Here are some easy ways that you can say thank you to your neighbour throughout the year.

    1. Say hello to your neighbours
    2. Invite your neighbour over for a cuppa or a bbq
    3. Bring in your neighbours bins
    4. Share cuttings and excess produce from your garden (fruit and vegetables)
    5. Help with light tasks like weeding
    6. Bake some cakes or muffins and share the extras with your neighbour
    7. Share some home-made compost for their garden
    8. Check in on your neighbour on a hot day, especially if they are elderly
    9. Swap magazines or books
    10. Provide your phone number with an offer to pet-sit, water gardens or bring in the mail if they go on holidays

Young Minds Market

Workshops & Experiences created by Young People
Friday 8 April, 4 – 9pm
Unley Village Plaza

 Young Minds Market Friday 8 April


City of Unley is celebrating National Youth Week with The Young Minds Market. The market will host young artists and entrepreneurs eager to teach their skills, revealing their latest projects and unique interests.

The market will feature a wide range of interactive workshops, stalls displaying new work by young people and top-notch food and drink.

Thanks to all who completed an Expression of Interest form to hold a stall at the market. Successful stall holders have now been selected and contacted.

We look forward to seeing you at the Young Minds Market!

Festival of Mud

April 2016
Join in with our local, home grown, Festival of Mud!

Children enjoying Nature Play

 
The Festival of Mud is a celebration of nature and loose parts play to raise awareness of the fundamental importance of connecting with nature and playing outdoors for healthy development. The City of Unley also has a great April School Holiday Program with lots of fun for children and young people of all ages.

Festival Organisers

The Festival of Mud is a collaboration between the Department of Education and Child Development, Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges, the Cities of Unley and Burnside, Nature Play SA, Principals Australia Institute, Playgroup SA and Kids Matter.

Activities and Events
  • Adventure Day at Ridge Park - Sunday 3 April

    Have an adventure with the Scouts - there's a climbing wall, a waterslide, and more!

    ​Audience: Ages 3+
    Cost: Free. Food and drinks available for purchase. Scouts cooking free pancakes!
    When: Sunday 3 April, 12noon - 3pm
    Location: Ridge Park, Barr Smith Avenue, Myrtle Bank      
    To register: No bookings required. Enquiries phone Jo on 0417 809 433.

    Host: Glen Osmond Scout Group

  • Playful Wellbeing (For Educators and Professionals) - Thursday 7 April

    Introduction to KidsMatter Early Childhood, KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters. The theme of play for children and young people will be discussed throughout the briefing as a protective factor for social and emotional wellbeing, resilience and mental health.

    Audience: For Educators and Professionals; Site leaders; teaching staff (primary, secondary, early childhood); ancillary staff including SSO, ECW; other staff working with schools; families
    Cost: Free
    When: Thursday 7 April, 4 – 5.30pm
    Location: Unley Town Hall, 181 Unley Road, Unley

    Host: Principals Australia Institute (PAI) and KidsMatter Early Childhood
    To register: Early childhood and primary schools online registration. High schools online registration.   

    For more information contact Yasmin Sinclair (PAI) yasmin.sinclair@pai.edu.au or Sara Richardson (KMEC) SRichardson@earlychildhood.org.au

  • Project Wild Thing Film Screening - Friday 8 April

    Filmmaker David Bond is a worried man. His kids' waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors - not like it was back in his day. He decides it's time to get back to nature – literally.

    Audience: Everyone welcome – a movie for adults and kids aged 8+.
    Cost: Free
    When: Friday 8 April, 6.30 - 8:30pm
    Location: Unley Town Hall, 181 Unley Road, Unley

    Host: City of Unley and Nature Play SA
    To register: Bookings essential to Alyssa ahill@unley.sa.gov.au

    Visit our Project Wild Thing Event Page on Facebook!
     

  • Twilight Mud Play - Monday 11 & Wednesday 13 April

    Come and join Playgroup SA for a messy, muddy and fun afternoon of activities and Mud Play.

    Audience: All families with children are welcome
    Cost: Free
    When: Monday 11 April and Wednesday 13 April, 4 - 6pm
    Location: Ridge Park, Barr Smith Avenue, Myrtle Bank
    To register: No bookings required. Phone Playgroup SA on free call 1800 171 882 for further information.

    Host: Playgroup SA

  • Nature Crafternoon - Monday 18 April

    Fun crafts using natural materials and your imagination. Make a seed collage, seedpod creature and a beautiful mandala. Presented by Kate Hubmayer, author of “Nature Crafts for Aussie Kids”

    Audience: 5 to 12 year olds.
    Cost: $7
    When: Monday 18 April, 1 – 2.30pm
    Location: Clarence Park Community Centre, 72-74 East Ave, Black Forest
    To register: Bookings essential. Phone 8293 8166 for further information.

    Host: City of Unley

  • ​Out in the Garden - Tuesday 19 April

    Come along and create. Take a pick from beautiful Sun Catchers, Crazy Creatures to hang, Gumboot Planters and your own Special Seedling Creature.

    Audience: 5 to 12 year olds.
    Cost: $10
    When: Tuesday 19 April, 10am – 12noon
    Location: Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton
    To register: Bookings essential. Phone 8372 5180 for further information. 

    Host: City of Unley

  • Little High Tea - Wednesday 20 April

    Get lost in Alice's Wonderland! Decorate a crown or top hat, design a wand and then enjoy a little high tea at the Mad Hatter's garden party.

    Audience: 5 to 10 year olds
    Cost: $10
    When: Wednesday 20 April, 1.30 - 3.30pm
    Location: Clarence Park Community Centre, 72-74 East Ave, Black Forest
    To register: Bookings essential. Phone 8293 8166 for further information.

    Host: City of Unley

  • ​Recycle Craft Storytime - Wednesday 20 April
    Come for a box themed storytime and use your creative brains to build your ultimate box. A bus, rocket, castle, tree, garden? You choose!

    Audience: 3+ year olds
    Cost: Free
    When: Wednesday 20 April, 10.30 – 11.30am
    Location: Unley Town Hall, 181 Unley Road, Unley
    To register: Bookings essential. Phone 8372 5100 for further information.

    Host: City of Unley
  • Mud Central! - Thursday 21 April

    Expect heaps of different activities to get stuck into: A big mud kitchen, nature crafts, art activities, learn about compost and big old trees and more! A great day out for the family. Food and drink available for purchase or BYO picnic!

    Audience: All ages
    Cost: Free
    When: Thursday 21 April, 10am - 3pm
    Location: Ridge Park, Barr Smith Avenue, Myrtle Bank
    To register: No bookings required. Phone 8372 5114 for further information.

    Host: City of Unley and Nature Play SA

    Visit our Mud Central Event Page on Facebook!

  • Storytime at Mud Central - Thursday 21 April

    Join us and local author Janeen Brian at Ridge Park for ‘I’m a dirty dinosaur’ and ‘I’m a hungry dinosaur’ readings and a themed craft. Stay on and enjoy the mud kitchen and cubby building.

    Audience: 3+
    Cost: Free
    When: Thursday 21 April, 10.30 – 11.30am
    Location: Ridge Park, Barr Smith Avenue, Myrtle Bank
    To register: Bookings essential for associated craft activity. Phone 8372 5100 for further information.

    Host: City of Unley

  • Young Writers Group - Thursday 21 April
    Join us for a nature-inspired night of writing and nibbles. Please bring something to write with, and some writing to share. 


    Audience: 12 to 25
    Cost: Free
    When: Thursday 21 April, 5.30 – 7.30pm
    Location: Unley Library Quiet Study Room, Unley Library, 181 Unley Road Unley
    To register:  No bookings required. Phone 8372 5100
    for further information.

    Host: City of Unley

  • Parkour Session - Friday 22 April

    Vault over walls and negotiate obstacles! Come along and try this captivating discipline where the human body is pushed to the very limits of its capabilities.

    Audience: 12+
    Cost: $5
    When: Friday 22 April, 1 - 5pm
    Location: Kensington Park Reserve, The Parade, Kensington
    To register: Bookings essential to Jennifer Mann JMann@burnside.sa.gov.au

    Host: City of Burnside

  • ​Children’s University Amazing Astronomy Lecture - Friday 22 April

    Come and enjoy a lecture style presentation by Children's University Adelaide's own Dr Luca, this fun and interactive workshop will appeal to your budding astronomer.

    Audience: 7+
    Cost: Free
    When: Friday 22 April, 2 – 3.30pm
    Location: Unley Town Hall, 181 Unley Road, Unley
    To register: Free, bookings required. Phone 8372 5100 for further information.

    Host: City of Unley and Children's University Australia

  • Cubby Building on the Village Green - Tuesday 26 April

    Try your hand at cubby building! Lots of fun and natural materials will be provided for you to build the ultimate play space.

    Audience: 5+
    Cost: Free
    When: Tuesday 26 April, 10.30am – 12noon
    Location: Meet at Unley Library, 181 Unley Rd, Unley
    To register: Bookings essential. Phone 8372 5100 for further information.

    Host: City of Unley

  • Woodworms - Wednesday 27 April

    Hang out in the Clarence Park T.O.Y.S Shed and make a personalised wooden name plaque to hang on your door or above your bed.

    Audience: 5 to 11
    Cost: $10
    When: Wednesday 27 April, 9.30 – 11.30am
    Location: Clarence Park Community Centre, 72-74 East Ave, Black Forest
    To register: Bookings essential. Phone 8293 8166 for further information.

    Host: City of Unley

  • Clay Sculpture - Wednesday 27 April

    Come along to this clay session and learn about the fundamental techniques of sculpting with clay. A fun interesting session of getting your hands dirty and being creative.

    Audience: 12+
    Cost: $5
    When: Wednesday 27 April, 10am - 1 pm
    Location: Pepper Street Art Centre, 558 Magill Rd, Magill SA
    To register: Bookings essential to Jennifer Mann JMann@burnside.sa.gov.au

    Host: City of Burnside

  • Clay Pottery - Thursday 28 April

    Create some beautiful pieces of Art from clay. You will be surprised at how talented you are.

    Audience: 5 to 12
    Cost: $10
    When: Thursday 28 April, 10am – 12noon
    Location: Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton
    To register: Bookings essential. Phone 83725180 for further information. 

    Host: City of Unley

  • Nature Crafts in Orphanage Park - Friday 29 April

    Using found natural objects and clay, help us make nature critters and hide them around the park. Use your creativity and take a critter home with you!

    Audience: 5+
    Cost: Free
    When: Friday 29 April, 10.30am -12noon
    Location: Orphanage Park, Mitchell Street, Millswood
    To register: Bookings essential. Phone 8372 5100 for further information.

    Host: City of Unley

  • Bubble Sports - Friday 29 April

    Put on a bubble suit and be surrounded by an inflatable device that allows you to run, bounce, roll and spin, all while bumping into other bubbles. It’s a great physical workout but most importantly it’s lots of fun! 

    Audience: 12+
    Cost: $10
    When: Friday 29 April, 1 - 3pm
    Location: Tusmore Park, Hanson Reserve, Tusmore SA
    To register: Bookings essential to Jennifer Mann JMann@burnside.sa.gov.au

    Host: City of Burnside

  • Curriculum beyond the Classroom (For Educators and Professionals) - Friday 29 April

    This professional development workshop will discuss ways to link outdoors environments with curriculum. We will give you ideas of ways to get students outdoors and undertaking real world, relevant learning across a range of subject areas. It will include hands-on activities and examples and case studies of activities that have been undertaken at other local schools.

    Audience: For Educators and Professionals. Aimed at Early Years and primary school educators and teaching staff, others welcome.
    Cost: Free
    When: Friday 29 April, 10am – 12noon
    Location: Glen Osmond Primary School, 5 Fisher St, Myrtle Bank
    To register: Book online 

    Host: Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges


The Way Children Play

The nature of children’s play has changed dramatically over the last two decades as screen time has increased and physical activity has decreased. As a society, we have become adverse to risk which means more and more children have never climbed a tree or rolled down a hill. The lifelong consequences of this cultural change can have a serious effect on children’s development.
 
According to the 2012 Australian Early Development Census, most children in our community are developing well.  However, there was a slight increase in the developmental vulnerability of children in the area of physical health and wellbeing, which includes motor skills, physical independence and physical readiness for school.

Creating your own fun in the garden, in the park, in the creek or at the beach leads to long lasting memories and a range of benefits including improved wellbeing and resilience, physical health and fitness, motor skill development, stronger immunity, improved academic achievement, creative thinking and a connection with nature.

Community Resources

You can implement unstructured outdoor play in your home or community by:

  • Reviewing the schedule and looking for small changes
  • Cutting down the number of scheduled activities in your children’s’ lives
  • Supporting the development of play environments that enable children to explore their own ideas and interests and interact with nature
  • Accept that a bit of dirt is okay
  • Learn about ‘loose parts’ play – provide flexible materials that children can readily transform from one thing to another e.g. the box that the new fridge came in!
Printable Resources


Useful Webpages
City of Unley - Find a Park, Playground or Reserve
City of Burnside - Parks and Facilities Search
City of Burnside Walking Trails
Nature Play SA – for links to research, useful information and other resources
Nature Play – Simple and Fun Ideas for all (Forestry Commission UK)
Kids Gone Wild (SBS)
KidsMatter Early Childhood  - information about children’s mental health and wellbeing for early childhood educators and families
 

Resources for Educators
Printable Resources 
Useful Webpages

25 Easy Nature Play Ideas for Early Childhood Centres
Give Children Time to Play - KidsMatter Early Childhood Chart
Children Learn Through Play - KidsMatter Early Childhood information sheet for educators and families
 

Case Studies
Hub Drive Pre-school - Case study on being in touch with nature
Banksia Park Kindy - Case study about sustainability at the kindy
Brighton Primary School - Case study outlining how they developed their nature play space and the positive outcomes that resulted
Clarence Gardens Kindergarten – Sustainability and outdoor playspaces audio clip
Seacliff Primary School – Developing a Natural Playscape
Woodend Primary School – Sensory and imaginative play in food gardens: Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program
For more case studies and information, visit the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management website.

Partners

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School Holiday Program

These April school holidays it's the Festival of Mud! Join us as we explore the wonders of nature and outside play. This program combines all the City of Unley events into one convenient brochure. Bookings essential unless otherwise indicated. Please contact the individual venues for bookings and further information. Contact details can be found in each event.

 

Planning an Event

  • Event Planning Toolkit
    Our Event Planning Toolkit is available to help you plan fantastic, safe and successful community events.

    The Toolkit contains a comprehensive A-Z guide, templates, checklists, examples and supporting material to assist event organisers every step of the way. It also outlines key responsibilities and any permits or legislative requirements that event organisers may need to be aware of and ensures the sustainable management of our parks and reserves.
     
    Event Permit Forms
    Click on the images below to download Event Permit Forms.
     
    Event Planning Toolkit
    Event Permit Application
    Useful Contacts
    Event Planning Checklist
    Event Risk Assessment Example
    Event Risk Assessment Template
    Event Emergency Response Plan Template
    Temporary Food Stall Notification
    Event Run Sheet Template
    Event Contact Sheet Template
    Event Stakeholder Notification Example Letter
    Event Fee Schedule
    Event Kit Booking Form
    Event Permit Terms & Conditions
    We encourage you to complete these interactive PDF forms and return via email to pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au.

    Park Venues
    Click on the Links below to download a map of the corresponding park.
     
    Fullarton Park
    Goodwood Community Centre
    Goodwood Oval
    Heywood Park
    Howard Florey
    Orphanage Park
    Ridge Park
    Soldiers Memorial Garden
    Soutar Park
    Unley Oval
    Village Green
  • Facilities for Hire
    Many of the City of Unley's venues and facilities are available for hire and are suitable for weddings, functions, meetings and community events.
     
     Hire Clarence Park Community Centre
    72-74 East Ave, Black Forest SA 5035

    The Clarence Park Community Centre has a number of areas available ranging from rooms that seat 40 to 150 people. It is suitable as a venue for community groups and private functions.

    The Clarence Park Community Centre is available for hire on a regular or casual basis. Inspections are welcome.

    Facilities include:
     
    • Two meeting rooms with conference facilities for 20-40 people
    • A main hall with stage, dance floor, sound system and kitchen for 150 people
    • A children's hall and garden (used as a licensed childcare centre) for informal playgroups and children's parties

    For further information, please phone 8293 8166.
    Clarence Park Terms and Conditions Hire
     
    Hire Fullarton Park Centre
    411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton SA 5063

    We have a range of rooms available for hire on a casual or regular basis anytime, including weekends. All rooms include tables, chairs, whiteboard, urn, fridge and TV unit. Capacity depends on intended room set up. If you are interested phone on 8372 5180 to discuss your needs and to arrange a time to see the space.

    For further information, please phone 8372 5180.
    Fullarton Park Floor Plan
    Fullarton Park Terms and Conditions Hire
     
    Hire Goodwood Community Centre
    32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood SA 5034

    Goodwood Community Centre has a range of halls and rooms that have kitchen facilities and can accommodate up to 400 people. Inspections are welcome.

    Facilities include:
     
    • Stage
    • PA system and data projector
    • Foyer and reception area
    • Modern fully-equipped kitchen
    • Air conditioning (evaporative) and gas heating
    • Trestles and chairs
    • Indoor sporting arena with sprung wooden floors (activity hall) with male and female changing rooms
    • Children's toilets & nappy changing area off Banquet Hall Ample off-street parking
    • Grassed areas and enclosed playground with pre-school equipment available for children's parties

    For further information, please phone 8272 7148.
    Goodwood Conditions Hire
    Goodwood Floor Plan
    Goodwood Hire Fee Schedule
     
    Hire Unley Community Centre
    18 Arthur Street, Unley SA 5061

    Unley Community Centre has a large main hall with a stage, an commercial kitchen and dining room. It can accommodate between 50 and 150 people and is available for private functions, charitable organisations and community groups. Inspections are welcome.

    The RSL Hall, 29 Arthur Street, can also be hired through the Centre.

    Facilities include:
     
    • Commercial kitchen with large walk in cool room, microwave oven, large electric urn, teapots, crockery and cutlery
    • PA system
    • Chairs and tables
    • Wheelchair friendly

    The Unley Community Centre is available for hire:
     
    • Monday to Friday, 5pm-11pm
    • Saturday to Sunday, 5pm-midnight

    For further information, please phone 8372 5128.
    Unley Community Centre Conditions Hire
     
    Hire Unley Town Hall
    181 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061

    Unley Town Hall can seat 100 people in dining and lecture styles and can accommodate 200 people if standing. It has a fully-equipped kitchen and is suitable for weddings, parties and corporate events.

    Facilities include:
     
    • 100 plastic chairs
    • 24 folding tables
    • 10 circular bar tables

    Full caterers kitchen includes:
     
    • Large fridges and freezer
    • Microwave
    • Deep fryers
    • Bain marie
    • Salamander
    • Dishwasher
    • Oven

    For further information, please phone 8372 5111.
    Town Hall Conditions of Hire
    Venue Hire Permit
  • Street Banners
    The City of Unley is responsible for the installation and display of road banner sites in designated locations within the Council area. Approval and installation of banners is subject to the adherence to the City of Unley's Banner Policy.
     
    Road Banner Information & Application Form
    Banner Policy