Play in Darebin

Learn more about how we supports your child's play with toy library and our play maps.

Toy library

Our toy library allows families with babies and preschool children to borrow quality toys and equipment to enhance their early learning experiences through play.

Community members interested in this service can easily apply to become a member and start borrowing items! Many of our members are new parents, grandparents and other caregivers of young children in Darebin.

Many professionals working with families and playgroup leaders join the toy library to access a broader range of toys and equipment for children to enhance their play and development.

To enquire about joining the toy library, or to make an appointment to borrow items, please contact Council on 8470 8888 or .  

Read more about the toy library (includes copy of the membership form).

Now open, by appointment

Our toy library re-opened on Tuesday 3 May 2022.

At the moment, we are open for families to return and/or borrow toys by appointment only.

Any families wishing to join can get in touch via phone 03 8470 8104 or 0427 787 061, or by email Outside of our opening hours, you can contact customer service on 03 8470 8888.

Opening hours





By appointment only

Northcote Family Centre
185 High Street, Northcote
(Corner James and High Streets)


By appointment only

Northcote Family Centre
185 High Street, Northcote
(Corner James and High Streets)


By appointment only

Northcote Family Centre
185 High Street, Northcote
(Corner James and High Streets)

To enter the toy library, Victorian law requires visitors aged over 12 years and two months to show acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Toy library review

The toy library service review incorporating valuable community engagement feedback was completed in 2021. The internal report, and it is recommendations for service improvements, are currently under consideration by management at Council.

In the interim, some priority areas for improvement of the service are currently in progress, as outlined above. Service improvements include the software upgrade, preparation of an online “click and collect” service, audit of the collection and improved layout of the library and workforce development.

Other recommendations from the toy library review will also be implemented later as service changes and improvements progress. Members and community will be provided with further updates on the progress of the review and its recommendations throughout 2022.

For more information

Phone our customer team on service 03 8470 8888
Call the toy library officer 0427 787 061 (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

Play maps

We asked children and families in playgroups, childcare centre's, kindergartens and primary schools where they enjoyed playing. We then used their answers to help create Darebin play maps. These maps offer affordable, simple ways to your get children playing and exploring our wonderful spaces.

You can use them to stimulate ideas, give prompts and mark local spaces that children love to play in. While we've made every effort to make sure suggestions are appropriate, you need to use common sense and boundaries to ensure your children are safe.

For more information, check out our play maps information sheet.

Download play maps for your area

Project credits

  • Lead artist and facilitator: Cat Sewell
  • Darebin Council partner: Linda Harman
  • Darebin Council playgroup support: Michelle Prendergast
  • Graphic design: Tricia Brady
  • Photographer/videographer: Bryony Jackson, Andrew Fraser and Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore
  • Sound recordists: Zoe Barry, Steph O’Hara and Corey McGregor
  • Sound editing for play map films: Zoe Barry
  • Video editing for play map films: Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore.