Families

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 toys and equipment for a membership fee. 

Opening hours (appointment only)

Day

Time*

Location

Tuesday

9am–5pm

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

Thursday

9am–5pm

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

Friday

9am–5pm

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

*Service operating hours may be subject to change due to COVID-19 lockdown activity restrictions.

To make an appointment please contact us via 0427 787 061 or toylibrary@darebin.vic.gov.au.

For membership fees and other information, check out our Toy Library brochure.

Toy Library review

We're reviewing our Toy Library service to make sure it remains accessible, affordable and responsive to the community. We conducted community engagement activities from March to May 2021, including an online survey. We are currently finalising our report and recommendations to send to Council’s Executive Management Team for consideration and approval of proposed changes.

This may take some time, but we will provide further updates on the status of this process as it continues.

For more information
Phone: 0427 787 061
Email: toylibrary@darebin.vic.gov.au

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 & Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore
  • Sound recordists: Zoe Barry, Steph O’Hara & Corey McGregor
  • Sound editing for Play Map films: Zoe Barry
  • Video editing for Play Map films: Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore.
Darebin play maps
Play is so important for children’s health, well-being, learning and development. Learn more about our Darebin Play Maps.