Activities for young children


There are plenty of activities across the shire for the whole family to enjoy, including:

Community playgroups

Community playgroups provide an opportunity for parents and young children to come together in a fun, safe, and relaxed environment.  They provide an opportunity for children to play, explore and develop their social skills.  Adults attending playgroup get a chance to meet other people going through similar experiences, ease the isolation that can come with caring for young children and find out about local community, health and support services.

Surf Coast Shire has a number of active community playgroups in Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Freshwater Creek, Jan Juc, Lorne, Moriac, North Torquay, Torquay and Winchelsea.

To find you a playgroup, visit the Playgroups Victoria website, or call the Torquay Children’s Hub on 5261 0549.

Supported playgroups

A free, facilitated playgroup delivering the ‘smalltalk’ program currently operates in Torquay and Winchelsea.  The program’s aim is to improve your child’s learning, development and well-being, as well as support you to develop confidence with your parenting skills.

If you feel that this is something that could benefit you and your child, please contact the Torquay Children’s Hub on 5261 0549.

Kinder gym

Improve your child’s confidence, coordination and social skills through an equipment based movement program for children aged 18 months to 5 years.

Children will learn tumbling, balancing, ball-games and a variety of other fun activities, all coordinated by our qualified and very experienced instructors.

Cost:                   $139 for 10 visits, or $15.50 per class

Special offer:      First class free for new students.

Location:            Surf Coast Sport and Recreation Centre,

                           77 Beach Road, Torquay. Ph: 5261 4606.                     

Time:                 18m - 3 years, 10:30am Monday and Friday

                           3 - 5 years, 11:30am Monday and Friday    


Register for Kinder Gym

Toy libraries

Toy Libraries provide local families a range of quality fun and educational toys, games, puzzles and activities to borrow or hire for a minimal fee. There are four toy libraries across the Surf Coast Shire:

Torquay Toy Library 27 Grossmans Rd, Torquay

Anglesea Platypus Toy Library 1 McMillan St, Anglesea

Lorne Toy Library 16 Mountjoy Pde, Lorne

Winchelsea Community House Toy Library 30 Hesse Street, Winchelsea

For up to date information on operating hours and membership, please visit the Toy Library Australia website.