Children & families

Child reading Baby Ways at Better Beginnings Rhyme Time session

Better Beginnings

Every child should have the very important experience of sharing books with the adults in their life from the time they are born.

Activity panels in The Story Place
A special space for children aged 0-8 and their parents or carers.
Father reading to daughter
Did you know that it's never too early to read to your child?
2023 Premiers Reading Challenge hero image boy reading book in the sky
Students from Kindergarten to Year 10 are invited to read and log 12 or more book titles during the challenge. This year there are new and more extraordinary prizes for the readers.

Upcoming Events

m Captain Sneer I feel no fear
Step inside a storybook. Let’s see what we can find. Embark on great adventures, exploring worlds of every kind! Let your imagination run wild as you discover picture book art from the State Library’s collection in this interactive exhibition for children.
Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Wednesday at 10:30am until Wed 13 Dec 2023
Interactive story fun for pre-schoolers and their carers. Followed by a half hour Play Time where families can explore literacy and learning through reading, talking, singing, writing and playing together.
Better Beginnings Rhyme Time
Weekly on Friday at 10:30am until Fri 15 Dec 2023
Songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their families, followed by an hour of Play Time to help develop early literacy and learning skills.

Better Beginnings YouTube Channel

If you are looking for fun rhymes, stories and activities for kids, then head on over to the Better Beginnings YouTube channel.

Young girl asleep in pram at the Royal Show 1938
Amenities, baby changing room and public toilets.
Fun with Fairytales with school children
Access video content and digital books for children of all ages.
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