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Drama for Kids

After School “Drama for Kids” classes in Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance will be commencing in Term 2, brought to you by the people who brought you Peter Pan and Aladdin. Develop character, learn improvisation, boost confidence, explore emotions, enhance literacy skills, improve teamwork and social skills and have loads of fun!

Bairnsdale: Thursdays 4.00-5.00pm at Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House

Lakes Entrance: Mondays 5.00-6.00pm at BOLD Dance and Arts

For all enquiries contact Tiffany Vatcher on 0429127820

First session is free so come along and enjoy.


Jo Lange Parenting Workshops

Jo Lange is a key presenter in the area of children’s behaviour and has worked with parent groups for over 20 years.  Jo’s background is teaching in a diverse range of settings. She has been a primary school teacher, as well as teaching ‘at risk’ young people. Jo has also worked in the community education area, working with people with a disability. Jo now works as a private educational consultant, specialising in behaviour management, working directly with teachers in schools, educators in children’s services and parent workshops.


  • Raising Calm and Confident Children (Ages 3-12)

Forming positive friendships, settling in at kinder and school, and working out social problems are key to healthy and happy attitudes in our children. This program outlines how parents can best help children with their everyday testing times.  We explore common issues that can create anxieties and worries for children as they work through these social situations.  The session explores how parents can support children to develop coping skills, when to be assertive and when to let things go, and give children alternative ways of solving social issues.


Monday 23 March 7pm-9pm (Refreshments from 6pm)

Lorna Sparrow Hall, Gippsland Grammar, St Anne’s Campus Sale

Tel 5143 7155


Wednesday 28 March, 1pm-3pm

Mechanics Hall

18 Mechanics St, Lakes Entrance

Email or call 5152 9600.


  • Top 20 Tips for Positive Children’s Behaviour

This program focuses on everyday strategies that parents can implement to encourage positive behaviour in their children.  The session will explore how to reduce negative attention seeking and reduce power struggles. This program serves as an ideal ‘refresher’ for parents who have attended previous sessions with Jo Lange.  Parents are encouraged to share their ‘success stories’ as well as further examine challenges.  It is also an opportunity for new participants to hear the main themes that are the foundation of effective positive behaviour guidance strategies.

Thursday 26 April, 1pm-3pm

Bairnsdale Sporting and Convention Centre

117 Great Alpine Road, Lucknow

Email or call 5152 9600.


East Gippsland Libraries Easter Activity Session

Children of ages 5 to 12 are invited to come along to the library to enjoy Easter stories, craft activities and games. Bookings are essential and can be made in person at the library or by phoning 5152 4225.

  • Bairnsdale Library-Wednesday 28 March, 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm
  • Lakes Entrance Service Centre- Thursday 29 March, 3.40 pm – 4.40 pm
  • Paynesville Service Centre-Thursday 29 March, 3.40 pm – 4.40 pm

East Gippsland Libraries School Holiday Program

The East Gippsland Shire Library will be running a free School Holiday Program for children aged 5 - 12. Bookings can be made in person at the library or by phoning 5152 4225.


Activity Session – Wind Chimes (Bookings essential)

Come and join the library’s school holiday activity session and make some wind chimes which you can keep. The activity session will include stories and games.

Bairnsdale Library-Friday 6 April, 2.00 -3.30 pm

Omeo Service Centre-Wednesday 11 April, 2.00-3.30 pm

Lakes Entrance Service Centre-Thursday 12 April, 2.00-3.30 pm

Paynesville Service Centre-Friday 13 April, 2.00-3.30 pm


Movie Screening – Ferdinand (Booking essential)

Ferdinand is a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast and torn from his home, he rallies a misfit team of friends for an epic adventure to return to his family. Based on the classic children’s book, and filled with nonstop fun and laughs, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover!

G - Very mild themes and coarse language.

Omeo Service Centre-Wednesday 4 April, 2.00-4.00 pm

Lakes Entrance Service Centre-Friday 6 April, 2.00-4.00 pm

Paynesville Service Centre-Friday 6 April, 2.00-4.00 pm

Bairnsdale Library-Friday 13 April, 2.00-4.00 pm


Games Session – Xbox & Board Games (No bookings required)

Come and play Xbox games and board games at the library. This is not a supervised event. Parents may consider staying with their younger children. The Xbox games provided are suitable for the 5 to 12 age group for which this event is being held.

Bairnsdale Library-Wednesday 4 April, 11.00-5.30 pm

Paynesville Service Centre-Monday 6 April, 8.30-5.00 pm