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Glen Eira @Home

Learn a magic trick, create a mandala, make origami or watch a live African drumming session. Join us for special live-streamed events or enjoy videos any time by watching on-demand.

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Upcoming events

Council brings you a weekly program of fun stay-at-home activities suitable for all ages. All live-stream events are free, but bookings are essential.

We’ve programmed an event to cover every day of the school holidays! Craft workshops, musical performances, artist talks and puppet shows —​ there are live events for all age groups.
Check out the full program.

Spotlight Events

Dance and Zumba for Kids | Wednesday 22, Friday 25, and Wednesday 29 September, 10 am
Keep your kids active with Lucy’s vibrant and engaging Zumba class. A great way for children to burn off that excess energy while locked-down at home.

Come Try Sports | Multiple dates throughout school holidays.
Whether you are the next Max Gawn, Ash Barty or Ellyse Perry or whether you have limited sporting knowledge, our Come and Try sessions are the ideal place to start your sporting adventure. Join an online session, facilitated by local sporting clubs, offering you the opportunity to hone and learn new skills and connect with the community.

Dance and Zumba for Adults | Friday 24 September and Friday 1 October, 7 pm
Kick-start your weekend with a high energy dance class on Friday nights. Lucy will have you moving and grooving to the classic hits of the 80s, 90s, and 00s.

Storytime and Making Picture Books (ages 5+) | Friday 24 September, 10 am
Join Jane and Anna to hear a story and see behind the scenes of how a picture book is created. Discover how they find ideas, develop characters and bring a story to life on a page. Then its time to put your imagination to use and create your own picture book.

Colour the World with Tiptoe Giants | Saturday 2 October, 10 am and 4 pm
It’s time to Colour the World! Open your eyes, ears, heart and minds on a rainbow, musical adventure with Tiptoe Giants.

Larrikin Puppets | Sunday 3 October, 10 am – 10:45 am
Larrikin Puppets perform colourful and exciting puppet shows featuring zany characters and catchy songs. A fast-paced, feel-good puppet shows celebrating fun, kindness and diversity while encouraging audiences to sing, dance and play along.  

Billie and the Outback Dinosaurs | Sunday 10 October 10:30 am – 11:30 am (available to view for 1 week)
Tim Ferguson, of the legendary Doug Anthony All Stars and popular comedic performer, has joined award-winning writer Chris Thompson and composer Geoff Willis to create Billie and the Outback Dinosaurs. Orchestral music, animation, movement and storytelling collide in this wonderful performance for kids. 

Glen Eira @Home brings you many more events: creative workshops, performances, meditation, talks and sports classes. Explore the full program.


On-Demand

Looking to break the boredom now? Let us entertain you with a wide selection of videos and activities ready to go!

In Conversation

Labassa: House of Dreams
Join author Vicki Shuttleworth and historian Alicia Cerreto to uncover Labassa's intriguing and often surprising history.

Phar Lap's mysterious shooting on Etna Street
Join Geoff Armstrong, racing historian and co-author of They Shot Phar Lap, Didn't They? for a deep dive into the mayhem and intrigue surrounding Phar Lap's 1930 campaign and why a quiet suburban street in Caulfield was at the centre of the action.

Artists in conversation
Join Glen Eira curator Diane Soumilas in conversation with artists, collectors and writers. Learn about contemporary Indigenous art, explore 1960's fashion in Melbourne, celebrate the art of Lucy Boyd Beck or Erica McGilchrist, or hear from local artists Linda Wachtel and Ponch Hawkes.

Explore the gardens of Rippon Lea Estate
Jane Edmanson (ABC Gardening Australia) and Justin Buckley (The National Trust) take you through the stunning history of Rippon Lea Estate.

History and Heritage
Step back in time as we explore the rich history of local shops or the humble Australian milk bar.


Information sessions

Want to learn more about your family history?
With some extra time at home – why not create your family tree? Speak with family members and record their stories. The library has resources online to help your journey. Learn how to research your family history online

Looking for study tips and support?
Check out Studiosity accessible on Glen Eira Libraries website! Study tips with Studiosity


Music

Melodies for Seniors
Put on your dancing shoes, sway and sing along to the classics, or get festive with some Christmas Carols. Jennifer Lee joins Col Perkins, Paul Hogan, Brendan Scott, and David Gould on the stage. 

Listen to music
Are you missing live music? Why not watch a concert from your lounge room. Turn it up loud and dance like no one's watching. Listen to music


Performances

Learn to juggle
Practice your circus skills. How long can you juggle? Break the world record of the most juggling catches in one minute with three balls – 586! Learn to juggle

Family movie night
As we cannot get out to the cinema, have a movie night at home. Make some popcorn and settle in for a fun family night. Glen Eira Libraries has movies on-demand with Kanopy and hoopla available to all library members for free. Watch a movie


Workshops

iSEWlation
Pick up new sewing techniques from a series of step-by-step tutorials. Learn how to sew a
Zippered purse, fabric pot holder, recycled belt bag, cushion cover, wheat bag, pet bed/floor cushion, drawstring bag, or scrunchy and headband.  

Learn floristry skills
Brighten up the home with a floristry workshop, or get festive with our Christmas wreath floristry class.

Learn to juggle
Practice your circus skills. How long can you juggle? Break the world record of the most juggling catches in one minute with three balls – 586! Learn to juggle

Fold Origami
Learn to fold origami hearts online. Post them to family and friends to let them know you are thinking about them. Or why not pop one in a neighbours letterbox to brighten their day. Learn how to fold origami 

Make your own gifts and cards
Upcycle everyday objects into stunning gifts, including sewing pin cushions, lavender bath salts, painted pot plants, and 3D cards. Enjoy our DIY gifts and cards workshop.

Make beeswax wraps
Hannah Moloney (ABC Gardening Australia) shows how to make simple wax wraps to replace single-use plastic when wrapping or covering food. Make Beeswax wraps.

Create Nature Mandala's
Observe patterns in nature while you are enjoying your walk. Draw online, make with nature objects or colour one in. Visit the Sprouting wild ones — creating a nature mandala web page or Bayside City Council's — Create your own art with nature web page.

Make playdough
Looking for a fun activity with the kids? Make playdough! Share your playdough creations by tagging us on Facebook and use the hashtag #GEplay. Visit our Resources for online activities web page.

Nurture your green thumb
Pick up some thrifty gardening tips, and connect with nature in your own backyard.


Workouts

Get Active
Join GEL trainers anytime from your lounge room or backyard as they take you through a range of active routines. Visit our GEL Anywhere family and kids web page.

Learn to juggle
Practice your circus skills. How long can you juggle? Break the world record of the most juggling catches in one minute with three balls – 586! Learn to juggle
 
Learn Bellydancing
Pick up some Bollywood moves! Ease into it with our Chair Based Belly Dance Workshop, or shake it to our Move and Groove Belly Dance Workshop.


Other activities

Join the penguin parade
We can't get to Phillip Island but that doesn't mean we need to miss out on seeing the penguins make their journey from the sea to their nests. Watch the penguin parade

Cook up a storm
Getting tired of your old recipes? Try cooking something new with cookbook author Kate Young. Cook up a storm

Breakfast in bed
Cook breakfast in bed for someone special in your home. Maggie Beer shares a simple recipe for yummy, scrambled eggs (with a twist). Bon Appetite. Cook breakfast in bed​

Tiptoe Giants
Storytime and making picture books
Zumba for kids and adults
Billie and the outback dinosaurs