Hello Cockburn babies and families!  Welcome to my first Pram Jam post of 2016 – and what a busy year we’re having already.

One of my jobs at Coolbellup Library (along with presenting Pram Jam on Monday mornings at 10am 😉 ) is to keep all of the fliers and posters in the library up to date… and at the moment, the notice boards are HEAVING with wonderful activities for babies and caregivers.

Perth Zoo teddy bears' picnic

This Sunday, 28th February Perth Zoo is hosting a very special Teddy Bears’ Picnic. We’re really really excited about this one, the crocodiles and giraffes are our favourite animals – ooh, and the elephants!  Here’s some info from the Perth Zoo website:

“Beneath the trees, where nobody sees, they’ll hide and seek as long as they please because that’s the way teddy bears have their picnic.

So pack a hamper and come along to Perth Zoo’s popular Teddy Bears’ Picnic, running from 9am to 4pm.

Standard admission fees apply for adults, whilst kids enter Perth Zoo for just $2 and kids under four are free.”

It would be lovely to see you there!

Hello Baby DL 2016-page-001

In a couple of weeks, on Wednesday 16th March, the City of Cockburn is hosting the annual Hello Baby festival. We look forward to this event every year, Success Library shifts their weekly Pram Jam down to Manning Park for the day and David puts on a wonderful show. It’s well worth heading down for the morning, we’re especially excited about the Babies of the World activities planned around showing off the cultural diversity of our community, as this ties in well with some of our plans for Coolbellup Pram Jams this year.

If you haven’t been to Elizabeth Quay yet, you may like to head up on the train on Saturday, 19th March to attend the World’s Biggest Playgroup Day. The big draw card for my family will be the FREE live performances by the ABC’s Play School stars, but according to Playgroup WA, these awesome things will also be happening:

Mermaids and Pirates!
> Museum WA’s amazing demonstrations on how to fire a cannon (yes, there will be a real cannon!)
> Awesome Arts Festival textured wall craft for young and old
> Perth Zoo Animal Hospital and Crocodile Craft (Yay! We love the Zoo!)
> Scitech’s interactive exhibition
> Taking your photo with the Perth Mermaids
> Jumping on one of our bouncy castles
> Petting a baby animal
> Getting your face painted
> Exploring Elizabeth Quay and its many attractions including the fantastic water playground, the island, Bell Tower or indulging at one of its many food outlets

It should be a wonderful day, if you’re not opposed to crowds and being right by the river with little ones – I am glad that we only have one little toddler these days, it’s so much less scary than when we used to go out when my middle two were small!

So, we better talk about some books and rhymes next 😀
To go along with our Zoo theme,  here’s a few lovely books that babies and caregivers can enjoy together:


Dear Zoo / Rod Campbell.  The original book for babies to explore Zoo animals!


Dear zoo animal shapes / Rod Campbell The same, but with the animal shapes cut out.


One night in the zoo / Judith Kerr. Whimsical zoo pictures


Bim bam boom! / Margaret Wild, Wayne Harris. A very rowdy trip to the zoo!


Guess who? : at the zoo / Jeanette Rowe.  A lift the flap board book with a simple call and response style text.

And of course, some songs!  This is an adaptation of ‘The wheels on the bus’ tune:

The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar.
Roar, roar, roar.
Roar, roar, roar.
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar.
All day long!

The snakes…go hiss, hiss, hiss.
The hyenas…go ha, ha, ha.
The monkeys…go eee, eee, eee.
The crocodiles…go snap, snap, snap.

The babies at the zoo go ooh, ooh, aah!
Ooh, ooh, aah.
Ooh, ooh, aah.
The babies at the zoo go ooh, ooh, aah!
All day long!

 And finally!


Well, I hope that everyone is feeling nicely settled in for 2016 😀

We have some new little babies coming to Pram Jam at Coolbellup and a few more in the works, so the ‘babies’ are becoming big brothers and sisters and it’s lovely to watch everyone growing and learning together. Yay for more of that!