For The Kids

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The fun doesn’t stop in Ararat when the school day is over! The city is a veritable children’s paradise with a number of parks and play areas for children. A multi-purpose playground at Alexandra Gardens also links with a network of bike and walking paths.

Ararat YMCA’s indoor heated pool offers regular swimming lessons and gymnastics instruction, and a special babies’ pool keeps the little ones laughing!

For pre-schoolers, there are a number of active playgroups dotted throughout the city – a great way to meet other parents.

The Astor cinema stages regular ‘Mums and Bubs’ sessions and the Ararat library has free story time sessions to keep the little ones enthralled. For the more active toddlers, the YMCA has developed a weekly gym program especially for pre-schoolers.

Ararat is home to a myriad of special interest groups for children, including dance groups, pony club, sporting clubs, scout groups and more.

Day care options

Ararat has several options for care for your children.

These include Occasional Care, Family Day Care Services and a registered Full-day Care Centre for newborns through to pre-school children.

In addition, some local primary schools offer before and after school care programs for working parents.