Fitzroy Adventure Playground

Fitzroy Adventure Playground

Cubbies is on the move thanks to donors


Site Master Plan ready for $300,000 upgrade

Chairperson of Fitzroy Adventure Playground announce that thanks to a $210,000 grant from the State Government the Committee is close to reaching its funding target for a $300,000 upgrade to play facilities for Cubbies.

The Committee wants to thank our the Member for Richmond, Richard Wynne for his support of our efforts.

The project will run over the next two years.

Cubbies Site Plan Zone Options


City Museum in St Louis (USA) our inspirations – never finished always building – see the link

Committee appoints sculpture Ben Gilbert

The Committee has engaged Benjamin Gilbert to work with staff and the Cubbies children to design and construct exciting new play facilities.  Ben was involved in the construction of the amazing Acorn children’s play space at the National Arboretum in Canberra designed by TCL.

Ben Gilbert

One of Ben’s imaginative creations – to see more of Ben’s work go to

Save the Children undertakes a fundraising drive for Cubbies

Save the Children are an important partner in Cubbies.  They provide staffing for Cubbies programs.  Part of their commitment to the facility is to raise much need funds.  The campaign features for Cubbies kid and now youth worker Ayel Akot.  For details on how to donate go to

Save the Children logo

Children celebrate Universal Children’s Day

Cubbies celebrated Universal Children’s Day on 20 November 2015 with activities including Circus Oz trainers, African dance, face painting.  Universal Children’s Day celebrates the signing in 1959 of the

  • the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and
  • and the 1989 Convention of the Rights of the Child

The Committee Chair Margaret Harrison welcomed the Mayor of the City of Yarra Cr Roberto Colanzi who reinforced the Council’s support for Cubbies.  In 2014 Councillor voted for emergency support funding when Cubbies lost its Federal Government funding and in June 2015 Council agreed to become the major funder for Cubbies core operations

Mayor opens UCD 2015

Universal Childrens Day at Cubbies – Mayor of the City of Yarra Cr Roberto Colanzi (right) Mark O’Driscol DHHS, Margaret Harrison Chair of Fitzroy Adventure Playground and immediate past Mayor Cr Phillip Vlahogiannis.

Thank you Councillors for your support.

Universal Chns Day 2015

Parent enjoying watching the girls dancing at  at Universal Children’s Day 2015

Melbourne Rotary donates funds to Cubbies for heating and cooling

Cubbies is open for 360 days per year (we close for Christmas Day, Good Friday, New Years Day and a few other holidays).  Given Melbourne’s variable weather this means we are open when its is freezing cold in winter and on extremely hot summer days.  In the past when the temperature gets above 35 degrees we have had to close and send the children home; much to their disappointment.  The Rotary Club of Melbourne have come to our aid providing a grant that has enabled us to install a reverse cycle air conditioner.

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The unit was installed by Reditek and is now ready to keep the Hut building comfortable for our programs.

Reditek installers of air conditioning Nov 2015

African dancing at Cubbies

Thanks to support from the City of Yarra’s Creative Yarra program and a donation from the Helen McPherson Smith Trust local dance instructor Suzie Watts from Mzuri Dance has been taking weekly African dance classes.  The classes are free to children registered to attend Cubbies.


The girls have been performing at community events and learning dressmaking skills designing and making their own costumes.

Author: Cubbies Fitzroy

Fitzroy Adventure Playground is operated by Save the Children Australia

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