What could be more fun than running away to the circus?Hold on to your lollipops because in 2015 Jaquelyn Muller Books and Event Head will be presenting a fabulously fun story-time workshop with the help of Elizabeth Rose and her rather bendy, high flying, spangling performing family.
Based on the 'Elizabeth Rose' series of children's picture books about the little girl who lives in a circus, young children and their parents will delight in a glorious morning of stories, activities and a scrumptious tea for all hungry lions and their lion tamers.
Jaquelyn Muller, author of both I Love You 5 Lollipops and Elizabeth Rose on Paradeexplains. "I have been doing many workshops at schools and libraries and felt that I could expand the experience that children had with Elizabeth Rose. By structuring a session that allowed both parents and their children to enjoy stories, art, play and a lovely morning tea, we can learn through play and connect to reading."
Of course hosting events such as these are not easy which is why Jaquelyn teamed up with friend and owner of Event Head event management, Jade MacKenzie. "It was exciting for Jaquelyn and I to work together, but we had to find the right location to inspire creativity and fun," says Jade. "We were lucky to come across Irene Zammit who operates Apples and Jam in South Melbourne and upon seeing her converted space within the bright open rooms of an old Melbourne school house, we instantly saw our vision come to life."
It was also important to Jaquelyn and Jade, who both have backgrounds in working with community groups, that the workshops form part of a greater objective; in this case supporting The Smith Family's Annual Toy & Book Appeal. Through 2015, Jaquelyn will be giving families the opportunity to donate books to the Appeal that will be delivered directly to the Smith Family in early December 2015.
"This gesture ensures that Australian children maintain and grow a relationship with books. With Christmas being a traditional time to share stories and celebrate life, many families like to be able to do something to help those in less fortunate circumstances, " explains Muller. "By donating the gift of a book, families can extend their sentiments and love at Christmas to a child in need. Nothing would be better (or be funnier) than me driving a truck overflowing with books to The Smith Family for wrapping."
The Elizabeth Rose Tea Time at the Circus workshops are 1.5 hours in duration for children aged 3 – 5. Parents and children will enjoy fun, (and possibly messy) art and drama activities washed down with sweet treats and a book signing. Better still, why not dress up as your favourite circus performer?
Date: Wednesday 11 March, 2015 Time: 10am – 11.30am Venue: Apples and Jam, 217-239 Montague Street, South Melbourne
Cost: $40 for 1 parent and 1 child. Additional children $15 each (price includes art materials, Let’s Read show bag and morning tea for kids and grown ups). All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.