I have been a member of Darwin Toy Library for many years, firstly through work at the Children’s Development Team, then for my own children, and now for work again. I was even on the management committee for a while. It’s an incredible resource for Darwin families. The membership fee is so worth it. Membership can even be given as a gift. This is the information from their website home page:
Darwin Toy Library was formed in 1978 so that families and carers of Children with Special Needs could access a wide range of toys and equipment to assist with the children’s development. In the early years the Darwin Toy Library housed an adventure camp for teenagers, After School Care, Long Day Care and vacation care. It was soon realized that all children need the resources available to the Special Needs children to assist with their development too. Hence the doors were open to the general public and a toy lending service was established. A special mobile service is offered to families of Children with Special Needs who have obtained a referral from their pediatrician or Therapist.
Darwin Toy Library is the largest Toy Library in Australia with close to 4100 items to chose from including Little Tikes, Step 2, Fischer Price, Lego, Jigsaws and Imaginary Play Items just to mention a few. All toys can be taken home for two weeks, giving the children enough time to play and learn from the equipment borrowed.
Family Membership is $66 per annum, with discounted rates offered to families with Special Needs Children and low-income families. There are group memberships available at $121 for Childcare Centre, Day Carers and all people that have many children in their care.
Darwin Toy Library is funded by the Department of Children and Families and by the Department of Education for its services to Special Needs Children with all other funding being sourced from Memberships, Donations, Grants and the Soft Drink van operating at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets on a Thursday evening.
Our Opening Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays 9:30 – 12:30
Wednesdays 2:30 – 6:30pm
There is a special needs section, which includes some special sensory equipment, cause-effect toys, switch-adapted toys, hand-made seating options and other equipment particularly suited for children with additional physical, cognitive, communication or sensory needs. This section is accessible on referral from a paediatrician or therapist.
At Christmas the Toy Library offers those fund-raising toy catalogues which are pretty good value and sometimes have toys you never see at the shops here.
Address: Corner of McMillans Rd and Lee Point Rd, Marrara. Next to the new squash courts and newish Marrara fire station.
Telephone: (08) 8927 9077