Cheap thrills at the toy library

Thursday 15 August 2019

Young boy wearing a yellow vest holding a blue thomas the tank engine train
“I choo choo choose this one!” Finn Mulcahy and Lilian Bedggood find some new fun at the Richmond Toy Library

Did you know one of Australia’s largest toy libraries is right here in Yarra?

With more than 4,200 toys to choose from, there’s bound to be something the kids will love. Borrowing from a toy library is a great way to save money, reduce waste and – most importantly – keep the kids’ imaginations active.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to try out bigger or more expensive toys at home, without the financial outlay,” said Collingwood Toy Library coordinator Amy Williams.

Play is more than just keeping your kids entertained, said Amy. “Children learn through play and it helps build confidence and communication skills. It’s good for their development.”

Collingwood Toy Library provides a budget-friendly solution to household toy clutter for more than 570 families. Membership starts at $20 a year for concession members (a price that hasn’t changed since 1992). To help run the toy library, members volunteer for a couple of hours twice a year, counting toys and helping with the returns process.

Jen Rutherford is a regular borrowing member and president of the toy library. She brings her children along when she volunteers. “It’s a great way to stay connected in the community,” she said.

Play on

With five toy libraries around Yarra, you’re bound to find one to suit you. Most let kids play as they browse. Many also offer costumes, bikes, party packs, and even board games!

  • Richmond Toy Library
  • Collingwood Toy Library
  • Alphington Toy Library
  • Fitzroy Toy Library
  • Save the Children Mobile Toy Library

See opening hours, locations, membership fees and more on our toy libraries page.


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