• We are open. Let's play!

    We are open for face to face play sessions.

    Drop in Play Sessions @ Kensington:
    Tuesday-Friday: 3.30pm-5.30pm
    Saturday: 1.00pm-5.00pm

    Girls Group @ Kensington: Tuesday 5.30pm-8.00pm
    Guys Group @ Kensington: Friday 5.30pm-8.00pm

    The Venny To You:
    Wednesday: 3.30pm-5.15pm @ North Melbourne
    Thursday: 3.30pm-5.15pm @ Flemington
    Saturday: 3.30pm- 5.15pm @ Flemington

  • What is The Venny?

    At The Venny, kids can crawl through tunnels, play with animals, walk on stilts, hide in castles in the air, jump on trampolines, dig the veggie patch, cook a nutritious meal, climb trees and sing at the tops of their voices.
    It’s fun, it’s creative, it’s messy and it’s a little bit chaotic, but it’s exactly what childhood should be.

    In close proximity to the Kensington high-rise public housing estate, it
    provides a supervised ‘backyard’ and safe haven for local 5-15 year olds.
    It delivers a diverse range of early intervention and prevention programs that build children’s resilience. With this support, children are able to maintain their engagement in education, form stable relationships and develop positive community connections.

  • The Venny is 40!

    The Venny thanks everyone who came and celebrated our 40th birthday party with us. We are so happy to be the backyard for so many kids and families in Kensington and we love playing with you! If you have any special memories to share of your time at The Venny, we want to hear from you. Visit the 40th birthday page and share a play memory. You can also support our birthday year with a donation.

    Donate Here


    The Venny staff and community extend a heartfelt thanks to all our donors who support our work. The Venny is celebrating 40 Years as the backyard of public housing in Kensington and we would not be here without the generous support of our donors. Your kindness had a real impact so thank you to all of you!