• 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.

  • Giving is now so important.

    Since COVID-19 hit, The Venny has been responding to the needs of the community for connection, support, food security, and we continue to meet the needs of children for play. We are now open but each session costs more due to the requirements around Covid safety. This means kids are getting less hours to play at a time when they need it most. Play is vital for their recovery from the traumas of the pandemic and lockdown. The playground offers so much freedom and healing but we need to be open for more hours. Please support The Venny with a donation.

    Donate Here


    The Venny staff and community extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated materials or money during the hard lockdown of the high-rise towers. Your generous support meant we could get much needed supplies to kids and families to support their wellbeing in all sorts of ways. We were overwhelmed at the response and we know your kindness had a real impact so thank you to all of you!