Sensory-friendly storytime and meet the animals

Sensory-friendly storytime and meet the animals

An Intergenerational Children's Week activity

Over 20 people have attended this class


Grandparents, carers and children with autism or with sensory disabilities are invited for a sensory-friendly storytime and meet the animals activity at Edendale Farm.  Children will get an opportunity to get up close with the animals, including feeding and patting them in a small, sensory-friendly group.

Farmer Raewyn will share a classic farmyard book, suited to young children with disability, in the beautiful surrounds of Edendale Farm.  A social story that helps young children with sensory disabilities to prepare for their visit is available

Children must be accompanied by an adult or carer at all times during the activity. 

About Children's Week

Children’s Week is a national celebration that recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children. From Saturday 21 October to Sunday 29 October, thousands of Victorian children will take part in a range of festivities.

The theme for Children's Week 2023 is “Children have the right to relax, play and take part in activities they enjoy”, drawn from Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We want to ensure that people have equal access to our workshops. Please contact our Environmental Education team on or call 9433 3711 to discuss how we can make these sessions inclusive and accessible for you.

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What you will learn

  • The children will learn about farm animals in a fun environment

What you will get

  • A free, fun farm experience
Parking Info

While there is some parking available at the front of Edendale we would  encourage you to investigate some more sustainable transport options including:

  • Riding your bike
  • Public Transport 
  • Walking
  • Car pooling

Some overflow parking may be available at Eltham North playground

What to bring

  • Weather appropriate clothes

What to wear

Casual, closed shoes

Appropriate for

Children with autism or who are neurodiverse and experience sensory challenges

Edendale Farm

(729 Reviews)

Edendale is a small working farm on 7 hectares of land adjacent to the Diamond Creek in Eltham.

We are open 7 days a week 9.30 to 4.30 with the exception of Christmas Day. Entry to the farm is by a Gold Coin Donation into one of our donation boxes around the farm.

Edendale's purpose is to provide an interactive community and education centre to support sustainable living practices for the whole community.

Edendale offers:

  • Local native plant nursery
  • Preschool and school education programs
  • Community sustainability workshops
  • Family activities and events
  • Cafe Eden and spaces for picnics
  • Close proximity to Eltham North adventure playground reserve
  • Volunteer opportunities

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4.7 (7 reviews)
Sarahrated it
24 Oct 2023
The sensory-friendly storytime and meet the animals was so great. We got to pat the Guinea pigs, feed the sheep, and bottle feed the baby goats. It was so much fun!
Rachel rated it
23 Oct 2023
Thanks so much for running a sensory friendly experience for kids. My son and I absolutely loved it. The staff at Edendale were so thoughtful and caring and the animals were adorable (of course!).
Jessicarated it
23 Oct 2023
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


You may cancel anytime before class starts and claim a full refund or transfer or credit note.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Edendale Farm or organised by Edendale Farm must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Edendale Farm


I agree to give Edendale Farm unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs, videos or recordings taken at Edendale Farm classes and events or on Edendale Farm premises. (For use of Edendale Farm marketing materials).

Photos and videos recordings will not be taken of children without written permission from parents or guardians.


Edendale Farm requires 72 hours notice in writing prior to the class commencing for a refund, transfer or credit.


In the event that a class is cancelled by Edendale Farm, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund, transfer or credit.

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