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Save the date: it's back!

- August 21, 2013

As part of our national Children’s Week celebrations, The Infants’ Home issues a warm invitation to all families in the inner-west to enjoy a day out at our carnival.

Scenes from our carnival in 2011


After a one-year hiatus due to building work on our Ashfield site, The Infants’ Home’s annual carnival and market day returns to the inner-west on Saturday, October 26.

From 10am to 2pm, we’ll transform our 4-hectare site in Henry Street into a carnival that has something for everyone. It's just one of the many ways we get into the spirit of Children's Week.

All the money we raise will go directly to strengthening the services we provide for children and families with additional needs.

This includes speech therapy, occupational therapy and funding a daily bus run to transport vulnerable children to and from The Infants' Home.


(L) Lachlan gets on his fun face and (R) a chick gets on Seamus. Scenes from 2011.


Fun, curiosity and excitement

We call our day a carnival for a reason – it’s a cavalcade of fun, curiosity and excitement.

For those looking for some frivolity there will be a petting zoo, face painting, henna tattoos, and an artist who will do your nails and hair.

There’s also angel card readings – a fun and positive way to connect with the guidance, love, and support of your angels.

Jamie enjoys his time in the petting zoo at our carnival in 2011.


For those seeking excitement there are rides, children’s games and entertainment, a lucky dip, a raffle, a silent auction, and a chocolate wheel where someone always wins a prize.

For the more curious types there is a book stall, children’s crafts, trash and treasure, plants, and a white elephant stall.

And when you need to refuel there’s an international food stall, cakes, jams and preserves, tropical fruit punch and other drinks, a coffee shop and a gelato bar.

The (semi) serious side

There will also be ample opportunity for parents to speak to our early childhood educators or to our allied health professionals about such things as speech pathology and occupational therapy.

As one of Australia’s oldest children’s charities, the heritage-listed buildings and grounds of The Infants’ Home in Ashfield is the perfect backdrop for a trip back in time, as well as to enjoy some more modern delights.

Saturday, October 26, from 10am to 2pm.

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