What do you get when more than 1000 children come together from across Melbourne for a celebration? You get the ‘Friend in Me Party’ – the biggest community party Melbourne has ever seen.
The party will see children of all ages come together in Williamstown on Sunday March 31 – some who have never hosted or been invited to a party before – to celebrate in an inclusive, safe and friendly space packed with fun and laughter.
The Friend in Me Party is now in its third year and will triple in size this year, with more than 1000 families already registered to attend.
Friend in Me founder and mum of two Louise Larkin said the concept was designed for children who may be feeling isolated and alone – including children with autism, various medical conditions, anxiety issues, those who have been bullied and children who are refuges or have recently relocated to Melbourne.
The event will include: Melbourne Transformers, face-painters, jumping castles, laser tag, handball, sporting areas, fairies, photo booths, princesses, the Lightning McQueen Tribute car, an animal farm, airbrush tattoos, a fire truck and food trucks, just to name a few highlights. A stage will host live performances including comedian Diana Nguyen, Mini Monstars, Bethany Fisher and her dance crew, kids disco party and B Minor Music.
There will also be an Auslan Interpreter and a sensory room upstairs being decked out by a company called We Rock the Spectrum, which will create a chill zone for kids that need some time out.