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What is Buster?

Buster is a program aimed at children 0 - 5 years old, and their parents/guardians. We encourage children and their parents/carers to play together and for parents/carers to model how to play and explore. We aim to increase understanding of the importance of play in children's development and learning by providing experiences that can be adapted for home. Play is a great way of learning many skills that children need to function. Every activity and toy at Buster is designed and programmed to develop skills in children's development. This includes:

Ball games and fishing games for gross motor development (large muscles)

Building with small blocks for fine motor development (small muscles)

Dress ups and imaginative play for social/emotional development (interacting with others)

Mat time, books and musical instruments for language development (listening and talking)

Puzzles and sorting games for cognitive development (thinking and problem solving)


Benefits of Buster:

Bringing your child to Buster is a great way to introduce educational play to your child in a safe and social environment. As well as incorporating the five areas of development, Buster also incorporates the childhood principles of Belong, Being and Become.

Belonging - the basis of a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of their relationships with family, friends and community. Buster helps to strengthen the relationship between children and their carers, as well as provide a space for children to develop friendships and a sense of community.

Being - living in the here and now. Buster provides a safe space for children and carers to play and enjoy themselves without stressors that may be present elsewhere.

Becoming - the learning and development that young children experience. Buster provides a space for learning, not just educationally but also in ways that help develop a child's sense of self and identity.


Buster Guidelines:

Respect each other.

At all times, parents/carers are responsible for their own children - Buster staff are not here to supervise them for you.

Respect the toys and books supplied - please treat them as you would treat your own, and let staff know if any are in poor condition.

If your child puts a toy in their mouth, please let staff know so that they can clean it before the next session.

We provide hand sanitiser and sun screen for your use, please help yourself.

If you have any concerns or questions, please see Buster staff.

Buster is intended to be a relaxed, casual environment. While we appreciate registration, we also welcome walk-ins. You don't need to do anything when you arrive - just find a spot and start playing! Staff are present to answer any questions and welcome feedback on Buster programs.


Buster Parent Library

At Buster, we have a small collection of items available to loan, including kids books and parenting resources. To borrow an item you will need a Fremantle Library or Toy Library membership. To borrow items or register for a membership, please see Buster staff.


Buster Term 1, 2024

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there for another term of fun!

View the program here.


Buster Term 1: Wednesday 7 February 2024 to Wednesday 27 March 2024 at the following venues:

  • Wednesdays: Fremantle Arts Centre 9:30 to 11:30am 

  • Fridays: Gordon Dedman Park North Fremantle 9:30 to 11:30am 

  • Buster Mat Time will start at 10am!

Activities are suitable for 0–5 year olds but all ages are welcome.


Special Events for Buster this Term

  • Intergenerational Session - Wednesday 6 March 2024
  • Harmoney Week Celebration - Wednesday 20 March 2023


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Contact us:

Fremantle Library
Walyalup Civic Centre
151 High Street
Fremantle WA 6160
08 9432 9999
TTY 08 9432 9777
E info@fremantle.wa.gov.au

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