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Magic Yellow Bus

For daily updates on the Magic Yellow Bus, including notices of cancellation due to wet or extreme weather, visit Inner West Council's Twitter page (or follow @IWCouncil). Updates are posted before 9am every weekday.

Magic Yellow Bus

The Magic Yellow Bus is a free activities and community information service held at local parks.

This mobile play group is for children aged six weeks to 12 years and their families. It runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm, Monday to Friday (weather permitting).

Please remember that all children must be supervised by a responsible adult while using the service.

Great reasons to come along...

  • No bookings needed – just show up!
  • Children can play and interact with each other in an outdoor setting.
  • The Magic Yellow Bus supports children with their families to develop language and literacy skills, extend their imagination in a fun environment, develop numeracy and cognitive skills, develop social and emotional skills, and learn to listen and communicate.
  • Families have the opportunity to connect with each other as well as access local community and parenting information, all in a safe and inclusive environment.
  • Librarians visit for a story-time session 3 times a month.

More information about play at the Magic Yellow Bus

Individuals or organisations wishing to visit the MYB for any purpose other than participating as a parent or carer of a child at the program, must first contact the Coordinator on comyb@marrickville.nsw.gov.au to discuss.


The service operates up to 48 weeks a year, except in wet weather, strong winds or extreme heat (temperatures in excess of 35 degrees Celsius). The service does not operate during public holidays.

Monday Petersham Park, Petersham 9.30am – 12.30pm
Tuesday McNeilly Park, Marrickville 9.30am – 12.30pm
Tillman Park, Tempe 9.30am – 12.30pm
Wednesday Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown 9.30am – 12.30pm
Steel Park, Marrickville* 9.30am – 12.30pm
Thursday Enmore Park, Marrickville 9.30am – 12.30pm
Friday Johnson Park, Dulwich Hill 9.30am – 12.30pm

* The Steel Park Bus is located next to the Debbie & Abbey Borgia Recreation Centre, corner Illawarra Road and Thornley Street, Marrickville South.

Magic Yellow Bus Guidelines

The Magic Yellow Bus program respects the privacy of service users and staff. Photography or video recordings of any person or activities at the Magic Yellow Bus, other than involving your own child, requires permission. Please speak to staff if you have any questions about this.

  • Supervision: Please join in and help your children with activities suitable for their age. At all times supervising the children in your care is your responsibility.
  • Setting Up: To meet Work Health & Safety requirements, please keep children away from The Magic Yellow Bus area during set up so staff can set up safely and quickly.
  • Packing Up: You can show your children how to put toys, books and equipment into the boxes and bags provided. Please do not allow children to pick up or carry any heavy items.
  • Entry to the Vehicle: Only Magic Yellow Bus staff are to use the steps or enter the inside of the vehicle due to Work Health & Safety guidelines.
  • Dogs: In accordance with the NSW Companion Animal Act all dogs must be on a leash and at least 10 metres away from The Magic Yellow Bus area.
  • Toys, Books and Equipment: Please keep all toys, books and equipment on the mat, table or area that they are set up in so they can be used by all children and aren’t misplaced. Please take care of all toys, books and equipment and bring any damaged/broken items to staff.
  • Food and Drinks: Please do not eat food or have drinks on any of the mats or tables. There are children who attend the service who have severe food allergies. To avoid any accidents, please keep hot drinks with you at all times and keep them away from children.
  • Waste: Please dispose of recyclable items and waste in the bins provided.

The Magic Yellow Bus play dough recipe


  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of table salt
  • A few drops of food colouring
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups of water


  1. Mix flour and salt together.
  2. Add oil, water and food colouring and mix with wooden spoon until the dough is formed.
  3. Add more flour if necessary.


For enquiries please contact the Customer Service Centre on 02 9392 5000, the Magic Yellow Bus Coordinator on 0412 921 540 or email comyb@marrickville.nsw.gov.au.

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