The Nature Play Festival 2016 is a collection of school holiday activities for kids in Adelaide and all about South Australia. From Roxby Downs to Mount Gambier, and Goolwa to Murray Bridge, local councils and community groups have been busy creating fun things to do for kids.
The festival is being held in a two week period over the school holidays and organisations around South Australia are hosting nature play activities for families. The Nature Play Festival has been organised by Nature Play SA to get families outside and into nature. It brings a load of physical and mental benefits, and is not just fun for kids - there are also many fun things to do for adults.
Whale Watching on Granite Island - One of the Free Things to Do
Some of the school holiday activities do cost money, but there are many free things to do too. Go whale watching at Granite Island, spot the Star of Greece shipwreck from the shore at Port Willunga, or go exploring the Onkaparinga River National Park and its awesome swing bridge - they are all free activities.
We have seen how nature play in the park is great fun. In Tea Tree Gully kids can enjoy nature themed Story Times in the Park as part of the school holiday fun for kids. South of Adelaide kids can take a free Reef Watch Reef Ramble (adults $5) at Aldinga with the Conservation Council. At the Glandore Community Centre their school holiday activities include free things to do like a session of Cubby Building and using Junk Loose Parts for children under 12.
Nature Play for the Environment: BioBlitz at Cobbler Creek
The Nature Play Festival guide also offers plenty of ideas where to go in the school holidays. Greenfields Wetland in the City of Salisbury is a wonderful place for a walk, with plenty of native birds and wildlife to see. South of Adelaide, head to Belair National Park, experience the adventure playground, and take a look at the Belair Maze - the oldest maze in Australia.
Nature Play for Kids at Belair National Park in the School Holidays
Also at Belair National Park is Bikes, Bugs, and Bush Exploring - guided tours with a ranger on Wednesday October 12. Shepherds Hill Recreation Park too is packed with free things to do that are fun for kids anytime.
Further south of Adelaide the City of Onkaparinga is launching a brand new Nature Play Space right next to Colonnades shopping centre on Friday October 14. There are plenty of fun things to do like meeting cool native animals with Animals Anonymous, and the best part is that they are all free.
For more information about the Nature Play Festival and many more ideas for things to do in the school holidays, head over to the Nature Play SA Facebook page or their website to download the Nature Play Festival guide. The lovely people from Nature Play SA actually work from Wittunga Botanic Garden, which is actually another fantastic place to enjoy some nature play school holiday activities. Have fun!
Please note that bookings are essential for some events - check whether it applies to any of the activities you're interested in. Do book early to avoid the disappointment of missing out.
Duck into Wittunga Botanic Garden for School Holidays Fun for Kids