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Find Things to Do at the Nature Play Festival in October
The Nature Play Festival is an annual festival for children and their families which celebrates and encourages play outdoors in nature. It's organised by Nature Play SA in collaboration with more than 30 other organisations, which have arranged exciting things to do for kids during the festival.
This yea, the festival runs from Saturday September 29 until Saturday October 20, and you can find fun for kids around South Australia. While many of the activities are held in Adelaide and the metropolitan area, you'll also find events in the Adelaide Hills, the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, and even the Eyre Peninsula.
Nature Play Activities Are Being Held Around South Australia
Many of the events are free, and some are exceptionally popular: the free things to do at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary booked out in no time. As always, if you like something in the Nature Play Festival program then make your bookings early.
Be aware that the festival program is continuing to grow, so check back at the Nature Play SA website frequently to see what's been added since your last visit. I have picked out a few suggestions for you, but there are many more events to choose from online.
Hunt for Sunken Secrets at the Maritime Museum, Then See This Port River View From the Lighthouse
Bugs, Bats and Bees with Sophie Thomson Hosted by the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters on October 2, your children (aged 5-12) will learn all the fun and exciting facts about bugs, bats and bees and why they are so important to have in your garden. Before this free workshop is over they'll have the chance to get crafty with a special activity.
Sunken Secrets Sunken Secrets at the South Australian Maritime Museum is one of the Nature Play Festival things to do for families. It lets you get your hands on history literally. Working with museum archaeologists, you will handle real artefacts and learn how they help piece together the puzzles of our maritime past. Equipped with your new skills, you can then follow the museum trail and take the Time Detectives Challenge. Reward yourself with a climb up the lighthouse and imagine the Port River a hundred years ago.
The cost is just $6 per child including the lighthouse climb, and this event is available for several days.
Become a Junior Ranger at Playford Lake in Belair National Park
Come and join in the free fun for kids on October 3, taking part in the Junior Ranger Challenge at Playford Lake in Belair National Park. The rangers will send you off on your park challenge, Nature Play SA will get you exploring with geocaching, and discover what's in the lake with the Natural Resource Management education team.
Spring Blooms Mobile Photography Spring is a wonderful time to visit Wittunga Botanic Garden when some of the flowers in bloom are truly spectacular. Kids aged 9-13 can learn mobile device photography skills, macro photography using a 30x lens attachment (provided), and how to edit your photos using mobile apps while exploring this beautiful garden at Blackwood. $25 per child, available October 4 and 10.
Learn Mobile Photography at Wittunga Botanic Garden
Garden Critters Kids aged 6-12 years old will re-use curious botanic bits taken from the Adelaide Botanic Garden such as seedpods and leaves to create a cute critter to take home. Due to the use of hot glue guns during the workshop, parents/carers must work with their children at all times. $12, October 4.
Discover Nature by Night
Families are invited to this free event at Aldinga for the Nature Play Festival on October 4. Grab your torch and join a fun, guided night walk to discover the bats, frogs and other awesome creatures that come out after dark. Spooky!
Salisbury Plays @ St Kilda
St Kilda is north of Adelaide in the City of Salisbury, who are hosting this event. The area is packed with free things to do including the most popular adventure playground in South Australia, an awesome free mangrove trail, the Dolphin Sanctuary and the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.
On top of that who can resist the lure of riding one of the amazing old trams which have been lovingly restored. This free family event is being held on October 14.
Celebrate National Bird Week with South Australian Whale Centre at Victor Harbor. Join an adventure to take a closer look at Fairy Penguins and Hooded Plovers on Granite Island, and be amazed by the unique relationship between seabirds and whales. Kids will create a bird feeder to take home for your own backyard. Children $8.00, adults $4.50, available on multiple dates.
Find out More
You can find all you need to know about the Nature Play Festival by checking the online program guide. It's got all the info that you will need, with updates available on their Facebook page.