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There's a growing interest in nature play activities for kids which are designed to enhance your child's health and happiness, and Nature Play SA has thoughtfully mapped out a plan for you.
During the month of January Nature Play SA has mapped out a program of activities for families centred around the Encounter Marine Park. Many are free things to do, while others will cost to take part. Whichever you choose, you and your kids are guaranteed summer fun in South Australia's beautiful outdoors. The events will not only be fun, but they will also be a learning experience.
Beach Combing Activities for Families at Victor Harbor Explore Oliver's Reef at Victor Harbour on Monday January 12 at 11am and learn about the amazing world between the tides
Aldinga Reef Ramble for Families On Sunday January 18 come to Aldinga Reef in the Encounter Marine Park at 10am for a guided tour of this unique ecosystem south of Adelaide. Please note this is a free event, but bookings are essential
School Holiday Coastal Birds Workshop Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday throughout January from 1:30 to 2:30pm the SA Whale Centre at Victor Harbor is hosting sessions to about the birds that visit the Victor Harbor Coast. Make yourself a dream catcher while you're there! Cost: $8, Bookings essential
Beach Cricket and Family BBQ Every Sunday afternoon throughout January play beach cricket on the Horseshoe Bay foreshore at Port Elliot and stay for a family BBQ.
Interpretive Centre Activities in SA Whale Centre
The title may be a bit dry, but you can immerse yourself in a specifically created Fisheye 3D theatrette where you will experience a 3D film about the mystical creatures of the deep. Don't miss the Kidzone play area either!
Available throughout January, but charges apply.
Snorkelling, scuba-diving and SNUBA
Come to Port Noarlunga any day in January, the Port Noarlunga Reef is one of the best places to go snorkelling in the Adelaide region. The reef has dozens of fish species, dolphins and giant sting rays swimming about. It's suitable for beginners or advanced snorkellers - just walk out along the jetty to the entry/exit stairs for easy access to the outer reef.
This is a hugely popular place to find activities for families, and the beach is your oyster! Charges apply for hire of snorkelling equipment and wetsuits or just bring your own.
Encounter Bike Trail
Any day in January ride your bike along the bikeway that links Victor Harbor and the river port town of Goolwa, via the coastal towns of Port Elliot and Middleton. The total trail distance of the bikeway is 30km. Choose from a range of riding distances to suit your fitness as it's suitable for all ages. The bikeway can be used by cyclists and walkers. Free.
Port Elliot Coastal Walks
See stunning coastal views of the Encounter Marine Park as you meander the Harbourmaster's trail; marvel at the bold mariners who braved the treacherous coast - and those that lost their lives trying, as you follow the Maritime Heritage Trail.
This is another of the free things to do from Nature Play SA.