Having recently become a mother and stepmother (it's been a busy couple of years) I absolutely champion this kind of activity. Seeing my 15 month old fascinated with phones, tv and gadgets and my stepdaughter having an iPad at four, is concerning to say the least. I guess that's the modern connected world we live in.
That's why this is just perfect for parents who wish to get their little ones learning, active and exploring outdoors. The kids will have a ball doing loads of activities and seeing nature at its very best including seeing all kinds of different local animals and learning about trees and plants and more.
The program has been designed for ages 5 to 10 years (and their carers). All adventures will run from 10am till 12 noon, with groups being limited to 30 children.
Each adventure includes walking a nature trail plus a series of nature-based activities and games to connect the children to the specific environment such as forests, gardens or coastal areas.
Sparky says "There are magical experiences in nature waiting for you right out your front door. This unstructured play is so important for optimal child development, that it has been recognised by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as the right of every child."
Parents can get as involved as they wish either by joining in with each stage or grabbing a shady spot and watching from a safe distance. It is a safe, controlled environment and you are in experienced hands with the charming Sparky Do-Dah. Sparky is known for running a variety of safe, inclusive and fun events and activities for kids of all ages where the focus is learning, being creative and having active healthy play. You won't find screens, hi-tech games or gadgets at his events - an important lesson and message in this day and age - what happened to the days of running, climbing trees, jumping and skipping.
This is the second round of outdoor natural adventures that sparky is running - last years were a great success with rave reviews such as "Our kids didn't want to leave", "Sparky was wonderful with the kids and made learning about the habitat exciting and interesting" and "this was by far the best kid's activity we have ever attended on the Gold Coast". High praise indeed.
There are four dates running over the school holidays on various locations around the Gold Coast - the adventures are free to attend, but registration is required.