Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Muddy, musical, crafty and colourful
Summertime Playscape it rolls off the tongue with such ease, giving one a sense of fun with no limitations, outdoor adventuring, creating and connecting, with nature! A summer playscape, where Mother Nature takes the leading roll in the great outdoors bushland that is sure to get muddy, musical, crafty and colourful.
During the summer holidays, one of my most favourite places on the Sunshine Coast, the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, is playing host to a plethora of daily activities that kids and their families can get 'down and dirty' with. Every day between 7.00am and 6.00pm, families will be able to enjoy installations, challenges and workshops, some of which are 'free' play, whilst others are low cost, programmed activities.
INTERACTIVE INSTALLATIONS FOR KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO ENJOY
Grab a friend, get your map from the Visitor Information Centre and go! Every day between 14 December and 26 January, adventurers can explore the gardens on the self-guided orienteering, Great Botanic Race to find the mapped points, where a puzzle awaits. The idea is to solve all the puzzles and hopefully achieve the best time ever! A limited quantity of compasses will be available for 'free' hire.
For health and safety, please note Great Botanic Race rules:
✵ Tiny Cob Village Construction Workshops | $7.50 per child | 14 December to 11 January, 9.00am to 12.00noon
The quaintest little cubby houses are being made for the kids to play in throughout the summer holidays but they're not quite finished yet and your help is needed! Mud needs to be stomped and mixed, before patting it into place in the prepared house frames. These little cubby homes are made completely from recycled materials and will certainly come to life with letterboxes, a mud-kitchen and even tiny furniture, perfect for little people to play in.
There are four workshops to build the walls - suitable for ages 4 to 14 years:
Saturday 14 December
Tuesday 17 December
Friday 20 December
Saturday 21 December
One workshop to render the walls smooth - suitable for ages 10 to 17 years:
✵ Flag Painting - Care for Nature Corridor | FREE | 14 December and 21 December, 9.30am to 12.30pm
A gorgeously colourful corridor of flags will decorate the bridge at the entrance to Summertime Playscape. Kids are invited to join in to paint their very own favourite native creature on a colourful square of fabric to add to the installation. It could be a frog, a bird, a marsupial, it's totally a personal choice! Families visiting the garden will have the privilege of seeing all the stunning creatures that the children have painted.
Kids have two opportunities to paint a flag - suitable for ages 4 to 12 years:
✵ Summer Lantern Making | $7.50 per child | 19 December and 20 December | 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Join Crafty Jane to make your very own lantern in the Summer Lantern Making workshop, bringing the magic of colourful light and lanterns into the bushland for Summertime Playscape.
All materials will be supplied to students, who will use leaves, twigs, feathers and petals to build paper pyramid lanterns, to aid with lighting the way, after night falls.
Pack a picnic dinner and stay awhile to enjoy the Botanical Gardens after dark. The usual gate closure time will be extended for this special dusk event, so that families can enjoy seeing the lanterns all aglow.
✵ Summer Labyrinth and Craft | $7.50 per child | 16, 18 and 20 December, 10.00am to 12.00noon
Carly Garner from Natureweavers will be guiding participants on building a labyrinth, using natural materials. Craft activities include summer dreamcatchers, weaving with fabric and natural fibre, painting rocks and sticks. Children will be encouraged to look for the natural beauty in their surrounds, whilst contributing to a collective expression of seasonal wonder.
There are three workshops in the Summer Labyrinth and Craft - suitable for ages 5 to 17 years:
✵ First Nations Games Day | FREE | 10 January 2020 | 9.00am to 12.00noon
Hosted by David Peters and the Gifted Murri Unit (GMU) kids of all ages are invited to join the First Nations Games Day to learn more about the First Nations identity and corroboree* empowerment, through sports and traditional dance.
If, like me, you're not entirely sure what 'corroboree' means, according to Wikipedia:
There's nothing better than having a water fight in the middle of summer
✵ Kung Zone Water Fights | FREE | 4 January to 22 January | 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Welcome the new year in with water fight fun in the afternoons at Summertime Playscape. Children will learn the art of making reusable sponge bombs and with the provided squirters be able to wet fellow water fighters. The bonus: these water 'fights' will be ZERO waste.
The Kung Zone Water Fight zone is in the open lawn area to the right of the Tiny Cob Village.
No registration tickets are necessary, but if you are planning on joining in on the fun - and who wouldn't be keen? - please register your interest online here.
Are you wild about wildlife? Then this one's for you!
✵ Eco-Games and Bushwalks | $7.50 per child | 9 January to 17 January | 8.00am to 10.00am
Eco-Games and Bushwalks is specifically aimed at young adventurers, who are wild about wildlife and keen on exploring local bushland.
Join in on these fun sessions early in the morning to play Possum Olympics and other games where kids will be taught about biodiversity and survival. Wannabe rangers will be on the look-out for living creatures under rocks, inside logs and even in the water.
Two sessions are available for young adventurers - suitable for ages 7 to 12 years:
✵ Cat's Claw Weaving | $7.50 per child | 15 January | 9.00am to 12.30pm
How awesome is this! Kris Martin from Artisean is going to teach the kids techniques to become weaving wizards in the Cat's Claw Weaving workshop. Children will love learning how to weave, utilising a material that is simple to use and easy to find and remove in the environment.
There are two opportunities on the same day for kids to make their own woven nest or turtle - suitable for ages 8 to 17 years:
As an added fun game bonus: there are large native animals, woven by Kris Martin, using cat's claw vine, hidden throughout the Summer Playscape - children have the opportunity to try to find them all!
Have a 'yarn', whilst overcoming yarn tangles
✵ Pom-Pom Palace | $7.50 per child | 18 January | 9.00am to 12.00noon
Join Crafty Jane in the Pom-Pom Place and learn how to make your very own pom-pom. Playing with yarn is a dextrous and tactile activity and is sure to be colourful and cheerful. Pom-pom making is a fabulous inter-generational opportunity to sit together and create together. Overcome yarn tangles, have a 'yarn' and make your very own unique creation.
There is only one Pom-Pom making session and the Pom-Pom Palace only has the capacity to take twelve pom-pom makers at any one time. To avoid disappointment, please register online here.