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Among Big Things Little Things Grow: An ode to trees – and games to play in them

by Griffin Longley

We live on a blue planet, yes, but also a planet of trees. And as we approach National Tree Day it’s a fitting moment to remember the extraordinary role the 60,000 species of trees that grace every continent and corner of the globe (except the polar regions, parking lots, and some misconceived playgrounds) play in our life, and the lives of children. Read more…

What is the right amount of screen time in a pandemic?

by Griffin Longley

What is the right amount of screen time in a pandemic? Does watching Bluey count? And do I get extra parent-credits for forcing my kid to play with a stick, in the rain, while I figure out how to resist the return of the old normal? Read more…

Top Nature Play Spaces

by Griffin Longley

The hazard tape is coming off playgrounds all over WA this weekend, so we thought we'd share some of our favourite play spaces around Perth and beyond. So, what makes a great play space? Read more…

5 Family Adventures

by Griffin Longley

The key to family adventure is to take on something challenging but within the capability (just) of your youngest adventurer. Add in a dash of excitement, even adrenaline, and you are almost there. The last ingredient in any adventure is freedom – that sense of being unshackled from your everyday life with its routines and demands (e.g. if your mind strays to bills or homework you are not having an adventure). Read more…

Top 5 Picnic and Play Spots in Perth and Peel

by Griffin Longley

Picnics are a fantastic way to reconnect with family and friends while enjoying all the physical and mental health benefits of the outdoors without falling foul of WA's current COVID-19 restrictions, and we've selected five great locations for a day of food, play, and generally having a good time outdoors during the cool Autumn weather. They are just to get you started – but remember there are thousands of great picnic locations in WA. Read more…

10 Off The Beaten Track Camping Destinations

by Griffin Longley

Your Autumn nature escape has been taking on shape, colour, and urgency in the back of your mind for months. And now that the COVID-19 wall is starting to come down you can start planning that next family adventure in earnest – and Nature Play WA is here to help. Read more…

Top 5 Bike Trails for Families in Perth

by Griffin Longley

If you are looking to level up your family bike adventure beyond the neighbourhood you are in luck. WA is a great place to ride. And to help you along the way, and leaning on our good friends at Trails WA for inspiration, we have selected our Top 5 Bike Trails for Families in the Perth region. Read more…

Top 5 Walk Trails for Families in Perth

by Griffin Longley

In this time of uncertainty and COVID-19 restrictions, it's never been more important to our physical and mental health to escape the ceiling, floor, and walls or our daily grind and get outdoors while still being careful to observe the guidelines that will keep us all safe. To help you get out there, we have reached out to our good friends at Trails WA for their Top 5 Walk Trails for Families in the Perth region. Read more…

7 Fun Easter Activities to do at Home

by Katherine Healy

The Easter Long Weekend is one of the busiest weekends for WA families – it’s the first week of the school holidays, it’s a minimum of four days off (for most people) and it’s traditionally a time for a big family get-together. But this year, the landscape of the Easter holidays looks quite different. The COVID-19 pandemic means we can’t travel, and we can’t celebrate outside of our immediate household, so we’ve put together a list of seven of our favourite Easter activities to do at home! Read more…

Time in Nature Has Not Been Cancelled

by Griffin Longley

Not everything has changed. The djidi-djidi still chases the crow. The ocean still bends to the sky. The tree has not tired of the sun. Clouds still tell stories. And the herring still fancies itself a marlin. And as COVID-19 turns things upside down, there has never been a better time to reconnect with the natural world all around us and enjoy the mini adventures of play. Read more…

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