National Reconciliation Week 2021 – More than a word, Reconciliation takes action

May 28, 2021

Aboriginal art workshop at Nature Play WA and City of Gosnells’ International Play Day event with Urban Indigenous It is National Reconciliation Week and I would like to reflect on what I think it means for the children in our community. I will begin with my own lived experience, which, as a non-Aboriginal Australian, places very real limitations on […]

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There’s No Bad Weather, Only Bad Clothes!

May 20, 2021

“It’s cold!” “I’m tired!” “My socks/pants/sleeves are wet!” Ah, the melodious call of the Western Australian Summer-Born Child when the temperature drops below 25 degrees and the cloudy sky has the audacity to release a sprinkling of water. All three of my kids were born in the dry, baking heat that our Summers are famous […]

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The Importance of a WA Play Charter, and How You Can Make a Difference

April 12, 2021

Trying to define play is like trying to catch the sky in a jar. You might get a piece, but it will only ever be a reduction of the greater meaning you already hold. Because play, like love, is inextricable from human experience and it exists, and acts, before and beyond words. Which is all […]

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Family Hiking in Djeran – Day and Overnight Adventures!

March 26, 2021

Adventure is at your doorstep. On any given weekend you can walk out of the city with a pack on your back and a map in your pocket and follow one of WA’s amazing trails into one of the world’s great wildernesses. And there is no better time to do it than in the glorious Noongar […]

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Summer and Living in Western Australia

December 3, 2020

You know it’s summer because you are driving with oven mitts on. Also, you have moved your houseplants 1.5metres back from the window, and somewhere deep in the back of your mind Noel Coward is singing “only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”. Yes, it is hot. Yes, it is getting […]

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Cubbies and Why Kids Need to Hide

September 11, 2020

About now, we’d normally be gearing up for 4,000 cubby builders to descend on Yanchep National Park and transform a tranquil patch of grass into the shanty citadel that is Cubby Town. Our friends at Yanchep National Park would be making great piles of branches they’d collected over six-months, we’d be arranging for truckloads of […]

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Raising Courageous Children

August 21, 2020

A well-worn box sits on a shelf in my home office. Inside are Father’s Day cards collected over 22 years. Little moments of my children’s hands, minds, and hearts at work. A time capsule from scribbles in jagged texta-green, to drawings with the sure and emotive lines of young women with artist’s hands inherited from […]

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Among Big Things, Little Things Grow: an ode to trees, and games to play in them

July 29, 2020

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, […]

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What is the Right Amount of Screen Time in a Pandemic?

July 3, 2020

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? These are just some of the questions as we […]

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Top Nature Play Spaces

June 4, 2020

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? The key to play spaces of all kinds is never to forget that the greatest piece of play equipment in the […]

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