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Community and Creativity: the real treats of Halloween

by Ellery Spychalski

Spooky costumes, trick or treating, and pumpkin-carving sessions in the backyard? Yes, please! Here at Nature Play WA, we think Halloween is a great opportunity to encourage creativity in kids while building a sense of community in your street or neighbourhood. Read more…

Mud, Sun & Fun at the Nature Play Out Day

by Ellery Spychalski

Perth kids ran wild at the Matilda Bay foreshore on October 4th, engaging in creative and adventurous outdoor play at Nature Play WA’s Play Out Day. Read more…

Huts and Cubbies at the Kulunga Katitjin Festival

by Ellery Spychalski

What do you get when you take a sunny Wednesday at King’s Park, add 43 interactive activity stations and 2,500 kids? The Kulunga Katitjin Festival was an BIG day of fun learning on September 14th – and Nature Play WA was part of the action! Read more…

WA's Wonderful Wildflower Season

by Ellery Spychalski

Do you know your orchids from your everlastings? Your wattles from your Mulla Mulla? Did you know that 60% of Western Australia’s wildflowers aren’t found anywhere else in the world? Now’s the perfect time to get outdoors and explore WA’s spectacular array of wildflowers (more than 12,000 species!) with the kids. There’s adventure potential for every type of family and you can find wildflowers anywhere from inner city parks to some of the state’s biggest and best National Parks. Read more…

Wildflower Camping Adventure - The Journey is the Destination

by Ellery Spychalski

Some say “the journey is the destination”; and when you’re on the open road in Western Australia during wildflower season this phrase rings true. With school holidays just around the corner it might be time to pack up the kids, hop into the caravan (or throw the camping gear in the car) and hit the road for a wildflower-based camping trip. There are more than 12,000 species of wildflower in WA, and they’re surprisingly easy to access. Read more…

Children and Nature Conference - That's a Wrap!

by Ellery Spychalski

Fremantle was abuzz on Sunday, August 28 as forward thinkers in the nature play movement gathered for Nature Play WA’s inaugural Children and Nature Conference. The audience of nearly 300 included a broad spectrum of participants: educators, parents, environmental and health professionals, and representatives from both the State and local government; a group exemplifying WA’s growing dedication to the message of the importance of nature and play in the lives of children. Read more…

The Good, The Bad and the ... Healthy? Pokemon Go and What You Should Know

by Katherine Healy

The phenomenal uptake and use of Pokemon Go since its launch to the public over the weekend is nothing short of incredible. So, what is it, should your kids play it, and what are the pros and cons? Read more…

When the Cold Gets Too Much – Head North for Winter!

by Katherine Healy

While the South West of WA freezes (OK, we know it’s not that bad, but without double-glazing and central heating, it does get pretty chilly!) there’s a little part of paradise north of Perth – Western Australia’s Coral Coast. With over 1,100 kilometres of coastline to drive, where else can you experience so many of WA’s top attractions? Read more…

There’s No Bad Weather, Only Bad Clothes!

by Katherine Healy

There’s a wonderful Norwegian saying – “Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlig klær!” which translates to “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes!”, and I wholeheartedly agree. Read more…

Kids Deserve Real Play

by Griffin Longley

Fun is important. It isn’t the byproduct of a distracted mind - in fact it is the opposite. Fun is the purest motivator of attention, imagination, fascination, effort, and memory (and laughter, which is no small thing). Read more…

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