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An Adventurous One-Nighter

by Shea Hatch

Lane Pool has been a favourite for WA families for decades. But I, like so many Perthlings, grew up outside of WA and so it was a welcome discovery so close to the city. We packed the swag, dinner (click here for the recipe) and two camping chairs and headed off. Read more…

Beach Babies - 10 Tips for Summer Fun at the Beach!

by Shea Hatch

As Summer sets in it is almost a crime not to visit Western Australia’s beaches and rivers. Our nature play events can often be the first introduction for some of our youngest nature players to sand, water and unstructured beach/river bank play, and from our firsthand experience, they absolutely love it! It's going to be a hot one this weekend, and a lot of us will be hitting the beach to try and beat the heat, so here are 10 tips to keep your kids having fun at the beach this summer. Read more…

Top 5 Tips for Surviving Term 4

by Katherine Healy

Fourth term is always a busy time of year – it’s exam time for senior students, there’s a seemingly never-ending list of end of year concerts, awards nights and classroom parties to attend, with carols by candlelight thrown in for good measure. Here are Nature Play WA’s Top 5 Tips for Surviving (and maybe even enjoying) Term 4. Read more…

Free Range Kids – An Adventure in Letting Go

by Katherine Healy

I like to think that my kids (13, 11 and nearly 3) are pretty free range, but my thoughts on how free range were blown right out of the water when I read a thought-provoking 12-point checklist from 1979 regarding a child’s readiness for school. Read more…

Gone Fishin'

by Shea Hatch

Fishing instills patience and a respect for our environment. It provides a great opportunity to catch up and be present in each other’s conversations in a way that can be difficult with interruptions of modern technology. Read more…

Bells Rapids Park - Family Nature Club Visit

by Sonia Hills

With a mix of ages and interests, the kids established territories, attempted to revive a dry creek, climbed trees, had mud and water fights, waded the rapids and heaved boulders around together. Read more…

On The Road Again - Childhood Caravanning Holidays Remembered

by Katherine Healy

Thinking back to the caravanning holidays of her childhood - Nature Play WA's Communication and Membership Manager Katherine Healy wonders "Is it time to hit the road with my own kids?" Read more…

Jarrahdale Heritage Reserve and Gooralong Brook Adventure

by Julia Wilcox

A wander down the Wattle Walk to the Gooralong Brook (which is being revegetated) saw young children giggling with delight as they played on the rocks, balanced along the fallen trees and some even splashed in the water despite the near freezing conditions. Read more…

Play Out Days - Engaging Children Through Unstructured Play

by Cindy Addison

How do you organise play equipment and activities which are fun and safe but still stimulate independence, problem-solving and the flow of creative investigation? Read more…

The creative minds run wild - It's book week!

by Shea Hatch

To celebrate book week and imaginative play, Nature Play WA has done a book and play pairing guide for your family to try! Read more…

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