Muddy Buddies 2023

A Magnificently Muddy Day at Jarrahdale Oval

The Muddy Buddies event, held in partnership with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, transformed the picturesque Jarrahdale Oval into a muddy wonderland.  

With over 2000 attendees, both young and young at heart, this event brought families together for a day of outdoor fun. Against the backdrop of Jarrahdale’s beautiful native forest, the event created lasting memories, and encouraged everyone to embrace the messy, muddy side of life.

Photos courtesy of Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

The Muddy Fun

The heart of the event was undoubtedly the two mud pits that beckoned children to dive in and embrace the squishy sensation between their fingers and toes.  

Laughter filled the air as kids became immersed in muddy adventures, their faces glowing with delight. Whether they were making mud pies in the mud kitchens or getting creative with the mud ice cream activity, there was no shortage of messy possibilities.  

Even the adults couldn't resist jumping into the mud pits and making mud pies with their little ones! 

Interactive Trails and Enchanting Activities

Our Animal Detective trail took participants on a journey of discovery through the natural surroundings. While exploring the trail, children learned about the native numbat, deepening their connection with the environment.  

Educated by Nature offered cubby building, allowing young imaginations to run wild as they constructed cozy hideouts among the hustle and bustle. Natural face painting added an extra touch of magic.  

The Eco Faeries provided craft activities, inviting children to create nature-inspired masterpieces – and even ended up jumping in the mud themselves, demonstrating that even faeries LOVE getting muddy! 

Photos courtesy of Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

Exciting Encounters

The Muddy Buddies event was not just about mud and play. The Jarrahdale Fire Brigade and ambulance were present, captivating little ones with their impressive vehicles. Kids had the awesome opportunity to explore the fire engine and ambulance up close, sounding the sirens and testing the water hoses.  

Picnicking among the Play

The Serpentine Jarrahdale Lions Club ensured no one went hungry with a delicious sausage sizzle, while hot donuts and coffee vans warmed both bellies and souls.  

As attendees lounged on the grass, the cheerful tunes of local country singer Sally Jane filled the air. The sun, though initially shy, emerged from behind the clouds, casting a warm glow across the oval. Families gathered, shared picnic blankets, and watched the fun unfold around them. 

Photos courtesy of Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

The Muddy Buddies event showcased the beauty and importance of connecting with nature. Against the stunning backdrop of Jarrahdale Oval, families reveled in the freedom of muddy play, celebrating the magic of childhood. From mud pits and mud kitchens to cubbies and fire trucks, this event was a great reminder to all to embrace our inner child, get a little messy, and find joy in the simplest of ways, in the simplest of places – outdoors.

Thanks to the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale for partnering with us to deliver this event.

We Acknowledge
Nature Play WA acknowledges the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation, as the custodians of the land where our team lives and works. We also acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and recognise the continuing connection of Indigenous people to their land, waters, sky, culture and community. We pay our respect to all Indigenous people of this land; ancestors, elders and young ones.