Now in its third year, Cubby Town has become a much-loved nature play event in Western Australia. With an estimated attendance of over 4,000, Yanchep National Park was explored by children, parents, grandparents, family and friends on Saturday 14 September 2019.
Thanks to our event partner, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, entry into Yanchep National Park was FREE for all Cubby Town attendees.
With a few early Nature Players, this year’s event started with a bang – at 10.05am (five minutes into the event) there were already hundreds of cubbies being constructed! There was also a wide range of nature play activities and experiences on offer, including:
Nature treasure collecting
Natural print making
Song and movement sessions
St John Ambulance tours
Plus much, much more!
With events partner the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (Parks and Wildlife Services), organisational partner the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (Sport and Recreation WA) and with support from City of Wanneroo, Spring into Parks and Reece, Nature Play WA delivered a day of incredible experiences for families.
We couldn’t have done this without support from local businesses and not-for-profits including City of Wanneroo, Educated by Nature, Pyjama Drama, Adventure Connections, Wanslea, Therapy Focus and Little Gumnuts. We hope you were able to visit their activity spaces and get to know some local nature play advocates.
There were a few new aspects of this years Cubby Town, with a new area incorporated into Cubby Town called Cubby Community. Staff encouraged families to work together to create a community within this zone, which worked really well with families who wanted to build a cubby quickly and move onto the other activities available.
Nature Play WA and Therapy Focus proudly launched the Cubby Town Social Story, which is used to explain social situations to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other disabilities, helping them understand socially appropriate behaviours and responses.
Our Cubby Town Social Story aims to help children of all abilities get the most out of the day by explaining what they can expect to see and do with the help of pictures and key word symbols. It’s also customisable with a section to include strategies you might use to help your child cope in noisy and crowded environments. This social story is still available, and can be downloaded here.
The cubbies that were built throughout the day were incredible - from dome structures, tunnels and hanging shades, to unique creations using natural items. It was another impressive year for cubby builders at Cubby Town!
Nature Play WA would like to extend a huge thank you to the City of Wanneroo for their support, and Mayor Tracey Roberts for opening Cubby Town on behalf of the City.
A big thanks goes to the wonderful team at Yanchep National Park and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for their support and assistance through providing free entry into Yanchep National Park, and undertaking the huge task of collecting sticks for cubby building (over 6 months worth!)
We’d also like to thank our event sponsors Spring into Parks for their support, and Reece for providing so many cardboard boxes, as well as our amazing organisational partner, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Most of all, we’d like to thank you for attending Cubby Town and for celebrating outdoor play in Western Australia!