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Nature Play Festival 2017

September 30 - October 15

Nature Play Festival Event

The Nature Play Festival is an annual Festival for children and their families
which celebrates and encourages play outdoors in nature!

 

The Festival is coordinated by Nature Play SA in collaboration with more than 30 wonderful event host organisations including local and state government, not-for-profits, playgroups, education sites, nature clubs, Friends Groups, libraries and more! The 2017 Nature Play Festival is proudly supported by Flinders University.

 

Through the Festival, Nature Play SA aims to highlight the importance of nature play for today’s generation of children and to provide opportunities for families to access nature play events and activities across SA. This year, we’re delighted to announce more than 100 nature play events are being held by host organisations across the state!

 

So sit back and enjoy planning your spring school holiday adventures with our online Festival guide – simply select your region, take a look at what’s on offer, and make sure you book tickets or register where required. We’ll keep this page updated and you can also contact host organisations with specific queries via the event information provided.

 

Thanks again to all the organisations involved in making the 2017 Nature Play Festival a reality.

 

Happy nature playing everyone!

Details

Start:
September 30
End:
October 15
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  • Metro and Greater Adelaide

  • Fleurieu Peninsula

  • Northern and Yorke Peninsula

  • South East

  • Arid Lands

  • Kangaroo Island

Daily Activities On Offer Throughout The Festival Period

Loose parts play in the park

Hosted By: City of Tea Tree Gully

Move, carry, combine, imagine, recreate, build and play at our loose parts play site. Sand, dirt, sticks, logs, straw, pebbles and more – what will your child create?

Cost: Free

Target Audience: All ages

Where: Illyarie Reserve, Surrey Downs Community Centre, 6 Zanoni Crescent

When: Open every day of the school holidays starting from Monday 2 October

Registration Required:

No

For further information:

Visit the City of Tea Tree Gully website

Zoos SA Mythical Creatures - 2017 Spring school holiday program

Hosted By: Zoos SA - Adelaide & Monarto Zoo

These school holidays we are asking visitors (and staff!) to let their imagination run wild at Adelaide & Monarto as we celebrate mythical creatures! We are having some fun with the weird and wonderful while visitors learn more about the zoo’s real residents. The fantastical fun includes specially-themed activity trails, children's craft activities, Nature Theatre presentations and extra keeper presentations!

Cost: Free with zoo entry or membership

Target Audience:

Where: Adelaide & Monarto Zoo

When: Sessions scheduled throughout the day for the duration of the South Australian Spring school holidays 30 September to 15 October 2017.

Registration Required:

No

For further information:

visit Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo for the full program schedule

North Terrace Tree Trail

Hosted By: City of Adelaide

The North Terrace Tree Trail is a celebration of street trees in our city and the many benefits they provide! The trail showcases 20 amazing trees in the heart of our city along North Terrace between Kintore Avenue and Frome Road. Pick up or print out the North Terrace Tree Trail Wayfinding Map and Activity Sheet and follow the trail to meet the trees and learn about how trees cool our city, provide shade, habitat, clean air and much much more!

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 3-12 years

Where: Maps will be able to be picked up from the info desk at the City of Adelaide (25 Pirie St), the State Library, Museum, or Art Gallery of South Australia or available online

When: Runs from 1 - 15 October

Registration Required:

No

For further information:

Visit Council’s North Terrace Tree Trail page

Be a Nature Adventurer and Win!

Hosted By: City of Onkaparinga

Want to win a $50 gift card? During the October school holidays, grab your family, get out into nature and get ready to have some fun. Simply pick up an adventure sheet from your local Onkaparinga Library. The sheet has some awesome places in your local area for you to visit. Once your sheet is completed drop it back in the entry box at the library for the chance to win. Don’t forget to check out the nature displays set up at each Library that include a range of fantastic resources for you to takeaway to help you on your adventure into nature. Entries close Monday 16 October. View terms and conditions at www.onkaparingacity.com/natureplay

Cost: Free

Target Audience: Families (City of Onkaparinga residents)

Where: Aberfoyle Hub, Woodcroft, Noarlunga, Seaford, Willunga and Aldinga Libraries.

When: Runs from 1 - 15 October

Registration Required:

No

For further information:

Visit the website

Acitivites On Offer By Date

Saturday 30 September

No activities listed.

Sunday 1 October

Tree Character Design Workshop

Hosted By: City of Adelaide

Come to a free pop-up workshop as part of the Art Gallery of SA's START program and have fun designing a tree character which could be chosen to be installed on one of the trees on the North Terrace Tree Trail! Make a day of it and set out to discover the Tree Trail while you're on North Terrace (see 'Daily activities on offer throughout the Festival period')

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 3 - 12 years

Where: Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide

When: 11 am - 3pm

Registration Required:

No

For further information:

Visit Council’s North Terrace Tree Trail page

School Holiday Program: Family Fun

Hosted By: Wild Imagination

At Wild Imagination your kids will enjoy mud play, nature crafts, loose parts play, potion making, cubby building and lots of open-ended fun! You can make a dream catcher, create rock paint, or brew a magic potion with flowers and herbs. Family Fun days are for kids of all ages (1-12 years) to come along with their grown-ups and spend 3-hours in a wonderful outdoor play space.

Cost: $25 child / $5 adult (+ booking fees)

Target Audience: Families & children 1 - 12 years

Where: Bonython Park, Adelaide (next to the Kiosk)

When: 10 am - 1 pm

Registration Required:

Tickets are limited and online bookings essential. No tickets at the gate. Book online here

For further information:

Visit the website here, or contact Brooke Davis by email or 0404 233 731

Monday 2 October

School Holiday Program: Family Fun

Hosted By: Wild Imagination

At Wild Imagination your kids will enjoy mud play, nature crafts, loose parts play, potion making, cubby building and lots of open-ended fun! You can make a dream catcher, create rock paint, or brew a magic potion with flowers and herbs. Family Fun days are for kids of all ages (1-12 years) to come along with their grown-ups and spend 3-hours in a wonderful outdoor play space.

Cost: $25 child / $5 adult (+ booking fees)

Target Audience: Families & children 1 - 12 years

Where: Bonython Park, Adelaide (next to the Kiosk)

When: 10 am - 1 pm

Registration Required:

Tickets are limited and online bookings essential. No tickets at the gate. Book online here

For further information:

Visit the website here, or contact Brooke Davis by email or 0404 233 731

Tuesday 3 October

School Holidays Un-Plugged

Hosted By: Woodhouse Activity Centre

Safe exploration of a 54-hectare natural wonderland offers an ideal cure for 'nature deficit disorder'. The team at Woodhouse Activity Centre just so happen to be able to provide this particular tonic, and have again accepted the challenge to pull the children of Adelaide away from screen these school holidays and reconnect them with nature. The fully facilitated day camps present a different nature based theme each day, so you can book for 1 day, or all 9. Better still… each day comes with entry to our famous Wood’s Challenge Hill Obstacle Course! Full program available on the Woodhouse Activity Centre website!

Cost: $60 per day

Target Audience: 6-15 years

Where: 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly

When: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings NOW OPEN!

For further information:

email or call 8339 3333

Wednesday 4 October

Whittling & Weaving

Hosted By: Mount Barker Community Library

Join us for a creative hands-on workshop with nature! Children will be guided by Nature Play SA educators to learn skills in whittling and weaving to create a tool and wovern art piece of their own. The sessions provide valuable opportunity for children to be creative, learn to use tools safely, take risks confidently, and practice self-control and persistence!

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 8 years and older

Where: Mount Barker Community Library (in the adjacent parklands) - 5 Dumas St, Mount Barker.

When: Multiple session times available

Registration Required:

yes – bookings will be available online from 12 pm Monday 18 Sept

For further information:

Call 8393 6400

MudFace Play Dayz

Hosted By: City of Marion

City of Marion Neighbourhood Centres welcome you to get your Grubby Muddy on these school holidays with Climbing Tree's Mudface Play Dayz! Join us for a fun-filled outdoor experience encouraging children to explore, create and connect with nature. Parents/ carers are required to the attend the event with your children. Please remember to bring you hat, sunscreen, water bottle and snacks!

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 5 - 12 years

Where: Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre, 34 Hessing Crescent, Trott Park

When: 10 am - 1 pm

Registration Required:

Bookings are advised – 8387 2074

For further information:

8387 2074 or website

School Holiday Program: Kids Only

Hosted By: Wild Imagination

At Wild Imagination your kids will enjoy mud play, nature crafts, loose parts play, potion making, cubby building and lots of open-ended fun! You can make a dream catcher, create rock paint, or brew a magic potion with flowers and herbs. For primary school aged children, the Kids Only days are a GREAT alternative to Vacation Care. Parents can 'drop and go', and kids get to spend the whole day playing outside and will also learn about sustainability.

Cost: $65 / child (+ booking fee)

Target Audience: 5 - 12 years

Where: Bonython Park, Adelaide (next to the Kiosk)

When: 8.15 am - 5.15 pm

Registration Required:

Tickets are limited and online bookings essential. No tickets at the gate. Book online here

For further information:

Visit the website here, or contact Brooke Davis by email or 0404 233 731

School Holidays Un-Plugged

Hosted By: Woodhouse Activity Centre

Safe exploration of a 54-hectare natural wonderland offers an ideal cure for 'nature deficit disorder'. The team at Woodhouse Activity Centre just so happen to be able to provide this particular tonic, and have again accepted the challenge to pull the children of Adelaide away from screen these school holidays and reconnect them with nature. The fully facilitated day camps present a different nature based theme each day, so you can book for 1 day, or all 9. Better still… each day comes with entry to our famous Wood’s Challenge Hill Obstacle Course! Full program available on the Woodhouse Activity Centre website!

Cost: $60 per day

Target Audience: 6-15 years

Where: 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly

When: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings NOW OPEN!

For further information:

email or call 8339 3333

Thursday 5 October

Creative critters of nature and sensory sensations in the park

Hosted By: City of Tea Tree Gully

Join us in the park for an hour of nature craft! Using foliage, pods, and natural resources we will create some beautiful works of art. Try your hand at weaving, rock painting and join in on our sensory barefoot path. Pop up cafe will be onsite serving $2 barista coffee, muffins and more (9 am - 12noon)

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 2-10 years

Where: Surrey Downs Community Centre, 6 Zanoni Crescent, Surrey Downs

When: 10 - 11am

Registration Required:

Bookings essential and OPEN NOW!

For further information:

Further info will be coming to the City of Tea Tree Gully website soon or call 8397 7444

MudFace Play Dayz

Hosted By: City of Marion

City of Marion Neighbourhood Centres welcome you to get your Grubby Muddy on these school holidays with Climbing Tree's Mudface Play Dayz! Join us for a fun-filled outdoor experience encouraging children to explore, create and connect with nature. Parents/ carers are required to the attend the event with your children. Please remember to bring you hat, sunscreen, water bottle and snacks!

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 5 - 12 years

Where: Mitchell Park Community Centre, 1 Cumbria Court Mitchell Park

When: 10 am - 1 pm

Registration Required:

Bookings are advised – 8375 6804

For further information:

8387 2074 or website

Twig & Stick Spring Holiday Nature Play Sessions
Booked Out

Hosted By: Twig & Stick Children's Nature Club

Gardens to explore, frogs to find, trees to climb, baskets to weave, cubbies to build, friendships to make. Twig & Stick Children’s Nature Club will be holding school holiday programs at the Old School Community Garden in Stirling for children aged 4 – 10 years of age. Our day will be spent playing, creating nature art, whittling, weaving and so much more. Small group sessions of 15 children. Twig & Stick is an inclusive, respectful holiday program for all children with a strong focus on sustainability and Nature Art. Healthy morning and afternoon tea provided.

Cost: $40 - $60

Target Audience: 4 - 10 years

Where: 100 Old Mount Barker Road, Stirling

When: Morning and full day sessions available (morning session 9:00am - 12:00pm + full day session 9:00am - 3:00pm). Our events are children only, but if you feel your child would like you to stay to ease them into the day you are more than welcome. You are also welcome to stay the full day if needed.

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings are required. Book online here.

For further information:

website here, or Facebook here  or call Zoe Locke on 0433 670 752

School Holiday Program: Kids Only

Hosted By: Wild Imagination

At Wild Imagination your kids will enjoy mud play, nature crafts, loose parts play, potion making, cubby building and lots of open-ended fun! You can make a dream catcher, create rock paint, or brew a magic potion with flowers and herbs. For primary school aged children, the Kids Only days are a GREAT alternative to Vacation Care. Parents can 'drop and go', and kids get to spend the whole day playing outside and will also learn about sustainability.

Cost: $65 / child (+ booking fee)

Target Audience: 5 - 12 years

Where: Bonython Park, Adelaide (next to the Kiosk)

When: 8.15 am - 5.15 pm

Registration Required:

Tickets are limited and online bookings essential. No tickets at the gate. Book online here

For further information:

Visit the website here, or contact Brooke Davis by email or 0404 233 731

School Holidays Un-Plugged

Hosted By: Woodhouse Activity Centre

Safe exploration of a 54-hectare natural wonderland offers an ideal cure for 'nature deficit disorder'. The team at Woodhouse Activity Centre just so happen to be able to provide this particular tonic, and have again accepted the challenge to pull the children of Adelaide away from screen these school holidays and reconnect them with nature. The fully facilitated day camps present a different nature based theme each day, so you can book for 1 day, or all 9. Better still… each day comes with entry to our famous Wood’s Challenge Hill Obstacle Course! Full program available on the Woodhouse Activity Centre website!

Cost: $60 per day

Target Audience: 6-15 years

Where: 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly

When: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings NOW OPEN!

For further information:

email or call 8339 3333

Friday 6 October

Introduction to Nippers Surf

Hosted By: City of Holdfast Bay

Come and enjoy an hour of fun at Seacliff Surf Life Junior Club. Have a go at some nipper activities, take a tour of the club and learn about beach safety. Parents can relax and have a coffee in the club overlooking the beach.

Cost: $5 per child

Target Audience: 5 to 14 years

Where: Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club, 248 Esplanade, Seacliff

When: 10.30am to11.30am

Registration Required:

Yes – Bookings open online on 19 September

For further information:

Melissa Priest, 8229 9999 or email

School Holidays Un-Plugged

Hosted By: Woodhouse Activity Centre

Safe exploration of a 54-hectare natural wonderland offers an ideal cure for 'nature deficit disorder'. The team at Woodhouse Activity Centre just so happen to be able to provide this particular tonic, and have again accepted the challenge to pull the children of Adelaide away from screen these school holidays and reconnect them with nature. The fully facilitated day camps present a different nature based theme each day, so you can book for 1 day, or all 9. Better still… each day comes with entry to our famous Wood’s Challenge Hill Obstacle Course! Full program available on the Woodhouse Activity Centre website!

Cost: $60 per day

Target Audience: 6-15 years

Where: 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly

When: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings NOW OPEN!

For further information:

email or call 8339 3333

Twig & Stick Spring Holiday Nature Play Sessions
Booked Out

Hosted By: Twig & Stick Children's Nature Club

Gardens to explore, frogs to find, trees to climb, baskets to weave, cubbies to build, friendships to make. Twig & Stick Children’s Nature Club will be holding school holiday programs at the Old School Community Garden in Stirling for children aged 4 – 10 years of age. Our day will be spent playing, creating nature art, whittling, weaving and so much more. Small group sessions of 15 children. Twig & Stick is an inclusive, respectful holiday program for all children with a strong focus on sustainability and Nature Art. Healthy morning and afternoon tea provided.

Cost: $40 - $60

Target Audience: 4 - 10 years

Where: 100 Old Mount Barker Road, Stirling

When: Morning and full day sessions available (morning session 9:00am - 12:00pm + full day session 9:00am - 3:00pm). Our events are children only, but if you feel your child would like you to stay to ease them into the day you are more than welcome. You are also welcome to stay the full day if needed.

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings are required. Book online here.

For further information:

website here, or Facebook here  or call Zoe Locke on 0433 670 752

Saturday 7 October

Discovering the Birds of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary

Hosted By: Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, in partnership with the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.

Join us for two special activities! Learn about our migratory and resident shorebirds and watch them feeding in the waters off St Kilda in the 'Bird Identification' activity. Scopes and binoculars will be set up for children to view and identify the birds.  A team of enthusiastic guides will be available to encourage, educate and nurture an understanding and appreciation of the wonders of nature that can be found in this special area. In the 'The Flock: Let’s keep the shorebirds coming' activity, children can help spread the word about our amazing shorebirds by painting a wooden shorebird to add to the Flock Adelaide. Their bird will join the rest of the Flock as it continues to “fly” between different events around the region, raising community awareness about the threats facing our shorebirds. Then complete some additional shorebird crafts to take home!

Cost: Both activities are free

Target Audience: 5 - 12 years

Where: Meet at the St Kilda Community Hall, Beach Road St Kilda. 

When: Bird Identification 9am to 1pm. 'The Flock' sessions can be booked for 10 am - 11:00 am and 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Registration Required:

Bookings are essential for ‘The Flock: Let’s keep the shorebirds coming’  –  book here for 10 a.m. session and here for 11.30 am session. No bookings are required for Bird Identification.

For further information:

Email Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary

School Holiday Program: Family Fun

Hosted By: Wild Imagination

At Wild Imagination your kids will enjoy mud play, nature crafts, loose parts play, potion making, cubby building and lots of open-ended fun! You can make a dream catcher, create rock paint, or brew a magic potion with flowers and herbs. Family Fun days are for kids of all ages (1-12 years) to come along with their grown-ups and spend 3-hours in a wonderful outdoor play space.

Cost: $25 child / $5 adult (+ booking fees)

Target Audience: Families & children 1 - 12 years

Where: Bonython Park, Adelaide (next to the Kiosk)

When: 10 am - 1 pm

Registration Required:

Tickets are limited and online bookings essential. No tickets at the gate. Book online here

For further information:

Visit the website here, or contact Brooke Davis by email or 0404 233 731

Sunday 8 October

Cubby Town: by the creek

Hosted By: Nature Play SA

The magic of Nature Play SA's major Cubby Town event has been packaged into an intimate family cubby building adventure in Belair National Park! Discover our special creek-side cubby space, beautiful bell tents for reading and loose parts play, create a eucalypt mask, spot local wildlife, and play to your wild heart’s content!

Cost: $18 child / $5 adult (+ booking fees). National Park entry is covered with your ticket.

Target Audience: Families & children 2 - 12 years

Where: Belair National Park, Upper Sturt Road, Belair (site location and directions provided following booking)

When: 10 am - 1pm

Registration Required:

Yes – Eventbrite bookings essential (100 tickets available online; no tickets available at the event). Book online here 

For further information:

Learn more here or email Claire, our Events Manager

School Holiday Program: Family Fun

Hosted By: Wild Imagination

At Wild Imagination your kids will enjoy mud play, nature crafts, loose parts play, potion making, cubby building and lots of open-ended fun! You can make a dream catcher, create rock paint, or brew a magic potion with flowers and herbs. Family Fun days are for kids of all ages (1-12 years) to come along with their grown-ups and spend 3-hours in a wonderful outdoor play space.

Cost: $25 child / $5 adult (+ booking fees)

Target Audience: Families & children 1 - 12 years

Where: Bonython Park, Adelaide (next to the Kiosk)

When: 10 am - 1 pm

Registration Required:

Tickets are limited and online bookings essential. No tickets at the gate. Book online here

For further information:

Visit the website here, or contact Brooke Davis by email or 0404 233 731

Monday 9 October

Nature play morning

Hosted By: Infuse Nature Playgroup, Mount Barker

Infuse Nature Playgroup is a community playgroup run by Infuse Church, in our Community Garden. We have a mud kitchen with lots of muddy play, huge painting easel, musical fence, water play, nature playdough, and plenty more unstructured play opportunities! We also have a cafe on-site with hot drinks and some food options - cash only, as eftpos is not available.

Cost: $2 per family

Target Audience: Our activities are aimed at 0-6 year olds, but older children are very welcome and will be able to enjoy many of the activities.

Where: Infuse Community Garden - Infuse Church: 147 Hurling Drive, Mount Barker (Corner of Flaxley Road and Hurling Drive). Park in the church carpark.

When: 10-12 am

Registration Required:

Bookings are required – book online here

For further information:

Follow Infuse Nature Playgroup on Facebook

The Nature of Play

Hosted By: South Australian Youth Arts

Participants work with professional theatre makers to plan, create and perform a piece of theatre in a natural setting. The natural environment will inform and be the only resource for the story, props, setting, characters, costuming and soundscape of the performance. The workshop will run for 3 hours finishing with a public performance. Children will meet new friends, make meaningful connections to nature, create a culture of play, purpose, value and expression and develop problem solving and communication skills. Participants' friends and family are encouraged to bring a picnic to share after the show!

Cost: Pay what you can on the day for the activity (but MUST enroll!). For Park entry costs please refer to environment.sa.gov.au (guests who hold a relevant Parks Pass are not required to pay vehicle entry fees and free entry is also available by foot or bike).

Target Audience: 5-15 year olds

Where: Belair National Park, Upper Sturt Road Belair (event in Adventure Playground area)

When: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Registration Required:

Booking essential – book online here

For further information:

Bec Pannell (Producer) 0400 202 399

School Holidays Un-Plugged

Hosted By: Woodhouse Activity Centre

Safe exploration of a 54-hectare natural wonderland offers an ideal cure for 'nature deficit disorder'. The team at Woodhouse Activity Centre just so happen to be able to provide this particular tonic, and have again accepted the challenge to pull the children of Adelaide away from screen these school holidays and reconnect them with nature. The fully facilitated day camps present a different nature based theme each day, so you can book for 1 day, or all 9. Better still… each day comes with entry to our famous Wood’s Challenge Hill Obstacle Course! Full program available on the Woodhouse Activity Centre website!

Cost: $60 per day

Target Audience: 6-15 years

Where: 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly

When: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings NOW OPEN!

For further information:

email or call 8339 3333

Tuesday 10 October

The Nature of Play

Hosted By: South Australian Youth Arts

Participants work with professional theatre makers to plan, create and perform a piece of theatre in a natural setting. The natural environment will inform and be the only resource for the story, props, setting, characters, costuming and soundscape of the performance. The workshop will run for 3 hours finishing with a public performance. Children will meet new friends, make meaningful connections to nature, create a culture of play, purpose, value and expression and develop problem solving and communication skills. Participants' friends and family are encouraged to bring a picnic to share after the show!

Cost: Pay what you can on the day for the activity (but MUST enroll!). For Park entry costs please refer to environment.sa.gov.au (guests who hold a relevant Parks Pass are not required to pay vehicle entry fees and free entry is also available by foot or bike).

Target Audience: 5-15 year olds

Where: Belair National Park, Upper Sturt Road Belair (event in Adventure Playground area)

When: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Registration Required:

Booking essential – book online here

For further information:

Bec Pannell (Producer) 0400 202 399

Get Outdoors

Hosted By: City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters

Enjoy a morning in the park making nature crafts using air-drying clay and botanical off-cuts or get muddy at our mud-play stations playing, creating and making delicious mud pies!

Cost: Free

Target Audience: Families - All Ages

Where: Dunstone Grove Linde Reserve, Rear of St Peters Youth Centre 2 Cornish Street Stepney

When: 10 am - 12pm

Registration Required:

No bookings required

For further information:

Visit Council’s website

Nature Play in the Adelaide Hills - Explore, create, build!

Hosted By: Torrens Valley Community Centre - Adelaide Hills Council

Enjoy a morning of local nature play in the Adelaide Hills. Join us and 'Mobile Junk and Nature Playground' to build a cubby, dig in a mud kitchen or be creative with junk instruments! Coffee and some refreshments available for purchase on site.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 0-10 years

Where: Federation Park, 39 Albert Street, Gumeracha. Car parking available.

When: 10am - 12noon

Registration Required:

Bookings essential – book here

For further information:

Follow Adelaide Hills Council Community Centres on Facebook

Nature Play in the Adelaide Hills - Explore, create, build!

Hosted By: Mount Barker Community Centre

Enjoy a morning of local nature play in the beautiful Duck Flat Community Garden. Come and play in the mud kitchen, sand pit, create something with clay, just enjoy the beautiful garden or get involved with some other fun nature play activities on the day. Coffee and some refreshments will available for purchase on site. Plants and seedlings will also be for sale ready for some Spring gardening!

Cost: Free

Target Audience: Families with children aged 0 - 10 years

Where: Duck Flat Community Garden, 12 Deer Avenue Mount Barker behind Mount Barker Hospital

When: 10am - 12 pm

Registration Required:

Yes – free bookings can be made here

For further information:

Email or call 83912747

Nature Play in the Adelaide Hills - Explore, create, build!

Hosted By: The Summit Community Centre - Adelaide Hills Council

Enjoy a morning of local nature play in the Adelaide Hills. Build a cubby, dig in a mud kitchen or scale a mulch mountain! Grandparents are most welcome; come and pass on your skills and memories of the 100's of ways to play outside. Coffee and some refreshments available for purchase on site.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 0-10 years

Where: Uraidla Show Grounds Nature Play Corner, entry off of Swamp Rd Uraidla

When: 10am - 12noon

Registration Required:

Yes – book online here 

For further information:

Follow Adelaide Hills Council Community Centres on Facebook

Nature Play in the Adelaide Hills - Explore, create, build!

Hosted By: Adelaide Hills Council

Enjoy a morning of local nature play in the Adelaide Hills. Create a feast in a mulch pile kitchen or build a shelter out of sticks, logs and rocks and unlock your imagination in beautiful Mylor. Grandparents are encouraged to attend!

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 0-10 years

Where: Sherry Park, Mylor Oval, Strathalbyn Rd, Mylor

When: 10am - 12noon

Registration Required:

Yes – booking online here

For further information:

Follow Adelaide Hills Council Community Centres on Facebook

Nature Play in the Adelaide Hills - Explore, create, build!
Booked Out

Hosted By: The Hut Community Centre & Adelaide Hills Outdoor Playgroup

Enjoy a morning of local nature play in the Adelaide Hills. Build a fairy village, Clay Play, have fun in the Magic Potion station, explore the garden. Coffee and some refreshments available for purchase on site.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 0-10 years

Where: Adelaide Hills Outdoor Playgroup, 100 Old Mount Barker Road Stirling. Parking available

When: 10am - 12noon

Registration Required:

Yes – book here 

For further information:

Follow The Hut Community Centre and ‘Adelaide Hills Outdoor Playgroup’ on Facebook

School Holidays Un-Plugged

Hosted By: Woodhouse Activity Centre

Safe exploration of a 54-hectare natural wonderland offers an ideal cure for 'nature deficit disorder'. The team at Woodhouse Activity Centre just so happen to be able to provide this particular tonic, and have again accepted the challenge to pull the children of Adelaide away from screen these school holidays and reconnect them with nature. The fully facilitated day camps present a different nature based theme each day, so you can book for 1 day, or all 9. Better still… each day comes with entry to our famous Wood’s Challenge Hill Obstacle Course! Full program available on the Woodhouse Activity Centre website!

Cost: $60 per day

Target Audience: 6-15 years

Where: 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly

When: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings NOW OPEN!

For further information:

email or call 8339 3333

Wednesday 11 October

Pop-up Shop in the Gardens!

Hosted By: Nature Play SA

You’re invited to visit the Nature Play SA pop-up shop at our beautiful Wittunga Botanic Garden headquarters! Come browse and purchase from our thoughtfully curated selection of books and quality products which aim to inspire and support your children’s time in the outdoors. Our 2018 Calendar will be hot-off-the-press and also available to purchase. While you're in the area, take the kids for an explore or enjoy some time-out for yourself and discover the gardens in bloom!

Cost: Free to enter the gardens. Eftpos or cash accepted for shop purchases.

Target Audience: parents & educators, children welcome

Where: On the deck at Nature Play SA, Wittunga Botanic Garden, Blackwood. See website link for directions.

When: 1 pm - 5 pm

Registration Required:

No bookings required

For further information:

Visit our event listing here, or call us on 8490 0964

School Holiday Program: Kids Only

Hosted By: Wild Imagination

At Wild Imagination your kids will enjoy mud play, nature crafts, loose parts play, potion making, cubby building and lots of open-ended fun! You can make a dream catcher, create rock paint, or brew a magic potion with flowers and herbs. For primary school aged children, the Kids Only days are a GREAT alternative to Vacation Care. Parents can 'drop and go', and kids get to spend the whole day playing outside and will also learn about sustainability.

Cost: $65 / child (+ booking fee)

Target Audience: 5 - 12 years

Where: Bonython Park, Adelaide (next to the Kiosk)

When: 8.15 am - 5.15 pm

Registration Required:

Tickets are limited and online bookings essential. No tickets at the gate. Book online here.

For further information:

Visit the website here, or contact Brooke Davis by email or 0404 233 731

Twig & Stick Spring Holiday Nature Play Sessions

Hosted By: Twig & Stick Children's Nature Club

Gardens to explore, frogs to find, trees to climb, baskets to weave, cubbies to build, friendships to make. Twig & Stick Children’s Nature Club will be holding school holiday programs at the Old School Community Garden in Stirling for children aged 4 – 10 years of age. Our day will be spent playing, creating nature art, whittling, weaving and so much more. Small group sessions of 15 children. Twig & Stick is an inclusive, respectful holiday program for all children with a strong focus on sustainability and Nature Art. Healthy morning and afternoon tea provided.

Cost: $40 - $60

Target Audience: 4 - 10 years

Where: 100 Old Mount Barker Road, Stirling

When: Morning and full day sessions available (morning session 9:00am - 12:00pm + full day session 9:00am - 3:00pm). Our events are children only, but if you feel your child would like you to stay to ease them into the day you are more than welcome. You are also welcome to stay the full day if needed.

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings are required. Book online here.

For further information:

Visit the website here, or Facebook here  or call Zoe Locke on 0433 670 752

School Holidays Un-Plugged

Hosted By: Woodhouse Activity Centre

Safe exploration of a 54-hectare natural wonderland offers an ideal cure for 'nature deficit disorder'. The team at Woodhouse Activity Centre just so happen to be able to provide this particular tonic, and have again accepted the challenge to pull the children of Adelaide away from screen these school holidays and reconnect them with nature. The fully facilitated day camps present a different nature based theme each day, so you can book for 1 day, or all 9. Better still… each day comes with entry to our famous Wood’s Challenge Hill Obstacle Course! Full program available on the Woodhouse Activity Centre website!

Cost: $60 per day

Target Audience: 6-15 years

Where: 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly

When: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings NOW OPEN!

For further information:

email or call 8339 3333

 

Nature Art in the Park

Hosted By: City of Tea Tree Gully

Ready to get back to nature? Come and join our kid’s team for a fun filled morning of nature art and sensory play. Choose from a selection of nature based art activities designed to bring out your child’s creative side. Grab some lunch in the park while you’re there from a selection of food trucks and enjoy the spring weather!

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 2 - 12 years

Where: Civic Park, Modbury

When: 10 am - 1pm

Registration Required:

Yes – registrations NOW OPEN!

For further information:

Further info and bookings will soon be available through the City of Tea Gully website

Whittle and Weave at Wittunga
Booked Out

Hosted By: Nature Play SA

Spend a morning outdoors at our scenic Nature Play SA headquarters as our team guides your nature players in the arts of weaving and whittling! Children will be empowered to whittle their own sticks and craft a naturally woven creation to take home. Our beautiful loose parts bell tent will also feature on the day, along with an area for construction and free play with large natural loose parts for younger children accompanying registered sibilings on the day. Bring a picnic and explore the Garden and lakeside surrounds after your session!

Cost: $18 child / $5 accompanying younger siblings (no weaving & whittling) / adult FREE

Target Audience: 6+ years

Where: Wittunga Botanic Garden. Specific directions and session information will be provided upon booking.

When: 10 am - 12 pm

Registration Required:

Yes – tickets are limited and bookings essential [no tickets available at the event]. Book online here

For further information:

Visit Eventbrite or contact our Events Manager Claire by email  or 8490 0964

Bikes, Bugs & Bush Exploring

Hosted By: DEWNR - Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges

Come to Belair National Park for a great day out at Playford Lake! Bring your bike along to ride with a Ranger or wear your wellies to go hunting for waterbugs in the lake. Take a guided walk to explore the bush with a Ranger and learn about fascinating flora and fauna from one of our local experts. If you manage to still have energy after all that excitement make sure you test your skills with the Junior Ranger Challenge! Free entry for the day so bring along the whole family and pack a picnic lunch.

Cost: Activities and park entry free

Target Audience: All ages welcome and catered for

Where: Playford Lake, Belair National Park (Upper Sturt Road, Belair)

When: 10 am - 3 pm

Registration Required:

Guided walks and bike rides have capped numbers and will need to be booked online (stay tuned for bookings opening soon!). All other activities do not require bookings.

For further information:

Visit the National Parks SA website or call the Belair Information Office on 08 8278 5477

Barossa Nature Play Day

Hosted By: Barossa Bushgardens and the Barossa Library

Join us for activities throughout the Bushgardens such as Bush Story Nook, Weaving with Natural Materials, a Mud Kitchen, Mini-Mandalas and ground Mandala Making, Bushcraft, Sand Pit and a Nature Scavenger Hunt. The Barossa Bushgardens is a young Botanic Garden on a 7ha site that promotes community participation in conserving native vegetation, sustainability, health, arts and natural resource management.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 3-12 yrs

Where: 653 Research Rd, Nuriootpa

When: Drop in anytime between 10am-2pm

Registration Required:

Register your interest to help planning (drop by, call 08 8563 8330 or email)

For further information:

Visit Barossa Bush Gardens website or Facebook

The Nature of Play

Hosted By: South Australian Youth Arts

Participants work with professional theatre makers to plan, create and perform a piece of theatre in a natural setting. The natural environment will inform and be the only resource for the story, props, setting, characters, costuming and soundscape of the performance. The workshop will run for 3 hours finishing with a public performance. Children will meet new friends, make meaningful connections to nature, create a culture of play, purpose, value and expression and develop problem solving and communication skills. Participants' friends and family are encouraged to bring a picnic to share after the show!

Cost: Pay what you can on the day for the activity (but MUST enroll!). For Park entry costs please refer to environment.sa.gov.au (guests who hold a relevant Parks Pass are not required to pay vehicle entry fees and free entry is also available by foot or bike).

Target Audience: 5-15 year olds

Where: Belair National Park, Upper Sturt Road Belair (event in Adventure Playground area)

When: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Registration Required:

Booking essential – book online here

For further information:

Bec Pannell (Producer) 0400 202 399

Thursday 12 October

Cooking in the Garden

Hosted By: City of Holdfast Bay

Children will be taken on a guided tour of the Glenelg North Community Garden learning about the different plants that grow in the garden. Children will pick plants to prepare a feast together. Parents are required to stay during the workshop.

Cost: $5 per child

Target Audience: 5 - 12 years

Where: Glenelg North Community Garden, crn Kibby Ave and Alison St, Glenelg North

When: 10am to 11.30am

Registration Required:

Yes – Bookings open online on 19 September

For further information:

Contact Melissa Priest by phone 8229 9999 or email here.

School Holidays Un-Plugged

Hosted By: Woodhouse Activity Centre

Safe exploration of a 54-hectare natural wonderland offers an ideal cure for 'nature deficit disorder'. The team at Woodhouse Activity Centre just so happen to be able to provide this particular tonic, and have again accepted the challenge to pull the children of Adelaide away from screen these school holidays and reconnect them with nature. The fully facilitated day camps present a different nature based theme each day, so you can book for 1 day, or all 9. Better still… each day comes with entry to our famous Wood’s Challenge Hill Obstacle Course! Full program available on the Woodhouse Activity Centre website!

Cost: $60 per day

Target Audience: 6-15 years

Where: 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly

When: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings NOW OPEN!

For further information:

Call 8339 3333 or email here.

Twig & Stick Spring Holiday Nature Play Sessions

Hosted By: Twig & Stick Children's Nature Club

Gardens to explore, frogs to find, trees to climb, baskets to weave, cubbies to build, friendships to make. Twig & Stick Children’s Nature Club will be holding school holiday programs at the Old School Community Garden in Stirling for children aged 4 – 10 years of age. Our day will be spent playing, creating nature art, whittling, weaving and so much more. Small group sessions of 15 children. Twig & Stick is an inclusive, respectful holiday program for all children with a strong focus on sustainability and Nature Art. Healthy morning and afternoon tea provided.

Cost: $40 - $60

Target Audience: 4 - 10 years

Where: 100 Old Mount Barker Road, Stirling

When: Morning and full day sessions available (morning session 9:00am - 12:00pm + full day session 9:00am - 3:00pm). Our events are children only, but if you feel your child would like you to stay to ease them into the day you are more than welcome. You are also welcome to stay the full day if needed.

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings are required. Book online here.

For further information:

Visit the website here, or Facebook here  or call Zoe Locke on 0433 670 752

School Holiday Program: Kids Only

Hosted By: Wild Imagination

At Wild Imagination your kids will enjoy mud play, nature crafts, loose parts play, potion making, cubby building and lots of open-ended fun! You can make a dream catcher, create rock paint, or brew a magic potion with flowers and herbs. For primary school aged children, the Kids Only days are a GREAT alternative to Vacation Care. Parents can 'drop and go', and kids get to spend the whole day playing outside and will also learn about sustainability.

Cost: $65 / child (+ booking fee)

Target Audience: 5 - 12 years

Where: Bonython Park, Adelaide (next to the Kiosk)

When: 8.15 am - 5.15 pm

Registration Required:

Tickets are limited and online bookings essential. No tickets at the gate. Book online here.

For further information:

Visit the website here, or contact Brooke Davis by email or 0404 233 731

Friday 13 October

Introduction to Nippers Surf

Hosted By: City of Holdfast Bay

Come and enjoy an hour of fun at Seacliff Surf Life Junior Club. Have a go at some nipper activities, take a tour of the club and learn about beach safety. Parents can relax and have a coffee in the club overlooking the beach.

Cost: $5 per child

Target Audience: 5 to 14 years

Where: Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club, 248 Esplanade, Seacliff

When: 10.30am to11.30am

Registration Required:

Yes – Bookings open online on 19 September

For further information:

Contact Melissa Priest on 8229 9999 or by email here.

Barossa Nature Play Day

Hosted By: Barossa Bushgardens and the Barossa Library

Join us for activities throughout the Bushgardens such as Bush Story Nook, Weaving with Natural Materials, a Mud Kitchen, Mini-Mandalas and ground Mandala Making, Bushcraft, Sand Pit and a Nature Scavenger Hunt. The Barossa Bushgardens is a young Botanic Garden on a 7ha site that promotes community participation in conserving native vegetation, sustainability, health, arts and natural resource management.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 3-12 yrs

Where: 653 Research Rd, Nuriootpa

When: Drop in anytime between 10am-2pm

Registration Required:

Yes – To register your interest to help planning; drop by, call 08 8563 8330 or email Barossa Bush Gardens here.

For further information:

Visit the website here, or Facebook here.

School Holiday Program: Family Fun

Hosted By: Wild Imagination

At Wild Imagination your kids will enjoy mud play, nature crafts, loose parts play, potion making, cubby building and lots of open-ended fun! You can make a dream catcher, create rock paint, or brew a magic potion with flowers and herbs. Family Fun days are for kids of all ages (1-12 years) to come along with their grown-ups and spend 3-hours in a wonderful outdoor play space.

Cost: $25 child / $5 adult (+ booking fees)

Target Audience: Families & children 1 - 12 years

Where: Bonython Park, Adelaide (next to the Kiosk)

When: 10 am - 1 pm

Registration Required:

Tickets are limited and online bookings essential. No tickets at the gate. Book online here.

For further information:

Visit the website here, or contact Brooke Davis by email or 0404 233 731

Twig & Stick Spring Holiday Nature Play Sessions

Hosted By: Twig & Stick Children's Nature Club

Gardens to explore, frogs to find, trees to climb, baskets to weave, cubbies to build, friendships to make. Twig & Stick Children’s Nature Club will be holding school holiday programs at the Old School Community Garden in Stirling for children aged 4 – 10 years of age. Our day will be spent playing, creating nature art, whittling, weaving and so much more. Small group sessions of 15 children. Twig & Stick is an inclusive, respectful holiday program for all children with a strong focus on sustainability and Nature Art. Healthy morning and afternoon tea provided.

Cost: $40 - $60

Target Audience: 4 - 10 years

Where: 100 Old Mount Barker Road, Stirling

When: Morning and full day sessions available (morning session 9:00am - 12:00pm + full day session 9:00am - 3:00pm). Our events are children only, but if you feel your child would like you to stay to ease them into the day you are more than welcome. You are also welcome to stay the full day if needed.

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings are required. Book online here.

For further information:

Visit the website here, or Facebook here  or call Zoe Locke on 0433 670 752

School Holidays Un-Plugged

Hosted By: Woodhouse Activity Centre

Safe exploration of a 54-hectare natural wonderland offers an ideal cure for 'nature deficit disorder'. The team at Woodhouse Activity Centre just so happen to be able to provide this particular tonic, and have again accepted the challenge to pull the children of Adelaide away from screen these school holidays and reconnect them with nature. The fully facilitated day camps present a different nature based theme each day, so you can book for 1 day, or all 9. Better still… each day comes with entry to our famous Wood’s Challenge Hill Obstacle Course! Full program available on the Woodhouse Activity Centre website!

Cost: $60 per day

Target Audience: 6-15 years

Where: 37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly

When: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Registration Required:

Yes – bookings NOW OPEN!

For further information:

Call 8339 3333 or email here.

Saturday 14 October

Flinders SpringFest proudly featuring Nature Play SA

Hosted By: Flinders University

Come explore, play and discover Flinders! Get your hands dirty this spring and dig around our campus. Partnering with our friends Nature Play SA, we've cultivated a vast garden of exciting outdoor activities for the whole family. Whether it's building your own cubby house overlooking our picturesque lake, brewing natural potions in our palatial plaza, becoming a paleontologist for the day, or building your own recycled materials there's something for everyone. Join us for a day of spring cleaning the soul!

Cost: Activities are free, and so is the parking!

Target Audience: Children and families

Where: Flinders University, Sturt Road, Bedford Park.

When: 10 am - 3 pm

Registration Required:

Yes – registrations essential and NOW OPEN!

For further information:

Visit the Flinders University website here.

School Holiday Program: Family Fun

Hosted By: Wild Imagination

At Wild Imagination your kids will enjoy mud play, nature crafts, loose parts play, potion making, cubby building and lots of open-ended fun! You can make a dream catcher, create rock paint, or brew a magic potion with flowers and herbs. Family Fun days are for kids of all ages (1-12 years) to come along with their grown-ups and spend 3-hours in a wonderful outdoor play space.

Cost: $25 child / $5 adult (+ booking fees)

Target Audience: Families & children 1 - 12 years

Where: Bonython Park, Adelaide (next to the Kiosk)

When: 10 am - 1 pm

Registration Required:

Tickets are limited and online bookings essential. No tickets at the gate. Book online here.

For further information:

Visit the website here, or contact Brooke Davis by email or 0404 233 731

Sunday 15 October

No activities listed.

Daily Activities On Offer Throughout The Festival Period

Granite Island Nature Treasure Map

Hosted By: City of Victor Harbor

There is so much to discover on Granite Island, so get some fellow explorers together and start your adventure! Collect your Granite Island Nature Treasure Map from the Visitor Information Centre and follow the clues to find the natural treasures hidden and in plain sight on Granite Island.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 7 - 12 years

Where: Granite Island, Victor Harbor

When: Available 1 - 15 October. Maps can be collected from the Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centre between 9am and 5pm daily.

Registration Required:

No bookings required.

For further information:

Call 8551 0750 or mail here.

Acitivites On Offer By Date

Saturday 30 September

Yankalilla Community Children's Centre Nature Play at the Show

Hosted By: Yankalilla Community Children's Centre

Enjoy a nature play with Yankalilla Community Children's Centre at the Yankalilla Agricultural Show! Free interactive experiences for children include a natural loose parts play area, nature jewellery making, and bird feeding stations to encourage native wildlife at home. Parents can gather nature play inspiration from displays showcasing our experiences at our Centre, including a mud kitchen, moat, teepees, and campfire and cooking ideas in nature.

Cost: Our experiences are free. For admission fees to the Yankalilla Agricultural Show see the weblink below

Target Audience: 16 months to beyond

Where: Yankalilla Showgrounds (corner Jervois Road and Main South Road, Yankalilla)

When: 9 am - 4 pm

Registration Required:

No bookings required

For further information:

Call the Centre on 8558 2387. Follow the Yankalilla Show for more info on the Show

Sunday 1 October

No activities listed.

Monday 2 October

No activities listed.

Tuesday 3 October

Octopus Oasis - School Holiday Program

Hosted By: South Australian Whale Centre

Learn all about the elusive Octopus and how squid ink helps them disappear from prey. Kids will take part in science experiments and make their own octopus art to take home.

Cost: $8 per child, $4.50 per adult.

Target Audience: 4 - 12 years of age

Where: South Australian Whale Centre, 2 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor

When: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Registration Required:

Yes phone 8551 0750 or email here to book.

For further information:

Call 8551 0750 or visit the Whale Centre website here.

Wednesday 4 October

No activities listed.

Thursday 5 October

Octopus Oasis - School Holiday Program

Hosted By: South Australian Whale Centre

Learn all about the elusive Octopus and how squid ink helps them disappear from prey. Kids will take part in science experiments and make their own octopus art to take home.

Cost: $8 per child, $4.50 per adult.

Target Audience: 4 - 12 years of age

Where: South Australian Whale Centre, 2 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor

When: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Registration Required:

Yes phone 8551 0750 or email here to book.

For further information:

Call 8551 0750 or visit the Whale Centre website here.

Friday 6 October

Octopus Oasis - School Holiday Program

Hosted By: South Australian Whale Centre

Learn all about the elusive Octopus and how squid ink helps them disappear from prey. Kids will take part in science experiments and make their own octopus art to take home.

Cost: $8 per child, $4.50 per adult.

Target Audience: 4 - 12 years of age

Where: South Australian Whale Centre, 2 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor

When: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Registration Required:

Yes phone 8551 0750 or email here to book.

For further information:

Call 8551 0750 or visit the Whale Centre website here.

Saturday 7 October

Giant Seaweed Art and Sand Craft

Hosted By: South Australian Whale Centre and Fleurieu Marine Life

Join us on the Victor Harbor foreshore to get messy with sand and seaweed! Kids will have fun creating giant seaweed art and making sand crafts using recycled materials.

Cost: Gold coin donation entry will go towards the conservation of whales and dolphins in Victor Harbor

Target Audience: 4 - 12 years of age

Where: Located at Soldiers Memorial Gardens, next to the play ground at the foreshore in Victor Harbor

When: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Registration Required:

No bookings required.

For further information:

Call 8551 0777 or email here.

Sunday 8 October

No activities listed.

Monday 9 October

No activities listed.

Tuesday 10 October

Octopus Oasis - School Holiday Program

Hosted By: South Australian Whale Centre

Learn all about the elusive Octopus and how squid ink helps them disappear from prey. Kids will take part in science experiments and make their own octopus art to take home.

Cost: $8 per child, $4.50 per adult.

Target Audience: 4 - 12 years of age

Where: South Australian Whale Centre, 2 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor

When: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Registration Required:

Yes phone 8551 0750 or email here to book.

For further information:

Call 8551 0750 or visit the Whale Centre website here.

Wednesday 11 October

Yankalilla Children's Centre Nature Play Day

Hosted By: Yankalilla Community Children's Centre

Come along to experience Nature Play within our Kindy setting! Free activities including rock story painting (can be hidden in the community afterwards!), making bird feeders, moat mud play, large cubby construction, and tree climbing. PLUS a complimentary sausage sizzle! Information will also be available from our educators about nature play.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 2 - 5 years

Where: Yankalilla Community Children's Centre - Main South Road, Yankalilla

When: 10 am - 2 pm

Registration Required:

Yes – please contact the Centre on 8558 2387 to register your interest for catering purposes

For further information:

Call on 8558 2387

Thursday 12 October

Octopus Oasis - School Holiday Program

Hosted By: South Australian Whale Centre

Learn all about the elusive Octopus and how squid ink helps them disappear from prey. Kids will take part in science experiments and make their own octopus art to take home.

Cost: $8 per child, $4.50 per adult.

Target Audience: 4 - 12 years of age

Where: South Australian Whale Centre, 2 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor

When: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Registration Required:

Yes phone 8551 0750 or email here to book.

For further information:

Call 8551 0750 or visit the Whale Centre website here.

Friday 13 October

Myponga Mud Day
Booked Out

Hosted By: Myponga Progress Association

Come along and get muddy! We will have age appropriate mud stations set up, with water suppled by the local CFS truck. There will be a mound to climb and treasure to find in muddy puddles. BYO mud toys, a hat, towels and spare clothes. A sausage sizzle will be available for purchase.

Cost: $2 per child (payable by cash on the day)

Target Audience: 1-14 years

Where: The Unity Church of Myponga (out the back)

When: Two sessions available from 10am - 12pm and 12pm - 2pm

Registration Required:

Yes (places are limited). Please email here with preferred session time, number of children and ages

For further information:

Contact Larissa via email here.

Octopus Oasis - School Holiday Program

Hosted By: South Australian Whale Centre

Learn all about the elusive Octopus and how squid ink helps them disappear from prey. Kids will take part in science experiments and make their own octopus art to take home.

Cost: $8 per child, $4.50 per adult.

Target Audience: 4 - 12 years of age

Where: South Australian Whale Centre, 2 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor

When: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Registration Required:

Yes phone 8551 0750 or email here to book.

For further information:

Call 8551 0750 or visit the Whale Centre website here.

Saturday 14 October

No activities listed.

Sunday 15 October

No activities listed.

Daily Activities On Offer Throughout The Festival Period

No activities listed.

Acitivites On Offer By Date

Saturday 30 September

No activities listed.

Sunday 1 October

No activities listed.

Monday 2 October

No activities listed.

Tuesday 3 October

No activities listed.

Wednesday 4 October

No activities listed.

Thursday 5 October

No activities listed.

Friday 6 October

No activities listed.

Saturday 7 October

No activities listed.

Sunday 8 October

No activities listed.

Monday 9 October

No activities listed.

Tuesday 10 October

No activities listed.

Wednesday 11 October

No activities listed.

Thursday 12 October

No activities listed.

Friday 13 October

No activities listed.

Saturday 14 October

No activities listed.

Sunday 15 October

The Great Gum Flat Adventure

Hosted By: Yorke Peninsula Council

Come and join the Great Gum Flat Adventure!! Loads of nature play on offer, including cubby-building, trail walking, Drawing on Country, Nharangga connections, Nature Scavenger Hunt, birds and bugs, and lots more! Food and drinks will be available for purchase (pack a picnic rug), as well as scheduled nature play sessions for a variety of age groups and interests. End the holidays on a high enjoying the great outdoors!!

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 0-14 years

Where: Gum Flat reserve and walking trail, corner of Gum Flat Road and Old Port Vincent Road, Minlaton

When: 15 October, Anytime between 11.00am - 3.00pm (follow Council's Facebook page for info on specific activity session times!)

Registration Required:

No booking required

For further information:

Yorke Peninsula Council Facebook Page or contact Letitia Dahl-helm by phone on 8832 0000 or email.

Daily Activities On Offer Throughout The Festival Period

No activities listed.

Acitivites On Offer By Date

Saturday 30 September

No activities listed.

Sunday 1 October

No activities listed.

Monday 2 October

No activities listed.

Tuesday 3 October

No activities listed.

Wednesday 4 October

No activities listed.

Thursday 5 October

No activities listed.

Friday 6 October

No activities listed.

Saturday 7 October

No activities listed.

Sunday 8 October

No activities listed.

Monday 9 October

No activities listed.

Tuesday 10 October

Cubbies @ The Lake

Hosted By: Natural Resources South East (DEWNR)

Enjoy creating a cubby within the Valley Lake Conservation and take part in a range of Nature Play activities including bush craft, mud play & Face painting. Family Yoga and Story Telling sessions will also be on offer. A sausage sizzle and coffee van will be on site or bring along a picnic lunch.

Cost: Free. There will also be a free sausage sizzle for registered participants and coffee/cold drinks available to purchase.

Target Audience: All ages

Where: Valley Lake Conservation Park, Davison Drive, Mount Gambier

When: 10am - 2pm

Registration Required:

Register your interest via the website here.

For further information:

Visit the Natural Resources website, or email Vanessa Freebairn here.

Wednesday 11 October

Cubbies @ the Forest

Hosted By: Natural Resources South East (DEWNR)

Spend a day in the forest building cubbies, exploring walking trails and engaging in nature. Test your skills on a low ropes course or take some time out in the bell tent listening to stories. Lots of hands on activities for the whole family will be on offer including face painting, mud play and bush craft. A sausage sizzle and drinks will available or bring a family picnic.

Cost: Free. There will also be a free sausage sizzle for registered participants and coffee/cold drinks available to purchase.

Target Audience: Families & children any age

Where: Kay Native Forest Reserve, Mt Burr. Only 10mins from Millicent. See website for directions.

When: 10am - 2pm

Registration Required:

Register your interest via the website here.

For further information:

Visit the Natural Resources website, or email Vanessa Freebairn here.

Thursday 12 October

Explore Mt Monster

Hosted By: Natural Resources South East (DEWNR)

Explore Mt Monster Conservation Park with Park ranger guided tours. Get back to nature with a range of sensory play stations. Let your little ones create clay monsters and enjoy bush craft activities or enter the story telling tent for some quite time. Bring along a family picnic to make a day of it.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: Families & children any age

Where: Mt Monster Conservation Park, 12kms south of Keith on the western side of the Riddoch Highway. See website for directions.

When: 10am - 2pm

Registration Required:

Register your interest via the website here.

For further information:

Visit the Natural Resources website, or email Natasha Dawson here.

Friday 13 October

No activities listed.

Saturday 14 October

No activities listed.

Sunday 15 October

No activities listed.

Daily Activities On Offer Throughout The Festival Period

No activities listed.

Acitivites On Offer By Date

Saturday 30 September

No activities listed.

Sunday 1 October

No activities listed.

Monday 2 October

No activities listed.

Tuesday 3 October

No activities listed.

Wednesday 4 October

No activities listed.

Thursday 5 October

Nature Play Roxby Downs

Hosted By: Strengthening our Families Program

A day of guided outdoor activities in a local park, including a nature scavenger hunt, cubby building and tree climbing, mud play, nature crafts.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 0-12 years

Where: Lion's Park, Roxby Downs, SA

When: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Families can access the activities at any point during the event.

Registration Required:

No booking required

For further information:

Visit the facebook page here, or contact Sarah Curtis on 0422 000 210

Friday 6 October

No activities listed.

Saturday 7 October

No activities listed.

Sunday 8 October

No activities listed.

Monday 9 October

No activities listed.

Tuesday 10 October

No activities listed.

Wednesday 11 October

No activities listed.

Thursday 12 October

No activities listed.

Friday 13 October

No activities listed.

Saturday 14 October

No activities listed.

Sunday 15 October

No activities listed.

Daily Activities On Offer Throughout The Festival Period

Nature play show bags

Hosted By: Natural Resources Kangaroo Island

Grab yourself a nature play show bag from the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre. The show bags will be full of goodies for kids to do and take home, i.e. Scavenger hunts, stickers, colouring sheets, things to do in our Marine Parks and Flinders Chase.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 3 years and above

Where: Flinders Chase Visitor Centre

When: During Visitor Centre opening hours

Registration Required:

No

For further information:

Call the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre on 8553 4471 or visit the website

Acitivites On Offer By Date

Saturday 30 September

Coast & Marine Exhibition

Hosted By: Natural Resources Kangaroo Island

Join our Coast and Marine team at their marine discovery exhibit to learn about underwater video imaging, and have a go filming underwater. Check out the coast and marine discovery table where you can learn about the plants and animals that live in and around our oceans and examine them under the microscope.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: all ages

Where: Flinders Chase Visitor Centre

When: all day

Registration Required:

No

For further information:

Call the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre on 8553 4471 or visit the website

Scrubby Cubbies

Hosted By: Natural Resources Kangaroo Island

Nature Players and their families are invited to join us for some cubby making! There will be plenty of sticks, branches and leaves to build your very own cubby in the park. Bring your picnic rugs to enjoy a picnic in your cubby.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 3 years and above

Where: Flinders Chase National Park

When: 10.30 am - 1.00 p.m.

Registration Required:

Registration encouraged to help event planning

For further information:

Call the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre on 8553 4471 or visit the website

Sunday 1 October

Coast & Marine Exhibition

Hosted By: Natural Resources Kangaroo Island

Join our Coast and Marine team at their marine discovery exhibit to learn about underwater video imaging, and have a go filming underwater. Check out the coast and marine discovery table where you can learn about the plants and animals that live in and around our oceans and examine them under the microscope.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: all ages

Where: Flinders Chase Visitor Centre

When: all day

Registration Required:

No

For further information:

Call the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre on 8553 4471 or visit the website

Ranger walk

Hosted By: Natural Resources Kangaroo Island

Help celebrate Kangaroo Island’s Wilderness Trail 1st Birthday and explore a section of the trail! Join a Park Ranger for a guided walk along the Rocky River Hike section of the Wilderness Trail starting from the Rocky River Bridge on West Bay Road (12 km return walk, or for a shorter option arrange a pick-up at Snake Lagoon). Learn about the plants and animals that live in the park and check out the new Wilderness Trail campground facilities. Bring a picnic lunch, you may even like to camp the night at one of our picturesque bush campsites.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: Recommended for 7 years and above

Where: Flinders Chase National Park, Rocky River Bridge on West Bay Road (approximately 3km from Visitor Centre)

When: 10.30 am

Registration Required:

Registration encouraged to help event planning

For further information:

Call the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre on 8553 4471 or visit the website

Monday 2 October

Coast & Marine Exhibition

Hosted By: Natural Resources Kangaroo Island

Join our Coast and Marine team at their marine discovery exhibit to learn about underwater video imaging, and have a go filming underwater. Check out the coast and marine discovery table where you can learn about the plants and animals that live in and around our oceans and examine them under the microscope.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: all ages

Where: Flinders Chase Visitor Centre

When: all day

Registration Required:

No

For further information:

Call the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre on 8553 4471 or visit the website

Bush biking

Hosted By: Natural Resources Kangaroo Island

Take your bike off road and tag along with a ranger as we follow one of the fire trails around the Flinders Chase Visitor precinct (approximately 2.5 km loop). There will be no cars, and plenty of cool things to see and do with sticks, rocks, ups and downs. Make sure you bring your helmet and a water bottle.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: 5 years and above

Where: Flinders Chase National Park

When: 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

Registration Required:

Registration encouraged to help event planning

For further information:

Call the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre on 8553 4471 or visit the website

Tuesday 3 October

No activities listed.

Wednesday 4 October

No activities listed.

Thursday 5 October

Family Eco Art Experience

Hosted By: Natural Resources Kangaroo Island and Parenting KI

Parenting KI supports families and children aged 0-12 years from across Kangaroo Island. Parenting KI and Natural Resources Kangaroo Island will be teaming up to deliver a Family Eco Art Experience - come join us for Eco Art, where nature meets creativity and everyone plays a part! No previous art experience is necessary – just curiosity and a willingness to participate. We will be using our senses to explore, connect and create with nature and each other.

Cost: Free

Target Audience: Families

Where: Flinders Chase National Park

When: 1-3 pm

Registration Required:

Yes. To ensure adequate art supplies, please RSVP by Tuesday 3 October

For further information:

Call the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre on 8553 4471 or visit the website

Friday 6 October

No activities listed.

Saturday 7 October

No activities listed.

Sunday 8 October

No activities listed.

Monday 9 October

No activities listed.

Tuesday 10 October

No activities listed.

Wednesday 11 October

No activities listed.

Thursday 12 October

No activities listed.

Friday 13 October

No activities listed.

Saturday 14 October

No activities listed.

Sunday 15 October

No activities listed.