Activity session gets kids back to nature

Date published: 26 April 2017

Townsville children are invited to a free fun-filled morning spent playing in nature.

The C&K Nature Play event to be held at Soroptimist Park on Saturday, April 29 is part of Townsville City Council’s Get Active 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar of events for the month of April.

Delivered by C&K, the morning will involve activities such as ribbon weaving, tree decorating, music in nature, dot painting on bark and much more.

Community Health and Environment Committee chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said the Get Active program was about involving all ages.

“We’re so pleased to have C&K deliver this program for the littlies, to get them out and about, thinking about nature and getting involved,” Cr Greaney said.

“We’ve had a great response to our Get Active 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar, with lots of residents of all ages and abilities trying new activities in April.”

C&K CEO Michael Tizard said Nature Play was extremely important for children, and a key element of their ‘learn through play’ program and organisational ethos.

“C&K has opened several new kindergarten and childcare services in the past three years and wherever possible, these contain large, open and natural play spaces including digging patches, dry creek beds, water taps, natural grass, boulders, and no plastic equipment,” Mr Tizard said.

“Giving children the opportunity to engage in nature by getting their hands dirty, climbing a tree, digging in mud, helps them to develop important skills, such as resilience and problem solving.

“C&K is excited to be part of this event and it’s great to see so many of our Townsville services get on board and support their local community.”

The C&K Nature Play event will be held at Soroptimist Park (meet at the playground) on Saturday, April 29 from 9am to 11am.