River Water Safety with Kids

Trigger warning: The following article may cause distress for some readers with past distressing experiences in water. Please exercise caution in reading this article and seek support if required. Today I watched a 5 year old boy almost drown in a waterhole. It scared me both as a parent, and as a swim instructor, because it so

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Snake Safety in the Bush with Kids

Snakes are simply a part of the Australian bush and there seems to be more and more sightings of snakes near creeks and on bike paths where families tread regularly. But as much as we might fear them, snakes aren’t out there waiting to attack us. They are generally doing their own thing (basking in

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Tooronga Falls Noojee

5 Must See, Kid Friendly Places to Visit in Noojee!

  A few months ago, we spent a month living in Noojee and although we initially had no idea where Noojee was at first, we were amazed as it's beauty and that it had so many wonderful walks and places of interest to offer. If you are looking for a nice Sunday drive with the

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redwood forest dragons nest

Dragon nests at Redwood Forest, Warburton!

If you are looking for somewhere out of Melbourne to spend the day with your kids and don’t mind a drive, then head to the magnificent Redwood Forest in Warburton. Absolutely magical is how I would describe this forest! We’ve visited many National Parks but the Redwood Forest in Warburton is a stand out because

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Homeschool Travel

Homeschool, travel and nature play around Australia!

Last week, the majority of Australian school-aged children went back to school, but for us it was a different story. We have started a new life, with new dreams. We have embarked on a year-long adventure of travelling and homeschooling our three children aged 3, 4 and 9 years. It will take us all around

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Bush Kindergartens Melbourne

Bush Kindergarten Melbourne Directory

Drawing inspiration from European forest preschools, bush kindergarten programs have become available in early learning centres across Australia and we've put together a directory of the current bush kindergarten programs on offer in Melbourne and rural Victoria. INNER NORTH Wimble Street Childcare Co-op, Parkville Westgarth Bush Kinder Each of the Westgarth Kindergarten preschool programs spend

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Tips Camping With Kids

Top Tips for Camping with Kids

As the days get longer and the weather warms up, many families begin to drift outdoors in search of adventure. Some even pack a tent and make a night of it! If you’re one of the thousands of families around the country going camping this summer, we’ve compiled our top six tips for making camping

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Child Friendly Bush Walks Victoria

15 Kid Friendly Bush Walks in Victoria

What makes a great outdoor adventure for kids? Trees? Rocks? Beaches? Nature play? Wildlife? Yes, yes, yes! We have all these and more covered in our list of must-do bush walks and nature play spaces for kids. Encompassing a variety of habitats and nature play experiences throughout the state, you’re certain to find the perfect

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Child Barefoot

5 Reasons why you should let your child go barefoot

Remember those carefree, barefoot days of summer? The soft grass beneath your feet? The warm sand between your toes? And, yes, even the occasional stone or twig pricking the underside of your feet uncomfortably! When was the last time your children went barefoot outside? When was the last time you did? Recent research suggests going

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