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Top 6 places to visit with kids on Phillip Island

Phillip Island has become one of my favourite places to take the kids for a family-friendly weekend away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne. And with school holidays here (and the warmer Spring weather!), what better to enjoy nature than on this beautiful island! It really has so many wonderful things to offer, including our beach playgroups and school holiday programs. Luckily for us, our playgroup facilitator also works at the local information centre so has a wealth of knowledge of the top places to visit. So when we asked her to share with us the top destinations for families, Read more…

DIY Children’s Winter Solstice Lantern

Winter Solstice is here and what better way to celebrate than with this DIY lantern project! Winter solstice is celebrated as the shortest day of the year and the longest night. In the Southern Hemisphere, this is the June solstice and this year, winter solstice is on Thursday 21st June 2018. The event is celebrated with various rituals, festivals, gatherings and other events around the world. In Australia, there are many lantern festivals where families come together and bring their own handmade lanterns. We have been making our own winter solstice lanterns this past week for our Eco Explorers bush playgroups so I thought I’d Read more…

DIY WInter Lanterns

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 adventure for you family. In compiling this list, we sought expert opinions from members of our Eco Explorers Facebook community. To find out more, and to join in the conversation, head to Eco Explorers Melbourne. 1. Heide Park, Bulleen 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen Heide Park Read more…

Child Friendly Bush Walks Victoria

25 Activities to do with your child for EARTH DAY!

Image Muka Portraits How can you help? How can you help build an awareness of sustainability and reduce the amount of plastic ending up in landfill and in our oceans? Simply by stopping to use plastic wherever possible. Currently, about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world. Unfortunately, only about 10% of this plastic is properly recycled and reused. The rest ends up as waste in landfills or as litter in our natural environment, where it leaches dangerous chemicals into the nearby soil and Read more…

Explore the Mornington Peninsula with Kids

  We are back in the Mornington Peninsula . . it was the first destination on our travels over a year ago and this time we are in Flinders house and dog sitting for two weeks. I have to say, I am absolutely in love with the Peninsula! Last night we attended the Flinders Community Picnic on the beach and we all enjoyed a rock ramble with the Rangers, sand sculpting and even a didgeridoo meditation. Tomorrow I am visiting Alison and the families that attend our Mushroom Reef beach playgroup and last week I was up at Seawinds Gardens, Arthurs Seat Read more…

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 easily could have been prevented. Thankfully he was rescued just in time, although both he and his parents got a huge fright. In response, I was compelled to share the experience and my own swim safety knowledge with you in the hope it never happens to you Read more…

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 the sun!) and will only strike if they feel threatened. By respecting and understanding snakes a bit better, we can keep our families safe when out in the bush. As a parent, it’s hard not to freak out when you see a snake so it’s Read more…

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 barefoot isn’t just an essential childhood memory-to-be-made, but a potentially health-changing practice we should all be implementing regularly – kids and adults alike. It even has a name: Earthing! So here are our top 5 reasons for casting aside your shoes and going barefoot – Read more…

Child Barefoot

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 family then Noojee is only an hour and half from Melbourne and well worth the visit. Here’s why: 1. Toorongo Falls Reserve  We actually did this walk numerous times during our stay because it was so good and the highlight of our stay. I can’t recommend visiting Toorongo Read more…

Tooronga Falls Noojee

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 it is so different to anything we’ve seen in Victoria. We were greeted with bright red maple autumn leaves, and being early autumn it was the first real sign of autumn that we had seen so we enjoyed playing in leaves and even made these Read more…

redwood forest dragons nest