19/04/2021 - 21/06/2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Explore our beautiful beaches and rockpools. Connect and meet with other local families and spend quality time together each week in a facilitated playgroup where we provide a rich sensory play experience for your child.
Join us for a 9-week summer beach playgroup program where we incorporate hands-on, child-led learning and sensory play through a range of nature-based activities, nature crafts, storytelling, songs and a beach walk exploring the rockpools close to shore at Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary in Beaumaris. It’s the perfect place to introduce kids to the wonder of Victoria’s underwater marine life with sandstone platforms are home to an array of marine creatures and are excellent for rockpool exploration.
Eco Explorers bush playgroups are facilitated by qualified and experienced nature play educators (read more about our team here) that are highly skilled and knowledgeable in the area that they work in. Our Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary beach playgroup is run by Diana who has an Archaeology and Paleontology degree, and has worked in nature conservation for many years.
Our program has been developed to give your child optimum opportunity to build their gross motor and physical skills through movement and fine motor skills during our craft activities. Research clearly shows that the more time your child spends in nature, the better they are prepared for school, both physically and emotionally.
Playgroup allows parents to disconnect from their busy lives (and technology) and re-connect with their child in nature. This time is as much for you as it is for your child. Our playgroups bring together a community of like-minded parents who understand the benefits of outdoor play. The sessions are relaxed and completely child led and parents are encouraged to follow their child’s lead.
Bush playgroup is an all weather outdoor playgroup so you need to make sure you bring appropriate weather protection and clothing. Children and adults must wear closed footwear when walking in the bush, sun hats, sunscreen, wet weather gear, plenty of snacks and water and even a change of clothes for those muddy play days! Our playgroup will only be cancelled in the event of an extreme weather warning; fire, storm, high temperatures and strong wind.
Ages: 1 – 5 years (siblings under 14 months are welcome to attend for free).
*Parents are responsible for their children at all times.