The Wonderful World of Sparky Do Dah
'Preserving the Connection to a Natural Childhood'
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Our children are experiencing a completely different childhood than we did.
In one short generation things have changed so drastically, we just want to keep an eye on what is happening.
The research into children's health and well-being is showing dire trends globally, with Australian kids leading the way - in the wrong direction.
So we want to get more kids outside, more often, to have fun with Real Play.
The 3 biggest areas of change has been the explosion of technology, processed foods, and helicopter parents.
Technology itself is great. We love it. But we know that it's usage needs to be monitored as it encourages sedentary, indoor, non-social play. We wave the 'Swap Screen Time for Green Time' flag.
Processed Foods are hard to escape from. The supermarkets are filled with them and they are just so easy, and tasty... But the high refined sugar content alone is responsible for an alarming rise in childhood obesity and related physical and mental health problems. There are lots of unhealthy skinny kids too. We help kids identify Real Food.
Helicopter Parents are the ones that hover over their children, making their choices for them, and limiting their freedom. The premise is 'to keep them safe', but your child is more likely to get struck by lightning than be abducted. Unsupervised 'Roaming Areas' have reduced from kilometres, to; 'within sight at all times'. These kids are missing out on the expereiences that build their character.
So, sedentary lifestyles and poor diet are setting our children up for a life filled with dis-ease, and as they are not having the independent life experiences as we did, they are not developing the essential life skills, such as; calculated risk taking, effective communication, negotiation, creative problem solving, independence, leadership, etc.
We are not against 'change' - we just want things to develop in ways that benefit our kids.
We offer amazing opportunities for Free Play, Nature Play and Family Play.
We connect with kids at community events and festivals, through school holiday programs, at shopping centres and schools, and we have helped hundreds of children celebrate their birthdays.
We are geared to be flexible; Our product is 'fun'; Our target market is families with kids 2 to 12 years.
Sparky Do Dah is a regular activity provider for Gold Coast, Brisbane and Ipswich City Councils.
Sparky Do Dah is striving to preserve a connection to a natural childhood.
Based on the Gold Coast, we service many areas throughout S.E. Queensland and Northern NSW.
Nature Play is all about 'swapping Screen Time for Green Time'. It's about getting kids outside more often. It's about connecting kids with their neighbourhoods, with nature, with friends, with activity based learning, and the feelings of excitement and passion.
I am proud to be an official Activity Provider for Nature Play QLD, and to have been a Finalist in the 2015 QORF Awards, (Queensland Outdoor Recreation Foundation).
My 'Natural Adventures' usually run for 2 hours and involve groups of about 30 children walking a short nature trail or exploring a local park or reserve. Along the way we complete a series of nature-based activities and games to connect the kids to the environment.
I also deliver 'Nature Play' experiences from a fixed location, with participants either rotating through activity stations, or coming and going as they please. This can work well for events and incursions.
Most of my Natural Adventures occur as part of the School Holiday programs of the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Ipswich City Councils.
To know more, please click Nature Play.
My Pop-Up Playgrounds are a mobile collection of awesome games and activities suitable for all ages and abilities.
They are utilized at community events, birthday parties, vacation care, festivals, markets, shopping centres, corporate functions and family BBQs... You Name It!
Each Pop-Up Playground I create is tailored for the occasion; with the ability to cover small birthday parties for toddlers, to filling an oval with hundreds of people actively engaged at any one time.
They are very well received at events such as Bleach* Festival, Kirra Kite Festival, Music in the Park and Family Fun Days.
To know more, please click Event Entertainment.
Some of the organisations that have enjoyed my Pop-Up Playgrounds...
"I just Love my Birthday Party Mummy!"
Having me at your Child's Birthday Party is a guaranteed hit. Im told the kids are still chatting about it at school for weeks after! I arrive with everything I need to suit the age and number of children at your party, with unique activities they can use as they please, as well as running fun party games to keep things hopping along.
With me looking after the kids, you can chat to other parents, take photos, and focus on the food and cake without stress. "This is the best Birthday I've thrown yet," relieved mums tell me when I'm packing up.
I can rotate activities in your back yard, or we can set up at a local park.
A birthday party variation always gaining more interest is a dedicated Nature Play party which can involve a short walk or exploring a natural environment.
To know more, please click Gold Coast Birthday Party Entertainment.
School and Vacation Care Incursions
My Pop-Up Playground is popular for OSHC and Vacation Care as the kids can go wild with a whole new range of activities and games. Everything allows them to explore their physical limits to a level they are comfortable with. All activities are developmental in nature, and suit a wide range of ages being engaged at the one time.
My Nature Play program is also gaining interest as a Primary School incursion. We set up a base, discuss the benefits of Nature Play, then explore the school grounds and undertake a variety of different activities and games so children can recognise and connect with the natural world around them.
To know more, please click School and Vacation Care Incursions.
Sparky's Carnival was my first foray in this field. I was sick of community events that only offered face painting, fairy floss and jumping castles for the children, and decided to create an event, that families could experience together, which only offered healthy food choices and developmental and progressive activities.
I ran my first 2 of these creative arts carnivals independently, before Active & Healthy (City of Gold Coast) caught wind of what I was doing and jumped on board to support me. I held 5 Sparky's Carnivals before the other elements of my business took over.
Sparky's Carnival was reignited over the Summer Holidays of 2015 at the NightQuarter Markets in Helensvale each Friday and Saturday Night. This permanent space included 3 shipping containers full of interactive exhibits and a large outside play area for kids to bounce from activity to activity. The playground had 5 staff members working with the children to help them imagine, create and play and the feedback was that the space was innovative beyond anything else offered before.
It is now geared for semi-permanent spaces, such as Shopping Centres and multi-day Festivals, as well as Regional Tours, which are currently in development.
To know more, please click Sparky's Carnival.