The Wonderful World of Sparky Do Dah
'Preserving the Connection to a Natural Childhood'
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I also offer my services for Birthday Parties, School Incursions and Event Entertainment.
Our children are experiencing a completely different childhood than we did. In one short generation things have changed so drastically, I think it's important to keep an eye on what is going on.
The research into children's health and well-being is showing dire trends globally, with Australian kids leading the way - in the wrong direction.
I 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, but it's usage needs to be monitored as it encourages sedentary, indoor, non-social play. I enthusiastically 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.
Helicopter Parents are the ones that hover over their children, making their choices for them. The premise is 'to keep them safe', but these kids are missing out on the valuable life 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.
I am not against 'change' - I just want things to develop in ways that benefit our kids.
So, I offer amazing opportunities for Free Play, Nature Play and Family Play.
I connect with kids through school holiday programs, at community events and festivals, at shopping centres and schools, and I have helped hundreds of children celebrate their birthdays.
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.
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, Logan, Ipswich and Redlands 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.
Love the energy displayed at the Nature Adventures, and the awareness about nature and the environment imparted to the kids. Education and fun all rolled into one!
My daughters and I had a wonderful time at the Beechmont Natural Adventure with Sparky Do Dah over the holidays. We hope to do a fun-filled activity again soon.