On the 11th of March 2017, the Nature Play QLD Symposium, ‘Just for the Fun of It!’ was held on the Gold Coast. The goal was to look at the importance of Unstructured Outdoor Play in Children’s Lives. The premise was that unstructured outdoor play – nature play – is fun-damental to a full and healthy childhood. We explored the degree of fun and
I am being drawn to further explore the concepts and applications of Nature-Based Play, and am getting ready to take part in Forest School Leader Training in October. It will be the first time that the UK-based program (drawn from Scandinavia) will be offered in Australia, so I’ll be a proud pioneer helping to introduce it into practical Early Years and Primary sector settings
Kids love crafts… especially if it’s a craft they can do with you. And the good news is that you don’t have to be an expert crafter (or even very creative) to sit down and have fun with the kids. After all, the really important thing here is to spend time with your kids, and research now suggests that crafting can help increase a
When I hang on the monkey bars, my feet drag on the ground. Picture me with a sad face. “Why, oh why, don’t they build playgrounds for big people?” Just because I’m tall doesn’t mean I don’t want to have fun! I build sand castles at the beach and fight the rising tide. I lay flat on the grass and make shapes out of
Besides; “Clean up your room” and “Do your homework”, “Go Outside and Play” was one of my mum’s favourite sayings. She gave no insight into what it was that I should do while I was outside, because the ‘play’ part was my responsibility to make up. In all of its varied forms ‘Play Time’ for a kid was considered to be constructive – and
I’d catch the bus home from school, eat a piece of toast, and run back out the front door with Mum yelling from inside, “Be back home when the street lights come on!” That was the way of the world. Each and every day, there were hours of unsupervised and unstructured play that my friends and I had complete control over. We would slide
At the Gold Coast Birthday Party’s I host, I have found that they can fall into one of 2 categories. – All of the children are the same age, or, – There is a wide variety of ages in attendance. Usually it is primarily friends from class that make up the parties with similar aged children, and street friends, the brothers and sisters of
If you’re brainstorming Birthday or Party Ideas on the Gold Coast, this page will give you some interesting ideas and the info to make them happen! Gold Coast Tie Dye Party Aspiral Design offers Rainbow Tie-dye Workshops for all ages. For Birthday Parties, it’s something easy, fun, Colourful, interactive and creative! Guests can bring something white to dye, or use one of the provided
At Aspiral Designs – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. 1. We offer Rainbow Tie-dye Workshops for all ages! Shoshana has spread colour all around the coast, bringing rainbow magic to; Birthday Parties School Festivals, Carnival’s and Fundraisers Workshops for children with disabilities Vacation Care Workshops Aged Care Workshops for the young at heart Colour Therapy Workshops Corporate Events Hen’s Parties Shoshana can
Sue Radnedge is a qualified swimming teacher at the Billabong Swim School in Tweed Heads. She also moonlights as a face painter and is available for party’s, functions, fates, open days, markets, and wherever you need smiling happy kids. You can contact sue directly on the numbers below.
KarmaKids Grow promotes children’s physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing. Their program helps to maintain a child’s equilibrium and complete their mental and physical balance. Their various programs include ‘The Magical Garden Creatures Show’, which is suitable for both school children and childcare centres. It is well suited for inclusion in curricular activities, such as; the environment, sustainability and physical activity. KarmaKids Grow
The Animal Welfare League of Qld believes that education is the key to securing a brighter future for companion animals. Our professionally developed education programs are designed to educate current and future companion animal caretakers about responsible animal care. The AWLQ Re-homing & Education Centre is the heart of our educational operations, delivering our school and community education courses, seminars, workshops and training in
If you are planning a birthday party for a child on the Gold Coast, you want to create a special event that is memorable for all involved. Of course, the special birthday boy or girl needs their time in the spotlight – but all the children in attendance need to feel included and special. Having a dedicated party entertainer can alleviate some of the
Make it, Eat it, Love it! It’s time we change the way we look at food, purchase food and prepare food. Let’s ditch the wrappers from school lunchboxes and give our kids a great tasting lunchbox packed with healthy and delicious treats they will love. Not only will we be saving the environment from excessive plastic wrapping but we will also make a difference
The Gold Coast Youth Theatre Academy is very excited to be attending Sparky’s Carnival. We have been operating on the Gold Coast for 20 years and offer a range of Drama, Dance and Performance classes. Our students love coming along to classes each week and having a fantastic time whilst learning skills that will help them build confidence and self-esteem as well as nurturing
Natura Education is a dedicated team of qualified scientists and educators that develop and deliver hands on environmental education programs for SE Qld schools and communities. We believe that children learn best when they’re having fun and we engage participants through our unique programs, including; • Mini beasts • Worm Farming • Compostasaurs • Community garden • Private life of plants • Weathering and
Tutti Frutti is a circus company founded by Maryke del Castillo. Tutti Frutti has animated spaces, places and faces for Arts and Cultural Festivals, Street Theatre Festivals, Council and Corporate Events in 15 countries all over the world. With physical comedy, theatre, circus and a gift for engaging an audience, our shows have fired up the imaginations of the young and the young at
Music With Monica provides music groups for parents and their babies, toddlers or young children aged 0-4 years. All music classes are run by a university qualified, Registered Music Therapist, feature LIVE music, are child-centred, interactive and most importantly, lots of FUN! Our groups aim to be very inclusive making them not only popular with the general community but also with families of children
Monette Lee has been teaching drama for over 20 years. As a working professional actress and producer, she has many practical lessons to pass on and she creates the classes to suit the students in each class. She keeps classes small and focuses on voice, posture and improvisation. For those who are interested, we prepare for the performing festival / competitions around the coast
Varsity Veggies is a group of residents, who, with the help of Gold Coast City Council and the Queensland Government’s Community Renewal program are establishing a community garden in Jim Harris Park, off Mattocks Road in Varsity Lakes. Monthly meetings are held to plan the organic garden with new members welcome to join and receive their own 3×3 metre garden upon completion. The Varsity
Nerida Marshall has organized a program of talented local children’s authors to read their books. Chat with the authors personally and get your book signed. What an amazing opportunity to excite young minds with the joys of reading.
Are you game to ‘Walk the Plank!’ Put your balance skills to the test on this crazy obsticle course which gets harder and harder the further you go.
We choose to bring peace, love and joy to people through special events that nourish the mind, open the heart, nurture the body and feed the soul.
You may be familiar with the memory game, where each player gets to flip 2 cards in an attempt to make a pair. The Sparky Do Dah version takes it a step further, and provides the opportunity for your child to draw the pictures on the cards themselves. For those children who are yet to be able to draw two of the same picture