This year Nature Play Week runs from Wednesday 12 April to Sunday 23 April, with a launch event at Wombat Bend Templestowe on Wednesday 12 April.
Here are my pick of the Top 15 FREE events for Nature Play Week in Melbourne and surrounds.
April 12, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Wombat Bend Playspace, Finns Reserve, Duncan St, Templestowe Lower
Join Kids In Nature Network and Manningham City Council, partners and friends for the launch event of Nature Play Week 2017. Then build a cubby, create nature craft and explore Wombat Bend Playspace and the beautiful Yarra River environment with our entertaining nature detectives.
April 12, 2017 – April 23, 2017
Children can enjoy free play in our sand play area with natural or nature-based play equipment.
April 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
This is a hike for parents to take their children out and about.
April 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Are you ready for a safari through St Kilda Botanical Gardens that will use your senses?
April 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This wonderful hands-on workshop is designed to introduce children to a range of Australian insects and arachnids.
April 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday 17 April; 1pm-2pm
Gather twigs, sticks and branches in the McClelland Sculpture Park and make a traditional back-strap loom.
April 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am, 12:00pm-1:30pm
The nature play workshop will include an interactive talk about the plants and animals of the river and bushland areas.
April 16, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am, April 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Multi aged nature based playgroup encouraging getting dirty, muddy and playing outside in all weather conditions.
April 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Pre-schoolers are invited to explore nature’s own playground at Yarran Dheran Bush Reserve.
April 21, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Families are invited to bring a friend to Bush Playgroup
April 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come and play with us during Nature Play Week with free activities offered in the Children’s Garden and across the wider Melbourne Gardens.
April 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Merri Bush Playgroup is an all-weather outdoor playgroup for preschoolers, meeting in various locations along the Merri Creek.
April 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kids wander around looking for egg carton stations and each egg carton has a picture of an animal on it. They decide if that animal lays eggs. BYO picnic afterwards
April 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield
Is your family a little bit wild? The Victorian National Parks Association is ready to launch the Wild Families program.
April 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Join us for a special Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the open woodland of Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve.