Nature Play Week is an annual national program by Kids In Nature Network that celebrates events and initiatives that reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors.

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.

  1. Nature Play Week 2017 launch event

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.


2. Sand Play and Stick Cubby Making

April 12, 2017 – April 23, 2017

Edendale Farm, 30 Gastons Rd Eltham + Google Map

Children can enjoy free play in our sand play area with natural or nature-based play equipment.


  1. The Werribee George Circuit Hike

April 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Werribee Gorge State Park, Myers Rd Pentilands Hills + Google Map

This is a hike for parents to take their children out and about.


  1. Garden Sensory Safari

April 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington Street St Kilda + Google Map

Are you ready for a safari through St Kilda Botanical Gardens that will use your senses?


  1. Bug encounters school holiday workshop

April 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Currawong Bush Park, 277 Reynolds Road Doncaster + Google Map

This wonderful hands-on workshop is designed to introduce children to a range of Australian insects and arachnids.

McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin

  1. Bush Textiles

April 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday 17 April; 1pm-2pm

McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin + Google Map

Gather twigs, sticks and branches in the McClelland Sculpture Park and make a traditional back-strap loom.


  1. Bug Detectives Nature Play

April 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Pipemakers Park, Van Ness Ave, Maribyrnong  + Google Map

The nature play workshop will include an interactive talk about the plants and animals of the river and bushland areas.

  1. Newport Lakes Bush Kids

April 16, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am, April 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Newport Lakes, Newport 3015 + Google Map

Multi aged nature based playgroup encouraging getting dirty, muddy and playing outside in all weather conditions.


  1. Nature Play at Yarran Dheran

April 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Yarran Dheran Reserve, Ashburton Dr, Mitcham 3132 + Google Map

Pre-schoolers are invited to explore nature’s own playground at Yarran Dheran Bush Reserve.


  1. Yarralea Bush Playgroup- Bring a friend

April 21, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Darebin Parklands, Darebin Parklands, Separation Street VIC 3078 Australia + Google Map

Families are invited to bring a friend to Bush Playgroup

Children's Garden Royal Botanic Gardens

  1. Nature Play Day

April 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne + Google Map

Come and play with us during Nature Play Week with free activities offered in the Children’s Garden and across the wider Melbourne Gardens.


  1. Celebrate nature play week at the magic circle

April 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Merri Creek Northcote, Corner of Winifred Street and Sutch Street, Northcote + Google Map

Merri Bush Playgroup is an all-weather outdoor playgroup for preschoolers, meeting in various locations along the Merri Creek.


  1. Who lays eggs? Egg hunt with a difference

April 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wally Tew Reserve Ferntree Gully, Lyndale Ct, Ferntree Gully  + Google Map

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


  1. Wild Families Launch Event

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.


  1. Teddy Bear’s Picnic

April 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve, Mackay St, Springvale South, Victoria 3171 Australia + Google Map

Join us for a special Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the open woodland of Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve.

Click here for the full calendar of events


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