Nature & Wildlife School Holiday Activities 2015

Nature-School-Holiday-ActivitiesIt’s winter and school holidays are here upon us in Melbourne, but that doesn’t mean that kids have to be stuck indoors in front of screens. In fact getting them outside for a few hours each day for some fun and educational activities that stimulate their senses is important for their physical and mental well-being.

We’re pretty passionate about nature, outdoor, imaginative play here at Eco Toys so we’ve put together some AMAZING Nature & Wildlife School Holiday Activities in Melbourne that you’ll absolutely LOVE! Plus it’s a great opportunity for parents to get outdoors too.

Yarra Bend Park - Junior Ranger

Yarra Bend Park – Junior Ranger

1. Junior Ranges

Discover the secrets of Victoria’s national parks and reserves from a real park ranger and take part in fun, ranger guided activities suitable for children aged 6-12 years.

Secrets of the Sanctuary @Dandenong Ranges National Park  – June 29, 2015, July 2, 2015

Nature Trail @Brimbank park – June 30, 2015

Park Patterns @Point Nepean National Park – June 30, 2015

Forest Explorer @Dandenong Ranges National Park  – June 30, 2015

Mini Beast Discovery @Serendip Sanctuary – July 1, 2015,

Art in the Park @Coolart Wetland and Homestead  – July 1, 2015

Bush Detectives @Serendip Sanctuary  – July 2, 2015


2. Leap Into Nature

The theme for school holidays is birdwatching! Acting as ‘twitchers’, recording those that you see and doing a bird scavenger hunt. Kids will also make a bird feeder they can take home and each child will receive a ‘Discover your Naturehood’ booklet which is a great way to follow on from the session and continue their nature discovery at home!

There are four sessions across Melbourne;

Westerfolds Park, Templestowe Wednesday 1 July 2015

Green Point and Dr. Jim Willis Reserve, Brighton Friday 3 July 2015

Jells Park, Wheelers Hill Tuesday 7 July 2015

Little Penguin expedition at St Kilda Pier/Breakwater in St Kilda Wednesday 8 July 2015

If you want to make your own birdhouse then you can buy the kit from Eco Toys here.


3. Victorian Zoo’s

Healesville Sanctuary vet for a day. Possibly every child’s dream job! Vet for a Day allows participants to work in our vet hospital for the day, helping out our vets and learning about one of the most rewarding jobs!


Healesville Sanctuary  keeper for  the day. You will go behind-the-scenes, taking part in many daily duties of a threatened species keeper.

Melbourne Zoo – Kids go wild program! 

Children will have an action packed day, visit secret areas of the Zoo, meet animals up close, chat to Zoo keepers, take part in craft and games, and have fun with other kids who are as wild about animals as they are!

Kids Go Wild runs every weekday of the school holidays and is designed for primary school children aged 5 to 10 years old. 

To learn more about wildlife animals be sure to check out our range of WWF eco games; WWF dominoes, memory game and our favourite, tumble tower.


4. Edendale Farm, Eltham North

One of our favourite local places to visit! Enjoy the outdoors by getting rugged up and exploring all the patterns, pictures and textures around Edendale Farm. Art and wildlife activities available and don’t forget to head to the amazing Eltham adventure playground across the bridge which is mostly undercover and perfect for those rainy days.

Also check out our toddler farm animal puzzle, farm wooden book and organic farm blocks and animals for indoor play afterwards. 


5. Botanical Gardens

Your little fairies will enjoy discovering the Botanical Gardens and participating in these enchanted workshops.

Terrific toadstools 2nd July 2015

Decorate your own ceramic ‘terrific toadstool’ to take home for your garden. This drop in activity takes around 20 minutes.

Fungi fairies and elves 2nd July 2015

Wear your best fairy or elf costume and search for the cheeky fungi fairies and elves in the Australian Garden.

For fairy and elf inspired pretend play check out our range of wooden enchanted tree-houses, blocks and pretend play as well as our stunning range of felt fairy houses and fairies.

If you can’t get to any of these activities then why don’t you head out to your nearest national park, river, forest, parkland or lake and spend a few hours with your kids frolicking in nature!

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