Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April

Kids Adventure Outdoors weekend in Anglesea

The new Kids Adventure Outdoors (KAOS) weekend runs 11­–12 April at YMCA’s Anglesea Recreation camp, a family-friendly event committed to getting active in the great outdoors!

KAOS-ropes-girlsThe inaugural Kids Adventure Outdoors weekend will feature four sessions of activities each day, aimed at introducing school-aged children with nature.

It’s all about encouraging kids to make the most of ‘Nature’s playground’.

Plus KAOS is a great way to tick off your 30 minutes of physical activity a day for Active April. In fact, we’re pretty sure you will go well beyond that and have a great time doing it!

At KAOS parents and kids will get the chance to try:

  • Obstacle Challenges: a mini obstacle course peppered with fun challenges including flying fox and a maxi course based on a high ropes adventure.
  • Trail run: run/walk along fun trails. Parents welcome to run with children. Non-competitive – every child is a winner for finishing.
  • Mountain bike: a short mountain bike course.
  • Canoeing: a first paddling experience in canoes on flat water.
  • Climbing walls: experience the joys of the vertical life, including roped wall climbs and bouldering room.
  • KAOS-hut-buildingGiant swing: for thrill seekers, a swing that lets you go high in the sky.
  • Low ropes course: test your balance on this mega-course of low rope challenges.
  • Sailing: get a taste of salt air and sailing in the safe confines of Point Roadnight Bay.
  • Skateboarding: four wheel roller derby.
  • Geocaching: navigate your way to hidden treasures.
  • Bush hut building: let nature help you build a shelter.
  • Camp out: parents and children encouraged to sleep in tents sited in a special camping zone.

The benefits of play in the great outdoors

All over the world people are rediscovering the many health benefits that come from introducing children to activities in natural environments. ‘We have been inspired by the many worldwide movements now working to reconnect children with nature. Quite simply, we want to get more kids more active in the outdoors more often’, says David Petherick, CEO of the Australian Camps Association.

‘Connecting our kids with nature is an important childhood development issue. It touches on health, education, community, recreation and natural resources. It’s all about facilitating play in nature and creating pathways to engender lifelong habits of activity and enjoyment in the outdoors.’

–David Petherick

So if you’re looking for a way to cure the ‘nature-deficit disorder’ that can effect today’s wired generation of kids, then we encourage you to give the Kids Adventure Outdoors weekend a try. It’s also a great chance for parents with limited experience or confidence taking their kids into nature to do so in a safe, comfortable and well-organised setting.

About the YMCA’s Anglesea Recreation camp

KAOS-cyclingThe stunning YMCA Anglesea Recreation camp is just 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. The town of Anglesea is renowned for its active lifestyle. It already boasts excellent facilities at numerous recreational camps, plus the Scout Camp, surrounding National and State Parks and the endless trails that weave through them. Not to mention the opportunities for water-based activities both seaside and on the town’s estuary inlet. In terms of a safe but beautiful environment where families can get an easy taste of adventure activities, it is the perfect location.

Accommodation options

Single day tickets are available for those looking for a day-trip. However, as part of the Kids Adventure Outdoors weekend, families are being encouraged to get a taste of the camping life, with a facilitated overnight camp-out offered on site.

YMCA Anglesea is also offering discounted cabin and dorm accommodation on-site for the weekend, ensuring the weekend’s activities do not break any piggy banks, while a kiosk will serve food during the day with a Bush BBQ planned in the evening.

Find out more

Ready to reclaim some quality family time, spent in the outdoors and have oodles of fun to boot? Visit the Kids Adventure Outdoors Event page for more information or jump over to the Kids Adventure Outdoors website.

Kids Adventure Outdoors is a new joint initiative between the Australian Camps Association and YMCA with support from Sport and Recreation Victoria and Adventure Types.


Last updated: November 29, 2016 at: 5:15 pm

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