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Premiers Active April

Nature play week – kids do better outside

Premier’s Active April is supporting a new movement aimed at getting kids away from TVs, computers and smartphones and back outside to play and connect with nature.

 What is Nature Play Week?

‘Nature Play Week is a great chance for kids and their parents to spend time outside and get involved in all kinds of events and activities that focus on getting kids reconnected with nature.’

– Cecile van der Burgh, co-founder of Kids in Nature Network

Nature Play week is proudly presented by the Kids in Nature Network in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens and is giving kids unique opportunities to really experience nature and the outdoors.

kids_cloudsResearch has found significant physical, mental, emotional and social benefits for children who play outside. The movement aims to foster local networks giving kids and their families ongoing opportunities to connect with each other and continue to benefit from the natural environment. It’s the perfect opportunity to inject some healthy activity into family life and doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming.

Popular children’s author, Alison Lester, is throwing her support behind the initiative and helping to launch Nature Play Week at Malmsbury Botanical Gardens on Tuesday 14 April. She is a strong advocate for kids reconnecting with their natural environment.

‘They love feeling the wind in their hair, the sun on their backs. They love seeing and hearing and all the wonderful sights and sounds that are going on every day.’

How to get involved

Nature Play Week logoNature Play Week is running from 11 – 19 April and is a wonderful opportunity to embrace the outdoors with your kids and have some fun.

Nature play is happening at various locations across Victoria. Check out the Nature Play Week website today for more details.

 Don’t forget to be SunSmart

April is a great time of year to be outdoors enjoying the milder autumn weather but ultraviolet (UV) radiation is still a danger. It is regularly at levels high enough to damage the skin and cause skin cancer so don’t forget to take proper precautions to protect yourself and your family when exercising or playing outdoors.

The good news is that there is lots you can do to protect your skin and reduce your risk. See our Being sunsmart while you’re being active post to keep yourself SunSmart at all times.

Last updated: November 29, 2016 at: 5:11 pm

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