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Conscious Kids  - April Holidays 2019

When:

Mon 15 Apr 2019, 9:00am–4:00pm
Tue 16 Apr 2019, 9:00am–4:00pm
Wed 17 Apr 2019, 9:00am–4:00pm
Thu 18 Apr 2019, 9:00am–4:00pm
Tue 23 Apr 2019, 9:00am–4:00pm
Wed 24 Apr 2019, 9:00am–4:00pm

Where: Little Shoal Bay Reserve, Maritime Tce, Northcote, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • One child / day: $65.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Conscious Kids NZ

The foundation of our programmes is free-play in a natural setting with as little assistance as possible from equipment and technology. We offer a chance for children to play as they like, for as long as they like, within a framework of respect for those around them and the environment.

Extension opportunities will be available but only if the children genuinely want to participate. We provide basic equipment suitable to exploring the outdoors: ropes, tarpaulins, bungees, compass, magnifying glasses, knives (to be used with supervision) and some art equipment.

Our programs are designed as an antidote to the fast-paced technology-filled world many children now inhabit. Any personal devices (phones, iPods, etc) must be left at home.

Our children’s lives are so filled with structure, this program aims to give them a break from instruction and allow them to play as they like, for as long as they like, within a framework of respect for those around them and the environment.

Extension opportunities will be available but only if the children genuinely want to participate. Playing in the outdoors inevitably means getting dirty, and often getting a few scrapes and bruises too. If you or your child are not happy with this concept then this is not the programme for you.

The program will go ahead in all weather. Rain brings exciting opportunities for play and exploration and of course shelter building! Good quality wet weather gear is very important. We wholeheartedly believe the famous quote "there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing".

Waterproof gear (jacket and pants) is compulsory for rainy days. We offer waterproof pants for sale in our online shop. In case of the severe weather warning, we always have an indoor venue booked and ready to move the group in.

Some benefits of regular free play in nature:
- Increased physical activity, and less risk of childhood obesity
- Children learn to interact with, and better understand the natural world
- Helps improve children’s cognitive function, personality development, and attention in school
- Improves childhood mental health and ability to handle stress
- ‘Dangerous’ free play gives children a chance to develop the physical and emotional skills to deal with emergencies
- Children learn to assess and manage risks
- Learn to regulate emotion, and practice negotiation skills
- Develop and practice motor skills
- Supports creativity and problem solving
- Improves the performance of children with ADHD.

Ratio 1 adult: 8 children

Little Shoal Bay Reserve offers an abundance of interesting and challenging play spaces with everything to make this new location for our upcoming Summer's Programme a total hit! Wide open spaces for big group games like bullrush and soccer, clusters of trees for huts and climbing, steep slopes for scrambling and sliding and a huge amount of native wildlife.

The Shoal Bay Stream is a habitat for indigenous fish including inanga, banded kokopu, longfin eel and shortfin eel. The riparian and wetland vegetation in the lower reaches of the stream provides ideal inanga spawning habitat.

The reserve with boardwalks and bridges provides opportunities for up-close observation of these natural systems with minimal environmental impact and the bay is pretty shallow, perfect for kids to swim and walk along when the tide is out. With great views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, when the wind is right, it is even an excellent place to fly kites.

We can't wait to explore this new terrain with your kids! Pick up and drop off point at the Sea Scout Hall carpark, bayside. The mudflats and mangrove forests offer us new opportunities to explore, there are caves when the tide is low and pohutukawa trees that stretch over the creek to climb and play in. The tidal beach is fantastic to not only swim but walk.

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