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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: Meola Reef Reserve, 171-181 Meola Road, Pt Chevalier, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • One child / day: $70.00
  • 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.

Your kids are going to love Meola Reef Reserve, a very large nature reserve with nearly 15 hectares of open grassland, regenerating native bush and mature trees. The reserve sits on the longest lava flow in the Auckland volcanic field, an 11km-long tongue of 28,000-year-old basalt that stretches 2km out into the Waitemata Harbour (almost to Birkenhead at low tide). Much of the fun is in exploring the mangroves: the tamariki even discovered an abandoned boat last holidays and spent ages trying to float it free.

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