Nature play

August – October, with activities in school holiday periods.

A site-specific nature play area will be installed in Haig Park incorporating sensory  (sound, smell, touch), cubby and adventure play. Imagine rocks, logs, sand and sunshine. The area will be designed for kids aged 4 to 10. The project will be supported by programming such as "come and try" days with a coffee cart on site as well as workshops and performances.

Place plan theme: Play
'To strengthen connections between nature and activities'

Dates:
August – October, with activities in school holiday periods
9 July - Haig Park Fairy Garden Making, 10:00am-1:00pm
*Event details below

Location:
Located near Sullivan's Creek intersection between Greenway Street and Masson Street.

Observation:
There are limited opportunities for facilitated play for kids and low numbers of children using Haig Park. This is a missed opportunity for kids to engage in play and learning in the park environment.

Hypothesis:
A Nature Play facility could create an opportunity for kids play in Haig Park and increase visitation by children, parents and guardians. Nature Play could become a destination space. Educational opportunities may grow for local pre-schools and schools.

Favourable outcomes

A quality temporary nature play area with connected programming resulting in increased use of Haig Park by children and families, plus longer dwell time. 

Join the conversation
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This experiment will be updated as more details become available.

Upcoming ‘Nature play’ events


Nature play / Haig Park Fairy Garden Making
Tuesday, 09 July 2019, 10:00 AM till Monday, 01 July 2019, 13:00 PM.
Do you believe in fairies? Join us in creating a magical miniature world amongst the trees in Haig Park's urban fairy forest.
We'll be supplying the loose parts, natural items and special treasures. We need you to bring your imagination, creativity and playfulness to help us build fairy homes and gardens around the trees. This event is perfect for school holiday fun and a great way to explore one of Canberra's city parks in a different way.

Join us for this wonderful opportunity for kids and their grown-ups to play outdoors with natural materials and create a magical fairy forest in our city's backyard!
Recommended for ages 4 - 10.
What can you expect?
~ Fairy Garden making with Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup
~ 'Letter to a Fairy' writing activity with Ms Constance Spry's Letter Writing Service
~ Face painting with Madeleine Tranter Creative
~ Lawn games for all the family to enjoy
~ and more

Please feel free wear your fairy wings for some extra winter magic! Free for all to enjoy!

‘Nature play’ news


Nature play / Nature play update
Thursday, 18 July 2019 .
Haig Park Experiments is working with Nature Play CBR to develop the nature play area. Nature Play CBR has also produced a wonderful ‘playlist’ to help park users make the most of their experience in Haig Park.

 

Nature play / Nature play update
Wednesday, 10 July 2019 .
A fairy garden-making event was held on 9 July during school holidays for children and their families. Sticks and Stones Nature Playgroup helped to facilitate the event that also included letter writing, face painting and other activities. The event was well attended and provided a great opportunity for Canberra families to enjoy an event in the outdoors.