Nature Play SA heads to Freeling and Kapunda

Fun in the sun for regional children these school holidays. Photo: Supplied
Fun in the sun for regional children these school holidays. Photo: Supplied

Nature Play SA offers regional children an active outlet in spring's fresh these October school holidays.

Run by Australia's leading specialist in organisation nature play, the offering follows evidence linking continued indoor play disconnecting children from the real world

In a bid to improve physical outdoor play, 'Groovy Grass' heads to Freeling and Kapunda with 'young seedlings' invited to join in with scheduled nature play sessions.

According to Nature Play SA CEO Sarah Sutter, an increase in indoor play is a growing concern in Australia.

"...reports of excessive screen time and lack of physical activity is linked to the fact that 25 per cent of Australian children are overweight," Ms Sutter said.

"Seventy per cent of children aged two-17 do not meet the physical activity guidelines, the cases of myopia has also alarmingly increased and finally, one in seven children experience mental health disorders."

The not-for-profit organisation works to empower parents, educators and the broader community with the knowledge to turn play inside out.

Nature Play SA's newly appointed patron and extreme adventure traveller Katie Sarah combines work with a passion for the outdoors, spending as much time as she can rock climbing, mountaineering and training for iron man triathlons.

"More than ever before, our vision is to inspire South Australian communities to engage children with nature through outdoor learning and play," Ms Sarah said.

"To meet this challenge and be true to our mantra we are excited to be rolling out our biggest Nature Play Festival ever."

The festival reaches every corner of the state and runs from September 28 until October 20.

This year's annual festival for children explores local flora and fauna.

Groovy Grass, hosted by Light Regional Council, falls on Friday October 11 at Freeling Library from 10am and Kapunda Library from 12noon.

Children have the opportunity to decorate their own grass head during the one-hour sessions aimed at children aged five-nine-years.

Cost is free with registrations made through www.natureplaysa.org.au.