Getting out into nature gives people of all ages an ability to see themselves in relation to a bigger picture of the natural universe. The process can leave both child and adult with a replenished sense of order and peace, a perfect family pursuit during the school holidays.
Here are some fun eco-friendly school holiday ideas:
- Go stargazing on a clear night. Get conscious about our spinning earth and check out star expert extraordinaire Greg Quicke’s BBC & ABC
- Go for a nature walk, hike or bush bike ride. Not only will you get some fresh air and exercise, but you’ll also get to appreciate the beauty of nature. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some native creatures, opening the opportunity to educate your kids on the importance of protecting our wildlife. Check out nature reserves within your city or explore hiking or biking tracks further afield. Go on one of 15 of the best hikes and walks around Australia, and discover something new.
- Visit a local farm or farmer’s market. You’ll get to learn about where your fresh produce comes from and support local growers, and there’s nothing cuter than your kids playing with farm animals! Plus, you might even get to try some new and delicious foods. Shop for seasonal produce and let the kids choose what to have for dinner based off what you purchase at the market.
- Learn through play. Check out a bush playgroup program for your toddler these school holidays. Book your primary-aged wildlife explorer into Moonlight Sanctuary’s school holiday Keeper Club, and enjoy environmental activities and animal encounters. These programmes and events can be a great way for your child to learn about animals the environment in ways that they can understand, and make new friends along the way. Online programmes are also available, teaching a number of valuable lessons about our planet.
- Watch a climate change movie. Start a family conversation and teach your kids about the importance of protecting our planet with some amazing movies and documentaries like A Beautiful Planet, I Am Greta, Arctic Tale or the quintessential David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet. A selection of important, thought-provoking movies can be found here.
- Grow your own garden. Take the previous idea a step further and grow a veggie patch or herb garden in the backyard. It is an awesome way to teach your kids about sustainable food and is such a fun way to get mucky in the garden. Choose some of your child’s favourite fruit or vegetables and watch them grow until they’re ready to harvest.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle. This is something we can be doing all the time, but school holidays are the perfect time to set out on an excursion with re-usable food packaging, clean out the cupboards to find items for a second use (like old clothes for fancy dress costumes). You can even just plan to buy less and generate less waste and converse more on ways we can all do our bit. Every excursion is an opportunity – heading to the airport for example, is the perfect time to talk about green air travel and what we can all do – at an individual level and in supporting new technologies.
Make these school holidays the greenest ones yet with these awesome, engaging and educational activities.
By Sarah Panther