Kids getting in touch with great outdoors
FOUR of Victoria’s top alpine resorts will play host to hundreds of kids aged four to 12 and their parents from December 2015 to April 2016, pulling them away from screens at home and pushing them into Victoria’s pristine natural alpine environments.
The Adventure Kids Festival, back for its third year, offers a wide range of activities and aims to encourage fun physical activity and a deeper connection with the great outdoors in Victorian families.
The adverse effect of too much screen time to a child’s wellbeing is well documented, with studies linking the lack of time spent outdoors and limited connection with nature by children, to behavioural problems, obesity, attention disorders and depression.
At a time when children are experiencing far greater levels of screen time than ever before, the Adventure Kids Festival offers an opportunity for a technology detox for young digital natives.
Children will have the chance to participate in a range of outdoor activities, learn new skills, and gain an appreciation for the outdoors.
Activities include trail running, obstacle courses, bushwalking, mountain biking, fly fishing, slacklining, bush art and craft, orienteering and geocaching.
Parents are invited to watch and encourage their children as they participate, or even join in.
“In Australia we’re lucky to have such a beautiful natural environment and it’s imperative that the next generation learns to enjoy it,” said event organiser, Grant Seamer.
“The Adventure Kids Festival is specially designed to get kids moving and away from their screens in a safe, fun and encouraging atmosphere.”
Just a 90 minute drive from Melbourne, the Adventure Kids Festival will kick off at Lake Mountain on December 5-6 with accommodation available in the nearby town of Marysville.
The weekend prior to Australia Day on January 23-24 will see the Adventure Kids Festival take place at Mount Hotham where accommodation options range from bunk rooms to self-contained apartments.
Mount Baw Baw will host the Festival over the Easter long weekend on March 26-27, before it wraps up at Falls Creek on April 2-3.
Families can choose from a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets at or near the venues.
GREAT OUTDOORS: Kids will get to experience all kinds of fun activities and learn new skills during the Adventure Kids Festival.