Kids get­ting in touch with great out­doors

North East Tourist News - - BRIGHT & DISTRICT -

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.

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