10 reasons to go camping with your kids

It's disruptive - bad patterns from home don't come along. Whinging happens less. Working together happens more. We parents used fun and silliness more to get stuff done and kids listen more where there's actually a real need to follow instructions (hold my hand or you might fall off this cliff, don't go too close to the kangaroo or it might hurt you with its huge claws). Small domestic tasks become fascinating. Making up beds in a tent. Washing dishes in a camp kitchen or bucket. Finding … [Read more...]

Family adventure – Newport Lakes

On Saturday we went and explored Newport Lakes for a few hours as part of our plan for our family to have a weekly 'family adventure day'. This is where we get out in nature and move and explore as a family. Newport Lakes is a bushland area created from a former blustone quarry and rubbish tip site in the middle of Newport. The park is 33 hectares in size. The lakes area of the park has been extensively revegetated using native plants, with over 200 species of plants and 85 species of … [Read more...]

Camping with kids (in winter!)

So…we went camping, with an almost five year old and a one year old, in the middle of a Victorian winter and…it was fun! In fact, the only thing that stopped it from being completely fantastic was me and all my needless worrying. Story of my life really. Anyway, back to camping. We decided to go to Warburton, a small village on the Yarra River about 90 minutes for Melbourne. We decided on camping because it's cheap, but also because it fits with our priorities of spending time outside … [Read more...]

How to have nature experiences when you live in the city

I still have a bit of a fantasy that one day our life will somehow dramatically transform (the mechanics of how this will actually occur aren't in the fantasy of course!) and we will be living on a farm, or in the bush, or in a beach shack, where we won't wear shoes (and the kids probably won't wear clothes) and we will be outside from sun up to sun down. Where we have chosen to live at this time in our lives, though, is in an inner suburb of a big (by Australian standards anyway) … [Read more...]