Outdoor Connections provides holiday programs in Kiama Reserves and at Seven Mile Beach National Park. We offer three different types of holiday programs:
- Nature Play Activities (5-12 years)
- Journey Programs (5-12 years)
- Explorers Programs (7-14 years)
- The holiday programs are “drop and go”, drop the children off at the designated location at 9am and come back to collect them at 3pm. We also offer half day sessions in some holidays so look out for these special themed days.
- Rain, hail or shine the programs go ahead, so bringing a raincoat and hat are essential.
- The Outdoor Connections Enrolment Pack has all the information on what to wear and bring to make a day with us enjoyable. A welcome email is also sent when you book with additional information.
- The maximum amount of children in each group is capped at 16. There is a ratio of 1 facilitator to 8 children in all sessions. Two highly qualified and experienced outdoor educators are present at all sessions. Educators have current First Aid, WWC Checks and a Bronze Medallion holder is always present when sessions are located near water.
- For more safety information, such as what to do for a tick bite or stinging tree check the FAQs section of the website. We take safety very seriously and update our policies regularly.
- Children with additional needs can be catered for.
- We are sorry but we can’t offer Child care rebate as our programmes aren’t 8 hours long, so don’t qualify. We feel 8 hours would be too long and is better suited to Daycare providers.
- Prices as of December 2017: $60.00/child – Full day program $30.00/child – Half day program.
- Bookings are via the Try Booking page.
Holiday Program Descriptions
Nature Play Holiday Activities for 5 – 12 year olds include; nature crafts, shelter building, scavenger hunt walks, sand sculpting, games and nature play. Activities are open ended, driven by children’s interests and the natural elements. The children direct their investigations in raw, yet supported environments. They learn a range of activities they can complete at a later time with their families.
Journey Programs for 5 – 12 year olds vary from site to site, they generally involve a short bush walk of up to 2 km, rock platform explorations and some elements of nature play. These are journey style days so the children need to pack their belongings in a back pack and come ready to discover the local environment. We walk from point to point as we play along the way and choose our own adventure.
Explorers Programs are more adventurous days to engage the older children 7 – 14 years. The Explorers Program is specifically designed to discover aspects of the environment, gain some outdoor skills and participate in teamwork activities. Explorers bush walks are approximately 4km in length and we also run a very popular rafting day. If your older children have ideas for future Explorers Programs please contact us, we want to equip these children with the outdoor skills they are after.
My 6 year old boy had a fantastic time with Outdoor Connections! He has been pointing out the birds and local wildlife he learnt about and is proud of the artwork he made. His favourite activities were the games, shelter building and storytime. Can’t wait for the next session! Such a unique, active and enjoyable way to learn about nature and the history of the world around us! Thanks Amanda and Penny, Beth
I really liked going to stick school! We had soo much fun making rafts and where able to see if they floated in the sea! It was really fun and I wanted to go back to stick school the next day. Louis, age 6.
My son had an absolute ball at stick school (His words)! He loved building rafts and floating them in the sea, using the air dry clay to create and making a variety of things with natural materials. A true testament to Amanda and Penny’s wonderful program is when your child asks to go back to stick school the very next day! Thank you so much for providing a wonderful outdoor experience for our children. Kate
Outdoor Connections in the news ….
Kids Speak: Why the outdoors is good for me. (Wild Magazine, April 2017)
Parents encouraged to let their kids outside (South Coast Register, January 2017)