Coorong District Council

Parks & Places Theme

Jump on your bike, throw a Frisbee, or make a mud pie…There are all kinds of things to enjoy when you go outside.

What do you need to get started?

Time! Time is the biggest barrier to getting outside, so how do we get more time?

  • Get together with friends or family at the park instead of at your house.
  • Share the load; take it in turns with family or friends to take each other’s kids to the park.
  • Hold a playgroup at the park instead of indoors and enjoy a healthy picnic while you are there.
  • During summer make the most of daylight saving and plan for outings after dinner.
  • In winter, pull on the raincoats and rubber boots and splash in puddles or jump through leaves.
  • Keep a ball, bat or kite in the car and take every opportunity to explore new parks, playgrounds and walking trails when you are out and about.

Give your kids an outdoor boost

Playing outdoors in nature is important for children, just like healthy food and sleep. Kids that have the opportunity to play outdoors are:

  • Fitter
  • Stronger
  • more co-ordinated.

It is also good for their brains, it helps improve:

  • learning
  • concentration
  • memory
  • sleep patterns.

Kids need plenty of physical activity every day, at least 60 minutes a day. Running, jumping, riding, climbing and chasing are great ways for kids to be physically active.

Your local parks and playgrounds provide a great free space to be active. The kids will be having so much fun they won’t think of it as exercise. Allow them to get messy, meet up with other kids, make choices, agree on their own rules and create an adventure to remember.

Make Saturday and Sunday outdoor fundays!

When it comes to family outdoor playtime, weekdays can be a little tricky – but that’s why we have weekends! When we start to think about Saturday and Sunday as outdoor ‘fundays’ our planning for fun and outdoor activities gets a lot easier.

Need some outdoor inspiration?

Try these out with your kids today:

  • roll down a really big hill at the park
  • build a fort out of sticks and branches
  • fly a kite at your local oval
  • hunt for bugs
  • take a bike ride along your local bike path
  • play chasey or hide and seek in and out of trees in the park
  • skim stones in a creek or at the beach
  • soar on a swing or slide down a slippery dip at the local playground.

Life Looks Brighter Theme DL Brochure(6336 kb)

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Please feel free to contact the OPAL team at the Coorong District Council on 8572 3611 if you have any ideas that you would like to see happen in your local community to eat well and be active.

Theme Projects to date

  • Meningie Nature Playground
  • Mayors Pedometer Challenge - Click Here
  • Geocaching in the Murraylands - Click Here
  • Coonalpyn Multi Sports Structure
  • Bike Safety Workshops
  • Geocaching - Click Here
  • Gardening
  • Imagination Playground Equipment
  • School Holiday Activities

 

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