Banksia Buddies & Banksia Babies - Nature Play Programs (0-5yrs)

  • Wed Aug 26 2015
  • Mums & Bubs
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The Banksia Babies and Banksia Buddies nature play programs at Centennial Park provide babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with opportunities to play and explore outside in nature with natural resources. Both programs adhere to The Australian Government’s Early Years Learning Framework.


Banksia Buddies is a nature play program for preschoolers (3 – 5 year olds), created and delivered by experts in early childhood science education. Young children are natural scientists and are constantly trying to understand the world around them by actively exploring, discovering and asking questions. This innate curiosity is fostered in each 1 hour session which consists of an engaging presentation involving an interactive story, songs and science demonstration followed by free play with hands-on activities, art and craft related to nature that are delivered in the beautiful setting of Centennial Park.
Session themes change each week.

Every Tuesday and Thursday during school holidays i.e. 22, 24, 29 September & 1 October, 2015.
Age: Children aged 3-5 years with a parent or adult
Meeting point: Look for mats on grass area opposite CP café off Banksia Way (Turpentine Grove).
Times: 10am – 11am
Price: $20
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NB: Parents and or carers are required to attend the session with their child/children.

BANKSIA BABIES (9m-1.5yrs)
Parents and mobile babies (9 -20 months of age) are guided through movement songs and finger plays followed by discovery play with a nature treasure basket and sensory tubs. Parents receive safety and hygiene tips for starting their own treasure basket collection. Science and nature themes differ each month.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the second week of each month i.e. 7, 9, 11 of September, 5, 7, 9 October & 9, 11, 13 November, 2015.
Parents with mobile babies (9 to 20 months)
Meeting point: Look for mats on grass area opposite CP café, off Banksia Way (Turpentine Grove)
Times: Each session runs for 40 minutes. 9:30am, 10:30am & 11:30am
Price: $20

Using visually stimulating liquid toys and sensory tubs, babies explore liquids can be thin and runny or slow and thick. Our ocean and pond sensory tubs are fun for pouring liquids into containers and seeing what items float and others that sink!

Leading up to ‘Earth Science Week’ babies will have some smooth and shiny or rough and sparkly minerals in their nature treasure baskets.  Our ‘fossil dig’ sensory tub will delight babies who search through the black quartz sand with brushes and fingers.

2015 is International Year of Light. Let’s celebrate by singing a rainbow and exploring light and colour! Mirrors, iridescent bubbles and shells as well as some light toys will have the babies seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses, so to speak.


NB: We limit each session to 10 babies due to resources, however, extra adults are welcome to join.

For more information call program director Cordelia on 0420 599 905. Follow Facebook for rainy day information and cancellations.





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