Nature Play at the Park Lands | FREE E-book for Families


The Adelaide City Council have produced a fabulous FREE e-book for families to take advantage of the wonderful play spaces within the city of Adelaide.  20 ways with Nature Play features 20 great locations and nature play activities the kids will love.

Remember spending time outdoors as a child? Riding your bike, making mud pies and climbing trees? It’s what fond childhood memories are made of, but what is different these days?

Play time in nature facilitates recreational learning that supports the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children. As children interact with the natural elements they discover, they also develop their creativity through unstructured play, whilst enhancing their problem solving, social, and fine motor skills.

Blessed with over 350,000 trees and numerous creeks, as well as an abundance of native vegetation, birds, insects and a growing series of biodiversity sites, the Adelaide Park Lands offer plenty of activities for children and families to indulge in at any time of the year.


With regular visits to the Park Lands children start to develop their own play-pretend games, and look for their favourite natural craft materials at nature’s play table; imagination is key! Guiding your children initially with some lightly structured activities will encourage them to explore their play space whilst giving them the confidence to venture out on their own.  Back-to-basics nature play can be rewarding for parents too, offering valuable downtime amongst tranquil settings that help the mind settle and rejuvenate.

To help you get started, try these suggested nature play activities:

♥  Roll down a hill or play some chasey near Montefiore Hill. While you’re there check out the life-size statue of the city’s founder, Colonel William Light.

♥  Watch out for local birdlife foraging for food, including the pelicans and the majestic Black Swan while taking a scenic cruise along the River Torrens on the Popeye.

♥  In autumn, gather the golden brown leaves at the Elm Avenue Carriageway, and build a leaf castle. Once you’ve finished, gather them up in one big mass, take a step back, run and jump right in to experience the ultimate sense of freedom that comes from rolling in autumn leaves.

♥  In winter, wear your gumboots, find a puddle, jump and dance like no one is watching! You’ll come across a number of puddles in the Adelaide Park Lands, but muddy ones are always the best.

♥  In spring, grab a basket take a long walk and see how many varieties of new season blooms you can collect; thread them together to make a flower bracelet or put together a bouquet to take home.

♥  In summer, visit the water play fountain located in the northern end of Victoria Square. Let the kids run through the 9 vertical water rows, or challenge them to play a game of ‘Red Rover’.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy of the 20 ways with Nature Play e-book today.

  • Nature play ideas for every season
  • Perfect for a family day out
  • FREE for all families, simply turn up and enjoy nature’s freebies
  • Guided tips that will encourage the little ones to expand their imagination using natural elements
  • 20 of Adelaide’s top nature play locations, for endless fun
  • BONUS activity and colour in pages
  • Instant FREE download viewable on computers, tablets and smartphones

Take a look at Play & Go’s Nature Play category too for loads of inspiration both in and around the city!

For more information visit the City of Adelaide website here.

What:  Nature Play at the Park Lands E-book

When:  Available now!

Where:  Click on the link above

Who:  Families

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