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Thousands expected at Cubby Town 2019

Thousands expected at Cubby Town 2019

MORE than 3000 children and parents are expected to gather in Yanchep National Park this Saturday and build more than 1000 cubbies.

The annual Cubby Town event aims help connect families to WA’s national parks and promote the health and wellbeing benefits of unstructured play in the outdoors.

The event is a partnership between Nature Play WA and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Attractions with support from the City of Wanneroo and Spring into Parks, a WA Parks Foundation initiative supported by Chevron.

Nature Play chief executive Griffin Longley said the event resulted from a partnership with the department and staff at Yanchep National Park.

The department will waive entry fees to the park for the event and park staff have collected sticks for the cubby building activities over recent months and worked with Nature Play WA to plan and coordinate the event.

“Spring is a great time to reap the benefits of being outdoors and active, and there are few better places to do that than at Yanchep National Park,” Mr Longley said.

“We know that time playing outdoors and in nature is fantastic for kids physical and mental health and is a great way to build memories together as a family.”

This year, Nature Play has partnered with Therapy Focus to create a Social Story for Cubby Town to explain social situations to children with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities, helping them understand socially appropriate behaviours and responses.

Previously held in April, organisers postponed this year’s Cubby Town to spring.

Spring into Parks started on September 1 and encourages families to get ‘Nearer to Nature’ during the school holidays, with activities planned in the Perth Hills.

The program’s closing event will be a stargazing night at The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park on October 19.

THE ESSENTIALS
What: Cubby Town
Where: Yanchep National Park, Yanchep (see map).
When: 10am to 2pm, Saturday, September 14
Activities: cubby building, flag making, dance, singing, playing, nature crafts
More: www.natureplaywa.org.au