KIN Village – Nature-based school holiday program for older kids

KIN Village – Nature-based school holiday program for older children

KIN (Kids in Nature) Village provides an opportunity for older children to engage in nature play activities and enjoy building communities outdoors.

  • KIN Village, a drop and leave program for 6 – 12 year olds.

  • KIN Village Junior, a morning program for 4 – 7 year olds and their parents.

KIN VILLAGE

KIN Village is a ‘drop and leave’ school holiday program, that allows children to freely explore their world and community with the support of Nature Educators and Mentors.

We say ‘YES’ to kids and provide them with opportunities to play, build nature awareness, and develop resilience. We do this through hut building, carpentry, nature exploration, community games, art, music and cooking.

Our Nature Educators resource the space with objects and tools children might need to live out their adventure. They provide mentoring that observes and listens to children in order to guide suggestions, resources and skill building to help them achieve their goals. The program is designed to follow children’s natural energy levels throughout the day so that children work as a team without feeling forced or held back. Children feel they are truly heard and acknowledged and are therefore more open to be guided into nature connection by our mentors.

At a ‘regular’ KIN Village day (although no two are ever identical) children have the opportunity to:

  • Use real tools to build, construct and tinker

  • Build rafts and explore the river foreshore (location dependent)

  • Prepare and cook a healthy lunch

  • Construct cubbies and huts

  • Connect with mentors and leaders

  • Explore nature, find animals, insects and plants

  • Play wilderness awareness games

Each session runs from 9am to 4pm and costs $79 per child. This cost includes morning tea and lunch. We have a staff to child ratio of 1:7, with group sizes capped at 28 children. All staff have a Working with Children Check, with at least two staff at each session being first aid trained and at least one with water rescue qualifications (where applicable). The Lead Facilitators are qualified teachers.

Educated by Nature follow the Natural Cycle as outlined by the 8 Shields Institute of Deep Nature Connection. This cycle is based natural energy flows of the day and fits with our body’s natural progression. For more information on this aspect of our programs see Art of Mentoring.

Spread the word and gather your friends - Let’s reclaim childhood within experiences that empower, connect and challenge. Book in for one or multiple sessions!

KIN VILLAGE JUNIOR

KIN Village Junior is a stepping stone towards KIN Village’s full day program. In essence, a rites-of-passage that provides 4 – 7 year old children a glimpse into the world of the ‘bigger kids’. Usually held on Saturday mornings at various times throughout the year, these stand-alone events provide an opportunity for children to spend time outdoors with a parent, grandparent or significant adult to experience risk taking, adventure and nature craft skill building. Themes vary season to season, but these 3 hour sessions aim to develop a sense of community, build resilience and provide an opportunity for exciting adventures outdoors.

Sessions run from 9am to 12pm. The session cost is $30 for a child and parent/guardian. $25 for siblings.

Locations

KIN Village programs are run in a variety of locations around Perth. We are frequently adding new locations. Here is a list of our current locations, including links to maps and tips on how to get to these spots.

Swan River Foreshore, Crawley

Curtin University, Bentley

Manning Park, Hamilton Hill

Mayo Community Garden, Swanbourne