Join the fun over the school holidays by getting out and getting wild in Ipswich! Our Kids Go Wild program is filled with a range of fun activities that encourage kids to get involved in our local environment and learn about ways to become more sustainable. All activities are FREE but bookings are essential.

You can find out more information about previous events and when future events as they are available via the EnviroEd Eventbrite page or council's Facebook Events page.

Kids Go Wild at home

Council is taking steps to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading and to protect the community. Non-essential Council-organised events and gatherings are being cancelled or rescheduled as a measure to help decrease the risk of infections.

The Kids Go Wild Easter school holiday program falls in to this category and will not proceed. We apologise for any inconvenience.

However don't despair - you can still go wild at home!

Here are some fun, environmentally friendly activities you can do with children that mostly use things you can find around the house.

Be sure to observe social distancing guidelines and adhere to government directives when participating in these activities.


Discover the great outdoors

Cupcake tray scavenger huntCupcake tray scavenger hunt: Using a cupcake tray, allocate each space with a colour, shape or a letter for your little one to fill with corresponding items. You may like to start inside the house, then transition outside. You may also like to start with colours, move on to shapes and then do letters. This activity is great for different levels of child development.

'Social distancing' discovery: There is always plenty going on underneath our feet however we're often too busy to slow down and see it. During this time when we need to keep our distance from others it's a great opportunity to find a nice patch of grass and see what you can find. What insects, colours and shapes can you see? Does it change at different times of day? How is it different to another patch of grass only a few metres away?

Find the rainbow: Whether you have a backyard to explore or are heading out for your daily exercise, colour spotting in nature is a fun activity. Pick a few colours, or allocate a different colour to each family member and see who can spot the most colours in nature. For an extra challnege, grab a piece of coloured paper or paint swatches and try to match your colour exactly!


Be resourceful with your recycling

Milk bottle elephantMilk bottle elephants: There are plenty of things you can make from the versatile milk bottle - bird feeders, decorated planters - but one of our favourites is a milk bottle elephant. Have an adult cut the top off a milk bottle, trim some arches on the sides to make legs and decorate with whatever paints, paper or materials you have around the house.

Glass jar snow globes: You will need a clean glass jar, glitter, glue (hot glue or super glue), a figurine (we used an old Ooshie) and a bottle top. If you also have glycerine that will help the glitter float. We stuck the Ooshie onto the bottle cap, before sticking that to the inside of the jar lid. When dried, put a little bit of glitter in to the jar (a little goes a long way!) then add your water almost to the top. Add a spoon of glycerine if you have it. Glue the lid on to try and prevent leaks.

Toilet roll treasures: Save those cardboard inner tubes for plenty of craft fun. All sorts of crazy critters can be made, such as caterpillars and butterflies.


Burn off some energy in a sustainable way

Obstacle course: Just about anything around your house can become part of an obstacle course, particularly things you find in your recycling bin. Under the chairs, through the cardboard box, balancing the empty plastic bottle on your hand, jumping over pool noodles balanced on buckets - the possibilities are endless.


More inspiration

Nature Play Queensland: Sign up to the Nature Play passport online and access plenty of activities to learn about nature. There are also smartphone apps to download.

Plot Australia: Running '30 days of backyard play' on their social media sites, particularly Facebook videos.

Reverse Garbage Queensland: Follow on social media for ideas such as 'What can you make with this?'.

Australian Reptile Park: Provide live streams of their educational shows on social media sites and YouTube