ImagiNation Children’s Festival launches in Logan
Published: 08 Sep 2016
More than 140 free and low-cost children’s activities will be on offer across the City of Logan over the September school holidays as part of the ImagiNation Children’s Festival.
From mud baths to movies, swimming to story time and pirate talk to Pokemon, the first ever ImagiNation Children’s Festival offers an action-packed calendar of events aimed at children aged 0-12.
City Image Chairperson, Councillor Laurie Smith, said the festival would provide a mix of outdoor and indoor activities for children every day of the school holidays.
“There really was only two criteria we wanted these events to meet — they had to be free or at least affordable for families and, more importantly, they had to be fun for young children,” Cr Smith said.
Councillor Smith said one of the ImagiNation Children’s Festival’s main drawcards would be the Mud Play event at Logan River Parklands.
“Mud Play basically involves us creating a big mud pit in a section of the park where families can come down and watch their young ones dive into the dirt,” he said.
“I’d like to say it will be good, clean fun, but I can guarantee it will be good, muddy fun.”
The Mud Play event is part of the Council-sponsored Nature Play Program designed to encourage kids to swap screen time for ‘green time’.
The Nature Play Logan Passport challenges kids to complete a series of outdoor, environmentally-focused activities, rewarding participants with stamps in their Nature Play Passports.
Councillor Smith said the program was about helping children to find the balance between outdoor activities and those indoors and on-screens.
“Digital and screen-based activities are now such a large part of everyone’s lives, including children,” he said.
“With that in mind, it’s more important than ever to provide imaginative and accessible activities to encourage children to engage with nature and the outside world.
“We are so lucky to have wonderful parks, bush trails and other locations filled with wildlife.
“This festival provides plenty of opportunities for children to explore those places and perhaps discover a part of their community or a new activity for the first time.”
While the majority of events at the ImagiNation Children’s Festival are free or low-cost, bookings are essential for most of them.
To view the full program and make a booking, visit http://www.logan.qld.gov.au/imagination
ImagiNation Children’s Festival runs 17 September – 1 October 2016