As we creep to the halfway point of the school holidays, it is great to see a range of groups and different organisations coming together to keep children occupied and happy.
Greater Shepparton becomes a hub of activity in the warmer months and this can be attributed to the many events it has on offer.
Initiatives such as Greater Shepparton City Council’s Activities in the Park has played a role in helping to keep people of all ages engaged by getting them outside and trying different things.
The range of activities on offer is diverse and caters for different interests and, most importantly, is not limited to Shepparton, but includes towns such as Mooroopna, Tatura and Merrigum.
Many of the programs on the Activities in the Park line-up are focused on leading a healthy lifestyle and are outdoors.
The school holidays can often become an excuse to stay inside and play games on a TV or phone screen, but Activities in the Park gives parents and children that push to get outside and go back to basics.
The recent Nature Craft activity at SPC Ardmona KidsTown gave children the chance to look around and find inspiration in sticks and leaves for creating artwork. This sort of stimulation encourages people to use a different, more creative, part of their brain to create something special.
But it is not just your brain that benefits from outdoor activities.
Your social and physical skills are also enhanced because you are out ‘‘mooving’’ and meeting new people.
The News covers many Activities in the Park events and it is great to see people embracing these free activities.
If you have heard about Activities in the Park, we encourage you to get out and try one of the free events on offer.
You have nothing to lose and you may enjoy yourself. There is plenty on offer in Greater Shepparton, you only need to take the time to look around and see it.