Media Releases 2016

Posted on 04/04/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Dads ‘n’ Kids enjoy a jam-packed weekend  

What do you do with some imagination and a stack of recycled newspaper? Turn your dad into a superhero of course, bestowing upon them such superpowers as flight, and even telekinesis! 

This was just one of the fun activities enjoyed by the 14 dads and 20 kids who participated in Phillip Island Nature Parks’ annual Dads ‘n’ Kids camping event held at Churchill Island last weekend. 

The weather was just perfect for the sand castle building competition, held on Summerlands Beach. This year’s theme of ‘bigger is better’ saw larger than life penguins, octopus, fish and turtles being constructed as well as entire cities complete with houses, castles, defensive walls and motorbike tracks, giving the penguins a slightly different landscape to observe as they crossed the beach that evening. 

Dads and kids tested their knowledge of each other by answering such tricky questions as “Who is your kid’s best friend this week?” and “When he was a kid, what did dad want to be when he grew up?” 

Helen Masters, Education Ranger with Phillip Island Nature Parks said: “It was fantastic to see such a good turn-out for this year’s event, with a total of 12 girls and 8 boys spending the weekend outdoors with their dads”. 

“Everyone really enjoyed some of the old favourite activities like, the night-time koala prowl, and definitely cooking damper and marshmallows over the open fire”. 

Other activities included some fun team-building games , and a scavenger hunt which saw families searching all around Churchill Island for lots of hidden treasures including tiny shells, tufts of sheep wool and peacock feathers. 

“Mums will have their chance to spend some outdoors time with their kids in the safe and welcoming environment of Churchill Island during the inaugural Mums ‘n’ Kids camping weekend, due to be held later this year,” concluded Helen.


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