What: Bugs Club is part Forest School part nature exploration session, held in Westow Park, as part of Crystal Palace Transition Town. We meet monthly to explore our local park and allotment garden, climb trees, build dens enjoy storytime under the leaves and learn about nature. Sessions are designed for whole family participation, to get kids excited about nature, growing their own food and treading lightly on the earth. The aim of each session is to send kids home with grubby fingernails and rosy cheeks, with a healthy dose of fresh air and the old-fashioned kind of fun grown-ups tend to reminisce about. If you want to learn more about the forest school ethos and the benefits of this kind of play check out this site or this one.
Who: Bugs Club is aimed at kids 3-8 years, but older and younger siblings are always welcome. Kids who like to climb trees, roll down hills, blow dandelions, hide in dens, plant seeds, spot birds and investigate under rocks will love the sessions. We have a few rules for safety, but other than that sessions are informally structured and take lead from the kids and the weather (please dress appropriately, wellies are often a good fashion choice!)
When: 11am third Saturday of every month until September (18th April, 16th May, 20th June, 18th July, 15th August, 19th September). We play rain or shine, no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!
Price: Sessions are £3 per child / £5 per family. Price includes a small snack and juice at the end of the session.
No need to book, just show up and look for the group of kids wielding binoculars/trowels/magnifying glasses.
A little about me: I am a trained early years worker, previously working as a teaching assistant and a childminder. You can usually find me chalking on the pavement, taking photos of trees or in the middle of a giant game of hide and seek. I have an enhanced DBS clearance and Paediatric First Aid Certificate.