Nature Playgroup

Explore, grow & learn in nature.

From $10 per session

From $10 per session

Rewild your Family

Get into Nature!

Our Nature playgroup sessions are designed to increase outdoor time, strengthen bonds between children and caregivers, create and foster a strong connection to the environment and develop children’s independence.

At Nature Playgroup, children are given the freedom to play and learn as they desire at the forest, beaches and rock pools of Fishermans Bay, Port Stephens. As they explore, we create structures and nature art, climb trees, play with water and learn to whittle.

Nature Playgroup sessions are suitable for children of all ages and are largely child-led, focused on what participants show an interest in. Offerings are designed for each stage of development including baby sensory, challenge by choice, and fine & gross motor skill development.  

Families can choose to book 1.5hr or full 3hr Nature Playgroup sessions. We will have a short break between sessions to reset the area and sanitise – families staying for the full time can use this time for a snack break. 

PLEASE NOTE: When we have extremely wet weather our sessions will be held a a wetland location between Nelson and Shoal Bay, not Fishermans Bay. 

99% of the time Amy will be your facilitator. She is a mum and qualified & experienced outdoor guide with lots of local knowledge. “I hope to share the beauty and soul of Port Stephens with visitors and locals alike and foster their connection with nature. If we are connected with nature we are more likely to look after our planet.”

Session Times
Duration: 1.5hrs or 3hrs
Please arrive 5mins early for your first session to finalise paperwork and for introductions.

Monday & Thursday
8:00am – 9:30am | 9:30 – 11:00am 

Cost
(2.9% surcharge if booked online)

1.5hrs Full Term Bookings (10 weeks)
$100 per child
Adults and babies in arms free when accompanying a paying child. 

3hrs Full Term Bookings (10 weeks)
$190 per child
Adults and babies in arms free when accompanying a paying child. 

1.5hrs Casual Bookings (if available)
$15 per child 
Adults and babies in arms free when accompanying a paying child.

3hrs Casual Bookings (if available)
$25 per child 
Adults and babies in arms free when accompanying a paying child.

Sessions will be held in Fishermans Bay each week, either in the forest or at the beach.

This will be based on the tide, swell and weather conditions.

You will be advised of the decision, the morning of the session.

Tomaree Coastal Adventures is a registered Active & Creative Kids provider!

 
To book using your voucher email or call us.
Phone: 0477 063 646

Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. and can be made by phone or online. If you cannot find availability please get in touch to be wait listed for additional sessions.

Online Bookings will incur a 2.9% service fee.

Payments can be made by direct deposit or card (online using Stripe or in person using Square). To pay by direct deposit please call us to make your booking.

Minimum Numbers We require a minimum of 5 participants for a session to go ahead – if we do not reach this number we will get in touch with those who have booked to discuss refund, postponement or a small group surcharge. 

  • Healthy snacks and water – we are an environmentally conscious business and discourage the use of single use plastic water bottles, and plastic wrapped food. We love to see Nude Food and Resuable Water Bottles.
  • Family blanket or towel to sit on – individual areas are required for COVID safety.
  • Weather appropriate clothing. Hot sunny days: Sun safe clothing – long sleeve collared tops, sunscreen, broad brim hat, knee length pants. Wet or cold days: Synthetic or wool layers, warm hat, raincoat, rain pants (if you have them). NO COTTON. Remember to still wear sunscreen and bring a sunhat. 
  • Grippy, enclosed shoes
  • Any normal medications (epi-pen, asthma puffer etc)
  • Swimmers for beach days
We use an online waiver system for all participants, please ensure you complete this prior to arrival. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce physical interaction between staff and participants.
 
The form will need to be completed once per term. You are completing this form for you and your children’s attendance. Please ensure to add each child by clicking the + button under the Child Details section. Please ensure you check ALL the boxes in the Risk Warning & Liability Waiver. The only box that is optional is the Photo Consent. If all other boxes are not checked you will not be able to join us. We will have a tablet at check in to complete this form as well as paper versions. However, this will cut into play time so we encourage you to complete it before arrival – we understand this may not be possible with last minute bookings. 

For our programs to resume we need to work together in partnership, I understand that our community will be in need of support and connection over the coming weeks, however as always, the safety of our staff, our families and our Tomaree Coastal Adventures community will remain our first priority.

In an effort to ensure the safety of our Tomaree Coastal Adventures community and our staff, we will be implementing the following strategies:

  • We will be encouraging; good hygiene practices such as covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow, washing your hands often with soap and water, using alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
  • If you or any member of your family/friends (that you live with or who you have had recent close contact with) has any sign of illness we ask that you DO NOT attend the session. In this situation please call our office to organise cancellation or postponement. As this request is being put in place to protect the health of all our families, anyone who ignores this request will be required to leave immediately and any payment made will be forfeited.
  • Soap and water will be provided so participants can clean their hands on arrival, departure and between activities. Alcohol based hand sanitizer will be available for use after toileting, and before & after eating.
  • Please make sure to bring your own snacks and water, and please do not share these with anyone else. 
  • We will be aiming to keep distance between participants and staff. If first aid is required additional PPE will be worn. 
  • When you arrive for your session please do not let your children gather with other families – a distance of at least 1.5m must be maintained between participants of different families. 

 Thank you all for your understanding, cooperation & support in this difficult time ❤️

Clothing | Expect to get wet and/or dirty! This is not the place for nice clothes.
 
Rubbish | All rubbish you bring in, you will need to take home with you.  
 
Weather | We love ALL weather – so dress accordingly! Sessions will only be cancelled in the case of relevant weather warnings, extreme heat events and unsafe fire conditions. 
 
Parent Responsibility | This is a facilitated activity. Your guide is there to show you and your children how to connect with and enjoy nature. They will explain safety procedures but YOU are responsible for watching your children and enforcing the safety guidelines. Due to this we will enforce a maximum ratio of 1 adult caregiver to 3 children – including infants. If you turn up with a higher child to adult ratio and no other attending adult is prepared to make up the difference you will be TURNED AWAY with NO REFUND. This is for your child’s safety.  
 
Toilets | Toilets are limited within the National Park. We advise you visit the nearest public toilet BEFORE arriving at the meeting point. You will need to utilise outdoor toileting practices during our sessions – which we will cover in our briefing. 

Please review our terms and conditions. This covers our Booking Conditions (payments, cancellations, photos release, minors, minimum numbers, special requirements, removal from tours) and Risk Warning & Liability Waiver. 

At Nature Playgroup, children are given the freedom to play and learn as they desire at the forest, beaches and rock pools of Fishermans Bay, Port Stephens. As they explore, we create structures and nature art, climb trees, play with water and learn to whittle.

Nature Playgroup sessions are suitable for children of all ages and are largely child-led, focused on what participants show an interest in. Offerings are designed for each stage of development including baby sensory, challenge by choice, and fine & gross motor skill development.  

Families can choose to book 1.5hr or full 3hr Nature Playgroup sessions. We will have a short break between sessions to reset the area and sanitise – families staying for the full time can use this time for a snack break. 

99% of the time Amy will be your facilitator. She is a mum and qualified & experienced outdoor guide with lots of local knowledge. “I hope to share the beauty and soul of Port Stephens with visitors and locals alike and foster their connection with nature. If we are connected with nature we are more likely to look after our planet.”

PLEASE NOTE: When we have extremely wet weather our sessions will be held a a wetland location between Nelson and Shoal Bay, not Fishermans Bay. 

Session Times
Duration: 1.5hrs or 3hrs
Please arrive 5mins early for your first session to finalise paperwork and for introductions.

Monday & Thursday
8:00am – 9:30am | 9:30 – 11:00am 

Cost
(2.9% surcharge if booked online)

1.5hrs Full Term Bookings (10 weeks)
$100 per child
Adults and babies in arms free when accompanying a paying child. 

3hrs Full Term Bookings (10 weeks)
$190 per child
Adults and babies in arms free when accompanying a paying child. 


1.5hrs Casual Bookings (if available)
$15 per child 
Adults and babies in arms free when accompanying a paying child.

3hrs Casual Bookings (if available)
$25 per child 
Adults and babies in arms free when accompanying a paying child.

Sessions will be held in Fishermans Bay each week, either in the forest or at the beach.

This will be based on the tide, swell and weather conditions.

You will be advised of the decision, the morning of the session.

Tomaree Coastal Adventures is a registered Active & Creative Kids provider!

 
To book using your voucher email or call us.
Phone: 0477 063 646

Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. and can be made by phone or online. If you cannot find availability please get in touch to be wait listed for additional sessions.

Online Bookings will incur a 2.9% service fee.

Payments can be made by direct deposit or card (online using Stripe or in person using Square). To pay by direct deposit please call us to make your booking.

Minimum Numbers We require a minimum of 5 participants for a session to go ahead – if we do not reach this number we will get in touch with those who have booked to discuss refund, postponement or a small group surcharge. 

  • Healthy snacks and water – we are an environmentally conscious business and discourage the use of single use plastic water bottles, and plastic wrapped food. We love to see Nude Food and Resuable Water Bottles.
  • Family blanket or towel to sit on – individual areas are required for COVID safety.
  • Weather appropriate clothing. Hot sunny days: Sun safe clothing – long sleeve collared tops, sunscreen, broad brim hat, knee length pants. Wet or cold days: Synthetic or wool layers, warm hat, raincoat, rain pants (if you have them). NO COTTON. Remember to still wear sunscreen and bring a sunhat. 
  • Grippy, enclosed shoes
  • Any normal medications (epi-pen, asthma puffer etc)
  • Swimmers for beach days
We use an online waiver system for all participants, please ensure you complete this prior to arrival. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce physical interaction between staff and participants.
 
The form will need to be completed once per term. You are completing this form for you and your children’s attendance. Please ensure to add each child by clicking the + button under the Child Details section. Please ensure you check ALL the boxes in the Risk Warning & Liability Waiver. The only box that is optional is the Photo Consent. If all other boxes are not checked you will not be able to join us. We will have a tablet at check in to complete this form as well as paper versions. However, this will cut into play time so we encourage you to complete it before arrival – we understand this may not be possible with last minute bookings. 

For our programs to resume we need to work together in partnership, I understand that our community will be in need of support and connection over the coming weeks, however as always, the safety of our staff, our families and our Tomaree Coastal Adventures community will remain our first priority.

In an effort to ensure the safety of our Tomaree Coastal Adventures community and our staff, we will be implementing the following strategies:

  • We will be encouraging; good hygiene practices such as covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow, washing your hands often with soap and water, using alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
  • If you or any member of your family/friends (that you live with or who you have had recent close contact with) has any sign of illness we ask that you DO NOT attend the session. In this situation please call our office to organise cancellation or postponement. As this request is being put in place to protect the health of all our families, anyone who ignores this request will be required to leave immediately and any payment made will be forfeited.
  • Soap and water will be provided so participants can clean their hands on arrival, departure and between activities. Alcohol based hand sanitizer will be available for use after toileting, and before & after eating.
  • Please make sure to bring your own snacks and water, and please do not share these with anyone else. 
  • We will be aiming to keep distance between participants and staff. If first aid is required additional PPE will be worn. 
  • When you arrive for your session please do not let your children gather with other families – a distance of at least 1.5m must be maintained between participants of different families. 

 Thank you all for your understanding, cooperation & support in this difficult time ❤️

Clothing | Expect to get wet and/or dirty! This is not the place for nice clothes.
 
Rubbish | All rubbish you bring in, you will need to take home with you.  
 
Weather | We love ALL weather – so dress accordingly! Sessions will only be cancelled in the case of relevant weather warnings, extreme heat events and unsafe fire conditions. 
 
Parent Responsibility | This is a facilitated activity. Your guide is there to show you and your children how to connect with and enjoy nature. They will explain safety procedures but YOU are responsible for watching your children and enforcing the safety guidelines. Due to this we will enforce a maximum ratio of 1 adult caregiver to 3 children – including infants. If you turn up with a higher child to adult ratio and no other attending adult is prepared to make up the difference you will be TURNED AWAY with NO REFUND. This is for your child’s safety.  
 
Toilets | Toilets are limited within the National Park. We advise you visit the nearest public toilet BEFORE arriving at the meeting point. You will need to utilise outdoor toileting practices during our sessions – which we will cover in our briefing. 

Please review our terms and conditions. This covers our Booking Conditions (payments, cancellations, photos release, minors, minimum numbers, special requirements, removal from tours) and Risk Warning & Liability Waiver. 

Session Times
Duration: 1.5hrs or 3hrs
Please arrive 5mins early for your first session to finalise paperwork and for introductions.

Monday & Thursday
8:00am – 9:30am | 9:30 – 11:00am 

Cost
(2.9% surcharge if booked online)

1.5hrs Full Term Bookings (10 weeks)
1 Child: $120 per child
Extra siblings: $100 per child
Adults and babies in arms free when accompanying a paying child. 

3hrs Full Term Bookings (10 weeks)
1 Child: $220 per child
Extra siblings: $200 per child
Adults and babies in arms free when accompanying a paying child. 

1.5hrs Casual Bookings (if available)
$15 per child 
Adults and babies in arms free when accompanying a paying child.

3hrs Casual Bookings (if available)
$25 per child 
Adults and babies in arms free when accompanying a paying child.

Sessions will be held in Fishermans Bay each week, either in the forest or at the beach.

This will be based on the tide, swell and weather conditions.

You will be advised of the decision, the morning of the session.

Tomaree Coastal Adventures is a registered Active & Creative Kids provider!

 
To book using your voucher email or call us.
Phone: 0477 063 646

Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. and can be made by phone or online. If you cannot find availability please get in touch to be wait listed for additional sessions.

Online Bookings will incur a 2.9% service fee.

Payments can be made by direct deposit or card (online using Stripe or in person using Square). To pay by direct deposit please call us to make your booking.

Minimum Numbers We require a minimum of 5 participants for a session to go ahead – if we do not reach this number we will get in touch with those who have booked to discuss refund, postponement or a small group surcharge. 

  • Healthy snacks and water – we are an environmentally conscious business and discourage the use of single use plastic water bottles, and plastic wrapped food. We love to see Nude Food and Resuable Water Bottles.
  • Family blanket or towel to sit on – individual areas are required for COVID safety.
  • Weather appropriate clothing. Hot sunny days: Sun safe clothing – long sleeve collared tops, sunscreen, broad brim hat, knee length pants. Wet or cold days: Synthetic or wool layers, warm hat, raincoat, rain pants (if you have them). NO COTTON. Remember to still wear sunscreen and bring a sunhat. 
  • Grippy, enclosed shoes
  • Any normal medications (epi-pen, asthma puffer etc)
  • Swimmers for beach days
We use an online waiver system for all participants, please ensure you complete this prior to arrival. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce physical interaction between staff and participants.
 
The form will need to be completed once per term. You are completing this form for you and your children’s attendance. Please ensure to add each child by clicking the + button under the Child Details section. Please ensure you check ALL the boxes in the Risk Warning & Liability Waiver. The only box that is optional is the Photo Consent. If all other boxes are not checked you will not be able to join us. We will have a tablet at check in to complete this form as well as paper versions. However, this will cut into play time so we encourage you to complete it before arrival – we understand this may not be possible with last minute bookings. 

For our programs to resume we need to work together in partnership, I understand that our community will be in need of support and connection over the coming weeks, however as always, the safety of our staff, our families and our Tomaree Coastal Adventures community will remain our first priority.

In an effort to ensure the safety of our Tomaree Coastal Adventures community and our staff, we will be implementing the following strategies:

  • We will be encouraging; good hygiene practices such as covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow, washing your hands often with soap and water, using alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
  • If you or any member of your family/friends (that you live with or who you have had recent close contact with) has any sign of illness we ask that you DO NOT attend the session. In this situation please call our office to organise cancellation or postponement. As this request is being put in place to protect the health of all our families, anyone who ignores this request will be required to leave immediately and any payment made will be forfeited.
  • Soap and water will be provided so participants can clean their hands on arrival, departure and between activities. Alcohol based hand sanitizer will be available for use after toileting, and before & after eating.
  • Please make sure to bring your own snacks and water, and please do not share these with anyone else. 
  • We will be aiming to keep distance between participants and staff. If first aid is required additional PPE will be worn. 
  • When you arrive for your session please do not let your children gather with other families – a distance of at least 1.5m must be maintained between participants of different families. 

 Thank you all for your understanding, cooperation & support in this difficult time ❤️

Clothing | Expect to get wet and/or dirty! This is not the place for nice clothes.
 
Rubbish | All rubbish you bring in, you will need to take home with you.  
 
Weather | We love ALL weather – so dress accordingly! Sessions will only be cancelled in the case of relevant weather warnings, extreme heat events and unsafe fire conditions. 
 
Parent Responsibility | This is a facilitated activity. Your guide is there to show you and your children how to connect with and enjoy nature. They will explain safety procedures but YOU are responsible for watching your children and enforcing the safety guidelines. Due to this we will enforce a maximum ratio of 1 adult caregiver to 3 children – including infants. If you turn up with a higher child to adult ratio and no other attending adult is prepared to make up the difference you will be TURNED AWAY with NO REFUND. This is for your child’s safety.  
 
Toilets | Toilets are limited within the National Park. We advise you visit the nearest public toilet BEFORE arriving at the meeting point. You will need to utilise outdoor toileting practices during our sessions – which we will cover in our briefing. 

Please review our terms and conditions. This covers our Booking Conditions (payments, cancellations, photos release, minors, minimum numbers, special requirements, removal from tours) and Risk Warning & Liability Waiver.