Welcome to Little Shoal Bay
A 100% Free Play and Nature Based School Holiday Programme
Xmas & Summer Programmes 2021
9am – 4pm for children aged 5 yrs – 12 yrs
$65/day per child
Little Shoal Bay Reserve offers an abundance of interesting and challenging play spaces with everything to make this new location for our upcoming Summer's Programme a total hit! Wide open spaces for big group games like bullrush and soccer, clusters of trees for huts and climbing, steep slopes for scrambling and sliding and a huge amount of native wildlife. The Shoal Bay Stream is a habitat for indigenous fish including inanga, banded kokopu, longfin eel and shortfin eel. The riparian and wetland vegetation in the lower reaches of the stream provides ideal inanga spawning habitat.
The reserve with boardwalks and bridges provides opportunities for up-close observation of these natural systems with minimal environmental impact and the bay is pretty shallow, perfect for kids to swim and walk along when the tide is out. With great views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, when the wind is right, it is even an excellent place to fly kites. We can't wait to explore this new terrain with your kids! Pick up and drop off point at the Sea Scout Hall carpark, bayside. The mudflats and mangrove forests offer us new opportunities to explore, there are caves when the tide is low and pohutukawa trees that stretch over the creek to climb and play in. The tidal beach is fantastic to not only swim but walk.
The good news for our kids that used to go to our Onepoto Programme is that Little Shoal Bay is only 2 km distant from there. Click here to get the directions.
Our programs are designed as an antidote to the fast-paced technology-filled world our children now inhabit. A chance to unwind and play as their parents did, climbing trees, building huts, exploring and of course playing bullrush! The days will be filled exploring the stunning Little Shoal Bay Bay and Reserve, and all the wonders it has to offer.
The foundation of our programs is free play in a natural setting with as little assistance as possible from equipment and technology. Any personal devices (phones, iPods etc) must be left at home. We offer a chance for children to play as they like, for as long as they like, within a framework of respect for those around them and the environment. Extension opportunities will be available but only if the children genuinely want to participate. We provide basic equipment suitable to exploring the outdoors: ropes, tarpaulins, bungees, compass, magnifying glasses, knives (to be used with supervision) and some art equipment.
Important: Our children’s lives are so filled with structure, this program aims to give them a break from instruction and allow them to play as they like, for as long as they like, within a framework of respect for those around them and the environment. Extension opportunities will be available but only if the children genuinely want to participate. Playing in the outdoors inevitably means getting dirty, and often getting a few scrapes and bruises too. If you or your child are not happy with this concept then this is not the programme for you.
What you MUST pack:
The children need to be well prepared to get the most enjoyment out of the day. Cold, wet, or hungry children can't play happily.
Minimum 3 full sets of clothing including underwear and socks
(Thermals are highly recommended during Autumn and Winter)
warm hat ( Autumn and Winter )
Swimwear (rash t-shirt is compulsory during Summer and Spring)
Plastic bags for wet clothes
LOTS of food. They will get far more hungry than they do sitting in a classroom all day
Large Drink bottle
Old shoes suitable for bushwalking
GOOD QUALITY RAINCOAT AND WATERPROOF PANTS
Waterproof pants are compulsory for wet days.
They need 2 bags, 1 for clothing and a backpack for lunch and drink
The program will go ahead in all weather. Rain brings exciting opportunities for play and exploration and of course shelter building! Good quality wet weather gear is very important. We wholeheartedly believe the famous quote "there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing". Waterproof gear (jacket and pants) is compulsory for rainy days. We offer waterproof pants for sale in our online shop. In case of the severe weather warning, the Sea Scout Hall has been booked.
Parent Helpers - A unique part of the Conscious Kids Programme philosophy is that passionate parents make the very best supervisors. They have a vested interest in making sure the day is amazing for the children and they have the most experience caring for and managing children. If you are enthusiastic and positive about being in the outdoors in all weather conditions and genuinely enjoy being around children supporting independent play, then this could be the role for you. Please click here for more information or email
* To ensure our children get the best of our free play spaces and enjoy the Conscious Kids way of play, we require at least 12 children to attend per day, so please invite your friends for the days of pure fun during the holidays!