Welcome to Meola Reef
A 100% Free Play and Nature Based School Holiday Programme
Summer Programmes 2021
81-189 Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland 1022
9am – 4pm for children aged 5 yrs – 13 yrs
$70/day per child
Your kids are going to love Meola Reef Reserve, a very large nature reserve with nearly 15 hectares of open grassland, regenerating native bush and mature trees. The reserve sits on the longest lava flow in the Auckland volcanic field, an 11km-long tongue of 28,000-year-old basalt that stretches 2km out into the Waitemata Harbour (almost to Birkenhead at low tide). Much of the fun is in exploring the mangroves: the tamariki even discovered an abandoned boat last holidays and spent ages trying to float it free.
The pickup and drop off point will be at a very special place in the middle at Meola Reef Reserve. Please follow the bright pink ribbon. The access is from 81-189 Meola Rd, 3 minutes driving from our Western Springs location. Look up for our flag from the carpark. Click here to get the directions.
Please arrive on time as we will have a morning meeting and will need everyone to be there before we start.
The foundation of our programs is free play in a natural setting with as little assistance as possible from equipment and technology. 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 for exploring the outdoors: ropes, tarpaulins, bungees, compass, magnifying glasses, knives (to be used with supervision) and some art equipment.
Our programs are designed as an antidote to the fast-paced technology-filled world many children now inhabit. Any personal devices (phones, iPods, etc) must be left at home.
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 severe weather warning a Hall close by 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!