NEWS: Out now! Pick up the March/April 2017 issue

23 March 2017
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What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?

Mine was climbing trees. 

We had this enormous oak tree at the end of our street and I would spend hours crawling up through its branches, creating amazing worlds amidst the leaves and imagining I was an elf who lived high under the canopy.

Nowadays, I’m a parent who struggles to play. Running around playing superheroes is inadvertently paused when I fly past an unstacked dishwasher. Playing doctors usually ends with me distracted by the huge pile of laundry nearby (poor teddy’s life-threatening injury will just have to wait).

I don’t mean to do these things, but somewhere along the road of becoming a parent I lost the ability to play—feeling awkward if I’m not doing something productive, or believing the chores have to come first. 

Getting outdoors, switching off, enjoying some playtime and being truly present in that moment is something we often put to the bottom of the pile. But playing is an essential part of wellbeing and development—for our children, for us, and for our relationships. 

So park your grown-up sensibilities at the door and jump in for some serious fun, as this issue we are all about PLAY! 

We stack our mud pies and get back to nature when we look at the importance of Nature Play. And our education feature takes a sneaky peak into the wonderful world of outdoor-based education. We have some great ideas on how to build your own den and our Travel section jets off to the family-friendly playground of Japan. 

Our Wellbeing feature asks the question: ‘where did the Play go?’ Investigating how to put some fun back into the classroom and into modern life. And if you are lost for something to do, we’ve got a huge round up of all the best play spaces across the region (and yes, they are all totally free!). 

Plus, with all the usual news, reviews, and the latest happenings from our local schools, this issue is a bucket-load of FUN!

If you have any feedback or a story to share, feel free to drop me a line at I’d love to hear from you!

I hope you enjoy the issue; I’m off to climb a tree! 

With love,

Angela Sutherland, Editor

Written by

Angela Sutherland

After spending over 20 years on the editorial desks of some the leading magazine publishing houses of London and Sydney, Angela swapped the city frenzy for a Queensland sea change. Now owner and editor of Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City, she loves spending her days documenting and travelling the crazy road of family life alongside every mum and dad. 

When she’s not at her desk buried in magazine stories, you’ll often find her entrenched in a heated game of beach cricket, or being utterly outrun by her inventive seven-year-old and rambunctious threenager.


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