Join us on in our rainforest garden as we gather to celebrate the seasons and explore all that the Earth has to offer.​

Our weekly Little Explorers Nature Playgroup program allows parents to disconnect from their busy lives and re-connect with their child in nature - this is a wonderful time for you to sit back and enjoy watching your child play, while connecting to a community of like-minded families who are supportive and welcoming.

We aim to keep our sessions child-led, interest-based, experiential and in tune with the rhythms of the season. Children are offered time, space and freedom to learn and explore at their own pace.

There is however a gentle rhythm to guide our day, which provides a comforting structure and predictable routine for our children. Some of the activities include baking bread for our morning tea, mud play, nature themed art and craft, creating with clay, storytelling, gardening, sewing, tinkering, exploring in nature and plenty of opportunity for unstructured play.



This is an all weather outdoor playgroup so make sure you bring appropriate weather protection and clothing. While we are lucky to have a sheltered area available, we ask you to bring along wet weather gear - raincoats, gum boots, rain pants - a change of clothes (your child will get dirty!) and a brimmed hat on sunny days. Playgroup will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather. Please note that due to COVID-19 social restrictions we can only accomodate a limited number of families. But don't worry if you missed out, we are planning more playgroups in the new year!


Monday 30th November, 2020 - Kindness

Monday 7th December, 2020 - Gratitude

Monday 14th December, 2020 - Joy

Monday 21st December, 2020 - Wishes for Summer

Where: Bangalow Weir Parklands

Cost : $120 per family (or $30 per session)


You can book your spot in three easy steps:

1) Make a payment via Paypal

2) Email and provide the following info:

  • your name and best contact details

  • name and age of your child/ren

  • dates attending

3) Print and fill in this form, and bring it with you on the first playgroup.

Keep an eye on your inbox for a confirmation email and more details on where to meet and what to bring!

MONDAYS | 9:30AM - 11:30AM

For children 2 to 6 yrs, accompanied by an adult.

A 4 weeks' program focused on wellness. Weaving mindfulness, play and storytelling, each week we explore the topics of Kindness, Gratitude, Joy and Wishes.


What's included?

Nature crafts, story time, morning tea (fruit, rice cakes and honey, herbal tea) plus lots of opportunities for free play and follow-up activities to try at home!

About us

​Big Scrub Nature Play offers nature playgroups and forest school sessions in Lennox Head, Ballina and Byron hinterland. We provide a warm, inviting and stimulating environment which nurtures children and embraces families as partners in a community of learners.


Big Scrub Nature Play acknowledges that we work and play together on the traditional land of the Bundjalung people.

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