Autumn in Wellington can grace us with crisp bright days, or it can be merciless and bucket down with rain and blustery gales, with everything and anything weather-wise in between. When I get the chance, I like to get my boys outdoors, mostly because they need it. It’s also an interesting time to see nature at it’s finest and the beautiful transition into winter. Here’s Citywrigglers’ best ideas for autumn outdoors for kids.
Zealandia. It’s a sanctuary for our native birds, but also a haven for native trees, foliage, bugs and all things that young children relish. Wrap up warm complete with rain jackets and gumboots, and take your little ones on an outdoor adventure. If the rain sets in, let them play inside and wander around the Zealandia indoor exhibition space and treat them to a fluffy at Reka cafe. For more information and open times, visit Zealandia.
Apple Picking at Ration Creek It’s a fun day out and bonus points for getting your family their five-a-day via fresh apples. Based in Porirua and open from mid-March to June. Find pick your own fruit details here.
Botanic Gardens It’s a wonderful place to explore, and there’s always something to discover. The Botanic Gardens also has plenty of places to shelter from rain for a brief bit of respite should the weather turn suddenly too. Try a ride up the cable car, then a walk through the trees to The Space Place. Stop at Begonia House for a duck food parcel and wander down to the duck pond.
Te Papa has a great outdoor space in it’s Bush City area (head out through the cafe on the ground floor). Kids can explore this outdoor space, complete with ‘glow worm’ caves, a swinging bridge and sand fossil pit, then head inside to warm up and wander around the museum.
The Island Bay Marine Education Centre While it’s not technically outdoors, the centre houses an amazing collection of sea-creatures with a huge touch-tank full of starfish, crabs and more which children can touch and pick up plus loads of tanks full of all sorts of fascinating things. It’s open on Sundays 10am – 3pm in Island Bay. For more information, visit Octopus.
For more information on these ideas as well as many other great family activities, head to our activities page.
“#mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016: Get outdoors Baby” by Bureau of Land Management is licensed under CC by 2.0