For those of us who love winter, cooler days are an invitation to stay snuggled up on the couch. However, we know that it’s important to stay active – and furthermore, there are benefits to being outdoors in nature. This winter, why not try a new activity to get yourself outside?
Back to bush school
Bush School is the perfect opportunity to foster a love of playing and exploring outdoors in young kids. Every Monday our experienced Education Rangers will lead you and your kids (aged 2.5 - 5 years old) in games, bush craft, stories and more.
Spending this time with your kids is not only fun, it’s also great for children’s skill development. Exposure to nature, risk and physical challenges is shown to have a positive effect on a child’s resilience, confidence and wellbeing.
Rent a bike
Sometimes all you need is a change of perspective – like swapping your feet for pedals and taking in Centennial Park from two wheels. Centennial Park Cycles has a range of bikes for one to four people, so you can share in a spot of socially-distanced exercise with your friends and family.
Sydney can have some winter days that are positively balmy. Soak up the mellow winter sunlight with a picnic – all you need is a blanket and some snacks (cheese board recommended but not obligatory).
Walking Sydney’s first public labyrinth is a kind of active meditation, inviting you to relax and reset as you follow the stone path. It sounds like a simple exercise, but walking the labyrinth really is an opportunity to take a moment to recentre yourself.
Stock up on produce
There’s nothing quite like picking up farm-fresh produce at an open-air market. Cambridge Markets EQ operate every Wednesday and Saturday at the Entertainment Quarter with stalls of the best fresh fruit and vegetables as well as hot meals and snacks.
Explore a new area
If you’re a Centennial Park regular you might have walked the Grand Drive loop a few times. Why not explore a new area of the Park? Pick a rain-free day to go exploring and find your new favourite part of the Parklands – it could be amongst the trees at Ash Paddock, or maybe the grassed area next to Kippax Lake at Moore Park is more your style.