Welcome to OPAL! OPAL (Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle) is all about HEALTHY COMMUNITIES. Alexandrina’s OPAL team works in many different settings in our community to encourage families and children to pursue active and healthy lifestyles.
Check in regularly to our OPAL blog to find out what’s happening in our community!
For more information on OPAL contact Alexandrina Council 8555 7000.
Check out Alexandrina Adventures for Families brochure here, including a treasure map to help you plan your next exciting activity in the Alexandrina region.
Four seasons of family adventures!
Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend that won’t cost the earth? Check out Nature Play SA’s January 2017 Park of the Month – Encounter Marine Park! Spanning the waters of the Fleurieu Peninsula and extending past the Murray Mouth to the Coorong Coast, this park has endless opportunities for free, outdoor, wholesome fun – whatever the weather. Nature Play SA have put together a fantastic guide called ‘40 Things to Do in Encounter Marine Park’ with activities and destinations for every season. Now there’s no reason to stay inside on the weekends!
Watch this space or visit Alexandrina Council’s Facebook Page to keep informed about future OPAL Events!
Community Foodies is a South Australia-wide program that aims to support healthy eating by building the capacity of communities to make healthy food choices. This is done by training and supporting community members to promote healthy eating in their own community. Known as Foodies, these trained volunteers work with people and organisations in the community to encourage healthy food choices through healthy eating activities and programs that they run with them, such as hands-on cooking classes, supermarket tours, cooking demonstrations, label reading, and edible gardens. Foodies may do this in community centres and neighbourhood centres, supermarkets, workplaces and pre-schools and schools (if engaging with parents/caregivers) - almost anywhere they can promote and support healthy eating in their local communities! If you think your community group or organisation could do with support from a Community Foodie, visit www.communityfoodies.com to find out more, or contact your region’s Foodie Coordinator.
The Alexandrina Council region is covered by:
Hayley Blazseka, Country South Foodie Coordinator
P. 8254 7105
Check out what activities are available for kids and families in and around Alexandrina. Most of our recommended activities are free or low cost!
Our Dads’ and Kids’ Dinners program is back again in 2017 at both Strathalbyn and Goolwa. Please see flyers below for details!
Download current information flyer here. Please contact David at the Goolwa Children's Centre on 8555 2509 for more information.
STRATHALBYN SWIMMING POOL SUMMER BEACH PARTY
Strathalbyn Nu-Trix Event and Art Exhibition
National Youth Week 2016 was aptly celebrated with the Nu-trix Skate Park event at Strathalbyn Skate Park in the April school holidays. Several hundred kids, youth and parents came down to participate in the clinics run by Mount Barker youth and try their luck in the skate, scooter and BMX comps. For others the Aerosol Art workshops were more their pace, while the Pump Track entertained many across the day and well into the school holidays. Following the event, photography, film and aerosol artworks created by children were displayed at the Stationmaster’s Gallery in Strathalbyn. The exhibition was opened by Mayor Keith Parkes on Tuesday 10th May with 50 people attending to see the vibrant display. A big thank you to all who participated in the National Youth Week events.
Pop Up Park Event at Strathalbyn
During the April school holidays around 200 children and parents converged on the Forrest Reserve Nature Playspace for a morning of play at the Strathalbyn Pop Up Park Event. Children revelled in the range of activities on offer including a mud pit, mud kitchen and nature craft, set in a fabulous natural location. Hosted by Alexandrina Council and Children’s Centres SA, the event aimed to bring families together for a morning of shared fun and promote unstructured play using mostly natural items. The success of this event helps to demonstrate that rich, joyful play experiences need not be expensive. Visit Alexandrina Council’s Facebook page for future community events – www.facebook.com/alexandrinacouncil
School holiday cooking
Looking for things to do with the kids this school holidays? Embrace your inner MasterChef and get the kids into the kitchen. Try your hand at whipping up these fantastic (and healthy!) Anzac biscuits.
Click here for the recipe.
Back to School
After a long summer holiday it’s ‘Back to School’ time. Back to early mornings, school books, routine and lunchboxes. Naturally the age old question arises… “What do I pack for my child’s lunch?”
Never fear, packing your child a nutritious lunchbox with foods that will be eaten need not be time-consuming or expensive. Take a look at our quick guide for some lunchbox inspiration this year!
Lunching at the Long Table with Mount Compass Lifestyle Group
This school holidays we’ll be catching up with Mount Compass Lifestyle Group to prepare and enjoy delicious, wholesome recipes for their Long Table Lunch. On the menu will be Chicken & Spinach Pie and Easy Fruit Crumble – both tried and true recipes tested by our fabulous Talk and Taste cooking group. If you’re living in and around Mount Compass and interested in health and wellbeing, meeting other locals or just keen for a regular Monday morning walk, why not come along and check out the group. They meet every Monday 9am to 12noon at the Mount Compass War Memorial Hall.
Contact Coordinators Jan Scott or Carolyn Kelly for more information at email@example.com
Want some more ideas for outdoor activities to try this winter?
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to hibernate until spring. Grab the raincoats and gumboots, rug up, and get the children outside with this great Winter List from the Nature Play SA.
For more ideas, check out the Winter Edition of '20 ways with Nature Play' or head to the Adelaide Parklands (or your nearest park) for a game of ‘Nature Bingo'.
Get out and EXPLORE this weekend!
Did you know Alexandrina has heaps of incredible places to visit, many which are free to enjoy and provide hours of family fun?
Visit the new Forrest Reserve Nature Playspace in Strathalbyn and try the flying fox or the mini bike track. Take a picnic to share at the carved wood tables.
Explore the Mount Compass Wetlands. Wander along the boardwalk and keep your eyes peeled for endangered birds and plants.
Discover the waterfall and rock pool at the end of the family-friendly 1.4km Currency Creek Waterfall Walk. Look out for the Aboriginal canoe tree and the 1840s copper mine shaft entrance along the way.
What's on these school holidays?!
There's no need to be bored these holidays - our school holiday program is jam-packed with fun activities and events for all ages!
All school holidays: Strathalbyn Pool - swimming, events and family fun in the water.
12-14 Jan: Holiday ACTIVE - an extravaganza of sports for 3-7 year olds!
14 Jan: Arctic Smoothie Storm - pedal your way to an icy cold smoothie at Amelia Park.
14 Jan: Family Fishing - head on down to Amelia Park for a morning of fishing with the family.
21-22 Jan: Big Block and Nature Play Adventure - build, construct and create your own adventure with giant foam blocks, wood and material.
Goolwa and Strathalbyn libraries are also running free craft activities every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 3-4pm throughout the school holidays.
Stuck for snacks these holidays?
Whip up some quick and healthy snacks with the children these school holidays - try cheesy veggie pikelets, fruit smoothies, pinwheels, yoghurt pops and more! These tasty morsels are also great for lunchboxes, picnics and children's parties...
April 2015: Milang Pop Up Park a hit!
Families flocked to the lake-side town of Milang during the April school holidays for the Milang Pop Up Park featuring a smorgasbord of outdoor activities. Overlooking the picturesque Lake Alexandrina, Milang Foreshore Playground was packed with 350-400 children, parents and grandparents enjoying a fun-filled morning which included playing in the mobile playground, planting native seedlings to take home, digging for 'buried treasure' in the GIANT sandpit, exploring an elaborate box maze and cooking their own BBQ stir-fry lunch! The event was a collaboration between Alexandrina council, OPAL, Fleurieu Families, Lakes Hub, Goolwa Children's Centre, Star Club, Goolwa Library and Milang Old School Community House.
April 2015: Nu-Trix lands in Strath Skate Park
Over 300 children and parents headed to Strathalbyn Skate Park on Monday 20th April for Nu-Trix – a day of skate park comps and clinics – part of a 3-day skate park extravaganza for National Youth Week. Children learnt new skills and tricks through the scooter, BMX, skate and parkour clinics in the morning and participated in or cheered on the afternoon’s competitions. The event was a collaboration between Alexandrina Council, The District Council of Mount Barker, City of Victor Harbor, OPAL and the Southern Fleurieu Advisory Committee with support from National Youth Week and Big Air School.