MUD LARKS: Kids play in the mud at Mud World Logan 2018 by Nature Play Queensland. | Element Photo and Video Productions.
MUD LARKS: Kids play in the mud at Mud World Logan 2018 by Nature Play Queensland. | Element Photo and Video Productions. Lachlan Ryan

Kids set to get muddy at weekend event

MACKAY kids are being encouraged to get down and dirty this weekend in one of a kind, supersized mud extravaganza.

The event, which is hosted by Mackay, Nature Play QLD a not-for-profit community organisations deigned to combat the decline in children playing outside.

Nature Play QLD Program Manager, Hyahno Moser said not only will playing dirty benefit children's health, the unforgettable experience will get them outdoors for filthy fun.

"Our kids are becoming increasingly sedentary and connected to screens,” he said.

According to a Nature Play, only 22 per cent of children meet the physical activity guidelines recommended by Australian health experts. 

"This type of play, called Nature Play, not only benefits a child's physical and emotional health, but also encourages creativity, risk assessment and improves their self-esteem. 

"Health professionals know letting children play in mud is great for gut health and stimulates their immune system, but we just want to remind children and their parents at MUD WORLD why playing outside is so much fun.”

MUD WORLD is run in partnership with Queensland Health and the Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation (MIRRI). 

The event will include five age-appropriate play areas dubbed "The Realms". The realms include Muddy Monsterland, The Great Muddy Mountain Range, Mud Mania, Village of Mud and a giant Mud Slide. 

Children are provided goggles to play, and there is a heavy duty wash down station to keep the mud in the park and parents happy.

What you need to know:

Tickets: $27.50 per child and $5.50 per adult. 

Date: Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26

Location: Rowallan Park, Mackay (on Glendaragh Road)

Session Times: 

Saturday May 25 2019

Session 1 - 8:30am - 10:30am 

Session 2 - 11:30am - 1:30pm 

Session 3 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm 

Sunday May 26 2019

Session 1 - 8:30am - 10:30am  

For more information, visit MUDWORLD.COM.AU