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Anglesea will be bustling with kids this April 2-3, 2016- as the Kids Adventure Outdoors (KAOS) Festival returns for the ultimate adventure weekend festival throughout numerous outdoor creation camps and organisations in Anglesea- where kids will experience a range of active adventures with rides, runs, climbs, paddles and plenty more ‘wild’ things planned for the exciting Weekend event!

Perfect for these Autumn school holidays - this exciting outdoor adventure festival aims at engaging children- and their families-to get more active in the outdoors and nature, whilst influencing ongoing participation in a huge variety of activities.
The Kids Adventure Outdoors (KAOS) event will feature activities aimed at engaging school-aged children with nature while influencing ongoing participation in a huge variety of adventure pursuits that make the most of nature's playground.

The unique KAOS event was conceived in response to a growing recognition that many children spend unhealthy amounts of time indoors - the average child in Australia spends at least 44 hours per week in front of the TV or a screen - which experts believes contributes significantly to emotional, psychological and health problems during childhood, all of which have the potential for ongoing, negative impacts that span a lifetime.

"We have been inspired by the many other worldwide movements now working to reconnect children with nature, recognising the positive and therapeutic benefits of the next generation being more active in general but specifically more active in an outdoors environment. " says Vicki Chrzanowski, Manager of the YMCA Recreation Camp, Anglesea, which will host some of the activities.

"Connecting our kids with nature is an important childhood development issue," says Chrzanowski. "It touches on health, education, community, recreation and natural resources. It's all about facilitating play in nature and creating pathways to engender lifelong habits of activity and enjoyment in the outdoors."

Families can choose to stay for a single day or the entire weekend- where they can enjoy up to three session of activities each day, take part in the "Camp Out" overnight or perhaps stay in cabins on-site at one of the many outdoor camps or caravan parks located in Anglesea.
- parents can assure that they will safely get their children into a range of outdoor activities amidst Anglesea's inspiring natural landscape, including- Mountain Biking, Archery, Giant Swing, Canoeing, Hut Building, Bush Cooking, Geocaching, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Sailing, Fishing and Skateboarding- the list is endless!

"We want to expose parents and children to the vast array of fun activities that can be enjoyed in the outdoors and then offer pathways for families to continue enjoying the outdoor pursuits they like the most, " says Geoff Caldwell, Director of Camping at Baptist Camping, another of the partner recreation camps on the organising committee.

The event is also a great way to participate in both the Victorian Government's Premier's Active April initiative and Nature Play Week- encouraging all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. Active April is part of the Victorian Government's commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians to join in the fun of increased physical activity.

"Our town already boasts excellent facilities offered through the numerous recreational camps based in town, plus the Scout Camp, the surrounding National and State Parks and the endless trails that weave through them, not to mention the opportunities for water based activities both seaside and on the town's estuary inlet," says Raylene Fordham, President of the Business and Tourism Anglesea Association, which is heading up the organisational committee of KAOS Anglesea.

Kids Adventure Outdoors taps into academic American author, Richard Louv's, seminal work Last Child In The Woods, linking the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation - he dubs it ‘nature-deficit disorder' Louv argues that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults.

"So we thought that an event celebrating kids engaging in adventure activities is timely and relevant, and would serve to give parents an ideal forum to unplug their kids from their electronic gadgets and plug them back into physical activity enjoyed amid a wild but safe natural environment," says Chrzanowski.

Kids Adventure Outdoors weekend will also give those parents who have little experience or confidence in taking their kids into nature - a safe, comfortable setting in which to ease their way into the outdoors- and of course, reclaiming some quality family times, spent in the outdoors having oodles of fun.

"For those families yet to experience the joys of camping out under the stars, or who don't have the equipment, or just want to get more experience camping before going it alone, this is the perfect opportunity," says Chrzanowski.

For a wild weekend in Anglesea this April, single child tickets are $85.00 per child per day or $140 per child for the whole weekend- with basecamp activities $10.00 for a single day or $20.00 for the weekend.

So go wild at the 2016 Kids Adventure Outdoors (KAOS) weekend and let your kids run wild in the seaside town of Anglesea- where they just might get hooked on Surfing, Canoeing or even Trail Running.