Muddy squelchy fun is coming to Ipswich
Mud World – what the heck is that, I hear you ask.
Well, it’s an event for which huge oozy and squelchy mounds of glorious mud will appear in Ipswich’s Limestone Park this February with an invitation to children to get stuck in. Over two days (February 9-10) they’ll be able to play away to their hearts’ content and get as covered in the stuff as they like.
It’s one of many events run by Nature Play Qld, an organisation that aims to increase the time children spend playing outdoors and in nature. And it turns out there’s a bit of method to this apparent muddy madness.
“There is a growing body of research into why kids have an inbuilt need to play in mud,” writes Hyahno Moser in a blog post at www.natureplayqld.org.au.
“There is evidence suggesting that mud play is a basic biological need, and this type of play has many physical, psychological and emotional benefits for children.
“New research has shown that exposure to friendly soil bacteria (Mycobacterium Vaccae) stimulates the immune system causing the brain to release serotonin, the endorphin used to regulate mood.”
Mud World tickets are on sale now – but be quick – sessions for the last event, in April, sold out in advance.