Muddy Hands Festival
The Muddy Hands Festival is an event to encourage children and families to enjoy playing outdoors and being among nature, bringing unstructured play into their everyday lives. With our partners Nature Play WA and the Plastic Free Riverpark Program the City of Canning aims to engage children’s curiosity. By letting them choose their own path with immersive experiences, hands on learning and a greater understanding on how to co-exist on this planet with local flora, fauna, and the natural environment. 🌿🌞🌸🦋🐛
This free event features plenty of have a go activities aimed at children aged 3 - 15 (though of course all are welcome!)
From our friends at Nature Play WA:
🌿Two mud pits (one for big kids, one for little kids - please observe signage)
🌿Activities with Educated by Nature
But wait there's more...
️⚽ Pop up sporting activities and workshops
️🎨 Hands on workshops
🦎 Reptile display from West Oz Wildlife
🐢 Build clay turtles with CREEC
💖 Toddler Zone for under 3's
🎶 Music wall for the little ones
🍂 Land art activities
🐬 Learn about the Dolphin Watch Project and Plastic Free Riverpark program
♻️ Waste Station (helping you know which bin to use!)
🧘 Or chill out in the quiet zone behind the food trucks or inside CREEC
ON THE MAIN STAGE
🐍 West Oz Wildlife: 10.15am – 10.45am
🌏 Captain Cleanup: 11.15am – 11.45am
🍄 Eco Faeries Stage Show: 12.30pm – 1.00pm
TO FILL THOSE TUMMIES
🌭Sausage sizzle from Riverton Scout Group
🍦Healthy Ice-cream from Sunset Coast ice cream
🥔Tasty loaded spuds from Murphy's Spud
☕️Coffee and drinks from Bee Delighted Mobile Cafe
🍓Sweet and savoury crepes from Miam Miam a bite of France
Plus all the local favourites from the Canning River Cafe 🥗
Feel free to pack your own picnic - there's also barbecues available for use!
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We’re reducing single-use plastics! The City has partnered with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' (DBCA) Plastic Free Riverpark program to support reusable serve-ware and water refill stations. Bring your reusable water bottle to fill up at our water station and coffee cup for a hot drink!
Consider car pooling, walking or riding your bike. 🚲🚶
We would like to acknowledge the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation as the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
How do I get to the event?
There are three free parking options below (follow Traffic Management/signage)
The City encourages car pooling, walking and riding your bike.
Please avoid parking along Kent Street on the road.
Alternatively there is parking at the City’s Administration building on George Street West, an easy 15 minute walk to the event.
Is there access and facilities for people with disabilities?
Reserved signed ACROD parking is available in the car park closest to the event venue.
Please display your ACROD pass.
For those in a wheelchair, path access comes off the car park near these bays.
The event site has many pathways and will allow for wheelchair usage.
Accessible toilets are also available.
What is free to the community?
Entry plus all the activities are family friendly and free. The food trucks will charge for food and beverage.
What if I have dietary requirements?
The City will ensure that food vendors offer a mix of vegan, vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free options. Food trucks will be listed on this event page, so you can check their menus.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes! However we do ask they are kept on a lead at all times
and doggie bags are brought.
Is seating provided?
Yes, some seating is provided in the way of picnic tables. However we recommend bringing your own chairs and picnic rug!
Are there toilets?
Yes, an existing toilet block is near the event site, as well as portable toilets.
Can I bring my own food?
Yes! Feel free to pack your own picnic. Just avoid bringing glass where possible and ensure all rubbish is disposed of correctly.
Can I bring alcoholic drinks?
This event is alcohol free.
The City is committed to ensuring the best possible safety for event patrons, staff and suppliers at our events in relation to COVID-19. We will be implementing:
✖️ Hand Sanitizer stations
✖️ Professional cleaning and disinfection regimes for event venue with professional cleaners
✖️ Display signage throughout to remind individuals to maintain good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
✖️ Hands-free basins with liquid soap in toilet facilities
✖️ Reminders for volunteers and staff not to attend if they are unwell, have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 patient, are awaiting COVID-19 test results or have been instructed to self-isolate
We ask event attendees to remember to:
❗ Practise good personal hygiene (wash hands often with soap and water, or hand sanitiser and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your elbow)
❗ Stay home if unwell and if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms get tested for COVID-19
❗ Follow the appropriate mask wearing vaccination requirement guidelines at the time of the event