Independent review of Nature Play QLD's Mud World Festival, originally published on Roam the Gnome Family Travel Directory and re-published here with permission.
Recipe for A Big Day of Fun
Step 1: Take 13 dump trucks FULL of dirt and dump it on on a grassy field.
Step 2: Mix in 1 water truck full of 14,000 litres of water and spray it all around.
Step 3: Add 2000 kids and parents slipping, sliding, squelching, and diving in mud, glorious mud.
That was the Mudworld Festival!
Mudworld by NaturePlay Qld.
A two day event dedicated to getting your kids grubby and grimy.
The festival began with 133 cubic metres of screened organic EPA approved topsoil placed upon a grassy field in Limestone Park. (Luke from Brisbane Soils and Landscape Supplies had the honour of being in charge of bringing that)
Nature Play Qld, the team behind this epic adventure, created five mud ‘realms’ from this mountain of mud. All of these realms were devised to get kids down and dirty again, wearing mud-splattered clothes, in this free-range environment.
Play in Mud World without getting into trouble!
In fact, with your parent’s blessing! “Because that’s the fun of it – mud can be washed off, but the memories will stay forever.”
- make mud pies
- jump in mud
- swim and dive in mud shallows
- ride mud slides
- throw mud balls
- cover your mum and dad in mud
The more muddled you get, the better!
Mudworld for all ages
Ned said to me on the way “I don’t really like mud Mum. I don’t think I’ll go in”. Two minutes in, he was COATED in slippery, sloshy mud.
Kids young and old, and their parents, were into Mud World. I guffawed at the adults who were hell-bent on mud vengeance – kids were long forgotten in the midst of these mud-flung battles!
Muddy Monsterland! – Realm 1
The ‘Muddling’ youngsters under 2 had their own muddy playground with mud kitchens, mud art, and mud sculpture.
This was the place to make mud pies, mud cakes, and sit in a mini pool of mud. The zone was overflowing with spoons, ice cream scoops, buckets and spades, digging tools, cups and bowls, cutlery, and loose parts including seedpods and pinecones. It was a hive of activity.
Mud Village – Realm 2
The centrepiece of Mud World was Mud Village, the best muddy pit and mud puddle you’ve ever seen. (The World’s Biggest Mud Puddle?)
Jack wasn’t impressed when he first laid eyes on it – he could not see the potential of a dried up grassy field. But 10 minutes into the session, when the first water tank began spraying thousands of litres of water onto dry dirt, Mud World appeared before his eyes – a sloshy slippery zone of knee deep mud that sucked your shoes in so deep you couldn’t move without help!
Mud Village came alive with unexpected and random games of family tug of war, soccer matches, Stuck-in-the-mud, and Statues too.
Mud Mania – Realm 3
But the funniest thing to watch was the Mud Mania Skirmish of Mud. The Danger Zone.
Kids, grandmas, grandpas, aunties and uncles, mums and dads took turns hiding behind wooden pallet barricades, ducking and diving, filling buckets of mud, and tipping buckets of mud over unsuspecting opponents. This zone was not for the faint-hearted.
Land Slide – Realm 4
To the left, two handmade slip-and-slides ended in a pool of mud. Volunteers hosed kids down before take off, and drizzled soapy bubbles on the track to give them maximum slip. Jack went head first- I had to put my hands over my eyes!
Mud Mountain – Realm 5
High up on the hill, two monster mountains of mud were covered in kids climbing up and sliding down the natural slides their little bums had carved into the side of the mudpile. Half the battle was getting up and I spotted a few face plants.
Cleaning up after Mudworld
My kids were cold after an hour in the mud, and the mudling population definitely diminished in size around this time with other kids in the same boat. Only die-hards lasted the 2.5 hours.
Our hot tip is to get to the free wash down stations provided by Mudworld well before the end or face a GIANT queue. There’s no way you could go home without it, so plan ahead and get in before the crowds.
The water in the wash down stations was COLD, and all the kids were shivering and shaking. Some were crying and upset.
Our tip: wear your swimmers and rashies as these are the easiest to remove once they are covered in mud.
Bring a fluffy but old towel TO the wash down station so you can wrap the kids straight away.
BYO plastic bag to put the muddy gear in. We couldn’t rescue the shoes – they went straight into the bin – but our mud-covered clothes came up good after a wash.
Nature Play QLD is a not for profit organisation supporting outdoor free play across Queensland. Parents could buy a themed Mud World t-shirt or hat from the Merchandise stall and these funds, along with entry fees to the event, support Nature Play QLD to inspire kids to get off their devices and outdoors into nature more often.
Check out the Mud World photos on Facebook & Instagram
Visit the hashtag #MyMudWorld to see all the fun that was had over the weekend.