IT is the stuff of nightmares for most parents but local children were free to get as dirty as possible as part of International Mud Day on Thursday.
The day is held annually to show that it is ok to be outdoors exploring and getting dirty.
Hamilton Hill’s Teddy Bear Corner took part for a second year, with mud slides, mud pies, mud cakes, mud painting and mud sculpting all part of the day.
Owner and director Tania Hyde said she was proud to be part of a growing movement around the world promoting the benefits of the outdoors.
“Last year all of our children and families really embraced International Mud Day so we were encouraged to make the event bigger and better this year,” she said.
“Of course more mud means more mess and more fun.
“Since Mud Day last year, we have been placing a strong emphasis on natural play each and every day, ensuring our environments for children are filled with natural elements and they have access to outside play regardless of weather type.”
She said the kids did not need much incentive to make the most of their extra freedom.
“Besides all the benefits from being outdoors in the fresh air, being covered in gooey and squelchy mud is just such refreshing fun,” Ms Hyde said.
“International Mud Day reminds us that people everywhere are happy when they connect with the earth.”