KIDS squelched into their Saturday celebrating one of the best parts of winter - mud.
Muddy play event Mudbool saw kids don their oldest clothes and gumboots and be immersed in nature through mud puddles, mud kitchens, mud painting and lots of other muddy fun.
It followed International Mud Day last week which aims to connect children around the globe through the earth by playing in the mud.
It's important for kids to get muddy and immerse themselves in nature.
Organiser Tania Moloney of Nurture in Nature said kids aren't getting nearly enough time in the great outdoors.
"What better way celebrate Warrnambool winter than bringing in some mud and adding water and kids," she said.
"It's important for kids to get muddy and immerse themselves in nature; it's great for their immune system, learning and play.
"Kids aren't doing it enough these days and there's a big movement globally to reconnect kids with nature by getting them outdoors to play.
"There's benefits physically, mentally and socially; kids learn so much in the outdoors."
The 320 places for the free event booked out within hours.
There was a 'Mud Pertobe' and 'Mudgic Car Wash' and lots more for the little ones to enjoy.
International Mud Day began in 2009 at a World Forum event, when Gillian McAuliffe from Australia and Bishnu Bhatta from Nepal got together to talk about ways to encourage feelings of community and appreciation for the world around us.
The collaboration that followed has inspired educators, children,and families across the globe, from Holland to Nepal to the United States, to celebrate International Mud Day together each year on June 29.
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