School holiday and other kids' activities
The three Gardens have a changing program of hands-on activities designed for children during the school holidays and over summer. Activities are fun for the whole family.
Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
When: During term-time Tuesdays 7 October to 11 December, Thursdays 9 October to 11 December, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon
Where: Lawn next to Victoria Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Enter through Victoria Gate from Mrs Macquaries Road. Click here for map.
Cost: $135 per family for a term of Tuesdays or a term of Thursdays (max. 2 children, $50 per extra child). Casual places are also available each week $15 per family. Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens receive a 10% discount.
Bookings essential: We have limited casual spaces available each week. Bookings open from Monday of the week prior - phone 9231 8134
Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
Journey of the Seed
How do plants grow? Pick up a map and activity kit from the Gardenís Visitor Centre and follow the self-guided trail to the Australian PlantBank. Enjoy fun activities along the way to discover the magical hidden world of seeds, complete the quiz and win a prize!
When: Available Monday to Friday 10 am to 4.30 pm
Where: The Gardenís Visitor Centre, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
Cost: Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens member $4.50, non-member $5, child (age-range): 5-13 years, includes activity kit and map
Enquiries: 4634 7935
Landscape Art Workshop series
Over a course of 8 weeks, students will develop skills in creating a landscape painting or drawing to produce a series of artworks in a range of mediums, including pencil, pastels, watercolour and acrylic paint. Drawing inspiration from the beautiful surrounds of the Australian Botanic Garden, students will learn about aspects of composition, perspective, colour and depth, whilst looking at the works of influential Australian artists. Students will work from their own sketches and photographs to produce a portfolio of paintings and multi-media artworks.
Suitable for children aged 8 to 13.
The 8 week course will be run by qualified art teacher Tina Wheatley from Mud Spot art studio.
When: Thursday afternoons from 23 October to 11 December, 4 pm to 5 pm
Where: Lakeside Pavilion (meet at the Visitor Centre), Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
Cost: $120 per student for the 8 weeks; ($108 F&F members)
Bookings essential: 4634 7935
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
Mystery of the munchers
Collect your kit from the Visitor Centre, every day through spring, 9.30 am-5 pm. Explore the Garden to find the six mystery stops. Itís a wild world out there, and who is munching who? Enjoy fun hands-on activities and discover some amazing relationships between plants and animals.
When: Daily throughout spring, 9.30 am-5 pm
Where: Collect your kit from the Visitor Centre, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah
Cost: $4.50 members children, $5 non-members
Enquiries: 4567 3000
Mystery of the munchers
Breakfast with feathered friends, photo: Glenn Smith
Kids on safari! Photo: Jan Allen