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
Garrabarra! - celebrating culture
Celebrate the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through music, games and food. Discover how plants are an integral part of culture. Suitable for children aged 6-13 years.
When: Mon 30 June - Fri 4 July, 10.30 am-12 pm and 1 pm-2.30 pm
Where: Education Centre, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Cost: $16.50 per child
Bookings essential: 9231 8134
When: During term-time Tuesdays 15 July to 16 September, Thursdays 17 July to 18 September, 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 Garden’s 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 Garden’s 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
Young shutterbugs photography workshop
Younger visitors will delight in this fun and interactive photography workshop. Kids can learn how to use a camera and get the best shot, while at the same time exploring the Garden behind the lens. Join some new friends in discovering the wonderful art of photography in the amazing setting of Australia’s largest botanic garden.
When: Thurs 3 July, 10.15 am-12.15 pm
Where: Bowden Centre, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan
Cost: Members' children $22.50, non-members' children $25, suitable for children 8-12 years
Bookings: book online or phone 9231 8182
Shutterbug Shuttle Tour
Join the Shutterbug Shuttle as it takes you on a journey around the Garden in the lead up to the 2014 Budding Photographer competition. Visit popular Garden photography locations and take advantage of the evening light as the day comes to a close. Meet new friends and share your photography stories!
When: Friday 18 July 2014, 4 pm to 5.30 pm
Where: Visitor Centre, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan
Cost: Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens member $9, non-member $10. Suitable for children aged 8-16 years.
Bookings: Book online or phone 9231 8182
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah
Embark on a winter adventure! 'X' marks the spots to enjoy fun hands-on activities and discover amazing plants from around the world. For children aged 6-12 years. Self- guided tour for children and families.
When: Daily throughout winter: Sunday 1 June to Sunday 31 August 2014, 9.30 am to 5 pm
Where: The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, start Visitor Centre, collect Winter Wonderland kit
Cost: $5 per child includes adventure kit with map and craft materials, suitable for children aged 6 to 13 years
Enquiries: 4567 3000
Breakfast with feathered friends, photo: Glenn Smith
Kids on safari! Photo: Jan Allen