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 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.
Discover the world’s prehistoric plants. Go on a hunt through the Garden for ancient plants once eaten by dinosaurs. Create your own dinosaur-footprint fossil and make an edible chocolate version of the Wollemi pine bubble bark. Suitable for children 6-12 years.
When: Mon 22-Fri 26 September & Mon 29 September-Fri 3 October,
10.30 am-12 pm & 1pm-2.30 pm
Where: Education Centre, Royal Botanic Garden
Cost: members children $15, non-members children $16.50
Bookings: essential phone 9231 8134
Discover the local plants used by Aboriginal people to make string and woven objects. Then twine, twist, knot and weave grasses and other plant materials to make your own leafy critter creation! Suitable for children 6–12 years.
When: Sat 11 October, 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm & 2 pm
Where: Palm House Lawn, Royal Botanic Garden
Cost: Members children $5, non-members children $5.50
Bookings: Book online for 10.30 session or phone 9231 8182, for 11.30 session, for 1 pm session, for 2 pm session or phone 9231 8182
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
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. It’s 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
Wollemi Warrior Adventure
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Wollemi pine discovery during the Blue Mountains Festival of Walking! The villainous Iggy Chop is determined to destroy the famous Wollemi Pine and turn it into a toothpick for his collection. Our heroine, the determined Wendy Wanderer, sets out on a mission to save the Wollemi Pine from this terrible fate and expose Iggy Chop and his evil plan. With lots of fun and movement, this outdoor interactive performance is suitable for kids 3-12 years.
When: Sat 4 October
Where: The Formal Lawn, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah
Cost: members $15.00, non-members $16.50 (or 2 children for $30 - 1 parent free with each family/group booking)
Enquiries: 4567 3000
Bookings: essential - phone 4567 3019 or email email@example.com
Mystery of the munchers
Breakfast with feathered friends, photo: Glenn Smith
Kids on safari! Photo: Jan Allen