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Bring your Vacation Care Group to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for active and creative outdoor fun these holidays!

COVID-19 Update

In accordance with NSW DoE face-to-face learning guidelines and within the guidelines of our COVID-Safe Plan, all outdoor programs with the Botanic Gardens are now operating. 

The Great Chocolate Mystery - outdoor theatre 

Join detective Sherlock Block and Miss Cocoa as they try to solve the mystery of chocolate!  Who, what, where and how did this scrumptious treat find its way into our mouths? Take a hilarious and chocolate-flavoured journey through time to meet the Aztec King Montezuma, Spanish conquistadors and a choc-aholic French Queen to find out. A deliciously funny, interactive time-travelling adventure!

Dates and times: Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 April 
Times: 10.30 am and 1 pm 
Program length: 1 hour 
Ages: 5-12 years 
Cost: $16.50 per child (includes $2.50 per child for FDO fee) 
Group size: No restrictions 
Meeting point: Eucalyptus Lawn – just inside Henry Lawson Gate  

Click here to book The Great Chocolate Mystery
 


Habitat Hunters 

It’s all about shelters and survival these holidays. How do our amazing native animals find shelter and survive in the wild? We’ll play games, go on a hunt for animal shelters in the Garden and make shelters from natural materials. How good are your building skills?  …will your shelters pass the downpour test?! 

Dates:  Weekdays Tuesday 6 - Friday 16 April  
Times: 10.30 am and 1.30 pm
Program length: 2 hours 
Ages: 5-12 years 
Cost: $16.50 per child (includes $2.50 per child for FDO fee) 
Group size: Minimum 15 children, maximum 30 children 
Maximum groups to be booked per timeslot: 3 groups/90 children 
Meeting point: Rathborne Lodge 

Click here to book Habitat Hunters


Arty Animals

Kids will create animal artworks with natural materials including gumnuts and leaves, sand and clay. They’ll hear First Nations stories about animals and get hands on with sand-drawings, and creating cute mini-animals with clay, sticks and leaves. This program is delivered by First Nations Educators. 

Dates:  Weekdays Tuesday 6 - Friday 16 April  
Times: 10.30 am and 1.30 pm
Program length: 2 hours 
Ages: 5-12 years 
Cost: $16.50 per child (includes $2.50 per child for FDO fee) 
Group size: Minimum 15 children, maximum 30 children 
Maximum groups to be booked: 3 groups/90 children
Meeting point: Rathborne Lodge

Click here to book Arty Animals


Super-shelters! - Incursion

It’s all about shelters and survival these holidays. How do our amazing native animals find shelter and survive in the wild? We’ll play games, look at some amazing birds’ nests and other shelters, and make shelters from natural materials. How good are your building skills?  …will your shelters pass the downpour test?! 

Dates: Weekdays Tuesday 6 - Friday 16 April  
Times: We will fit in with your centre’s needs. Earliest session start time 10 am, latest session start time 2pm 
Program length: 1 hour 
Ages: 5-12 years 
Cost: $10.50 per child (includes $2.50 per child for FDO fee) 
Booking numbers: Minimum 40 children (2 sessions), maximum 120 children (4 sessions)

Click here to book Super-shelters!
 


Bag-bling and Bracelets – First Nations Weaving incursion 

Learn about the different plants that Australia’s First Nations Peoples use to make string, rope, bags and baskets. Get hands-on and try out some weaving skills to make your own bracelet or bag-bling! This program is delivered by First Nations Educators.  

Dates: Weekdays Tuesday 6 - Friday 16 April  
Times: We will fit in with your centre’s needs. Earliest session start time 10 am, latest session start time 2pm 
Program length: 1 hour 
Ages: 5-12 years 
Cost: $10.50 per child (includes $2.50 per child for FDO fee) 
Booking numbers: Minimum 40 children (2 sessions), maximum 120 children (4 sessions)

Click here to book Bag-bling and Bracelets - First Nations Weaving


My Time, Our Place

Our programs contribute to the Framework outcomes:

 

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

  • Children feel safe, secure and supported
  • Children develop knowledgeable and confident self-identities
  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  • Children engage with and learn about the natural environment
  • Children learn about the roles plants play in our lives (food, fibre, medicine etc) 
  • Children learn about the interdependence between land, people, plants & animals
  • Children appreciate and care for natural and constructed environments

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • Children use a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation,  hypothesising, researching and investigating

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

  • Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
  • Children collaborate with others, express ideas and make meaning using  a range of media and communication technologies
We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.