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Vacation Care

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

Fairy Garden Adventure - outdoor theatre 

Come on a magical journey through the Gardens as we meet some mischievous and magical creatures from the hidden world of the fairies. They will lead you through parts of the garden and share secrets of the fairy world and how humans affect their lives.

Find out about the different plants and animals where fairies live and work in harmony, and how we can do the same thing!

Dates and times: Thursday 1 – Friday 2 July
Times: 10.30 am and 1.00 pm 
Program length: 1 hour 
Ages: 5-12 years 
Cost: $12.50 per child 
Group size: No restrictions

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Magical Edible Garden

Come on a fun food-adventure through the Garden to find the most amazing, delicious and surprising edible plants - food for humans and other critters! Play some fab food-games and then mix up some delicious ingredients and do some decorating to make your own completely edible sweet mini-garden to enjoy – YUM!

Dates:Weekdays Monday 28 June - Friday 9 July
Times: 10.30 am and 1.30 pm
Program length: 2 hours
Ages: 5-12 years 
Cost: $16.50 per child
Group size: Minimum 15 children, maximum 30 children
Maximum groups to be booked per timeslot: 3 groups/90 children

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Habitat Hunters! - 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 mini-shelters from natural materials. How good are your building skills? …will your shelters pass the downpour test?!

Dates: Weekdays Monday 28 June - Friday 9 Jul
Times: We will fit in with your centre’s needs. Earliest session start time 10.00 am, latest session start time 2.00 pm 
Program length: 1 hour 
Ages: 5-12 years 
Cost: $10.50 per child 
Booking numbers: Maximum 60 children per session

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Seed Detectives – Incursion 

Large and small, seed come in all sizes and shapes. Hitch-hiking, eaten alive, or travelling by air — how do they get around? Solve the mystery by making your own seed models and doing fun experiments. Then get hands-on with a planting activity to prepare to grow your own plants!

Dates: Weekdays Monday 28 June - Friday 9 July
Times: We will fit in with your centre’s needs. Earliest session start time 10.00 am, latest session start time 2.00 pm
Program length: 1 hour
Ages: 5-12 years
Cost: $10.50 per child
Booking numbers: Maximum 60 children per session

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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.