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Every Thursday | 10:30 - 12:00

Dandy Lions

Dandy Lions is a delightful morning of gardening, craft, singing and play for young children and their carers.

Each week we explore a new garden-related theme, with specially designed activities for children under the age of five. See at the end of this page for our Spring themes.

Join Royal Botanic Garden Sydney education staff for:
  • Garden activities including planting and harvesting
  • Nature-based art and craft
  • Lively, interactive storytelling
  • Songs, music and dance
  • Garden discovery walks
  • Playtime and fun!

Watch our Dandy Lions video here


Every Thursday, 10:30 am to 12 noon (excl. 20, 27 Dec and 3, 10 Jan)


Foundation & Friends Members $15 | Non-members $17


Rathborne Lodge
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


Children up to 5 years and their parents or carers. Younger children may need more assistance from carers with activities. Accompanying adults and babies with a paying sibling are welcome for free.



Public transport recommended. Limited parking available

We meets each Thursday morning on a shady lawn just inside the Woolloomooloo Gate. It's:
•    handy for the 441 bus-stop just 50metres away at Woolloomooloo Gate
•    close to St James and Martin Place stations
•    near the Yellowwood Garden for lots of planting, tending and harvesting activities

Please note: Parents are expected to attend and participate in the session and are responsible for their children's whereabouts and safety. We do not go ahead if there are thunderstorms or high winds, or if the temperature is above 35 degrees Celsius. If the program is cancelled and you have booked a ticket you will be notified via email.

6 SeptemberAmazing Australian AnimalsExplore the fabulous, weird and wonderful diversity of our native animal friends.  Make habitats and work our who lives where!
13 SeptemberNature ArtBe inspired by the beauty of the Gardens to make art from natural objects and ephemeral art.
20 SeptemberSticks!Stick insects, stick people and stick art, and all the other wonderful things we can do with a simple stick.
27 SeptemberFrogs, lilies and tadpolesMake our own frog pond and jump and galumph like a little green frog while searching for tadpoles among the lily ponds.
4 October
(School Holidays)
Bees and MinibeastsDig for worms and other miniature beasts, and explore the world of bees including making candles with natural bee’s wax.
11 October
(School Holidays)
Little ducksBased on Alexander’s Outing storybook by Pamela Allen, we get wet rescuing Alexander the duckling, before looking for ducks and their friends in our ponds.
18 OctoberBirds of a featherMake binoculars and go birdwatching: Learn about Australia’s amazing birds, squawk like a cockatoo and laugh like a Kookaburra.
25 OctoberHappy Birthday!Dandy Lions is turning 10! Come and play party games and celebrate with us!
1 NovemberBy the SeasideWe love living by the sea so let’s celebrate with shell art and sandcastles!
8 NovemberWe love treesMeet the Garden’s stunning trees, follow a trail and appreciate how these gentle giants improve our lives.
15 NovemberDinosaurs and fossilsRoar and stomp through ancient lands as we make fossils and meet our very own dinosaur tree.
22 NovemberHealthy HabitatsWhere do we live and where do animals live?  Think about homes and what our wildlife needs.
29 NovemberAll things paperMake your very own recycled paper, use nature’s paper, and plant paper daisies in a newspaper pot!