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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. public holidays eg ANZAC Day and Boxing Day 2019 and also 2 Jan 2020)


ONLINE - Standard Non-Member $17.50 | Foundation & Friends Members $16.00

ON THE DAY - $20.50, subject to availability


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

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Where do we meet?
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

Do I stay or drop my child off?
Parents or carers are expected to attend and participate in the session and are responsible for their children's whereabouts and safety. 

What happens if it is wet?
If it is wet we will do a fun rainy-day program so bring your gumboots and be prepared to jump in puddles. 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 a notification will be posted in the Dandy Lions facebook page and if you have booked a ticket you will be notified via email by 8.30am on the morning of the program and be given a full refund.


Date Program Name Description
11.7.19 Sticks!   Stick insects, stick people and stick art, and all the other wonderful things we can do with a simple stick.
School Holidays: we recommend you book in advance!
19.7.19 Amazing Australian Animals Explore the fabulous, weird and wonderful diversity of our native Australian animal friends.  Make habitats for them and work out who lives where.
School Holidays: we recommend you book in advance!
25.7.19 All Things Paper Make our very own recycled paper, use nature’s paper, and plant paper daisies in a newspaper pot!
1.8.19 Wattle Day! Wattle Day and the first day of spring demainds celebrations!  Make wattle pompom balls and see the Gardens' wattle trees anouncing spring is here!
8.8.19 Minibeasts Dig for worms and other miniature beasts and explore the world of bees including making candles with natural bee's wax.
15.8.19 Dinosaurs Roar and stomp through ancient lands as we make fossils and meet our very own dinosaur tree!
22.8.19 We love trees Meet the Garden's stunning trees, follow a trail and appreciate how these gentle giants improve our lives.
29.8.19 Healthy Habitats Where do we live and where do animals live?  Think about homes and what our wildlife needs.
5.9.19 Threatened Species Day The 7.9.19 is international Threatened Species Day so we are going to take a look at some of Australia's animals and plants that need special care
12.9.19 On the Farm, scarecrows Moo! What animals live on farms? How does our food grow? We will be building our very own scarcrow for our own Yellowwood food growing garden!
19.9 By the seaside We love living by the sea so let’s celebrate with shell art and sandcastles!
26.9 Little Ducks Based on the famous Alexander’s Outing story by Pamela Allen, we rescue Alexander from the hole, before looking for ducks and their friends in our ponds.