School Holiday Fun at the Botanic Gardens of Sydney

  • Mon Sep 25 - Sun Oct 08 2023
  • Kids
  • Various depending on program

The Botanic Gardens of Sydney School Holidays Programs are back with a bang this spring! Join them for an exciting series of fun outdoor activities in the Gardens.

There are so many creative and outdoor challenges on offer these holidays. Head on down to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, and Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah and join the fun! Here are our top picks for the best things to do.

Frog Friendzy

Frog Frenzy RGBS
Frog Friendzy at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Join the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in a delightful adventure through the Garden's vibrant frog habitats, where you'll find inspiration to create your very own. Using eco-friendly materials and a plant that frogs adore, craft your personal frog haven to bring home. Watch as your garden transforms into a paradise for these charming amphibians! Book your tickets for the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.

Where:  Rathbourne Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
              Waratah Education Room, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah
When:   Royal Botanic Garden Sydney: 26, 27, 28 September 2023
              Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah: 4, 5 October 2023
Cost:     $25 per person, $23 Foundation & Friends members

Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour

Bush Tucker Tour
The Botanic Gardens of Sydney are brimming with school holiday fun. 

Kids will explore the Cadi Jam Ora Garden at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney led by First Nations Educators to discover which native plants Aboriginal people used for food. Explore how native foods were traditionally prepared and consumed, and how they are still enjoyed and savoured today.

Walk with your First Nations guide through the Botanic Gardens to learn more about Indigenous bush foods and how these foods were used traditionally and adapted to the modern plate and palate. Book your tickets.

Where:  Cadi Jam Ora Garden, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
When:   28 September 2023 - 7 October 2023
Cost:     Free for children under 7 years old, $20 Child (7-15 years old), $30 Adult

First Nations Eco Dyeing

Eco Dyeing
First Nations Eco Dyeing will capture your child's imagination. 

Embark on a fantastic journey with a First Nations educator into the enchanting Australian Cadi Garden, and uncover the secrets of traditional dyeing materials and techniques.

Kids will have the chance to gather their own pigments, which they'll later use to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake to bring home. This program is tailor-made for children aged 5–12 years, and they should be accompanied by a supervising adult. Book your tickets.

Where:  Cadi Jam Ora Garden, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
When:   26, 27, 28 September 2023
Cost:     Foundation and Friends member: $18, General: $20

Sunset Spotlight Tour

Sunset Spotlight Tour
A Sunset Spotlight Tour promises to delight kids this spring! 

In the Sunset Spotlight Tour, participants will stroll along the garden paths and explore biodiversity 'hotspots,' like the charming ponds, where you'll search for nocturnal friends—some just visiting for the night, others who call this place home.

Rely on your senses and some cool tech gadgets that scientists use to track down these amazing creatures. Keep your eyes peeled, and you might spot Golden Orb spiders, Brush-tailed Possums, Microbats, Flying Foxes, or Tawny Frogmouths. It's an adventure into the world of our nighttime neighbours! Book your tickets for Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

Where:  Woolloomooloo Gate, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan 
When:   Royal Botanic Garden Sydney: 27 September and 4 October 2023
              Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan: 29 September 2023
Cost:     $42 Adult, $20 Child (7-15 years old)

Wild Detectives

Wild Detectives
Wild Detectives

In this engaging school holiday program at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, you’ll learn how plants and animals rely on each other to survive, and go hunting for tracks and trails to uncover a hidden world of animal life. You'll also discover the diversity of insects that call the Garden home. Nature lovers will adore this educational experience! Book your tickets.

Where:  The Bowden Centre, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan 
When:   5 and 6 October 2023
Cost:     $18 Non-member, $16 Foundation & Friends member

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