Nature Play for toddlers


Join us for a fun morning of play-based investigation and discovery in nature, led by our experienced rangers.

During each session we explore a different nature theme and incorporate storytelling, craft, creature encounters, bushwalks and sometimes even gardening!

Nature Play for Toddlers is designed for children 0-5 years and their carers, and runs every Wednesday and Thursday morning across the year. Bookings are essential for all participants.

This program adheres to COVID-19 safety guidelines.


$20 per child, accompanying adults free (maximum one adult per child).


Wombat stew

The animals are gathering for an almighty feast! Bring your little animal along to meet some heroes from the story, then we’ll make a gooey, brewy, yummy, chewy stew for ourselves!
Book for Wednesday 26 August
Book for Thursday 27 August

Animal dads

Animal fathers have very special jobs in the bush. We’ll meet some boy animals and find out what they’re good at.
Book for Wednesday 2 September
Book for Thursday 3 September

Mini naturalists

We all love to make collections of special things. We’ll head out into the bush to collect and label natural treasures for our very own Museum in a Box.
Book for Wednesday 9 September
Book for Thursday 10 September

A very hungry caterpillar

Meet a real-life hero of the popular children’s book. They may not actually eat cherry pie and salami, but caterpillars have a delightful story that will capture the imagination of every child.
Book for Wednesday 16 September
Book for Thursday 17 September

Old Macdonald’s farm

E-I-E-I-O! Wear your boots for some digging in the veggie patch, and meet some farm animals too!
Book for Wednesday 23 September
Book for Thursday 24 September

A honeybee’s tea party

The bees are busy buzzing through the bush, collecting pollen from the flowers. Help us decorate the table for a real tea party in the bush!
Book for Wednesday 30 September
Book for Thursday 1 October

At home among the gum trees

Who lives at home among the gum trees? Australia’s iconic trees are important homes for more than just koalas!
Book for Wednesday 7 October
Book for Thursday 8 October

Important information

Please read our Terms and Conditions relating to Booking Fees and Cancellations, our Weather Policy, Participant Safety, Risk and Indemnity, Media Release and Special Conditions for COVID-19.


Where do we meet?

Follow the signs to your meeting point when you arrive at the Wildflower Garden. Our address is 420 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives 2075 (off Richmond Avenue).

What if it’s raining or really hot?

Nature Play for Toddlers will go ahead in most weather conditions (subject to our Weather Policy), so please come prepared to be outside for at least some of the activity. We sometimes use indoor venues to help keep everybody comfortable.

What should I bring on the day?

Please come ready for outdoor adventure, with hats, sunscreen and/or raincoat and gumboots as required. You are welcome to bring a snack as there will be an opportunity for morning tea during the program.

Can I bring my baby?

Yes, you are most welcome to bring a younger sibling. Just make sure they are booked in, because COVID-19 restrictions mean we are obliged to adhere to a certain maximum group size.

Are these activities safe to attend during the pandemic?

We are taking special measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 at our activities. Our rangers are all trained in infection control, and we ask that all participants comply with our Special Conditions which include staying home when sick, hand hygiene, social distancing and contact tracing.

For more information contact the Wildflower Garden on 9424 0353 or email