Bush Kids school holiday program

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Our Bush Kids school holiday activities feature simple but fun hands-on programs for kids who love nature.

If you would like to receive information about Bush Kids activities each holidays, please join our mailing list so we can keep you posted.

Spring school holiday program

Step into Spring this October with our jam-packed program of activities to celebrate the great outdoors! It's all about ANIMALS these holidays with loads of opportunities to meet creatures of all kinds. During Week 1 we'll be meeting Bluey the Bluetongue, a Frog in a Bog, and a very special Slithery Friend. Children with a love of spiders can go to the next level with our Junior Arachnologists Workshop - if you dare! In Week 2 we're featuring a unique opportunity to get to know our native bees and even witness the splitting of a beehive by our native bee team. All this as well as our favourite full-day programs packed with adventure and delight.

Preschool-aged children mustn't miss the launch of our brand new Nippers in Nature - a Bush Preschool program featuring loads of nature play, storytelling, bush adventures, nature craft and grubby outdoor fun. Taster sessions will be available on Mondays 8 & 15 October, ahead of the term starting on Monday 22 October.

We're closing off the holidays with a once-only outdoor theatre performance of The Wizard of Oz in our beautiful Lambert's Clearing - an exciting event for the whole family.

Date Time Age Program
Tuesday 2 October

9am-4pm

10-11:30am

6-12

3-7

Off the Beaten Track

Bluey the Bluetongue

 Wednesday 3 October

8:45am-3pm

10-11:30am

12-16

0-5

Junior Ranger Apprentices

Our Slithery Friends

 Thursday 4 October

8:45am-3pm

9am-4pm

10-11:30am

1:30-3pm

 12-16

6-12

0-5

3-7

Junior Ranger Apprentices

Bush Survival Skills

Our Slithery Friends

A Frog in a Bog

Friday 5 October 10am-1pm 6-12 Junior Arachnologists Workshop
Monday 8 October

9am-4pm

10-11:30am

6-12

3-5

Nature Detectives

Nippers in Nature (taster)

Tuesday 9 October

9am-4pm

10am-1pm

6-12

6-12

Bushcraft & Camping

Native Bee Workshop

Wednesday 10 October 10-11:30am 0-5 The Best Beak
Thursday 11 October

9am-4pm

10-11:30am

6-12

0-5

Animalia

The Best Beak

Friday 12 October 9am-4pm 6-12 Junior Keepers
Saturday 13 October 11am All The Wizard of Oz
Monday 15 October 10-11:30am 3-5 Nippers in Nature (taster)

Off the Beaten Track

Lace up your explorer’s boots for an exclusive never-before-seen adventure off the map! The Wildflower Garden contains fern-filled dells, hidden waterfalls and secret caves – some of which even our rangers have never discovered! We’ll be starting with a navigation and safety briefing, then plotting our course on a map and heading out to explore.
Closed shoes and long trousers/leggings are advised.
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $60 child
Time: 9am-4pm

Click here to book for Tuesday 2 October

Bluey the Bluetongue

What has a blue tongue and loves to eat snails? A bluetongue lizard of course! We’ll enjoy a close encounter with this fascinating creature, and even have a go at building some habitat to encourage lizards into our own gardens.
Age: 3-7 years
Cost: $13.50 child, $8.50 adult
Time: 10-11:30am

Click here to book for Tuesday 2 October

Junior Ranger Apprentices

An opportunity for older children to experience a day in the life of a ranger. High school age students are invited for a work-experience style adventure where you’ll get involved with a variety of ranger tasks. Help plan and run an activity program for little kids, feed and handle captive native animals, and contribute to outdoor projects in our organic garden or fauna enclosures. Two places are available each day so you can bring a friend.
Age: 12-16 years
Cost: $30 supervision fee
Time: 8:45am-3pm
Click here to book for Wednesday 3 October

Click here to book for Thursday 4 October

Our Slithery Friends

How would you walk if you had no legs? And could you find your food in complete darkness? Snakes are fascinating creatures with many hidden talents! Join us for a close encounter with a slithery friend.
Age: 0-5 years
Cost: $13.50 child, $8.50 adult
Time: 10am-11:30am

Click here to book for Wednesday 3 October

Click here to book for Thursday 4 October

Bush Survival Skills

We love being out in the bush, but would you know what to do when something goes wrong? We’ll be learning important survival skills such as bush first aid, how to find fresh water, and constructing an emergency shelter.
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $60 child
Time: 9am-4pm

Click here to book for Thursday 4 October

A Frog in a Bog

Get to know our croaky friends! We’ll search for frogs in froggy places, meet some real frogs in a close encounter, and have a go at making habitats for frogs to live in.
Age: 3-7 years
Cost: $13.50 child, $8.50 adult
Time: 1:30-3pm
Click here to book for Thursday 4 October

Junior Arachnologists Workshop

We love spiders! Here’s a chance for spider fans to indulge in a whole morning of eight-legged wonders. We’ll use scientific equipment to search for spiders in the wild, and have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close to some hairy friends. You’ll even learn about how to keep a spider as a pet.
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $36 child
Time: 10am-1pm
Click here to book for Friday 5 October

Nature Detectives

Are you good at looking for clues and finding hidden things? In the bush, you’ll find all sorts of clues if you take the time to notice them. Train your observation skills, visit hidden places, and learn loads of nature facts with our experienced rangers out in the wild.
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $60 child
Time: 9am-4pm

Click here to book for Monday 8 October

Nippers in Nature (taster sessions)

Coming in Term 4! Our new Bush Preschool, Nippers in Nature, will be launched here at the Wildflower Garden in Term 4. During the holidays you can join a taster session to see if you’d like to enrol for a term. Loads of nature play, storytelling, bush adventures, nature craft and grubby outdoor fun.
Age: 3-5 years
Cost: $13.50 child, $8.50 adult
Time: 10-11:30am
Click here to book for Monday 8 October

Click here to book for Monday 15 October

Bushcraft & Camping

Join us for a special day-camping experience. We’ll pitch our own tents in our special Bush Campground, and enjoy a day of adventures and challenges to learn outdoor skills such as compass-work and BBQ cooking.
Please advise of any dietary requirements or allergies when booking. Participants will still need to bring their own food for the day.
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $60 child
Time: 9am-4pm
Click here to book for Tuesday 9 October

Native Bee workshop

In this unique workshop, we’ll be learning all about the beautiful species of native bees local to our area. We’ll witness the splitting of a native beehive to make a new hive for a garden, heading out to search for bees in the bush, and making a bee hotel to take home.
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $36 child
Time: 10am-1pm

Click here to book for Tuesday 9 October

The Best Beak

The birds have all been squabbling about who has the best beak! Come and meet some feathered friends up close, and join a contest to try different “beaks” for all kinds of challenges. Who will be the winner?
Age: 0-5 years
Cost: $13.50 child, $8.50 adult
Time: 10-11:30am
Click here to book for Wednesday 10 October

Click here to book for Thursday 11 October

Animalia

A whole day in the bush to spend with animals – searching for clues that will help us find creatures out in the wild, and close encounters with some of our favourite reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Sharpen your nature detective skills and learn loads of animal facts!
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $58 child
Time: 9am-4pm

Click here to book for Thursday 11 October

Junior Keepers

A hands-on day for animal enthusiasts to learn all about keeping native creatures in captivity. You’ll learn all about animal housing, feeding and handling, with lots of contact with our captive reptiles and invertebrates, and advice from our skilled rangers. Participants may be able to take home a pet of their very own.
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $60 child
Time: 9am-4pm

Click here to book for Friday 12 October

Important information

The meeting point for our activities is at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives. Please follow signs on your arrival.

  • Children five years and under or with special needs must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All children attending must be within the age range for the activity. This excludes small babies which may accompany a parent free of charge.
  • Most of our activities involve a bush walk on an unpaved track – wear appropriate walking shoes and bring a raincoat if wet!
  • Most Wildflower Garden daytime activities will go ahead in wet weather.  If extreme weather conditions force the cancellation of the activity, participants will be notified by the ranger.
  • All activities within the Wildflower Garden have been risk assessed.

For more information, contact the Wildflower Garden on 9424 0353 or email kwg@kmc.nsw.gov.au