Bush Kids school holiday program

bush-kids

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 the bush these holidays for our fabulous program of active, outdoor fun for kids of all ages!

Bigger kids can take part in a unique Native Bee Workshop, search for clues like a Nature Detective, and put their Bush Survival Skills to the test. Bring your little ones to look for A Frog in a Bog, get to know Our Slithery Friends, and join the tale of A Very Hungry Caterpillar. It's all happening at the Wildflower Garden this spring!

Monday 30 September  8:45am-2:30pm Junior Ranger Apprentices (12-16 years)
  9am-4pm Bush Survival Skills (6-12 years)
  10-11:30am   Nippers in Nature - Ngoonungi the Flying Fox (3-5 years) 
Tuesday 1 October  9am-4pm Animalia (6-12 years)
Wednesday 2 October  8:45am-2:30pm  Junior Ranger Apprentices (12-16 years)  
  10-11:30am   We're Going on a Bug Hunt (0-5 years) 
  2-3:30pm  A Frog in a Bog (3-7 years) 
Wednesday 9 October  10-11:30am A Very Hungry Caterpillar (0-5 years) 
  2-3:30pm  Our Slithery Friends (3-7 years) 
 Friday 11 October 9am-4pm Nature Detectives (6-12 years)
  11am-2pm  Native Bee Workshop (6-12 years)
  7-8:30pm  Glowing in the Dark (6+ years)

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: $32 supervision fee
Time: 8:45am-2:30pm

Click here to book for Monday 30 September
Click here to book for Wednesday 2 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: $62 child
Time: 9am-4pm
Click here to book for Monday 30 September

Nippers on Holiday – Ngoonungi the Flying Fox

Nippers in Nature, our Bush Preschool, continues during the holidays with one-off sessions to celebrate what we love about spring. Join us to learn all about flying foxes, how their movements heralded the changing of seasons for the D’harawal people, and why they are critically important for the survival of our forests. We’ll even make a Fruit Bat salad to eat!
Age: 3-5 years
Cost: $14 child, $9 adult
Time: 10-11:30am
Click here to book for Monday 30 September

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 bush detective skills and learn loads of animal facts!
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $62 child
Time: 9am-4pm
Click here to book for Tuesday 1 October

We’re Going on a Bug Hunt

What a beautiful day for a bug hunt! Join us for a swishy-swashy adventure to look for all kinds of bugs in all kinds of places in the bush.
Age: 0-5 years
Cost: $14 child, $9 adult
Time: 10-11:30am
Click here to book for Wednesday 2 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: $14 child, $9 adult
Time: 2-3:30pm
Click here to book for Wednesday 2 October

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.
Age: 0-5 years
Cost: $14 child, $9 adult
Time: 10-11:30am
Click here to book for Wednesday 9 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: 3-7 years
Cost: $14 child, $9 adult
Time: 2-3:30pm
Click here to book for Wednesday 9 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: $62 child
Time: 9am-4pm
Click here to book for Friday 11 October

Native Bee workshop

In this special 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: $37 child
Time: 11am-2pm
Click here to book for Friday 11 October

Glowing in the Dark

We’ll be heading out with a black light (UV) torch to search for fluorescing creatures in the bush. We’ll finish with a glow-stick fiesta out in the dark!
Age: 6+ years
Cost: $17 per participant
Time: 7-8:30pm
Click here to book for Friday 11 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