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

Bookings are now open for our Spring School Holiday Program. We'll be featuring your favourite full-day activities and some all-new delights including an Animal Rescue workshop and a challenge to find The Best Beak in the Wildflower Garden!

 

Saturday 23 Sep to Sunday 8 Oct 10am-3pm  3-8 Spring Activity Trail
Monday 25 September  9am-4pm 6-12 Bush Skills & Camping
Wednesday 27 September

10-11:30am

1:30-3pm

0-5

4-7

The Honeybees' Tea Party

Habitat Heroes

Thursday 28 September 10-11:30am 0-5 The Honeybees' Tea Party
Friday 29 September 

9am-4pm

5:30-7:30pm

6-12

6+

Bugs Bugs Bugs!

Glowing in the Dark

Wednesday 4 October

9am-4pm 

10-11:30am

6-12 

0-5

Animalia

The Best Beak

Thursday 5 October  10-11:30am 0-5 The Best Beak
Friday 6 October

10am-1pm

9am-4pm

6-12

6-12

Animal Rescue Workshop

Big Bushcraft Challenge

Spring Activity Trail

This special self-guided adventure for families and friends will be running throughout the school holidays. Collect your Activity Pack from the Visitor Centre, then follow the trail and complete the activities and challenges along the way.
You can start the trail anytime between 10am and 3pm, and it should take 1.5-2 hours to complete. A step-free route is available for groups with strollers or wheelchairs.
Age: Best for ages 3-8 years (younger children will require adult help)
Cost: $13 per participant, accompanying adults free. No booking required, just turn up.
Time: 10am-3pm
Saturday 23 September to Sunday 8 October

Bush Skills & 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 campfire 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: $58 child
Time: 9am-4pm

Monday 25 September - Book online here

The Honeybees’ Tea Party

The bees are busy buzzing through the bush, collecting pollen from the flowers. We’ll meet some bees and have a tea party together in the bush.
Age: 0-5 years
Cost: $13 child, $8 adult
Time: 10-11:30am
Wednesday 27 September - Book online here
Thursday 28 September - Book online here

Habitat Heroes

Lots of animals make their homes in the bush, but sometimes they need our help! We’ll be searching for animal homes, holes and hollows, and setting up some of our own to invite creatures into our garden.
Age: 4-7 years
Cost: $13 child, $8 adult
Time: 1:30-3pm
Wednesday 27 September - Book online here

Bugs Bugs Bugs!

Spend a day with our many-legged friends out in the bush. We’ll be bug-hunting and dipnetting to look for invertebrates with scientific equipment. We’ll encounter all kinds of bugs up close, and even get some tips on keeping them as pets.
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $58 child
Time: 9am-4pm

Friday 29 September - Book online here

Glowing in the Dark

We’ll be toasting marshmallows over a crackling fire, before heading out with a black light (UV) torch to search for fluorescing creatures. We’ll finish with a glow-stick fiesta out in the dark.
Age: 6+ years
Cost: $16 per participant
Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Friday 29 September - Book online here

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

Wednesday 4 October - Book online here

The Best Beak

The birds have all been squabbling about who has the best beak! Come and meet a feathered friend 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 child, $8 adult
Time: 10-11:30am
Wednesday 4 October - Book online here
Thursday 5 October - Book online here

Animal Rescue Workshop

What would you do if you found an injured native animal or bird? Knowing the right actions to take could save its life! In this special half-day workshop, our experienced rescuers will provide in-depth training in the safe capture, rescue and treatment of injured wildlife.
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $35 child
Time: 10am-1pm

Friday 6 October - Book online here

Big Bushcraft Challenge

Brush up on your essential bushcraft skills before heading into the wild for a day of challenges such as shelter-building, orienteering, and navigating tracks and trails. Are you up for it?
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $58 child
Time: 9am-4pm

Friday 6 October - Book online here

Booking instructions

Bookings are essential for all activities. Click on the link for each activity to enter our online booking system. If you have any questions or need assistance you can call us on 9424 0353 or email kwg@kmc.nsw.gov.au. Payment can be made any time online by credit card. We do not refund if you decide to cancel your booking. There are no refunds unless the Wildflower Garden cancels the activity.

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