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.

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Summer school holiday program

Get outdoors this summer with our biggest-yet program of activities for children of all ages! We've got lots of festive delights in the run-up to Christmas, then a host of active, nature-based activities during January. We'll be making sunny summer art, going on a spider and scorpion hunt, and watching some busy butterflies on the job. Don't miss our Big Aussie Bush Day, a special celebration of all things Aussie, just before school goes back!

 

Monday 14 January

10-11:30am

Nippers on Holiday Getting Hot (3-5 yrs)

Tuesday 15 January

9am-4pm

Off the Beaten Track (6-12 yrs)

Wednesday 16 January

8:45am-3pm

9am-4pm

10-11:30am

Junior Ranger Apprentices (12-16 yrs)

Nature Detectives (6-12 yrs)

Bush Music Melodies (0-5 yrs)

Thursday 17 January

8:45am-3pm

10-11:30am

1:30-3pm

Junior Ranger Apprentices (12-16 yrs)

Bush Music Melodies (0-5 yrs)

Busy Butterflies (3-7 yrs)

Friday 18 January

9am-4pm

10am-1pm

7-8:30pm

Bush Survival Skills (6-12 yrs)

Animal Rescue Workshop (6-12 yrs)

Spider & Scorpion Hunt (6+ yrs)

Monday 21 January

10-11:30am

9am-4pm

Nippers on Holiday Getting Wet (3-5 yrs)

Bush Survival Skills (6-12 yrs)

Tuesday 22 January

9am-4pm

Animalia (6-12 yrs)

Wednesday 23 January

8:45am-3pm

10-11:30am

1:30-3pm

Junior Ranger Apprentices (12-16 yrs)

Splish Splash! (0-5 yrs)

Sunny Summer Nature Art (3-7 yrs)

Thursday 24 January

8:45am-3pm

9am-4pm

10-11:30am

Junior Ranger Apprentices (12-16 yrs)

Bushcraft & Camping (6-12 yrs)

Splish Splash! (0-5 yrs)

Tuesday 29 January

9am-4pm

Big Aussie Bush Day (6-12 yrs)

Nippers on Holiday

Nippers in Nature, our Bush Preschool, continues during the holidays with one-off sessions to celebrate what’s great about summer. Join us for some good, grubby nature play, stories, creature encounters, bush walking and fun.
Age: 3-5 years
Cost: $13.50 child, $8.50 adult
Time: 10-11:30am
Monday 14 January - Getting Hot!
Monday 21 January - Getting Wet!

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
Tuesday 15 January

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: $29 supervision fee
Time: 8:45am-3pm
Wednesday 16 January (BOOKED OUT)
Thursday 17 January (BOOKED OUT)
Wednesday 23 January (BOOKED OUT)
Thursday 24 January (BOOKED OUT)

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
Wednesday 16 January

Bush Music Melodies

Join the Bush Chorus as we listen for songs and music in the bush, and make plenty of our own!
Age: 0-5 years
Cost: $13.50 child, $8.50 adult
Time: 10-11:30am
Wednesday 16 January
Thursday 17 January

Busy Butterflies

This is a great time of year for insects of all kinds. We’ll be meeting some six-legged creatures up close before trying our hands at sweep netting and other ways to catch butterflies in the bush. We’ll even make our own special butterfly craft to take home.
Age: 3-7 years
Cost: $13.50 child, $8.50 adult
Time: 1:30-3pm
Thursday 17 January

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
Friday 18 January (BOOKED OUT)
Monday 21 January (click here to book)

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, 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 18 January

Spider & Scorpion Hunt

Nightfall is the best time to observe these eight-legged creatures going about their business. We’ll witness the making of an orb web and search in the leaf litter for scorpions using UV light. Only the bravest need apply!
Age: 6+ years
Cost: $16.50 per participant
Time: 7:15-8:30pm
Friday 18 January

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
Tuesday 22 January (click here to book)

Splish Splash!

Summer’s here and we love to get wet! We’ll be exploring some of the Wildflower Garden’s creeks and ponds, and meeting some of the splashy creatures that live there. Bring a towel and a change of clothes for some water play if it’s hot.
Age: 0-5 years
Cost: $13.50 child, $8.50 adult
Time: 10-11:30am
Wednesday 23 January (click here to book)
Thursday 24 January (click here to book)

Sunny Summer Nature Art

Bring out your artistic side with some lovely seasonal art making. We’ll hunt for beautiful nature pieces in the bush and make them into a beautiful sunny artwork to take home!
Age: 3-7 years
Cost: $13.50 child, $8.50 adult including materials
Time: 1:30-3pm
Wednesday 23 January (click here to book)

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
Thursday 24 January (click here to book)

Big Aussie Bush Day

We’ve got a true-blue celebration planned for the last day of the holidays! It’ll be chockers with Aussie bush fun. We’ll fling some snags on the barbie for lunch, have a thong-throwing contest, fry our brains with some Aussie Trivia, meet some native animals, and maybe even run under the sprinkler if it’s hot. Bonza!
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
Tuesday 29 January (click here to book)

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