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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Winter school holiday program

There's a chill in the air, so rug up and head into the bush for our fantastic program of children's activities, guaranteed to bring rosy cheeks and wide smiles! We'll be celebrating NAIDOC week with indigenous cooking, stories, weaving and painting. It's a great time of year for wildflowers, so don't miss our Honeyeater's Tea Party! Look beneath the surface of a pond, or join us for a whole day of nature-based fun in one of our full-day programs. We've got plenty of surprises in store! 

Day

Time

Program

Monday 9 July 

10am-1pm

3-4.30pm 

Campfire & Bush Cooking for Kids

Stories of the Dreaming

Tuesday 10 July  2.30-4pm  Stories of the Dreaming
Wednesday 11 July 

8.45am-3pm

10-11.30am

Junior Ranger Apprentices

Bush Tucker & Dot Painting

Thursday 12 July 

8.45am-3pm

10-11.30am 

Junior Ranger Apprentices

Bush Tucker & Dot Painting

Friday 13 July 9am-4pm Bush Survival Skills
Monday 16 July  9am-4pm  Nature Detectives
Tuesday 17 July  9am-4pm  Big Bushcraft Challenge
Wednesday 18 July  10-11.30am  A Honeyeater's Tea Party
Thursday 19 July 

8.45am-3pm

10-11.30am

1.30-3pm 

Junior Ranger Apprentices

A Honeyeater's Tea Party

Beneath the Surface

Friday 20 July 

9am-4pm

5-6.30pm 

Animalia

Campfire & Spotlight Walk

Campfire & Bush Cooking for Kids

Thousands of years ago, things like takeaway restaurants, fridges and microwaves didn’t exist. Yet Australia’s people had no problem keeping their tummies full of healthy food! We’ll have a go at making our own lunch using bush tucker plants and campfire cooking, just like indigenous children might have done in Sydney way back then.
Age: 6-12 years

Cost: $35 child including all ingredients

10am-1pm, Monday 9 July Click here to book

Stories of the Dreaming

Join us under the Teaching Tree to share in the magic and wonder of Australia’s aboriginal legends. We’ll meet a creature from the Dreaming and hear its story, reflect on local bush tales about how our favourite creatures came to be, and learn the ancient art of weaving with native rushes.

Age: 4-7 years

Cost: $13 child, $8 adult

3-4.30pm, Monday 9 July Click here to book

2.30-4pm, Tuesday 10 July Click here to book

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

8.45am-3pm, Wednesday 11 July Click here to book

8.45am-3pm, Thursday 12 July Click here to book

8.45am-3pm, Thursday 19 July Click here to book

Bush Tucker & Dot Painting

We’ll imagine ourselves part of the Garigal people as we journey through the bush and learn about local foods and remedies made from native plants. We’ll taste some yummy lilly pilly jelly and rosella jam, and create beautiful artworks using traditional techniques.

Age: 0-5 years

Cost: $13 child, $8 adult

10-11.30am, Wednesday 11 July Click here to book

10-11.30am, Thursday 12 July Click here to book

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: $58 child

9am-4pm, Friday 13 July Click here to book

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: $58 child

9am-4pm, Monday 16 July Click here to book

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

9am-4pm, Tuesday 17 July Click here to book

A Honeyeater’s Tea Party

The wildflowers are blooming, the nectar is flowing, and the honeyeaters are having a party! We’ll search for birds, bees and other nectar-loving creatures, and decorate our own cupcakes for a special Tea Party in the bush.

Age: 0-5 years

Cost: $13 per child, $8 per adult

10am-11.30am, Wednesday 18 July Click here to book

10am-11.30am, Thursday 19 July Click here to book

Beneath the Surface

Strange creatures live beneath the water in a pond. We’ll go dipnetting to try our luck catching aquatic organisms, and meet a curious pond-dweller up close.

Age: 4-7 years

Cost: $13 child, $8 adult

1.30-3pm, Thursday 19 July Click here to book

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

9am-4pm, Friday 20 July Click here to book

Campfire & Spotlight Walk

Toast some marshmallows over a crackling campfire before we venture out into the dark to search for nocturnal creatures. Who knows what we’ll find?

Age: 6+ years

Cost: $16 per participant

5-6.30pm, Friday 20 July 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