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.

Summer school holiday program

We've got a fabulous series of activities planned for the summer break! Join us for some Christmassy fun before the festive season, and again in January for loads more activities featuring the Wildflower Garden's special creatures and intrepid adventures.

Christmas in the Bush

NEW! A jam-packed day of outdoor activities, Australian wildlife and a touch of festive cheer!
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $58 child
Time: 9am-4pm, Monday 18 December
Book online here

Summer in the Great Outdoors

Join us for a fabulous day of outdoor fun in the bush. You’ll need all your ingenuity, creativity and sense of adventure today. Try your own nature art and rock painting, and explore some unknown places deep in the bush. Can you build a shelter that will stand up to the Rain Test? Bring your swimming things or a change of clothes for some wet and wild challenges if the weather’s hot!
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $58 child
Time: 9am-4pm, Tuesday 19 December
Book online here

Natural Christmas Decoration Workshops

Christmas in the bush is a special time. The cicadas are buzzing, the birds are singing, and the reptiles are roving. We’ll be collecting nature art materials and making beautiful decorations for Christmas trees or gifts.
Age: 3-7 years
Cost: $13 child, $8 adult (materials included)
Time: 10-11:30am
Book online for Wednesday 20 December
Book online for Thursday 21 December

Nature Detectives

NEW! 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 with our skilled rangers as they lead you into the bush in search of animals and their traces!
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $58 child
Time: 9am-4pm, Monday 15 January
Book online here

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, identifying native foods, and constructing an emergency shelter.
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $58 child
Time: 9am-4pm, Tuesday 16 January
Book online here

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 child, $8 adult
Time: 10-11:30am
Book online for Wednesday 17 January
Book online for Thursday 18 January

Creatures in Hiding

Come and meet some experts in camouflage…but you'll have to spot them first!
Age: 3-7 years
Cost: $13 child, $8 adult
Time: 1:30-3pm
Book online for Wednesday 17 January
Book online for Thursday 18 January

Animal Rescue Workshop

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  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 19 January
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 19 January
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, Monday 22 January
Book online here

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.
Places are limited on this special activity so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $58 child
Time: 9am-4pm, Tuesday 23 January
Book online here

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 child, $8 adult
Time: 10-11:30am
Book online for Wednesday 24 January
Book online for Thursday 25 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 out in the bush. We’ll even make a special butterfly craft to take home.
Age: 3-7 years
Cost: $13 child, $8 adult
Time: 1:30-3pm
Book online for Wednesday 24 January
Book online for Thursday 25 January

Nature Photography Workshop

NEW! Bring your camera and look at the wildflower garden in a whole new way! You will learn the art of photographing the beautiful plants and animals that call the wildflower garden home.
Each participant will need to bring their own digital camera (camera phones are fine). Cameras will remain the responsibility of the participant.
Age: 6-12 years
Cost: $35 child
Time: 10am-1pm, Thursday 25 January
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