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The Royal Botanic Garden - Easter School Holidays 2019, 13th April - 28th April, Age: All

The Royal Botanic Garden - Easter School Holidays 2019, 13th April - 28th April, Age: All

Dandy Lions

Dandy Lions is a delightful morning of gardening, craft, singing and play for young children and their carers.

Each week we explore a new garden-related theme, with specially designed activities for children under the age of five. See at the end of this page for our Spring themes.

Join Royal Botanic Garden Sydney education staff for:

  • Garden activities including planting and harvesting

  • Nature-based art and craft

  • Lively, interactive storytelling

  • Songs, music and dance

  • Garden discovery walks

Tinkerbell & The Dream Fairies

In Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies, the adventurous Tinkerbell happens upon the fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Together, the cheeky Mustardseed, fluttery Moth, daring Cobweb and sweet Peaseblossom all go on a magical quest with Tinkerbell, learning about each other and the different worlds they come from.

Audience members are invited to come dressed up for fun either as a Fairy or an Elf but Jedi’s, Pirates and all super heroes are all welcome! Come along and join in the singing and dancing, before going on a special adventure to ‘Bubble Land’ where they help Tinkerbell and her Fairy Friends find their lost wings. Visit here for more info and bookings.

When: 13 - 28 April 2019 
Duration: The show runs approximately 60-70 minutes.
Age: All ages
Price: Book online Sunday - Thursday, tickets: $25, or $80 (group of 4), and Friday - Saturday, tickets: $30.00 each or $110 (group of 4). 

Garden Grubs

Kids have lots of creative and active fun in the Garden with our professional, enthusiastic educators!

This all-day school holiday program is full of fun and adventures in the Garden. Kids spend the day exploring the garden and connecting with nature!

Monday 15th April 2019- AUTUMN GARDEN
There is something magical about Autumn! Let’s get creative with colour. Make a gorgeous Autumn fold leaf banner, a dream catcher using loose plant parts and an Autumn-inspired masterpiece! Meet a plant expert, throw leaves in the air and plant in our Cryptogam house. Games, outdoor play and so much more!

Tuesday 16th April 2019- SENSORY GARDEN
Explore the garden using your five senses. Plant edible flowers in our Cryptogam house, play sensory bingo, try Lemon Myrtle punch and make sensory candles with essential oils. Visit interesting locations and meet an expert. Games, outdoor play and so much more!

Thursday 18th April 2019- EASTER GARDEN
Easter is almost here, so get ready for some chocolatey fun! Take part in our Easter hat parade, make hot cross buns, design and print your own Easter calico bag, and go on an egg hunt. Visit interesting locations, garden in the Yellowwood, play games and so much more!

When: 9am – 3.30pm (Standard Day) OR 8am - 5.30pm (Long Day) 15th, 17th, 21st and 22nd January and 15th and 16th April 2019 
Age: Strictly children aged 6 - 12 years

Price: Book online Members $76.50 per child (Standard Day), $103.50 (Long Day) 
| Non-Members $85.00 (Standard Day), $115.00 (Long Day)

Where: The Moore Room. Enter the Garden via the Woolloomooloo Gate, then follow the path and signs to the Moore Room

Herbarium on Stage - Botanist for a Day

Become a botanist for the day in this super fun, free, hands-on workshop! Starting at The Calyx in the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden you’ll get to:

  • Explore the Herb Garden on a sensory tour, where kids will smell, touch and taste plants that have been important to people for thousands of years.

  • Get your hands dirty in a potting session, where kids will plant their own seedling to take home.

  • Learn to create your very own plant specimen just like botanists do! You’ll be given a beautiful dried flower or fascinating leaf to start your very own collection of pressed plants.

Before or after the workshop you can stay a little longer and check outPlants with Bite!,the new carnivorous plant display at The Calyx that tells the story of the captivating and bizarre world of carnivorous plants.

A partnership between the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Klorane Botanical Foundation, this workshop aims to foster plant knowledge and passion in the next generation

When: 16 & 17 April 2019 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
Age: Suitable for children 6 - 12 years and their families

Price: Free - this program is kindly supported by Klorane Botanical Foundation.
Where: The Calyx
The Royal Botanic Garden 
Closest entry is Morshead Fountain Gate, Shakespeare Place cnr Macquarie Street

Clay Echidnas

Come in and join one of our Indigenous Educators in a fun, educational, hands-on clay making experience.

Learn about the Echidna through clay making and fun games and activities. Using clay and bush materials you will be creating your very own Echidna, a Native Australian Animal which you will be able to take home at the end of your experience.

When: 16th, 17th, 24th and 26th April 2019 
10.30 am - 12 pm and 12.30 pm - 2 pm
Age: 6-12 years
Price: Book online $20.50 per child

Sketchbook Scavenger Hunt

Get ready to get arty!

Run by visiting artists from the National Art School, this workshop will teach kids how to develop their own artist sketchbook. Learn how to sketch from the world around you, build process drawings, develop your ideas and learn the confidence to keep drawing at home.

Walking throughout the Garden, learn how to observe and visually record viewpoints of landscapes, close ups of plants, people and animals interacting in the environment and build your skills in line, shape, proportion, tone, and composition.

Part of the 2019 Garden Art Month – a collaboration between the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the National Art School.

When: Wednesday 17 April 2019 | 10am to 4pm 
Age: Children ages 9 to 12 years
Price: Book online $120 per child

Where: Learning Centre, The Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

The Great Garden Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny is coming to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney on Saturday and Sunday of the Easter long weekend! Children use a trail map to complete fun challenges, collect yummy Cadbury chocolate eggs and hunt for their furry Easter friend.

Following the trail, children will move around the beautiful gardens between five activities which are egg or bunny related. There will also be a family photo opportunity at the end with the Easter Bunny so bring your camera!
Come and join in the festivities and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun!

Please note, The Royal Botanic Garden cannot hide chocolate eggs in the Garden for hygiene and safety reasons. Instead children will be handed chocolate eggs on completion of each activity . Children will receive chocolate treats along the trail. By purchasing this ticket, you endorse your child's participation in an egg hunt & collection of chocolate products.

When: Easter Saturday and Sunday, 20 April - 21 April 2019 | Times Vary: see below for available sessions. Bookings essential online. 
Age: Recommended for children 3 to 8 years old and their families
Price: Book online $18 per child
Where: Maiden Pavilion, Near the Band Lawn, The Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

Feeding Time at Plants with Bite!

Delve into the fascinating world of carnivorous plants and have your chance to get up close with these creepy and weird specimens. Join us for this fun and educational experience where you will learn about the evolution of carnivorous plants, the different trap types and how they go about catching their prey.

Set within The Calyx which is showing the Plants With Bite display that houses a colossal collection of carnivorous plants, you have the chance to get up close and personal with a range of trap types. The educator will deomonstrate a simple experiment and will give you your own Venus fly trap and crickets to feed it. You will also have the opportunity to attach a digital microscope to your smartphone and capture close up pictures of the traps in action. The session will end with you being given your own edible cricket to gobble up and try!

This is an experience not to miss! In the lead up to the event, check out our Branch Out podcast and listen to the Plants with Bite episode. 

What to bring: A smart phone with a camera

Children under 4 can accompany an adult ticket for free.
Children under 13 must purchase a children's ticket and be accompanied by an adult who has an adult ticket

When: Last Sunday of the month 11:00am-11:45am and new sessions from 12pm-12:45pm 
Price: Book online GA $35 l F&F $32.50 
Kids under 13 $17 
Kids under 4 FREE (with a paying adult) 

Where: The Calyx, The Royal Botanic Garden, Closest entry is Morshead Fountain Gate, Shakespeare Place cnr Macquarie Street

Where: The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

Parking: Aside from metered street parking the closest car parks are:

Domain Car Park
St Marys Road, Sydney
Phone 02 9232 6165

Secure Parking
Hudson Building 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Phone 02 8912 4900

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
93 Macquarie Street (entry Albert Street), Sydney
Phone 02 9252 4600

Sydney Opera House Car Park
Macquarie Street, Sydney
Phone 02 9247 7599

Nearest Food and coffee: Botanic Restaurant

Art Gallery of NSW - Easter School Holidays 2019 , 15th April - 19th May, Age: All

Art Gallery of NSW - Easter School Holidays 2019 , 15th April - 19th May, Age: All

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