The stunning and serene Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne are a wonderful place to visit for no other reason than to stroll around the gardens, get your feet wet in the running water and have a romp around the playground, but these Easter School holidays, the good people at the RBG are offering a number of activities designed especially for kids.
Build Your Own Bush Bark Shelter
Kick off the school holidays by building your own bush bark shelter. Natural materials will be made available for kids to create their own hideaway, complete with bark ribbon decorations and furniture log seats.
This activity is available daily at the Promenade Plaza between 10am - 4pm and is FREE!
On Wednesday 30th March and Tuesday 5th April, Katie Koala is inviting all her friends to help her find Spiky Echidna, Bumbling Bandicoot and some other other cute native animals who have become lost in the Australian Garden! Where can they be?
This activity is suitable for children aged 3 5 years and is being held between 10am 11am at the Visitor Centre, Cranbourne Gardens.
There is a cost of $7.40 per child for this event.
Bookings are required. Please phone 5990 2200.
Photo Credit: RBG website
Australian Bush Bookmarks
Decorate a very special, personalized Australian bookmark using eucalypt leaves.
This event is being held at the Visitor Centre on Wednesday 30th March and Tuesday 5th April, 11.30am 12.30pm and is suitable for children aged 3 5 years.
There is a cost of $3.70 per child and bookings are required on 5990 2200.
Photo Credit: RBG website
Nature Play Week Launch
Nature Play Week is focused on reconnecting kids with nature and outdoor play. Speakers are sure to inspire some fresh ideas on Wednesday 6th April 2016, 9.30am 10.30am in the Auditorium at the Cranbourne Gardens.
This event is FREE!
Please phone 5990 2200 to reserve a seat.
Nature Play Week Kids Activities
Teaming up with the Kids in Nature Network, the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne have designed a range of programs to suit the entire family.
Kids can reconnect with nature by completing a series of outdoor adventures featured in the '50 things for kids to do' checklist or by borrowing a deck of the brand new 'Go find it' cards. Tick off each activity once it is complete until you have finished the entire series of events.
This event is being held from Wednesday 6th April to Sunday 17th April 2016, between 9am 5pm, starting the Visitor Centre.
Torches will be required for this very special, nighttime event. Sneak out, quiet as you can, and perhaps you'll see some animals who only come out at night. Wombats, wallabies and possums on parade!
This event is being held on Thursday 7th April, 7pm 9pm.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, and this program is subject to change in the event of bad weather.
Meet your guide at the front gate, Cnr Botanic Drive and Ballarto Road, Cranbourne.
Cost of participation is: Adults $17. Children/Concession $12.80.
Phone 5990 2200 to book your place.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne run bus and walking tours daily, with specialist talks catered to individual gardening aspects on offer regularly throughout their calendar. Learn more about native Australian plants and how they can be adapted to your own garden design.
The Royal Botanic Gardens are located on the corner of Ballarto Road & Botanic Drive, Cranbourne and are open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9am 5pm. Entry into the gardens is FREE!
There is an onsite café and toilets, two playground areas for the kids, bike riding paths, sheltered BBQ tables with BBQ facilities and plenty of places to throw down a picnic.