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Fun 'gardeny' things to do for kids on the school holiday
School holidays are here, and with them, comes extra time for fun activities.
Now is the perfect time to plan ahead and decide just what to do with that delicious extra time over those long, lazy days of summer.
So, what to do? It's a great time to for the whole family to share and as usual, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens has some great suggestions in its popular school holiday program.
It's designed for children aged 5 12 years and it's a great opportunity for a family outing: all children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. The program starts on Monday 11 January and concludes on Friday 22 January.
Explore the gardens - with learning as a by-product of a fun time!
Ice cream is, of course, made from milk and one of the yummiest dairy products produced by a lucerne-eating dairy cow.
This is all part of the City Crop, an important part of the Botanic Gardens that is designed to help urban communities understand the importance of agriculture in our daily lives. Last year, for the first time, children were involved getting hands-on by planting and harvesting some luscious sweet corn and discovering the delights of growing fresh, healthy food.
This year, lucerne is the crop of choice.
Lucerne is used to feed cows, which of course produce the dairy foods we consume regularly. It's been chosen for its ability to improve soil nitrogen levels and will help make the connection between plants and foods including dairy products such as milk, cream, butter, cheese and yoghurt.
In another session, you can make your own magical miniature fairy garden to take home. Use found objects, plants and air-drying clay. You can even bring along your own bits and pieces to add a special touch to your garden.
For the budding artist, there is the chance to create your own masterpiece with water colours and plants from the gardens in Watercolours for Kids. The tradition of botanical illustrations is a strong one and the Botanic Gardens has inspiration in spades.
And the ever popular Garden Critters are back. Using curious botanical bits such as seed pods and leaves collected from the gardens, you can create a cute critter to take home limited only by your imagination. Let it run wild.
As in previous programs, there are (this time) three sessions that are free and for which no bookings are required just turn up on the day and join in the fun!
In Making fire, making glue you'll learn how the Aboriginal people make fire using just what's around them in the Australian bush and then you can get sticky fingers when you make your own glue from plants!
Hear Aboriginal Dreaming stories in Dreaming story telling. Understand what they can tell us about life and then you'll have the chance to learn how to identify tracks and traces in the environment.