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Summer School Holidays at Adelaide Botanic Garden

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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.

Botanic Gardens School Holidays
School holiday fun for 5 - 12 year-olds


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.

Botanic Gardens School Holidays
Explore the gardens - with learning as a by-product of a fun time!


Costs vary from $10 - $20 and there are three free sessions, where no bookings are required.

The emphasis is on fun, but it's also a time when important environmental messages take root and kids get to know a very special part of our city and parklands.

While some popular elements have been returned from previous programs, this year, there are several brand new sessions.

Can you think of a more fantastic way to beat the heat than by making your own ice cream – botanically-flavoured, no less? As a bonus, recycle the milk carton to create a cow-shaped pot plant.

Botanic Gardens School Holidays
Cooling down in the Botanic Gardens - the old-fashioned way.


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.

Botanic Gardens School Holidays
Make a critter friend


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.

Check out times, the full program and booking information at the Botanic Gardens website.

Bookings are essential for most of the sessions – so get in NOW because they fill up fast.


You will need to download the consent form, complete it and bring it along on the day.

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Why? School holiday fun for the whole family
When: 11 - 22 January 2016
Phone: 8222 9311
Where: Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Cost: $10, $20, some free
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