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Holiday fun for kids in the Botanic Garden
The Royal Adelaide Show has come and gone it must be Spring!
The next thing on the Kids' Calendar must be spring school holidays. Before we know it, it'll be pageant time and oh no! Christmas!
So, what to do for the school holidays? It's such a great time to share with the family the weather's on the improve and outdoor activities rise up the 'to do' list.
What better place in Adelaide to enjoy the outdoors, than the Botanic Gardens? And, should the weather have a little hiccup, there are some fantastic 'plan B' sites within the gardens.
With a fabulous combination of fun and learning, it's hard to go past the Botanic Garden's school holiday program. The program is 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. On some days, two sessions are offered, on others, there is a morning or afternoon session.
Little Sprouts gardening
Costs vary from $10 - $20 and there are two free sessions, where no bookings are required.
Let's start with the crafty. Using leaves, berries, seedpods and the like from the garden, kids can create a take-home memory. After the session, with some help from Mum or Dad, they can explore the garden and perhaps identify just where the bits and pieces might have come from.
On one day, it will be a dream catcher, letting the good dreams flow and perfect for filtering out the bad dreams. On another, it's wind chimes to brighten your day and in yet another session, there'll be gorgeous little garden critters to make from the botanical bits.
Fresh and Fabulous Food will have budding chefs spinning up a smoothie and slurping up a soup. Using fresh produce picked straight from the garden, there'll be fun for all in this yummy session.
Over the past few years, the Adelaide Botanic Garden's City Crop has grown wheat to turn into bread, produced a limited edition craft beer from barley and turned kids into corn farmers.
The City Crop 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. Many kids will be familiar with the yummy alfalfa sprouts we use in salads and sandwiches and they'll get to plant some of their own to take home.
There are two sessions in the program 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 can they tell us about life and then, you'll have the chance to learn how to identify tracks and traces in the environment.
The program runs from Monday 28 September until Friday 9 October (with no session on the Labour Day public holiday, Monday 5 October). It's a great opportunity to have some fun and take home a memento it's also a time when important environmental messages take root and kids get to know a special part of our city and parklands.
Check out times and the full program at the Botanic Gardens website.
Bookings are essential for most of the sessions so get in NOW because they fill up fast. Bookings can ONLY be made by phone, so call 82229311, to book your place.
You will need to download the consent form, complete it and bring it along on the day.