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Fun Things to do in the July School Holidays (Image: Botanic Gardens Adelaide)
It can be a challenge to find fun things to do during the July school holidays, but the Botanic Gardens in Adelaide has come to the rescue with fun things to do and educational activities for kids. But do be warned - school holidays activities book out very quickly, so book early if you see something that you like.
It's always a pleasure to visit the Botanic Gardens and enjoy all the free things to do like exploring the majestic Bicentennial Conservatory, learning about sustainability at the First Creek Wetlands, or seeing the latest exhibitions at the Museum of Economic Botany. But from July 11-22 there are additional activities activities for kids on offer, including some free things to do. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All school holidays activities will go ahead whatever the weather, moving indoors if necessary.
Take a pair of wellington boots (supplied) and learn basic gardening skills the fun way. You can't do nature play in Adelaide without getting your hands dirty, and kids will be shown how to plant succulents in the wellingtons, and then take them home. You'll also create some cute furry creatures from wool – that toasty warm natural fibre that grows on sheep, who feast on lucerne plants (growing in the Garden's City Crop). These activities for kids will be held in the Lecture Theatre of the attractive heritage listed Goodman Building. Bookings are essential.
Finding Garden Critters is Fun for Kids (Image: Botanic Gardens Adelaide)
Garden Critters 5-12yo, 1 hour) $10 This is one of the perennially popular activities for kids at the Botanic Gardens in Adelaide. Take a guided walk in the gardens and collect curious botanic bits such as seedpods and leaves, then create a cute critter to take home. This session will be held in the Lecture Theatre of the Goodman Building. Bookings are essential.
Making Fire, Making Glue 1 HR) FREE
Learn how Aboriginal people make fire using only what is around them in the Australian bush. Make your own glue from plants. Meet in the Schomburgk Pavilion - if it is raining it will be held in the Lecture Theatre of the Goodman Building, Adelaide Botanic Gardens. No bookings are required, just turn up in advance.
Exciting School Holiday Activities (Image: Botanic Gardens Adelaide)
Dreaming Story Telling 1 HR) FREE Listen to Aboriginal Dreaming stories and understand what they can teach us about life. Learn how to identify tracks and traces in the environment. Meet at the Lecture Theatre of the Goodman Building, Adelaide Botanic Gardens. No bookings are required, just turn up in advance.
You can choose from a number of different dates and times for these fun things to do. All of the July school holidays activities for kids are listed in the school holidays program. You can choose to book online or phone in your booking, but whatever you do - book early!
Note: The $160 million roadworks which may ultimately save O-Bahn travellers 2-3 minutes should still permit ready access to the Botanic Gardens. If in doubt, please see this page about parking and access before visiting.