Thursday, 28 September 2017

School holidays activities at Mount Annan Botanic Garden

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN NATURE: The Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan gears up for a holiday program filled with fun.


Nature and education go hand in hand during the Spring School Holidays at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan (ABG). The Australian Botanic Garden is a place where children love being out in nature and experiencing all the secrets of the garden.

Popular nature play programs see children making maps, tracks and trails out of mud and creating beautiful bushcraft. Miniature science geeks also have the chance to dive into Fizzics education programs where they can uncover Natural Disasters or Create a Buzz in a hands-on setting. For the first time ever the King and Queen of Green theatre show will also visit the Garden with their fun holiday performance.

The Australian Botanic Garden’s nature play programs include: The Bush Playgroup for 2.5 to 5 year olds, a half-day program Kids vs Wild and the full-day program Bushrangers. This Spring holiday, ABG will also offer an Eco-Art class where children can enjoy their creative side and work with natural materials. 

On our Bush Food Hunt, Aboriginal educators, will introduce the kids to Bushtucker and will show them the tools and weapons that have been used over thousands of years.

For all science geeks, Fizzics offer a range of programs where they dive into Natural Disasters, Create a Buzz, or explore the Gross and Gory side of science.  

Older children can improve their photo taking skills at Kids and Pics, where the course instructor will show them how to best use their cameras and work on their perspective.

All activities are happening these Spring School Holidays from Monday 25 September to Saturday 7 October.

To explore the whole program at Australian Botanic Garden click here.

Program Highlights include:
Bushrangers – Spring (5-12 years) – Enjoy a full day of wildlife, bushcraft, outdoor challenges, games and free-play all in the great outdoors of the Australian Botanic Garden. The program is led by experienced staff who specialise in introducing nature and the outdoors to school-aged children in a safe, fun, and challenging environment. Activities are designed to allow children to play outside, to take part in problem solving and cooperative challenges. For parents who want an alternative to screen time!
  • When:  Thursday, 5th October 2017
  • Where: The Bowden Centre, Australian Botanic Garden
  • Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Age: 5 - 12 years only
  • Price: $85 per child (inc. GST) 
  • Click here for more details

Kids vs. Wild - Spring (5-12 years) - Join the team of rangers for a morning of bush tucker games, animal tracking and trail making. Make a mud map and follow the nature-based treasure hunt whilst having an awesome time out in the garden.
  • When:  Tuesday 26 September 2017
  • Where: The Bowden Centre, Australian Botanic Garden
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Age: 5 - 12 years only
  • Price: $22 per child (inc. GST) 
  • Click here for more details
Eco Art - School Holiday Workshop (5-12 years) - If you love plants and animals, are aged between 5 - 12 years and want to explore your creative side, then this art workshop is for children.
  • When: Thursday 28 September 2017
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Ages: Children 5-12 years (strictly no children under 5 years).
  • Cost: $22 (includes GST, booking fee and art resources) 
  • Click here for more details
Bush Food Hunt (5-10years) - What’s for dinner?! Kids will explore the Fruit Loop garden to learn all about how Aboriginal people use plants for food and medicine. They’ll hunt for bushfoods, play traditional Aboriginal games and make their own bush honey-sack treats. Yum!
  • When: Wednesday 27 September 2017, Thursday 5th October 2017
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Ages: Children 5-10 years (strictly no children under 5 years).
  • Cost: $20 (includes GST, booking fee and art resources) 
  • Click here for more details
The King and Queen of Green
Wednesday 4th October; 10.30 and 1.30pm
Princes and princesses of all ages will enjoy this fun and interactive outdoor theatre show.
The show explores the topic of landfill and the simple things we can all do at home to reduce the amount of waste. The King and Queen then lead a mini recycling workshop to turn junk into crowns and other royally fabulous jewellery. Learn more
Other children’s activities:
Lego Robotics
Tuesday 3rd October; 9-12pm and 1-4pm
How to program brand new Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots to do their bidding. Learn more.
Gross and Gory by Fizzics: 1-4pm Friday 6 October 2017 
Make fake snot, vile vomit bombs, exploding pimples, fake wounds and more. Learn more.
Kids and Pics - 9am Saturday 7 October
All kids love to take photos! Together with one of our educators, nature lover and award-winning photographer Glenn Smith will train their eyes and show them the technical basics. Learn more.
The King and Queen of Green
Wednesday 4th October; 10.30 and 1.30pm
Princes and princesses of all ages will enjoy this fun and interactive outdoor theatre show.
The show explores the topic of landfill and the simple things we can all do at home to reduce the amount of waste. The King and Queen then lead a mini recycling workshop to turn junk into crowns and other royally fabulous jewellery.  Learn more here.
BACKGROUND

About the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan
The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of York on 2 October 1988 as the final NSW Bicentennial project.  Showcasing approximately 2000 species of Australian native plants, the garden is part of the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain Trust and home to the Australian PlantBank, a major scientific research and conservation centre for NSW

Further information about the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan:

·         Website: www.australianbotanicgarden.com.au
·         Facebook: www.facebook.com/AustralianBotanicGarden
·         Twitter: twitter.com/australianbg
·         Instagram: @australianbg


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