School Holiday Program

September/October School Holidays 2014

The Botanic Gardens of South Australia will be running school holiday activities suitable for 5 - 12 year olds between 29 September and 10 October 2014.

Activities are designed to promote fun, hands on learning about plants, people and the environment and they all take place under the shade on Plane Tree Lawn, or in the Bicentennial Conservatory during inclement weather. To book phone: (08) 8222 9311.

Painted pots, gnomes and garden art
From $7 – bookings not required (all ages)

Join us on Plane Tree Lawn to paint a gnome, plant label or pot and plant some seeds for your spring garden. Watch them grow and enjoy the yummy rewards. If rain is forecast you’ll find us ‘blinging pots’ in the Bicentennial Conservatory.

Pots are priced from $7 each inclusive of pot, paint, soil and seeds. Different sizes are available until sold out. Bookings are not required but a short wait may apply during busy times. Parental supervision is essential.

Hatch your own stick insect
$20 per child – bookings essential, 1.5 hours (5 - 12 years)

Stick insects are back due to overwhelming demand! During this session you’ll meet lots of different stick insects and find out how to care for them. You’ll make your own hatchery to incubate the eggs you take home. Eggs can take between one and 18 months to hatch and must be cared for consistently during incubation, we’ll teach you all you need to know for success!

Terrific terrariums
$20 per child – bookings essential, 1.5 hours (5 - 12 years)

We’ll show you all the tips and tricks you need to create gorgeous glass jar gardens. You’ll design and plant your own terrarium to take home. 

Junior entomologists
$20 per child – bookings essential, 1.5 hours (7 - 12 years)

Entomology is the science and study of insects. During this activity you’ll discover the tools, techniques and art of insect collecting and preservation. You’ll make your own setting board and pin and set a beautiful butterfly specimen to take home.

Making fire, making glue
Free – bookings not required (all ages)

Learn how aboriginal people make fire using just what’s around them in the Australian bush and make your own glue from plants. Meet at the Schomburgk Pavilion.

Date 11am 1pm 2.30pm
Tuesday 30 September Painted pots, gnomes and garden art
11am - 2pm
  Terrific terrariums
Thursday 2 October

Making fire, making glue
Friday 3 October  Hatch your own stick insect Hatch your own stick insect  Junior entomologists 
Monday 6 October  Painted pots, gnomes and garden art
11am - 2pm 
  Terrific terrariums 
Tuesday 7 October      Making fire, making glue 
Thursday 9 October    Junior entomologists  Hatch your own stick insect 

Cancellation Policy

In the event of inclement weather activities are conducted in the Bicentennial Conservatory as scheduled. If in doubt please contact the Botanic Gardens of South Australia on the morning of the activity. Phone: (08) 8222 9311.

Note to Parents

Activities are available to school age children only. Numbers per group are strictly limited. Vacation care groups can make discounted bookings by contacting the Botanic Gardens of South Australia. Phone: (08) 8222 9311.

Download the school holiday program consent form (174kb doc).