School Holiday Program

January 2015

The Botanic Gardens of South Australia will be running school holiday activities suitable for 5 - 12 year olds in January 2015.

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. 

If in doubt, please contact the Botanic Gardens on 8222 9311 on the morning of the activity.

No need to book but parental supervision is essential.

Slow Summer Program

In anticipation of a long, hot summer we’ll be slowing down under the shade on Plane Tree Lawn from 10am – 2pm. You can paint a pot and plant some seeds, or paint a garden gnome (priced from $7). 

We’ll also have a great range of different activity choices popping up from 11am, as well as free garden adventure maps and ideas.

Please note: Activities are available while stocks last. Smocks and gardening gloves are available to painters and potters. Check out the timetable below and refer to the blackboard on the day for more info.

Fake Fossils ($6) 

Excavate a fossil block to discover all kinds of fake fossils like trilobites, ammonites, dinosaur teeth and more. Ask us for a garden adventure map to discover some of the Gardens ‘dinosaur‘ plants.

Bug Plaques/Plant Markers ($7) 

Paint a decorative plaque to mark the location of your favourite plants.

Hanging Shells / Sea Stars ($8) 

Paint a hanging sea themed decoration, perfect for the garden.

Compost Critters (free) 

Have a dig around in our compost pit and use your magnifying glass to explore the critters that call the compost heap home.

Cactus! ($12 Lg /$10 Med /$6 Sml) 

Paint a pot and plant a cactus or succulent. Ask for a garden adventure map to discover the Cactus Garden.

Plant heads ($6) 

Plants can grow in some crazy places! Use a stocking, pipe cleaners and other fun stuff to create a head or animal that will grow real plant ‘hair’. Ask for a garden adventure map to discover some plants growing in crazy places!

Making Fire, Making Glue (Free)

Learn how Aboriginal people make fire using just what is around them in the Australian bush. Make your own glue from plants! Meet on the Schomburgk Pavilion if it is too hot or raining the session will be held in the Lecture Theatre of the Goodman Building, Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Date 10am - 2pm 10:30am - 11:30am 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 13 January Paint a pot or garden gnome  Making Fire, Making Glue Pop up activities - fake fossils, hanging shells and sea stars
Friday 16 January Paint a pot or garden gnome
Pop up activities - bug plaques, plant markers and compost critters
Thursday 22 January Paint a pot or garden gnome Making Fire, Making Glue Pop up activities - cactus and plant heads

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).