Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens will be a hive of nature-based activities these school holidays!
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s hugely popular, free cubby building event, Botanica: A Village Among The Oak Trees, is returning to Melbourne Gardens this summer, along with a host of new activities for families.
The event returns after more than 4000 people came along to help create beautiful cubbies at Botanica in Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens in 2018. Along with building cubbies, families can also enjoy hands-on nature workshops, discovery walks and a sensory walk through the Australian Garden.
There are events taking place throughout the school holidays at Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens, and you can read what’s on below.
Botanica: A Village Among The Oak Trees
Back by popular demand, this stunning school holiday event is returning to Melbourne Gardens. Curated by artist Darryl Cordell and inspired by his childhood in the bush, Botanica offers families the opportunity to work together to build their very own special world.
Use your imagination and build a new community village with natural materials collected from the Gardens. Build cubbies and creatures and enjoy nature-based creative activities for all ages.
Activities will include:
Leaf and log rubbings
Creature making and naming
Mud kitchen and sensory play
Chill out zone with lemon myrtle tea, bean bags and books
You can watch a video below:
Date: Wednesday 16 January - Saturday 19 January 2019, 11am-3pm (drop in anytime)
Free Suitable for all ages Website
Outdoor Escapades is an opportunity to put down your devices and join an immersion in nature at Melbourne Gardens. This hands-on workshop and fun outdoor adventure, designed with the principles of leading international forest schools, will engage your tactile senses, ignite your imagination and let you connect to the earth.
Learn new skills, build confidence and be empowered to take risks in nature, all while enjoying the Garden’s urban natural environment and breathtaking scenery.
Create a woodworking project with resources harvested from the Gardens, and embark on an escapade to explore the nooks and crannies of Melbourne’s living green heart of the city.
Activities will include:
Wandering through the Southern China Collection and Long Island (kind of like being in the bush!)
Learning about wildlife and plants
Making simple knots to make stick picture frames
Learning techniques to use hand tools such as bow saws, hand drills, whittling knives and peelers to make a woodworking project of your own choice
Date: Monday 21 January and Tuesday 22 January 2019, 11am (2 hours)
Cost: $16 per person
Suitable for ages 8-12 years, with an adult Website
Fire & Seed
Have you ever wondered how native animals take refuge during a bushfire? Or how plants use their amazing abilities to adapt, change and regenerate after a fire? Fire & Seed is an exciting program that looks at how fire is a part of the Australian landscape, and how plants and animals that live in the bush cope with natural bushfires.
Nature packed and informative, hear stories and explore the bushland to see first-hand where wombats and other wildlife take refuge during a bushfire and create your own animal burrows with sandpit tools and natural materials.
Date: Tuesday 8 January and Wednesday 9 January 2019, 11am (2 hours)
Cost: $10 per child, accompanying adult free
Suitable for ages 5-10 years Website
Welcome to Biderap
Welcome to Biderap, the dry season in the seven seasons of the local Aboriginal people. Join this guided sensory walk through the Australian Garden and take in the sights and smells of the native bush. Learn weaving techniques, wattle seed grinding and pot up some river mint to take home. End the walk with a cup of lemon myrtle tea and a paddle in the Rockpool Waterway.
Date: Wednesday 3 January and Monday 21 January 2019, 11am (2 hours)
Cost: $8 per person
Suitable for all ages Website
Manna Walk Discovery
Discover a slice of Cranbourne Gardens’ bushland and seek out the mysteries of the native environment on a guided tour along the Manna Walk with an expert guide. Look out for evidence of animals and learn about some of the plants along the way. Connect with the land through nature play and a hands-on activity. Pack a picnic and explore more after the tour.
Date: Wednesday 16 January, 10.30am (1.5 hours)
Cost: $5 per person
Suitable for ages 5-12 years, with an adult Website
Discover all that Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens have to offer these summer school holidays. If you would like to read more, check out the Website or follow the Facebook page.
Do you want to learn how to knit? Or have recently started and would like to meet some new friends to share your creativity with, all while having a good chat? Melbourne Knitting Club has classes starting in January 2019.