Royal Botanic Garden Sydney For School Holidays, summer 2018

What is on at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, there are several upcoming events exhibitions, plant sales, and community festivals laid down for the enjoyment of your kids all through the holiday period. Below are some of the upcoming events; if you need more events, just click here:

A Green Christmas

The two Elves, Elvis and Elvin, have been sent to Australia to prepare for Santa’s visit; however, things don’t happen as planned.
Therefore, these two cheeky elves will be available in Australia and they will make you laugh and sing for them as they battle the harsh Aussie environment.
This event will be happening on the 20th and 21st of December 2018 by 10:30 am to 11:30 am.
Each person will have to pay a token of $12.5 to $14 (depending on the date) and all children must follow an adult holding a ticket.

This event is happening at Lion Gate Lodge Garden, The Royal Botanic Garden and Mrs Macquarie’s Road, Sydney for children aged 6- 12 years and their families.

You can click here to know more about the Green Christmas Event and for information on the booking process.

Dandy Lions

Dandy Lions is a delightful morning of craft, singing, gardening, and play for young children and their carers. There are several garden-related themes designed for children (under the age of five) at Dandy Lions.
When you join Royal Botanic Garden Sydney education staff, you will take part in garden activities including planting and harvesting, garden discovery walks, lively and interactive storytelling, nature-based art and craft and songs, music and dance with a lot of fun!

This happens at Rathborne Lodge, The Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, every Thursday at 10:30 am to 12 noon (excluding 20, 27 December and 3, 10 January).
Foundation & Friends Members are to pay $15 while non-members are paying $17.

Everybody is welcome at Dandy Lions especially children up to 5 years with their parents or carers. Younger children are also welcome with accompanying adults because they will need more help with the activities.

Note: when younger children are paying, the accompanying adults are welcome for free. Parents will also have to participate in all the activities and they are responsible for the safety and whereabouts of their children. Parents will be notified via email if there is a change in the program.

For more information about this event, the meeting point and the themes, visit the official website here or send an email to

Feeding time at plants with bites

Join us and see what we have to offer from our fascinating world of carnivorous plants. You will have a glance at these creepy and weird specimens in our garden.
With the educational events with these plants, you will learn about the evolution of these carnivorous plants and the way they catch and eat their prey.
To make the event fun, you get to see Venus flytrap and bugs to feed it. You will also have a long lasting memory by capturing these pictures.

Kids under the age of four can accompany an adult for free.
This event takes place every last Sunday of the month between 11 to 11:45 and a new session starts from 12 to 12:45.

The price is from $32 to $35 depending on membership; kids under 13 are to pay $17 and kids under 4 are allowed in free.

The event is taking place at The Calyx, The Royal Botanic Garden. The Closest entry is through Morshead Fountain Gate, Shakespeare Place corner Macquarie Street.

Visit the official website here or send your questions to

Kids Kanga Kitchen

Do you love to learn how to cook? Or will you like to enrol your children so they can learn about cooking? Then, you need to join our Aboriginal educators in the kitchen for an exciting hands-on learning and cooking experience.

Your kids will learn about significant native fauna and flora to Aboriginal culture through cooking and other fun outdoor activities at Kids Kanga Kitchen. Kids will be able to create your very own native infused cupcake and Kangaroo burger.

This event is set to happen from 14 – 25 January 2019 at Learning Centre, The Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney for kids between 6 – 12 years.
Tickets price is just $20.5 and you can visit here for more information about the event.

Garden Bug Hunt

Its summer time and the bugs have arrived! Visit The Calyx Plants with Bite exhibition now to see some available unique carnivorous plants that eat insects.

Visit the garden and record the distinctive calls of cicadas to help scientists. You can also search for beetles and stick insects and examine what is unique about Australia’s insects.

The Garden Bug Hunt is suitable for children 6 – 12 years and they will be given all materials for just $20.50 per child.
This event is said to start on January 14 and end on January 25, 2019 (Excluding Sundays) from 10:00 to 11:30 am or 12:30 to 2:00 pm at The Calyx, The Royal Botanic Garden.

Garden Grubs

Since kids are very creative and active, they have so much fun in the garden with the experts and enthusiastic educators. This is an all-day school holiday program that kids will enjoy all through their holiday. At Garden Grubs, kids will spend the whole day connecting with nature while exploring the garden.

Bugs and Beasties

This event will take place on Tuesday 15 January 2019. Kids will look for bugs and beasties while exploring the garden. With the help of a garden expert, kids will dip a net in the pond and hunt for minibeasts. In addition to this, kids will play games, outdoor play among several others.

Water Bugs
This event will take place on Thursday 17 January 2019. This event will make kids design and print their own tote bag, meet a horticulturalist and visit the ‘Plants with Bite’ show at the Calyx in addition to art and craft and other fun activities.

Jungle Adventures
This event will take place on Monday 21 January 2019. With this event, you explore the glasshouse and see plants that bite at the Calyx.
There will be many games too while potting a plant in the Cryptogram house, making a rain forest-inspired sun catcher and going on a photo scavenger hunt.

Lunar New Year
This event will take place on Tuesday 22 January 2019. At Lunar New Year event, you will celebrate your Lunar New Year in a garden style. Some of what you will do is to visit the oriental garden, design and paint a paper lantern, and learn about plants that bite from our resident expert.

The price is  85.00 for Standard Day and $115.00 for Long Day.
This event will be taking place at The Moore Room and it is strictly for children aged 6 – 12 years.

How to get to Royal Botanical Garden:

If you are driving to the Garden, 24-hour meter parking is available at Mrs Macquaries Road, Hospital Road and Macquarie Street.
Secure, undercover parking is also available at the Domain Car Park.

Visiting the Gardens is easy by train. The nearest station is Martin Place, St James and Circular Quay.

Enjoy some time out in the heart of the city – the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain are both easily accessed on foot and are only 5 minutes walk from Sydney’s CBD.

Enjoy are relaxing ferry ride to Circular Quay and enter the Royal Botanical Garden at either the Opera House Gate or the Queen Elizabeth 2 Gate, also near the Opera House -it’s an easy ten minute walk from the ferry to the Domain and Garden.