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Planty plans for school holidays

Get the kids into a garden and out of your hair.

Gardening gets kids outdoors and away from screens, especially important during school holidays. Check out our article on getting kids involved in the garden and spend some time showing them the wonders of springtime.

We’ve done some digging and have discovered that there are a plethora of plant and gardening workshops available for kids throughout school holiday periods, especially in spring when everything is blooming. Most capital city botanic gardens offer different programs, perfect for kids and families alike. Here’s some to dig into…


The Royal Botanic Gardens hold Vacation Care sessions to help kids learn more about the wonderful world of plants, including a special carnivorous plant program.

At Elizabeth Farm in Rosehill, Kids in the Garden says no to screens and yes to gardening. From veggie patch to tasting local honey and making fresh iced tea, this program is perfect for kids 5-12.

At Centennial Park, your kids can learn survival techniques, go on treasure hunts around the parks and become a bike pro this spring.

Pocket City Farm offer several Farm to Table programs just for kids. With some programs including tennis or soccer workshops, kids can get active and learn about growing vegetables in a unique inner city farm, all in the one day.


Wollongong’s Botanic Garden runs school holiday programs focused around environmental and sustainability themes throughout school holidays. They’re always interactive so you know the kids will get their hands dirty.


Let your child go wild at Wildfest, a family camping experience in Canberra’s Tidbinbilla nature reserve.


Both the Melbourne and Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens offer heaps of cool activities for young kids to enjoy. Apparently, there’s a new bandicoot statue in Cranbourne too!


The Botanic Gardens & State Herbarium offers inexpensive school holiday programs that will get kids excited about everything from the stories behind Aboriginal plant use, to topiary, through to basic gardening skills and more.


There’s a growing trend toward succulents and Dôme Café in Maylands is offering a special kids-only succulent garden workshop this spring.

Happy plants, happy kids, we say. Check our nursery finder to locate your closest Plant Life Balance-accredited nursery.

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