School Holiday Fun at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens

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Think gardens are boring? Think again! During the winter school holidays, the City Botanic Gardens and Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha are bursting with events and activities for kids. So why not pack a picnic and get the little ones outside to enjoy the wintry sun on their faces and the crunch of autumnal leaves under their feet?

Best of all, most of the activities are free or low-cost, so you can enjoy holiday entertainment without breaking the budget.

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Top 5 school holiday activities at Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha

The 56 hectares of lush native and exotic plants at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha are open daily and offer free guided walks at 11 am and 1 pm, or you can pick up a map and enjoy the gardens at your own leisurely pace. There’s even a playground, cafe and a hide ‘n’ seek children’s trail to discover. Kids of all ages will also love these special events, just in time for the school holidays:

  1. Chocolate at Risk Workshop

The cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) produces seeds that are processed to make cocoa and chocolate. Under threat from a changing climate, pests and disease, the cacao tree is at risk. At this workshop, you will see a real cacao tree (currently fruiting), make choc-chip cookies and a hot cocoa drink, and nibble on some cacao nibs while learning about the history of chocolate. Meet at the Kitchen in the Garden. Bookings required.

  1. Aboriginal Games and Art

Celebrate NAIDOC week by learning about the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Take part in pebble art workshops and have fun playing Indigenous games. Meet at the Bandstand Lawn.

  1. Aboriginal Useful Plants Walk

Your guide will take you through the Australian Rainforest garden and explore the ways in which Indigenous people used native plants for food, medicine and tool-making. You’ll also be able to sample some of the unique flavours our native plants have to offer – try some cooked bunya nuts and check out the amazing tastes of our rainforest berries, native pepper and saltbush. Meet at the waterlily ponds outside the Auditorium.

  1. Poke-tanical Hunt

Are your kids too young to play Pokemon Go or don’t have a mobile phone of their own? If so, they will love to play Poke-tanical – the plant and animal hunting game in the gardens. Safely hunt through the gardens to find special specimens and “battle” to win stickers and badges. There’s a certificate for kids that “get them all”. Children are to be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Information Centre. No bookings required.

  1. Pizza Perfection Workshop

Take your tastebuds on a journey through Italy and learn how to prepare delicious and healthy pizzas. Bookings essential. This is a Chillout event suitable for ages 8-17 years.

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

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If you find yourself in the city these school holidays, take some time outside to enjoy the clear blue skies that winter brings in the  City Botanic Gardens. Located within walking distance of the CBD, these gardens offer a well-equipped playground, café and numerous picturesque picnic spots along the banks of the Brisbane River.

To make an event booking or to find out more, visit the Brisbane City Council’s events page.

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