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School holidays at the Gardens

The school holidays are here and it’s a great time to be out in the Gardens enjoying the spring sunshine.

At Melbourne Gardens, The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden remains closed until Saturday 25 October. In the meantime, why not visit Plant Craft Cottage for a spot of Papermaking for kids? Learn the art of papermaking from an expert and take home samples of coloured and textured paper to make cards and gifts.

At Cranbourne Gardens, wildflower fairies and elves are set to take over the Australian Garden at the 2nd annual Magical Wildflower Fairy and Elf Day on Thursday 2 October. Perfect for kids aged 2 – 6 years, fun activities include jewellery making, wildflower wand making, wading in the Rockpool Waterway, making a fairy and elf dream catcher, building a fairy/elf house with natural materials, a treasure hunt, potting up a wildflower plant to take home, story time, and a fairy and elf parade with bubbles and ribbons. Pop on your best fairy wings or elf hat and join the fun!

Become a Junior Ranger for a day and search for native animals and amazing native plants in the bushland with a Gardens’ Ranger or create your own Spring seed head and watch its hair grow!

On the weekends, stop by the Pop-Up Community Garden and dig in the sand pit before potting up a plant to take home for your own garden.

Adult participation and bookings are required for all children’s programs. Call the Visitor Centre at Melbourne on (03) 9252 2300 or Cranbourne on (03) 5990 2200 for bookings and more information.