Early Childhood Cranbourne

The Early Childhood Program is an enjoyable and safe first excursion for four year olds. Each program is led by a Royal Botanic Gardens early childhood teacher and can be adapted to suit individual group needs. Teacher professional development workshops are also available on request.

Session times

All programs 1 hour and 45 minutes in duration.
10.15am to 12 noon
12.30pm to 2.15pm

Program prices (domestic)

$11.90 per student (includ. GST)
$214.20 per class, for small groups (Minimum Charge)
Teachers / Adults free

Bookings and information

Cranbourne bookings and information

T 03 5990 2200

Cranbourne programs

Bush Kinder - Nature Play for Teachers (New Program)

Bush Kinder is a rapidly growing format that takes early years children into natural settings on a regular basis. Children then engage with nature and each other to develop a strong sense of who they are and where they sit in the natural and social world. It is the teacher’s job to facilitate safe, rich and challenging exploration, discovery and socialisation. This program discusses why nature play is gathering momentum throughout the world. It also looks more deeply at the practical considerations required to deliver this pedagogy in the appropriate setting.
Session is 1 hour 45 minutes in length.

Where: Cranbourne Gardens
Cost: $15.00 per participant (Minimum $208 for small groups). Maximum Group size 25.

You me and Murawee by Kerri Hashmi

This program gives students a greater understanding and respect for the culture of the local Koolin. Students explore indigenous plants in the Australian Garden, collect plant treasures and use Aboriginal tools. Experiences include grinding and painting with ochre, water play and dance.

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Scents and Senses

Explore the Australian Garden with all of your senses in a manner that will delight, excite and surprise you with its depth and intensity. Smell and taste the flavours of Australia, see the clear, strong light illuminating our landscapes and hear the sounds hidden by our everyday rush. Experiences include ochre painting and bush food tasting.

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Baby Bilby where do you sleep?

Search for Baby Bilby in the Australian Garden and discover the colours, sights, smells and textures of the Australian landscape. Learn about the plants and animals that make the arid centre of Australia their home. Then meet Bilby’s cousin Bandicoot who lives in the Cranbourne Bushland. Experiences include a discovery walk, observations and sensory exploration of plants in their landscape.

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Dance through the water cycle at the Australian Garden and learn about the importance of water to life. This program is focused on movement and creativity; children will develop their own Raindance, use water painting, explore all the colours of the rainbow in the landscape around them, and pot up their own drought-tolerant plant to take home. Experiences include a discovery walk, water play and rhythm and dance inspired by the water cycle.

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Katie Koala’s bush birthday

Help the puppet Katie Koala prepare and celebrate her birthday. Deliver invitations to the homes of native animals, play games and make bush party decorations as well as a potpourri sachet. Discover the plants and animals that call the Cranbourne Bushland home. Experiences include a discovery walk, animal observations, sensory exploration of plants and bushcraft activities.

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Bush Kinders

Kindergartens wishing to conduct regular sessions in the bushland at the Cranbourne Gardens are welcome to join this rapidly growing and exciting initiative. 

Contact: Mick.Robertson@rbg.vic.gov.au

Koorie Kids Bush Playgroup

This initiative is currently under development and it is hoped that the first sessions in the bush at the Cranbourne Gardens will commence in May 2014.  Aboriginal families are invited to register an expression of interest with the Gardens, Contact: Mick.Robertson@rbg.vic.gov.au

Other activities

  • Wander up to Trig Point Lookout to take in the amazing views from the mountains to the sea. On a clear day you can see Mt Macedon, the You Yangs, Phillip Island and the city.
  • Cool your feet wading in the marked section of the Rockpool Waterway.
  • Climb on redgum Hortasaurus and slide down his big red tongue in the Children's Backyard.
  • Discover the fossils and footprints in the shady Desert Discovery Camp sand pit.
  • Have a warm or cold drink in the Boon Wurrung Café and see what you can find in the Gardens Shop.
  • 50 things for kids to do (PDF - 1.82 kB)