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 facilitator 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 30 minutes in duration.

10.15am to 11.45am

12.45pm to 2.15pm

Program prices (domestic)

$13.00 per student (inc. GST)
$234.00 per class, for small groups (Minimum Charge)
Teachers / Adults free

Bookings and information

T 03 9252 2358

Cranbourne programs

You and Me Murrawee

This program takes the students on a journey around the Australian Garden inspired by the story of ‘You and Me Murrawee’ by Kerri Hashmi. It gives them a greater understanding and respect for the Aboriginal culture of the local people of the Koolin Nation.

Experiences include; explore indigenous plants and aquatic environments, make tracks and find scats, and learn about Aboriginal tools and cultural 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, bush food tasting and discovering the treasures of the garden.

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Dance through the water cycle in the Australian Garden and learn about the importance of water to life. This program is focused on movement and creativity, inspired by the story ‘Raindance’ by Cathy Applegate and Dee Huxley. 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, rhythm and dance and potting up a plant.

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On the Edge of Creation (New Program)

This program is inspired by the story ‘On the Edge of Creation’ by Baluk Arts. The students are immersed in a place-space experience on Boonwurrung country, learning about the dreamtime story of Port Phillip Bay. Students engage in cultural activities, making connections through art, music and creative play.

Experiences include; learn about Aboriginal tools and indigenous plants, water play, grinding and painting with ochre, and cultural song and dance.

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Baby Bilby

Based on the Narelle Oliver book, ‘Baby Bilby, where do you sleep?’ early years students go on a journey of discovering animals habitats in the Australian Garden.  Inspired by the story, students use natural materials to create Australian landscapes, build burrows, make tracks and play in the desert sands, and explore the rhythm of animal movements through music and dance.

Experiences include; a discovery walk, sand play, creative nature art and rhythm and dance.

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Investigate the creatures we share our bush and wetlands with, exploring how they live and their lifecycles. How do minibeasts help our gardens grow and why do plants attract or repel them?

Experiences include; ponding, discovery-walk, animal observations and sensory exploration of plants and water.

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Bush Kinder

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

Contact: Trish.Magree@rbg.vic.gov.au

Bush Kinder Induction

This program introduces each new Bush kinder class/group to the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Cranbourne bushland area. It prepares them for the variety of challenges and experiences that can occur in a bushland environment and guides educators through the learning opportunities available in the bushland.

Contact: Trish.Magree@rbg.vic.gov.au

Bush Playgroup (New Program)

Bush Playgroup at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Cranbourne at Stringy Bark Picnic Area welcomes young children and their families to get involved in open ended immersion in the bushland environment.

The term program is designed to reflect the traditional learnings constructed through play and engagement within a bushland setting.

Children will enjoy connecting to nature, investigating the bushland and bushland animals, climbing, experimenting and taking exploratory walks through the beautiful Cranbourne bushland.

Expression of Interest for Term 2 to: Trish.Magree@rbg.vic.gov.au

Balee Koolin Bubup Playgroup

Balee Koolin Bubup is a unique playgroup that welcomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. Providing a culturally safe and meaningful early years learning environment, the program focuses on literacy, culture and traditional language.

Contact: Janine.Richardson@rbg.vic.gov.au
M: 0418 766 281

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)