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Bush Kids

 

Lane Cove Bush Kids 

School Holiday Activities for 2 to 12 years (unless otherwise specified) and Term Activities for 2 to 5 years


Tickets to all activities are essential for both adults (fully vaccinated) and children - to purchase tickets follow the booking's link for each activity or visit the Eventbrite website and put Bush Kids into the search box.  As numbers are limited and the program is popular, please only make a booking if you are planning to attend.  If you or your child are unwell and you cannot attend, please email bushkids@lanecove.nsw.gov.au to notify.

Remaining Term Two activities for June 2022 Program 

Muttaburrasaurus - Imagine having your own pet dinousaur!  Did you know that Australia has its own dinosaurs?Come along to find out more and have some roaring good fun and become a palaeontologist for the day. Wednesday 13 & Thursday 21 April and Friday 24 June 9:45am to 11:15am. Meet at Gore Creek Reserve (far end of oval), St Vincents Rd, Greenwich   Online Booking 24 June

Kookaburra Kapers - Their call is a sound we all know. Join us to have some kookaburra fun with a bushwalk, story and nature craft.  Tuesday 10 & Friday 20 May and Thursday 30 June 9:45am to 11:15am. Meet at park - end of Penrose (57) St, next to playground, Lane Cove West  Online Booking 30 June


Term Three Program for August, September & early October

Term Activities 2 to 5 years

Poop! - Who did that? Animal poop and tracks can tell us who has been here.  They are clues that animals leave behind.  We'll have some fun with a guessing game, explore on a bush walk and get creative with nature craft. Friday 19 & Thursday 25 August, 9:45am – 11:15am. Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West Online Booking 19 Aug Online Booking 25 Aug

ABC Aussie Animals - Encourage your child to learn their ABCs.  We'll sing the ABC song and learn the Aussie animal alphabet.  We'll also go on an ABC bushwalk and look for animals to match the letters of the alphabet, make our own nature letter and decorate one of our own to take home. Wednesday 31 August & Tuesday 6 September, 9:45am – 11:15am, Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview  Online Booking 31 Aug  Online Booking 6 Sept

Sensational Senses - How many of our senses can we use to explore the natural world?  Join us for a look closely, listen carefully and feel softly bushwalk.  Will we hear birds?  Will we feel the breeze on our face?  Will we touch some soft moss? One thing is certain, we'll use our sense of touch with our nature craft. Wednesday 14 & Friday 16 September, 9:45am – 11:15am, Gore Creek Reserve (far end of oval), St Vincents Road, Greenwich Online Booking 14 Sept   Online Booking 16 Sept

What's for Lunch - What do you eat for lunch?  What do animals and insects eat for lunch?  We'll go on a bushwalk to look for nibbled leaves, spiders in their webs and more.  Add storytelling and nature craft for an adventure-filled activity.  Thursday 13 October, 9:45am – 11:15am, Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North Online Booking 13 Oct  (Rescheduled activity from Queen's Memorial Public Holiday)

School Holiday Activities 2 to 12 years

Magical Stones - From our big island Australia, we'll be visiting a small island in the middle of the sea to learn about magical stones.  Then we'll go on a bush walk to see what kinds of stones we can find and if we can turn one of them into a magical one!  Thursday 29 September, 9:45am – 11:15am, Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview  Online Booking 29 Sept

River Life - It's World River Day in September and what better place to celebrate than spending time along the beautiful Lane Cove River.  We'll learn about some of the plants and animals that call the river home and have some water fun.  Friday 30 September & Tuesday 4 October, 9:45am – 11:15am, Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West  Online booking 30 Sept  Online Booking 4 Oct

Once Upon a Time - Spending time in nature has many benefits both physical and mental.  It can also encourage our creativity.  We'll be going on a bushwalk to create our own story with words, natural items and pictures.  Wednesday 5 October, 9:45am – 11:15am, Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview Online Booking 5 Oct

Birds Build Nests - Spring is nesting time! Birds build nests and there are lots of different looking nests.  We'll have a look at a few of them, go on a bushwalk to look for nests and nesting boxes and make a nest of our own to take home.  Wednesday 28 September & Thursday 6 October, 9:45am – 11:00am, Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West Online booking 28 Sept  Online Booking 6 Oct

Cost: All activities are $10.85 per child per activity (no charge for adults, unless otherwise stated, but a ticket is required). Children must be accompanied by an adult and adults are responsible for their own children throughout the activity .

Payment is made at the time of booking through Eventbrite.  Refunds are only available up to 7 days prior to the activity.

Footwear on activities

It is recommended that both adults and children wear closed-in shoes, such as runners.  All activities involve a bushwalk on unsealed bush tracks.  Leaves and rocks can sometimes be slippery - runners can make your footing less slippery, and jumping or bull ants can sometimes be around - an exposed toe in open shoes may mean you end up bitten!

Inclement weather: If an activity needs to be cancelled participants will receive a text message around 9am on the morning of the activity or an email the day before.


Being COVID Safe  

Adults must be double vaccinated to attend activities and have proof of vaccination.

If you or your child are ill, cancel your booking (if seven days or more prior to the activity or under seven days send an email to Valerie at bushkids@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.) and stay home.

When possible during the activity, physically distance yourself from others.

Bring a mask, in case you want to wear it.

Wash hands before and after the activity.


Bookings & Questions 

If you have questions about the program that are not answered on this page, please email Valerie at Council at bushkids@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.  

Book early, as spots fill quickly.  If the activity is fully booked, you can go on the waitlist.  

Please ensure you get tickets for both adults and children and only book children into available child bookings (NOT into adult spots).  Children (2 years and over) must have a purchased ticket, otherwise they cannot attend the activity.  Adults must also have a ticket to come along on the activity.  Siblings under 2 years are allowed to come along, however bush tracks are not stroller friendly.


Home Nature Connection Activities

For home nature connection ideas, check out our Lane Cove Bush Kids activity booklets parts one and two below and for more bush craft ideas, virtual bushwalks and storytime go to our Lane Cove Bush Kids Facebook page www.facebook.com/lanecovebushkids.

Activity Booklet links:

Activity Booklet - Part Two.pdf  


Importance of Outdoor Play

If you want to raise happy, healthy, curious and resilient children - send them out in to nature!

Increasing evidence is showing that children need unstructured nature play. Here are some powerful reasons for getting young children outside: 

  • Outdoor play supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being.
  • Outdoor play gives children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons.
  • Playing outside also helps children to learn about, understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and lifecycles.
  • Outdoor play also supports children's problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.
  • Children need an outdoor environment that can provide them with space, both upwards and outwards, and places to explore, experiment, discover, be active and healthy within, and to develop their physical capabilities.
  • The outdoor environment offers space and therefore is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. Very young children learn predominately through their sensory and physical experiences which supports brain development and the creation of neural networks.

Playing outdoors in a child's early years is an opportunity to play safely and freely while they learn to assess risk and develop the skills to manage new situations.

Nature play keeps the doctor away!  Regular outdoor play in various weather conditions strengthens the immune system, making children less prone to infection.

For more information about Bush Kids, contact Council on bushkids@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Council also runs a Bushland Walks and Talks program throughout the year for adults and families!​​