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Bush Kids


School Holiday Activities for 2 to 12 years and Term Activities for 2 to 5 years

Tickets to all activities are essential for both adults 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.  

Refunds up to seven (7) days prior to the activity.

Term Two 2023 Activities

Nature's Artists - School Holiday Activity 2 to 12 years

The natural world creates its own art - shapes of trees and flowers, colours of bark, shells and much more.  We'll be getting our inspiration from nature on a bush walk and use our imagination and creativity to become a nature artist.

Wednesday 12 April 9:45am to 11:15am at Blackman Park, Lane Cove West, meet far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past the playground.  Online Booking 12 April

Muttaburrasaurus - School Holiday Activity 2 to 12 years

Travel back in time to when Australia was part of Gondwanaland and to the land of dinosaurs.  We'll learn about Australian dinosaurs and have a roaring good time being a palaeontologist for the day!  

Thursday 13 & Friday 21 April 9:45am to 11:15am at Gore Creek Reserve, St Vincents Road, Greenwich, meet at far end of oval. Online Booking 13 April    Online Booking 21 April

Fur, Feathers and Scales - School Holiday Activity 2 to 12 years

What has fur? What has feathers? And what has scales? Australia is home to a variety of amazing wildlife - platypus, kookaburras, frill-necked lizards and much more!  Come along to fin dout more on a bush walk, with a story and getting creative with some artistic nature craft. 

Friday 14 April 9:45am - 11:15am at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview  Online Booking 14 April  

Chirp! - School Holiday Activity 2 to 12 years

Birds! They're boisterous, beautiful and beloved.  They're part of our daily live, but do we really notice them?  Come along for a bird spotting and listening bush walk, learn about local species and make a bird of your own to take home.

Tuesday 18 & Thursday 20 April 9:45am - 11:15am at Blackman Park, Lane Cove West, meet far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past the playground  Online Booking 18 April   Online Booking 20 April

Out of Nowhere - Term Activity 2 to 5 years

Let you and your child's imagination visit the land of Aussie bunyips - wonderful creatures from Aboriginal legend.  Join us to read a story, go on an adventure bush walk and create a bunyip egg of your own.  

Thursday 27 April 9:45am to 11:15am at Stringybark Reserve, Murray Street, Lane Cove North  Online Booking 27 April

Fairies of the Forests - Term Activity 2 to 5 years

Did you know that there are fairies in the forest?  They come in different shapes, species and colours.  Join us for a fairy fun morning in nature. We'll go on a bush walk to look for fairies, read a story and create our own miniature fairy home.

Wednesday 3 & Friday 12 May at Tambourine Bay Park, Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview     Online Booking 3 May   Online Booking 12 May

Kookaburra Kapers - Term Activity 2 to 5 years

"Koo-koo-koo-ka-ka-ka" - the iconic sound of the Australian bush.  Come along to discover how kookaburras live in family groups and their link with termites.  We'll read a story, go on a bush walk and do some nature art.

Tuesday 23 May 9:45am to 11:15am at Penrose Street Playground (opposite 96), Lane Cove West                           Online Booking 23 May

Nature's Night Shift - Term Activity 2 to 5 years

Nature's awake while you're asleep! Join us to learn about who's awake in the night.  We'll read a book, discover nocturnal animals, go on a bush walk and create a night time nature craft. 

Friday 2 & Thursday 8 June 9:45am to 11:15am at Blackman Park, Lane Cove West, meet far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past the playground  Online Booking 2 June    Online Booking 8 June

Uno's Garden - Term Activity 2 to 5 years

Discover Uno and his garden full of Moopaloops, Puddlebuts, Tumbletops and a Snortlepig!  Graeme Base's wonderful book is the inspiration for this activity.  We'll be reading from his book, going on a fun bush walk, practicing our counting and getting creative with craft. 

Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 21 June 9:45am to 11:15am at Gore Creek Reserve, St Vincents Road, Greenwich                   Online Booking 13 June     Online Booking 21 June

Gai-mariagal Festival activity - River Wander

Join us at Blackman Park to explore Lane Cove River on a bush walk and enjoy a reading from ‘The River’ by Palyku author Sally Morgan.  Thursday 6 July 9:45am to 11:15am at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Dr, meet past the playground.  Bookings essential at Online Booking 6 July

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 seven (7) days prior to 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.

Health & Safety 

If you or your child are ill, cancel your booking, email Valerie at and stay home.

During the activity, you are responsible for your child.

Bookings & Questions 

If you have questions about the activities that are not answered on this page, please email Valerie at Council at  

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.

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

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