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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.

Term One 2023 Activities


Bowerbird Bill - School Holiday Activity 2 to 12 years

Have fun learning about the decorator of the bush – a Satin Bowerbird! He's a keen decorator and builder who likes the colour blue and is into bling!  We'll read a story, look for Bowerbird treasure on a bushwalk and make our very own bower to take home.

Thursday 5 & Friday 6 January 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview   Online Booking 5 Jan   Online Booking 6 Jan


Secret Forest Adventure -  School Holiday Activity 5 to 12 years

A more challenging walk for older children aged 5 to 12 years. This is a longer walk into the valley of beautiful Bushland Park. The planned activities will be an opportunity for older children and adults to connect with the natural world.

Wednesday 11 & Thursday 19 January 9:45  am – 11:15am Meet at the end of Panorama Rd, Lane Cove Bushland Park, Lane Cove   Online Booking 11 Jan   Online Booking 19 Jan


Dragons! - School Holiday Activity 2 to 12 years

Who doesn't love a dragon! Did you know we have our own dragons in Australia? Eastern Water Dragons are one of them. Come along to use our imaginations on a bush walk dragon quest to become a dragonologist and decorate your own dragon to take home.

Friday 13 & Tuesday 17 January 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past the playground, Lane Cove West  Online Booking 13 Oct   Online Booking 17 Jan

 

Cicada Days - School Holiday Activity 2 to 12 years

Double Drummer, Green Grocer and Black Prince – not the names of rock bands, but of cicadas! Summer in Sydney wouldn't be the same without them. Join us to look for cicadas, their shells and listen for their calls on a bushwalk. We'll also make a colourful cicada to take home.

Wednesday 18 & Friday 20 January 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Blackman Park, end of Lloyd Rees Dr, past the playground, Lane Cove West   Online Booking 18 Jan   Online Booking 20 Jan


This is Australia! - School Holiday Activity 2 to 12 years

The continent of Australia is an ancient land with many interesting species of plants and animals.  Come along to celebrate Australia Day by learning about some unusual Aussie animals, reading about what Kokey the Koala gets up to and going on a bush walk.

Tuesday 24 & Wednesday 25 January 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview   Online Booking 24 Jan   Online Booking 25 Jan


Roo's Clues - Term Activity 2 to 5 years

Meet Roo to look for – you guessed it – clues! We'll read rhymes to figure out the clues while we explore the bush. We'll work together to find the clues to tell us what Roo really wants to do.  It may just be what you like to do too!

Thursday 2 February 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview

Online Booking 2 Feb    


Flower Power - Term Activity 2 to 5 years

Flowers are pretty to look at but they also play an important role in plant pollination.  Join us to learn about one of the most important insect pollinators - bees and how they work together with the flower.

Tuesday 14 & Thursday 16 February 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Penrose St playground (opposite 96), Lane Cove West

Online Booking 14 Feb   Online Booking 16 Feb


Butterflies - Term Activity 2 to 5 years

Butterflies are beautiful insects and have an important role pollinating plants.  Bring your child along for a butterfly walk in the bush.  We'll learn about their lifecycle and make our own butterfly.

Thursday 23 February & Friday 3 March 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Tambourine Bay Reserve, Tambourine Bay Rd, Riverview  Online Booking 23 Feb   Online Booking 3 March

 

Owl Babies - Term Activity 2 to 5 years

Owl babies are very cute!  And owls of any age are amazing.  Come along to learn about some of our Australian owls, read a book about Sarah, Percy and Bill and make your own owl baby to take home.

 Tuesday 14 March 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Stringybark Reserve, Murray St, Lane Cove North                                 Online Booking 14 March


Easter Bilby - Term Activity 2 to 5 years

You know about the Easter Bunny but what about the Easter Bilby.  Join us to learn about this intriguing Aussie marsupial who lives in the deserts of central Australia.

Wednesday 22 & Friday 31 March 9:45am – 11:15am Meet at Blackman Park, far end of Lloyd Rees Drive, past the playground, Lane Cove West   Online Booking 22 March   Online Booking 31 March


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.


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!​​