School holidays activities

A range of exploring and creative activities are available each school holidays to help keep the kids entertained as they discover the flora and fauna of the botanic gardens.

Each school holidays, the gardens offer a range of self-guided, booked and drop-in activities for school aged children to create connections with nature and inspire children to find out more about the flora and fauna that surrounds them. These activities will be listed here.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for details as the school holidays approach.

Term 2 School Holiday Activities in the Botanic Gardens

Get involved and join us for some school holiday fun in the Botanic Gardens. Come and see some of our plants under pressure and what botanic gardens and you can do to help protect and conserve plants and animals at risk!  We also have drop-in, self- guided and booked activities to get involved in!

Clay Leaf Bowl Kids Craft, booked activity, places are limited.

Create your own clay leaf bowl to take home with the Botanic Gardens team. All materials provided.

Details - Wednesday, June 26, 10-11am Tropical Sun Lawn. Parental supervision required.  To book your spot, clink on Eventbrite link -

Kids craft workshop – Clay Leaf Bowls Tickets, Wed, Jul 24, 2024 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite.

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED - Drop-In sessions with Garden Friends - Plant a seed to take home and find out why some plants are under pressure.

Join the Garden Friends in the Meeting Room to explore seed dispersal, fruit and seeds display, plant a seed to take home and discover  why some plants have become at risk in the wild.

Details - Friday, June 28 & Saturday June 29, 10am to 3pm, Botanic Gardens Meeting Room FREE, family friendly activity.

Kids Pot Decoration & Planting workshop, booked activity, places are limited. 

Decorate a pot and give a home to a plant under pressure with the Botanic Gardens team.

Details - Thursday, July 4, 10-11am & 2-3pm on the Tropical Sun Lawn.  Suitable for Kids aged 7 years and up. Parental supervision required. To book your spot, To book your spot, choose the session and click on Eventbrite link -

Kids workshop – ‘Care for the Rare’ Tickets, Thu, Jul 4, 2024 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

Kids workshop – ‘Care for the Rare’ Tickets, Thu, Jul 4, 2024 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite

Outdoor Board Games on the Tropical Sun Lawn with Mackay Regional Council Libraries Team

Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and some outdoor games.

Details - Thursday, June 27 10am-12noon on the Tropical Sun Lawn.


Tibbles Hunt
Held in the Tropical Shade Garden, Tibbles Hunt is available weekdays, 9am to 4pm (closed weekends and public hoidays). Pick up an activity sheet from the gardens' Visitor Information Centre, find all the gnomes and decode the special message.

Bocce with a Buddy
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm during school holidays
Malta Garden Bocce Court
Enjoy a game of bocce with a friend on our sand bocce court. Bocce sets are available to hire from the botanic gardens' Visitor Information Centre or bring your own to play. Cost is $5.00 to hire a bocce set.