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 teacher 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 45 minutes in duration.
10.15am – 12.00 noon
12.30pm – 2.15pm

Program prices (domestic)

$10.85 per student (includ. GST)
$196.00 per class, for small groups (Minimum Charge)
Teachers / Adults free

Bookings and information

Cranbourne bookings and information

 T: (03) 5990 2200

E: rbgc@rbg.vic.gov.au

Cranbourne programs

Raindance (New Program)

Dance through the water cycle at the Australia Garden, learning about the importance of water to life as you go. In this program, focused on movement and creativity, 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 inspired by the water cycle.


Bush Kinders (new Initiative)

Kindergartens wishing to conduct regular sessions in the bushland at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne are welcome to join this rapidly growing and exciting initiative.  Contact: Mick.Robertson@rbg.vic.gov.au


Koorie Kids Bush Playgroup

This initiative is currently under development and it is hoped that the first sessions in the bush at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne will commence in May 2014.  Aboriginal families are invited to register an expression of interest with the Gardens, Contact: Mick.Robertson@rbg.vic.gov.au


Katie Koala’s bush birthday

Help the puppet Katie Koala prepare and celebrate her birthday. Deliver invitations to the homes of native animals, play games and make bush party decorations as well as a potpourri sachet. Discover the plants and animals that call the Cranbourne Bushland home. Experiences include a discovery walk, animal observations, sensory exploration of plants and bushcraft activities.


Baby Bilby where do you sleep?

Search for Baby Bilby in the Australian Garden and discover the colours, sights, smells and textures of the Australian landscape. Learn about the plants and animals that make the arid centre of Australia their home. Then meet Bilby’s cousin Bandicoot who lives in the Cranbourne Bushland. Experiences include a discovery walk, observations and sensory exploration of plants in their landscape.


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 and bush food tasting.


You me and Murawee by Kerri Hashmi

This program gives students a greater understanding and respect for the culture of the local Koolin. Students explore indigenous plants in the Children’s Garden, collect plant treasures and use Aboriginal tools. Experiences include grinding and painting with ochre, water play and dance.


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 Childrens 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.