Our littlest gardeners will be delighted and excited this year at Floriade. Big birthday celebrations are always fun, and like most parties, we have a whole range of fun activities to keep the kids busy.

This year, activities, workshops and games will be positioned around the Floriade footprint, taking children on a journey, encouraging them to explore, discover and play. Roving entertainers will weave their way through flower beds, enticing little ones to learn about spring, blossoms and all things green and colourful.

With flower craft classes, circusy fun, pop-up reptile displays, drumming workshops, musical magic and floral displays kids can explore at their own pace… we’re puffed just planning it.

Learn at Floriade with workshops designed for our littlest visitors

The Floriade Tasting Plate will host a swathe of free and ticketed workshops and activities to keep little minds growing and learning. From hands-on demonstrations where kids can learn to make fresh, fun and creative foods, like pizza and pasta using garden ingredients, to engaging workshops where kids will explore the garden and learn what can be fun to grow and fun to eat.

Little gardeners will also have the opportunity to adopt a worm. Learning about wriggly earthworms and the big role they play in keeping the garden growing, kids will have the chance to choose a worm to adopt and release into the Floriade worm farm.

BUGS + BLOOMS invites kids to create whimsical insects and flowers from recycled materials and let their imaginations run wild, whilst learning about the importance of up-cycling ordinary household items. Working alongside local artists, kids will have the opportunity to experience the joy of donating an insect or flower to the Rejuvenation Garden plus take a creation home. Book your workshop now!

And if this isn’t enough to tire them out, you can fill the gaps with drumming and circus workshops, lantern making classes and hands on activities where kids can get crafty with flowers, foliage and fun finds in the backyard.

Play at Floriade with pop-up performances

Be surprised and delighted with pop-up performances dotted around the park. Explore magical fairy worlds with Fairy Lee or marvel at acrobatic amazingness with A Very Circusy Caterpillar. Learn some groovy moves with Dr Dance herself or get tips and tricks on how to be a rock star. Clown round with Milo and laugh yourself silly with Oddhouse. Remember to keep an eye out for our very own living pot plant who will be popping up where you least expect!

Enjoy an adrenaline rush with amusement rides galore at Floriade. Speed down our giant slide, take in the sweeping views from the top of the ferris wheel and see who can jump higher in the jumping castle.

Finally, for the brave and the fearless – don’t miss the pop-up reptile displays. Think: baby humans meet baby alligators. What could go wrong?

Create delights at Floriade

Channel your creativity at The Floral Emporium with kid-friendly activities, including a perfume making class, where children will learn about floral scents and how to mix them into the perfect spring smell.

Natures’ Workshops, a non-for-profit family arts organisation will also be visiting Floriade to provide a safe space for children to explore and create with unbridled curiosity Grow a magnificent garden made out of recycled materials, hand-craft crowns using real flowers, and create beautiful sun-catchers out of natural materials.

Join in a Floriade tradition and paint a pal for your garden at Gnome Knoll. We can’t wait to see what you create.

Shine at Floriade

In 2017, Floriade welcomes the addition of the Community Stage, which will come to life across the ACT/NSW school holidays as a dedicated kid’s performance space complete with interactive shows, music and dance.