Fun for kids

MATILDA’S FARMYARD

Matilda’s Farmyard Nursery returns to Floriade with cute and cuddly animals, big and small – including chickens and ponies – for viewing and patting.

Saturday 13 September – Monday 29 September, 10am – 4pm

BUNNINGS’ KIDS WORKSHOPS

Encourage your kids to make an early start in the world of DIY with Bunnings workshops designed especially for children.
Saturday 27 September – Sunday 28 September, 10am – 4pm

POTTING UP WORKSHOPS

In this workshop run by Floriade’s Gardening Team, kids can get their hands dirty and pot up their own plants, supplied by Howlong Nursery, which they can then take home.

Wednesday 24 September – Friday 26 September, Wednesday 8 October – Friday 10 October, 11am and 2pm

FACE PAINTING

At Airdiction Airbrushing’s popular face painting stall, children can choose from 200 face painting and tattoo designs. All artwork is applied using an airbrush and a temporary alcohol-based, non-toxic paint that dries immediately.

Saturday 13 September– Sunday 12 October, 10am – 4pm

THE CIRCUS PLAYGROUND

Kids will be able to try their hand at juggling, balancing on stilts and walking beams when The Circus Playground comes to Floriade. The interactive workshop allows the whole family to play and learn under the supervision of instructors in a fun and safe environment.

Saturday 27 September – Sunday 5 October, 10am – 3pm

REPTILES INC

With live lizards, snakes and turtles, Reptiles Inc introduces you to some of our country’s amazing and bizarre non-venomous reptiles and amphibian species in uniquely designed habitat enclosures and petting yard with a difference.
Tuesday 30 September – Sunday  12 October, 10am – 4pm

THE CIRCUS PLAYGROUND

Kids will be able to try their hand at juggling, balancing on stilts and walking beams when The Circus Playground comes to Floriade. The interactive workshop allows the whole family to play and learn under the supervision of instructors in a fun and safe environment.

Saturday 27 September – Sunday 5 October, 10am – 3pm

ACT HEALTH DENTAL PAVILION

Be sure to visit the fun and interactive ACT Health’s Dental Pavilion, which will teach children all about oral health and hygiene. Older children can visit the plaque cave while younger visitors can enjoy a visit from the Tooth Fairy and Dr Rabbit.

Monday 15 September – Friday 19 September, 10am – 4pm

ACT SES STORMSAFE ACTIVITIES

The ACT State Emergency Services team will be on site in Kids Corner educating children on their StormSafe Campaign, and what we can do at home in the case of a storm. Fun, hands on activities with a visit from mascot Paddy the Platypus can be expected.

Saturday 20 September, 10am – 4pm

THE GRUFFALO

Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when she comes face to face with the very creature she imagined? Let your imagination run wild with a roving character from the Canberra Theatre Centre’s The Gruffalo.

Saturday 13 September – Sunday 14 September, 10am – 3pm

GIGALEES CIRCUS WORKSHOPS

Comedy duo Wilma & Daisy are bringing their madcap and crazy circus workshops to Floriade. Learn how to juggle scarves, balls, clubs, diabolos, rings, spin plates, devil sticks and hula hoops.

Saturday 13 September – Sunday 14 September, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm 

PET ROCK WORKSHOPS

Ever wanted to own a pet frog, a sheep or a crocodile? How about a unicorn or an axolotl?  Kids can create your very own pet in these fun painting workshops. All materials are supplied – all you need is imagination.

Sunday 21 September – Tuesday 23 September, 10am – 1pm

VEGETABLE PRINTING WORKSHOPS

Have you ever been told not to play with your food? Well now’s your chance. Using fruit and vegetables including, potatoes, apples and carrots and celery, kids will learn how to cut and shapes and patterns to print their very own masterpiece.

Sunday 21 September – Tuesday 23 September, 1pm – 4pm

CONSTABLE KENNY KOALA

Kids can spend some “koala-ty” time with Constable Kenny and his ACT Policing friends with lots of exciting activities, games and safety demonstrations.

Saturday 11 October – Sunday 12 October, 10am – 4pm

BALLOON BENDING WORKSHOPS

At Floriade The Gecko Gang will be joining in the floral theme by making lots of daisies, butterflies, bumble bees, butterfly hats and flower hats for all the kids and kids at heart.

Monday 6 October – Tuesday 7 October, 10am – 4pm

SPACE RACE

On Wednesday September 24, children aged between 4 and 12 can grab a space map and navigate their way around the stars and planets using an electronic key to unlock the space gates. Space map and electronic key provided.

Wednesday 24 September, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

KITE MAKING WORKSHOPS

Personalise your kite with colour and sparkle and head into the great outdoors to watch it soar through the air.

Monday 29 September – Thursday 2 October, 10am – 4pm

DECORATING FUNKY POTS WORKSHOPS

It can be springtime any time of the year with this colourful papier mache flowerpot. Create your own species of flower and the best part is that you will never even have to water them.

Friday 3 October – Sunday 5 October, 10am – 4pm

GET ACTIVE

Throughout the entire four weeks of Floriade there will be plenty of sporting activities on offer to keep the kids entertained including basketball, netball, football, baseball, rugby, tennis and cricket. The workshops will not only provide an opportunity for children to advance their skills, but they might even get the chance to meet some of their sporting idols.