School holidays at Floriade

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Our littlest gardeners were delighted and excited at Floriade 2017. Big birthday celebrations are always fun, and like most parties, we had a whole range of fun activities to keep the kids busy.

Kids discovered activities, workshops and pop-up performances around every corner of Floriade. Below is our guide to the top 10 activities for our youngest gardeners in 2017.


1. Get creative
Create whimsical insects and flowers from recycled materials with BUGS + BLOOMS workshops. Imaginations will run wild as kids work alongside local artists to create their masterpieces. Kids will learn the importance of up-cycling ordinary household items and will have the opportunity to experience the joy of donating an insect or flower to the Rejuvenation Garden plus take a creation home. Proceeds from this workshop go to GIVIT, one of Floriade’s charity partners.

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2. Learn something new
It may be the school holidays but Floriade has loads of activities to keep little minds growing and learning. Get hands-on in the kitchen with our creative food classes. Our youngest chefs can learn how to make everything from gnocchi to berry brownies.

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3. Reconnect with nature
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.

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4. Become Floriade royalty
Using real flowers, come and create your own amazing nature crown, and become king or queen of Floriade.

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5. Get your adrenaline pumping
It’s amusement rides galore at Floriade. Kids (and kids at heart) will love the thrill and adventure of these rides. Why not jump on the ferris wheel? The view of 1 million tulips in stunning patterns has to be seen to be believed. You can also enjoy an adrenaline rush on the giant slide, a bounce on a jumping castle or even an old school carnival game.

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6. Marvel at pop-up performances
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 OddhouseRemember to keep an eye out for our very own living pot plant who will be popping up where you least expect!

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7. Take part in a Floriade tradition
Painting your own gnome has become a quintessential Floriade experience. Unleash your inner artist as you create the perfect souvenir of your trip to our floral festival.

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8. Explore the world of perfume
Have you ever wondered how to make perfume? Maybe you’ve tried your own set of experiments at home? Perfumer Jocelyn would love to hear about your favourite smells and has a special kit of delicious smelling ingredients for you to create your very own unique perfume.

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9. Try your hand at circus skills
Juggling, diabolo, trick sticks, hula hoop, poi, plate spinning and more! Kids can join in at any time throughout the workshop, try one thing or stay all day!

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10. Dance to live music
Full disclosure, we think the parents will enjoy this just as much as their kids. Each evening local musos and talented acts will take to Stage 88 to entertain and delight. Join us from 4pm to 7pm each day and let the music wash over you – a well-deserved treat at the end of a busy day exploring Floriade.

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