Introduce children to the world of gardening.

The BotaniKids will help families plant baby pansies or violas into their very own little tin buckets, which the kids get to decorate as well. Children can take this special keepsake from the festival home, for growing in a pot or planting in your garden.


Children have the chance to create colourful plaster designs to take home. With thanks to ‘Funky Plaster Fun’ and the Ballarat Society of Artists who kindly donate their time to run this painting activity.

Stay and admire the Society’s works of art or purchase a piece for your own four walls.

Super Sandpit

Children can play inside an enclosed and safe sandpit. Our Super Sandpit is over 40m long!

This super sized play area is run by ECKA and made possible by Ballarat Sand & Soil and SHAE Enterprises.

Garden Trail Competition

Discover hidden items throughout the Ballarat Botanical Gardens for your chance to win a travel voucher from Flight Centre valued at $3000.

This year, the Ballarat Foundation helped us create a trail following their heroes from the Imagination Library through their books.

Collect your Garden Trail entry form the information marquee just outside the Robert Clark Centre for your chance to win.

Congratulations to our lucky winner – Phoebe Lewis.


Visit the Imagination Library and join the Ballarat Foundation in the reading corner for story time every hour. Follow ‘Two Little Monkeys’ into ‘A Forest’, find out who ‘The Man With Messy Hair’ is or ‘Who Sank The Boat’ and we all want to hear more about ‘There’s A Hippopotamus On Or Roof Eating Cake’. 

Kids can also get creative in the craft section.