From little things, big things grow! It’s time to get grubby and crafty with BotaniKIDS and Bunnings. Decorate your own terracotta pot as the ‘The Lorax’ then learn how to plant your pot to take home and watch grow!

Foost Cooking Classes

Budding mini chefs can join the Colourful Chef on a cooking adventure. Come along and smell, touch, see, cook and taste a range of colourful ingredients. Each participant takes home their own decorated paper chef's hat and their own colourful dish.


Young children pick-up a paintbrush and let your creativity shine as you decorate a paper umbrella with The Ballarat Society of Artists. The umbrella can provide a source of shade while exploring the gardens.

Wood Working

Be enthralled by The Ballarat Woodworkers Guild. Young visitors will receive a small wooden item made by these skilled artisans. A pedestal rocking horse is this year’s raffle prize and a variety of hand crafted timber items will also be for sale.

Society of Artists

Admire the works from The Ballarat Society of Artists and choose a piece to hang on your wall. The Society will again partner with the City of Ballarat in running a free children’s art activity, this year umbrella painting. Come along and join the fun

Spinning & Weaving

Join the Ballarat Spinners and Weavers Guild for an interactive fibre experience. Have a go at weaving, spinning, and felting and watch the experts demonstrate their craft. Items handmade with love will also be available for sale.

Garden Games

Challenge friends & family to a game of giant Chess and Checkers; all in a shady picturesque setting. Giant pick up sticks, Mega Connect-4 and high tower Jenga found in the Mitchell Harris Wine Garden.

Fish Hatchery

See wild trout in their habitat and witness 146 years of incredible efforts of the committed group of volunteers at the Ballarat Fish Hatchery. Guided tours at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm daily (approx.25mins).

Floral Tunnel

Take a walk through the Tunnel of Floral Delights and admire the creations by the Ballarat Floral Art Society and Floral Enterprises. Slip into a Begonia skirt and take a selfie!

Little Languages

Nurture your child’s listening, language and learning skills and join the City of Ballarat’s Library staff in the Super Sandpit at 3pm daily for Storytime.Auslan interpreted session on Monday.

Apex Art Show

Celebrating its 62nd Art Show this year, admire some of the region’s best artistic talent, view the winning entrants and purchase your favourite piece to take home.

Craft Cottage

The Crafts Council of Ballarat is celebrating 25 years in the Adam Lindsay Gordon Craft Cottage. Wide selection of beautiful, original, and locally crafted giftware.