Available: Monday 26th September, Wednesday 28th September, Monday 3rd October, Wednesday 5th October & every Sunday  (pre-booking required)
Time: 1:00pm
Duration: 90 mins
Age: 8+ years (max 12 participants)
Price: $100 per participant (Includes zoo admission) FREE with Service NSW Creative Kids voucher

Learn about Aboriginal culture at Sydney Zoo

This hands-on program explores traditional Aboriginal culture guided by our Sydney Zoo Culture Team. Participants will learn about Aboriginal art, traditional tools and weapons, learn how to weave with plants and work together to build a gunyah. Participants will also take home a Dreamtime storybook and a boomerang painting kit. 

Each child that signs up also includes FREE entry to the zoo and FREE entry to the zoo for an accompanying adult.

What is Creative Kids?

The NSW Government is helping kids get creative with the Creative Kids program.

Parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher with a value of up to $100 per calendar year for each school-enrolled child aged 4.5 to 18 years.

For more information see the Service NSW Creative Kids Parents, guardians and carers FAQs.

What to expect

  • 12:45pm orientation
  • Meet and greet with Aboriginal guides
  • Introduction to Aboriginal art and the process of creating art through traditional methods using ochre
  • Explore how plants are traditionally used for food, fibre, tools, weapons and medicine
  • Learn how to weave with an Aboriginal guide to create a rope or bracelet
  • Learn about the different styles of gunyahs and their uses
  • Build an A-frame or lean-to gunyah
  • Admission to the zoo for the day to enjoy after the program 
  • FREE zoo entry for an accompanying adult

How to book

Please fill out the form below and a member of our Education Team will be in contact shortly.


  • All participants must be comfortable in the presence of animals.
  • Parent or Guardian must sign a waiver upon registering.
  • Children can be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian. If a Parent or Guardian chooses to remain with the group, they must stay at a distance unless providing support to a participant who specifically requires it. The Parent or Guardian is not able to partake in the program but can watch from short distance.
  • If the child is unaccompanied for the time of the program, the Parent or Guardian must be at the meeting point for the end of the program to ensure prompt pick up.
  • Participants must follow all instructions as given by the Sydney Zoo artist/teacher undertaking the Creative Kids program including but not limited to where to stand, not attempting to have contact with any animals unless under instruction to do so, remaining calm and quiet at all times within the program.
  • The Creative Kids program is fully accessible, if a child requires additional support, please include these details in your registration email to ensure our artist is aware before they start of the program.
  • Sydney Zoo is open in wet weather conditions; in fact some animals enjoy the wet weather! Sydney Zoo reserves the right to cancel the encounter in extreme weather conditions.


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