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 $50 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.

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Creative Kids: Full day program

Designed for visitors who love to get creative aged 8 to 14, this Creative Kids program provides an opportunity to practice their drawing skills and learn about Aboriginal traditional art forms.

What to expect

  • 8:45am sign-in and orientation
  • Receive sketch pad, pencil, books and painting kit
  • Meet and greet with some native animals
  • Introduction to basics of drawing and techniques
  • Live drawings of zoo animals with assistance from a Sydney Zoo artist
  • Aboriginal cultural art experience with Indigenous guides
  • Lunch provided
  • Pick up at 3pm at the front of the zoo

Time: 9am – 3pm
Duration: 6 hours
Age: 8-14 years
Price: $189.99 per child (Includes zoo admission)
Unlimited pass holder: $164.99
Members discount price: $149.99
Max group size: 14

Availability:
Friday, 27 January

 

Creative Kids: Culture kids

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.

What to expect

  • Check in 15 minutes prior to your session at the information desk 
  • A take home craft item
  • Introduction to Aboriginal art and the process of creating art through traditional methods using ochre
  • Aboriginal cultural art experience with Indigenous guides
  • Admission to the zoo for the day included for participants 

Time: 10:30am
Duration: 90 mins
Age: 4.5+ years
Price: $89.99 per participant (includes zoo admission)
Unlimited Pass holder price: $74.99
Members discounted price: $69.99
Use your $50 Creative Kids Voucher towards your ticket

Availability:
Sunday 3rd September
Every day of the Spring school holidays

Creative Kids: Learn to draw

Creative Kids will take home drawings they have made under the guidance of a Sydney Zoo artist. The program goes through the basics of how to break down animal shapes, shading and adding colour, while meeting some of the animals of Sydney Zoo up close.

What to expect

  • Check in 15 minutes prior to your session at the information desk 
  • Meet and greet with some animals
  • Introduction to basics of drawing and techniques
  • Live drawings of zoo animals with assistance from a Sydney Zoo artist
  • Admission to the zoo for the day for participants 

Time: 9am
Duration: 90 mins

Age: 8+ years
Price: $89.99 per participant (includes zoo admission)
Unlimited Pass holder price: $74.99
Members discounted price: $69.99
Use your $50 Creative Kids Voucher towards your ticket

Availability:
Saturday 9th September
Friday 29th September
Saturday 30th September
Tuesday 3rd October
Friday 6th October
Satuday 7th October

Creative Kids: Learn to draw - Dinos!

Creative Kids will receive a sketch pad, pencil and how to draw dinosaurs book. They’ll spend an amazing 90 minutes learning to draw our life size dinosaurs and other animals with a Sydney Zoo artist. The program helps budding artists learn the basics of how to break down animal shapes, shading and adding colour.

What to expect

  • Sign-in 15 minutes before program starts (8.45am for a 9am start, 12.45pm for a 1pm start)
  • Meet and greet with zookeepers
  • Introduction to basics of drawing and techniques
  • Live drawings of zoo animals and dinosaurs with assistance from a Sydney Zoo artist
  • All participants receive an art drawing pad, drawing pencil and book
  • Admission to the zoo for the day for participants 

Time: 9:00am
Duration: 90 mins
Age: 4.5 – 7 years

Time: 1:00pm
Duration: 90 mins
Age: 8+ years

Price: $100 per participant (Includes zoo admission)
FREE with Service NSW Creative Kids voucher

Availability:
Tuesday 11th April
Thursday 13th April
Monday 17th April
Wednesday 19th April
Friday 21st April
Sunday 23rd April

Creative Kids: Mini Culture Kids

This hands-on program explores traditional Aboriginal culture guided by Sydney Zoo’s Culture Team. Participants will learn traditional music and art symbols, crafts and how to build a gunyah.

What to expect

  • 10:15am sign-in and orientation
  • A take home craft item
  • Introduction to Aboriginal art and the process of creating art through traditional methods using ochre
  • Aboriginal cultural art and music experience with Indigenous guides
  • Admission to the zoo for the day included for participants 

Time: 10:30am
Duration: 90 mins
Age: 4.5 – 7 years
Price: $100 per participant (Includes zoo admission)
FREE with Service NSW Creative Kids voucher

Availability:
Wednesday 12th April
Sunday 16th April
Monday 17th April
Wednesday 19th April
Sunday 23rd April
Sunday 30th April

How to book?

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • All participants must be comfortable in the presence of animals.
  • A 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 a 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 the 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 program in extreme weather conditions.
  • Sydney Zoo reserves the right to cancel the program for any unseen circumstances. A reschedule date will be offered based on availability. 
  • As per the Creative Kids terms and conditions, once a voucher is redeemed it is non-refundable. Find terms and conditions for Creative Kids Vouchers at Service NSW Creative Kids Parents, Guardians and Carers FAQs.
  • Bookings can not be rescheduled. 
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