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Summer Family Program at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

BY PBP | 05-Jan-2018
Children and families connect with nature and each other during the Summer Family Program at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Botanica – A Village Among the Oak Trees & The Boy who Loved Tiny Things. January 10 – 14.
From Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 January, Royal Botanic Gardens will present two inspiring family events that celebrate creativity, discovery and adventure in a playful, interactive and safe, natural environment.

While it may take a village to raise a child, Botanica – A Village Among the Oak Trees will see family members working together to create their very own village, using only green materials collected from the Gardens.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Head of Programming and Audience Development, Emer Harrington, said Botanica is a creative response to nature, plants and the environment and perfect family entertainment for an outdoor summer.

‘Botanica has been created by celebrated theatre designer and Moomba Parade Creative Director Darryl Cordell. Inspired by his childhood in the bush, the aim is to encourage collaboration, creativity and imagination,’ Harrington said.

‘It’s a free event where families come together to construct and decorate their cubbies then add imaginary creatures, miniature plants, insect hotels and any number of botanically inspired objects and places that contribute to building a community.’

‘Our talented and professional Learning Facilitators will be on site to support children and families as they build the village and create objects for the garden community or to take home.’ Harrington said.

The Boy who Loved Tiny Things invites families to slow down and spend time together exploring and contributing to a mysterious collection of fantastical tiny things. It is inspired by the original boy who loved tiny things, 11 year old Minnesotan Østen Burkum, who loves to notice, protect and collect tiny things.

Over 90 minutes, three lab-coated guides armed with magnifying glasses, magical lanterns and lenses, will take families on a tour of the gardens, focussing on the abundance of tiny and precious things found in nature. After manoeuvring through a series of interactive spaces within an exquisite installation set in a darkened room, families will discover a galaxy of tiny things to explore along with a rare opportunity for families to stop, contemplate, share and create new memories and tiny treasures together.

Harrington said the highly interactive work celebrates wonder, care taking and story making. ‘There’s only one prerequisite,’ she added. ‘Rules: there’s really no rules except tiny.’

The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things was part of ArtPlay's 2015 New Ideas Lab, and has been developed with the assistance of Arts Centre Melbourne.

The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things has been made collaboratively by acclaimed children’s theatre company Drop Bear Theatre, arts collective The Seam and directed by cellist, composer and performance maker, Zoë Barry.

Along with Botanica and The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things, Royal Botanic Gardens will also host the Australian Shakespeare Company’s outdoor production of Wind in the Willows.

EVENT DETAILS

Botanica – A Village Among the Oak Trees

Season: Wed 10 – Sun 14 January
Where: Oak Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens
Open: 10.30am – 3.00pm daily
Tickets: FREE, drop in at any time

The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things - Suitable for: 6+ years

Melbourne Gardens:
Season: Wed 10 – Sun 14 January 2018
Performances: 10.30am and 1.30pm (duration 90 minutes)
Meeting point: Visitors Centre
Tickets: $16 per person – capacity limited, (40 people) bookings recommended
Bookings: visit rbg.vic.gov.au or call 9252 2429

Cranbourne Gardens

Season: Wed17 + Thu 18 January
Performances: 10.30am and 1.30pm (duration 90 minutes)
Meeting point: Visitor Centre
Tickets: $16 per person – capacity limited (20 people), bookings recommended
Bookings: visit rbg.vic.gov.au or call 5990 2200