School may be out, but the learning opportunities never stop when kids explore Canberra on holiday.
Children enjoy hands-on exhibits at the National Dinosaur Museum in Canberra

Canberra family weekend itinerary

If you're unsure where to start with planning a family short break in the nation's capital, we've gathered together some of the most popular attractions and experiences for kids. 

Day 1 Saturday


Wrap your mind around some intriguing questions at Questacon. Discover how you measure up in the Measure Island exhibition, one of eight interactive galleries. In other galleries like Wonderworks, Q Lab and [email protected], you can free fall down a six-metre slide or star in a Spectacular Science Show. With more than 200 hands on exhibits, visitors of all ages can explore the world of science. Learn about the science of taste and you might discover why some people's tongues go blue!

Saturday family lunch

For a casual lakeside experience, grab a bite to eat at bookplate at the National Library of Australia or grab some fish and chips from Snapper on the Lake at the Canberra Yacht Club in Yarralumla.


Roar with the dinosaurs at the National Dinosaur Museum at Gold Greek Village. You’ll find lots of robotic dinosaurs as well as models and skeletons on display. The team’s passionate dinosaur experts are on hand to answer any questions. Touch a genuine 150 million-year-old dinosaur bone and view and purchase fossils, minerals and crystals.

Tower over tiny versions of famous buildings from around the world and ride the mini steam train at the delightful miniature village of Cockington Green Gardens at Gold Creek Village. Kids can bring the exhibits to life with interacting mechanical animation and enjoy a picnic lunch in the grounds or a bite to eat from the Parsons Nose Garden Cafe.

Saturday evening

You’ll find family friendly Italian dining at Bicicletta in the NewActon precinct near the ANU. There are also plenty of family friendly dining options across the city with options from cheap eats to a special night out. 

Day 2 Sunday

Sunday morning

The National Museum of Australia is where Australia’s stories live. Enjoy hands on experiences for the young and the young-at-heart: create a 3D space-age city in Kspace; see Circa, a multimedia experience for all ages presented in a rotating theatre; and learn more about Australia’s stories, history and collections by taking a guided tour of the Museum’s galleries. During your visit to the National Museum of Australia, grab a bite to eat at their cafe.

Sunday afternoon

Inspire your little sporting dynamo with an athlete-guided tour of the Australian Institute of Sport and hear about the strenuous training regimes they undertake to make it in their sport. Test your sporting skills at Sportex, an interactive sports experience that will have you kicking footballs, playing wheelchair basketball and racing a friend on a simulated mountain bike race. Australian Institute of Sport tours operate daily for 90 minutes at 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm.

Depart Canberra at your leisure

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Family friendly accommodation

Browse the most comprehensive listing of where to stay in Canberra with options to suit all tastes and budgets for travelling families. There are also pet-friendly options and dog-friendly parks around town for those who want to bring their loved companions. 
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