Top holiday ideas for kids
Start here for school holiday activity ideas in Canberra. Try keeping up with your kids with this range of activities and experiences to suit all ages and interests. There's plenty of things to do to enthral young minds and they're great for you big kids too.
Australian War Memorial
Climb into a Vietnam War era helicopter, explore a First World War trench or a Cold War submarine, and learn about peacekeeping at the Australian War Memorial’s Discovery Zone. Reflect with your family while viewing the Roll of Honour that records those Australians who died during conflicts. During school holidays participate in a trolley talk, where kids can handle real objects, dress up in nurse and soldier uniforms and hear incredible stories. Free admission.
National Zoo & Aquarium
Go behind-the-scenes at the National Zoo & Aquarium with a Zooventure or Family Tour. Help feed animals, look a big cat in the eye or hand-feed a giraffe or bear at Australia’s only combined zoo and aquarium. Kids over the age of 12 can take the Meet-a-Cheetah tour and play ball with a cheetah. Weekdays during the school holidays primary school-aged kids can join the Zoocation Holiday Program (Admission charge applies). Admission charge.
Pod Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra
Your kids can burn energy exploring the magical Pod Playground. It features acorn cubbies at various heights that are connected by rope tunnels and tube slides as well as climbing nets for younger children and banksia cubbies with music-making activities. With 100 forests of rare and symbolic trees planted across 250 hectares of rolling hills, there’s plenty of space for kids to run and roam. Join a guided walk and learn about the Arboretum. The Village Centre offers great views and Sprout Cafe, a good place to refresh with a coffee and bite to eat. Free admission.
Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
Discover how you measure up in the Measure Island exhibition, one of eight interactive galleries. Questacon has its own style of science theatre which allows you to sit back and watch crashes and explosions as you enjoy the fun and excitement of live science demonstrations. In other galleries you can free fall down a six metre slide or star in a Spectacular Science Show. With over 200 hands on exhibits, visitors of all ages can explore the world of science. Admission charge.
National Dinosaur Museum
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. Admission change.
Cockington Green Gardens
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. Admission charge.
Australian Institute of Sport
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. Admission charge.