Choose the nation's capital for spring school holidays
Children play in the Pod Playground at the National Arboretum in Canberra

Are your children are animal lovers, creative kids or little detectives? Bring them to Canberra for your spring school holidays. Of course, if they’re into any kind of holiday fun you’ll find it here.

Family fun at Floriade

Young and old alike will love Canberra’s award-winning flower festival Floriade. From 12 September to 11 October, more than one million blooms take centre stage alongside live performances, cooking shows, gardening and DIY workshops. Presenters share a varied program each year and include well known personalities, celebrities and entertainers. Kids can also enjoy face painting, fun gardening activities, scarecrow making, a ride on the Ferris wheel and much more. Best of all, Floriade has free entry. 

Discover the Australian story

The National Museum of Australia houses numerous regular themed exhibits plus seasonal exhibitions that bring the culture and history of Australia to life. The museum is ideal for families with free entry for children, a children’s trail and a specially designed family activity area.

An afterDARK Lantern Tour at the Australian National Botanic Gardens is ideal for little adventurers. Gather your family, follow the clues and discover the fascinating plant, insect and animal life in the Gardens at night. Be the first to complete the scavenger hunt challenge and take home the coveted 'super-sleuth' prize. Bookings essential.

Roar with the dinosaurs on a school holiday tour at the National Dinosaur Museum. Home to 23 complete skeletons and more than 300 displays of individual fossils, guided tours of Australia's largest display of dinosaurs run four times a day during the school holiday period. Handle fossils unearthed locally including trilobites, brachiopods, coral and fish fossils, and discover their geological histories. School holiday tours are free with paid museum admission.

Explore the Australian National Collection

The school holiday program at the Australian War Memorial offers plenty of choice for visiting families including Storytime for younger children from 10.30am every Friday. Kids can try on uniforms, handle real items and hear incredible stories of Australians in wartime during the free Hands-on History sessions each weekday during the school holidays.

Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. In Play Up it is visitors who are the curators, it is your work that will be on the walls and the media screens.

The Canberra Glassworks is a hotspot for holiday fun with a range of exciting classes to keep the kids entertained. Budding artists over the age of 8 years will have the opportunity to try their hand at creating a glass tile using flowers and plants as inspiration in a Make your own spring tile class. While you’re there, why not take the family on a Great Glass Adventure behind-the-scenes tour of all things glass?

For the family’s animal enthusiasts a visit to the National Zoo & Aquarium is an absolute must. Be brave and take part in an animal encounter to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures like cheetahs, a giraffe, sharks, sun bears, white lions and red pandas.

School holiday accommodation in Canberra

Spring school holidays are a popular time to visit Canberra. We advise you choose accommodation and book early to avoid disappointment. Start your search here and browse and book from the most comprehensive list of Canberra family accommodation options. If you would prefer to talk to someone, call our Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on 1300 554 114 for helpful travel advice.

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