1. Pat a cheetah
Not just any zoo, you can get hands-on with the animals at the National Zoo & Aquarium. Are you brave enough to feed a reef shark or tiger?
2. Twilight movements
3. Rug up
4. Rock out
5. Ride a Segway
Pop on your helmet and explore Lake Burley Griffin on a self-balancing Segway with Seg Glide Ride. For riders over 12 years of age.
6. Descend at speed
Stromlo Forest Park is the ultimate active outdoor circuit – for cycling, mountain biking, running, walking or horse-riding. Bring a picnic for sustenance.
Back to nature
7. Go inside a pod
8. Climb a mountain
Mount Ainslie Lookout offers an impressive and well-earned view after a trek up the mountain starting near the Australian War Memorial.
9. Platypus pursuits
Head to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and explore the wetlands for an elusive platypus. You can watch the daily pelican feeding, take a hike, or watch the kangaroos from the playground.
10. Cruise on by
11. Get up early
An early start during March is the perfect time to see the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. All colours and sizes of hot air balloons take to the skies. If the wind keeps the balloons tethered to the ground, enjoy a hot breakfast and admire these massive wonders close up.
Make sure you take in at least one of the 30 days of fun at Floriade. Plenty of themed activities for kids, plus rides, games and heaps of space to explore.
Play, play, play
13. Science is fun
How about a free fall, earthquake experience or robot air hockey? Questacon – the National Science and Technology is always adding new and exciting exhibits and hands-on experiences.
If gaming is your style, test your skills at iPlay at Westfield Belconnen, or try out the Riddle Room to test your problem-solving abilities (note, this Escape Room can be scary for some, so it’s best for the older kids).
15. Show time
Canberra’s ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show (in late February) is an annual pilgrimage – rides, animals, performances, fireworks and loads more.
16. Compete with champions
The Australian Institute of Sport is an elite sporting precinct, ready for future champions! Test your skills at Sportex or take a tour.
17. Jump around
Bounce to your heart’s content at Flip Out Mitchell. Make sure you get mum and dad to join in.
18. Hit the grid
Clock your time in the fast lane on the thrilling Power Kart Raceway track. You’ll be a Formula One driver before you know it.
19. Tee off
Try out the 36-hole Canberra-themed mini golf course at Yarralumla Play Station.
Something a bit different
20. Through the hourglass
At Canberra Glassworks you can watch glass artists at work or make your own piece to take home.
21. Retail therapy
For those kids with some pocket money to burn, there are shops galore at the Canberra Centre in the city.
22. A tiny life
See a whole community of miniature buildings, people, animals and adventures at Cockington Green Gardens. Don’t miss the details – look closely to see what those tiny people are doing.
23. Reflection time
Explore a First World War trench or an Oberon Class submarine at the interactive Discovery Zone at the Australian War Memorial.
24. Autumn lights
Enlighten is a spectacular display of architectural projections on our iconic attractions, plus music, yummy food and surprises along the way.
25. Celebrate Australia
There are loads of activities especially designed for kids at the national attractions.
26. Search the stalls
There are tasty treats and all sorts of handmade finds at the Old Bus Depot Markets on Sundays.
Refill the tummies
27. For burger buffs
28. Get cooking
Explore kid-friendly flavours and techniques at a cooking class at Foodish at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets.
29. Sweet Treats
Whether it's an old favourite or a novel flavour combination, Frugii will open your child's mind, and excite their tastebuds with their interesting ice cream flavours.
For lovers of fresh and tasty dumplings, CBD Dumpling House produces thousands of dumplings a day. You can also watch the chefs at work.
There are plenty of great ideas for family accommodation in Canberra, including self-contained apartments and budget options. Search Canberra accommodation or talk to the friendly team at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre.
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