Adventure time

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

Explore local sanctuaries and wetlands on a twilight tour, gaze the stars at Mount Stromlo Observatory, or join Canberra identity Tim the Yowie Man on a ghost tour. 

3. Rug up

Whether it’s hot or cold outside, you can try ice skating indoors at Phillip Ice Skating Centre. But in the middle of winter, take a toboggan down the slope or build a snowman at Corin Forest.

A child building a snowman at Corin Forest in winter
Snowman building is fun for all ages at Corin Forest in winter

4. Rock out

Learn to rock climb or abseil with K7 Adventures - Canberra, or test your skills at Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing.

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.

A teenager mountain bike riding at Stromlo Forest Park
Kids who like an adrenlin rush will love mountain biking at Stromlo Forest Park

Back to nature

7. Go inside a pod

The coolest playground in town is at the National Arboretum Canberra, where you can explore the boundless landscape or create your own adventure within the magical Pod Playground.

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.

A child learning about wildlife from a local ranger at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Canberra
A wildlife experience at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

10. Cruise on by

Take a one hour cruise of Lake Burley Griffin and find out all about Canberra’s central features. Enjoy a spray from the Captain Cook Memorial Jet as you float 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.

12. Floriade

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.

14. Gaming

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.

A child enjoying go-karting at Power Kart Raceway
The kids will have a rip-roaring time in Canberra

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.

Children enjoying Cockington Green Gardens
Kids of all ages will delight in Cockington Green Gardens

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

Grab a baby sized fresh burger from local fave Brodburger in Kingston, or wrap your mouth around a Mookie burger in the city. 

A child looking at their huge Brodburger
Where to start? Choose a tasty option at Brodburger

28. Get cooking

Explore kid-friendly flavours and techniques at a cooking class at Foodish at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets.

29. The choice is all yours

Grab your choice of pizza, Peruvian street food, souvlaki, hot dogs, schnitzels, doughnuts, coffee and milkshakes from the colourful and welcoming space known as The Hamlet.

30. Dumplings

For lovers of fresh and tasty dumplings, CBD Dumpling House produces thousands of dumplings a day. You can also watch the chefs at work.

Stay family-friendly

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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