Step into a winter wonderland

Get ready for a snowball fight, tobogganing and snowman competitions at Corin Forest Mountain Resort, a purpose-built snow play park just 45 minutes from Canberra. Afterwards, warm up with a hot chocolate and roast marshmallows by the roaring open fire in the lodge.

Wide angle of Corin Forest Mountain Resort in full swing
Corin Forest Mountain Resort in full swing

For a cool experience in the heart of the city, head to the pop-up ice skating rink in Civic Square at Wintervention (5-21 July). Pose for a pic in the life-size snow globe, enjoy an ice show or explore the food and maker’s markets at this winter wonderland.

Two people walk in winter through the National Arboretum Canberra's forest as it's wrapped in knitted scarves over winter
Warm Trees at the National Arboretum Canberra

Head to the National Arboretum Canberra to walk into a world of whimsy as the trees are wrapped in bright knits. This year Warm Trees (1-31 July) will feature the world’s largest handcrafted frieze of knitted tulips, decorated bicycle wheels and groves of magical colour in the Himalayan Cedar Forest. Lots of school holiday activities are on offer including drop-in knitting sessions, guided bike rides, fairy hunts through the 100-year-old Cork Oak Forest and family orienteering.

Ditch the snow and see a show

Think you know the stories of The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Goldilocks and Jack and the Beanstalk? Think again! Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts will burst off the page in a spectacular new live show at the Canberra Theatre Centre (3-6 July). The theatre will be hosting another play adapted from a book, Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat (16 July).

Think you know the stories of The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Goldilocks and Jack and the Beanstalk? Think again! Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts will burst off the page in a spectacular new live show at the Canberra Theatre Centre (3-6 July). The theatre will be hosting another play adapted from a book, Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat (16 July).

Laugh along with The Twits (10-13 July), as these naughty puppets play tricks on each other. Expect death-defying stunts, groan-inducing puns and a great time all round at The Street Theatre.

Older children will be captivated by the work of Oscar Wilde as an Adelaide theatre company, Slingsby, bring The Young King (11-13 July) to life at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

When you’ve had your fill of the theatre, head to the big screen at Australian Parliament House for free holiday film screenings (9 and 16 July). Featuring PG Aussie stories of animals and their owners, Oddball and Red Dog are sure to entertain the whole family. 

Inspire young minds

Immerse yourself in a world of science and wonder at Questacon – we promise, it’s just as brilliant as you remember it being. If your days are jammed packed, don’t fear as Questacon will be opening its doors after hours from 10 to 13 July so you can dance under a 7m Moon, discover celestial wonders stargazing, get creative with space crafts and dine in a glowing food court.

The moon exhibition at Questacon.
Visitors to Questacon gaze up at their inflatable moon

Learn through play at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child may be a complex topic, but our youngest democracy fans will learn all about it with listening pods, roleplay activities, craft and more at PlayUP: The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard. This colourful family space flips the traditional idea of museums completely on its head.

Go on a treasure hunt at the Royal Australian Mint. Learn the stories behind every Australian coin in your pocket, purse or piggy bank. Revel in the nostalgia of the Mr Squiggle exhibition, a collection of show memorabilia that celebrates the release of the 2019 Mr Squiggle 60th anniversary coin set.

A family learning about coin making at the Royal Australian Mint
The entire family will enjoy a treasure hunt at the Royal Australian Mint

Warm up this winter with dragon dancing, Kung Fu, art and craft activities, inspired by the Historical Expression of Chinese Art exhibition, at the National Museum of Australia

What do servicemen and servicewomen wear? What do they eat? What jobs do they do? Join the exciting Hands on History program at the Australian War Memorial, which will answer these questions and many more. During NAIDOC Week (8-11 July) discovery stories will focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who served their country.

Go wild this winter

Give your little one a traditional Aussie bush experience at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Join a ranger-guided walk, search for koalas in the canopy, go platypus spotting or feed the pelicans with a ranger. If that’s not enough, simply roam the bush trails of the Reserve and spot koalas, emus, kangaroos, platypuses, reptiles, possums and echidnas.

A girl looking at a koala in a tree
Meeting the locals at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Explore a world where animals rule with a Zoocation tour at the National Zoo & Aquarium. During a fun-filled day of working with the zookeepers, children can get up close and personal with many of the Zoo’s animals, play games and make toys for the animals.

You can also take your wild ones to the National Dinosaur Museum for free guided tours, which will run throughout the school holidays. Bring your camera, your friends and those burning dinosaur questions for a fun and educational journey back in time.

A boy playing in the Dinosaur Sculpture Garden at the National Dinosaur Museum,  Canberra
The brave at heart can explore the Dinosaur Sculpture Garden uncovering lifelike models

Get active at BlocHaus, an indoor bouldering centre for all ages and skill levels, or race your kids on an exhilarating indoor circuit at Power Kart Raceway. There’s also iSkate Park – Australia’s first synthetic ice rink – and an indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf course, arcade machines and cafe.

Wondering what else is on? Check out all events here.