Seven spring school holiday ideas

Seven spring school holiday ideas

Already frazzled by the school holidays and looking for something new to try? We guarantee more than child’s play with our little list of boredom busters.

Whether it’s searching for the city’s best burger, playing with snow in spring or riding a trail, we’ve got you covered. Warning: you just might have more fun than your kids.

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    Search for the best burger

    Go on a quest for the best hamburger. Canberra’s love of the humble hamburger was cemented when a little red caravan called Brodburger set up lakeside a few years ago. Now in three locations, the love Territorians have for these burgers has not waned. A steady stream of best burger-contenders has since arrived. You can’t go past Grease Monkey’s Dirty Bird, a Mookie Burger (add the maple smoked bacon), or Burger Hero’s The Super Hero, Milky Lane’s Kevin Bacon or a Bare Betty from Betty’s Burgers. All have equally delish vego and vegan options.

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    Try a new bike trail

    A bike ride’s a great way to burn off those burger calories. Fortunately, Canberra has cycle paths and great mountain bike trails in abundance. Take the kids to Majura Pines, Stromlo Forest Park or for a ride on the Centenary Trail. You can find out more about these mountain bike locations here. For a more casual option, the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre at Regatta Point hires out bikes. Perfect for that impromptu spring ride around Lake Burley Griffin. Hire includes a bike, lock and helmet.

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    We're going on a gnome hunt

    With Floriade Reimagined’s million blooms spread across Canberra this year, what better way to entertain the little ones than on a city-wide gnome hunt. You’ll first need to choose your own adventure from easy, medium or hard hunt options and then solve the clues to reveal their secret location. You may get to see lots of parts of the capital that you may never have ventured too far into before. Check out the program for plenty of other great activities.  

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    Fly me to the moon

    Australians’ fascination with all things space from the 1950s to 1970s is explored in the National Archives of Australia’s new free exhibition Out of This World: Australia in the space age. Your kids and you will laugh at the mid-century fashion, flyer saucer societies and rocket playgrounds that captured the imagination of the nation.

    Central to the exhibition are four tiny moon rocks, collected by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during their historic Moonwalk in July 1969. Learn about the history of Woomera Rocket Range and Australia’s important role in tracking the Apollo missions. See how futuristic ideas influenced the architecture of Australia's Expo pavilion in 1970 and meet everyone's favourite puppet, Mr Squiggle, 'the man from the Moon'. Bookings are essential.

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    Sail the sea that is LBG

    It may not be the high seas, but it certainly provides a new perspective of Canberra with skippers imparting their knowledge of the capital. Lake Burley Griffin Cruises, winner of a 2020 Trip Advisor award, is operating one-hour morning and afternoon cruises as well as a morning tea cruise twice a week that tours past the grounds of Government House. These electric powered boats depart near the International Flag Display.

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    Make your own Olympic mascot

    While the kids may have to wait another year for the Tokyo Olympics, there’s no reason why they can’t get into the spirit of the games at the National Museum of Australia these holidays. Parents will love the Sydney 2000 Olympics throwback, with mascots Syd, Olly and Millie on display as well as the giant kewpie doll, Betty, who was part of the Closing ceremony. The little ones can make their own mascot in Gandel Atrium or take home a pack for later while you reminisce about doing the Olympic snake outside venues while waiting to watch some truly remarkable sporting achievements like Catherine Freeman’s gold medal run.

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    Play in late spring snow

    Spring sunshine and snow? It’s possible to find at Corin Forest which will continue its snow making machines until 11 October for those wanting top enjoy some snow play. Check out their live web cam for an idea of conditions. Bookings are essential. You can also zip down the Alpine Slide and enjoy the fresh mountain air of the northern edge of Australia’s Alps, just 45 minutes’ drive from the city centre. It’s open Friday through Monday.

Need more ideas? Call into the Canberra and Region Visitor Centre at Regatta Point or call the team on 1300 554 114.