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What’s on these school holidays in Canberra

There’s plenty to do in Canberra these school holidays to keep the kids entertained! We’ve put together our top picks of school holiday activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The Funatorium’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Go a little bonkers these school holidays with the madcap circus mayhem that is The Funatorium’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! Hosted by the wackiest of characters, you’ll be amazed by the mind boggling tricks they’ll deliver and the sweet surprises in store! Audience participation levels are high in this wacky and wonderful show, so your kids will be sure to be leaping from their seats and giggling with excitement!

For the ultimate experience, why not book on-stage seating tickets, placing your children right in the middle of the action!?

When: Wednesday July 12th to Saturday July 15th
Where: The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre.
Price: Tickets from $35.00, available here 

Above and Beyond

Take your children to experience the ultimate interactive and multi-sensory flight exhibition these school holidays at Questacon and make their dreams take flight with the endless possibilities this exhibition provides! Whether they choose to fly a car or supersonic plane, take an elevator to space, fly megarockets, pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane or experience flight as a bird, they are sure to love this thrilling, once in a lifetime experience.

When: Until Sunday July 23rd
Where: Questacon.
For more information, visit the website.

Zoocation

Does your child love animals?! Look no further than the National Zoo and Aquarium’s ‘Zoocation’ this school holidays! During a fun filled day, children will have the chance to get up close and personal with a number of the zoos animals, play games and make toys for the animals.

Junior (Kindergarten & Year One) and Senior (Year Two & Above) available.

When: Runs from 3rd-6th July, 10th-13th July.
Where: National Zoo & Aquarium
Price: From $75 per child. Make a booking here. 

War Memorial

Family Tours: A 30 minute interactive tour designed especially for children, learn fascinating stories behind the objects within the galleries. Monday to Thursday 10.15am.

Make and Create: A free craft session, make poppies and add to a collaborative piece of art to be displayed in the Education Space. Thursdays and Fridays from 11.30am to 1pm. For more info visit the website here.

The National Dinosaur Museum

Guided Tours: Every day throughout the school holidays, join experts as they guide you through tours of the museum. Tours are free and run at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. For more info visit the website here.

Phillip Ice Skating Rink

Skating sessions: Running every day throughout the school holidays, the Phillip Ice Skating Rink skating sessions and Friday Disco sessions are sure to keep your little ones happy, whilst getting in some exercise! For more info visit the website here

Corin Forest

SnowPlay: Fun for the entire family, build snowmen, ride toboggans and throw snowballs all within the purpose built SnowPlay area. Three 2.5 hour snowplay sessions daily, at 8.30am, 11am and 2pm.

Ski & Ride: With a custom designed beginners ski slope, learning to ski and snowboard at Corin Forest is sure to be an experience not to be forgotten. Two daily sessions from 9am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 4.30pm. For more info visit the website here. 

Other must-see attractions

Cockington Green: An experience not to be found anywhere else, Cockington Green is one of Canberra’s landmark attractions, with beautifully crafted miniature buildings adorn beautifully manicured gardens. For more info visit the website here

National Arboretum Canberra: Pod Playground is a must for children when visiting Canberra. Designed to encourage children to climb and explore, the acorn themed playground is suitable for all ages, with areas designated to various age groups. Plus, the views are second to none. For more info visit the website here. 

Playup at Old Parliament House: The Playup aims to turn the usual ‘hands off’ vibe of museums on its head by allowing children to be hands on, in the dedicated area of the museum which celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. For more info visit the website here. 

Yarralumla Play House: With recent additions such as mini golf and a petting zoo, the Yarralumla Play House is a must. Enjoy a ride around Weston Park on the miniature railway and enjoy a snack at the Station Stop Cafe. For more info visit the website here

Canberra Walk in Aviary: With approximately 500 birds, representing over 60 different species, the Canberra Walk in Aviary is a 1000 square metre walk in aviary where free flying birds can be observed, photographed and fed. For more info visit the website here.

Stromlo Bike Forest Park: A world class multi use recreational sporting facility, the Stromlo Bike Forest Park has tracks suitable for all level cyclists, as well as tracks for runners and walkers keen to soak up some of the Canberra countryside beauty. For more info visit the website here. 

Flip Out: With two convenient locations, in Hume and Mitchell, Flip Out is sure to keep the young ones entertained for hours on end, with indoor trampolines, ball games, foam pits and more! For more info visit the website here.

CSIRO Discovery Centre: Offering an interactive journey through Australian science history, the CSIRO Discovery Centre aims to present science to children in an entertaining way to educate them about the fascinating world of research and innovation. For more info visit the website here.