21 summer school holidays activities in Canberra 2018

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With a host of museums, galleries, National Parks and indoor sports venues, there's no shortage of things to do in Australia's capital city. Leaving you with plenty of ways to relax and unwind while you're in town, too.

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Tidbinbilla Wildlife and E-Bike tour

Tidbinbilla Wildlife and E-Bike tour from RedBalloon

Ride an electric bike for 5 km and meet koalas, wallabies, potoroos and other native wildlife in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Location: Canberra, ACT
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Sunset outdoor cinema package

Sunset outdoor cinema package from RedBalloon

Be amaze of the view of the sunset while watching the latest blockbuster or cult classic at Canberra's open-air cinema.

  • Location: Eucalypt Lawn at the Botanic Gardens
  • Price is for 2 people
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Cheetah encounter

Cheetah encounter from RedBalloon

Get up close with the fastest land animal in the world.

  • Location: Canberra, ACT
  • Price is per person
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Canberra city tour

Canberra city tour from RedBalloon

Visit Mt Ainslie, Australian War Memorial, Parliament House and the Carillon Bell Tower with this full-day tour. Includes transfers and guide.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Canberra, ACT
  • Price is per person
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National Zoo tour

National Zoo tour from RedBalloon

Have a family adventure at the National Zoo and get the chance to interact with animals. Minimum age is 4 years old.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Canberra
  • Price is per person
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Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot Air Balloon Ride from Adrenaline

Experience tranquility with this hot air balloon flight.

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Overnight family hotel stay with VIP children's package

Overnight family hotel stay with VIP children's package from RedBalloon

Spoil the kids with a VIP experience with their own special check-in, unlimited movies, an in-room popcorn machine and tent at Burbury Hotel and Apartments.

  • Duration: 1 night
  • Location: Canberra
  • Price is for overnight stay for 2 adults and kids under 12 years old
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iPlay Australia unlimited arcade games

iPlay Australia unlimited arcade games from Groupon

Bring the whole family at iPlay Australia for a fun-filled hour with unlimited arcade games access.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Multiple locations
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5 summer school holiday activities to tuck into

  1. School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport. Teach them coordination, sportsmanship and team work by enrolling them into sport at the Australian Institute of Sport. It hosts children's programs every school break so you can send them back each break if it's their thing. 2 January - 1 February 2019.
  2. Deadly 60 Down Under. Animal lovers can meet the man behind the show Steve Backshall as he brings his shows - and his animals - to the Canberra stage. 18 January 2019.
  3. The 91-Storey Treehouse. Little ones a fan of the hilarious book series? Now they can see it come to life at the Canberra Theatre Centre these school holidays. Be prepared to laugh your lungs out. 1-2 February 2019.
  4. Canberra United vs Brisbane Roar. Take the kids out for a day at the footy to cheer their players on. 27 December 2019.
  5. Summer At The Mint. There's a whole slew of children's activities going on throughout the school holidays at The Mint. From Christmas origami to making your own treasure chest. It'll babysit them for a few hours, guaranteed. 17 December 2018 - 23 January 2019.

8 classic Canberra activities and experiences to do with your kids

  1. Have fun with science at Questacon.
  2. Tour the National Gallery and pay a visit to Parliament House.
  3. Head up to Mount Ainslie lookout.
  4. Explore Namadgi National Park.
  5. Picnic at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
  6. Hit the slopes at nearby ski areas or hike along their trails.
  7. Pay your respects at the Australian War Memorial.
  8. Learn all about the stars at the Canberra Space Centre.

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