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22 school holidays activities in Canberra 2018

From National Parks to national galleries, here are a few ways to keep your kids entertained in Canberra during school holidays.

The spring school holidays are quickly approaching and if you have no plans to fill them, we've got a few ideas up our sleeves for how to keep your kids busy throughout.

With a host of museums, galleries, National Parks and indoor sports venues, there's no shortage of things to do in Canberra.



8 iconic Canberra activities and experiences to do with your kids

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

5 ways to keep your kids busy during school holidays in Canberra

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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$160

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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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$175

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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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$100

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Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot Air Balloon Ride from Adrenaline

Experience tranquility with this hot air balloon flight.

  • Price is per person
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$310

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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
  • Price is per person
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$9

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9 school holiday events on the Canberra during spring break

  1. Floriade. Let's start with the most important event of the season. Floriade is a festival that needs no introduction, being the largest festival of spring in the nation and features 30-days of floral action and spring festivities. If you only attend one event, this is it. 15 September - 14 October
  2. Nightfest. When the sun goes down on the blooms, the festival ramps up. Bring the older kids in for nights of music, comedy and open-air movies. 26-30 September
  3. Labour Day Festival and Union Picnic. Spend the day off with the kids as the whole community gets together in a whirlwind of carnival rides, outdoor games and BBQ foods. There's also a petting zoo for four-legged friendships to be made. 1 October
  4. Light The Night. Support a good cause as you light up the night - literally - with coloured lanterns. 5 October
  5. National Zoo & Aquarium. The beginning of October marks World Animal Week and to celebrate the event, the National Zoo and Aquarium is hosting a myriad of activities including face painting, zoo keeper talks and giveaways. 1-7 October
  6. Sculpture in the Paddock. Artists gather to lay their creativity on Shaw Vineyard Estate when spring rolls in. Take the 40 minute drive out of Canberra to witness this unique spectacle. 22 September - 7 October
  7. Free screening of The LEGO Movies. The hilarious kids' LEGO movies make their way to the small screen at People's House for school break. Both the original The LEGO Movie and its follow-up The LEGO Batman Movie are on show and admission is free. 2-9 October
  8. Brickman Experience. Speaking of LEGO, the travelling Brickman Experience is back in Canberra for another school break. It's the chance to inspired and wow your little ones with big creations made from the humble LEGO brick. 28 September - 14 October
  9. Alpaca Magic. Cap off their holiday making friends with the 200 alpacas and lamas that roam around this Sutton property. Ticketed events stroll throughout the holiday break, including llama walking, workshops, feedings and more. Throughout September and October

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