School holiday activities in Canberra for 2022

Here's how to have tons of fun with your little ones these school holidays.

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From crafts and board games to bike rides and hula hooping, we've got you covered for activities to do at home and online in Canberra this summer.

Outdoor activities in Canberra over the school holidays

Spend a day at Canberra's top family-friendly attractions

All of Canberra's museums and galleries, including the Australian Institute of Sport, National Museum of Australia, Cockington Green Gardens, National Zoo and Aquarium, The National Dinosaur Museum and National Gallery of Australia, are waiting for you to explore.

National Museum of Australia Building and Architecture Tour
National Museum of Australia Building and Architecture Tour


Twilight Tour Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary
Twilight Tour Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary


See Canberra from above

Introduce the kids to a bird's-eye view of the city. For budget-savvy families, get to the top of Telstra Tower on a clear day, and for a larger treat or celebration, wake up before dawn for a hot air balloon ride over the region.

Go scavenger hunting

If you've signed yourself up to look after a group of kids, a scavenger hunt is heaps of fun. Plus, it doesn't hurt that it works for their team-building skills. You can host this in your home or neighbourhood using a DIY kit from a professional company with a larger network of families.

At-home activities to do in Canberra over the school holidays

Order a DIY craft kit

Puppets, beaded creatures, pirate ships… anything and everything is possible with craft. With a few materials to get you started, the kids can be creating in no time. Choose something you think they'll love and watch the magic unfold.

Have fun with paint

A virtual paint party is a fun way to get together with friends safely at home these school holidays. A professional will guide the kids through the process of creating something wonderful.

Dreamtime Stories and Painting for Kids
Dreamtime Stories and Painting for Kids


Drawing classes

Sharpen your pencils, grab some paper and get ready to learn how to draw. Learn the basics of how to draw fun shapes with Zentangle. For a truly unique experience have a virtual meet with a llama and then draw it.

Spend time together in the kitchen

Making food together is a fun way to bond so check out these food-focused activities that will have your kids whipping up a treat quick-smart.

Snuggle in for a night on the couch

The long summer break is the ideal time to snuggle up on the couch, flick on the television and enjoy each other's company. We're sure the kids would agree. If you haven't already signed up, Netflix, Disney+ and BINGE have libraries upon libraries of child-friendly shows.

Road trips you can take from Canberra

Batemans Bay

Distance from Canberra: 2 hours by car or 3 hours by bus.

This beautiful coastal town offers holidaymakers kayaking, fishing, snorkelling, swimming and local Indigenous experiences. Choose to relax or explore as much as you like.

Snowy Mountains

Distance from Canberra: 2.5 hours by car or booked coach.

The walking trails of the Snowy Mountains are the perfect destination in summer. With "just right" weather and majestic views, you won't regret a visit.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Distance from Canberra: 50 minutes by car.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is less touristy than the CBD or the Snowies. In just under an hour, you'll be on the doorstep of its walking trails. These take you through a eucalyptus forest that's teeming with native wildlife.

Free school holiday activities in Canberra

  • Cycle or walk around Lake Burley Griffin.
  • Take the kids to Eddison Park for a game of disc golf, perfect for a family day out or a play date with friends.
  • Pack the picnic and take it to Lennox Gardens on a sunny day.
  • Browse the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
  • Make a scrapbook or video diary of holiday memories.
  • Have the kids help out with cooking.
  • Build a pillow fort.

Need more ideas? Check out our 50 free activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays.

School holiday events in Canberra

  • LFG School Holiday Program: 21 December, 12, 18-19, 25, 27 January. Head along and play with a huge selection of board games. Get some friends together and set the kids up for a day of supervised fun.
  • Music for Canberra - Summer School Holiday Programs: 24-25, 27-28 January. Join Music for Canberra's 2-day workshops where experienced tutors will run through a host of music activities including building instruments and electronic music demonstrations.
  • Techne time: 10-14, 17-21 January. The National Museum of Australia is hosting this unique event where kids can create their own comics based on the myths and stories portrayed in the Ancient Greeks exhibition.
  • Recycling Discovery Hub: 24, 27 January. Take your empty glass jars along to the hub, learn about recycling and upscale your jars into colourful lanterns.
  • Garden Party - Kids High Tea: 21 January. First Edition Canberra is inviting you to join in this green thumb experience; there'll be face painting, crafts and every child will go home with their own seeded pot plant.
  • Lulu and the Tantrums: 8 January. Visit Inflatable World and enjoy free jumping (kids and adults), free pizza and live music from Lulu and the Tantrums and Space Party.

When are the 2021/22 school holidays in Canberra?

Term 1 school holidays2 April to 18 April 2021
Term 2 school holidays26 June to 11 July 2021
Term 3 school holidays18 September to 4 October 2021
Term 4 school holidays18 December to 30 January 2021/22

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Frequently asked questions

What should I keep in mind with COVID-19 when going out during the school holidays?

When planning activities over the 2021 school holidays, parents and caregivers are urged to maintain good hygiene and social distancing.

Are all attractions in Canberra open?

Attractions in Canberra are starting to reopen for the summer school holidays.

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    PirenneJanuary 8, 2019

    What activities are there for 13 year olds in Canberra these school holidays?

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      ValJanuary 9, 2019Staff

      Hi Pirenne,

      Thank you for reaching Finder!

      It seems like you are looking at the correct page. All activities listed above are available for 13 years old and also for the entire family. For most promos, kids age 13 and up are categorized as an adult already.

      This will also depend on your child if he/she would prefer outdoor or indoor activities. You may want to also check our review on things to do in Canberra.

      Hope this helps!


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