20+ summer school holidays activities in Canberra 2020

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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 during the summer school holidays .

This leaves you with plenty of ways to relax and unwind while the kids are having fun.


Top school holiday activities for kids in Canberra

Less than $50

Hone their soccer skills

Hone their soccer skills from Adrenaline

Learn the basic concepts of soccer, ball skills and more with two Grasshopper Soccer training sessions.

  • Duration: 2 sessions
  • Location: Canberra
  • Ages 2-12 years old
  • Price: $6

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Discover the National Dinosaur museum

Discover the National Dinosaur museum from Viator

See lifelike interactive animatronic dinosaurs at the out-of-this-world museum.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Canberra
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $16

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Canberra Aqua Park

Canberra Aqua Park from Groupon

Have fun sliding, jumping, climbing and slipping at an inflatable obstacle course filled with splashes, jumping pillows, ladders and more.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Acton, Canberra
  • Accessibility: Life jacket
  • Ages: 5 years old and above
  • Price: $16 for single aqua park session and $29 for double aqua park session

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Australian Institute of Sport tour

Australian Institute of Sport tour from Viator

Check out the world-class training facilities for Australia's top athletes. You can also have fun with hands-on tests of endurance, speed and strength at Sportex.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Bruce, Australia
  • Accessibility: Hands-on sports experience
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Price: $20

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Enter the world of Virtual Reality at VR Canberra

Enter the world of Virtual Reality at VR Canberra from Groupon

Bring the whole family to VR Canberra with a choice of up to ten immersive VR games for players big and small.

  • Duration: 3-6 hours
  • Location: Mitchell
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Price: $5.50

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Go on a scavenger hunt

Go on a scavenger hunt from Groupon

Complete challenges and solve riddles with this self-guided scavenger hunt.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Canberra
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $30 (for two people)

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Touch the skies at Flip Out

Touch the skies at Flip Out from Groupon

Flip, soar and bounce off wall-to-wall trampolines and practice your tricks in the foam pit.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Prestons
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $16

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Catch the latest flicks with this movie double pass

Catch the latest flicks with this movie double pass from RedBalloon

Indulge with a cinema experience, perfect for a relaxing afternoon or a rainy day.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Canberra
  • Ages All ages
  • Price: $49 (for two people)

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More than $50

Have a wildlife encounters at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve​

Have a wildlife encounters at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve​ from Viator

Go on a half-day nature tour to get up close with koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, and more.

  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Location: Canberra
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $97

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Full-day tour kayaking in Batemans Bay

Full-day tour kayaking in Batemans Bay from Viator

Take a guided kayak tour, spot kangaroos on the beach at Murramarang National Park, grab lunch in Bateman’s Bay and more.

  • Duration: Full-day tour
  • Location: Canberra, Australia
  • Accessibility: Hotel pickup and drop-off, vehicle transfers, snacks, equipment for kayaking and a professional guide
  • Ages: Not specified
  • Price: $225

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Go behind the scenes at the National Zoo

Go behind the scenes at the National Zoo from RedBalloon

Get exclusive access to the zoo's most renowned animals and their knowledgable keepers.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Canberra
  • Ages: 12 years old and above
  • Price: $155

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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. 6 January - 31 January 2020.
  2. Canberra United vs Sydney. Take the kids out for a day at the footy to cheer their players on. 5 January 2020.
  3. Skating at Phillip Ice Skating Centre. Keep cool this summer by spending the day on the rink with the kids. Providing hours of fun, this is sure to cure the school holiday boredom.
  4. Questacon at the National Science and Technology Centre. The perfect combination of learning and fun. Questacon will keep the little ones entertained all day long with six-metre slides, playing air hockey with a robot or freezing their own shadow (that one is definitely going to amaze).
  5. Old Bus Depot Markets. With new and exciting stalls open every week, make the most of their weekends with a wander through the market. Filled with hand-crafted gifts, treats, clothing and colour it's an easy day out with the whole family. Every Sunday.

5 free school holiday activities in Canberra

  • Visit the Royal Australian Mint and take a tour to learn the interesting stories behind Australian coins and watch them being made by a robot.
  • Kids will love running around the National Arboretum, especially with the Pod Playground fit with cubbies, net swings, a spiral slide and more.
  • The National Gallery of Australia holds free school holiday events where kids can make new friends, participate in creative activities and story telling.
  • What better time to learn a new skill than during the school holidays. Take the kids to Eddison Park for a game of disc golf, perfect for a family day out or a play date with friends.
  • Take a trip to the Canberra Space Station and learn about space with the latest images of the planets and spacecraft models, watch a movie on the past and future of space exploration and check out memorabilia.

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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 are available for 13 year 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 also visit this page for 10 capital ideas for things to do in Canberra with kids

      Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Val

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