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21 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 Easter 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 things 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
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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
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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
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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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Power Kart Racing

Power Kart Racing from Groupon

Experience 14-lap Go Kart race at Power Kart Raceway.

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    8 school holiday events on the Canberra during the winter break

    The nation's capital plays host to some of the biggest events over the school holidays.

    Our roundup of what’s on includes family-friendly movie sessions, a special science-themed night out and cooking classes for the little gourmet chef in your life.

    • Truffle Festival: Teach the kids that there’s more to truffles than just chocolate. With their exceptional aroma, high value, adaptability and those clever and cute truffle dogs, truffles can appeal to gourmands of all ages. Until 31 August
    • Cartier - The Exhibition: Maybe takings kids to an exhibit filled with priceless jewellery sounds like a bad idea but NGA has really pulled out all the stops for a family-friendly experience. There’s an audio tour to keep the kids interested as well as a free Cartier Kids infinity flipper so kids can hunt down and learn about some of the best pieces. Until 22 July
    • So that you might know each other - Faith and Culture in Islam: Help your kids learn about new cultures at the National Museum of Australia. View intriguing objects from clothing and ceremonial hangings to precious manuscripts, musical instruments and jewellery. All pieces that celebrate the achievements of Muslim people across the world, their daily lives, traditions and spirituality. Until 22 July
    • Skating At Festival: Strap your skates on and embrace the cold with an ice skating festival right in the heart of the city. You give the ice rink and a go and the kids will especially love the inflatable tube rides and the jumping castle. 29 June-22 July
    • WordPlay Children's Space: WordPlay is a school holiday activity space, located in the the National Library of Australia. This free space has a range of stations around the room with fun activities and games that explore the shape, meaning and use of language. 7-22 July
    • Mkids Movies: Treat your kids to a free movie this winter thanks to the National Museum. WIth four different flicks on offer, you could see one or check them all out coupled with a visit to the museum. 10, 14, 17 and 21 July
    • Mid-Winter Nights @ Questacon: Don’t waste the winter sun, save your days for the outdoors and explore Questacon after dark. Celebrate winter with stargazing, winter crafts and science shows in addition to the eight action-packed galleries. 6-9 July
    • Kids Pantry: Need a little inspiration to get the kids to try something new? Let them give cooking a go where they can pick from something sweet or savoury or combine multiple sessions to put together their own menu. 9 July-20 July

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