What’s On These Winter School Holidays in Canberra

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Keep the whole family entertained this winter school holidays with a variety of activities across Canberra. Here are some exciting options to keep the kids busy:

Get Curious at Questacon

Questacon offers a new CURIOSITY: Building Breakthroughs in LEGO® Bricks exhibition along with a school holidays program. Activities include:

  • Mobile play carts (ages 1-12)
  • Block play (ages 0-8)
  • Science shows (all ages)

Questacon will also be open late on July 12-13 and 19-20.


Explore the Arboretum

The National Arboretum Canberra provides:

  • Family orienteering
  • Boomerang workshop for families
  • Guided walk and fossil-making workshop
  • Animal art paper folding workshop
  • Stories in the Forest, a fun educational activity

Visitors can also enjoy the Warm Trees exhibit, the café, and the POD Playground.

Join the Circus

Warehouse Circus offers three- and six-hour programs in Kaleen and Chifley during both weeks of the school holidays.

Be a Secret Agent at Libraries ACT

Libraries ACT features a lineup of free activities with a Spies and Detectives theme, including:

  • Movies
  • Stories
  • Dance
  • Board games
  • Craft

Science and Nature Collide

At the National Archives of Australia, budding artists aged 7 to 15 can join the Natural Science Art holiday program. Participants will tour the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition and create their own art.

Catch a Film

The National Film and Sound Archive is screening family-friendly films such as:

  • Cool Runnings
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Lilo & Stitch

Get Snappy at PhotoAccess

PhotoAccess offers workshops including:

  • Winter Photo Storytelling for ages 13-16
  • Winter Photo Makers for ages 9-12
  • Animate Your Dreams for ages 8-12

Become a Mini Glass Artist

The Canberra Glassworks school holiday program includes:

  • Blowing a tumbler
  • Fusing a glass bowl
  • Crafting holiday tiles
  • Tessellating a two-dimensional glass bird

Get in on the Art and Action

The Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Art & Action program includes art, dance, music, and drama for ages 6-8 and 9-12.

Watch a Puppet Show

The Fish that Wanted to Fly is playing at Tuggeranong Arts Centre Theatre from 18-19 July.

Put Pen to Paper

The National Library of Australia is hosting a creative writing workshop with author Sarah Luke for ages 10-12 on 18-19 July.

Learn About Canberra’s History

Visit Lanyon Homestead on 10 July for a tour and creative writing activities for ages 8-12.

Be an Artist for the Day

The Canberra Museum and Gallery is hosting weaving and landscape-building workshops over the school holidays.

Explore Our Parks

Head to Tidbinbilla or Namadgi for outdoor activities including:

  • Poos Gives Us Clues at Tidbinbilla (ages 5-11)
  • Clubby House Rules at Tidbinbilla (ages 5-12)
  • Swagman Damper and Billy Tea at Namadgi (ages 5-10)
  • World of Waterbugs at Tidbinbilla (ages 6-10)

Have an Adventure at Wildbark

The Wildbark school holiday program in Mulligans Flat Sanctuary offers one-day and four-day programs for ages 5-12.

Have Mega Fun at the Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens features Megafauna activities, including:

  • Megafauna sculpting workshop
  • Talks with children’s author Bronwyn Saunders
  • Megafauna hide and seek

Channel Your Inner Olympian

The National Museum of Australia offers school holiday events focused on their latest exhibition, Riding the Olympic Wave: Breakthrough Sports, including:

  • Decorating gold medals
  • Skateboard stencilling and decorating
  • Painting a surfboard key ring

With so many options available, there’s plenty to do to keep the kids entertained and active throughout the winter school holidays in Canberra.


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