Story time at the Australian War Memorial

Free activity for kids

Lower galleries, Friday’s at 10:30am

Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people, and faraway places brought to life through puppets, uniforms, and educational toys. This program is suitable for pre-schoolers, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome.

Sunset Cinema Canberra

Canberra’s Outdoor cinema surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Canberra Botanical Gardens. Kids normally don’t want to sit back, relax and soak up the afternoon sun so we’re introducing our new (& free) Junior Sunsetter activity packs this season so at least mum & dad can sit back, relax and soak up the afternoon sun while the kids entertain themselves!

–              Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Thursday 10 January 2019

–              Closing Night: Storm Boy, Saturday 12 January 2019

Tickets and info can be found here,

Explore the Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla

Cost: Included in reserve entry fee

Bookings: No bookings required

Come and meet a friendly volunteer who will help you discover the natural wonders of the Sanctuary.

Get Your Gamer Active these Holidays with the ACT AFL

When: Monday 14 to Friday 18 January 2019

How many Parents Spend the School Holidays at work, worried about whether their child has moved from their video game, apart from the occasional trip to the toilet or fridge? It is a genuine concern parents of the 21st century have. Apart from the obvious health effects of staring at a screen all day, kids are missing the important social skills needed for later life.

A typical day in the program will involve sessions of free play gaming, an organised co-operative gaming session, a specially designed fun fitness session with coaches, and a trip to the swimming pool. The program will also highlight the importance of healthy eating with nutrition-rich lunches and snacks. Prices starting from $205 for Early Bird 5 week programs.

Where: AFL Canberra Office, 8 Spoering Street, Phillip


The Magic of Malala: Drawing Workshop

Cost: $10

Happening 21-25 January from 10 am-12 pm

Ages: 8-15 years

Join the Museum of Australian Democracy these school holidays for a creative drawing workshop inspired by the bravery of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai. Malala stood up for what she thought was right – education for all – and proved that everyone has the power to fight for change.

Create your own masterpiece in this artist-led workshop using a variety of different drawing techniques. Suitable for beginners and up.

Where: the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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Once Upon a Mattress Theatre Production

All tickets $24, available online from

Ickle Pickle Productions presents Once Upon a Mattress at the Belconnen Theatre in the January school holidays. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, and suitable for the all ages, Once Upon a Mattress is the perfect school holiday entertainment for the whole family.

Showing at Belconnen Theatre from 11 to 24 January 2019.

Learn Calligraphy at the National Archives.

Suitable for ages 8-12. Cost: $20.

Join Metka Design Studio in learning the art of calligraphy. Learn how to hold a pen/nib, write different strokes and use these strokes to build a letter and write your name.

From 10am to noon on January 17.

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Namadgi National Park – Day trip

Closer to home, the edge of Namadgi National Park is park just a few kilometres south of Tharwa, so the outdoor paradise is virtually on Canberra’s doorstep.

This day trip destination is rich in Aboriginal heritage and home to abundant birdlife and wildlife. There are plentiful picnic and fishing spots, fantastic bush walks with scenic views, and ranger-guided wilderness activities available. There are some top heritage tracks and plenty of granite rock outcrops to climb or abseil.

SWISH Education Workshops

Cost $98 a workshop.

Extend your thinking and find out more about forensics, robotics, biology, chemistry, anthropology, physics, geography and more. January 4-25 From 8.30am to 5.30pm at Campbell Primary School.

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Summer in French

Alliance Francaise is putting on a series of intensive language camps January 9-20. Try pre kindy craft, teen immersion or the childrens holiday camp. Prices range depending on ability level and camp attendance time.

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Peter Pan the Musical

Adults: $30, children: $25 and family: $100

Check out Ickle Pickle production’s Peter Pan at the Belconnen Theatre from January 6 until 21. Evening and matinee sessions available.

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Kids Night Walk – School Holiday Activity at Mulligans Flat

Cost: $15 per person (kids and adults both need a ticket).

Come along and join us in the Sanctuary after dark!

We will learn about the nocturnal wildlife that call Mulligans Flat home before we head out for a short walk with our spotlights looking for animals of the night. All ages are welcome! Tour runs approx. for 1 hour.

Meet us at the playground on the corner of Justice Kelly Street and Quinane Avenue, Forde. Please dress warmly, wear sturdy shoes, bring your own torch and anything you need to keep your children happy (snacks, pram etc).

Bookings essential as places are limited.

Light A Summer Night at the Canberra Glassworks 

Looking for something creative and fun for the school holidays? Book into one of our school holiday classes* and let the kids unleash their imagination in glass. Under the guidance of some of Australia’s most acclaimed glass artists, students will learn introductory techniques in glass making to create their own masterpiece.

Ages 8+

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 (10:30AM – 1:30PM)

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Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre

Escape the heat with indoor ice skating rink. With various activities available from Friday Night disco to Ice Hockey training sessions. Various costs and timing allocations are available. For more information.

Skating Pricing and Times

Segway Guided Tours

All rides are guided by our professionally trained staff and bookings are essential by telephone. So, if you have ever wondered what it would be like to ride a self-balancing Segway then here is your opportunity. Simply lean forward to go forward and lean back to stop. Or if you have loved riding Segway’s before you will love it again!

Various timings and pricing available. For more information,