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8 of the Best Things to Do in Canberra with Kids This Winter

Heading to Canberra with kids? The Australian capital has loads of activities and events to keep the little ones entertained

Parliament House Canberra
Parliament House Canberra. Picture: Shutterstock

Here’s just a few options for family fun in Canberra:

1. Corin Forest Mountain Resort

Corin Forest is a purpose-built snow play park 45 minutes from the centre of Canberra. Kids can make snowmen, hurtle down the slope on a sled or just walk over snow for the first time.

2. National Arboretum Canberra

National Arboretum in Canberra
National Arboretum in Canberra. PIcture: Shutterstock

The National Abroretum is not just trees. The Canberra playground here is seriously amazing. Climb through tunnels, into a tree house and up ropes. The kids may never want to leave.

3. Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre

What kids doesn’t love science in action? Questacon will stretch the kids minds. At the National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra kids can even turn a blue butterfly green.

4. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Picture: Shutterstock

Tidbinbilla offers ranger-guided walks through the reserve each day. search for koalas in the canopy, go platypus spotting or feed the pelicans with a ranger. If that’s not enough, simply roam the bush trails of the Reserve and spot koalas, emus, kangaroos, platypuses, reptiles, possums and echidnas.

5. National Library of Australia

A day filled with books is a good day. At the National Library of Australia kids can join in story time or learn illustration techniques at Word Play.

6. The National Dinosaur Museum

National Dinosaur Museum
The National Dinosaur Museum. Image: VisitCanberra

The National Dinosaur Museum offers free guided tours in the school holidays. Kids can ask the experts any burning dinosaur question as they take a fun and educational journey back in time.

7. Power Cart Raceway

Do you kids have a need for speed? The Canberra Power Kart Raceway features world-class electric go-karts on an indoor circuit. There’s also iSkate Park – Australia’s first synthetic ice rink, an an indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf course, arcade machines and café.

8. The Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial Canberra
The Australian War Memorial Canberra. Picture: Shutterstock

Hear the last post, discover Australia’s war history and learn about the sacrifice of those who went to war. The Australian War Memorial has loads of hands on activities for kids. They can practice Morse code in a First World War trench,  climb into an Iroquois helicopter, or try some of the jobs done by today’s peacekeepers.


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