Spring 2016 – School Holidays What’s On ACT, TAS, NT

Spring 2016 School Holidays – What’s On SA & WA
September 20, 2016
Canberra’s Educational and Accessible Family Travel
September 21, 2016

Questacon SPIDERS launch - Monday, 23 November 2015


Last chance to see Spiders at Questacon!

Questacon SPIDERS launch - Monday, 23 November 2015

Spiders will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures. Weave your way through the fascinating exhibits and interactive displays to discover how these web-weavers, hunters and burrowers outlived the dinosaurs to become one of the most successful creatures on earth.

Bravely step into the web of a net-casting spider to get your photo taken, peer into spider innards using 3D scanning technology or challenge a peacock spider to a dance-off!

Featuring up to 200 spider specimens, including live Australian tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders, you will learn there is more than meets the eye to these beautiful creatures. But hurry – the exhibition closes 9 October 2016!

Visit Questacon for more information on what’s on these school holidays.

Floriade is bursting with fun for the family


Over one million bulbs are set to bloom in Canberra this spring, and Floriade is much more than just a flower show, offering some of the best school holiday activities and additional mini-events held on weekends and public holidays.

The dedicated Kids Corner offers DIY flower workshops, visits from Reptile Inc, an obstacle course and interactive play zones where kids can play at their own pace. See program for the full list of events (including plenty for the whole family)

The festival runs until 16 October in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park.

Hunt for treasure in the gardens


What will you find in the Australian National Botanic Gardens at night? Gather your family for a night-time botanical scavenger hunt on 24 September and 1 & 8 October, with treasures and treats to be found.

Bring your torch, follow the clues and discover the fascinating plant, insect and animal life in the Gardens at night. Be the first to complete the scavenger hunt challenge and take home the coveted ‘super-sleuth’ prize!

Get to know the Discovery Space at NMA


Join the Discovery Space school holidays activities for fun while you learn!  Create your own take-home craft piece inspired by the exhibitions or join a group activity.

Go back in time and imagine life in the Middle Ages by helping to build a castle and making your own medieval headgear to take home. Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum

Visit National Museum of Australia for details

Make, create and innovate!


There are so many ways to get crafty with the kids in Canberra these school holidays! Explore art at the National Gallery of Australia and choose from an artists’ easel full of free activities, including Create Space workshops in the Sculpture Garden.

Or sign your juniors up to creative meditation for children in the presence of evocative works of art or let them solve a hot new mystery that’s straight from the secret ASI: Art Scene Investigation files.

Hunt for dinosaurs at the National Dinosaur Museum

National Dinosaur Museum

The museum has grown from just a small collection to housing the largest permanent display of dinosaur and other prehistoric fossil material in Australia, with 23 complete skeletons, and over 300 displays of individual fossils.

Did you ever have a prehistoric question you needed an answer for? Did you want to know more about a particular ancient beastie? Why not ask one of the staff during your visit to the National Dinosaur Museum?

There are fun activities for the kids, no additional charges apply to admission prices and no bookings are required.

Savour a bush experience


Give your little one a traditional Aussie bush experience at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Throughout the spring school holidays there are self-guided activities, boomerang throwing lessons, and billy tea and damper sessions around an open fire.

Join a tour and 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.

Have a ‘zoocation’ at the National Zoo!


Zoocation offers a unique experience for primary school children.

During a fun-filled day, kids will get up close and personal with many of the zoo’s animals, play games, make toys for the animals, and maybe even learn something along the way!

Staffed and developed by the experienced and qualified education guides of the National Zoo and Aquarium, this is a program like no other. There are separate sessions for kids in kindy and Year 1 and kids in Years 2-6.

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Get creative with LEGO

lego-moadDid you know some of the world’s greatest architects started their career building with LEGO?

Check out The Great PLAY UP LEGO-athon at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House for a fun, drop-in program from 26-30 September and 3-7 October, where you can build your own masterpiece in the beautiful Senate Courtyard.


Cockington Green Gardens

Cockington Green

Cockington Green Gardens is a fabulous experience. Venture into this delightful and fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within beautifully landscaped gardens.

The park is constantly growing so there is always something new to explore.

Enjoy a coffee in the Parsons Nose Garden Café, or bring a picnic lunch, while littlies can be entertained in the playground and everyone loves the miniature steam train ride, which encircles the International Display.

Put some spring in your step at Canberra Glassworks!


Winter’s over, celebrate at Glassworks! Be inspired by Canberra’s Floriade festivities and make your own spring insects and butterfly themed glass tile in the 20-minute glass tile experience.

Kids are guided through the process and in just 20 minutes the unique piece of art will be ready to be kiln formed.

Or make your very own paperweight or tumbler out of glass. Classes are run by professional artists who will help kids look into ideas of light and illumination and help them create their own glass artwork!


It’s pandemonium at Devonport!

Big Big House

The Big Big House is in the heart of Devonport and offers something for all ages, from play gyms, laser combat, indoor rock climbing and arcade.

There’s a cafe, so mums and dads can relax while kids burn off their holiday energy!

Spring into a bush adventure!


Flora the Explorer is back for a spring adventure to show her friends the magic world of kunyanyi/Mt Wellington, and have a picnic with the penguins.

Bush kids 5-7 will be jumping like joeys to discover wonderful waterbugs, to build a nest like a bird, or see what they can scavenge in the bush bingo scavenger hunt!

Older bush kids can put their detective skills to work to solve the mystery of CSI: Waterworks, express their creativity with bush drama or take their mark, get and GO for the amazing race!

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Puppets are taking over TMAG!

TMAG Childrens_Festival_web

TMAG has a wonderful program of free events planned for the holidays, including performances, workshops and activities.

Storm Chasers – experience three free special performances by Terrapin Puppet Theatre created especially for TMAG and the Tempest exhibition. Watch as Prospero’s Library comes to life in unexpected and magical ways.

Storytelling With Objects – Terrapin presenters will share their knowledge and skills in one day workshops especially designed for 10 – 14 year olds

School Holiday Program – enjoy a variety of free, drop-in activities during the second week of the school holidays, Tuesday 4 October – Friday 7 October 2016 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Click to download the holiday program

Zoodoo is more than a zoo!


Zoodoo offers unique safari bus tours that take visitors to hand-feed large animals, including ostriches, camels, zebras and more.

Jump into a waterball … inside these gigantic, inflated, transparent balls you can crawl, walk, run, roll, bump, jump, tumble and splash and stay completely dry! This attraction is for children and adults alike.

Or sit and watch the kids wear themselves out in the indoor playground – there’s a merry-go-round, jumping castle and toddlers ball pit.

Visit zoodoo.com.au

Kids Discovery Program at Seahorse World


Seahorse World loves showing off their seahorses to kids – they are filled with wonder and awe at seeing live seahorses right in front of them! The Kids Discovery Program is on again for the spring school holidays and it’s totally dedicated to youngsters.

The program departs Monday to Friday at 9.45am sharp. There’s a limit of 25 places each day, so bookings in advance are strongly recommended.

Programs run Monday 26 September – Friday 30 September 2016 and Monday 3 October – Friday 7 October 2016.

Battery Point Sculpture Trail

battery-point-sculpture-trail-5_480x360pxThe Battery Point Sculpture Trail is an easy stroll linking nine large numerical sculptures that provide a fascinating introduction to Hobart’s history. Each sculpture along this international-award winning trail represents a weight, measure, time, quantity, date or distance linked to a story about that place.

Look for a sculpture afloat in the river, one cut from a hedge and another that glows all night.

Following around Battery Point and along the shore of the river, there are views of both the port and the lower Derwent Estuary and you can walk or ride your bike along this 2km historical/cultural trail experience, which is also stroller-friendly.

Experience the beauty of Guide Falls in Burnie

Guide Falls

Guide Falls is located approx 20 minutes from Burnie. There are two picnic areas, public toilets and BBQ facilities.

You can enjoy an easy walk to the falls, or you can drive to the top and view from a platform. The falls have water all year around but are at their best in autumn and spring.

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Northern Territory

Tons of school holiday fun at the Darwin Waterfront


Everyone in Darwin knows that the Waterfront is the place to be for family-friendly entertainment, eats, activities and events and these school holidays are no different!

Be part of Splashfest Family Fun Day on Sunday 25 September 2016 from 9am to 1pm. There will be free entertainment for the whole family with bouncy castles, waterslides, waterproof temporary tattoos, craft workshops and much more!

Watch Finding Nemo under the stars – bring along a picnic rug and relax on the Waterfront lawn with family and friends. There are dinner specials available from local businesses or bring along a picnic.

Holiday workshops include origami, gymnastics, cartoon drawing, archery attack games and more!

Visit Darwin Waterfront

Marvel at the spectacle of Parrtjima


Spectacular Indigenous artworks and a 300-million-year-old canvas illuminated to brighten the desert sky are just some of the highlights of Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, taking place in Alice Springs over 10 nights from Friday 23 September to Sunday 2 October 2016.

Parrtjima is a breathtaking showcase of contemporary and traditional Indigenous art, culture and stories using light and sound. There are two sessions each night from 6:30pm-8:30pm and 8:30pm-10:30pm.

Click for more information and to register to attend