Summer 2014 – School Holidays What’s On ACT, TAS, NT

Summer 2014 – School Holidays What’s On NSW
December 11, 2014
Summer 2014 – School Holidays What’s On SA & WA
December 11, 2014

ACT

Is it a Potato Cake or Potato Scallop?

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Find out when you visit Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra these school holidays! Q Lab will be jam-packed with live demonstrations, hands-on experiments and activities that will have you interacting with science in extraordinary ways.

Explore the science of the humble potato, dissect a toy, and discover what would happen to a marshmallow in space and more! The excitement continues as you explore the rest of the Centre.

Even the youngest visitors can become budding scientists in the Mini Q exhibition. Children can experiment with water, explore the sensory garden and play pretend in four child-sized businesses, all in a space specifically designed for young children.

No visit to Questacon is complete without watching or even starring in a Spectacular Science Show. These entertaining shows change daily and feature explosive demonstrations and audience participation that will have you on the edge of your seat.

With over 200 interactive exhibits to explore across eight themed galleries people of all ages will discover the smarter way to have fun!

NMA Discovery Space: Carts, carriages and carousel

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Kids can make their own hobbyhorse or horse-drawn toy cart, inspired by the toys on show in the Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story exhibition, and the wonderful variety of horse-drawn vehicles at the National Museum of Australia.

Kids can also add their mark to a magical horse-drawn sulky carriage that has a history of transporting children to school. Bookings are essential and sessions run from 12 – 23 January 2015.

Visit National Museum of Australia for details

Hunt for dinosaurs at the National Dinosaur Museum

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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 and no additional charges apply to admission prices and no bookings are required. It’s a great way to have some fun, learn a little and maybe even get a Dinosaur Hunting Licence! 

Have a ‘zoocation’ at the National Zoo!

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Zoocation offers a unique experience for primary school children. During a fun-filled day, children 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 program prides itself on delivering a program like no other.

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Fun at the Royal Australian Mint

Mint cointsSee Titan the robot at work, make a collectible coin, view the valuable National Coin Collection, start your collection at the Mint Coin Shop.

There are regular guided tours suitable for all the family, build a mini-mint, and robot-play and coin colouring in activities during school holidays.

Visit Royal Australian Mint

Cockington Green Gardens

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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.

Get creative at Canberra Glassworks!

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Looking for something to do these school holidays? Canberra Glassworks has a fun and educational school holiday program to suit all ages.

Venture into the Hotshop or Engine Room where you can watch Australia’s leading glass artists in action, or for a more hands on experience, create your own masterpiece in one of our ‘Make Your Own sessions’.

Visit Canberra Glassworks

Tasmania

It’s pandemonium at Devonport!

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Pandemonium Discovery & Adventure Centre is in the heart of Devonport and offers something for all ages, from jungle gyms, laser skirmish, indoor rock climbing, and the Imaginarium Science Centre.

Imaginarium is Tasmania’s only dedicated interactive science centre and the hands-on exhibits give visitors a fun and exciting way of learning about everyday science and technology.

Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens

Botanic GardensThe Gardens are beautiful in every season, but summer is always special! There are exciting and involving programs and activities for kids every school holidays, including theatre in the Gardens, events, festivals and much more.

More info on the Gardens

Go ‘bush’ in Hobart!

Hobart bush adventuresThe Hobart City Council Bush Adventures program offers environmentally focused activities and adventures in our local bushland reserves.

Activities are designed for specific age groups from 2yrs to adult and include a range of intriguing walks, creative activities, team games and specialised workshops.

Cadbury Visitor Centre

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Who doesn’t love chocolate and it is the holidays, after all! Visit Cadbury in Claremont and learn how the chocolates are made and taste the raw materials. Sample chocolates and splurge in the retail shop, which has lots of chocolates and lollies at great prices … perfect stocking stuffers!

Fun and games at TMAG

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TMAG will be hosting its popular School Holiday Program during January 2015, with free educational activities this summer!

The program of events will be out soon, with activities happening from 20 -23 January and suitable for all ages.

Visit Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

Northern Territory

Santa visits the Darwin Waterfront

Santa_Beach-Green-218x300Everyone 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.

Santa will bring fun activities for kids in the Wave Pool and there will be dance competitions, Christmas craft, games with prizes and treats from Santa!

Santa will also make a special guest appearance at precinct restaurants and cafes.

Visit Darwin Waterfront

Fish feeding at Aquascene

Fish feeding

This unique and increasingly popular attraction gives you an introduction to several of the marine species living off the Darwin coast.

At high tide hundreds of fish come into the shallows looking for a free feed – and they certainly get it at Aquascene!

You will see Milkfish, Bream, Catfish and many other species join the mullet in a feeding frenzy!

Open daily at high tide, this is suitable for families with kids of all ages. Check the website for feeding times, as tides vary throughout the year.