What’s On Easter & April School Holidays 2016 – ACT, TAS & NT

What’s On Easter & April School Holidays 2016 – SA & WA
March 23, 2016
What’s On Easter & April School Holidays 2016
March 23, 2016

ACT

Get close to our wonderful animals

Tidbinbilla

Spot a wide range of Australian animals including kangaroos, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds and many other birds and reptiles at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Tidbinbilla offers an extensive program of guided walks and activities and special school holiday activities, catering for a range of different age groups. 

Get sporty these holidays!

AIS holiday program

Keep your kids active over the break by signing them up for the great holiday programs at the Australian Institute of Sport. With a range of fun sporting and fitness activities to choose from, they’ll never be stuck on the couch during the holidays again! Activities include soccer, tennis and sports vacation.

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Join in the fun at Questacon!

Questacon SPIDERS launch - Monday, 23 November 2015

Questacon is a favourite with kids – and their parents! – during the school holidays and once again they have an array of workshops and activities to keep everyone thinking and exploring.

Don’t miss Spiders – an exhibition that 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.

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Have a ‘zoo cation’ 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 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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The National Folk Festival is great family fun!

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The National Folk Festival is one of the most accessible and longest running festivals in Australia. Now in its 50th year, the festival runs until 28 March and attracts over 52,000 people across the Easter weekend.

Exhibition Park in Canberra comes alive in a riot of colour and sound and the festival features over 23 international artists and more than 180 Australian acts.

Visit folkfestival.org.au

Walk with dinosaurs!

National Dinosaur Museum,

Join one of the expert staff from the National Dinosaur Museum on a guided tour to experience a journey through time. Take your camera, your friends, those burning dinosaur questions and join the knowledgeable staff for a fun and educational tour suitable for all ages.

It’s marble madness @ Canberra Glassworks!

Canberra Glassworks marbles

Make your own flat marble these holidays. What is a ‘flat marble’? A ‘flat marble’ is … well, a flat marble!

In this workshop, create a circular pattern on a flat glass tile and then decorate it with pieces of twisted cane, which are used in the creation of real flame worked marbles.

Play for keepsies in the marble ring and buy collectable marbles at the shop.

The Glassworks has more workshops so click for details.

Family fun at Cockington Green

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 Parson’s 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.

Tasmania

Have a devil of a time at Tasmania Zoo!

Tasmania Zoo

Tasmania Zoo near Launceston is set in extensive natural bushland and has the state’s largest collection of animals, including the world’s largest private devil breeding program.

Come face to face with the world-famous Tasmanian Devils at the devil feedings!

See over 80 species of birds, from fairy penguins, swift parrots and macaws to wedged tailed eagles and enjoy hand feeding the native Australian animals like wallabys, wombats, kangaroos and more. This is an excellent family destination, with a variety of activities including barbecues, picnic facilities, children’s play area with swings, and an onsite shop.

Get to TMAG’s Children’s Festival

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During the April school holidays, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is presenting its inaugural TMAG Children’s Festival.

Running over six days, the Festival will feature the themes of the popular Pattern Play exhibition and will feature a range of free special events, displays, programs and activities suitable for children of all ages.

Enjoy plenty of drop-in activity sessions, including daily LEGO challenges, pattern art-making, exploring the museum’s toy collection, story-time and Teen Talks.

There’s much more happening, so click for more information.

Zoodoo is more than a zoo!

Zoodoo

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

Discover the secrets of seahorses

Sea Horse World

Seahorse World at Beauty Point near Launceston is an amazing place that conserves seahorses and provides an excellent tourism and educational experience.

Explore the secret life of seahorses – there’s more seahorses on display than anywhere else in the world – and see the fully operational seahorse farm with fish feeding on every tour.

This is an educational, interactive experience for the whole family!

Visit seahorseworld.com.au

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, 5 minutes from Ridgley. 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, and offer a spectacular experience for families.

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Northern Territory

Celebrate Easter at the Darwin Waterfront

bunny smallEveryone 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!

Celebrate Easter Saturday at Darwin Waterfront with free family fun and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 26 March 2016.

A variety of activities will take place on the lawns, including Easter art and craft; face painting, balloon twisting, jumping castles, water slides and a live DJ.

The Easter Bunny will be hopping in for a photo along with chocolate eggs and inflatable balloon giveaways for everyone.

A variety of food will be available from local cafes and restaurants around the precinct, and a sausage sizzle fundraiser will also be operating during the event.

Great prizes are on offer as part of the free Easter colouring-in competition for children under 14yrs of age.

Visit Darwin Waterfront