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

What’s On Easter & April School Holidays – SA & WA
March 26, 2015
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March 26, 2015

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. 

What can you find in the dark?

After Dark Scavenger Hunt

Gather your family for an afterDARK Scavenger Hunt Tour and see what you can find in the Australian National Botanic Gardens at night. 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. Finish your evening enjoying supper and toasting marshmallows over the open-air fire.

Get sporty these holidays!

Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra

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!

Perception DeceptionQuestacon 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.

Home to a range of interactive exhibitions like Awesome Earth, Wonderworks, Q Lab and Excite@Q, Questacon is a favourite with the young and the young-at-heart. Surprise your senses and challenge your mind in Perception Deception with more than 60 hands-on and multimedia exhibits featuring perception tests and illusions.

Visit Questacon

Have an animal encounter at the National Zoo and Aquarium!

National Zoo and AquariumFor animal lovers, a visit to the National Zoo and Aquarium is an absolute must. Be brave and take part in an animal encounter to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures like cheetahs, sharks, sun bears, white lions and red pandas. The interactive Family Tour is designed with younger children in mind. Come face-to-face with creatures both great and small, feel the warm breath of a giraffe on your face, experience the rush of looking a big cat in the eye and challenge yourself to hold or touch a snake.

Visit nationalzoo.com.au

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 49th year, the festival runs from 2 – 6 April 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.

Canberra Glassworks – make your own egg

Glassworks 1Come and try your hand at creating a glass tile using eggs and chocolate as your inspiration.

Using their imagination, kids think about what the taste of chocolate would look like and then make it in glass.

A glass artist will guide them through the process and in just 20 minutes the unique piece of art will be ready to be kiln formed.

The Glassworks has more workshops so click for details.

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 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.

Tasmania 

Have a devil of a time at Tasmania Zoo

Tasmania Zoo

Tasmania Zoo near Launceston is set among 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 and interpretation times.

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.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

TMAGTMAG’s popular holiday program returns each school holidays, offering a range of activities across the full spectrum of TMAG’s collection and into the community’s wider interests and environments. Activities for the April holidays centre on inventions and inventing.

Click for details on the school holiday program and other events and remember that ‘Family Day’ takes place on the last Sunday of each month.

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.

Cadbury Visitor Centre

CadburyWho doesn’t love chocolate and it is Easter, after all! Visit Cadbury in Claremont and learn how the chocolates are made and taste the raw materials.

Visitors can sample chocolates and splurge in the retail shop, which has lots of chocolates and lollies at great prices.

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

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.

You’re invited to celebrate Easter Saturday at Darwin Waterfront with free family fun and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 4 April 2015.

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

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

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

Due to popular demand Trampoline Gelato will be bringing back their truly ‘Egg-cellent’ Easter Egg Gelato just for the occasion!

Visit Darwin Waterfront