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

Winter 2016 – School Holidays What’s On QLD
June 23, 2016
Winter 2016 – School Holidays What’s On SA & WA
June 27, 2016


Be on the hunt for dinosaurs!

Prehistoric Garden Week

Dinosaur lovers of all ages will totally dig the Prehistoric Garden Week at the Australian National Botanic Gardens!

Spot some of the 19 life-sized dinosaurs that will be on display throughout the Gardens. Grab a self-guided trail map and discover real, fossilised plants from prehistoric times. Stay after dark with either a night-time guided tour with dinosaur experts from the National Dinosaur Museum or keep a watchful eye out for a T-Rex during the Public Open Nights.

You can also take your wild ones to the National Dinosaur Museum for free guided tours that will run throughout the school holidays.

Fun at the Royal Australian Mint


Complete the Mint Treasure Hunt in the My Visit to the Mint Activity Book. See real robots in action! Wave to Titan, the strongest robot at the Mint, capable of lifting 1000 kilograms!

If Titan isn’t busy helping us make coins he might even dance for you…

You can even mint a legal commemorative $1 coin (cost of $3 per coin) and start a collection of your own.


Holiday workshops at Questacon

qtlc-schoolsQuestacon Technology Learning Centre (QTLC) 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.

For junior science buffs, Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre’s Spectacular Science Shows are the perfect fix for a cold, wintry day. Showing daily during school holidays, the Excited Particles present an educational show about dinosaurs, spiders, rockets, balloons, liquid nitrogen and more.

Be sure to check out the weird and wonderful Spiders exhibition while you’re there.

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Have bubble-loads of fun!


Imagine an entire theatre of bubbles, with millions of tiny bubbles floating through the audience!

Thanks to Canberra Theatre and the Gazillion Bubble Show, kids of all ages can step into an interactive bubble world with spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry.

Calling all superheroes!

Mueseum of Aus Democracy

Does your little hero enjoy wearing a cape? Do they want to save the world?

They can discover their inner superhero in a Superhero Masterclass at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, where they’ll design and make their own super powers out of recycled materials, then be ready to save the world!

Cockington Green Gardens


A visit to 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.

Enjoy a ‘zoocation’ at the National Zoo


Zoocation offers a unique experience for primary school children.

During a fun-filled day, kids can 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.

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Be creative at Canberra Glassworks


Brilliant for budding Picassos, your children can work with professional glass artists to learn about the kiln forming process, cut glass and fire glass to create their very own glass creations, inspired by the beautiful ice forms and rich colours of Antarctica, at Canberra Glassworks.

Create Antarctica-inspired tiles, kaleidoscopes or winter-inspired tiles.

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It’s Play School time at the National Museum

Play SchoolBe a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum’s amazing windows!

Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in the cubby and story space, and star in the Play School studio.

Let your little ones be part of the magic of Play School!

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There’s loads of holiday fun in Hobart!

Princes ParkThere’s always plenty happening in Hobart in the school holidays, with activities in the parks and gardens, libraries and museums! Head to Franklin Square for kids’ circus fun and more!

Make the most of the crisp winter weather and head to Princes Park playground at Battery Point and get the kids moving on the climbing frame, slide, in the sand pit and more.

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Meet a macaque at City Park

Japanese Macaque Monkeys Relax In Hot Springs

City Park is located in the heart of Launceston and features a Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure, a duck pond, barbecue area, a children’s playground and lots more. Pack a picnic basket or grab some fish n chips and enjoy the fresh air these holidays.

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School holiday fun at TMAG


TMAG’s popular holiday program returns each school holidays, offering a range of activities. These holidays celebrate ‘stormy fun’ – enjoy the activities and learn about ‘Salty Scenes’, ‘Storm in a Bottle’ and ‘Hats Ahoy!’. There are free activities for all ages and no bookings are necessary.

All programs are free – no bookings required. Drop in any time between 11am and 2pm.

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Family fun at the museum


Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) is Australia’s largest regional museum and comprises the museum at Inveresk and an art gallery at Royal Park.

The Museum is where you’ll find the QVMAG Tasmanian history and natural science collections and the Art Gallery is where you can experience ten galleries, the Guan-Di Temple and the ArtSparks! Family Art Space.


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 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.

Northern Territory

Dry season 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.

There’s inflatable mini bowling and games, arts and crafts workshops, archery, circus workshops, bubble sports and much more!

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