School holidays have arrived and the kids are excited to get out and about and enjoy this amazing city. However, with temperatures in the evenings below zero, it can also be handy to have some indoor school holiday activities planned to keep the kids entertained.
Here are some ideas, as well as a selection of special events organised for these July school holidays.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
With so many Museums and Galleries in Canberra, there is a large variety of school holiday activities planned - either for free or for a small fee.
The National Film and Sound Archives are running $5 children's movies including The Magic Pudding, The Lego Movie and Blinky Bill across the school holidays.
The Australian War Memorial has a variety of school holiday activities including "Innovation in the Trenches" on Monday 13th of July. This is 2 hour program is designed for kids aged 10 and over. Guided by the Education team, children will experiment with periscopes, alarm systems and communication devices such as the Morse code machine. Cost $15 per child. www.awm.gov.au/events/holiday-workshop-innovation-trenches/
The National Dinosaur Museum is a popular place to visit with dinosaur-loving kids (and Mums and Dads!), especially with the release of the latest Jurassic Park movie.
The National Portrait Gallery has a free Family Space open 11am - 4pm for creative play. The Gallery also has an area called Portrait Space which is for kids to explore portraits through drawing and creative activity in the galleries. 11:00am – 12:00pm. $5 per child.
Dinostory - The Lizard of Oz. One of the school holiday shows at Questacon. Photo courtesy of their website.
Most of Canberra's Museums and Galleries will have school holiday activities, so check out their websites and local newspapers for more school holiday fun.
The Arboretum on the hills overlooking Canberra is holding a program called "Hidden colours in nature", which will challenge children to see colour in nature and look beyond what they can actually see. Children will create their own artwork using pastels to draw flowers from the Arboretum. Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th July at 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Suitable for children aged 8 to 12. Cost $20.
Canberra's CBD is currently transformed into an ice skating winter wonderland until July 26th. During this time there are several ice skating sessions throughout the day with DJ's and demonstrations at night. They have ice skates for kids from age 3, which strap over their sneakers (not gumboots).There is also a "Snow Box" for kids 5 and under to enjoy the feel of snow (so take some mittens!). Check out their website for purchasing tickets and session information. www.inthecitycanberra.com.au/events/skate-in-the-city
The Library is a great place to visit on a chilly day. If you are an ACT resident you can borrow childrens CD's, books and dvd's to take home for a month. If you are a visitor to Canberra you can still pull up a beanbag and snuggle down with your kids and have your own storytime.
Westfield Belconnen is hosting a series of free 3D Printing workshops (6th - 11th July) for kids 5-16 years old, which go for 1 hour. Kids will get to learn about 3D design and printing, and all walk away with a bonus 3D memento.
On Saturdays 11th and 18th of July, Westfield Belconnen are holding Sushi Making courses for kids. 12pm and 1pm, classes are 45 minutes long and free. www.westfield.com.au/belconnen/events/kids-classes-learn-how-to-make-sushi/6695?search_keyword=sushi%20making&search_source=dropdown
Between 13th and 17th of July there will be kids necklace making activity with LLL Designs. The starter kit is free, with additional items available to purchase.
Bunnings at Belconnen, Fyshwick and Tuggeranong are holding school holiday DIY classes for kids. Check the website for your nearest store and look up their DIY classes. You can also book online. All the classes are free.
Then afterwards, have a play in the indoor playgrounds to wear off some energy.
This is just a small list of what Canberra has to offer these school holidays. Keep an eye on the local free magazines, newspapers and tourist brochures for the latest news and events.
With so many events planned, the kids are sure to be entertained this school holidays. When the skies are blue, rug up the kids and explore the many great playgrounds Canberra has to offer. The Pod Playground up at the Arboretum and Boundless playground on Lake Burley Griffin are two favourites with Canberran families.
With so much going on in Canberra it should be almost to the end of the holidays before you hear the familiar cry of "Mum, I'm bored!".
Boundless playground, near the National Carillon on Lake Burley Griffin.