The start of this list is for programs which need to be booked in beforehand (some with early-bird discounts)
The WAREHOUSE CIRCUS is running workshops in Chifley (south side) and Kaleen (north side) for $280 for 4 days. There are limited half day programs for kids aged 5-7 and then programs for kids 8 and up. Kids can learn a range of different skills including tumbling, mini trampoline, stilt walking, unicycling, hula hooping, juggling, staff twirling and the basics of aerial disciplines such as tissue and trapeze. See here for more info.
The AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT is running holiday sports programs for Soccer, Swimming and Tennis for kids aged 5-13 years. Price $60 per day or $270 for 5 consecutive days. See here for more info.
AUSTRALIAN SPORTS CAMPS are running an ACT Cricket Camp at Canberra Grammar in Red Hill for both 6 -12 year olds and 13-17 year olds. 3 days costs just over $200. See here for more info.
They are also running Netball camps at Merici College, Braddon for 6-12 year olds and 13-17 year olds, the same price as above. See here for more info.
If your kids like Basketball they are also running camps at Canberra Grammar at Red Hill, same details and prices as above. See here for more info.
KIDSBIZ HOLIDAYS also do sports and dancing programs over the holidays in Pearce and Gungahlin. See here for more info.
BATTLE GAMES (sponsored by the Heart Foundation) is for ages 8-14 years. Held in Symonston, there will be team challenges, obstacle courses, basic first aid awareness, problem solving, fun and mud! See here for more info.
Source: Battle Games website
KIDS PANTRY is running classes where your kids can learn how to make crepes, burgers, cakes and other yummy delights. For age groups 5-8, 9-12 and 13 plus, the classes cost $140 for all day (3 sessions of cooking) or $45- $65 per session. See here for more info.
Source: Kids Pantry website
THE CANBERRA THEATRE has Circus Oz for 23rd - 26th September. See here for info.
The following list is for School holiday activities where you can just book a day ahead or just turn up. At the time of writing some of these places haven't yet announced their programs, so check back with them so you don't miss out on any of the fun!
BUNNINGS at Belconnen and Tuggeranong have craft and DIY school holiday activities, see here closer to the time.
ACT LIBRARIES have school holiday storytimes, crafts and programs for all ages. See here for more info closer to the time.
The NATIONAL CAPITAL EXHIBITION has a permanent play area for Lego and Duplo to create Canberra's buildings and landmarks out of Lego. See here for more info.
Source: National Capital Exhibition Facebook page.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES. Almost all of Canberra's Museums and Galleries are free or gold coin donation entry. Each Museum and Gallery is a great source of free entertainment with kids activities to enjoy all year around.
The Royal Australian Mint is also a fun and free place to visit with touchscreens and robots in the factory for kids to watch.
Of course FLORIADE will undoubtedly be the most popular free activity this school holidays. Not just for adults, there is plenty of activities for kids with the rides and carnival area particularly popular. There are also state of the art cubby-houses to try out (which are then auctioned off for charity), a petting zoo, garden gnome knoll and Kids Corner. See here for more info.
For most kids, the highlight is the huge Ferris Wheel. Great for kids, but also perfect to view the flower designs from above...
With the sun shining, families can also utilise local parks and reserves to ride bikes, scooters and skateboards or have a BBQ. Lake Burley Griffin in particular has flat and smooth bike paths, fun playgrounds and scenic picnic spots.
Hopefully this list has given you a few ideas when planning a fun school holidays with the kids. As mentioned at the top of this article, more events and activities are being announced daily, so keep an eye on local advertising.