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Published April 20th 2018
Over 20 events for toddlers, pre-schoolers & all ages
If you're anything like me, it feels like the year is flying by - where did the first school term go? April was a busy month, but May is also jam-packed with winter sports, toddler programs, theatre shows and of course, Mother's Day! The following list contains just some of the fun things for toddlers and pre-schoolers to do during the week, as well as activities for older children to do on the weekends in May. Now that the summer heat has gone, it is also handy to have some more indoor and rainy day ideas for the cooler days in May. Let's get started...
See Yo Diddle Diddle at the Canberra Theatre Centre on 24th May. Image: Canberra Theatre Centre Facebook
Canberra Theatre Presents: Yo Diddle Diddle at Woden Library is a free activity for 3 - 5 year olds which relates to the Yo Diddle Diddle show at the Canberra Theatre on 24th May. Kids will enjoy a wide range of nursery rhymes and singing fun. See here for details and bookings. This event is also at Gungahlin Library on 2nd May and Tuggeranong Library on 3rd May.
High School Musical is a musical production presented by Trinity Christian School and shown at the Erindale Theatre, between 1st - 5th May. See here for details.
Wednesday, 2nd May
Read to Dashi the Story Dog is a free program at both Gungahlin and Kippax Libraries for 7 - 12 year olds to help them with their reading. See here for 2nd May details at Gungahlin Library. This event is also on 5th May (Kippax Library), 9th May (Gungahlin Library), 12th May (Kippax Library), 16th May (Gungahlin Library), 19th May (Kippax Library), 23rd May (Gungahlin), 26th May (Kippax) and 30th May (Gungahlin). Some of these events are filling up fast, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Toddler Program at the National Museum is a one hour activity for 3 - 5 year olds and their carers. The cost is $10 plus booking fee. See here for details.
Winter Athletics Wonderland will begin at Ginninderra Little Athletics Club, so that kids can enjoy cross country and track and field in the winter months. The activities will be held on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Prices start from $80 a season. See here for details and registration.
Winter Athletics Wonderland at Ginninderra Little Athletics Club. Image: Ginninderra Little Athletics Club website
Craft Alive Canberra will be held at the Thoroughbred Park Convention Centre between 3rd - 6th May. If you have crafty kids or teenagers, they will enjoy the workshops, market stalls and displays. Adult entry costs $12 (online price) and kids 14 and under are free. See here for details.
Hoot Yoga is a fun term-time activity for 4 - 6 year olds in Kingston, with yoga, art, fun and fitness. The cost is $170 a term. See here for details.
Saturday, 5th May
Hug a Tree Day will be held at the National Arboretum, with the aim to make a record for the most people to simultaneously hug a tree! Huggers need to register for this event so they know how many people to expect. See here for details. The kids are sure to want to have a visit to Pod Playground afterwards!
Headhunt! Explore, Connect, Create is an interactive iPad experience for kids at the National Portrait Gallery. Kids borrow an iPad and then search for portraits and learn more about the history behind them. This activity will be held each weekend and school holidays until the end of the year. This free activity is designed for 7 - 15 year olds and their parents. See here for details.
iPad fun at the National Portrait Gallery. Image: National Portrait Gallery website
Sunday, 6th May
Collector Village Pumpkin Festival is a celebration of all things pumpkins in Collector, 45 minutes north of the city centre. There will be market stalls, pumpkin rolling, pony rides, food competitions, scarecrow building and a range of family activities! The cost of entry is $10 adults, $5 seniors and children under 15 are free. See here for details.
The Trouble in Tune Town - Children's Book Launch and Activities will be held at the bookshop at the National Library of Australia. Join author and playwright Maura Pierlot for a musical afternoon of reading and craft activities. This free event is suitable for ages 4 - 8 year olds. See here for details.
CMAG ON SUNDAY: Matilda's Possum-Skin Cloak will be held at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, for $5 per child. See here for details.
Fun for all ages at the Collector Village Pumpkin Festival on 6th May. Image: Collector Village Pumpkin Festival Facebook
Paw Patrol at the AIS on 12th May. Image: AIS Arena website
Saturday, 12th May
Paw Patrol Live will be showing at the AIS Arena for three shows - 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4pm. Prices start from $29.90 plus booking fee. It's Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! See here for details.
Sunday, 13th May - Mother's Day
The Mother's Day Classic is a family friendly run around Lake Burley Griffin, to raise money for breast cancer research. Why not register as a family and enjoy a run or walk together for a good cause? See here for details. For more Mother's Day ideas, see here.
ANU Music Society Biannual Toddler's Prom will be held at the Ainslie Arts Centre for children aged 2 - 8 years. It gives kids an opportunity to experience music performed by live ensembles in an exciting and interactive way. The cost is $10 for children and adults or $30 for a family of 4 (plus booking fee). See here for details.
Fun for the whole family at the Mother's Day Classic. Image: Mother's Day Classic website
Canberra Youth Orchestra will perform classical music just for kids inside the High Court of Australia, including music such as Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. There will be two performances at 1:30pm and 2:30pm. This event is free, however bookings are essential. See here for details.
Tuesday, 22nd May
Tales For The Very Young in David Hockney: Prints is an interactive, story-based experience at the National Gallery of Australia for children over 3. Cost is $7. See here for details.
Wednesday, 23rd May
National Simultaneous Story time will be held at the National Library of Australia, starting from 11am. This event is now in its 18th year, to promote the value of reading. This event is free, but bookings are essential - see here for details. National Storytime will also be held in all ACT Libraries - see here for details.
Sit down and enjoy National Simultaneous Story time at the National Library. Image: National Library of Australia website
Thursday, 24th May Yo Diddle Diddle is a children's production that will be held at the Canberra Theatre Centre for one show only. The show begins at 6pm and is a hilarious adventure story of one cow and her desire to jump the moon. The show goes for 60 minutes and tickets cost $25 per person, plus booking fee. See here for details.
Saturday, 26th May
Peppa Pig's Surprise will be showing at the Canberra Theatre Centre for two days between 26th - 27th May. The price for a family of 4 is $37.50 per ticket, otherwise it is $54.90 a ticket, plus booking fee. The show duration is 60 minutes. See here for details.
Mirawarri Art Cart is a free family activity space at the National Portrait Gallery between 26th - 28th May for Reconciliation Week. See here for details.
Monday, 28th May - Reconciliation Day (Public Holiday in Canberra)
Create Space: Land and Sky will be held at the National Gallery of Australia for Reconciliation Day. There will be free drop-in creative activities for kids that will be responding to works of art in the Indigenous galleries, between 10:30am - 12:30pm. See here for details. Check back with Canberra Weekendnotes for more Reconciliation Day events.
The month of May has a wide range of kids events and activities that are suitable for babies to teenagers and everyone in between. It is the perfect time to get out and about and celebrate this family-friendly city. With so many things to do - where will you be going this weekend?
Fun for all Peppa Pig fans at the Canberra Theatre! Image: Canberra Theatre website