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Kids Events & School Holiday Fun in Canberra - December 2017

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by Sue W (subscribe)
New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published November 19th 2017
20 more family-friendly events not to miss
Summer is the busiest time of year for fun things to do around the Capital for kids - there are so many choices, sometimes it's hard to know where to start! If you are looking for Christmas activities to do with the kids, check out all the Christmas Carols and events and festivals that are happening all around the city. If all those aren't enough, the following list has over 20 other events that are happening around the Capital that the kids will love. Get your calendar and jot down these dates for the month ahead - if you can fit it all in!

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Decadent delights at The Commons. Image: Original photos from The Commons Street Feast Facebook


* Boundless Playground in Kings Park is set to re-open with new play equipment in December - see the Boundless Facebook for updates.

Friday, 1st December

The Commons Street Feast food truck festival started on 30th November and will run until 10th December. Kids will enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere on the weekends with free activities and a huge range of delicious food to try! See here for details.

Sunset Cinema at the Australian National Botanical Gardens will be showing the Lego Movie: Ninjago, as the sun sets over the gardens. See here in details.

Gold Creek Countdown to Christmas is on this weekend and all month with celebrations and activities for the kids. See here for details.

Cockington Green Gardens at Gold Creek Village will be open in the evenings on 1st and 2nd December, between 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Children are free with an accompanying adult (which is a saving of $11.50). See here for details.

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Image: Gold Creek Village website


David Attenborough Virtual Reality Experience at the National Museum will be held each weekend and during the ACT school holidays. If you have been meaning to enjoy this experience, get in quick as it is in its final weeks! For ages 13 and over only. See here for details.

Bredbo Christmas Barn is open for a magical Christmas experience until 21st December (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays). See here for details and here for a full article.

The National Cherry Festival will be held in Young, a 2-hour drive north-west of Canberra. Pick your own fruit at one of the many orchards, buy fresh produce at the Cherry Festival Farmers markets, watch the Saturday Street Parade, try your luck at the Cherry Pip Spit or Cherry Pie Eating contests and much more. This event runs between 1st - 3rd December. See here for details.

* Don't forget Canberra's weekend Christmas event - Christmas Carnival in the City!


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A jam-packed day at the National Cherry Festival! Image: Original photos from Cherry Festival Facebook


Saturday, 2nd December

The National Dinosaur Museum
will be having an early opening for children with Autism, so they can experience the museum in quiet, without the robotic dinosaurs moving. The time will be between 9am - 10am. See here for details.

Sunday, 3rd December

Make Your Own Kiln-formed Christmas Decorations will be held at the Canberra Glassworks for children 8 years and over. The dates for these workshops are 3rd, 10th and 17th December. Also see the other dates for making your own glass tumbler, paperweight, bird or vase. See here for details.

Tilly's Reef Adventure - Children's Book Reading and Activities is an event held at the Bookshop inside the National Library of Australia. Join author and illustrator Rhonda Garward for a book reading followed by craft activities. Suited for ages 4 - 7. See here for details.

Tuggeranong Limelight Cinemas will be having a special family screening of the new movie Coco, with face painting and Frozen Karaoke before the movie! See here for details.

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Image: Tuggeranong Limelight Cinemas website


Tuesday, 5th December

Little Faces at the National Portrait Gallery will be held between 5th - 8th December, for children aged from 6 months to 3 years. The children will look at the portrait Nick Cave by Howard Arkle and explore colours using movement, singing and water play. See here for details.

Wednesday, 6th December

The National Dinosaur Museum at Gold Creek Village will have a night opening on 6th and 13th December. If you're weekends are getting busier at this time of year, why not visit the museum in the evening this December. See here for details.

Sunday, 10th December

Arachnid Adventure is a family-friendly tour at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, starting at 7:30pm. Take a walk through the reserve and discover the wide array of spiders that live in this unique, natural environment. See here for details.

Friday, 15th December

Sunset Cinema at the Australian National Botanical Gardens will be showing Paddington 2, as the sun sets over the gardens. Relax with the kids and enjoy dinner at the gardens while watching this family favourite. See here for details and YouTube trailer, below.



Saturday, 16th December

Discovery Zone will open for the ACT school holidays, on the lower ground floor of the Australian War Memorial. Sit inside a helicopter, walk through a Cold War submarine, walk through trenches and learn about what life was like during war-time. Free entry. See here for details and here for a full article.

NGA Play: Indieguerrillas opens at the National Gallery of Australia with free art-based activities for kids. This colourful and creative kids space is located in the foyer and suitable for all ages. See here for details.

The National Portrait Gallery will be having a free Family Space inspired by their Starstruck Exhibition, starting from 16th December and finishing on 1st February 2018. Enjoy craft activities and interactive fun between 11am - 4pm. See here for details.

Kspace at the National Museum of Australia will open for the ACT school holidays, with free interactive fun - that is also educational! See here for details and here for a full article.

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Interactive fun at Kspace at the National Museum of Australia


Wednesday, 20th December

The Christmas Channel
is a family performance showing at the Canberra Theatre, between 20th and 23rd December. This show features over 40 of Canberra's most talented children and youth. See here for details.

Tuesday, 26th December

Portrait Play - Tell Me Your Story is a drawing and art activity at the National Portrait Gallery for children aged between 4 and 8 years old. This activity costs $7 per child, with more dates in December and January. See here for details.

Sunday, 31st December

New Year's Eve is celebrated in the heart of the city with a Family Concert in the Civic Square with fireworks at 9pm for the littlies. See here for details closer to the date.

What a crazy month ahead! These are just some of the kids events and activities that have been advertised, as well as the Christmas Carols and events, so ensure you check back with Canberra Weekendnotes for the latest events and updates this month.

Enjoy all the fun all around the city this December - it's going to be a busy one!


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Finish off 2017 with a bang! Image: ACT Government website

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Where: The Commons Street Feast, Commonwealth Park, Albert St, Canberra ACT 2600
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