The best thing about having the nation's top galleries, museums and other institutions on your doorstep is access to a huge range of school holiday activities. Whether you have a toddler or a tween, an artist, an outdoorsy type or a scientist, you'll find a school holiday activity to suit them all. Make sure you book ahead because all places are limited.
The National Gallery of Australia is offering guided 45 minute family tours of the Botticelli to Van Gogh exhibition throughout the school holidays. Tours are free with exhibition entry. Book here.
The National Portrait Gallery is offering a class to make Paper Pocket Hearts where kids can make their own origami heart and Portrait Play Takeaway where you can create a gadget to help you explore the gallery. If you want inspiration for something to do at home, they have guidance online to make Pebble Portraits, a chance to make your very own portrait of someone you love on a pebble. More information here.
The National Museum of Australia is offering 30-minute school holiday sessions based around the Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion exhibition. Artist Teagan Cowlishaw has helped create a fun, hands-on where kids can make their own fabric patch inspired by Teagan's Deadly jumpsuit. Suitable for all ages, cost $5. Bookings here.
The Museum of Australian Democracy is offering older kids a chance to be heard with their school holiday zine workshop. The workshop is free for kids and teens aged 8-15 years and includes materials, ideas and techniques to make your own 8-page zine . Running 10am - 12pm from 12-16 April 2021 bookings are essential and available here.
The National Film and Sound Archive has a great line up of kid-friendly films running over the school holidays starting with a chance to get into the Easter spirit with a screening of Hop, Easter crafts and an Easter egg hunt in the courtyard. The program continues with other kids classics and adventures in the Arc Cinema from 7 to 16 April. Tickets here.
The National Dinosaur Museum is offering a Junior Paleo tour for dino loving under 8s. The tour begins with a hands-on fossil making session then a tour of some museum highlights by torchlight. For the older dinosaur buffs, the museum offers an after-dark tour showcasing the galleries and their prehistoric inhabitants in a whole new light. Book here.
The National Arboretum has outdoor activities galore this school holidays. You can join a full day nature play day, hunt for mushrooms and minibeasts in the Cork Oak Forest, join a beginners bonsai workshop (suitable for kids), take a walk with the Wollemi Wanderers or even go on a family orienteering adventure among the trees. For information and bookings, click here.
The National Botanic Gardens is offering a family-friendly Flora Explorer bus tour uncovering the amazing secrets of the plants that live in the Australian bush.The experience includes a ride on the Flora Explorer bus, a walk through the Rainforest Gully, a visit to the Red Centre Garden and finish at the enchanting Paperbark Treehouse. The free tour is for children 4-10 years old who must be accompanied by a parent or carer for 1-hour tour. Bookings here.