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Top 15 Summer School Holiday Events for Kids in Canberra 2022/23

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published November 28th 2022
Shows, workshops, activities & family fun
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Fun for kids at the National Museum of Australia. Image: NMA website


The summer school holidays are on the way, so if you are looking for things to do in Canberra then book a spot at one of these workshops, shows, events or activities, below. Your kids are sure to love them all!

1/ The National Museum of Australia has the Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre open for sessions, with a range of fun activities for children aged 6 and under. The Discovery Centre tells five stories from Australian history, each one encouraging different types of play. The cost is $15 for one adult and one child and $10 per additional child/ $5 per additional adult. See here for details.

2/ The National Arboretum will be having kite-making for kids on the 3rd, 10th and 17th January. Kids will make a kite and then fly them in the grounds. There will be 3 sessions a day, at a cost of $15 per child. See here for details.

3/ The National Library of Australia will be having a 2-hour workshop on 19th January for children ages 8-15 years old to learn about cyanotype printing. The cost is $5 per participant. See here for details.

4/ Portrait Play will be running at the National Portrait Gallery these school holidays, between 3rd - 27th January. This popular workshop takes children around the gallery to do a craft activity, inspired by a portrait. The cost is $7 per child. See here for details. See here for a full article about my experience with my daughter at this fun workshop!

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Get creative at the National Portrait Gallery. Image: NPG website


5/ Pinot & Picasso in Belconnen will be having Kids Sessions where kids can paint Alex the Lion (5th January), Ocean Creatures/ You Wish (10th January), Butterflies (12th January) and The Magic Castle (17th January) and learn painting skills and techniques, whilst having fun! The cost is $39 per child. See here for details.

6/ Alice in Wonderland - The Musical will be shown at Canberra Rep Theatre in Acton between 11th - 14th January, at a cost of $20 per person. There will be two shows a day at 11am and 2pm. Experience the magic of live theatre with your kids! See here for details.

7/ The Wizard of Oz will be shown at Belconnen Theatre between 6th January - 21st January, with matinee and night shows available. Tickets start from $25. See here for details.

8/ Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty will be shown at the Canberra Theatre Centre, between 13th - 15th January. This show is an interactive Storytime Ballet experience for children aged 3 years and older. Tickets start from $41. See here for details.

9/ Teeny Tiny Stevies will also be at the Canberra Theatre Centre in the Playhouse, on the 8th January. All tickets are $35. See here for details.

10/ Operation Ouch! will be shown at Llewellyn Hall in Acton on the 7th January. Explore the incredible world of medicine and biology with Dr Xand and Dr Chris - this show is not for the squeamish! Prices start from $49.90. See here for details.

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Not for the squeamish! Image: Ticketek website


11/ ACT Libraries have kids events all year around and these school holidays they will be having Lego Clubs, make your own picture book magnets, Storytime and STEAM workshops. See here for details.

12/ Sunset Cinema will be held at the Australian National Botanical Gardens with movies such as The Goonies, Sister Act, Home Alone, The Land Before Time and Strange World, to watch under the stars. See here for details.

13/ The Australian National Botanical Gardens will be having Snakes Alive between 9th - 15th January, where kids and carers can get up close and enjoy live displays, feeding and handling of snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and crocodiles. Tickets cost $5 - $7 per person. See here for details.

14/ The Royal Australian Mint will be having a Quiet Morning on 14th January between 9am - 10am, with craft activities, gallery exploration and more. Their Quiet Morning is run in partnership with the Marymead Autism Centre and caters to families with children who have heightened sensory requirements, including those on the autism spectrum. See here for details. See here for a full article about the Royal Australian Mint.

15/ Manuka Oval will be having the Big Bash League on 19th January and the Women's Commonwealth Bank T20I Series Australia v Pakistan on 29th January, for all cricket fans! See here for details.

This is just a small taste on what is on offer around Canberra's museums, galleries, theatres and event centres this summer. Canberra is such a family friendly city, with huge playgrounds, family attractions and fun fun splash parks, there is no shortage of things to discover. Enjoy your summer in Canberra!

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Who knows what you will discover at the Royal Australian Mint! Image: RAM Facebook


* For more things to do, check out the Canberra Weekendnotes website!
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