After a jam-packed July, full of school holiday activities and ice skating in the city, it is now time to look ahead to see what the month of August has to offer. As the temperatures plummet around the Capital, it can be handy to have some indoor options to get through some of the coldest days on the calendar. It won't be long, however, before the blossoms start to bloom around the city and Floriade will be the talk of the town. Bring on spring!
So what is happening this month? Keep reading for ideas to entertain the pre-schoolers during the week and all ages on the weekend. Get out your diary - there are some good ones!
Fun for kids at Bowl Patrol - Belconnen and Tuggeranong! Image: Original photos from Bowl Patrol Facebook
1/ Bowl Patrol is a fun way to spend the winter, with an 8-week program for children aged between 6-12 to learn the basic skills of tenpin bowling. Coaches lay down carpet on the lanes so that kids can concentrate on hitting the pins. The program starts at Zone Bowling in Belconnen on 1st August and Tuggeranong on 2nd August. The cost is $99 per child. See here for details.
2/ LEGO Brick Club will be held at Belconnen Library, for kids aged between 5 - 8 to have a play and get together after school. See here for the full listing of library events.
3/ Read to Dashi the Dog is a regular event at ACT Libraries, for kids to read to Dashi and practice their reading. Dashi will be at Gungahlin Library on 1st August, for kids aged 7-12. See here for other dates and venues.
Thursday, 2nd August
4/ Storytime will be held every Thursday during term-time at South.Point Tuggeranong shopping centre, with crafts, face painting and more. This activity is free. See here for details.
5/ Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie begins on 2nd August at Event Cinema Manuka. Tickets cost $10 per person. See here for details.
6/ Mini Minties is a monthly craft activity at the Royal Australian Mint - with the theme for August all about "Saving Money". There will be gallery exploration and kids get the opportunity to craft their own piggy bank to start saving coins. The cost is $10 per child (which includes a coffee voucher for the carer). See here for details.
7/ Play Afterschool will be held every Friday at the National Gallery of Australia, for kids to play after school in their NGA Play children's area. This activity is free and will be held between 3pm - 5pm. See here for details.
8/ The Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark A Badaptation of the Bard by The Listies is a hilarious show for kids at the Canberra Theatre Centre, on 3rd and 4th August. This one hour show costs $40 per person (plus booking fee), with a discount for a family of 4. See here for details.
Experience both Shakespeare and zombies with The Listies! Image: The Canberra Theatre Centre Facebook
9/ Flashback Family Films will be held at Palace Electric Cinema on 4th and 5th August, with Moana showing up on the big screen. The cost is $8 per ticket. See here for details.
10/ Headhunt! Explore, Connect, Create is a free activity on weekends and school holidays at the National Portrait Gallery until the end of the year. Kids can borrow a free iPad from the front desk and explore the gallery, connecting with the artworks and each other. This activity is suited to 7 - 15 year olds and no bookings are required. See here for details.
11/ Light Up Lyneham will be held at Lyneham shops, for locals and families to make lanterns and walk with them around the wetlands. See here for details.
12/ Disney Classics Film Festival will be held each weekend in August at Dendy Cinema in Canberra city. The cost is $9 per ticket. See here for details. Also see the same festival (below) at Limelight Cinema Tuggeranong.
Sunday, 5th August
13/ Disney Classics Film Festival will be held every Sunday in August at Limelight Cinema Tuggeranong. Enjoy classics such as 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, Dumbo and The Lion King. The cost is $8 per ticket. See here for details.
14/ CMAG on Sunday: Art in the House will be held at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, with two session times for kids aged between 4-8 and 8-12. This art activity will cost $5 per child. See here for details.
Get creative at the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG). Image: CMAG website
15/ stART with art will be held at the National Gallery of Australia, for families with toddlers aged 2 and over. Enjoy a morning of creative art activities, go on a short tour and finish with an art-inspired live music concert. The cost is $12. See here for details.
Tuesday, 7th August
16/ Little Faces is a regular activity at the National Portrait Gallery for children aged from 6 months to 3 years, with art, movement and craft. There are sessions between 7th and 10th August, however they are booking out fast! The cost is $12 including morning tea at the cafe. See here for details.
Wednesday, 8th August
17/ Dr Graham's Explosion Tamer is a free show that will be held at Gungahlin Library for children over 7 years old. Do your kids like science that explodes and even catches on fire? Then check out this free show - at the library! See here for details. This show will also be at Erindale Library on 14th August.
Science fun with Dr Graham! Image: Eventbrite website
18/ The Craft and Quilt Fair is back for another year at the EPIC between 9th - 12th August. This is a fun day out for older kids who love their craft. Watch demonstrations, pick up some freebies and get some ideas for their next beading or paper craft project. Tickets cost $16 adults and $7 children (online price). See here for details.
Friday, 10th August
19/ Canberra Brick Expo will be held at the Hellenic Club between 10th - 12th August for all LEGO fans. Walk around the displays and marvel at what the experts can do! Entry costs $12 adults and $6 children, with family tickets available. All proceeds go to Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital (PatCH). See here for details.
Saturday, 11th August
20/ Science in ACTion will be held at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston, with 50 stallholders from local STEM organisations who will be there to engage you with hands-on activities. A "must" for all lovers of science! See here for details.
Sunday, 12th August
21/ The National Library Open Day will be held on the 12th August, to celebrate 50 years of the iconic building. There will be kid's activities, free tours, balloons, cake and family fun! This event is free. See here for details.
22/ The Canberra Raiders will be playing West Tigers at GIO Stadium on 12th August, for all footy fans - big and small! The other home games for August will be 19th and 25th August. See here for tickets.
23/ Light Rail Ready Event at Gungahlin Village is a family celebration of the light rail coming to Gungahlin! There will be kid's activities, autograph signings, lucky dips and more. See here for details.
24/ Circus Oz Model Citizens will be performed at the Canberra Theatre Centre between 16th -18th August. Enjoy exciting acrobatics as the performers explore their model kit world complete with giant scissors and cotton reels. Tickets prices start from $45 plus booking fee. See here for details.
Monday, 27th August
25/ Winter Wonderland Kids High Tea will be held at the First Edition Canberra restaurant, with a High Tea, face painting, snowflake decorating, games and more. Tickets cost $35 for children aged between 2- 5 years old. Adults can also enjoy delicious food for $25 per adult. See here for details.
Where will you be going with the kids this August?