The month of August is almost behind us and September is another busy month ahead. There will be fun activities for families such as the Moon Festival at the EPIC, Flying High in the Googong Sky on Father's Day, the Gunning Fireworks Festival over the border and of course, the ever-popular Floriade. See below for 25 things to do with the whole family this September - guaranteed to turn those frowns upside down all around the city!
Enjoy a Family Flashback at Palace Electric Cinema. Image: Palace Electric Facebook
1/ Family Flashback: 101 Dalmatians will be showing at the Palace Electric Cinema, with tickets costing $8. See here for details.
2/ Canberra Steam Train Weekend is a huge event for all families in the region, with steam train rides from Canberra to Queanbeyan (45 minutes return non-stop) and to Bungendore (2 hours and 15 minutes non-stop), with trains running on all weekend. Tickets range between $20 - $45 per person - book your tickets in early for this unique event from Canberra. See here for details.
3/ Rising Star Talent Quest is back for its third year at South.Point Tuggeranong shopping centre, with guest judges including Samantha Jade and Amber Nicholls. Watch talented kids battle it out to be the next Rising Star. See here for details and here for Facebook.
Sunday, 2nd September - Father's Day
4/ Flying High in the Googong Sky is a popular annual event which will be held at Rockley Oval in Googong. There will be spectacular kites on display, such as a giant whale shark, dragons, bunny rabbits, a stingray, astronauts and a flying pig! Take your own kite and join in on the fun of this free event. See here for details.
5/ An Advanced Screening of Disney's Christopher Robin will be showing at Tuggeranong Limelight Cinema for Father's Day. Take Dad and your teddy bear and enjoy watching the movie together. See here for details. See the YouTube clip below - it is a "must" for all Winnie the Pooh fans!
* For more Father's Day ideas, see a full article here and the Weekendnotes calendar here.
6/ Canberra Theatre Presents: Josephine Wants to Dance will be held at the Kippax Library, for children aged between 3 - 5. Kids will enjoy exploring this beautiful picture book, before taking part in a mini-movement and dance workshop. This activity is free however bookings are required. It will also be held at Civic Library on 5th September and Tuggeranong Library on 6th September - see here for details. This activity relates to the Josephine Wants to Dance theatre production at the Canberra Theatre Centre on 29th September.
Wednesday, 5th September
7/ Children are Stinky is a hilarious show for kids presented by Circus Trick Tease, at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (The Q). The show will be running between 5th - 8th September and costs $22 a ticket. See here for details.
Friday, 7th September
8/ Lifeline Bookfair will be held at the EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra) between 7th - 9th September. It is gold coin entry to get in and then browse the thousands of books for sale - with children's books, DVDs, magazines and much more. See here for details.
Saturday, 8th September
9/ Gunning Fireworks Show is a spectacular annual event held in Gunning, 1 hour north of Canberra. There will be amusement rides, market stalls, food stalls, face painting, airbrush tattoos, live music and more. Entry fee is $10 per adult, $5 per child or $25 family. See here for details. 10/ Canberra Baby & Beyond Expo will be held at the EPIC, with a PJ Masks show on Saturday, 8th September and a Peppa Pig show on Sunday, 9th September. Adult tickets cost $10 for one day, or $15 for two days. Children aged 16 and under are free. See here for details.
11/ Tharwa Bush Fair will be held south of Canberra city, with sheep shearing, a jumping castle, markets and family fun. Escape the city and have a taste of the country life in Tharwa. See here for details.
12/ Ngunnawal Dreaming is a tour at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, with Local Ngunnawal Lore man Richie Allan. Learn about the Dreamtime stories that have been passed through the generations and try your hand at throwing a Boomerang. Tickets cost $20 adults and $10 child. See here for details.
13/ Canberra Miniature Railway will be holding a running day on Sunday, 9th September with $3 rides on their miniature trains. The next running day after this one will be Sunday, 30th September. See here for details and here for more dates.
All aboard at the Canberra Miniature Railway! Image: Canberra Miniature Railway Facebook
14/ Rendezvous with Art will be held at the National Art Gallery, with refreshments in the NGA Café and a family tour to discuss various works of art. The cost is $12. See here for details. It will also be held on 24th September.
Saturday, 15th September
15/ Floriade starts today, with a host of fun activities around Commonwealth Park every day until 14th October. Take a ride up the Ferris wheel, admire the "Pop Culture" designs in the flower beds, have a jump on the jumping castle and look out for roving performers and music throughout the day. KidzKlub, the free activity zone for kids, opens between 29th - 14th October, to entertain the kids all through the school holidays. Floriade has free entry. See here for details. For a full article on what to see at Floriade, see here.
16/ Tulip Top Gardens is another spectacular floral event which is held in Sutton - just over the border in NSW. This private garden is lovingly tended to by a family who spends all year preparing for this colourful tulip event. Kids will be amazed by the range of colours and everyone is welcome to take their own picnic to enjoy in the gardens. Tulip Top Gardens is open the same dates as Floriade and has an entry fee to get in. See here for details and here for a full article.
17/ Canberra Moon Festival is a family friendly event that will be held between 21st - 23rd September at the EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra). There will be lion dance stage performances, food and drink stalls, amusement rides, a talent show, craft activities and much more. Free entry. See here for details.
Saturday, 22nd September
18/ Bush Tucker tours will be held at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, with Wiradjuri man Adam Shipp. Sample a range of flavours from the bushland and learn about how they were used. Tickets cost $20 adults and $10 children. See here for details.
Sunday, 23rd September
19/ The Canberra Times Fun Run is a family friendly event, with a 1km and 5km run or walk for families to enjoy together. See here for details.
20/ Duffy Community Fete will be held at Duffy Primary School, with a jumping castle, putt-putt golf, sideshow alley, velcro fly wall, reptile display, mini car club and more! See here for details.
21/ Southern Cross Club Family Day will be held on the lawns in front of the Yacht Club in Yarralumla. There will be free lake cruise rides, live music, free kids entertainment, a petting zoo, pop up food stalls and fish and chips to buy. See here for details.
Southern Cross Club Family Day (photo from 2017). Image: Southern Cross Club Facebook
22/ Shrek the Musical will be performed at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre between 28th September - 14th October. The musical follows the original Dreamworks animated story about the loveable green ogre Shrek and the fairytale characters who descend on his swamp. See here for details.
23/ Wildfest at Tidbinbilla is a school holiday pop-up glamping experience at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, which costs $295 per adult per night and kids are $195 per night. See here for details.
Saturday, 29th September - Start of the ACT school holidays
24/ Josephine Wants to Dance is a 45 minute theatrical production at the Canberra Theatre, about a kangaroo who has a dream to dance. There will be two shows at 10:30am and 12:30pm. Tickets cost $25 each, plus booking fee. See here for details.
25/ Art Cart is a free school holiday multimedia activity at the National Portrait Gallery, between 11am - 4pm daily. See here for details.
You made it to the end of the list - what a month! September is bursting at the seams with fun things to do, all month long. Next month will be the school holidays once again, with even more things to do around the city. There will be no shortage of things to do with the kids this September. Where will you be going this weekend?
Book your tickets early to Josephine Wants to Dance! Image: Canberra Theatre Centre Facebook