Canberra is the ultimate playground for children as it brings together exercise, learning and outdoor exploration. Your kids will be entertained for days!
When looking for a place to play, why not start with the obvious; playgrounds? Canberra’s playgrounds can be found in just about every suburb. Some of the big guns include John Knight Memorial Park (Townsend Place, off Aikman Drive in Belconnen). The park has two main areas with slides, swings and rides spread across a gorgeous section of parkland next to Lake Ginninderra. Weston Park (side of Lake Burley Griffin, Yarralumla) known as the adventure playground, includes a swimming and beach area, picnic tables, electric barbecues and miniature train! You could spend a whole day with the kids here, getting some exercise or learning new tricks along the cycling tracks. Kambah District Park (Laidlaw Place, Kambah) brings the excitement with a treehouse, junior and senior flying foxes, a Tarzan swing and a space net. It also includes a wheelchair swing and barbecue and picnic areas so you can spend the day. On the outskirts of town lies the beautiful Cotter Reserve (Cotter Road, Canberra) and with it a long and challenging playground. The area has basketball hoops and playground areas for the younger and the older kids. There’s also fishing, swimming and bushwalking along the Discovery Trail for the adventurers.
The National Library of Australia (Parkes Place, Canberra), has a detective program just for kids. Grab your copy of the clues from Reception and make your way through the artworks and reading rooms to find the answers! For the budding scientists, Questacon (King Edward Terrace, Canberra) is the place to be. Chat to the expert gallery assistants that will take you through exhibitions custom-made for every budding scientist or fun lover. And if you’re the daredevil type, take a slide down the Free Fall! The Australian War Memorial (Treloar Crescent, Campbell) has fantastic kids programs to learn about those who gave up everything to safeguard their futures as they exist today. From the earliest wars in 1788 to most recent tours in the Middle East, passionate historians roam the grounds and are happy to tell you a story or two from what they have learnt or experienced firsthand. The National Museum of Australia (Lawson Crescent, Acton) has a new expedition waiting for you to take on. Pick up your Trailblazer expedition pack on the way in and find the objects throughout the many galleries to win the competition!
Tidbinbilla National Park (Tidbinbilla Ring Road, Paddys River) is the perfect place to see koalas, emus, Rock-wallabies and many more native animals. Ask about the guided tours at the Visitors Centre or head off on the marked trail and discover the flora and fauna for yourselves. The National Arboretum (Forest Drive, Canberra) is the place to learn all about native plants of Australia, as you roam through the gardens, ending the day at Pod Playground and exploring the cubby houses all sitting at different heights with a music making machine! If you’re interested in nature and a new experience, then Woodlands and Wetlands Trust are the people you want to contact as they promise to show you Australia’s natural habitat through a trip to Jerrabomberra Wetlands. Hosted by Bettong Buddies, these experts take on school groups regularly to teach kids about the animals and the importance of taking care of our environment. The National Zoo and Aquarium (999 Lady Denman Drive, Weston Creek) is where you can learn about animals from around the world. You can pet a shark, handfeed Australian animals and come face-to-face with the big cats!
As we move into spring and the sunshine sticks and temperatures rise, there’s no better way to spend your holiday than getting outdoors and exploring with the kids!
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