Canberra is without a doubt one of the most family-friendly cities in Australia. With the summer school holidays just around the corner, coming up with activities to keep the kids entertained can be challenging, so we’ve rounded up a list of boredom busters to excite and inspire kids of all ages (There’s plenty of fun to be had for adults too).
Download our Canberra for Kids: Explorer Map here and see how many activities you can tick off during your stay in the nation’s capital.
- Canberra Walk-In Aviary
Observe, photograph and feed more than 500 friendly feathered friends from Australia and around the world.
- Cockington Green Gardens
Venture into this delightful and fascinating display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings.
- National Dinosaur Museum
Dinosaur fans of all ages will completely ‘dig’ this museum, featuring the largest permanent display of dinosaurs and prehistoric life in Australia.
- Canberra Reptile Zoo
Come face to face with some of Australia’s largest, deadliest and most colourful reptiles in the Australian Reptile Gallery.
- Big Splash Water Park
Canberra’s No.1 summer attraction with nine water slides, a kiddies’ pool, 50-metre pool, splash Island and pool inflatables to keep you going all day.
- Zone 3 Belconnen
Zone 3 is a totally interactive, laser tag adventure.
- Australian Institute of Sport
Discover where Australia’s sporting champions are created and gain an insight into the life of our leading athletes.
- Pod Playground at National Arboretum
Pod Playground is a unique and adventurous playground featuring giant acorn cubbies, nest swings and banksia pods, surrounded by spectacular views.
- National Zoo & Aquarium
Get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures at the National Zoo & Aquarium.
- Yarralumla Play Station
With mini-golf, a miniature train and a petting zoo, it’s fun for the whole family at Canberra’s Weston Park.
- Black Mountain Tower
The tower offers 360-degree panoramic views of Canberra and its surrounding areas.
- National Botanic Gardens Snakes Alive!
This event is held every January. Hold one of the snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles or even a baby crocodile at this fascinating reptile exhibition.
- CSIRO Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre offers an interactive, self-guided journey through CSIRO and Australian science history.
- NGA Play
Get creative at the National Gallery of Australia with interactive opportunities to engage with the national collection and exhibitions on display.
- Australian War Memorial Discovery Zone
Dodge sniper fire in a First World War trench, take control of an Iroquois helicopter and peer through the periscope of a Cold War submarine.
- Kspace at the National Museum of Australia
The Museum’s interactive adventure game for kids. Build your own time-travelling robot then blast off to explore a mystery location in Australia’s past.
- Segway Ride by the Lake
Strap on a helmet! Discover Lake Burley Griffin’s famous landmarks and iconic buildings on a state-of-the-art segway.
With over 200 educational and interactive exhibits, Questacon seeks to make science fun for all.
- Cotter Reserve Recreation Area
This is a popular recreation venue ideal for picnics, swimming, fishing, bushwalking and relaxation.
- Powerkart Raceway
Canberra’s ultimate go-karting experience. Featuring world-class electric go-karts on a F1-style indoor circuit. Suitable for ages four and up.
- Flip Out Indoor Trampoline Arena
You’ll be bouncing off the walls, literally, at Flip Out, an indoor trampoline arena with big trampolines, foam pits, and ball games.
- Jet Flight Simulator
A truly unforgettable flight in a replica Boeing 737-800 simulator. Choose from more than 22,000 airports around the world, and any weather conditions.
- Royal Australian Mint
Learn the stories behind every Australian coin in your pocket or piggy bank. View fascinating historical coins, see robots make tomorrow’s coins and strike a coin yourself!
- Corin Forest
Experience the thrill of the Southern Hemisphere’s longest bobsled ride through the forest. Take a bush walk, and finish the day with a tasty woodfired pizza.
- Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Kids will have a fun time at the Nature Discovery Playground that takes inspiration from the natural beauty, form and diversity of Tidbinbilla Valley.
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