School holiday activities in Canberra this winter (2024)

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Updated on Jul 09, 2024 · 6 mins read
School holiday activities in Canberra this winter (2024)

Did someone say winter holiday fun? Yes, that was us! Sorry for the excitement, we're just putting together our guide to surviving the winter school holidays in the Australian Capital Territory.

With the winter chill rolling in, it’s time to heat things up with a lineup of fantastic activities for the upcoming June/July school holidays in the ACT. And since Canberra has been ranked the second-best city in the world in terms of quality of life (congrats), you couldn’t be in a better place and time.

This is the only school holiday activity guide you’ll need as an ACT resident this winter.

Outdoor adventures

Corin Forest Snow Play and Skiing
Located just a scenic 45-minute drive from Canberra, Corin Forest sweeps into a winter wonderland during the school holidays.

It’s the ultimate destination for snow play, skiing, and tobogganing amidst the breathtaking Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges – the perfect combination of winter events and activities.

The fresh skiers can warm up on the gentle slopes, but there’s plenty of snow power to carve through for the more seasoned of us.

Namadgi National Park
Take your kids on an adventure to discover the ancient landscapes and natural beauty of Namadgi National Park, which sits adjacent to Corin Forest.

This park offers picturesque bushwalks ideal for picnics and exploring with family and friends. From easy strolls to more challenging hikes, Namadgi National Park is the ultimate destination these holidays to see stunning vistas and opportunities to spot native wildlife.

Majura Pines and Treetops Adventure
Forget school, now’s the time for adventure!

For those wanting a bit of a rush, Majura Pines and Treetops Adventure Canberra are must-visit spots for this school break. Set within stunning pine forests, Treetops Adventure Canberra features over 90 thrilling obstacles and zip lines. Navigate suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, and exhilarating zip lines that offer panoramic views of the surrounding natural beauty.

Cultural and educational activities

Australian National Botanic Gardens
You can never go wrong with the Australian National Botanic Gardens – it’s a safe bet for a reason.

Plus, during special school holiday events, the gardens come alive with interactive activities perfect for families.

Sign the kids up on guided tours aboard the Flora Explorer bus to discover ancient plants and hidden corners of this botanical paradise. There are also storytime sessions that weave tales of Australia’s natural wonders, providing both entertainment and educational insights into our unique ecosystem.

National Museum of Australia
If you want to keep things indoor and cosy, there are some seriously cool interactive exhibits at the National Museum of Australia. Learn the stories behind iconic Australian artefacts and explore exhibitions that bring our nation’s past to life.

Kids can engage in hands-on activities designed to spark curiosity and imagination, ensuring a memorable and educational visit for visitors of all ages.

PlayUP at the Museum of Modern Democracy
We know what you’re thinking – what kid wants to learn about democracy? Turns out – just about anything can be fun when you add some interactive elements.

At PlayUP in the Museum of Modern Democracy, kids are taught about democracy and children’s rights through interactive exhibits and creative play opportunities. That means role-playing activities and hands-on exhibits that give a deeper understanding of democracy and citizenship. We promise it’s more fun than you’d think.

Creative and crafty pursuits

Canberra Glassworks
Hands-on workshops at this one-of-a-kind experience involve kids in the ancient craft of glass blowing and tile-making.

Led by skilled artisans, these workshops offer a unique opportunity to create your own glass artworks and intricate tiles, from mosaics to ornaments.

Quizzic Alley
This one’s for our tiny witches and wizards who live for magic and spells. Quizzic Alley is hosting wand-making workshops where kids can select materials, carve intricate designs, and personalise their very own magical wand.

Whether your kid is a Harry Potter superfan or stays up late reading fantasy books, these workshops will scratch their wizarding itch.

Sports and active play

Power Kart Raceway
We’re shouting out this electric go-kart indoor track – because it knows just how to get your child’s restless energy tired out (with a smile on their face, too).

If racing isn’t your child’s speed, however, don’t stress – indoor mini-golf and arcade games are also present at the venue – so everyone is covered.

Australian Institute of Sport
Any little athlete could spend hours on the behind-the-scenes tour of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), taking it all in.

You get to witness elite athletes in action during training sessions across various Olympic and Paralympic sports and participate in interactive sports exhibits such as wheelchair basketball, virtual skiing, and sports science demonstrations.

Family-friendly events

Winter in the City
From July 6th to 21st, Canberra’s city centre is being reimagined for the iconic ‘Winter in the City’ festival.

Take the little ones to Glebe Park for an enchanting ice-skating experience under twinkling lights. After skating, warm up with a hot chocolate or coffee from the nearby vendors.

Christmas in July at Parkes Place Lawns
Rug up the little ones and head down the festive spirit with Christmas in July celebrations at Parkes Place Lawns if you’re looking for a fun activity this school break.

Wander through festive markets adorned with twinkling lights and discover stalls offering mulled wine, traditional Christmas treats, and French-inspired delicacies. You can also stick around for live music performances that add to the joyful atmosphere of winter events.

Winter Markets
Here’s one perfect for the whole family: visit the Little Burley Markets on July 6th and Haig Park Market on July 14th to explore a variety of stalls offering global soups, freshly baked Damper, and artisanal goods.

These markets are not only about shopping but also soaking in the local culture with live entertainment and activities for little people.

Technology and STEM activities

You’re probably tired of seeing this one in school holiday guides, but to be fair – it’s still a hit.

If you haven’t been (we’re sure you exist) Questacon is Australia’s renowned National Science and Technology Centre, offering multiple storeys of scientific fun as well as daily science shows presented by the Questacon Excited Particles troupe. Kids will learn about physics, chemistry, and heaps more, in a lively and interactive environment.

Questacon’s galleries are also filled with interactive exhibits that ignite curiosity and encourage hands-on learning that will spark the interest of your little ones. For a limited time, your kids can delve into the world of LEGO at Questacon’s special exhibition – CURIOSITY.

Bricks 4 Kidz
These school holidays, the Bricks 4 Kidz program is opening doors and tickets to workshops such as Winter and Wizards or Minecraft® adventures, crafted to encourage imagination and exploration through building with LEGO bricks.

Each workshop at Bricks 4 Kidz focuses on hands-on learning experiences that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts in a fun and engaging way.

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