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10 things to do with kids this week, out of the rain!

Georgia Mackay

With rain, rain and some more rain forecast for this week, here are 10 ways to stay occupied indoors.

We’ve assembled a range of fun indoor activities that’ll suit the whole family, from those who need a little time away from the iPad to teens who are definitely ‘too cool’ for the classic school holiday program.

Sky Zone Westfield Belconnen

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Image via instagram.com/maiganjayne

With trampolines literally floor to ceiling you can jump off the walls and fly into pits of foam at Sky Zone, all whilst getting a killer workout done. Sessions run for one hour and each is accompanied by a fun soundtrack to really get you and the kids moving and grooving.

When: Open 10am-9pm Monday to Thursday, 10am-11pm Friday to Saturday and 10am-8pm Sundays.
Where: Level 3 near the bus interchange, Westfield Belconnen, Lathlain Street, Belconnen
Cost: $16 for BYO Sky Zone socks and $18 with Sky Zone socks
Web: skyzone.com.au

Dendy Cinema

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iImage courtesy of nstagram.com/jaredhen/

Dendy Cinema is offering $7 movie tickets for students every Wednesday; they also have the added option of a medium box of popcorn plus a drink for another $7. Families can also go together for only $9 per person and will receive a large popcorn to share.

With a range of children’s movies showing including Hotel Transylvania 2, The Good Dinosaur and Alvin and the Chipmunks – The Road Trip, the movies is a great rainy day escape for you and the kids this week.

When: Showing times throughout the day, everyday
Where: Level 2, North Quarter, Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street
Cost: Starts from $7
Web: dendy.com.au

Museum of Australian Democracy  

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The MOAD has great exhibitions for parents and kids. PLAY UP is a space, which has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. PLAY UP was curated for, with and by children.

PLAY UP’s new exhibition The right to Shelter, asks children to imagine how their life would be without their favourite things. This gives the children an opportunity to think about their own rights and those of children around the world, all while being interactive and having fun.

When: Open daily 9am-5pm
Where: 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra
Cost: $2 adults, $1 children and concession or $5 family
Web: moadoph.gov.au

AMF Ten Pin Bowling  

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Image courtesy of instagram.com/melbritten_xx

Bowling is a great active indoor activity that will suit people of any age. A perfect group activity, take the family in at night when the lanes glow in the dark. Make sure you book in advance to ensure you have a lane on arrival and remember to bring socks!

When: Open 10am until late
Where: 1 Emu Bank, Belconnen
Cost: Concessions start at $12.90 for one game plus $2 for shoe hire
Web: amfbowling.com.au

Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing

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Image via instagram.com/chenchenjon/

Canberra has two rock-climbing centres, one in Mitchell and one in Hume. Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing have a school holiday special running Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm during the ACT school holidays.

The special offers climbing and harness hire for $19.50 – see website for more details.

When: Open 3-10pm Monday, 12-10pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am-8pm Saturday to Sunday
Where: 38-40 Essington Street, Mitchell and 26 Raws Crescent, Hume
Cost: From $15
Web: canberrarockclimbing.com.au

Canberra Indoor Swimming and Aquatic Centre (CISAC)

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Image via instagram.com/orhaiza

For the water babies out there, Canberra Indoor Swimming and Aquatic Centre is a great rainy day option as it’s under cover. With a 50 metre and 25 metre pool, plus a slide and blow up obstacle course, the kids will have a great time.

For teenagers there’s a spa and steam room so they can relax and unwind before they go back to the stresses of school!

When: Open Mondays to Fridays 5:30am-9:30pm, Saturdays 6:30am-7pm and Sunday 7am-7pm.]
Where: 100 Eastern Valley Way, Bruce
Cost: $5 and up for a concession swim
Web: cisac.com.au

Limelight Cinema  

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Image via instagram.com/limelightcinemas

If you are a Southsider not wanting to make the trip into the city, Limelight Cinemas is offering $8 movie tickets everyday. This deal is available all summer long to their members, and if you’re not a member don’t worry – it’s free to join at any time.

When: Everyday until the end of summer holidays
Where: Level 1, Tuggeranong Hyperdome, Anketell Street, Greenway
Cost: $8
Web: limelightcinemas.com.au

Power Kart Raceway  

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Image via instagram.com/powerkarts

Probably best suited for the older kids, Power Kart Raceway is a great place to learn to drive in a safe environment, while having fun and racing your friends.

Power Kart offers a 10-lap race session with up to 10 karts per session. The centre also offers a glow in the dark mini-golf course with 18 holes in a special jungle themed room with UV lighting.

When: Open 10am-10pm Monday to Friday, 9am-10pm Saturdays and 9am-8pm Sundays.
Where: 125 Canberra Avenue, Griffith
Cost: Mini-golf, $8 for 14 and under and $12 for 15 years and up
Web: powerkarts.com.au

Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre

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Image via instagram.com/mcblom

You might want to raincheck on the outdoor swimming, however, Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre offer ice-skating sessions (which are indoor) throughout the day for one and a half to two hours each, with shoe hire available for only $3 per person.

When: Ice rink open 10am-10pm weekdays and until 11pm on Fridays
Where: Irving Street, Phillip
Cost: $16 for skaters
Web: swimskate.com.au

National Library  

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The National Library of Australia has great holiday exhibitions, including Celestial Empire, which is showing until the 22 of May 2016. This week the National Library is also showing Jackie Chan’s The Spy Next Door in their theatre, rated PG. 

When: 28 January 2016, 1:00pm-2:50pm
Where: Theatre, Lower Ground 1
Cost: Free
Web: nla.gov.au

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Georgia Mackay

Georgia has just completed her degree in Communications and is excited to have the opportunity to intern with HerCanberra. Georgia was born and bred in Canberra and has a passion for all things fashion, beauty and lifestyle. She also, like many of the HerCanberra girls, enjoys great food and coffee and loves discovering new places to eat and drink in Canberra! Georgia is a true Canberra advocate and is excited about, among other things, the development of the creative scene in our capital. She believes Canberra is an exciting place for people of all ages to be at the moment and thinks it is only getting better. More about the Author