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School’s out for summer: 10+ teen-friendly activities

Madeleine Porter

School is officially out and so is the sun—are your teens itching to escape the house already?

Here are 10+ tween and teen-friendly activities to ensure they’re not left at home bouncing off the walls.

PHILLIP SWIMMING AND ICE SKATING CENTRE

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Sick of sweltering in the heat? Get some skates on. Ice skating at Phillip is the perfect remedy to escape a super hot Canberra day. Lessons and skate hire are available on site. All you have to do is wear some warm clothes.

And just and just a heads up…if you’re clumsy like myself, long pants on the ice is definitely best for beginners!

Sick of the ice? Pop outside to their open air pools to cool off.

Check out pricing and times at their website.

Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre | Irving Street, Phillip  | swimskate.com.au

ZONE3 – LASER TAG

Zone 3 LaserTag

Tag you’re it! A game classically played by tagging another player in order to win – but this time it’s with fake laser guns. By “shooting” another player’s target you earn points as a team and have victory over your friends. This is an awesome group activity to get lots of kids together but make sure you book because it’s super popular during the school holidays.

Zone 3 is open from 12pm to around 8pm, check website for details. Pricing ranges from $9 to $25 (depending on time, day and number of games). Bookings essential.

Zone 3 | 28 Weedon Close, Belconnen | 02 6251 7200 | zone3act.com.au

SEG GLIDE RIDE

Strap on your helmet and get set for a tour-with-a-difference thanks to SegGlideRide, Canberra’s Segway tour provider at Lake Burley Griffin. Discover Lake Burley Griffin’s foreshore, famous landmarks and iconic buildings in a fun and memorable way.

These self-balancing personal transporters are easy to master – simply lean forward to go forward, lean backward to stop. After your personalised lesson in Segway skills, you’ll quickly find yourself gliding like an expert. Guided segway rides are designed to ensure an awesome segway riding experience rather than a fact-filled tour.

Open 7 days a week, check website for opening hours. Rides are $28 for 15 minutes, $45 for 30 minutes, $65 for one hour. Minimum age 12 years.

SegGlideRide | West Kiosk, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes | 0406 379 518 | segglideride.com.au

MINI GOLF KING

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This American-style themed indoor mini golf centre is a great choice for hot or wet days. Experience the Lost Jungle, Pharaoh’s Tomb, and the Dragon’s Lair all in the one 18-hole indoor course.

Open Sunday to Thursday from 10am with last round 4:45pm, and from 10am Friday to Saturday with last round 9pm.

Children 15 and Under $10 | Concession (Student and Seniors cards) $12 | Adults $15 | Family Pass (2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children) $40

Mini Golf King | Canberra Outlet Centre, 337 Canberra Ave, Fyshwick | 02 6112 6200 | minigolfking.com.au

YARRALUMLA PLAY STATION

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The Yarralumla Play Station includes a variety of teen and kid-friendly activities that the whole family can enjoy! Located in Western Park, the ideal party zone features a 36 hole Canberra themed and inspired miniature golf course.

But that’s not all…take a leisurely train ride to the “Farm Station”. This mini farm is decked out with miniature cows, alpacas, ponies, sheep, pigs and goats plus various other wonderful creatures.

To top it all off, there is a dining carriage train ‘Station Stop Café’, where one can refuel after a round of intensive mini golf. Be sure to make a booking today and experience the perfect retreat with family and friends at Yarralumla’s Play Station.

Open 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday, and 8:00am-5:30pm Saturday-Sunday.  $5 for a Mini Train single passenger ticket, mini golf from $10 for 18 holes.

Yarralumla Play Station | 9 Pescott Lane, Yarralumla | 02 6282 2714 | yarraps.com.au

FLIP OUT

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Indoor trampolining centre, Flip Out has two locations in Canberra—one in Hume and one in Mitchell. You’ll find large foam pits and a special kids arena for the smaller ones.

It’s important to note that all participants under the age of 18 require a guardian to be present.

Hume is open Sunday to Thursday from 9am-9pm and Friday and Saturday, 9am-10pm. Mitchell is open Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 7pm, and Friday and Saturday, 9am-8pm. General entry (all ages): $15 for one hour, $26 for two hours.

Flip Out | 30 Sawmill Circuit, Hume and 4/45 Dacre St, Mitchell | 02 6260 1991 (Hume) and 02 6255 5533 (Mitchell) | flipout.net.au

BIG SPLASH

Big Splash boasts nine slides, a kiddies pool, large pool inflatables, ‘Splash Island’, a play pool and a 50m pool. This water parks facilities and attractions accommodate for toddlers all the way up to teens and playful adults with pools varying in water depth and slides varying in height requirements.

Parents and careers will love Big Splash’s free parking and grassy areas, which are perfect to set up camp for the day. The grounds offer shaded and non-shaded picnic areas, barbeques and a café / canteen (yes, they do coffee). The various slides and pools encourage aquatic exploration in a safe environment, supervised by qualified lifeguards.

Open 10am-6pm, seven days. Casual visits with slide access are $28.

Big Splash Water Park | 1 Catchpole Street, Macquarie | 02 6251 1144 | bigsplashwaterpark.com.au

NATIONAL ZOO AND AQUARIUM

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Meet a cheetah or play with the monkey at Canberra’s only combined zoo and aquarium for a fun and memorable experience. Tours are available and you can even host your own picnic or barbecue with facilities available.

Open 9.30am-5.30m daily. General admission is $25 for children aged 4-15 years old, $37 for student card holders, $45 for adults and $120 for a family of two adults and up to three children. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

National Zoo and Aquarium | Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla | 02 6287 8400 | nationalzoo.com.au

INFLATABLE WORLD

Inflatable World Kambah

Yes, you heard right, this indoor playground is completely inflatable and the perfect way to stay shaded while letting kids run wild.

Although you’re going there to entertain the kids, try holding yourself back from getting on—trust us, it’s very tempting.

Open every day from 9am to 4pm. Entry is $15 for children 5 years and over, $8 for 4 and under, adults $15.

Inflatable World | 6 Jenke Circuit, Kambah | 02 6296 7737 | inflatableworldoz.com.au

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Madeleine Porter

Madeleine is originally from the rural area of Hay in South Western, NSW. After spending her gap year in the Northern Territory as a jillaroo on motorbikes and horseback, she decided to move to Canberra to begin her university degree. Madeleine’s currently in her final year at the University of Canberra studying a Bachelor of Communications in Public Relations/Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Although a country girl at heart, Madeleine loves everything to do with fashion and the wedding sector. Her Canberra has given Madeleine great exposure into the wedding industry through launch of Unveiled. When Madeleine completes her university degree, she is ready to venture out into the world and continue to write about her adventures overseas. More about the Author

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