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Head south of the lake for oodles of family fun.
From free outdoor attractions, parks and markets to epic family adventures with power karts, miniature railways and meerkats, here’s how to keep the whole family happy this weekend.
Across the road from the Manuka shops, you’ll find Manuka Oval, where in autumn and winter you can watch the GIANTS play Australian Rules Football, or national or international cricket games during summer.
NATIONAL ZOO & AQUARIUM
Pat a cheetah, feed a bear or meet a meerkat—get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures.
From lions and tigers to giraffes and monkeys, the Zoo features a variety of native and exotic animals, as well as the largest inland saltwater tank in Australia. Stay at Jamala Wildlife Lodge for an Africa-inspired safari experience.
Love a good old-fashioned toy shop? You’ll want to pop by Kidstuff in Manuka—they have oodles of toys, activities and games to keep kids of all ages entertained!
OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS
Not your average market, every Sunday you’ll find more than 200 stalls of exceptional quality featuring items hand-crafted by local and regional creatives—clothing, jewellery, food, art and more.
POWER KART RACEWAY
There’s a whole lot more than go-karts at Power Kart Raceway (although adrenalin junkies will love the racing experience featuring electric go-karts on a Formula One-style indoor circuit).
You’ll also find an indoor glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course, synthetic ice skating rink and arcade machines—the perfect destination for those who live life in the fun lane.
QUESTACON – THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE
With more than 200 interactive exhibits, Questacon has something to engage and excite people of all ages. Aspiring scientists can be shaken by an earthquake, witness a lightning strike or lie back and stare up at the moon.
Leave time to catch the entertaining science shows—they’re entertaining and educational for both kids and big kids too.
Head to the beach and swimming area on the eastern shore of Weston Park for a fresh-air family adventure. Ride your bikes on the cycle track that runs through the park or play Bocce or Pétanque on the special court.
Kids will love the large-scale adventure playground, while little ones will enjoy the water playground and wading pool.
Weston Park Road, Yarralumla
YARRALUMLA PLAY STATION
Themed putt-putt, a mini train, farm animals and more—make a whole day of it at the Yarralumla Play Station (feature image).
Golf around Canberra’s most famous icons, ride on Bluebell the train and experience the original mini railway, feed the animals at the farm (did someone say piglets?), and then refuel at the Station Shop Café.
Want even more inspiration?
Check out VisitCanberra’s Neighbourhood Guide to the Inner South here.
Feature image: Yarralumla Play Station. Image supplied.