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Five fun (and COVID-safe) family nights out

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Getting together with friends is getting trickier than ever.

By the time you’ve established what’s open, whether or not you need to book, if you should wear masks…safe to say, there’s a lot to consider. And that’s before you add kids to the mix.

However, there’s no need to deny you or your kids a fun night out. In fact, there are plenty of venues and attractions in Canberra that are not only open but making a socially distanced, family-friendly get-together possible.

Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports

If you thought that Vertikal Snow Sports only catered to the hardcore snowsports crowd, think again. Of course, Vertikal offers ski and snowboard lessons and programs for both kids and adults—but there’s so much more on offer than just the slopes.

For a fun (and COVID-safe) evening out, grab the kids and head to Vertikal’s screening of Teton Gravity’s film Roadless this Saturday. From 4:30 pm, adults can enjoy the bar takeover by BentSpoke Brewing Co, with pints for $10, or pots (half-pints) for $5.

Meanwhile, the kids can enjoy hot chocolates, arcade and board games and plenty of space to run around until the film begins at 6:30 pm. There’s also wood-fired pizzas available (including a Nutella Calzone), free popcorn, and lucky door prizes.

Can’t make the film night? Vertikal is open year-round for plenty of family fun. With pool tables, games, a wood-fired pizza kitchen, bar, fireplaces, and of course, the slopes, there’s something for every kind of family.

Dendy Cinemas

Had enough of streaming content at home? We get it.

Lockdown had us craving the cinema experience—and it’s back at Dendy Canberra. Amidst the thriller, horror and action films for adults, there are plenty of options for kids and families.

To celebrate 80 years at Dendy, you can relive some of Dendy’s favourite films in retro. Family-friendly titles include The Greatest Showman, Moana, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and Beauty and the Beast. The Dendy Anime Festival is also running until August 26, with a selection of PG films on offer.

Parents and carers of young bubs can also treat themselves to a daytime flick with dimmed lights and reduced sound levels at Reel Bubs, with tickets for just $10.

Snapper on the Lake

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The best way to enjoy fish and chips? With family—and fantastic views. Snapper on the Lake is situated in Yarralumla, right on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. With generous servings of fresh seafood and chips and kids menu items, there’s plenty of delicious food to feed the whole family.

Not only are there sprawling views of the lake, but there’s also plenty of space for the kids to run around while the sun sets over the water. Rug up, pack a picnic blanket, tuck into your fish and chips, and soak up the relaxed family atmosphere.

Open from 11 am-8 pm Tuesday to Sunday, Snapper on the Lake is just as great for a fun family night out as it for lunch. There’s even a selection of wine and beer for the adults.

Kingpin Canberra

Kingpin Canberra has reopened, with a reduced capacity to comply with social distancing guidelines.

If you’re yet to visit, it’s basically a one-stop-shop for family entertainment, with escape rooms, karaoke, table tennis, foosball, bowling lanes, projection screens, and over 100 arcade games.

While there’s something for everyone, you really can’t go wrong with a classic family bowling session. Book one of the six public lanes on offer before enjoying a meal together and letting the kids turn loose on the arcade games.

There’s plenty of food and drink options on offer. Kids can tuck into the ‘10 going on 20’ menu, with $10 kids meals. There are also sharing plates, pizzas, New York-style hotdogs, burgers, desserts, and healthier options. And—if you’re so inclined—a fully licensed bar with cocktails.

Power Kart Raceway and Jungle Golf

Put your Mario Kart skills to the test at Power Kart Raceway in Griffith for hours of family fun. There are 320 metres of smooth manicured concrete racetrack to zoom around and see who has the best lap time.

If you’re not really a go-kart family, venture past the track to find Jungle Golf. Canberra’s first indoor glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course features 180 holes across a jungle-themed, UV-lit course. It takes around 45 minutes to complete and is the perfect way to bring out your family’s competitive side.

If all that isn’t enough for an adventure-packed evening, head to the Game Zone where you can play a range of arcade games, hoops, and air hockey.

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