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It’s school holidays and we have rounded up 10 cool ways to keep the kids occupied for $10 or less.
Yes, that’s right, $10 or less! You’ll be amazed with how much you can do for a fraction of the price.
HIT THE WESTSIDE…
Pack the basketball, soccer ball, scooters and skateboards, and let your kids run out all that pent up school holiday energy. Pack a picnic, sit by the lake or enjoy some of the street food on offer from the Westside food vendors. Open from Wednesday to Sunday 7am until late. Entry is free. For more info on events and markets visit Westside Acton Park.
Spring has sprung at Westfield Belconnen! Check out these creative ways to engage the kids.
Free Terrarium Workshops
Join Lady Larissa these school holidays for a FREE kids terrarium workshop. Kids will be taught how to create their very own terrarium. With each child walking away with a beautiful hand made jar terrarium! On Monday 5 and Tues 6 October at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Bookings required via concierge desk.
Free Flower Crown Workshops
Join Lady Larissa as she teaches you how to create flower crowns with fresh flowers. Kids will be able to select their own flowers and will create the crown themselves. Times:Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 October at 11am, 12pm , 1pm and 2pm Bookings required via concierge desk.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
The National Arboretum Canberra is hosting a number of great events over the school holidays to give children the opportunity to learn about bonsai, spring birds, flowers, trees and forests and how to make their own kite.
Children are invited to make, decorate and fly their own kites at special workshops held near the Village Centre. There is no need to book for these all ages sessions, just drop in and join the fun between 10 am and 2 pm on Monday 28 September, Saturday 3 October, Sunday 4 October or Monday 5 October.
Kite flying is dependent on the weather, and people are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather as part of the session will be outdoors. The sessions cost $10 per kite.
Children from four to eight years old can see and learn about birds and their nests as well as spring blossoms and buds in the Arboretum’s forests at a series of informative walks. Trained educators will take them through the forests and tell stories about the wonders of nature. The walks run from 1 pm to 2.30 pm on Wednesday 30 September, Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October. These sessions cost $10. Bookings are essential for the forest story walks. For more information, call 02 6207 8484 see the welcome desk in the Village Centre or visit www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au
GET ACTIVE TOGETHER
Keen to get active but your kids are a bit too old to be stowed in the gym creche? Why not check out one of Canberra’s free family-friendly outdoor fitness facilities, take a stroll or bike ride around the lake (or check out one of our favourite walks), or take a family Zumba class! Kokoloco have $10 45-minute sessions for kids and mums on Monday afternoons – get the details at www.kokoloco.com.au.
ALL THINGS MINIONS!
The Tuggeranong Hyperdome is hosting all-time favourites the Minions these school holidays at centre court. With free goodie bags, face painting, musical shows, plus movie screenings, the Minions are set to bring a whole lot of fun.
Movie Weekends: From Sunday 27 September until Saturday 3 October at 12pm can see the minions on the big screen at Limelight Cinemas for only $6!
There’ll be Craft Workshops running 11am to 2pm from Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October where each day will feature a different Minion themed craft activity to keep the kids entertained; face painting from 11am to 2pm on Saturday 3 October and Sunday 4 October; and Minion Musical Shows running from Monday 5 to Friday 9 October. First show 11am, meet and greet 12pm, second show 1pm.
Canberra’s multiple skateparks are available every day until the lights switch off at 10pm. Located in Belconnen, the City, Eddison Park (Woden), Weston and Tuggeranong, the skateparks are free of use for all skateboarders, cyclists, scooters, rollerbladers and roller skaters. Skateparks can be extremely busy during school holidays and so users are encouraged to be mindful of others and wear appropriate safety gear.
LEAP INTO YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY…
Libraries ACT is now taking bookings for their school holiday program including robot workshops and a slime making lab.
Some of the robot themed activities that children of various ages can enjoy will include learning to design a 3D robot model and building a robot from recycled materials. Kids will also have a great time learning to program a Lego NXT robot with Canberra’s own Robogals, who encourage female participation in engineering, science and technology.
Other activities for children during the holidays range from story time and exploring what an iPad can do for the little ones to a more hands on messy experience making green slime after listening to a story to gross you out.
For children a few years older, an interactive murder mystery workshop set on an ancient archaeological site in Egypt will result in a host of suspects. Everyone will need to work together to help solve the mystery led by Canberra author Tracey Hawkins.
All events are free of charge, even for the children’s activities, and places are limited. Bookings are essential for most activities. A full program of events and activities in the spring program can be found at library.act.gov.au or by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
Floriade has so much more to offer than just the beauty of the flowers. Why not ‘tip toe through the tulips’ and make your way to the Kids Corner. You will find a huge range of free activities on everyday from face painting, craft activities, Play Up by Old Parliament House, Matilda’s Farmyard and so much more. Visit www.floriadeaustralia.com/visitor-info/kids-corner for more information.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
Old Parliament House always has activities to delight the young and young at heart. Head along with the kids and choose your own adventure. Learn about children’s rights in Play Up, the fabulous exhibition curated by and for children. Let your imagination run wild, get hands on with craft activities, make a LEGO® masterpiece, or read a book on the beanbags and so much more.
If you’ve teens, relive the days of Menzies or design your own political cartoon with Behind the Lines. When you finish relax and enjoy a light meal, coffee or cake in one of the two licensed cafés. Open daily from 9am to 5pm, free after admission, $2 adults, $1 children and concessions, and $5 family. For more info visit www.moadoph.gov.au.
TIME WILL TELL: A TALE…AT THE AWM
Hear stories of brave animals, extraordinary people and faraway places, brought to life through puppets, uniforms and educational toys. This program is suitable for pre-school-aged children, but older brothers and sisters are also welcome. Held on Fridays (excluding public holidays) at 10.30 am in the Lower galleries, free entry. For more info visit the Australian War Memorial.
THE BIG DRAW
On Sunday 11 October, join an afternoon of structured workshops, led by local artist Jacqueline Bradley, at Canberra Museum and Gallery. Be part of the global Big Draw! Visit Fashion and Fantasy: 21st century fashion dolls and then hone your drawing skills as well as design using your imagination. You’ll leave with a futuristic figure of fashion.
There are two sessions: from 12.30–1.30 and 1.30–2.30 (4 to 8 years) and 2.30–3.30 (8 to 12 years)$5 per child (ACT M&G Members and eligible concession card holders free). To book please contact the Museums Assistants on e: CMAGBookings@act.gov.au or p: 6207 3968. When booking please provide name of child, age, session and a contact number.