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‘Cool’ places to play indoors

Sophie Mateer

Forget the dreaded task of putting sunscreen on and have a slip-slop-slap free day of indoor activities that cater to all kinds of kids.

The summer heat is here, so it’s critical to have out-of-the-sun activities to keep the kids busy. But that doesn’t mean they won’t work up a sweat with some of these fun things to do.

For the active kids

Inflatable World Kambah

Inflatable World Kambah

Inflatable World Kambah

Yes, you heard right, this brand new indoor playground (pictured at the top of the article) is completely inflatable and the perfect way to stay shaded while letting kids run wild. Though Inflatable World has only been open since late last year it has been extremely popular, and has Canberra jumping for joy!

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

Where: 6 Jenke Circuit, Kambah, Canberra

When: Everyday 9am – 4pm. Open 9am to 2pm on 24 and 31 December; closed 25 and 26 December and 1 to 3 January 2018.

How much: Entry is $15 for children five years and over, $8 for four and under, adults $15.

Phone: 0409 060 883


Flip Out

Another 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.

Where: 30 Sawmill Circuit, Hume and 4/45 Dacre St, Mitchell.

When: Hume – Sun to Thurs, 9am-9pm and Fri and Sat, 9am-10pm | Mitchell – see website

Phone: 02 6260 1991 (Hume) and 02 6255 5533 (Mitchell)

How much: General entry (all ages): $15 for one hour, $26 for two hours


Mini Golf King

Just opening in September, this American-style themed indoor mini golf centre has been packing them and 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.

Where: Mini Golf King, Canberra Outlet Centre, 337 Canberra Ave, Fyshwick.

When: Sunday to Thursday, open from 10am with last round 4:45pm | Friday to Saturday, ppen from 10am. Last round 9pm.

How much: 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

Phone: 02 6112 6200


Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing  

Both Hume (south) and Mitchell (north) offer incredible facilities to assist in teaching kids of all ages how to rock climb. The walls range from an easy level to a moderate-hard level allowing kids of all ages to have a great time while getting some exercise. It’s the verti-cool thing to be doing these school holidays while indoors!

Where: 26 Raws Crescent, Hume OR 38-40 Essington Street, Mitchell

When: School Holidays weekdays, 10am-10pm | School Holidays weekends, 10am-8pm | Public Holidays, 11am-5pm

Cost: Prices range from $13.50 – $19.50 (depending on day and time)

Phone: 02 6260 1101 (Hume) OR 02 6262 4863 (Mitchell)


A little friendly competition

Zone 3 LaserTag

Zone 3 LaserTag


iPlay has a little bit of everything, from old-school arcade games to dodgem cars and is the perfect place to keep kids entertained for hours and hours. Located in the Westfield Belconnen, iPlay is in a super convenient area because of the nearby food court. It’s also the perfect incentive for them to do a bit of shopping with you before they run wild. 

Where: Westfield Belconnen (located near Hoyts)

When: Monday to Thursday, 10am – 10pm | Friday, 10am – 11pm | Saturday, 9am – 11pm | Sunday, 10am – 10pm

Cost: $20 -$100

Phone: 02 6253 5750


Zone3 – Laser Tag

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.

Where: 28 Weedon Close, Belconnen

When: 3pm- 8.30pm

How much: $9 – $25 (depending on time, day and number of games). Bookings essential.

Phone: 6251 7200


AMF Bowling

If the incredibly fashionable shoes don’t entice you, AMF Bowling is a great way to spend the day with a big group competing for the title of bowling champion and there are centres in Greenway and Belconnen. AMF Bowling in Greenway has expanded its activities to include arcade games and laser tag making it an all-in-one activity centre for all ages.

Where: 76 Cowlishaw St, Greenway or 1 Emu Bank, Belconnen.

When: Greenway 10am – 10pm seven days. Check Belconnen’s opening hours here.

How much: $13.90 – $19.90 (depending on centre, time, day and number of games)

Phone: 1300 368 067


For the kids who love to learn




Indonesian art duo Indieguerillas have transformed the National Gallery of Australia’s NGA Play into a dynamic convergence of Indonesian culture and art history until 13 May 2018. Kids will love the epic murals, interactive installations and playful art projects—puppetry, clanging bells, interactive video and more.

Where: National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes

When: Open daily 10am to 5pm

How much: Free


Play Up @ MOAD

PLAY UP opened in August 2014 and has proven to be one of the museum’s most popular spaces for families to explore.

PLAY UP pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. This fabulous space allows children to stand up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a way that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head. It is a living and evolving space curated for, with and by children.

Where: 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra

When: Open daily 9am–5pm

How much: Free after admission – $2 adults, $1 children and concessions, $5 family

Phone: 02 6270 8222


K Space

K Space is the National Museum of Australia’s interactive adventure centre for kids. Build your own time-travelling robot then blast off to explore a mystery location in Australia’s past. Open daily to school groups and general visitors at specified times.

Where: National Museum of Australia. Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra

When: Weekend/School Holidays 9.15am and 4pm | Monday to Friday Sessions 12pm and 1.30pm

How much: Free

Phone: 1800 026 132


Brick By Brick

Head to Regatta Point and you’ll find Brick By Brick at the National Capital Exhibition. Here, kids can create their own capital or replicate iconic buildings in Canberra using Lego and Duplo blocks, with construction sheets available to copy the design of some of our national institutions.

Where: National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point, Parkes

When: Duplo sessions run from 10am until 11am daily, while Lego is available from 11am to 4:30pm during school holidays.

How much: Free

Phone: 02 6272 2902

For the movie lover


We all know how useful the cinemas are throughout the holidays. They can provide hours of entertainment and are a great way to get out of the house and have some fun. Over the summer holidays, films such as Sing, Trolls, Moana, Ballerina, Red Dog, Smurfs: The lost village and The Boss Baby (all rated G or PG) are all coming to a cinema near you.

Limelight Cinemas

Where: Tuggeranong Hyperdome
Phone: 02 6293 6100

Hoyts Woden and Belconnen

Where: Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen
Phone: (02) 6223 5310 (Woden), (02) 6223 5300 (Belconnen)


Where: Canberra Centre, 2/148 Bunda St, Canberra
Phone: (02) 6221 8900

Palace Electric

Where: 2 Phillip Law St, NewActon
Phone: 02 6222 4900

Event Cinemas Manuka

Where: 6 Franklin Street, Manuka
Phone: 02 6295 9042

For the kids who just love to play!

If you just want to rest your weary legs for a while and let the kids get rid of some excess energy, these indoor playgrounds (free and paid) might fit the bill!

Canberra Centre’s educational play space (level one food court—next to Kathmandu).


The Pirate Ship Westfield Woden (Ground Level, near JB Hi Fi), Keltie Street, Woden.

Westfield Belconnen (Ground Level, near Cotton On Kids), Benjamin Way, Belconnen.

The Marketplace Gungahlin. Indoor play area in the Big W mall. Hibberson Street, Gungahlin.

Your local

KidCity. 25 Kemble Court, Mitchell.

Monkey Mania. Canberra Outlet Centre, 337 Canberra Ave, Fyshwick.

Lollipops Playland. Majura Park Shopping Centre, Spitfire Ave, Majura Park.

Hyperdome Shopping Centre. Kids Corner is located on the upper level next to Target. Anketell Street, Greenway.

Let’s Play. 50 Curran Drive, Nicholls (next to Gold Creek Country Club).

Want more school holiday ideas?

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Home page slider image: Inflatable World, Kambah via Facebook @inflatableworldkambah


Sophie Mateer

Sophie Mateer has recently returned from a nine week holiday eating her way around the globe, from the busy streets of Hong Kong to the crystal clear waters of the Amalfi Coast and agrees that there’s no place like home. She is a food fanatic and can’t help herself when it comes to delectable Sunday brunches or indulging in smoothies across the Canberra region. She can’t wait to begin her degree in Marketing Management and Communications in Advertising at the University of Canberra in 2017. More about the Author

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