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Teens: 10 things to do before Christmas

Josie Gouvoussis and Pip Sparrius

If your teen has just finished their assessment for the year, there may be a constant “I’m bored” echoing around the house.

It’s an awkward time of year – you’re probably not off work yet and unable to start doing ‘summer holiday’ activities with them, but Christmas and leave are still a while away…

The remedy? Show them this.

Phillip Ice Skating Centre 

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Get your skates on! This is the perfect remedy for a super hot Canberra day, or just great fun, especially in the festive season. 

Lessons and skate hire are all available on site. All you have to do is wear some warm clothes. Long pants on the ice are definitely best for beginners! 

Open for daily sessions from 10am; Evenings Monday to Saturday (except Friday): 8pm – 10pm; Friday Night Disco: 8.30pm – 11pm at Irving Street, Phillip. 

See website for more information. 


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Bouncing off the walls? Why not get all that energy out in the air-conditioned bliss of Skyzone Belconnen? Its Belconnen mall location means you’re not far from food, drinks or even a movie, so why not make a day of it?

Open: 10am-9pm weekdays.

See website for other details.

Meet Gather Collect


Meet Gather Collect is a beautifully curated store with a range of different Australian artists, designers and makers products. It’s a must see collection that is ever changing, situated in the lovely leafy suburb of Aranda.

With a selection of homewares, furniture, jewellery and baby items these items are sure to catch your eye.

Why not treat yourself to these unique items or book into one their workshops and create something ah-mazing with a local artist. 

Open Weekdays: 9am – 5pm, Weekends: 10am – 4pm at 68 Bandjalong Crescent, Aranda.

See website for more information.

Seg Glide Slide

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 forwards to go forward, lean backwards 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.  

Important: Please arrive for training 25 minutes before your pre-booked ride time begins. Please be on time. Late arrivals are not guaranteed a segway as all training procedures must be completed. Minimum age is 12 years old. 

See website for more information and bookings.

Mini Golf at Yarralumla Play Station


The recently developed and renovated 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, a train ride through tunnels, under bridges and past the Petite Petting Park (where several cows, ponies and lambs reside) and, a dining carriage train ‘Station Stop Café’ where one can refuel after a round of intensive mini golf.

Happening every Wednesday to Friday 9.30am-3pm and on Weekends from 9.30am-5.30pm, at Weston Park. 

See website for more information and costs.

National Museum of Australia 


Australia’s stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia, on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. The Museum’s stunning architecture provides an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. 

Take a guided tour or wander solo through the many exhibitions. Get to know the real, the treasured, the surprising and the inspirational objects from Australian history. 

With its waterfront café and quality gift shop, a visit to the Museum is a great way to learn about Australia’s land, nation and people.

For a treat, why not book The Ultimate Museum Experience with a personalised tour, a meal and refreshments overlooking Lake Burley Griffin and more!

Open daily, 9am – 5pm (closed on Christmas Day) at Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Acton.

See website fro more information. 

Youth Employment Pathways Hub

The Hub is a new youth service providing tailored employment pathways for young people aged 18-24 years.

The Hub can cater for up to 10 young people aged 18-24 years at any given time, providing pathways planning; improved language, literacy and life skills; and connecting vulnerable young people to training, volunteering and work experience opportunities. It also provides access to case management for young people dealing with complex issues.

Happening Wednesday 7 December from 1pm to 4pm at Belconnen Community Service on the Corner of Chandler St and Swanson Court, Belconnen.

See website for more information.

Canberra Glassworks


See the beauty and versatility of glass in a new light at the Canberra Glassworks, housed in the historic Kingston Power House. Take a self-guided tour and discover some of Canberra’s heritage at this contemporary glass centre, the only one of its kind in Australia. 

See professional glass artists at work, make your own glass paperweight or take introductory glass courses from experts and see their striking exhibitions. Bookings required for paperweights and other glass courses.

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm at 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston Foreshore, Kingston.

See website for more information. 

Skydive Oz Canberra

Experience skydiving right over Canberra City with Skydive Oz – Canberra. 

Overcome your fears, feel the freedom of free-fall and feel the rush of a tandem skydive.

Located only five minutes drive from The Parliament House, you’ll be rigged up, briefed and enjoying your flight to altitude right over the city – before you know it you and your instructor will be flying your body in free-fall, then smoothly gliding your parachute down to the grass designated landing area.

When you take advantage of this amazing experience, you should allow at least an hour from start to finish. Minimum age is 12 years old and all minors (12-18) must have a legal guardian present on the day of the jump.

Open Saturday and Sundays from 9am to 5pm at Deakin Oval, 81 Denison Street (Opposite The Royal Australian Mint), Deakin. 

See website for more information and booking.

National Gallery of Australia: Teen Studio (9-12)

These workshops provide the opportunity to focus deeply on a topic in the Gallery’s collection through close looking, sketching, and conversation.

Teens enrolled in grades 9 through 12 are invited to participate. Taught by artists and museum educators, each two-and-a-half-hour workshop consists of conversation and hands-on drawing instruction in the galleries. The workshops are designed for all skill levels. All workshops begin in the Founders Room, adjacent to the West Building Rotunda. Workshops are free, but preregistration is required.

See website for more information.


Josie Gouvoussis

Josie Gouvoussis is a 16-year-old intern, currently in Year 11 at Radford College, studying Ancient History and English Literature. Born and bred in the nation’s capital, Josie is an aspiring journalist and hopes to one day write her way around Europe. She enjoys meeting, learning from and writing about local Canberrans and the extraordinary lives they lead. She is a low key (by low-key meaning fangirl obsessed) book lover who will read anything from politics and history to gore, crime and fantasy. Usually one can find her lounging around deeply immersed in a fiction novel or swimming with her friends. More about the Author


Pip Sparrius

Pip is a 16-year-old intern with aspirations of a future in journalism, global travels and humanitarian aid work. She was born and bred in Byron Bay, and now lives on the South Coast, so you’ll likely find her surrounded by ocean with a surfboard in tow. She’s also a history and literature nerd at heart, charmed by the likes of Jane Austen and Michelangelo, and will jump at the sight of a bookshop or gallery. After six months of living in and travelling through France, she dreams of writing her way around the world. For the moment, Pip wishes to pursue her passion for honest storytelling and gain as much experience in the creative industry as possible. More about the Author

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