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What to do these winter school holidays

HerCanberra Team

It’s almost July.

That means that cloudy mornings and chilly weather are going to hang over Canberra for at least two more months, but it also means that the next school holidays are just around the corner.

Here are some ways to fill them. 


Credit: Anna Kucera

Credit: Anna Kucera

These July School Holidays, get ready to go bonkers with the madcap circus mayhem of the Funatorium’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! Kids will be right in the action of it as audience participation is a big part of this full throttle kids show.

Join the beloved characters for a tea-riffic party hosted by the wackiest characters serving mind boggling tricks and sweet surprises.

Happening at Canberra Theatre Centre from 12-15 July with shows at 11am and 2pm each day. Find more details here.

Sky Zone at Belconnen


If your kids can keep going and going, the Sky Zone School Holiday Camp might be a great solution for winter holidays. The program is oriented for a whole week, which is also very convenient for working parents. Apart from entertaining themselves, kids will get a chance to learn amazing tricks from Ji Wallace, a former Cirque du Soleil coach and Olympic Silver medallist.

What could be more fun than upgrading the trampoline skills in action? Week One starts from 3 July and Week Two is from 10 July.

Book a whole week of fun for your kids and find out more details about schedule here.


Whether you’re a silent film fiend, music lover or looking to entertain the kids these school holidays, there’s something for everyone at the National Film and Sound Archive in Acton.

The NFSA’s Book Heroes on the Screen program returns these school holidays. Keep the kids entertained with a selection of magical book to film adaptations. From recent blockbusters like Beauty and the Beast to nostalgic childhood classics like The Neverending Story, there’s bound to be a movie in the lineup to spark the imagination.

The program kicks off on Wednesday 5 July and runs through to 14 July. Sessions begin at 11am and tickets are just $8, with children under three able to attend for free. View the full program and book tickets here.


Image via VisitCanberra

Image via VisitCanberra

At the National Botanic Gardens this school holidays experience what Australia was like when dinosaurs ruled! Discover life-sized dinosaurs among the flora and landscapes that they once inhabited as you travel from the rainforest to the Red Centre.

Learn about the supercontinent of Gondwana and patterns of distribution of living organisms revealed through fossils.

Happening 1-16 July from 9.30am-4.30pm at the National Botanic Gardens, Ross Clunies Road, Acton.

Find more information via the website.

Courses at Victoria’s Models 

Do you know anyone that is interested in modelling or acting? Victoria’s Models offers courses to improve life skills, self confidence and presentation, as well as training for the modelling industry. We have a course running 10 – 14 July, suitable for 12 – 17 year olds. Our courses cover grooming, deportment, etiquette, catwalk, TV commercials, photographic and promotional modelling. For an info pack: 6282 8700 or [email protected]

 Westfield Belconnen

ice skating snow feature

Westfield Belconnen is going to be a busy place for parents over the winter break. Make sure that you take time before 10 July and visit the free ice skating rink there!

All creative kids will enjoy decorating their own selection of frozen yoghurt at Yoghurtland just for $3 per child on Saturday 5 July and July 10-18 while children aged six and up are welcome to join a creative team from Toys’R US for launching a new “Doh Vinchi” 3-D art project on Tuesday 8 July. Bookings are essential.

Jazz Apple Café is introducing an exciting event for all cupcake lovers. Just for $40 kids will learn how to decorate and ice cupcakes and will take six of them at home. The workshop will be held on Wednesday 9 July and 16 July at 10am and 2pm. For more information please visit the store on Level 2 or register here.

National Gallery of Australia

nga play

For this winter holidays NGA had prepared a great selection of activities to make kids happy, entertained and educated.

ASI: Art Scene Investigation

The Art Investigation Squad is looking for new recruits! They need your help to solve a puzzle wrapped in a mystery and topped with top secret secrets by discovering the clues hidden in plain sight all over the NGA. Join Detective Inspector Cleverpants and Officer Angelheart on an art mystery adventure tour for children aged 8–12 who like to be creative, solve mysteries and find out cool stuff.

Bookings and dates are available here

Creative meditation for children

Spending quiet time in the presence of evocative works of art inspires children and their sense of wonder and delight in the world. Led by a child meditation facilitator and guided imagery specialist for children, these sessions enable children to reflect on works of art, explore their emotional responses and share their experiences. Separate sessions are run for children aged 5–7 and 8–12.

Bookings and dates are available here

Family tours

Winter school holidays is a great time to discover the permanent collection and exhibitions at NGA. Everyone is welcome to join volunteer guides for a special family- friendly tour around the gallery. This activity runs weekdays at 10.30am and last for approximately one hour. The tours are free with no booking necessary.

Art Adventures and Art Explorer holiday workshops

Art Adventures are fun introductions to out of the box creative making experiences for kids aged 6–7 years. Each session goes for two hours and kids can be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Art Explorer is a more in-depth workshop for older kids aged 8–12 years. They run for a full day and include time in gallery spaces checking out the inspirational works of art. Art explorer sessions have even included filmmaking inspired by two national collections: “Miss Murder” and “The broken & betrayed”.

Check the dates and book here

Westfield Woden


If your little one loves books and stories, Harry Hartog is starting a weekly story time to entertain the little ones. This exciting activity includes three new, bright and shiny picture books each week that can be enjoyed by kids and their parents alike!

Happening every Tuesday at 10.30am. Harry Hartog is located on Level 1 of Westfield Woden.



This winter the city boasts Canberra’s only open air ice rink. You can choose from one of their seven sessions daily at Garema Place, starting from Friday 23 June.

More information and ticket bookings are here.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House


Supersize your holiday fun with a superhero masterclass at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Do you enjoy wearing capes? Are you good at helping people? Discover your inner superhero in our hands-on workshop. Design and make your own superhero costumes out of recycled materials , then you will be ready to save the world!

  • There’s lots more to do at the Museum these school holidays:
  • Test your super powers with our superhero museum trail
  • Grab a press gang backpack and be a journalist
  • Try on a Greek helmet or the Queen’s dress in DRESS UP
  • Discover what makes collectors tick with our new Collectors Kits

The Superhero Masterclass runs from Monday 3 to Friday 7 July 2017 from 9.30am to 11.00am at Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House. It costs $8 per child, which includes museum entry.

Sessions fill quickly, so be faster-than-a-speeding-bullet to secure your place. Bookings essential via the website

National Museum of Australia

kspace feature

If your kids love riding a bike, they might be interested in helping design Canberra as a bike-friendly city by riding bikes to the National Museum of Australia.

Children of all ages are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult and all kids have an opportunity to design and make some bike accessories to take home.

This activity costs $10 per child (free for children on Friends full membership) and goes for one week only.

Book your session between 10 -11.30am or 11.30 -1pm on Eventbrite

If you’d like to hang out longer, KSPACE will also be open during the school holidays and there is a free Bay Window play space that open on afternoons from 2pm to 3.30pm too.


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