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Guide to Summer School Holidays in Canberra

on 01 January 2020 in Family

Now that the summer school holidays have finally arrived, there is no better place to be than Canberra. With a wide array of activities, Canberra will dial up the fun for every member of your family. Whether your kids want to spend time at the National Dinosaur Museum, take part in face painting or learn how to swim, Canberra is the place for your family. From relaxing activities to all-out fun, make these school holidays a holiday to remember.


Before your holiday of fun, always remember to check relevant attraction’s websites for any weather warnings and other closure alerts. 

Fun Day Trips

If you’re short on time, a day trip to Canberra is a great way to enjoy a lot of experiences in a small time frame. Whether it’s museums or indoor play centres, there’s something for everyone. 


National Dinosaur Museum 

For the dinosaur lover in your family, make sure to check out the National Dinosaur Museum. Offering guided tours through Australia’s largest display of dinosaurs, this museum is a treat for the senses. Touch genuine fossils and learn interesting facts all in one place!

Canberra Aqua Park 

Beat the heat this summer in Canberra’s newest and most exciting outdoor inflatable attraction. Whether you’re wanting to climb, splash or slide through a giant inflatable obstacle course, Canberra Aqua Park is sure to provide the fun these school holidays. 

Open Air PlayUp 

Located at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Open Air PlayUp is a great way to soak up the sunshine this summer. With giant lawn games and reading teepees on offer, this event is a great way to relax and unwind. 

Holiday Workshops and Activity Sessions

Looking to spend a week in Canberra? There are more than enough activities from indoor to outdoor fun to keep the whole family occupied this summer.  

Free activities 

To close the school holidays with a bang, Marketplace Gungahlin is hosting a jam-packed, week-long schedule of events. On Monday, January 27 the Jump N Slide will be up and running to keep kids entertained. While on Thursday, January 30, kids can get their faces painted. 

NFSA school holidays movies

These school holidays, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia will be showcasing the power of kids. From princesses to penguins and everything in between, a host of classic movies will be playing from 10:30 in the morning. 

NLA programs 

The National Library of Australia is hosting an array of different events that are perfect for kids. Little Day Out on February 2 will see little ones come face to face with Australia’s favourite authors. While Summer Story Time on January 30 will provide kids with an opportunity to let their imaginations run wild. 

Kids Pantry

Kids Pantry is Canberra’s only cooking school and kitchen garden designed exclusively for kids. Offering children an introduction to gardening, cooking and healthy eating, this is a great treat for the family. 

School Holidays Swimming Lessons 

School holidays are a great time to teach your kids how to swim. With the assistance of professionals, kids can be ready to hit the water confidently for the rest of the summer. 

ACTION Break School Holiday Activities and Programs 

YMCA ACTION Break School Holidays activities and programs are a great opportunity for kids to learn and grow from new experiences in the water. The program is dedicated to fast-tracking a child’s swimming skills, letting them swim safely and confidently for the rest of their holiday break. 

Friday Night Disco 

If you’re looking for skate-related activities for your kids these holidays, Friday Night Disco is a lot of for kids who like rolling on their own set of wheels or simply want to give it a go. If the swimming intensives sell out, skating at Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre can be a great way to combine fun and skill-building. 

Natural Attractions 

Looking to get out and about these holidays? Canberra is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature. Take guided tours of rare woodlands or relax in the great outdoors. Either way, you’re sure to have a ball. 

Mulligans Flat 

Explore rare woodlands and the critters that call Mulligans Flat home this summer. An immersive experience, a trip to Mulligans Flat is a great activity for all ages. For the school holidays, kids can even take part in Night Walks. 

National Arboretum 

School holidays at the National Arboretum are all about enjoying long, leisurely summer days. Every Tuesday in January from 10 am to 1 pm, kids can create and decorate their own kites. Between January 16 - 23, kids can take part in one hour of play sessions. 

Where to Stay 

Another great thing about Canberra is how family-friendly it is. From playing host to numerous kid friendly activities to housing some of the best kid-friendly accommodation options, Canberra is the perfect spot to holiday this summer. 

Accommodation options include;

  • BreakFree Capital Tower - family apartments on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.

  • Mantra On Northbourne – hotel rooms and self-contained family apartments one block from the CBD.

  • Capital Executive Apartment Hotel – studio and family apartments, just a 5-minute walk from the CBD.

  • Best Western Sundown Motel Resort – ground floor apartment style accommodation on the south side, minutes from all major attractions.

Summer Holidays in Canberra

Marketplace Gungahlin has a bumper schedule of school holiday fun for kids of all sizes. Register your interest in one of our workshops today. From arts and crafts to obstacle castles, Marketplace Gungahlin highlights why Canberra is the place to be these summer school holidays. 


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