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12 Things to do in Canberra with Children

With a vibrant culture, rich history, and a welcoming family-friendly atmosphere, Canberra is a choice destination for families all over the world.

To help you make the most out of your trip, we’ve put together a definitive (and kid-approved) list of the 12 best things to do in Canberra for your next family holiday!

Questacon – The National Science and Technology

This list topper is a family favourite for its awesome line up of interactive science exhibits and colourful displays designed to excite, entertain and encourage young minds. So if you’re looking for something to keep them off their phones, a visit to Questacon will surely spark their imagination and pique their scientific curiosity.

Kids can experience an earthquake, meet a robot, or free fall down a six-metre slide. And for little tots aged 0 to 6 years, Mini Q is a safe and colourful playspace where they can play, learn, and tinker around.

Located at King Edward Terrace, Parkes, ACT

Open every day from 9 am - 5pm

Cost: Between $17.50 and $23.00. Free entry for children under the age of 4 years. Family rates from $70.

Pod Playground at the National Arboretum

If you’re looking for an activity that won’t break the bank, the Pod Playground is a one-of-a-kind outdoor play space for kids (and kids at heart). Its awe-inspiring design encourages kids to clamber across the climbing nets, slip down the tube slides and run around the acorn-shaped cubbies, all the while making new friends.

Located at the National Arboretum, Molonglo Valley ACT

Open every day from 7 am - 5.30pm

Cost: Free entry

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s native flora and fauna at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Spot some koalas, wombats, and a range of bird species while strolling through the easy and pram-accessible walking trails.

And for a quintessentially Aussie day out, cook up a BBQ while keeping the kids entertained in the Nature Discovery Playground.

Located off Paddy's River Road, via Cotter Road (Weston Creek) or Point Hut Crossing (Gordon)

Open at 7.30 am -  6 pm during winter; and 7.30 am - 8 pm in summer

Cost: Between $8 to $13 per vehicle. For more information, click here.

National Zoo and Aquarium

The National Zoo and Aquarium will be a delight for mini zookeepers and zoologists-to-be. For a truly unique and memorable trip highlight, kids can hand feed white lions and encounter tree kangaroos up close!

We also love the Rainforest Café where you can grab a quick bite while being entertained by a family of uber cute Capuchin Monkeys nearby.

Located at 999 Lady Denman Dr, Yarralumla ACT

Open every day from 9.30 am - 5pm

Cost: Children 4 to 15- years $25, Adults - $45, and kids under 4 years are a gold coin donation.

PlayUP at the Museum of Modern Democracy (Old Parliament House)

PlayUp is an amazing addition to the iconic Museum of Modern Democracy (Old Parliament House) in Canberra.  It’s an incredible indoor children’s play space designed specifically to inspire young minds to speak up, make up, play up and be future thought leaders. From the roleplay Kindness Café, to listening pods, fuzzy felt wall, and arts and crafts area, PlayUp has something for everyone to enjoy!

Located at 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT

Open every day from 9 am - 5pm

Cost: Between $1.00 and $2.00. Family rate from $5.


What better way to kick off spring time than attending Floriade, Australia’s biggest and liveliest flower festival. This quintessentially Canberran event features over one million blooming bulbs, and an eclectic program full of family-friendly activities.

With a Pop Culture theme and a jam-packed program, this year’s line up is nothing short of blooming wonderful!  Keep the kids entertained for free at KidzKlub or spend Sunday afternoons picnicking at Jazz in the Park, with some very special guests including Dirt Girl!

Floriade’s ticketed after-dark experience returns come sundown.  Nightfest runs for five nights from Wednesday 26 September until Sunday 30 September with Commonwealth Park coming to life after dark with illuminated flowerbeds, a line-up of food and drink stalls, nightly entertainment and dazzling light installations. It’s an absolute must!

Located at Commonwealth Park, Regatta Place  Parkes, ACT

Open from 15 September to 16 October, 2018

Cost: Free!

National Dinosaur Museum

Travel back to the prehistoric era at the National Dinosaur Museum, featuring lifelike dinosaur models from different periods gone by. Dino-fans of all ages will be especially thrilled about the moving, roaring, and breathing animatronic dinosaurs!

Located at 6 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls ACT

Open everyday from 10 am - 5pm

Cost: Between $9.90 and $16. Free entry for children under 4 years.


Cockington Green Gardens

Step into the enchanting and fascinating miniature world of Cockington Green Gardens. This well-loved tourist attraction features a fantastic display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings and landmarks from Scotland, Greece, Columbia, the Philippines and all over the world!

The miniature steam train ride, which takes you on a scenic journey around the mini world and the beautiful garden landscape, is a definite crowd pleaser.

Located at 11 Gold Creek Road Nicholls ACT

Open everyday from 9.30 am – 5pm

Cost: Between $11.50 and $19.50. Free entry for children under 4 years.


Kids Pantry

Looking to try something different? Kids Pantry is Canberra’s first and only cooking school and kitchen garden dedicated to little foodies and aspiring chefs!

With a goal of inspiring the next generation of cooks, Kids Pantry offers chef sessions for little tots aged up to 6 years, and more advanced classes for 8 to 12-year-olds. Kids will learn the fundamentals of cooking and gardening, along with valuable healthy eating habits.

Located at 9 Prescott Lane, Yarralumla ACT 2600

More info: Head to their website at for more detailed information on costs and times.

Canberra Glassworks

Add something uniquely Canberran to your itinerary and visit the contemporary glass centre, located just a short drive from the Old Parliament House. Book a family tour for an informative and immersive experience or go at your own pace with a self-guided journey through the Canberra Glassworks.

For a one-of-a-kind holiday keepsake, kids aged 8 years and up can learn how to make and design their own coloured glass tile.

Located at 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT 2600

Open Wed to Sun from 10am4pm

Cost: Free entry. Prices apply for tours.


Yarralumla Play Station

The Yarralumla Play Station has an amazing collection of things to do for kids and adults alike. Hop on a leisurely miniature train ride along the iconic Weston Park Railway which takes you through the area’s historic sites and monuments. The whole family can also meet some furry pals at the mini farm, or enjoy a friendly game of mini golf.

Located at 9 Prescott Lane, Yarralumla ACT 2600

Open Mon to Fri from 8.30 am to 4.30pm; and Sat to Sun from 8am to 5.30pm

Cost: Free entry. Prices apply for the mini golf and train.


Sightseeing cruise along Lake Burley Griffin

For a relaxing maritime adventure, MV Southern Cross offers sightseeing cruises along the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin. Be inspired by the stunning views of Canberra’s many lakeside attractions and get some down time after a full itinerary of adventures. And really, what kid doesn’t love a boat ride?

Located at Mariner Place, Yarralumla ACT

Departure times vary. Click here for more info.

Cost: Between $9 to $18. Free for children under 5 years.

Power Kart Raceway

Got a future Formula One driver in your family? Live life inthe fast lane and take the whole family go-kart racing at the Power Kart Raceway!

Keen drivers can enjoy an adrenaline-packed race around Power Kart’s Formula One style indoor circuit. They also have a glow-in-the-dark mini golf, arcade machines, and a café stocked with treats for everyone.

Located at 125 Canberra Ave, Griffith, Canberra ACT

Open Mon to Fri from 10am – 10pm, Sun from 9am - 8pm, and Sat from 9am - 10pm

Cost: Junior rates from $32, and adults from $38. For more information, click here.