What do Chris Hemsworth and Canberra have in common? They are both creative and independent middle children, up there with the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr! Sandwiched between Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra can often be overlooked as a holiday choice, overshadowed by its popular big brother and cultured younger sister. Although not as handsome as Hemsworth, Canberra has plenty to offer for a family vacay. And as an added bonus, it’s also very kind to the bank account! Which is exactly what we like to hear as we get over the Christmas finance hangover.
Free family fun in Canberra – Let’s go.
General admission to the museum is free and they have a new award winning exhibition for the kids, KSpace. Kspace is an interactive adventure game where you can build your own robot and then fly back through time to explore Australia’s past. With plenty to see and touch, this is a real winner for kids aged 3 to 12.
Grab a ‘My Visit to the Mint’ activity book on your way in and spend the day completing puzzles and learning about how coins are made. The Mint is really interactive and kid friendly and you can even make your own coin while you’re there.
Feed the pelicans, learn about the endangered corroboree frog and get up close to water bugs all at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. For only $11.50 for a family of up to 8, you can experience the reserve by yourselves, or join a guided tour with one of the knowledgeable Rangers. They have a heap of tours and activities organized for the school holidays with hands on, up close and personal experiences for the kids at no additional cost.
Get blown away at one of Canberra’s most loved art houses and watch the talented artists at work in the hot shop creating all kinds of glass masterpieces. The kids will marvel at the unique techniques used, pulling and blowing hot glass to create a range of shapes and objects– plus, entry is free!
Just an FYI, Canberra Glass works is closed from Christmas until 10 January.
Want to guarantee a solid night’s sleep for all? Check out the National Arboretum with their new Pod Playground for the kids. The Arboretum is home to a gorgeous collection of greenery including Japanese bonsais as well as cedar and pine plantations. Fly a kite or ride a bike around the grounds and take in the beautiful surroundings. The kids will love the Pod Playground, a maze of acorns and tunnels!
Educational and a relaxing place to cool down or hide from the rain – the National Library of Australia ticks plenty of boxes! Check out their Wordplay family activity space where you can read a book, write, draw and play. Grab a coffee on the way in and enjoy an hour of zen while the kids dive into a Dahl.