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The Summer holidays are here! It can be hard work and expensive keeping the kids entertained.


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Here are 5 FREE things to in Canberra with the kids this school holidays:

  1. Canberra space station – Kids love to learn about space and this centre has all the fascinating answers. Entry is FREE for everyone and is bound to keep the kids entertained for hours. Check out their website HERE for more information.
  2. Disc golf – Get the kids out of the house and learning a new sport, disc golf at Eddison Park is FREE everyday and looks like lots of fun. Check out their website for more details HERE.
  3. National Museum of Australia – This huge museum is jam packed with fun exhibitions for the kids to explore and learn from. Check out their website HERE for more information.
  4. National Gallery of Australia – This gallery is FREE for all permanent exhibitions and they also run FREE fun activities in the school holidays. See their website for more details HERE.
  5. Australian War Memorial – Ranked in the top 10 landmarks to visit in Australia on Tripadvisor this year, this museum is a great educational place to visit with the kids. SEE their website HERE for more information.

Canberra also has many great parks where you could go with a picnic and spend the day.

Do you have any FREE places to visit in Canberra with the kids this school holidays? Please SHARE in the comments below.

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  • We spent 7 hours in the War Memorial/Museum and they flew. This is an absolute ripper of a place to go. My 13yo son was totally stoked with it.

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  • My husband and stepson recently went to Canberra for the school year 7 Canberra trip… they can highly recommend the War Memorial, the Museum, Old Parliament House & Parliament House. They also enjoyed the Telstra Tower and Skyzone… not necessarily free but reasonable cost and fun.

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  • So interesting places to explore, thanks.

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  • They’re all great places to visit for free in Canberra. There are also some fabulous playgrounds that should be added to this list: The Arboretum has a really great playground area and bonus, there is a coffee shop literally next door and some lovely views of Canberra. John Knight memorial playground in Belconnen is amazing and has a number of different playgrounds for different ages as well as ponds to feed the ducks. Boundless playground by Lake Burley Griffin is superb and as titled, is for children of all abilities; Weston Park has a great water area, swings and climbing equipment and is well set up for BBQ/picnics. There is also a small train providing rides for kids for a small fee. Kambah adventure park and Fadden Pines are also excellent for kids of all ages to run around in.

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  • great read thanks for sharing

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  • My kids will got o ACT for yr 7 camp with school and they get to do a lot of cool stuff there. But this is a great guide. Thanks.

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  • One of ours kids drives me mad talking about science at the moment…..that and the history of one particular country (but not they way they lived).
    I found the War Memorial fascinating ….as a child …..as inside when you look up to the ceiling/roof the “artwork” is breathtaking. There was people lying on the floor taking photos of it. We went during the school holidays and the weather was pleasant so we were able to walk around and view various things related to the Memorial. My Dad and a few other relatives were Returned Servicemen. We were taught to pay respect to such places and did so. No running around or touching things we shouldn’t. Pity others there that day obviously weren ‘t taught. My Dad got really upset about it.

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  • Don’t you love free places to visit ?!

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  • Canberra is a great place to visit – my children loved it when they went there with their school many many years ago. I was there a couple of years ago and it’s still a wonderful place to go.

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  • ooh that space station sounds like it would be so awesome! kids would love that! might have to go to canbs!

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  • I’ve never been to Canberra. But if I do, I will surely want to visit the Space Station! It must be awesome!

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  • I remembered as a child the very first interstate outing was Canberra to visit cousins who moved there and because we clocked up on a public holiday , nothing was open and the streets were so quiet. Luckily we had them to keep us entertained and we really never had the opportunity to go back there properly. Hopefully one day .

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  • So many great museums in Canberra – we love visiting them when visit family there.

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  • Thanks for the Canberra List – will add all of these good activities to the folder!

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