Top things to do during the winter school holidays

A mum and her daughter on a toboggan at Corin Forest Corin Forest is fun for the whole family with snowplay and tobogganing.

Whether your kids love playing in the snow, meeting animals or listening to stories, there are lots of exciting activities to keep them occupied throughout the school holidays.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Snowplay at Corin Forest

Open seven days a week in winter, Corin Forest is fun for all the family with snowplay, tobogganing and a custom designed ski slope. After a fun session on the slopes you can warm up with a hot chocolate by the open fire in the lodge.

Koala-spotting at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Head to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to explore the sanctuary and wetlands. Wander through the Eucalypt Forest to learn about the koalas who call it home. The reserve is open every day throughout the holidays from 7:30am-6pm.

Ice skating at Wintervention

Grab your winter coat and ice-skates and head into the city for Wintervention until 21 July. There are markets, ice shows, a life size snow globe and live entertainment.

Story time at Libraries ACT

Libraries ACT's school holiday program offers everything from library ninja training and story times for kids, as well as more great author talks for adults. All Libraries ACT programs and events are free, however bookings are essential as places are limited. Visit library.act.gov.au or call 6205 9000 for information and to book.

Get hands on at Canberra Glassworks

Get hands on and check out how to make a snowflake out of glass, winter holiday tiles, landscape lanterns and kiln-formed glass at the Canberra Glassworks. The Glassworks is open from 10am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Stories in the Forest

Let your children's imagination run wild at Stories in the Forest from July 11-17. Explore the Arboretum on a quest to find fairies in the hundred-year-old Cork Oak Forest, help discover who stole winter and learn why the forest needs winter to thrive.

NAIDOC week at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

Celebrate NAIDOC week from July 7-14 by joining a ranger at the Australian National Botanic Gardens on an easy walk along the Aboriginal Plant Trail. You will discover how Indigenous people from across Australia used plants for a range of activities including food and medicine.

Kung Fu lessons at National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia is offering different activities from 8-21 July, inspired by the Historical Expression of Chinese Art Exhibition. Warm up from the chilly Canberra winter with Kung Fu lessons, dragon dancing and art and craft activities.