Young girl using a hula hoop

Get outdoors, get creative and make the most of these spring school holidays.

21 September 2022

Spring has sprung and school is out. Thankfully there are plenty of activities to keep kids and families entertained during the school holidays from 24 September to 6 October.

Scroll our picks below to beat the boredom.


Australia’s biggest celebration of spring has opened in Commonwealth Park. During the holidays Floriade’s program includes music, entertainment, circus shows, kids’ workshops and of course the Ferris wheel.

Floriade kids’ workshops:

  • Kids’ Woodworking Workshop  - 27, 28 September and 4, 5 October. Find out more
  • Sustainable Kids Workshop - 29 September, free, bookings required. Find out more

There are also plenty of activities to keep parents entertained too. For more information, check out the highlights of this year’s festival.

ACT Parks School Holiday Programs

Nature Play programs will be offered at both Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi national park during the spring school holidays. Bookings are required and all activities are free. Please note entry fees apply for Tidbinbilla.

Check out these options:

  • 27 September: Billy Tea and Damper (Tidbinbilla)
  • 29 September: World of Waterbugs (Tidbinbilla)
  • 30 September: Namadgi Explorers (Namadgi)
  • 3 and 7 October: Poos Give Us Clues (Namadgi and Tidbinbilla)
  • 4 October Bush Detectives (Tidbinbilla)
  • 5 October: Junior Birdwatching (Tidbinbilla)
  • 6 October: Cubby House Rules (Tidbinbilla)

Further details and bookings are available on the Parks ACT website.

ACT Parks guide with a group of six children in bushland of Namadgi National ParkNamadgi Explorers program

Fly kites, explore and get creative at the National Arboretum

  • Family Orienteering – 24 September to 9 October. Grab your free map and clue sheet from the Village Centre and head out on a letter search. Find out more
  • Cultural Storytime – 27 and 28 September
    Help Katie the Kangaroo find her friend Wally the Wombat and finish with a painting session. $10, bookings essential.
  • Children’s Bonsai Workshop – 4 and 5 October
    Pot up, wire, style and take home your own personal bonsai. Ages 8-16, $40, bookings required.
  • Arboretum Kite Fest – 2 October
    Join the festivities and soar the day away. Enjoy kite demonstrations, entertainment and more. Free, find out more.

Visit your local Library

There’s no need to worry about the kids getting bored this school holidays with the jam-packed program of free activities happening at your local library. Free events and sessions include:

  • Online adventures with Minecraft building and Dungeons & Dragons play
  • Making your artworks light up at an electronic art workshop
  • Programming your own awesome computer game with Scratch
  • Getting the body moving with a Stretch, Spring & Dance class
  • Creating with Technic LEGO®, glass jar upcycling and graphic novel badges
  • Gnome painting, movies, performances and more

Find more information about what’s on at Libraries ACT and make a booking.

Learn to make art from glass at Canberra Glassworks

Let the kids get creative and use their imaginations in these guided children’s specific school holiday programs at the Glassworks.

  • Teen Glass Blowing
    A two-day introduction to glass blowing. Brodburger lunch included. Ages 14+, $480, bookings required
  • Casting Light
    Design and create a small glass flower in a two-hour session. Ages 8+, $115, bookings required.

New gallery and childrens Discovery Centre at the National Museum of Australia

Two new state-of-the-art galleries have opened at the National Museum of Australia. The new Great Southern Land gallery explores the story of the Australian continent with objects and multisensory experiences. The gallery is free to visit during the museum’s opening hours.

The Museum’s new Discovery Centre is a fun, immersive play space for children ages 0-6 years old. It tells five distinctive Australian history stories, each encouraging different types of play. Daily sessions are available, and bookings are required. Cost?

Find out more about the new galleries and see what’s on by visiting the Museum’s website.

Parents and young girl look a a projection of a whaleNew Great Southern Land Gallery. Image: National Museum of Australia

Witness the wonders of Gold Creek Village

Take part in a treasure hunt at Crockington Green Gardens, discover the world of Dinosaurs at the National Dinosaur Museum, feed birds from the palm of yourhand at the Walk-in Bird Aviary or get up-close at the Canberra Reptile Zoo.

The Gold Creek Adventure pass is the best value way to experience all four attractions. Find out more.

Other top things to do:

All Canberra

Share this article:

Subscribe to the OUR CBR newsletter

Get the latest stories in your inbox