Six Of The Best Activities To Do With Kids In Canberra

  • Preschoolers
    Mums & Bubs

By: Lenore Pearson, ellaslist explorer

Three hours from Sydney in the car with kids might be a big ask, but oh the possibilities once you get there! The nation’s capital is abundant with activities families can share, both indoors and out.

1. Questacon

Start at the top and work your way down. Science is at its most fun in Questacon, both adults and kids will be amazed as they make their way through each room. Check out what special events their hosting: from engineering shows to botanical labs, your kids will leave with dreams of becoming scientists!

Open: 9am – 5pmquestacon canberra

Adults: $23.00
Concession: $17.50
Child (4 – 16 years): $17.50
Child (Under 4 years): Free
Family (2 Adults + 3 Children): $70.00 ($8.00 for each additional child)


2. Cockington Green Gardens

Cokington Green Gardens has a unique and charming display of miniature buildings, including famous international landmarks. Make sure you hop on the mini train for a ride around the gardens! And keep an eye out on their Facebook for special offers as November 3 comes closer (it’s their birthday).

Open: 9.30am – 5pmcockington garden canberra

Adults: $19.50
Children (4-16 years): $11.50
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children): $56.00
Extra children with family: $5.00
Miniature Steam Train Rides: $3.00


3. National Art Gallery of Australia

You may not think an art gallery will entertain the kids long enough but they are well catered for through a ‘treasure hunt’ of art works to find throughout the gallery, integrative kids tours and hands on activities. The ‘stART with art’ program combines music and an interactive tour for kids and parents, but it only happens on the second Friday of every month. There are also special tours for parents with babies, and they provide tasty muffins and coffee after the tour! Check out all the details and to book here.

Open: 10am – 5pm


4. National Dinosaur Museum

See Australia’s largest permanent collection of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, with over 50 life like models, including robotic dinosaurs that move! Be brave and stand next to a T-Rex! Take a guided tour which are tailored to suit all ages of primary and secondary students, and bring a unique insight into dinosaur biology and evolution in a fun-filled, interactive experience. Get to touch fossils and specimens, ask questions, and take photos.

Open: 10am- 5pmnational dinosaur museum canberra

Adults: $15
Children: $9.90
Family: $42 (Extra Child $5)
Concession: $11
Under 4: Free of Charge

More Information Here.


5. Black Mountain Tower (Telstra Tower)

The tower is 195m above Black Mountain with 360 degree views of Canberra and both indoor and outdoor viewing platforms.

Open: 9am – 10pmtelstra tower

Adults: $7.50
Children 4-16 years: $3.00
Children under 4 years: Free
Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children): $17

More Information Here. 


6. Pod Playground at the National Arboretum

Let the kids burn off some energy at the Pod Playground. Rope tunnels, cubbies, noise producing activities….what more could a kid ask for? Nearby is the Village Centre where tired parents can find a cafe for all your caffeine needs!




Lenore Pearson ellaslist explorer

Hello! My name is Lenore, proud mumma to three gorgeous kids, amazingly awesome wife to one cool dude and self-professed travel addict! I started out my career as a primary school teacher for five years, which, second to having my own kids, was extremely rewarding for me.

While I was pregnant with baby number 3, and slowly going insane pacing (waddling) up and down the house, I felt I needed to keep my mind active and decided to take up a Diploma in Travel and Tourism, because I clearly wasn’t going to have my hands full enough with three kids!

I am all about exploring. For me, living a full life is about collecting amazing experiences from as many incredible places as possible. Travel and adventures fuel my imagination and I love sharing them in the hopes of inspiring the explorer in each of us! Along with my family, I have been fortunate enough to have discovered lots of places already.

I am super excited to be an ellaslist Explorer, aiming to provide very real and practical information for families looking to create their own adventures and experiences. I am forever researching new and exciting things to do with the kids and I look forward to sharing them with you.

I have also just launched my own travel blog ‘Little Miss Piggy’ a treasure trove of travel inspiration and unique experiences in and around Sydney and abroad.





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