Whether you are just spending a couple hours or a couple of days in Canberra, there are plenty of attractions and things to do that will interest the younger members of the family, and maybe even the older ones too!
Questacon: This hands on science museum is fun for all ages, and maybe a little educational too! Questacon has a range of permanent exhibits as well as seasonal features and shows. Open daily from 9am- 5pm. Adults $23, Children (4-16yrs) $17.50 and children under 4 are free. Concession rates available.
Canberra Arboretum: The Arboretum is not just a bunch of trees planted by politicians and dignitaries. It is also home to a multitude of rare tree species and conservation projects, gardens, bonsai displays, beautiful picnic and BBQ areas and an innovative “pod” playground. The pod playground is a huge feature for the kids and as a whole, a budget friendly option for the whole family. Entry into the Arboretum is free, however parking is $2/hour to a maximum of $7.50.
Mini Golf and Go Carts: Power Cart Raceway is a popular destination for the thrill seekers in the family, offering electric go-carts on a F1 Style indoor circuit. There is even a mini version with gentle turns and smaller carts for the smaller kids! Recently they have also opened a fantastic glow in the dark, jungle themed mini golf. It has 18 holes in a range of difficulty levels. Fun for everyone in the family! 1 Race on the Full sized Go-carts is $25/child and $29/adult. Mini Carts are $8 for 5 minutes. Mini Golf is $12/adult and $8/child.
National Zoo and Aquarium: Another popular activity for the whole family, whether it is just a day out or even overnight! There are a wide range of tours and wildlife encounters to be had, as well as the standard zoo and aquarium entry. These include family tours, keeper talks and up close and personal wildlife encounters. The National Zoo and Aquarium is open every day except Christmas from 9am -5pm and admission to both is $40/adult and $23/child, with under 4yrs being a gold coin donation. Concession rates available.
Canberra War Memorial: A fantastic, if at times solemn, display of Australian history and our involvement in various wars. The Memorial features various exhibitions of art and artifacts from the wars as well as an archive, however its primary purpose is remembrance. Entry into the War Memorial is free.
Gold Creek Village: Located on the outskirts of Canberra, Gold Creek Village is home to some wonderful family friendly attractions, as well as some for the grown-ups, such as galleries, shops and cafes. For the kids there is the Canberra Reptile Zoo, Canberra Walk-in Avery, the National Dinosaur Museum and Cockington Gardens miniature village. It would be very easy to spend the whole day here! Each attraction has its own opening hours and pricing, so visit their website for further information.