Whether it’s a major sporting event or e-scooting around the lake, there is a range of activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays.
What’s on during these school holidays?
From circuses and festivals to big sports games and inflatable obstacle courses, there is a range of activities to keep the kids busy during the April school holidays (9-25 April).
We’ve rounded up a range of options to please kids of any age. Have fun, practice COVID smart behavior and stay home if you are sick.
Cheer the Matildas at GIO Stadium Canberra
It’s been almost ten years since our women’s national football team played in Canberra, but on April 12 they will face New Zealand again at the GIO stadium.
Bring the whole family to support some of our country’s best sports stars.
Get even more out of your sporty fix
The Matildas match is not the only major sporting event taking place in April. Others include:
- The Raiders will face the Cowboys at GIO Stadium Canberra on April 14. Book now. You can also discover the team’s history at the Canberra Museum + Gallery’s Canberra Raiders: 40 years in the spotlight exhibition.
- The GWS Giants will face St Kilda at Manuka Oval on April 22. Book now.
Celebrate the heritage of our city
The Canberra Region Kid’s Week and Heritage Festival (April 18-23) gives children the opportunity to get involved and learn about our city’s culture and history. Activities taking place throughout the city include:
- Learning Local Ngunnawal Greetings
- Treasure Hunt at the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre
- Get crafty in a 100-year-old, heritage-listed forest in the National Arboretum Canberra
- Learn to throw spears and boomerangs from Aboriginal Rangers
Sing and dance at the National Folk Festival
The heart and home of Australian folk culture, the National Folk Festival takes place over five days from April 14-18.
With over 200 acts in 12 venues, including a proud showcase of the best homegrown talent, the 2022 festival is an extraordinary offering of music and entertainment for all the family. Make a reservation.
Catch your breath and laugh at the Canberra Circus Festival
The best of Australian circus comes to Canberra for a season of thrills for people of all ages from April 19-23.
In addition to ticketed shows, on Saturday 23 April you can attend the free market day of the Canberra Circus Festival in Kambah, which includes craft and community stalls, food, free juggling and acrobatics workshops. Make a reservation.
Enjoy a playful effort in Glebe Park
Parents and children are invited to visit Glebe Park from 9-22 April between 10am and 4pm to let your imagination run wild and use found and recycled materials to become whatever you want. Visit the Facebook page for more details.
Four activities of the Youth Week
With Youth Week taking place from April 4-14, there are plenty of events taking place across Canberra.
The events are planned by young people for young people and include activities such as DJ training, cooking classes, improv theater sessions, table tennis pick-up games, dance parties and more. Visit the Youth Week website for more information.
Explore nature with the Arboretum’s ‘Mushrooms and Mini-Beasts’ woodland walk
This National Arboretum event allows children to stimulate their senses in the 100-year-old, heritage-listed cork oak forest, where they will discover an amazing variety of woodland creatures, plants and fungi that grow there. Book now.
Rediscover your local library
Your local library is a hub of activity all year round, but especially during school holidays. From making solar ovens and iconic bus stops in Canberra to mind-boggling Questacon displays, there’s plenty of free holiday entertainment at a library near you. Some events and sessions include:
- Woden Library Open Day: Visit the new recording studio, try podcasts, make paper airplanes, learn about the planets, decorate your own bus stop in Canberra and much more – April 20, 2022
- Popcorn & PJ’s: Grab your pillow and some snacks and join kids’ movies at the Woden and Dickson Library
- Paper Pilots: Learn how to make paper airplanes designed by the Australian Air Force (sessions for various skill levels, ages 6-10+)
- Vote 4 Me – Story Time & Craft: Enjoy a story, craft and fun election role-playing game with author Krys Saclier.
- Pom Pom Planets: Learn about space, planets and our solar system while making your own pom pom planets (5-8 years).
- Special Holiday Stories (ages 3-5) and Giggle & Wiggles (ages 0-2).
- There’s plenty for big kids too with guided tours of our new technical areas in Woden, yoga and parent workshops.
Visit the Libraries ACT website for the full program of activities, dates, locations and to register for a session.
Challenge yourself on Australia’s largest inflatable obstacle course
Supersized inflatable maze Tuff Nutterz is coming to Canberra at Parkes Place Lawns from April 9-25.
The experience includes kid-friendly music and huge shade tents, in addition to huge slides, climbing walls, balance balls, and more. Make a reservation.
See the Teeny Tiny Stevies perform at the Canberra Theatre
The award-winning group is coming to Canberra on April 23 to perform songs from their children’s album, Thoughtful Songs For Little People.
Book now to attend the concert at the Canberra Theatre.
Play 18 holes at Pixar Putt
This pop-up mini golf sensation is coming to Civic Square from April 8 to May 1.
Pixar Putt features 18 interactive putt-putt holes inspired by the stories and characters from some of Pixar’s films, such as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E and more. Make a reservation.
Other free things to do
There is always so much to do, but here are a few more ideas to keep you busy:
- Use Parks ACT’s new ‘Find a Park’ tool to discover a new playground or natural park.
- Explore the new street art installations in Braddon after the Surface Festival using the festival map.
- Check out the online games and activities available on the Constable Kenny Koala website and learn some valuable safety lessons along the way.
- Go orienteering at one of the regular courses near you. There are different levels and courses accessible to everyone. Find locations in Canberra.
- Take a walk or bike ride around Canberra. Here is a list of hiking and driving maps to help you plan your trip.