What’s on this school holidays

Young girls on e-scooters

Whether it’s going to a major sporting event or e-scooting around the lake, there’s an array of activities to keep the kids busy this school holidays.

What’s on this school holidays

From circuses and festivals to major sporting games and inflatable obstacle courses, there is an array of activities to keep the kids busy this April school holidays (9-25 April).

We’ve rounded up a range of options to please kids of every age. Have fun, practice COVID-smart behaviors and stay home if unwell.

Cheer on the Matildas at GIO Stadium Canberra

Promo image for upcoming Matildas v NZ game

It’s been almost ten years since our national women’s soccer team played in Canberra, but they’re back to take on New Zealand on 12 April at GIO stadium.

Take the whole family to support some of our nation’s best sports stars.

Get even more of your sporting fix

The Matildas game isn’t the only big sporting event happening in April. Others include:

  • The Raiders take on the Cowboys at GIO Stadium Canberra on 14 April. Book now. You can also discover the team’s history at the Canberra Museum + Gallery’s Canberra Raiders: 40 Years in the Limelight exhibition.
  • The GWS Giants do battle against St Kilda at Manuka Oval on 22 April. Book now.

Celebrate our city’s heritage

A display of boomerangs

The Canberra Region and Heritage Festival’s Kid’s Week (18-23 April) gives kids the chance to get involved and learn about our city’s culture and history. Activities taking place across the city include:

  • Learning local Ngunnawal greetings
  • Hunting for treasure at the Hall School Museum and Heritage Center
  • Getting crafty in a 100-year-old heritage listed forest at the National Arboretum Canberra
  • Learning how 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 across five days from 14-18 April.

With more than 200 acts over 12 venues, including a proud showcase of the best homegrown talent, the 2022 festival is an extraordinary offering of music and entertainment for the whole family. Make a booking.

Gasp and laugh at the Canberra Circus Festival

Warehouse Circus

The best in Australian circus is coming to Canberra for a jam-packed season of excitement for the people of all ages from 19-23 April.

As well as ticketed performances, you can attend the Canberra Circus Festival’s free market day in Kambah on Saturday 23 April, which includes craft and community stalls, food, free juggling, and acrobatics workshops. Make a booking.

Enjoy some Playful Enlightenment in Glebe Park

Parents and kids are invited to head along to Glebe Park between 10am-4pm from 9-22 April to let your imaginations run free, using found and repurposed materials to become whatever you want them to be. Visit the Facebook page for more details.

Celebrate Youth Week activities

With Youth Week taking place from 4-14 April, there a host of events taking place across Canberra.

The events have been planned by young people for young people and include activities like DJ training, cooking classes, improv theater sessions, table tennis pick-up games, dance parties and more. Head to the Youth Week website for more information.

Explore nature with the Arboretum’s ‘Mushrooms and Mini-Beasts’ forest walk

This National Arboretum event allows kids to awaken their senses in the 100-year-old heritage listed cork oak forest, where they will discover an amazing variety of forest 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 Canberra bus stops, 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: Tour the new recording studio, have a go at podcasting, make paper plans, learn about the planets, decorate your own Canberra bus stop and much more – 20 April 2022
  • Popcorn & PJs: Grab your pillow and some snacks and join us for kids movies at the Woden and Dickson Library
  • Paper Pilots: Learn how to make paper planes 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 play with author Krys Saclier.
  • Pom Pom Planets: Learn about space, planets and our solar system while creating your own pom pom planets (ages 5-8).
  • Special holiday Story Times (ages 3-5) and Giggle & Wiggles (ages 0-2).
  • There’s plenty for big kids too with tours of our new Woden tech spaces, yoga, and workshops for parents.

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

Australia's largest inflatable course

Supersized inflatable maze Tuff Nutterz is coming to Canberra on the from 9-25 April at Parkes Place Lawns.

The experience includes child-friendly music and huge shade tents, in addition to the huge slides, climbing walls, balance balls and more. Make a booking.

See the Teeny Tiny Stevies perform at Canberra Theater

The award-winning group is coming to Canberra on 23 April 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 8 April to 1 May.

Pixar Putt includes 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 booking.

Other top free things to do

There’s always so much to do, but here are a few more ideas to keep you busy:

  • Use the Parks ACT’s new ‘Find a Park’ tool to discover a new playground or nature park to explore.
  • Explore the new street art installations in Braddon following the Surface Festival using the festival map.
  • Check out the online games and activities available on the Constable Kenny Koala website, learning some valuable safety lessons in the process.
  • Go orienteering at one of the permanent courses around your region. There are various levels and all-ability accessible courses. Find locations around Canberra.
  • Take a walk or bike ride around Canberra. Here’s a list of walk and ride maps to help you plan your journey.

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