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Caption: If the possibility of rainy school holidays is something you dread, check out CW’s guide of fun things to do to keep the whole family entertained. Image: iStock.

When school holidays roll around, the thought of entertaining the kids can be overwhelming, especially when the rain sets in. While home craft ideas like making slime are fun, why not do something the whole family is sure to enjoy? Here are 10 fun things for the kids and grown-ups to do, no matter their rainy-day mood.

See a movie at the NFSA

Arc Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive is showing a range of films that is sure to grab the attention of movie buffs of all ages. Looking for something to do earlier in the day as well? The Mervyn Bishop exhibition is also on, celebrating one of Australia’s most prolific and influential photographers. Free for anyone under the age of 18, book your tickets now to get a glimpse into Mervyn’s world. Make sure to visit the NFSA website to see what’s on and to plan ahead!

Borrow a book from the library (and stay in)

There’s something about libraries on rainy days. Take advantage of Canberra’s relaxed COVID restrictions to take a trip to your local library to nestle in and relax with a good book. Perfect for any age, there’s sure to be a fantastic world waiting to be discovered between the pages.

Try a new recipe

Concerned cooking will turn into a recipe for disaster? Don’t be, cooking is one of the best skills to learn! Start small with berry banana crumble muesli bars or why not check out our recipe for banoffee pie for a little inspiration? With a little time and effort, you’ll have a mini Master Chef in the making and a delicious snack for later.

The National Gallery of Australia has an amazing array of exhibitions. Explore the masterpieces featured in the Botticelli to Van Gogh exhibition, be mesmerised by the Infinity Room and learn about Australian art. Check out What’s on for kids and families for a more tailored, kiddie friendly experience.

Have an ice day at the ice-skating rink

Bundle up and head out to the ice staking rink for a day full of laughter. It’s sure to break some ice and get everyone smiling.

Set up an indoor treasure hunt

Just because you don’t want to go outside, doesn’t mean you can’t go exploring. Have one person set up an indoor treasure hunt and make some clues about ordinary indoor objects to get everyone thinking. Add a prize into the mix and watch the house explode as everyone races to find the clues. 

Leave no pin standing at bowling

Grab a ball and get rolling at your local bowling alley. A game of calculation and skill, this is an activity that’s perfect for kids big and small. Invite some friends and make a day of it. Not only is it great exercise, with ramps and bumpers anyone can bowl.

Host a video game tournament

Show the kids who’s boss and duke it out for the title of ultimate champion. Mario Kart is a classic and is sure to bring out some good fun family competition. Add some snacks and the day is sorted.

Organise a themed movie marathon 

Happy ethnic family watching television together

If you don’t feel like leaving the house, why not have a themed movie marathon? Think of movies in the same genre, that features the same actor or even just watch movies taking place in LA or Paris for a staycation feel. The options are endless.  Still need ideas? A classic Disney movie marathon will get everyone singing at the top of their lungs.

Discover mysteries at Questacon

Travel from the centre of an earthquake to the heart of a beehive, all the way to outer space at Questacon! Perfect for kids big and small, with over 200 educational and interactive exhibits, Questacon seeks to make science fun for all. Make sure to pre-book as timed tickets sessions run hourly from 9am each day.