Whether you’re planning a staycation, a road trip or getaway over the winter school holidays, check out the fantastic local advertisers in our special holiday activity guide to find fun activities, attractions, places and events for all the family – or kids only – to enjoy.
Take your pick of Canberra’s best adventure training activities for kids aged four to 17! These school holidays, health and wellbeing business B.FIRM is offering a range of kids’ programs, giving them an opportunity to play hard at Canberra’s only Obstacle Adventure Park.
Approaching health and wellbeing through the lens of holistic health, the Kids Firm philosophy is bedded in teaching and building on individual and community health and wellbeing knowledge by creating impactful programs and using encouragement and positive influence as tools for change.
Watch your kid become a Ninja with the Ninja Warrior, Spartan and Obstacle programs, where they can battle their friends, or book them into a PT session where they can train with one of Australia’s premier trainers, Lee Campbell. Bookings are essential for guaranteed fun and fitness.
The Canberra Glassworks school holiday programs are designed for kids from as young as three to unleash their creativity while working together to create their very own glass piece.
With a range of unique, winter-themed activities on offer, there’s suitable classes for all age groups and interests that will take them behind the scenes of a Canberra institution. The kids can try their hand at making a glass mosaic, fusing a winter wonderland glass tile or turning their own design into a glass cast snowflake.
There are also workshops for drawing on glass, inspired by the Glassworks’ current exhibition by artist Megan Cope, and a workshop for teenagers that will take them through the ins and outs of glass blowing.
And, for kids 12 and under, the Kids Design Competition will see one submitted design turned into a glass creation.
For an exciting, fun and different experience this school holidays, head to canberraglassworks.com/create/holidays
11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
T: 6260 7005
Canberra Martial Arts & Fitness (CMA&F) has a range of classes that is unlike any other martial arts or fitness club in Canberra.
It doesn’t matter what shape, size or age you are, we’ve raised the bar for functional training.
Whether you’re looking for the most intense workout in the world, just interested in getting a great sweat in for 45 minutes or you need to entertain the kids these school holidays, we’ve got you sorted.
Our Martial Arts based holiday programs include a range of classes each day, including themed days and other fun activities!
For the adults, there’s a range of fitness programs including POWERfit, FIGHTINGfit, HIITfit and more.
Fitness at CMA&F is about community, doing things differently and, most importantly, having a lot of fun while you’re at it. We’d love to have you join us on YOUR fitness journey.
You’ll find some great family shows to enjoy during the school holidays at Canberra Theatre Centre:
Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, 8-11 July, is recommended for children 5 years and older. Created by multi-award-winning theatre company shake & stir, Fantastic Mr Fox is part interactive cartoon, part stage show, and pure entertainment. Chase your tail all the way to the theatre and experience this family classic live on stage.
Drummer Queens, 2-3 July, is an explosion of bass drums, backflips and brilliant choreography that will blow minds of all ages this school holidays. With awe-inspiring skills and stunning staging, the whole family will be swept up by the beat of this fun and fierce show.
Also suitable for all ages is Celtic Illusion Reimagined, 5 July. Irish dance and Grand Illusion sensation Celtic Illusion is back and better than ever. This theatrical masterpiece will have the whole family mesmerised from the moment the curtain is raised.
Space Squad is Australia’s best residential holiday space camp program for students in Grades 2-6 (Junior), Years 6-9 (Youth), and Years 10-12 (Senior) who are interested all things Space! Over five days/four nights, cadets will be immersed in all things Space. An out of this world experience for your children with hands-on workshops like rocketry, virtual reality, drones, telescope build, Mars Rover build and coding, science and physics. Chat with NASA-Boeing astronauts or in training, the Australian Space Agency, engineers, astronomers, astrophysicists, RAAF pilots, recruits, space ethicists and scientists who are working on earth and space missions. Visits can include Questacon, UNSW Canberra, ANU AITC building, Mount Stromlo Observatory, MSATT, Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Canberra Deep Space Communication Centre and more.
The Y Canberra has over 75 years’ experience organising camps and children’s activities locally. Please call Mission Control or jump online to apply or for further information!
Whether you’re young or young at heart, we’ve got something for you at The Q! Entertain your little ones with our ‘Q The Kids’ shows.
You know the story of The Owl and the Pussycat who went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat… This beautiful interactive show features singing, puppetry and musical Puffins.
Australia’s favourite kidult comedy duo is back with their hilarious adaption of Shakespeare’s classic. This is the bard, Listies style: ninjas, ghosts, pirate aliens, swords, dinosaurs and zombies. Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark is a side-splitting adventure that shatters the fourth wall and glues it back together with supersonic story-telling and silliness. Spoiler alert: everyone dies at the end – including the audience!
Based on a true story, Robot Song is an honest, intensely funny show for any child who’s ever felt isolated or pushed to the margins. And who doesn’t love a giant singing robot?
Try something new with Active Gamers, combining video games, sports and cyber-safety education in an action-packed school holiday program.
Active Gamers use video games as an educational tool for team building, communication and sociability, all while having fun along the way! Held at the AFL Canberra headquarters in Woden and at the ANU, kids will also take part in sporting activities with qualified instructors and learn about how to keep safe online.
The jam-packed and unique program is fully catered and the Woden program qualifies for the Child Care Subsidy.
Jump online for more information and to book: activegamers.com.au
Get the kids into the gym these holidays with Canberra City Gymnastics Club’s school holiday program. The kids can try something a bit different, with a challenging and entertaining program packed full of fun activities, games and gymnastics exercises. Experienced coaches are on hand to make sure each child is happy, comfortable and having fun!
The program runs for full days in both Belconnen and Lyneham, with the option for half-day sessions at the Lyneham gym. Healthy morning and afternoon tea is provided, BYO lunch. Contact the friendly office team to book!
DB Tennis is offering a host of tennis clinics over the school holidays for children of all ages and skill levels.
Run in small groups at the Eastlake Flinders Tennis Club, Griffith, the DB Tennis holiday program clinics serve as either a great introduction to the sport or a development pathway for more experienced players.
Owner and operator David Beniamini says they are a fantastic way to experience tennis in a fun and social environment.
Enrol online via the DB Tennis website or contact David directly for further information.
Perform Australia is Canberra’s leading drama school, and these holidays they’re pleased to present three fantastic programs: ‘Earth and Space’ and ‘Impro Olympics’ for kids aged 7-12, and ‘Hit The Airwaves’, a new one day podcasting course for ages 12-17. Taught by special guest 2CA radio breakfast presenter Jen Seyderhelm, the podcasting course is a window into understanding everything you need to know about running your own podcast.
Perform Australia prides itself on its fun and educational programs which give kids confidence. It’s not over when the holidays end – Perform Australia offers after-school acting classes right around Canberra.
Whether you’re travelling or having a staycation these school holidays, reading books is a great activity that enriches the lives and minds of young and old. You’ll find a great selection of quality new books for readers of all ages at The Book Cow, Canberra’s newest independent bookshop at the Kingston shops just opposite Green Square.
Encouraging kids to read promotes imagination, improves concentration and develops language skills.
The Book Cow sells ‘pages for all ages’ – but they have a soft spot for kids’ books for all ages. Drop by and have a browse.
47 Jardine Street, Kingston
Race down to Canberra’s only slot car venue these school holidays! Slot car racing is perfect for kids’ parties and groups of all ages. Cars are supplied, or you can BYO.
Way2Fast now also stocks and services remote control cars from a variety of manufacturers, including ready to run cars and build kits from all of the major brands. We also sell slot cars and tracks as well as a full range of parts to fix remote control cars. Get in touch for repairs or servicing.
20 Essington Street, Mitchell
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