Planning a trip to Canberra? Well if you’re taking the kids, you’ll need to know the best places to take them to keep them out of trouble, and save you hearing “can we go home yet?”. These places will also keep them heartily entertained, so it’s a win-win really! Here are 5 of the top things to do with kids in Canberra.
1. National Zoo and Aquarium
The only place in Australia you’ll find a zoo and aquarium in one – the National Zoo and Aquarium. You and the kids can book in for interactive experiences with different animals, as well as taking a tour of all the animals. The aquarium is Australia’s largest saltwater tank – so you’re bound to see a lot of aquatic animals you might not normally see in other aquariums. This is an amazing place to take any kids – especially those with a keen interest in animals. There is a shop, and also café or BBQ area, so you can have a special café lunch or bring your own from home! See all the great things you can do on the website for the National Zoo and Aquarium.
2. Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre
Kids will go crazy for all the cool, hands-on games and fun activities at Questacon. Not only will they be kept entertained by all the amazing exhibits, they’ll be learning all about the wonders of science and technology too. Let your mini scientists explore all day, then take a rest in the café, and maybe buy some souvenirs in the shop before leaving! Their website will give you all the information you need for a day at Questacon.
3. Gold Creek Village
This cute little village packs a punch – in this one area, you get to see the Canberra Walk In Aviary, Cockington Green Gardens, Canberra Reptile Zoo, and the National Dinosaur Museum. The Walk In Aviary houses nearly 600 species of birds – perfect for kids who love their feathered-friends. At Cockington Green Gardens you can see many world-famous sights in miniature form! The Canberra Reptile Zoo is home to Australia’s largest and most deadly reptiles – all there for you and the kids to see. The National Dinosaur Museum will allow you to get up close up and personal with real, fossilised dinosaurs, and new animatronic dinosaurs to show the kids what they would have looked like all those many years ago. Have a look at the Gold Creek Village website for all the necessary details, and how to book in to visit these great places.
4. Big Splash Waterpark
With nine waterslides, and five heated pools, Big Splash Waterpark is the perfect place to go on a hot day! It also houses Canberra’s only waterpark cinema – so pull up an inflatable tube and enjoy the big screen. There are fully-trained life guards so no need to worry, and great places to eat if you don’t want to bring your own lunch. It’s pretty cheap and located in Macquarie – check out their website for all the details.
5. Monkey Mania
At DFO Canberra, you will find Monkey Mania – one of Australia’s favourite indoor children’s play centres. Your kids can climb, play, and explore in a playground that has inflatable jumping castles, a foam cannon ball and gun arena, and a huge “spider web” for climbing. They’ll be entertained for hours while you have a sit in the café and watch them enjoy playing around on all the cool equipment. They even have a Drop ’n Shop service so you know the kids will be looked after if you want to have a quick shop by yourself. Check out all the details at the website for Monkey Mania Fyshwick.