Treat the family to a school holiday adventure in Canberra this autumn – it’s a beautiful time of year to visit the nation’s capital, with colourful autumn leaves, interactive arts & science experiences, history & Australian stories, and lots more. Crowne Plaza Canberra’s Family Getaway package includes family entry to Questacon, one of Canberra’s most popular attractions, plus accommodation in the heart of the CBD and daily buffet breakfast! To find out more and book click here.
Five great reasons for a family getaway to Canberra during the April 2019 school holidays
Canberra is a great destination for a family holiday and you’ll find that most major attractions are quick and easy to get to, which means you can pack a lot of fun into one day! Here are some ideas to keep the whole family happy during the April school holidays.
1: Experience entertaining festivals and events
If your family loves music, add a day or more at the National Folk Festival to your holiday itinerary. From Thursday 18 to Monday 22 April 2019, choose from over 750 performances showcasing diverse music styles including blues, folk, country, gypsy and more. KidzFest, a place especially for families, is open 10am – 5pm each day of the Festival and includes entertainment aimed at younger festival goers, with workshops and other fun activities.
Explore the concept of ‘space’ with this year’s Canberra and Region Heritage Festival, celebrates the region’s Aboriginal and natural heritage and history with over 100 events being held between 13 April and 5 May, including Aboriginal Bush Painting for Kids, (23 April), Art in the Park: Self-Guided Family Tour in Commonwealth Park (13 April – 14 May), Batlow Sticky Apple English Pancake (13 April – 5 May) and lots more.
2: Enjoy the beauty of nature
Canberra is fortunate to be close to picturesque nature reserves and national parks, with great walks and the chance to see native animals in a natural setting.
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in located around 40 minutes drive south of the city centre and features a large wetlands ecosystem surrounded by bushland with a wheelchair accessible pathway. See if you can spot a platypus, a koala, an echidna or an emu! Kids will enjoy the Nature Discovery Playground, and when it’s time for lunch, numerous scenic picnic spots are available. On 20 April, take a picnic lunch and join in the Picnic at Rock Valley, one of the events on the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival program.
If you’d prefer to stay closer to the city, the Australian National Botanic Gardens is only minutes from Canberra CBD and features a diverse range of plants from around Australia in themed gardens, plus cafe, walking trails and picnic areas for a relaxing day out.
3: Have fun learning about the world of science
A visit to Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre is a highlight of a family trip to Canberra. With regular special exhibitions and over 200 exhibits across eight galleries, there is enough to keep families entertained for hours. Questacon’s newest gallery, The Moon, lets visitors get up close to a giant glowing moon. Be mesmerised by detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and search for your favourite crater (there are over 30,000!) or find where the Apollo missions landed.
4: Find out more about history and Australian stories
At the Australian War Memorial, interesting and educational family friendly activities are being held throughout the school holidays, including Family Tours, Hands-on history, and Make and Create sessions. On 25 April, thousands of people will attend the commemorative Anzac Day ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial, including the Dawn Service, to remember all Australians who served and died in war, and on operational service, past and present.
The National Museum of Australia provides a great opportunity to learn about Australian stories. The National Museum of Australia offers a number of permanent exhibits along with regularly changing exhibitions and a cafe with peaceful views over Lake Burley Griffin. During the school holidays in Canberra, the Museum is offering family friendly activities on weekdays (excluding public holidays) along with a Chill-Out Zone for when you need a few minutes break in your sightseeing schedule!
5: See animals up close
The National Zoo & Aquarium is a great experience for all ages and is only a 10 minute drive from the city centre. For families with children 12 years and up, there is the option to join a hands-on zoo experience with the behind-the-scenes Zooventure Tour or an Animal Encounter – great for animal lovers. The Family Tour is perfect for younger families with children four years old and over where you can see both small and large animals up close. The zoo is set on 47 acres with over 2.6km of walking trails, picnic areas and complimentary barbecues.
6+: Other great family activities in Canberra
There are many other family friendly activities on offer during the school holidays in Canberra. Let your kids use up some energy on the amazing Pod Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra, or if it’s wet outside, join a school holidays activity and try out the Headhunt! app at the National Portrait Gallery or discover the prehistoric world at the National Dinosaur Museum.
Book your Canberra accommodation now
For your next Canberra family holiday, book the Questacon Family Getaway package at Crowne Plaza Canberra and enjoy accommodation in a twin room with two double beds, full buffet breakfast in Redsalt Restaurant and a family pass to Questacon.