When we think of Canberra, the first thing that comes to mind is often the Parliament House and federal buildings – hardly the stuff to get your kids excited. But that’s not all Canberra has to offer. If you’re planning a trip to the Australian capital and you’re wondering how you’re going to entertain the little ones, check out these cool places to visit with kids in Canberra.
Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
This museum offers a fun way to learn about science and technology. It’s like paradise for kids – very interactive with lots of experiments to try. You can easily spend 3-4 hours there participating in all the activities.
Cockington Green Gardens
Cockington Green Gardens displays a collection of miniature landscapes, including buildings, gardens and people set in a variety of scenes. There’re miniature streets, a soccer field, a golf course, train stations and miniature trains going around, all completed with great attention to detail and sense of humour.
National Dinosaur Museum
Are your children dinosaur crazy? Then they will love a whole museum dedicated to dinosaurs. The Dinosaur Museum has the largest permanent collection of dinosaur fossils in Australia and also includes life-like models and animatronic displays. Get a guided tour to get the most of it. Your kids will be blown away by the wealth of information, and hopefully, will stop asking you tons of questions about dinosaurs (or at least now you’ll know some of the answers). This museum is next door to Cockington Green and you could easily visit both in the same day.
National Museum of Australia
This is not the most kids-friendly museum I’ve visited, but the kids loved it anyway. They were given a map and a scavenger hunt booklet at the entrance and were too busy looking for the clues to notice that there’s not much there that they could touch and play with. The National Museum has one significant advantage – admission is free, so it’s perfect for a rainy afternoon when it’s too late for paid entries (everything’s closing soon), but you still want to take the kids somewhere.
What are your favourite places to visit with kids in Canberra?
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