School holiday activities the kids will actually want to do

When it comes to surviving the school holidays, our top sanity-saving tip is to have a long list of ideas for things to do to keep the kids entertained. That way you’re prepared for those “I’m bored” pleas.

Start with the small stuff, like a couple of craft ideas or having some movies at the ready that you know they’ve been wanting to see. Outdoor activities are great, too. Even though it’s a little chilly, anything that helps them burn energy is a real life-saver!

Next, add to your list some bigger ideas, like activities that will get them out of the house, take up a few hours, and ones that they’ll be extra excited for. If you need some inspiration, mark these school holiday activities that are happening in the CBD over the next two weeks in your diary:

Cooking Masterclasses

Do your kids have a dream of becoming a mini MasterChef? Or do they just love helping out in the kitchen? Learning how to cook is a valuable life skill that also happens to be a lot of fun! These school holidays, both Grill’d and Vapiano are hosting kids cooking classes, so sign your little ones up! 

Grill'd Kids Masterclasses - held on a number of dates (see their Facebook event page for details), Grill’d will teach your children how to make healthy burgers. All sessions are 10:30am – 11:30am.

Email canberracentre@grilld.com.au to secure a spot.

Cost: $12 

Vapiano Canberra Pizza Masterclasses from making pizza dough to tossing the dough and the art of adding toppings, these one-hour cooking classes will give your kids all the skills, knowledge and practice for making their own pizzas from scratch. Classes will be held daily and the parents of the participating kids will receive 20% off their total lunch bill when they dine straight after the class.

Visit Vapiano Canberra’s Facebook event to secure a spot or email myexperience@vapiano.com.au.

Cost: $10 

Ice skating in the city

Canberra’s Wintervention festival is back, and a few laps on the pop-up ice skating rink (followed by a toasty hot chocolate post-skating) is the perfect way for the kids to spend a cool winter’s day or night. Located in Civic Square in front of the Canberra Theatre, the open air ice rink is open daily from 10am to 8pm. Make sure you stop by on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, too, as there will be scheduled performances from the ‘Stars on Ice’ as well as live music and entertainment.

To book tickets, visit canberra.starsonice.com.au

Cost: From $10

Virtual snow fights

Nestled in the warmth of Canberra Centre (on the Ground Level outside The North Face), get into the winter mood with a friendly virtual snowball fight. Your kids, along with their friends, can battle each other on our Snow Slingers virtual reality machine. Not only will they have a great time, but they may even take home a prize - the Top 3 scorers at the end of the school holidays will each win a Canberra Centre Gift Card. 3rd place gets $100, 2nd place will receive $200 and 1st place will take home $300 (plus bragging rights!).

Snow Slingers is open daily from 10am until 2pm until 21st July.

Cost: Free