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Winter School Holiday Guide : 12 activities to entertain the family
All the activities you'll need to keep the family happy from the littlest members to teens
Published 24 June

We’re helping take the stress out of school holidays, with a curated list of 12 kids’ activities to keep your little ones busy over the winter school holidays. All the activities you need to plan a fun school holiday break can be found at Canberra Centre.  

1. Save Big And Enjoy Exclusive Entertainment Options With the Bundle of Fun 

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These school holidays there is no better way to blow off steam and burn energy than with our Bundle of Fun Pass. From striking out at Kingpin bowling to catching the latest flicks on the big screen at Dendy, we’ve got the whole family covered. 

Our Bundle of Fun Pass puts you in the driver’s seat, with access to all THREE of our great attractions plus a $10 Food Court voucher for you to stock up on energy before continuing your entertainment tour at Canberra Centre. We have also included a free parking pass to make it easy for the whole family to park in one of our car parks while having fun. FIND OUT MORE

2. Keep your kids entertained with our school holiday Street Fest

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Street Fest is coming to Canberra Centre! With lots of interesting workshops on offer, the kids are sure to be entertained these School Holidays. If your kids love hip-hop and all things street join us these school holidays. We will be hosting lots of interesting workshops and giving away some free goodies!

Bring out their inner artist, at our Street Art and Graffiti Workshops! Hosted by some of the most talented Canberra Street Artists, they will be teaching the basics of street art and graffiti. Secure tickets HERE.

Get the kids ready to bust a move at our street-inspired dance workshops with the latest Hip Hop, House, and Poppin’ dance moves! Secure tickets HERE.

3. Perfect your home TikTok set up

Lights, camera, action. If your family loves to create fun TikToks, help inspire their creativity with a Hollywood level set up. 

Lighting is key, whether it’s a Hollywood set, or your family TikTok set up. A ring light will provide the most incredibly flattering lighting, making capturing the perfect shot a breeze. Pop into Big W to pick up a ring light tripod set up. 
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Hearing the dance track you’re working through choreography for is essential. JB HIFI have a wide range of speakers to ensure you hit all the right notes in your dance routine. 

Lastly look at what fun staging props you’d need. If the family pet is the star, Typo have an adorable range of cosy cushions to decorate their pet bed with for cuteness overload, for their pet videos. 
4. Catch a Disney Classic or Hollywood blockbuster

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Let your kids experience the joy of a classic Disney films you enjoyed when you were little. Remastered for the current cinema experience are some fabulous Disney classics, from 1951’s Alice In Wonderland, the very first Disney animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the iconic 1994 The Lion King.. 

Dendy Canberra Centre will be screening these iconic flicks from June 26th to July 11. Dendy Club Members can see these flicks for the special low price of $8.  Secure your tickets HERE

Also on offer over the holidays are new Hollywood blockbusters such as Space Jam, and Black Widow, FIND OUT MORE.

5. Create A Family Steps Fitness Challenge

With the Olympic Games not far away, now is the perfect time for some friendly family competition. Fitness Trackers are a fun way to encourage your kids to head outdoors and increase their fitness over the holidays. If you’re looking to add an exciting challenge, organise a step goal and have a family challenge with fun prizes. 

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Don’t have a fitness tracker for each family member you can pick from a wide selection at JB HI Fi, Rebel or Apple.
6. Pick Up Some Colourful Stress Relieving Sensory Fun
Colourful sensory toys are everywhere right now, and it’s easy to see why tactile, textural fidget toys have exploded with popularity. The most popular, fidget poppers, offers bubble popping great for stress release, and helping to improve concentration. 
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Providing hours of fun for the littlest family members, teens and even parents. Pop into Smiggle to see their range of sensory items including poppits, and colourful slime. 

7. Keep the littlest family members happy 

Allow your mini-me to climb, crawl and traverse through our kids' playspace located on level 1, near Kingpin.

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This unique space has so much for little ones. There are lights, textures, colours and structures and more to explore. It's the perfect way to allow them to let out their energy and have some fun before you continue shopping. 

8. Aromatherapy Workshops at Perfect Potion
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Perfect Potion are running kids’ aromatherapy workshop this school holidays. An easy introduction to aromatherapy, they’ll learn about different scents and create their own aromatherapy roller. Tickets are $39.95 per child and will sell our quickly, see instore to book their workshop on 29th June or 7th July. 

9. Plan an indoor picnic

With crisper days and even cooler nights, sometimes the perfect family get together is in cosy comfort at home. Bring the joy of the family picnic indoors and plan a loungeroom picnic instead. Spread out a beautiful picnic rug or layer throws on the floor, Bed Bath N Table have many beautiful options in store. Next string up some fairy lights up, to create a warm magical atmosphere. For food why not create a coffee table platter, loaded with delicious nibbles. 

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Once your set up is complete pick up a new family console game for hours of fun for the family from EB Games, or stick with the classics and source a new board game from Target. 

10. Treat Your Family Pet to A Barkuterie Board

Don’t forget the four-legged members of the family. Treat your dog and create a barkuterie board, a dog friendly charcuterie board, filled with healthy and delicious treats. 

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Stock your pet’s board with their favourite colourful irresistible treats from Coles such as chicken pieces, salmon, carrot sticks, strawberries, with peanut butter or yogurt dripping bowls. You’ll find some extra special dog biscuits to add to the board from David Jones.

11. Stock Up On Lego And Other Big Brands At Toy Mania

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If your family are fans of Lego, now is the perfect time to stock up. The much anticipated yearly Big W Toy Sale is back, bigger and better than ever! Toy Mania has arrived with 1/2 price or better* off the best new kid’s toys from big brands like Lego, Bluey, Nintendo Switch, Disney, and more. Sale ends on 14th of July so be sure to shop early.
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12. Entertainment for the whole family at Kingpin

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If you’re looking for the perfect entertainment venue for the whole family look no further than Kingpin. Having won OutInCanberra's People's Choice Award Winner for Favourite Entertainment Venue for 2020, be sure to plan a visit on your holiday calendar. 

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With escape rooms, karaoke, bowling and over 100 arcade games, Kingpin is the perfect school holiday spot for the whole family to enjoy. 

Lastly don’t forget to capture the holidays memories of whichever activities you choose. Make sure you take the time to snap a few pictures to capture the moment. If you’re posting on Instagram, make sure you tag @CanberraCentre as we’d love to see your holiday fun.