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The 6 best museums in Canberra for kids

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There are a wealth of family-friendly museums in Canberra, writes Aleney De Winter.

1. Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre is home to is home to more than 200 exhibits and prides itself on making science fun, interactive and relevant. Free-fall from a height of six metres, experience an earthquake, watch lightning strike, play Robot Air Hockey and get inspired at the Gallery of Australian Inventiveness. Be sure to weave your way through its latest exhibit, Spiders, for a peek into the wonderful world of these webweaving, hunting and burrowing creatures.

2. For more science fun head to CSIRO Discovery to watch real scientists at work in their laboratories, or don a lab coat and conduct real experiments in a fun environment.

3.The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House turns traditional museum experiences on their head. At the new children’s exhibition space, Play Up, your kids can put their own work on the walls and media screens as they learn about democracy.

4. Drop into the National Library of Australia to read, write, illustrate and imagine. At the pop-up kids’ space, enjoy free screenings of children’s films and, from January, check out the new exhibition, Celestial Empire’s exquisite objects from the National Library of China.

5. Watch glassblowing by the skilled glass artists in the Canberra Glassworks hot shop then sign up to make your own glass bead or tile in a workshop under the direction of a professional.

6. Discover your kids’ inner Olympian at the Australian Institute of Sport, home to Australia’s sporting champions. Test your skills in Sportex, an interactive sports experience, take a tour with an elite athlete, try rock climbing, virtual rowing, football penalty shoot-outs, winter Hurley Burley sports and more.


For families looking for the convenience of an apartment stay, look no further than the family-owned and -operated East Hotel. Located between the vibrant hubs of Kingston and Manuka, East Hotel’s interconnected family apartments consist of a one-bedroom apartment set up for the grown-ups connected to a Kids’ Cubby – a funky studio for kids fitted out with a set of bunk beds, a play table, age-appropriate toys, colouring table, play rug and bean bags plus an Xbox 360.

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