National Arboretum Canberra – School Holiday Program

Children’s Beginner Bonsai Workshops

Is there a budding bonsai artist in the family? 

Be inspired by the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia and pot up, wire, style and take home your own personal bonsai!

Dates: Thursday 8 April 2021 or Friday 9 April 2021
Time: 10:00am or 1:00pm.
Duration: 90 minutes
Ages: 8 – 16 years
Price: $40 per child

Book here:

Nature Play Day

Give your kids the gift of a digital detoxby spending the day in nature.

Slowing down and spending time outdoors has proven positive benefits for development and well being. Children have opportunities to create their own games, use their spatial awareness, negotiation skills and, can engage in activities that capture their imagination.

Dates: Thursday 15 April or Friday 16 April 2021
Time: 9am – 4pm
Ages: 6-10 years
Price: $80 per child

Bookings essential:

Meet at the Village Centre Information Desk. Drop off the kids knowing that they will have a great day!

This full day program will involve spending time in the forest playing, building and exploring as well as creating  in the Terrace Room and Gallery of Gardens. This program does involve walking. If your child requires any additional support, please be in touch so that we can discuss options with you.

This program will still run in rain – There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing so please pack suitable clothing for the weather forecast for the day.  It can be very windy at the Arboretum so a windproof layer is recommended.

Family Orienteering 

Pick up your map and clue sheet from the Village Centre and head out into the forests and gardens on a letter search to discover one of our colourful forests at the National Arboretum.

Dates: 2 April – 18 April 2021
Time: Between the hours of 9am – 4pm
Ages: Suitable for all ages
Price: $5 per family

This is a drop in activity and no bookings are required.

Mushrooms and Mini-Beasts

Join us for “Mushrooms and Mini-Beasts” forest nature walk and craft activity and let the kids awaken their senses in the 100 year old heritage listed cork oak forest. Look for small animals and a range of plants and fungi, then with inspiration from the forests, create a little crafty something of your own.

Meet the guide at the cork oak forest car park for this nature walk through the forest.

Suitable for children ages 5 – 7yrs.

This is a family walk and we request that parents stay and join in the fun!

This is proudly part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

Bookings essential here.


Suitable for kids of all Ages


National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Molonglo Valley ACT, Australia


Apr 06 - 18 2021

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