Finding things to do during the summer school holidays can be hard. Whether you’re a parent looking for activities to keep your kids busy or a uni student taking a well-deserved break from studies, OutInCanberra has got you covered. Check out our top 10 things to do this summer.

For the kiddies

Big Splash Waterpark

Big Splash is the perfect place for kids during the hot Canberra summer. The capital’s only waterpark located in Macquarie, features nine slides, a play pool and a kiddies’ pool. Open seven days a week, 10am – 6pm.

Christmas in the City

There’s something for everyone at this year’s Christmas in the City, whether it be live entertainment, dachshund races, a petting zoo and Santa photos! Running from Dec 16-24. Check the website for the full schedule.

Mini Golf

Mini Golf King offers an American-style themed indoor mini golf centre where you can experience a Lost Jungle, Pharaoh’s Tomb, and the Dragon’s Lair all in the one 18-hole course. Open Friday and Saturday, 10am – 9pm, and Sunday to Thursday, 10am – 4.45pm.

NGA Play

NGA Play is the best art fun for kids, families and the young at heart. Join its storyteller for tales of wonder and adventure inspired by the works of art in the Versailles exhibition. Every Wednesday in January, 10.30am – 11.30am.

Make a Gingerbread House at the National Archives

Kids will take part in a Gingerbread House making workshop, where they can use the inspiration from the Iconic Australian Houses exhibition. Suitable for children 8-12 years of age. Running from 18 January 2017, 10am – 12pm.


For Uni Students

Christmas Food Markets

The Christmas Food Markets in Civic Square is a foodies’ dream, featuring a number of delicious culinary-themed nights under a canopy of Christmas lights.
Sweet Tooth Dessert Markets: 20 – 22 December
Cocktails & Canapes Markets: 23 – 24 December

Mr Wolf Nightclub

Slipping into the Canberra entertainment scene in February 2015, Mr Wolf is a nightspot that’s a little left-of-field, pushing the boundaries of house and urban music.
Roland Tings (DJ Set) – Fri 23 Dec from 10 pm
Mr Wolf 90’s Appreciation Night – Fri 30 Dec from 10 pm
Dusky (UK) – Thurs 5 Jan from 10 pm

National Multicultural Festival

The 21st National Multicultural Festival is three-day event that allows Canberrans, national and international visitors to come together for one of the biggest celebrations of cultural diversity across Australia! Enjoy street-eats and entertainment from around the world from 17-19 February 2017.

Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are a quintessential outdoor event, with feature films lighting up its huge movie screen from dusk. To top it off, every Sunday screening is a ‘Sundae Session’, a dedicated live music event with FREE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for all! Running from 12 Jan – 19 Feb.


Hopscotch at 5 Lonsdale St, is the most popular gastropub in Braddon. With one of the largest spaces in Braddon, and boasting an expansive beer garden, complete with outdoor spit, Hopscotch has already become a fixture for great meals and good times in Canberra’s north. Open seven days from 11 am.