TOP TEN APRIL 20/21
10 – Recyclacine
Get the kids to help create a herd of extinct and imaginary animals from found and recycled materials. Make a thylacine, a Muttaburrasaurus, a Diprotodon or your own imaginary animal. Or be a waste warrior and decorate your own reusable calico bag to take home. All ages welcome – children must be accompanied by an adult.
April 15-18, 23-24 & 26 – 10-11:30am & 11:30am-1pm
Gandel Atrium, National Museum of Australia
Cost: $10 child, $5 MKids, adults free
9 - The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition
The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition features a selection of haute couture costumes worn by Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Snook, Hugo Weaving and the rest of the cast, created by award-winning designer Marion Boyce. Every Friday at 1pm, there will be a free floor talk in the gallery about the exhibition.
April 18 – August 18, 10am-4pm daily
National Film & Sound Archives
Cost: $13 general admission, $10 concessions & Friends of the NFSA, $7 children (5 and up).
8 - Easter Egg Hunt Yarralumla Play Station
There’s several fun Easter events happening across the capital. Among them – the Easter Egg Hunt at Yarralumla Play Station! People with tickets in the hunt will get a Cadbury chocolate goodie bag, train ride and the chance to find special eggs with eggstra-special prizes inside. There’ll also be free face-painting and a jumping castle. Bookings are essential as tickets will not be available on the day.
April 19 – April 21 (hourly session across each day)
Yarralumla Play Station
7 - Australian Dragon Boat Championships
Check out Australia’s premier Dragon Boating event where 3,500+ competitors from all states and territories compete for the title of National Champion. 50 teams race every 5 minutes per day across a range of categories. Head along to support the teams and experience the power of the Dragons!
April 17 – 22
Rowing Course, Weston Park, Yarralumla (on Lake Burley Griffin)
Cost: free for spectators
6 – The Great Easter Egg Trail
Hop along to MoAD this Easter for an egg-citing adventure that will take you on a journey through Old Parliament House! Choose one of four new trails and explore the exhibitions and heritage spaces as you follow the clues and solve the riddle. A yummy chocolate prize will be waiting at the end! Bookings essential.
Sunday April 21, 8am – 1:30pm
MoAD, Old Parliament House
Cost: Adults $5, under 18’s free
5 - Playful Endeavour
Let your kids enjoy a different kind of play experience these school holidays where the only limit to how much fun they can have is their imagination. The Playful Endeavour loose-parts playground is back with a collection of found and manufactured materials selected to encourage creative play and social interaction. Play equipment is more likely to be hoops, poles, crates, ropes, sheets and tyres than the usual slippery dips or swings.
April 13 – 26
Glebe Park, Civic
4 - GWS Giants vs Fremantle Dockers
Don’t miss the action as the GIANTS look to sink the Fremantle Dockers! Get the family together for a Saturday afternoon of fun and fast-paced footy action. Arrive early to enjoy family entertainment including the Fan Zone, inflatables, merchandise, G-Man and Gigi as well as Easter celebrations. Wear orange and don’t forget your footy for the fulltime fun of Kick to Kick.
Saturday April 20, 1:45pm
UNSW Canberra Oval
Cost: tickets from $10
3 - Raiders vs Broncos
The green machine’s had a solid start to the season and would love another strong home crowd to cheer them to victory over the Broncos! The boys from Brisbane return to the ACT for the first time since 2017. The Broncos have a new coach in Anthony Siebold and their players will be aiming to impress him early on.
Sunday April 21, gates open 11:30am, main game 4:05pm
GIO Stadium, Bruce
Cost: tickets from $20
2 - National Folk Festival
Be sure to check out the ultimate celebration of all things folk! With a jam-packed program designed to inspire, enliven and entertain, you won’t leave disappointed. There’s stacks of performances from local, national and international acts, themed bars, food and market stalls, circus performers, roving musicians and more.
April 18 – 22
Exhibition Park, Mitchell
Cost: check website for details
1 – Celebrate Canberra’s Light Rail Launch
Ride the light rail for free, and while you wait enjoy live music, roving entertainment, kids’ activities at both City and Gungahlin terminals. While all 13 stops will be operating, queues will be managed from the City (Alinga Street) and Gungahlin (Hibberson Street) and you’re likely to get a place if you board at these locations. Tips for attendees: plan your day, check queue times online, take advantage of free public transport or Park and Ride, avoid Northbourne and donate to charity partner Hands Across Canberra. Share your photos on social media using #cbrlightrail.
Saturday April 20, 9am – 4pm
Gungahlin & City Terminals