National Arboretum Canberra

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Fun in the spring school holidays

There's plenty for the kids to do these school holidays at the National Arboretum. From bonsai making, kite making and story-telling to indigenous painting and music workshops with Wiradjuri artist Duncan Smith and the young dancing group, the Wiradjuri Echoes.

Kite making for ages 5 year olds+

Monday 25 Sept & Monday 2 Oct at 11am to 3pm - workshops run for 1 hour.

Create and decorate your own kite to fly at one of the best kite flying spots in Canberra. Participants take their kite home with them. $10. Bookings recommended but not essential. For information, call 6207 8484. To book:

Bonsai making workshop for ages 8 year olds+

Tuesday 26 Sept & Wednesday 27 Sept at 10.30am and 1pm and Friday 29 Sept at 10.30am

This hands-on workshop begins with a tour of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection to learn a little about bonsai, and to provide some inspiration for your own project. You then get to choose materials and learn how to snip, sculpt and pot your own bonsai tree. Participants take their creations home with them. Bookings required: $33.50. For information, call 6207 8484. Book at:

Indigenous cultural workshop for 5 to 12 year olds

Tuesday 3, Thursday 5 and Friday 6 October at 2 - 3pm

Join Wiradjuri artist Duncan Smith, and have fun with music, painting and dancing. Learn how to chant along to the didgeridoo, then enjoy traditional indigenous face painting, boomerang painting and learn some dancing. Develop a wider understanding of the Wiradjuri indigenous culture. Bookings required: $21.50. For information, call 6207 8484. Book at:

Story telling and craft workshop with Fay Maddison

Tuesday 3 Oct and Wednesday 4 Oct, 9.30am to 11.30am

A rare opportunity to hear well known Canadian storyteller, Fay Maddison, enchant children with her stories of Natasha’s Wood. Natasha is a young girl who writes about magical creatures, dragons, fairies, unicorns and an enchanted tree. Children then interpret the story through drawing. Free event. Bookings required. Book at:

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