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Canberra

FAMILY FUN
With so many attractions and museums and fun things to do, even the big kids can get away with being children in Canberra. Here are just some of the great things to do for families.

Experience an earthquake and much more at Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre, or take the kids through the children’s gallery at the National Gallery of Australia. Kids will love the hands-on interactive exhibitions at the National Museum of Australia, or take them on the specially designed kids’ tour at the National Zoo and Aquarium to see cheetahs, bears, monkeys and the shark tank. Let the kids mint their own $1 coin on the public coining presses at the Royal Australian Mint, which has the capacity to produce two million coins a day.

At the Australian Institute of Sport, take a tour with an elite athlete and test your skills at virtual rowing, wheelchair basketball and the gymnastic beam. The miniature buildings at Cockington Green Gardens make even the smallest child a giant. While you’re there visit the nearby Gold Creek Village which is filled with great family attractions, as well as a tempting lolly shop.

(This article and photos are presented courtesy of the City of Canberra - www.visitcanberra.com.au).
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CSIRO DISCOVERY CENTRE
Australia’s scientific innovation is showcased in Discovery, a unique centre established by the CSIRO, the nation’s largest science organisation. Set within a working research environment and spectacular atrium, Discovery contains working science laboratories showing research in action. Experience a 3D touch sensitive computer, visit the virtual reality theatre, discover medical advances at the touch of a human body, and the see new age sheep. Through Discovery’s exhibitions, theatres, science education centre you will see how many of the world’s scientific advances have come from Australia’s CSIRO.

(This article and photos are presented courtesy of the City of Canberra - www.visitcanberra.com.au).
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QUESTACON - THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE
Be fascinated by the hands-on, interactive exhibits at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. Questacon should definitely be high on your must see list, especially if you're travelling with kids. But no matter what age you are, you'll be fascinated by the only place in Australia where you can free fall from six metres high and take the whole family on a virtual roller coaster ride. Go on a journey of discovery through seven different exhibition galleries. Experience an earthquake, see lightning made before your eyes and understand the science of tornadoes, throwing a ball or the physics of sound. There are more than 200 exhibits and they're changing all the time. Kids under the age of six are catered for with the specially designed Mini Q exhibition.

(This article and photos are presented courtesy of the City of Canberra - www.visitcanberra.com.au).
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CANBERRA DEEP SPACE COMMUNICATION COMPLEX
See a piece of Moon rock and learn all about NASA at the Visitors Centre at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex. For the past 40 years this Complex has played a key role in the exploration of space as part of NASA’s Deep Space Network. The Complex at Tidbinbilla features four giant antennae including the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a look around the Canberra Space Centre where you can see a sizeable piece of 3.8 billion-year-old Moon rock, watch a space movie, check out what the well-dressed astronaut wears, and get the latest space news.

(This article and photos are presented courtesy of the City of Canberra - www.visitcanberra.com.au).
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GEOSCIENCE AUSTRALIA
Public visits are welcome in the large foyer area where there are displays of minerals, rocks, and fossils, and information on the geosciences, the activities of Geoscience Australia, and the clever low energy geo-thermal heating/cooling system of the award-winning building. Maps and other products are available for purchase.

(This article and photos are presented courtesy of the City of Canberra - www.visitcanberra.com.au).
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