Let us bring family activities to you with some fun, hands-on ideas. All focussing on Canberra, these can be shared by the whole family – and don’t forget to post your creations on our Facebook page.

Future Flowers Future Flowers

Plastic bottle flowers are great fun to create. Our method is simple but you will need some help from Mum or Dad when cutting and stapling. If you can find a few empty bottles you can build up the layers of petals on your flower applying the same cutting process; or simply make more creating futuristic flowers galore.

Don't forget to share your creations on our Facebook page, we would love to see what you come up with!

PDF icon Future Flowers_Instructions.pdf

Marion's Magical Lantern  Marion's Magical Lantern Walk

Farewell the ‘Magic of Marion’ festival by creating your own magical lantern. This activity links Marion Mahony Griffin’s love to children, nature and the magical fairy realm.
Your empty plastic milk containers make great lanterns. Cut, staple and decorate your lantern into fantastic design creations. Simply pop in a battery operated tea light and wait for your winged friends to fly inside.

PDF icon Marion’s Magical Lantern_Instructions.pdf

Little Griffins   Little Griffins logo

Watch from home, anytime!

Little Griffins, our regular monthly pre-schooler program, can always be accessed from home, lockdown or not!
Click here to watch videos for family fun focused on Canberra’s iconic Griffin design, and download the activity instructions and songs.

Backwards and Forwards Backwards and Forwards_Web_Circle

Be a detective of the past, identify the present and imagine the future with this downloadable family activity.
Find objects during a visit to Blundells Cottage – or take a virtual tour at: blundellscottage.nca.gov.au

PDF icon Backwards and Forwards_A3_PrintNFold.pdf

Tweet Trail  NCA_Tweet Trail_Family Activity

Download our exciting new Tweet Trail, then head to Lake Burley Griffin to discover some stunning Australian native birds.
There are fun clues to assist you in your feathery finds. How many will you see?

PDF icon Tweet Trail A3_PrintNFold.pdf

Art in the Park Idea

The Art in the Park children’s activity trail is designed for lower to middle years primary school students. It is a lovely family focused activity built around outdoor learning principles.
Children have an opportunity to engage with works of art while enjoying the natural environment around them.
All you need to do is download the Art in the Park Adventure Map and head to Commonwealth Park with a pencil and clipboard for some discovery based learning. It’s great fun.

PDF icon Art in the Park Adventure Map.pdf

PDF icon Art in the Park Adventure Map A3.pdf

Tiny Tower, Little Lake   Tiny Tower Little Lake

Looking for an activity that the whole family can enjoy? How about re-creating Canberra’s National Carillon on Aspen Island.
All you need is a garden pot and a few small plants. Download the instructions and our miniature National Carillon cut-out. Your island recreation may be as elaborate or simple as you like!

PDF icon Tiny Tower Little Lake Instructions.pdf

Make your own Carillon bells   Bells Craft

26 April 2020 was the 50th Anniversary of the National Carillon – hurray!
Why not wish Canberra’s favourite lakeside icon ‘Happy Birthday’ by making your own bells? 
Download the instructions below and ring your bells to celebrate once you’re d one.

PDF icon Make your own Carillon bells.pdf

Colour Me Happy   Bogong Moths

Here are some relaxing colouring in activities for the entire family to enjoy. Help bring our wonderful bogong moths to life. Choose earthy tones true to form or splendid rainbows worthy of rare and exotic butterflies. 
There are views of Lake Burley Griffin just waiting to be coloured. See how many outdoor activities you can find while you are busy brightening up our Canberra’s lakeside.

PDF icon Colour in NCE.pdf

PDF icon Colour in Bogong Moth_1.pdf

PDF icon Colour in Bogong Moth_2.pdf

PDF icon Colour in Bogong Moth_3.pdf

PDF icon Colour in NationalCarillon.pdf

Build your own capital using LEGOTM

Download step-by-step instructions to build some of our national institutions and buildings in LEGOTM.

PDF icon LegoTM NationalCarillon.pdf

PDF icon LegoTM Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.pdf

PDF icon LegoTM National Library.pdf

PDF icon LegoTM Australian War Memorial.pdf

PDF icon LegoTM Old Parliament House.pdf

PDF icon LegoTM Blundells Cottage.pdf

PDF icon LegoTM Captain Cook Memorial Jet.pdf

PDF icon LegoTM Australian Parliament House.pdf

PDF icon LegoTM National Museum of Australia.pdf

PDF icon LegoTM Embassy of the People's Republic of China.pdf


Blundells Bikkies

The Anzac biscuit, famous in Australia and New Zealand, is commonly made using rolled oats, flour, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda, boiling water, and desiccated coconut. Anzac biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) established in World War I. It is claimed that the biscuits were sent to soldiers by wives and mothers during World War I as the ingredients lasted well over long journeys.

How about making your own biscuits this Anzac Day and sharing them with your family and friends? They are very comforting in the cooler weather accompanied by a warming cup of tea. Our recipe is a common favourite sourced from the golden syrup tin located in the Blundells Cottage collection. It includes coconut which was a later recipe addition after the war years.

Anzac biscuit recipe

1 Cup rolled oats 1 Cup sugar 
1 Cup coconut 1/2 Cup butter or margarine
1 Cup plain flour 1 Tablespoons golden syrup
1 Teaspoon Carb Soda 2 Tablespoons boiling water

Mix nuts, flour sugar & coconut together. Melt syrup & butter together. Mix soda with boiling water & add to butter & syrup. Add to dry ingredients. Place 1 tablespoon of mixture on greased tin. Bake in slow oven for 20 minutes.