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.

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

Little Griffins is ONLINE!   Little Griffins logo

Our regular monthly pre-schooler program, focussed on Canberra’s iconic Griffin design, will be available online during COVID-19.

Click here to watch the video and download the instruction sheets and words to the songs so families can join in from home.

Tissue Flower Power NCA Spring Paper Flower

Need some inspiration for the spring school holidays? Have you seen our beautiful pink camellias in Commonwealth Park?

Create a flower garden indoors on a rainy day. Simply follow our easy step by step instructions to make a beautiful flower all of your own.

 PDF icon Paper Flowers Instructions.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, just in time for its 50th Anniversary.

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

April 26th is 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 done.

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

Mrs Oldfield's Scones Recipe   Scone

Have a go at baking like Mrs. O! Perhaps the most colourful person who ever lived at Blundells Cottage was Alice Oldfield (who lived there 1933 – 1958) - described by the Australian Women’s Weekly as ‘Canberra’s happiest character’ she was always welcoming and generous. When Kevin Mulcahy was a little boy he visited her regularly and remembers her wonderful scones, always fresh and ready for him to eat with homemade jam and clotted cream from Alice’s own cow.

Here is the CWA recipe for scones she may have used – can you bake some for the family that are just as delicious as hers?


6 cups self-raising flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup cream and 2 cups milk, approximate


1. Sift flour and salt well.
2. Use sufficient milk to make a firm but not dry mixture (just enough milk to make a dough easy to handle without too much extra flour on the board).
3. Roll one way lightly.
4. Cut and place scone shapes on an oven tray and brush tops with melted butter.
5. Bake in an oven set at 220C for 8 to 10 minutes.