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.

Marion's Magical Lantern Walk  Marion's Magical Lantern Walk

4pm – 6pm, Saturday 7 August 2021
National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point

Booking through Eventbrite

Farewell the ‘Magic of Marion’ festival by joining in a lantern walk. The walk links to Marion Mahony Griffin’s love of children, nature and the magical fairy realm.
Bring your ready made lanterns along. Don’t forget to attach a battery operated tea light. Your empty plastic milk containers make great lanterns. Cut, staple and decorate your lantern into fantastic design creations.Simply pop in your tea light and wait for your winged friends to fly inside.

PDF icon Marion’s Magical Lantern_Instructions.pdf

Imagine That!  Imagine That! circle

Marion Markers, Lakeside Walk

Take a walk around Lake Burley Griffin’s Central Basin to discover what the Griffins had planned for our National Capital.
You may like to pause at the MARION MARKERS (Pavement Stickers) and imagine something different to what is here today.

PDF icon Imagine That!_A3_PrintNFold.pdf

Little Griffins   Little Griffins logo

Our regular monthly pre-schooler program, focussed on Canberra’s iconic Griffin design, is back home at the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point.
Little Griffins is FREE and held on the last Friday of each month at 10am.
Join us for singing, creative activities and DUPLO™ fun for the under 5s. 
Click here to watch our previous online programs, 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

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. 

Anzac Biscuit recipe


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