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Parent & Child Canberra Itinerary for a Saturday in July

A parent-child weekend in one of the greatest cities on earth is one of those life moments that’s sure to be treasured and remembered. It’s a pleasure that should be both commemorated and maximized by the best of what Canberra has to offer. We put together a memory-making itinerary for both little-ones and grown-ups.

Canberra can be a treasure trove of experiences for any young kid, which is only enhanced by the fact that it’s home to some of the world’s best bakeries, cafes and icecream, add that to a creative project, an epic walk around a garden and a little movie magic…and you’ve got a enormously fun Saturday on your hands.


Wildflour Bakery - Fyshwick

Canberra is most definitely a brunch place, which means that this spot is incredibly popular on weekends. While they offer bakery treats of every iteration, we like the French toast and chocolate croissants the best. It features an undercover courtyard overlooking play equipment – take time to get properly caffeinated with a cup of coffee, it might be your first trick to surviving your parent/child day.

Morning Activity

Art Steps by Hayley Millar Baker at the National Gallery of Australia provides an opportunity for your artist in residence to engage is a series of creative making activities that have been created by artists for children. Children of all ages are welcome and places are limited. Lovely to create something together.

Lunch break

Hey…you’ve earned it!

Head to Australian National Botanic Gardens to find Pollen located at the top of the ANBG bridge. Let the littlie enjoy the MEGAfauna kids menu while you peruse the offerings from all day breakfast to comforting and healthy lunch options. We’d go for the Pulled Pork Tacos – three tortillas, eighteen hours slow cooked pulled pork, shredded red cabbage, corn, capsicum & red onion salsa, coriander, peri peri mayonnaise with a side of avocado. Don’t forget to takeaway one of our beautiful coffees as you wander the MEGAFauna paths.

Afternoon Activity

After refueling, discover what it was like long ago at the Botanic Gardens

There’s enormous creatures of myths and legends, art and culture to be found at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Here MEGAFauna rules as too does your child’s imagination on what it was like to live with these gigantic animals. Follow the trail to start a journey of discovery.

Afternoon Tea Time

Operating out of a little shop in Braddon, the icecream here justify the sometimes long lines. After all Gelato Messina is arguably one of the best gelatos around.

Evening Activity

Time for a little downtime

Take a short trip up Northbourne Ave to Palace Cinemas in Acton. Here all tickets are only $10.50 each. Choose from four kid friendly movies – our pick keeping with our ‘from a distant past’ theme for the day – Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

While your littlie is being entertained, indulge in a little one-eye-open snooze, before heading home for dinner and an early to bed Saturday night.


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