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  •   Canberra - For Kids

•   Australian Institute of Sport
At the Australian Institute of Sport in Bruce, athletes lead tours of the facilities. Put your fitness to the test against our Olympians and see their training venues, or use the tennis courts and pool which are open to the public. The Sportex exhibition is not to be missed.

•   Questacon
The fascinating National Science and Technology Centre, Questacon, has hands-on displays and experiments. There are many exhibitions to see including the popular Sideshow exhibition. Kids and adults alike will have fun and learn all sorts of interesting things.

•   Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex
This is a NASA tracking station situated just outside Canberra. It contains a collection of space memorabilia, models, theatres and interactive exhibits covering the past forty years of space flight and exploration. See a piece of moon rock or check out the latest images from Mars.

•   Royal Australian Mint
At the Royal Australian Mint in Deakin, you can view the production process, make your own coin and see an exhibition on the history of money-making.

•   National Zoo and Aquarium
The National Zoo and Aquarium features a freshwater fish habitat and the Predators of the Deep exhibit featuring several varieties of shark. You can also view Australian animals in a bushland setting as well as seeing big cats, bears and the animals of an African waterhole.

•   Cockington Green
This landmark attraction presents a skilfully crafted miniature village complete with a river, houses, people and a model train that is very popular with children. There is also a train which will take you through the landscaped gardens, a Heritage Rose walk, a nursery, a maze, a kiosk and souvenir shop.

•   National Dinosaur Museum
Every child seems to love dinosaurs. In this private museum, they will see full sized replicas as well as bones, skulls and other fossils.

•   National Museum of Australia
This eclectic museum is housed on the Acton Peninsula in a unique and colourful building. It is the first museum devoted to the stories of Australia and Australians, and contains such items as Phar Lap's heart and the carcass of a Tasmanian Tiger. General admission to the museum is free.

•   CSIRO Discovery Centre
Older children will be fascinated by this exhibition, which details Australian scientific achievements, inventions and discoveries.

•   Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve features native bushland which provides a habitat for many native animals. There are walks and picnic spots. At the Visitor Centre, you can get information about ranger-led walks and activities and enjoy hands-on displays.

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