Plan ahead in 2022 with this list of the dates of the school holidays in Canberra. Knowing these dates will make you one very savvy holiday planner, helping you get the most out of the family’s time off this year! Take advantage of early bird holiday specials and don’t miss out on special activities the little ones (and bigger ones!) will love.
On this page you’ll find the school holiday dates, as well as some really fun stay-at-home holiday activities including story writing, indigenous language researching, world food day celebrating, and more. We’ve also got a list of classic films to watch that are both family-friendly and nostalgic for adults.
Here are the dates of the School Holidays in Canberra in 2022:
|First Day of School||31 Jan 2022(Mon)|
|Term 1 Holidays (Autumn)||9 Apr 2022(Sat)||25 Apr 2022(Mon)|
|Term 2 Holidays (Winter)||2 Jul 2022(Sat)||17 Jul 2022(Sun)|
|Term 3 Holidays (Spring)||24 Sep 2022(Sat)||9 Oct 2022(Sun)|
|Term 4 Holidays (Summer)||17 Dec 2022(Sat)||29 Jan 2023(Sun)|
There are so many family friendly adventures to be had around the Australian Capital Territory during the school holidays. Head down the coast and cast a line in Narooma, or learn to surf in Broulee. Give your kids an art, science, history or ancient culture fix at one of Canberra’s museums. Gain insights into the indigenous cultural history by listening to stories at Yankee Hat rock art site in the Namadgi National Park. Check out trees at the Arboretum, or, look for Nemo at the aquarium!
That’s inviting too, especially when you can’t get away. Beat school holiday boredom at home with activities like cupcake decorating competitions, movie marathons, pillow fortress building, arts and craft, or DIY science experiments (if you’re game!). You could even build a little herb garden, or, let the kids loose in your wardrobe to put on a fashion parade! Blaring Madonna’s Vogue for the show is optional.
With lockdowns and work-from-home arrangements, you’ve really got to think outside of the box to remain entertained. Here are our favourite activities for adults and kids:
Write a Story
Sometimes we’ve got the pen and paper ready, but we just don’t know how to start to write a story. But, like baking a cake, you just need to start with the right components. If words are the ingredients, once you move into sentences and paragraphs your creations are only limited by your imagination.
How to build stories teaches those in year 3 to year 8 about the different structures and techniques that go story writing. It teaches tricks to create exciting characters, plots, settings, genres and language. In the digibook, Matt from the Sydney Story Factory shows kids how to build their own stories.
Find Your Local Indigenous Language
This is a great way to get involved in the preservation of Indigenous culture. Many Indigenous languages face the threat of extinction. The awareness, promotion and acceptance of our first languages will bring benefits to these languages. First Languages Australia in partnership with local language centres across Australia have developed an interactive map to show and promote the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
The map is called Gambay, which means “together” in the Butchulla language of the Hervey Bay region in Queensland. It showcases over 780 languages!
This free game gets players to match up words that were recorded at Waalumbaal Birri when James Cook’s Endeavour was there for repairs in 1770. The word list is the first European recording of an Indigenous Australian language. Many of these words are still in use. It’s a great gateway game into the vast world of first languages.
Celebrate a World Food Day
Get around one of the world food days at home celebrating something like International Waffle Day. Get creative with toppings! You could even build a waffle house.
Here are some others to go bananas over:
- 4 Jan – Spaghetti Day
- 20 Jan – International Pie Day
- 11 Apr – National Cheese Fondue Day
- 12 Apr – Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
- 28 Apr – Stop Food Waste Day
- 4 June – Fish and Chip Day
- 4 June – Cheese Day
- 7 June – World Food Safety Day
- 18 June – International Picnic Day
- 18 June – International Sushi Day
- 26 Sep – World Dumpling Day
- 29 Sep – International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste
- 1 Oct – World Vegetarian Day
- 4 Oct – National Taco Day
- 16 Oct – World Food Day
- 4 Dec – International Cookie Day
- 9 Dec – National Pastry Day
While there is no National Potato Day (yet!), may we suggest discovering the versatility of the humble potato? Mash, gratin, chips, gnocchi, wedges, potato bake, hasselbacks, baked potatoes, tortilla de patatas… the list goes on and on and on…
Learn an Indigenous Game
Take a look at this site together, and choose a game that suits your backyard and the amount of players you’ve rallied. Having children play traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait games is something different, and it allows for continuation of culture. Each game listed on the site states the rules and the set-up that’s required. It also explains who made the game and where it came from. For example, “Brahmbal was played by the Juwalarai people of the Naran River. It is similar to rope skipping but with a twist. While skipping, players are also performing activities until they make a mistake. Examples of the actions taken while skipping rope are taking thorns of their feet, digging in the ground, or hopping like a kangaroo.”
Celebrate NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC Week is predominantly held in the first full week of July and is a time to celebrate Aboriginal history, culture and achievements. It often falls within (or very close to) the winter school holidays. It’s a wonderful opportunity to listen, learn and honour our First Nations people. Each year, the theme changes.
Organisers of NAIDOC Week want all Australians to acknowledge and celebrate that Australia didn’t begin with documented European history but that the very first people on this continent were First Nations peoples. They call for all Australians to continue to seek greater protection from exploitation and destruction of land, water, sacred sites and cultural heritage.
Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, and local councils. People celebrate NAIDOC Week in diverse ways including cultural events, art exhibitions, movie screenings, seminars, webinars and festivals.
For individuals, it’s an extra special week to immerse yourself in indigenous culture and history through the arts: a movie, some music, or reading. You could Visit local Aboriginal sites of significance or interest. You could also learn the meanings of local or national Aboriginal place names and words. On our site we’ve listed dates that honour the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples which is a great starting point for further research!
The SBS has also created a NAIDOC Week Teaching Resource for Foundation through to Year 10. The Teaching Resource contains concepts applicable to a broad range of learners and topics, and will provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in both in classrooms and at home beyond the dates of NAIDOC Week. It’s available on the SBS Learn NAIDOC Week page.
To find out more about NAIDOC Week events and to discover what’s on in your local area click here.
Watch a Classic Film
Browsing Netflix can be overwhelming and hard. Only a few decades ago, there were fewer options and some seriously good classics that are family-friendly and nostalgic for adults. Stay in your pyjamas all day and enjoy some guilt-free watching. Here’s a list of our classic picks!
- Back to the Future (1984)
- Clueless (1995)
- Cool Runnings (1993)
- Ever After (1998)My Girl (1991)
- Encino Man (1992)
- Gremlins (1984)
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
- The Sound of Music (1965)
- Dances with Wolves (1990)
- Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
- Big (1988)
- Annie (1982)
- The Neverending Story (1984)
- Matilda (1996)
- Jumanji (1995)
- Born Free (1966)
- Sixteen Candles (1984)
- 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)Stand By Me (1986)
- Grease (1978)
- Groundhog Day (1993)
- Edward Scissorhands (1990)
- Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
- Flight of the Navigator (1986)
- The Secret Garden (1993)
- 13 Going on 30 (2004)
- Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (1971)
- Wizard of Oz (1939)
- Good Will Hunting (1997)
- Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
- A League of Their Own (1992)
- The Goonies (1985)
- The Princess Bride (1987)
- Babe (1995)
- Labyrinth (1986)
Whether you’re on a budget or not, there really are countless things to do out and about and at home to keep the kids entertained and involved in the world around them. While these activities and suggestions are fun and engaging, down time from the school curriculum is also important. We don’t often teach our kids about rest and relaxation, but it is well worth encouraging guilt-free rest during the school holidays and weekends.
Visit education.act.gov.au for the official release of the 2022 approved calendar.
For school holiday dates in other states around Australia, head to this ultimate guide. Know all the dates with Australia’s Best Calendar!