Monday, October 18, 2010
Canberra ... with activity links!
Of the outings, QUESTACON was our family favourite. There is so much to do and see, touch, experience, learn, wonder about ... the kids had fun in Mini-Q, the
We drove on the public road to a lookout inside Duntroon. A bunch of military trainees were hauling heavy packs up the huge mountain. I was more interested in the immediate surroundings than the view of Australia's capital city, as it gave me a glimpse of the life path I didn't commence at age 17 (of the two cadetships I applied for, I accepted the offer from BHP Information Technology, and thankfully missed out on becoming an air traffic controller with ADFA at the last stage of selection ... their wise psychs must have realised I wasn't made of tough enough stuff) ... whew!
Cockington Green minitature village was a big hit with the kids, and we walked around for hours listening to them say, "Look at that!" as they noticed every little detail. In the International display Elijah wanted to quiz me about every country and type of building ... I wished I was a walking encyclopedia. If we go again I'll see if we can have a guided tour with an expert!
Our next venue was the National Dinosaur Museum, which was a bit of a fizzer. Perhaps on it's own we would have seen it in a more exciting light. It was kind of small, and the tired children just wanted to zoom around, buy unnecessary 'stuff' in the gift shop, and go out for icecreams. Elijah and I preferred the Australian Museum in Sydney which we visited last year.
We saw Parliament House from various angles as we drove to other places, but will save the proper tour until the children are a bit older. They are pretty interested in government and followed the recent election with us. They talk about Kevin Rudd, and weave Julia Gillard into their play conversations in amusing ways (such as once, she was telling Barbie she would pass a law to allow boys to go to hairdressers ... is that a hint of discontent about MY home salon skills?)
The Australian War Memorial was the place Elijah MOST wanted to see, but we didn't get there. Time just ran out and we decided it would best be left until next time. Until then we can use their Kids HQ website to learn more about our history.