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Something to do with my 12 year old daughter?

By Stratomaster - 7 May 2012 44

Hi all, Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions of what I could do my 12 year old daughter on the weekends during the day in or around Canberra?

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Something to do with my 12 year old daughter?
cegee 4:42 pm 07 May 12

the Sanctuary at Tidbindilla is really fun, nice easy walks and lots of animals to see. also +1 for segways, i went on one a couple of months ago and it was hilarious. bit pricey for a regular activity but worth it for a one-off.

also depending on what she’s into you could try the dinosaur museum out near hall, take her to one of the afternoon Brumbies matches (i think theres one in July)… or go for a drive out to Bungendore to look at antiques/book shops etc.

arescarti42 4:01 pm 07 May 12

I thought 12 year olds nowadays were all in to dressing up like prostitutes and hanging out at shopping centres. So maybe give her some money to go shopping and drive her to the Hyperdome?

Actually don’t do that. Maybe she’d enjoy a trip to the National Zoo and Aquarium?

sarahsarah 3:30 pm 07 May 12

I guess it depends on your daughter – my 12 year old niece loves antiquing and hunting round in op-shops, markets and second hand book shops with me but I know not every 12 year old would! I pick her up early and we trip around for a few hours before we stop for an early lunch somewhere and then I drop her home.

Not only is it nice getting away from her 3 brothers and spending some one on one ‘girl time’ with her auntie she’s developed an appreciation of reusing things which I think is important in today’s throw away society. She’s a cool kid 🙂

astrojax 3:20 pm 07 May 12

make her mow the lawn, clean the house, cook and wash the car. then after lunch she could…

why don’t you ask her what she’d like to do then try one of her comfort zone activities then another that challenges you both. some good outdoorsy ones already here – always theatre/exhibitions on, or suburbs to explore. or she could do her homework..?

HenryBG 3:04 pm 07 May 12

How about going to the visitors’ centre at Namadji and checking out some of the walks?
Get a map of Namadji and tick off the peaks as you visit each one.

Find out what she’s doing at school and figure out an associated activity that you can tie in with it, for example the National Gallery if she’s doing art, or the Tidbinbilla space centre and CSIRO Discovery Centre for something science-related. Check out the publications room in the foyer at SEWPAC if you’re nearby during office hours, some interesting stuff in there.
Go for a drive down the right-hand turn at HQJOC for a good bonding experience involving getting hassled by our region’s second most serious Security Theatre setup.

If you wake up one weekend morning and there’s a good amount of snow on the near peaks, take off very early before the park rangers get up to close the road and drive up Boboyan Road to the border and sizzle some snags in the snow.

johnmd 3:04 pm 07 May 12

Stromlo is great. You do not require a bike either. There is af antastic running track with varied distance loops. The bridge to bridge loop on LBG is also a nice walk or ride, followed by a milkshake at the Pork Barrell near OPH. If it’s raining I can recommend rock-climbing at either Hume or Mitchell.

If your daughter is not the active type then the War Memorial, National Library, Portrait Gallery, Questacon, National Archives are all easily accesible and affordable. Good luck and don’t let her sit around watching DVDs all weekend.

Cheers, John

Pork Hunt 3:03 pm 07 May 12

If the Amish will let you, hire a Segway…

Holden Caulfield 2:49 pm 07 May 12
circusmonkey 2:46 pm 07 May 12

My (almost 12yo) daughter loves indoor rock climbing.

birder 2:44 pm 07 May 12

There are so many options! Every weekend, we have to pick between events. This upcoming weekend, there’s a primary school fete near my house on Saturday and on Sunday, I’m doing the Mother’s Day 5k Classic to support breast cancer research. That’s something you could do together – you can either walk or run the 5k (I’m walking!). Each week on the riot act, there’s a posting called DIY Weekend, to give you ideas. This past weekend, we went to the Pegasus Open Day and Mini-Fete on Saturday and wanted to go to the Hall Markets on Sunday, but we had a birthday party.

Postalgeek 2:41 pm 07 May 12

Or kayaking. Hire or buy a steady tandem and explore the islands and the Molonglo. If she gets tired, she can just sit back and still enjoy it.

poetix 2:41 pm 07 May 12

Go around all the op shops in town and find bargains. (Probably only open Saturday though.)

Postalgeek 2:39 pm 07 May 12

Roller blading around the central lake? You can hire skates and there are lots of wide, smooth areas ideal for learning. When you get good enough, you can include the family dog. The dog will love it.

Or a bicycle for that matter…

G-Fresh 2:36 pm 07 May 12

Bushwalk Namadgi

HardBallGets 2:30 pm 07 May 12

Fishing in the local lakes can be good.

Get a basic spin rod and reel, some 8lb braid and leader material, a handful of shiny lures and some soft plastics, and go get them.

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