What is there to do for 17 year olds?

somewhere_between_bundah_and_goulburn 10 November 2010 50

Hey guys and girls,

One of my friends from Perth is coming over for about a week, and as we’re (barely) months away from the age of majority, I’m unable to find anything to do. I’ve looked at various “what’s on” sites, and there’s no way of checking for all ages, or if there is (eg Moshtix), there’s none around. Underage events sites don’t have anything for Canberra either.

Is there any way to find something to do for under 18s, or are there any under 18 events coming late-November? Should we just skip town and go to Sydney instead?

My friend has been to Canberra before, and therefore the touristy stuff isn’t really needed.

Thank you


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dundle dundle 1:03 am 13 Nov 10

I was never bored here as a teen but it’s hard to think of activities off the top of my head. I suppose if you have somebody who’s done the touristy stuff and isn’t part of your social group to just hang out then there isn’t much that’s exclusive to Canberra other than stuff to do with the lake or mountains etc. The other stuff is more generic like the theatre and rock-climbing and bowling, if your friend can’t do a lot of those that’s an issue though. Pitch and putt? People seem to like that. Taking boats on the lake. There are some gigs for under 18s.

Disposable Disposable 5:32 pm 12 Nov 10

fgzk said :

If you have a car full of people, a trip to the the air disaster memorial, late at night.

The road to the Air Disaster memorial has been closed for a long time. It involves a long walk through very disorientating terrain to reach these days. It’s still good fun though, you just need to aware of how difficult it is to access.

The best way to get there is on the Tim the Yowie Man’s Weird Canberra Tour which books out months in advance.

fgzk fgzk 5:16 pm 12 Nov 10

Sailing on the lake.
Hangout in civic.
A drive up the Brindies.
If you have a car full of people, a trip to the the air disaster memorial, late at night.
On the way back drive up Mt Ainslie.
Late night takeaway at a caravan.
War memorial, see and touch real guns.
Cotter.

Kerryhemsley Kerryhemsley 4:27 pm 12 Nov 10

Go to one of the shopping malls. Proceed to a franchise cafe and order coffee then receive warm milk instead.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 4:06 pm 12 Nov 10

Buy a 17 year old boy a skin flick and a box of tissues and they’ll be happy anywhere.

Holditz Holditz 2:40 pm 12 Nov 10

Spartacus said :

Pommy bastard said :

Isn’t this all a bit sad to suggest? Playing cowboys and Indians, or soldiers and Afghanis at 17 years old is a bit naff tosay the least.

And Paintball is any different?

Actually it was Bitzermaloney who mentioned paintball. Looks like PB is going to get an apology.

Spartacus Spartacus 12:59 pm 12 Nov 10

Pommy bastard said :

Spartacus said :

On the subject of Paintball, when are we getting the vastly superior Airsoft in Australia?
Seriously, Airsoft is safer than paintball and you can already buy gun replicas from military stores in Australia so that kind of makes the “AIRSOFT GUNS LOOK LIKE REAL GUNS!” argument invalid… hell you can buy REAL guns in Australia, how the hell is Airsoft more tightly restricted than guns that fire actual bullets and are designed to kill things?

Check out Operation Irene III on Youtube, it is amazing.

Isn’t this all a bit sad to suggest? Playing cowboys and Indians, or soldiers and Afghanis at 17 years old is a bit naff tosay the least.

And Paintball is any different?

somewhere_between_bundah_and_goulburn somewhere_between_bundah_and_goulburn 12:19 am 12 Nov 10

I forgot to add: My friend does have Cerebral Palsy (not severe, he just has some mobility problems), so therefore rock climbing, and maybe paintball is out.

He wants to go karting (I know the tracks here are not that impressive, but it still works), and also to go to a water park (Does Big Splash still exist?)

He also wants to go to the NMA

We could go to the local Coles at 11:55pm on a Saturday night (for teh lulz), but unfortunately, I work there, and I will be taking leave that week.

Anyone talking about cones and other drugs – I went to Bundah, so I know the right people (not that I’ve ever consumed their produce)

Jim Jones Jim Jones 10:06 am 11 Nov 10

Ko. said :

cones

+1

and goon

UrbanAdventure.org UrbanAdventure.org 9:48 am 11 Nov 10

niftydog said :

UrbanAdventure.org said :

…snip…

All incredibly exciting activities for a teenager I’m sure. Ride the monorail!? You ANIMAL!!

The only thing I “soak up” when walking the “vibrant streets” of Sydney is the disconcerting odour of 8,926,140 armpits.

LOL, well said. What can I say, I’m living in Canberra, exceitement capital of the known universe. To me a monorail is exceitment plus, going around and around past those same od buildings time and time again. Ohhhh whee! 😉

sepi sepi 9:18 am 11 Nov 10

I was a bit depressed when I realised the antique kitchen on show in the National Museum was the same as the one in my house – except in better condition.

A fun thing to do with visitors is take them to the AIS for a swim.

Then a wander down the lake and picnic lunch at the sculpture garden.

Gold Creek is good for an afternoon too – lunch at George Harcourt, check out he reptile exhibit or the bird aviary and have a coffee in one of the tragic cafes. Check out the old school house bit too.

Disposable Disposable 1:44 am 11 Nov 10

caf said :

There is of course the Foreshore Festival which is in late November.

Foreshore is 18+ and has sold out. They have run out of tickets as well 😉

Jamika Jamika 12:24 am 11 Nov 10

I’ve lived in Perth, and hard to believe, Canberra is actually more fun. I think your WA friends will find much novelty in being able to go to the shops after 6pm, or to walk through the streets at night without being bashed, or simply to be able to put their shoes on without shaking the sand out of them first. But if you’re still stuck and down for some comedy, show your friends the National Museum of Australia. It’s either the most ironic museum in the world, or the most failed. Highlights include part of the heart of a NZ racehorse, a 1950’s style caravan, a rotary clothesline, a Victa mower, a ball of string, and a plastic spoon. These are actual exhibits! I implore all my friends who visit Canberra to take a look at the place. They usually laugh their guts out initially, but later when the reality hits home that this is our national museum, they become strangely quiet and solemn. I guess that’s two forms of entertainment from one venue. Good value if you ask me.

caf caf 11:45 pm 10 Nov 10

I believe a lot of the Canberra Musicians’ Club gigs are all ages.

The Impro ACT shows are usually quite fun, and not too expensive.

There is of course the Foreshore Festival which is in late November.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:40 pm 10 Nov 10

Spartacus said :

On the subject of Paintball, when are we getting the vastly superior Airsoft in Australia?
Seriously, Airsoft is safer than paintball and you can already buy gun replicas from military stores in Australia so that kind of makes the “AIRSOFT GUNS LOOK LIKE REAL GUNS!” argument invalid… hell you can buy REAL guns in Australia, how the hell is Airsoft more tightly restricted than guns that fire actual bullets and are designed to kill things?

Check out Operation Irene III on Youtube, it is amazing.

Isn’t this all a bit sad to suggest? Playing cowboys and Indians, or soldiers and Afghanis at 17 years old is a bit naff tosay the least.

p1 p1 7:08 pm 10 Nov 10

Spartacus said :

Seriously, Airsoft is safer than paintball and you can already buy gun replicas from military stores in Australia so that kind of makes the “AIRSOFT GUNS LOOK LIKE REAL GUNS!” argument invalid.

Care to name a local store which sells them now?

Spartacus said :

… hell you can buy REAL guns in Australia, how the hell is Airsoft more tightly restricted than guns that fire actual bullets and are designed to kill things?

Airsoft guns are not restricted more. They are restricted exactly the same.

Ko. Ko. 5:50 pm 10 Nov 10

cones

Spartacus Spartacus 5:40 pm 10 Nov 10

On the subject of Paintball, when are we getting the vastly superior Airsoft in Australia?
Seriously, Airsoft is safer than paintball and you can already buy gun replicas from military stores in Australia so that kind of makes the “AIRSOFT GUNS LOOK LIKE REAL GUNS!” argument invalid… hell you can buy REAL guns in Australia, how the hell is Airsoft more tightly restricted than guns that fire actual bullets and are designed to kill things?

Check out Operation Irene III on Youtube, it is amazing.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 5:25 pm 10 Nov 10

If you look old enough – Fyshwick by night…

Get mugged at the ATM
Recover lost money by robbing Maccas
Get laid with proceeds.

Here’s a thought off topic, if and when they allow same sex marriage in the ACT, will they have chapels and celebrants open 24/7 ala Vegas except in Fyshwick, I wonder?

Floydwafer Floydwafer 5:16 pm 10 Nov 10

Tour of the New Belconnen Bus facilities – Canberra boring never!

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