Being kids in Canberra

Trip Start Mar 01, 2005
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Trip End Dec 2006


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Thursday, March 23, 2006

We headed to Questacon today - Australia's National Science Museum. Now, as you probably know, that's not really the kind of place I'm in to, but we'd heard good things that it was really hands-on for kids, so thought it would be good fun for Maddie. Thankfully, what we'd heard was right. The place was huge and each area was themed. There was a funfair area, with interactive rides and activities. Whilst a member of staff looked after Maddie, Stephen and I had a go on one of the rides. It was like an over-sized see-saw with proper seats at each end. We both got in, put on our seat-belts and the machine was switched on. We then started spinning around really fast and had to throw balls to each other - compensating for the speed we span at. There were also simulators and stuff like that. The toddler area was probably the best and Maddie didn't want to leave. Not surprising, as it was like a kid's paradise - each area being themed: bakery, vet, petrol station, etc. She loved the wet play area too, but managed to get stuck inside the climbing area! So having thought Canberra was going to be dull, we'd actually had a good 24 hours there. Probably enough, but it did mean the stop-over was worthwhile.

That afternoon, we headed south down to Thredbo, the town where we were staying in the Snowy Mountains. In winter, Thredbo is one of Australia's major ski resorts. Yes, hard to believe that there are ski resorts here! We had booked an apartment and at the last minute decided to up-grade for a larger one, complete with wood burner and spa bath. It was well worth the extra money, as the apartment was huge and cosy that evening. The temperatures really dropped at night, which was a bit of a shock!
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