Canberra 100: Saturday version

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It is the Canberra Day long weekend in the Centenary of Canberra year so there are lots of things on to celebrate. I love living in Canberra. Sure it may not be the most exciting place or be filled with endless people, but it is a lovely city with all you need and (now I sound really old) a great place to have children. Trees and birds and bike tracks and good restaruarants and friends. And while Canberra is less multicultural than some Australian cities, our boys still go to a school with kids from 36 different nationalities and backgrounds. I like Canberra a lot and after 17+ years here have no intention to really call anywhere else “home” any time soon.

So we definitely wanted to be part of the Canberra Day celebrations. On Saturday we headed in to Civic for We Built This City.  We rode in and got there a bit early, so decided to check out the Canberra Museum and Gallery first. 2013-03-09 13.36.07 2013-03-09 13.37.23

It was nice to introduce the boys to some Sidney Nolan. I had not realised the CMAG had such a great collection.

Jude also found an installation which really fascinated him – he loved the texture of the sand and the way it looked like suede.

2013-03-09 13.43.54It was then time for some box building. The builders assessmbled.

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James went in to act as an assistant, while I got to watch the frenetic box building activity. The idea was to build a city with the boxes – a lovely simple idea.

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After that, we popped over to the Handmade Markets in search of the elusive felt slippers James loves. He didn’t have any luck, but I found a cool new handbag big enough for my iPad as well as all my other (very important) stuff.

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We figured we could then have a well deserved refreshment break.

 

2013-03-09 15.54.45 2013-03-09 15.55.52 That was the afternoon’s activites. After dinner, we went out for some more, starting at Questacon for a liquid nitrogen demonstration show. Sebastian got to help out.

2013-03-09 19.23.17We then saw some more science demonstrations, including an exploding hydrogen balloon – here is is a microsecond before explosion.

2013-03-09 20.19.51It was then outside to see the lights of Enlighten. I had seen lots of photos on Twitter and Facebook so was keen to see the buildings myself. They looked fantastic.

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The boys even got to play Snake on the outside of Questacon.

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As part of the Balloon festival, they also had two balloons lit up, with acrobats dangling from the bottoms.

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And we saw the crazy hairdressers of Sienta la Cabeza in action.

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It was a lovely night to be out and about and celebrating a 100 years of Canberraness.

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