Opening Hours

Animal Viewing Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm

General Hours: 
Most Days: 9am - 5pm
Wednesdays:  10am - 5pm
CLOSED: Sundays and Public Holidays

Kids N' Kritters

RSPCA ACT will be running a series of fun, interactive education sessions over the school holidays for youngsters who are interested in learning more about animals. See below for details, class dates and times, and how to book.

New Sessions and Times

Based on feedback from previous sessions, we will be running three 2 hour sessions on selected days during the school holidays. Each session is $60 per participant. We are able to offer a special $30 discount for participants who wish to book in all three sessions on any day! Please call 6287 8100 to receive the full day discount.

Session Times Start Finish
Session 1 9:30am 11:30am
Session 2 11:45am 1:45pm
Session 3 2:00pm 4:00pm

 

Wednesday Session Times Start Finish
Session 1 11:00am 1:00pm
Session 2 1:15pm 3:15pm

Topics for each session vary each day. Please see the booking calendar for more information on specific session topics.

All classes are for a 7-13 year age group.

Introduction to RSPCA ACT
(Maximum of 8 participants)
Cost: $60
If you’re new to Kids and Kritters,’ Introduction to RSCPCA ACT’ is the class for you. In this session, we will show you around our shelter, and tell you a little bit about why we do what we do. You will also be able to visit some shelter animals, learn a little about their behaviour and create some enrichment activities for them. Participation in Introduction to Animal Care will earn you your “RSPCA ACT” card to start your collection.

The 5 Freedoms
(Maximum of 8 participants)
Cost: $60
The 5 Freedoms teach us how to best look after our furry friends. They are used by our vets, Inspectorate, Animal care staff, and are even a part of animal law! In this session, you will learn all about the 5 Freedoms along with some basics of animal body language. You will have the opportunity to work with a variety of animals at the shelter to ensure that they are all enjoying the 5 Freedoms. You will also earn your “5 Freedoms” and “Inspectorate” cards!

Little Critters
(Maximum of 8 participants)
Cost: $60
In Little Critters you will get to visit some our smaller residents - this session may include spending time with rabbits, birds, mice, or even reptiles, puppies or kittens! Participants will learn about these animals through hands on tasks such as observation, preparing food, replacing bedding, and making enrichment activities. At the end of the session, you will have earned your ‘Small Animals’ and ‘Caring for Young Animals’ cards!

Dog Gurus
(Maximum of 8 participants)
Cost: $60
Come and meet our dogs! During this session, you will have the opportunity to socialise with RSPCA’s dogs and puppies. You will learn how to greet and interact with dogs of all shapes and sizes in a safe and positive way, and also recognise when they would like some alone time! This is very important to our shelter dogs – they will absolutely love the respectful attention! You will also earn your ‘Stay Safe With Dogs’ and ‘Dog Guru’ trading cards on the day.

Important Information

Please note that while we make every attempt to follow planned programs, there may be some days where children are unable to pat or hold animals. This is due to the nature of our shelter; many of our animals are very timid and are not ready to be handled by a group. Decisions around animal interaction are always made with the welfare of the animal as paramount. All sessions may include visits to other animals around the shelter – please let us know if there are any animals that your child is fearful of or inexperienced with.

We endeavour to keep as close to our curriculum as possible, however in the event of bad weather or not having animals suitable for the session we will alter the curriculum slightly and/or utilise staff animals. The session will still be interactive and lots of fun!

Location: 12 Kirkpatrick Street, Weston ACT 2611.

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RSPCA ACT Trading Cards – NEW!
We are excited to announce the launch of our new RSPCA ACT Trading card collection! Each card features a gorgeous RSPCA animal, and shows the new things that you have learned. Cards are only available through our Kids n Kritters program, so get collecting!
Collection folders are also available for $10! These can be purchased when booking any Kids n Kritters session.

Kids N Kritters Trading Card Folder

 

Allergy Information: Please note that while we don’t allow children to bring nuts or nut products into a KnK program, RSPCA ACT is not a nut free environment. Our dogs are sometimes given peanut butter as a treat, and this is stored in our kennels. Please advise staff if your child has a nut allergy.

What to Bring on the Day:

  • All participants should bring their own labelled drink bottle
  • All participants must wear appropriate clothing, including long pants, enclosed footwear, a hat and sunscreen
  • Participants staying for multiple sessions should bring a snack and lunch (nut and egg free please). RSPCA does not provide food as part of our Kids n Kritters program, but we do have facilities to refill drink bottles.

When you arrive for your session, please see reception staff. They will be able to show you where to sign in and place your belongings.

Our session educator and volunteers all hold Working with Vulnerable People cards and have met RSPCA requirements to attend Kids N' Kritters. For this reason parents are welcome to wait in our waiting area for the duration of the session, however are unable to attend the session with their child. Under special circumstances, you may receive permission to attend, however you are required to hold a WWVP card and pay the participant fee in full.

 

Date Time Class
Monday 30th September 9:30am - 11:30am The 5 Freedoms
  11:45am - 1:45pm Intro to RSPCA ACT
  2:00pm - 4:00pm Little Critters
     
Wednesday 2nd October 11:00am - 1:00pm Dog Gurus
  1:15pm - 3:15pm The 5 Freedoms
     
Friday 4th October 9:30am - 11:30am Intro to RSPCA ACT
  11:45am - 1:45pm Little Critters
  2:00pm - 4:00pm Dog Gurus
     
Tuesday 8th October 9:30am - 11:30am The 5 Freedoms
  11:45am - 1:45pm Intro to RSPCA ACT
  2:00pm - 4:00pm Little Critters
     
Wednesday 9th October 11:00am - 1:00pm Dog Gurus
  1:15pm - 3:15pm The 5 Freedoms
     
Friday 11th October 9:30am - 11:30am Intro to RSPCA ACT
  11:45am - 1:45pm Little Critters
  2:00pm - 4:00pm Dog Gurus