Opening Hours

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

Animal Viewing Hours:  10am - 4pm
Saturdays: 9am - 4pm

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. These holidays we have three sessions to choose from. See below for details, class dates and times, and how to book.

Kids and Canines
(Maximum of 6 participants)
Cost: $60
Come and visit our dogs! During this session, you will have the opportunity to learn about our dogs and how we look after them. You will give us a hand with feeding and enrichment activities, and learn about the training and adoption processes. You may even go home with a few new ideas for your own pets!

Kids and Cats
(Maximum of 6 participants)
Cost: $60
Are you a crazy cat person? This session is perfect for you! Participants will visit our cattery, and learn about how we care for our cats. You will also have the opportunity to create enrichment items for the cats, do some cat-themed craft and ask our wonderful staff any questions you may have about our feline friends. You will have a fantastic time with our cats…we’re not ‘kitten’!

Kids and Little Kritters
(Maximum of 6 participants)
Cost: $60
In Kids n Little Kritters you will get to visit some our smaller residents - this session may include spending time with rabbits, birds, mice, or even reptiles! Participants will learn how to care for and handle these animals through hands on tasks such as preparing food, replacing bedding, and making enrichment activities.

2 Day Junior Shelter Staff
(Maximum of 6 participants)
Cost: $275
Ever dreamed of working at the RSPCA? Come and spend two days with us as a junior member of our staff! You will learn about different roles at the RSPCA, and gain experience in our day-to- day animal care tasks. You will visit all of our animals, and be involved in their care by cleaning, feeding, and providing enrichment. This session is for our more experienced participants (those who have already attended a session with us).

Teenage Animal Care Assistants
(Maximum of 6 participants)
Cost: $60
Are you a teenager who loves animals, but is too young to volunteer at RSPCA? This brand new session is for you. You will spend a couple of hours with us, visiting our animals and learning about the role of Animal Care Assistants at our shelter. You will experience the daily tasks involved in the job, including cleaning and setting up enclosures, feeding animals and helping them to feel comfortable.

Enrichment for Animals by Teens
(Maximum of 6 participants)
Cost: $60
This is another brand new session for older animal lovers! In Enrichment for Animals by Teens we will focus on creating enrichment activities for dogs, cats, birds and rabbits. Enrichment is very important for our animals, as it provides them with opportunities to use their natural instincts and behaviours, as well as making their day a little more interesting! We will also spend some time socialising our dogs and cats; this can include patting, playing or talking to the animals. The animals will love you for it!

Krafty Kids
(Maximum of 6 participants)
Cost: $60
This session is for the keen crafters! You will be treated to a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the shelter where you will visit all of our animals. This is followed by some crafty time, where you will be guided to make some awesome animal toys and other animal themed craft. You will also have some time to engage in some free crafting, in case there is something you have been burning to create! All materials are provided so all you need to bring is your creative self!

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.

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.

Each participant will receive a Kids N' Kritters pack full of goodies!

For participants that attend consecutive sessions, please provide a snack or lunch depending on the sessions they are attending.

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!

Please remember:

  • All participants should bring their own labelled drink bottle
  • All participants must wear appropriate clothing, enclosed footwear, and sunscreen
  • Participants that attend consecutive sessions should bring a snack or lunch (nut and egg free)

Our session educator and volunteers all hold Working with Vulnerable People cards and have met RSPCA requirements to attend Kid’s 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.

To makes a booking, please download and complete the form below and email to: pac@rspca-act.org.au
Location: 12 Kirkpatrick Street, Weston ACT 2611.

 

KnK Schedule

 

Week 1

Date

Class

Time

Age

Monday
9th July 2018

Kids N Cats *FULL*

9:30am - 11:30am

7-9 years

 

Krafty Kids

11:45am - 1:45pm

7-9 years

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
10th July 2018

Junior Shelter Staff Day 1 *FULL*

10:30am - 3:30pm

Mixed age (7-13)

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
11th July 2018

Junior Shelter Staff Day 2 *FULL*

10:30am - 3:30pm

Mixed age (7-13)

 

 

 

 

Thursday
12th July 2018

Kids N Little Kritters *FULL*

9:30am - 11:30am

7-9 years

 

Kids N Cats *FULL*

11:45am - 1:45pm

7-9 years

 

 

 

 

Friday
13th July 2018

Kids N Canines *FULL*

9:30am - 11:30am

7-9 years

 

Kids N Little Kritters

11:45am - 1:45pm

7-9 years

 

Week 2

Date

Class

Time

Age

Tuesday
17th July 2018

Teenage Animal Care Assistants

9:30am - 11:30am

13-16 years

 

Enrichment for Animals by Teens

11:45am - 1:45pm

13-16 years

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
18th July 2018

Kids N Cats

10:30am - 12:30pm

10-13 years

 

Krafty Kids

12:45pm - 2:45pm

10-13 years

 

 

 

 

Thursday
19th July 2018

Kids N Little Kritters *FULL*

9:30am - 11:30am

10-13 years

 

Kids N Cats *FULL*

11:45am - 1:45pm

10-13 years

 

 

 

 

Friday
20th July 2018

Kids N Canines *FULL*

9:30am - 11:30am

10-13 years

 

Kids N Little Kritters

11:45am - 1:45pm

10-13 years