Dawn’s Surprise

Calthorpes House · Foundation - Year 2

Dawn’s Surprise

📅 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (During weeks 2 to 9 of school term)

🕚 10am to 12pm, including a morning tea break (as a single program, double program runs 10am to 2pm)

📍 Calthorpes House

🎫 Pricing info

💸 Book online and receive an emailed invoice via button above

🧒 Single program: max 30 students - Double program: max 60 students

👩‍👧‍👦 Ratio - 1 teacher/attending adult : 10 students

✋ Any questions? Contact our Programs Bookings Officer on (02) 6205 0916 or email here

What was life like for children growing up in Canberra in the 1930s? And how does that compare with childhood today? Students will imagine Dawn Calthorpe’s world, questioning, evaluating and analysing childhood experiences in the 1930s and comparing it to their present lives.

In this immersive, active and hands on program, students discover the home and environment of 7 year-old Dawn through three activities: a house tour, garden tour and playing games of the era. Students will also consider sustainable living choices and appreciation of the natural world, as aspects of childhood in the past, present and future.


Teacher's Booklet

Double Program Timetable

Terms and Conditions

Safety Information (Risk Management Plan)

Public Liability Certificate of Currency

🚌 Calthorpes House is situated on the crest of a hill on Mugga Way. To avoid an accident risk, buses should not drop students off on the hillcrest. Buses should drop students further down the street, at a point where the bus is clearly visible to other traffic. The bus will not be able to park on Mugga Way. Parking is available on Torres, Wickham or Vancouver Streets. There is limited parking for cars on site at Calthorpes House, just follow the circular driveway around to the parking area.