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5 Affordable Family Outings at South Bank

Creating a fun day out for the whole family is easier said than done, especially when you have to factor in costs. Treat your family to a fun day out without blowing the budget at South Bank.

Picnic and play

Things to do at South Bank

With sparkling views of the Brisbane River and a state-of-the-art playground, South Bank’s Riverside Green is a must-visit for families – children will love the playground’s towering pink skywalk, climbing net, slide, supernova and mouse-house. The playground is located next to free barbeques and the area is licensed from 10am until 8pm daily, so the big kids can kick back with food and drinks while the little ones burn off their energy.

Arts and craft

Get some fresh air and sunshine by heading to Little Days Out’s free children’s activities, on every Thursday from 9am-1pm in the South Bank Parklands. Activities change weekly and range from sport and music classes to science workshops and all those in-between. Parents can get involved in the activities or relax on the Parkland’s soft lawns with a coffee while the kids get stuck in. Head to Little Days Out’s website for full details. Once you’ve had your fill of the class, follow up with a stroll through the Parklands to QAGOMA for check out their latest free exhibit and kid’s activation.

The great outdoors

Affordable Things to do at South Bank

South Bank has some of the best scenery in Brisbane, so make the most of it by cycling or walking down the Clem Jones Promenade and soaking up stunning views of the Brisbane River. Once you’re done, head to one of South Bank’s many ice-creameries and enjoy a sweet bite to eat. Just some the places you can choose from include New Zealand Natural, Cold Rock Ice-Creamery, Max Brenner, Movenpick and Cowch.

Southbank gardens also have a Buddhist Temple. Check out more Buddhist Temples around Brisbane here.

Sweet beats

If your kids are a bit older, gather them and their friends for an afternoon of free live music.

Sunday Sessions on the Green is on from on from 2-5pm on you guessed it, Sundays, and is located at the picturesque River Quay. The area is licensed from 10am-8pm daily, so parents can bring along nibbles for the kids and a bottle of wine for themselves. If you’re heading in to South Bank on a Saturday, there’s still entertainment – don’t miss City Sounds, on every Saturday from 3-8pm at various locations. 

Bucket and spade

It’s important to know where our food comes from – teach your kids about garden to table eating without a lengthy country road trip at South Bank’s Epicurious Garden. The garden is bursting with seasonal, organic produce that you and your kids can touch, smell and taste. Make sure you head along from 7am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and take advantage of the free garden clippings at South Bank’s harvest cart. These can be taken home for cooking. When you’ve finished exploring the garden, wander over to Streets Beach for a dip and a yummy bite from the affordable Central Café vendors. 

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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