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GUIDE: Budget Holiday Ideas | 2 Weeks of Fun for $200

GUIDE: Budget Holiday Ideas

What would you say if I said you could have 2 full weeks of school holiday fun for $200 INCLUDING HORSE RIDING?

My budget holiday ideas for these school holidays will have 1 adult + 2 kids having the time of their lives for exactly $200.

For 2 weeks of school holiday fun you can include these free, cheap or discounted activities: a movie, 1 trip to the theatre, swimming, fireworks, paddle boarding, kayaking, segway, mountain biking, a trip to a zoo, a trip to an art gallery, playgrounds, trampolining, laser tag and HORSE RIDING as well as some time to chill out at home… these budget holiday ideas are listed below.

Here’s my a budget holiday ideas

For these school holidays you don’t need to blow the budget showing the kids a good time. These penny pinching ideas will save you lots of money and by following my guide, you will also save time trying to figure out what to do without breaking the bank! I’ve listed the cost of each activity, not the cost of any additional items you may choose to buy or transport – this guide of budget holiday ideas is purely for the activities for the kids (and 1 adult!)

I’ve planned the whole thing out day by day for the chronologically challenged.

HINT: Turn your mobile phone on its side to see the whole table – Monday – Sunday.

Budget Holiday Ideas for Parents

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
22nd
FREE
Movie - The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Bookings required. Click here
23rd
FREE Family Fun Day
Festival of Children’s Theatre
Click here
24th
FREE
Trip to the library to get some school holiday books to read
Click here
25th
FREE
Day trip to Wynnum – if it is warm a swim
Click here
26th
$70
Horse Riding for 2 kids at Gummies.
Click here
27th
FREE
Rest Day at Home
cooking & craft if we are up to it.
Craft
Recipes
28th
$21
Slapdash Galaxy
Ipswich Art Gallery
Click here
29th
FREE
Riverfire at South Bank. Kids travel free on public transport
Click here
30th
FREE
Visit a shopping centre for free activities
Click here
1st
FREE
Zoo visit
Daisy Hill Koala Centre
Click here
2nd
$51
Urban Xtreme
2-hour Park Pass
Use code FAM20
Click here
3rd
FREE
Rest Day at Home
Cooking & craft if we are up to it.
Craft
Recipes
4th
$58
Adventure pass 2 kids including Paddle Board | Kayak | Segway | Mountain Bike
Click here
5th
FREE
GOMA – Children’s Art Gallery
Click here
6th
FREE
Roma St Parkland playgrounds. Kids travel free on public transport
Click here
7th
FREE
Rest day and get ready for school!

List of budget holiday ideas for September/October 2018

If the table above is not displaying for you, this list of ideas should keep the kids entertained:

Saturday 22nd – FREE – Movie – The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Bookings required. Click here

Sunday 23rd – FREE – Family Fun Day. Festival of Children’s Theatre @ Brisbane Arts Theatre Click here

Monday 24th – FREE – Trip to the library to get some school holiday books to read. Click here

Tuesday 25th – FREE – Day trip to Wynnum – if it is warm a swim. Click here

Wednesday 26th – $70 – Horse Riding for 2 kids at Gummies. Click here

Thursday 27th – FREE – Rest Day at Home. Cooking & craft if we are up to it. – Craft  Recipes

Friday 28th – $21 – Slapdash Galaxy – Ipswich Art Gallery. Click here

Saturday 29th – FREE – Riverfire at South Bank. Kids travel free on public transport. Click here

Sunday 30th – FREE – Visit a shopping centre for free activities. Click here

Monday 1st – FREE – Zoo visit – Daisy Hill Koala Centre. Click here

Tuesday 2nd – $51 – Urban Xtreme 2-hour Park Pass. Use code FAM20 Click here

Wednesday 3rd – FREE – Rest Day at Home. Cooking & craft if we are up to it. – Craft  Recipes

Thursday 4th – $58 – Adventure pass 2 kids including Paddle Board | Kayak | Segway | Mountain Bike. Click here

Friday 5th – FREE – GOMA – Children’s Art Gallery. Click here

Saturday 6th – FREE – Roma St Parkland playgrounds. Kids travel free on public transport. Click here

Sunday 7th – FREE – Rest day and get ready for school!

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Budget holiday ideas | free is always good!

free things to do in toowoomba feature

One of the fantastic things about living in Brisbane is the plethora of free activities. The libraries and shopping centres are always a fab place to start for ideas. Why not bookmark our website’s page of FREE things to do – you can find a huge range of free school holiday ideas here.

Budget holiday ideas | cheap is also good

If you didn’t love my suggestions above – here’s five more budget holiday ideas that your kids will LOVE for under a tenner per child! Budget holiday ideas for your kids in Brisbane.

1. Brisbane Tramway Museum | Ferny Grove

You can step back in time in Brisbane and ride a tram at the Tramway Museum as many times as your Brisbane Family would like. Set in a bush land setting, you can explore restored trams and other reminders of Brisbane’s tramway era. There are plenty of spots for picnics and souvenirs and drinks available. It is open Sundays from 12.30 – 4pm. Find prices here.

2. Queensland Maritime Museum | South Brisbane

You can discover historic vessels of all shapes and sizes at the Maritime Museum. It is located on the banks of the Brisbane River at South Bank. You can take a complimentary audio guided tour to make the most of your visit. The children will enjoy the big exhibits such as the warship Diamantina. It is open daily from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

3. Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium | Mt Coot-tha

If your little ones are interested in all things astronomical, then this is the place for them. You can view regular shows in the Cosmic Skydome which are projected onto the dome. These shows are recommended for different age groups, so check that detail when deciding which show to go to. There is also the Galaxy Gift Shop where you can buy all things cosmic. The Planetarium is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Read our Planetarium review and check the website for opening times as they do vary. Find prices here.

4. Ipswich Art Gallery | Ipswich

Ipswich Art Gallery is Australia’s first permanent interactive children’s space designed for the under twelves. They are committed to delivering child-centred programs that you will not see anywhere else. They have different exhibitions that are VERY hands on for the children. This is not a place for the children to be directed by adults, it is a space for the children to really explore and self direct. The exhibits for the children range from free to around the $5.00 mark. They are open daily from 10am – 5pm. Watch our Ipswich Art Gallery video review here.

5. Bricks n Fun |  Capalaba

If you have a Lego lover in your house, then this is the place for them. They have a Lego Buildroom where the kids can go for a 1 hour or 2 hour session. There is a massive variety of LEGO kits they can choose from and sit and build them. All of the instructions are included and there is something to suit all abilities. There are only 12 children allowed per session so there is plenty of room for the LEGO creations. There is also LEGO displays to look at and become inspired from. Sessions run from 10am each day until 4.00 or 5.00pm. Find prices here.

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