What would you say if I said you could have 2 full weeks of school holiday fun for under $200!!
My cheap school holiday ideas for the September school holidays will have 1 adult + 2 kids having the time of their lives for under $200.
For 2 weeks of school holiday fun you can include these free, cheap or discounted activities:
- a school holiday movie,
- 1 trip to the theatre,
- a trip to the top of the city hall clock tower after a trip to the museum,
- indoor rock climbing,
- a trip to a zoo,
- a trip to a 2 kid friendly art galleries,
- a festival as well as
- some time to chill out at home!
Check out these budget school holiday ideas that 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 (but remember kids travel for free on the weekends on Brisbane public transport!) – this guide of budget holiday ideas is purely for the activities for two 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
Queens birthday ideas:
This year, Monday 3rd October is also a school holiday, so you can find out what is open for your family to do that day here.
List of budget holiday ideas
If the table above is not displaying for you, this list of ideas should keep the kids entertained:
Sunday 18 – FREE – MOSAIC Multicultural Festival, Roma Street Parkland.
Monday 19 – FREE – Trip to your local library to get some school holiday books to read.
Tuesday 20 – FREE – Day trip to Wynnum – if it is warm enough for a swim.
Thursday 22 – $53 – Theatre Trip – The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Saturday 24 – $33 – Hoyts cinema school holiday movie – *Discount voucher.
Sunday 25 – FREE – Visit a shopping centre for free activities. Click here
Monday 26 – FREE – Zoo visit – Daisy Hill Koala Centre. Click here
Tuesday 27 – $32 – Gripd Indoor Rock Climbing – Discount voucher.
Thursday 29 – $36 – Spend the afternoon bouncing at Flipout Trampoline Park – *Discount voucher.
Friday 30 – FREE – GOMA – Sunpowered Exhibition – Children’s Art Centre. Click here
Saturday 1 – FREE – Roma St Parkland playgrounds. Kids travel free on public transport. Click here
Sunday 2 – FREE – Rest day and get ready for school!
Monday 3 – This year, Monday 3rd October is also a school holiday, so you can find out what is open for your family to do that day here.
Budget holiday ideas | free is always good!
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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