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FREE school holiday activities Brisbane northside! What are they and where can you find them? The answer is they are everywhere but not always easy to find. That’s why we’ve done the heavy lifting and created this list of the BEST FREE school holiday activities Brisbane northside.

Yep, that’s right! We’ve collated a comprehensive list of free school holiday ideas for kids that don’t cost a thing.

And because we know it is not always possible to travel far from home we have only listed activities on the northside of Brisbane and near the CBD. This will mean you can find something to do with the kids these school holidays that is near your suburb!

You can find our list of best free school holiday activities on the Southside here.

This list of free things to do in the September/October school holidays will keep the kids entertained and your holiday budget happy!

As with everything during this difficult time, please check directly with the venue to ensure they are open on the days you wish to visit!!

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane northside

It doesn’t matter if you live in Sandgate, Bracken Ridge, Albany Creek, Windsor or somewhere in the Moreton Region like North Lakes, because we have free school holiday fun for you. We have listed something in most northside suburbs to to suit everyone … and they are all free!

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These are our picks of Brisbane northside suburbs venues that are perfect for kids looking for an easy day out, locally!

There are LOADS more things to do on our School Holiday Activities Events Calendar. We also have the best school holiday activities list in Brisbane that includes discounted options too! Learn how to download our ‘Families fun’ calendar so you can stay up to date here.

Below is a day by day list of the FREE school holiday activities northside Brisbane has on offer! 

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Northside –  September/October 2021

Saturday 18 September – Visit Indro Studio

FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Northside

Recreate viral dances, recipe hacks & makeup trends at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre’s FREE daily workshops at the Indro Studio! Sessions are for kids 5+ and run from 10am-4pm. Bookings required for this FREE school holiday activity on Brisbane’s northside.

Sunday 19 September – Best Day Ever

This school holidays, have the BEST DAY EVER at Strathpine Centre from Tuesday 21 September – Saturday 2 October 2021 with a heap of awesome activities planned for families! Week one, kids will love getting their build on for FREE in the LEGO® Vehicles Playzone. Create your own race car and then take it for a spin in the race pit! For week two of the holidays, make your own furry friend for just $5 while stocks last! You’ll get to stuff your teddy bear with lots of love, then take it home with it’s very own birth certificate.  You can purchase additional clothing and accessories for your teddy too.

Monday 20 September – Tee-riffic Putt Putt

Join the fun these school holidays and have a ball at Westfield North Lakes FREE mini-golf course. Challenge your friends and family to a game and putt your way around the tropical 4-hole course. Whether you get a hole-in-one at our zig zag pineapple obstacle or take on the tricky ramp at the blueberry bunker, there are plenty of challenges to test your putting skills. This must-do school holiday activity is perfect for players of all ages and skill. No bookings required.

Tuesday 21 September – Honey, I shrunk the kids Spring craft workshop

Step through the shrinking machine at Stafford City Shopping Centre and wander through the garden to discover plants, animals plus so much more, all while participating in a different spring craft workshop each day. This activity will run at 10am, 11am and 12pm daily (maximum of 20 kids per session). No bookings required.

Wednesday 22 September – City in the Sun

City in the Sun uncovers and reimagines Brisbane’s subtropical image. Showcasing large-scale new contemporary artworks alongside historical imagery, the FREE exhibition reveals how the city’s history of migration, tourism, climate, environment and geographic location has contributed to the images of a subtropical oasis of leisure and abundance.

Thursday 23 September – Messengers of Brisbane spotting

FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Northside birds

Six giant Gouldian Finches will fly into Brisbane to spread messages of hope this September. Perched atop iconic Brisbane locations in the inner-city river area, Messengers of Brisbane can be viewed on a leisurely stroll, bike ride, or even from a CityCat. You can even join in some Finchy Fun workshops! Find out more about the Brisbane Festival here.

Friday 24 September – Tree Climbing | Scarborough

Everyone can agree that one of the best things to do as a child is climb trees. From scaling massive tree trunks and swinging on its branches to looking down at the park below, it’s easy to understand why it is such a popular hobby among children of all ages. Want to give your kids a chance to scale some of the best climbing trees in Brisbane? Read our post on the best climbing trees in Brisbane.

Saturday 25 September – SunSuper Riverfire

If you love fireworks, make plans to get to Riverfire in 2021. When you’re looking for free school holiday activities Brisbane northside this has got to be one of your best options! It is part of the larger Brisbane Festival that runs from 3-25 September 2021. Located all over the city, it is one of our favourite things to do each year. Find out more here.

Sunday 26 September – Entwined: Plants and People

In this exhibition, you can explore our relationship with plants through photography, illustrations, immersive projections, and historical objects. Entwined displays the works of award-winning creatives as they document and reinterpret plant life in modern Australia. The exhibition also digs into the State Library’s rare botanical collections, exploring historical and contemporary stories in the process. Find out more here.

Monday 27 September – Picnic at Lower Moora Park | Shorncliffe

Shorncliffe locals are so lucky to have this incredible playground right on their doorstep. It can be a little tricky to find this gem but trust us, it is worth the effort. Read our full review here!

Tuesday 28 September – Head to Bongaree Beach | Bribie Island

Bongaree Beach Day Trip from Brisbane

With crystal clear water, fine white sand and no waves to speak of, Bongaree Beach on Bribie Island is the perfect day trip from Brisbane. Families with kids of all ages enjoy the beach and surrounding parklands. If you are lucky, you may even spot a dolphin or a dugong!

Wednesday 29 September  – Get outdoors with a family bushwalk

Family bushwalking not only provides exercise but has a lot of added benefits. You’ll be together in a tech-free environment so expect the conversation to flow. Getting back to nature often promotes self-reflection and can have a calming effect on a stressed mind. Think of it as meditation while moving! See our favourite Brisbane walking trails for families here.

Thursday 30 September – Kids Collective

On select dates during the school holidays, Kids Collective takes place at Roma Street Parkland suitable for kids aged 5 – 12 years. The program returns 22 – 24 September and 29 September – 1 October, 2021. The program for the Spring school holiday’s includes circus fun, interactive art and craft, music and dance, rugby play, and more. Bookings required.

Friday 1 October – Meet Rugged Robot

Join this BNEtechkids workshop to meet Rugged Robot, an amazing all-terrain buggy! Kids will enjoy this interactive event where they can program a Rugged Robot to navigate fun challenges and obstacles. No prior programming experience required. Ideal for children aged 3-8 years. Bookings required. Phone Nundah Library on 07 3407 8701 to reserve your place.

Saturday 2 October – The Gifting Tree

‘The Gifting Tree’ at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) brings together the work of Sonia Chitrakar, Archana Kumari and Kamta Tahed, three contemporary Indian artists who use bright colours, pattern and storytelling in different ways. Children can reflect on their own experiences of trees through two hands-on activities in this FREE exhibit. Taking inspiration from the artists’ work, they can draw a picture about the importance of planting trees and add their response to a display in the exhibition space or make a drawing of a problem-solving fantasy tree. No bookings required.

Sunday 3 October – Garden with your kids at home

Gardening with kids

Make the most of having more time at home and give gardening with your kids a try.  Don’t forget most local councils provide a free native plant program to assist the community to plant and green their properties! If you can rustle up a few dollars here’s our pick of the best family-friendly nurseries to visit when selecting plants for your garden project. 

Monday 4 October – Back to School Baking

Get ready for the rush that is back to school!  We have five recipes that you can make and freeze so that there will always be something in the freezer for those busy mornings.

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Northside –  June/July 2021

Saturday 26 June – Meet Wildlife Neighbours at Boondall

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane northside goes this is one of the best! Join the fun and meet live native animals you may find in Brisbane’s bushlands, wetlands, or even your own backyard! Children will have an opportunity to get up close and personal while learning about snakes, frogs, birds, lizards and more with a wildlife expert at the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre. Bookings required. Find out more here.

Sunday 27 June – Retro Skating Rink at Indooroopilly

Retro Roller Skating Rink Indooroopilly FREE school holidays Brisbane Northside

A FREE Retro Roller Skating Rink is popping up at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre for the school holidays. Kids aged 5+ can borrow a pair of colourful skates or bring their own and let the good times roll from Sat 26 Jun – Fri 9 Jul. There’s late night sessions on Thursday nights too for the older kids (ages 12+), with a good party playlist and neon lighting. Bookings recommended.

Monday 28 June – The Gifting Tree

‘The Gifting Tree’ at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) brings together the work of Sonia Chitrakar, Archana Kumari and Kamta Tahed, three contemporary Indian artists who use bright colours, pattern and storytelling in different ways. Children can reflect on their own experiences of trees through two hands-on activities in this FREE exhibit. Taking inspiration from the artists’ work, they can draw a picture about the importance of planting trees and add their response to a display in the exhibition space or make a drawing of a problem-solving fantasy tree. No bookings required.

Tuesday 29 June – Ozobot Treasure Hunt

During this FREE workshop on Tuesday 29 June, kids will work in pairs to create a simple program for an Ozobot miniature robot to navigate a maze and get to the treasure. The activity is ideal for children aged 8-12 years and is part of the Brisbane Libraries Tech Connect workshop series. Bookings required. Find out more here.

Wednesday 30 June – Deadly Threads

Experience this showcase at the State Library examining Indigenous shirts – born from protests in the 1970s and evolving as permanent mainstays in wardrobes across Australia.  In Deadly Threads, see over 190 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designed singlets, t-shirts, polo shirts, and jerseys. From colourful sporting jerseys to protest and artists’ shirts, Deadly Threads looks at how the shirts have helped people freely express views, support community, show allegiances and champion causes.  

Thursday 1 July – World Press Photo Exhibition 2021

The World Press Photo Exhibition, showcasing the best visual journalism of the past year, returns to Brisbane Powerhouse. Attracting 4,315 photographers from 130 countries who submitted 74,470 images, this coveted award is the world’s leading contest for professional press photographers, photo journalists and documentary photographers. In 2021, the highly-anticipated exhibition will be even more poignant, following an unprecedented year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice protests around the globe. Bookings recommended for this FREE exhibition to be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Friday 2 July – Get outdoors with a family bushwalk

Family bushwalking not only provides exercise but has a lot of added benefits. You’ll be together in a tech-free environment so expect the conversation to flow. Getting back to nature often promotes self-reflection and can have a calming effect on a stressed mind. Think of it as meditation while moving! See our favourite Brisbane walking trails for families here.

Saturday 3 July – Hop on a City Hopper

Cruise the river on a City Hopper to take in the city from a different perspective. Best of all kids ride FREE on the weekend and seniors can travel for FREE off-peak! Make a stop at New Farm Park for a picnic or hit the impressive playground with the kids then hop on a double-decker CityCat for the trip home – it’s got an upper deck with seating for 20, allowing you to admire Brisbane’s stunning skyline. Families Tip: Just remember having a Go Card will make travel at least 30% cheaper than buying a paper ticket.  And remember the City Cat is good for kids!

Sunday 4 July – The Storytellers 

The Storytellers Kids

Step into The Storytellers, a FREE exhibition, and uncover the hidden histories, myths and tales of Brisbane as told by the contemporary writers of our city. Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night in Boggo Road Gaol, what Kangaroo Point has to do with kangaroos, or what went on at your Nan’s place during the Second World War? Step into an immersive story book landscape of Brisbane and relax around the kitchen table or take a seat at the tram stop to discover the personal, funny, inspiring and darker stories of Brisbane. Bookings required. Museum of Brisbane. 

Monday 5 July – Now is the Time

Raquel Ormella invites children to speak up about climate change and the environment in her exhibition at the Children’s Art Centre, QAGOMA. Children can design a protest t-shirt, create a poster and cast a vote for what they care about. Now is the Time includes a cumulative message-board allowing children to share their thoughts with other visitors.

Tuesday 6 July – Bling Your Ride

Shake off the winter chill and warm up your creativity at Museum of Brisbane with non-stop family fun! See the new exhibition, City in the Sun, and join MoB for Storytime: Bee Detective reading and craft activity. Make the perfect accessory at the Bling Your Ride craft station or learn how to make a sun catcher. Find out more here.

Wednesday 7 July – Brain Child

Brain Child

Fun for the whole family, Brain child is a FREE exhibition celebrating the world of inventions at Redcliffe Museum until Sun 22 August 2021! Pull the lever and witness a Rube Goldberg machine in action! These machines are made from a series of unrelated objects that are joined together to perform a really simple task. Test yourself – can you put it back together for the next person? A giant marble maze also awaits.

Thursday 8 July – Kids Collective

Kids Collective’s school holiday program returns to Roma Street Parkland with FREE activities for children aged 5-12 years from 30 June – 2 July and 7 – 9 July 2021. The free outdoor series is set to entertain children with a range of educational and interactive activities, stimulating parts of the brain that assist in creative thinking, problem solving as well as fine and gross motor skills. Find out more here.

Friday 9 July – Prehistoric Zoo Designer

Design a prehistoric zoo with dinosaurs and other creatures. Get access for five days and work at your own pace. Got questions? The STEMPunks team are at the other end of the chat box, ready to help you! Best for ages 8-12. Bookings required for this event.

Saturday 10 July – Christmas in July Twilight Markets

Redcliffe Christmas in July Twilight Market

For the first time ever, Redcliffe Markets will be hosting a Christmas in July Twilight Market to embrace the cooler weather and pretend we’re having a White Christmas on the beach in July. From live entertainment to magical fireworks, bring your loved ones, rug up and enjoy some cosy and festive vibes to close out the winter school holidays in Brisbane. Find out more here.

Sunday 11 July – Make Apple Pie at Home

We love cooking together as a family and this easy apple pie recipe for kids (and mums, dads, grandparents too) is low in sugar and high in simplicity! And it costs less than $6 in ingredients!

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Northside –  Easter 2021

Friday 2 April – Redcliffe Festival of Sails | Redcliffe 

Redcliffe Festival of Sails

This Good Friday, point the steering wheel towards Redcliffe and spend the day by the seaside at the very popular Redcliffe Festival of Sails. Easter Bunny, will make an appearance via water this year and kids will love the FREE Easter Egg Hunt. Plus, there will be a Kids Zone jam-packed with children’s entertainment, stalls and activities. The beach will come to life with LIVE sand sculpting displays, a giant egg and spoon race, beach sports and more! Journey through the Pop-up Ice-cream Fair, dedicated to everything sweet, creamy, and frozen, and set your tastebuds dancing at one of the many food trucks. 

Saturday 3 April – Easter Baking at Home

Bunny Down a Hole Mini Carrot Cakes are the cutest thing we have seen this Easter. And here’s how to make them!

Sunday 4 April – Easter Sunday at The Sound Society | Brisbane

Pull up a rug in Brisbane’s biggest sub-tropical backyard, relax and listen to smooth, jazzy tunes at The Sound Society. To satisfy your lunchtime cravings, The Garden Room Café will be creating picnic hampers, specially curated for the event. Feel free to pack your own picnic should you not wish to pre-order from the Café. Roma Street Parklands. Find out more here.

Monday 5 April – The Storytellers | Brisbane 

When you’re looking for free school holiday activities Brisbane northside this has got to be one of your best options! Step into The Storytellers, a FREE exhibition, and uncover the hidden histories, myths and tales of Brisbane as told by the contemporary writers of our city. Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night in Boggo Road Gaol, what Kangaroo Point has to do with kangaroos, or what went on at your Nan’s place during the Second World War? Step into an immersive story book landscape of Brisbane and relax around the kitchen table or take a seat at the tram stop to discover the personal, funny, inspiring and darker stories of Brisbane. Bookings required. Museum of Brisbane. 

Tuesday 6 April – Bush Buddies – Agents of discovery adventure | McDowall

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane northside goes this is one of the best! Agents of Discovery is a great way to get kids aged 6-12 years active, engaged and exploring the world around them! Environment Centre staff or volunteers will lead kids on their mission and help them explore local bushland, wetlands, and other natural areas for challenges. Bookings required. Downfall Creek Bushland Centre. Find out more here.

Wednesday 7 April – Fruit Salad, Tales of a Convent Cat | Brisbane

Discover one of Brisbane’s hidden cultural gems, Adderton: house & heart of mercy. There’s plenty of FREE activities to capture the imagination in the Mini Mercy children’s space. Armed with a free copy of the beautifully illustrated activity book, Fruit Salad, the adventurous tales of a Convent Cat, children can discover simple ways to make a positive difference in the world. Bookings required. Adderton House.

Thursday 8 April – The Mill & Waterpark | Petrie

This waterpark and playground has been designed with kids and families in mind. There are playgrounds for older and younger children, plus an array of interactive water play equipment including spouts that kids can twirl around to squirt each other, an inground ‘river’ for toddlers to follow and a large tipping bucket for the bigger kids. Read our full review here.

Friday 9 April – Obstacle Course in Your Backyard

Need to burn off some energy?  Kids and adults can challenge each other by building an obstacle course right there in your backyard.

Saturday 10 April – Climb the Clock Tower | Brisbane

An absolute ‘must-do’ for anyone in Brisbane, get whizzed to the top of City Hall’s famous Clock Tower through an original hand operated lift from the 1930s. Get a bird’s eye view of the city and find out about the amazing history of this Brisbane icon. Then, take a peek behind the scenes of City Hall with a FREE tour of one of Brisbane’s most beautiful buildings. Bookings required. Museum of Brisbane. 

Sunday 11 April – Head to Bongaree Beach | Bribie Island

Bongaree Beach Day Trip from Brisbane

Celebrate Australia Day at the beach! With crystal clear water, fine white sand and no waves to speak of, Bongaree Beach on Bribie Island is the perfect day trip from Brisbane. Families with kids of all ages enjoy the beach and surrounding parklands. If you are lucky, you may even spot a dolphin or a dugong!

Monday 12 April – Girls only Brisbane learn to skate workshop | The Gap

Girl skateboarders aged 10-17 years this event is for you! Learn how to skateboard from accredited coaches and connect with Brisbane’s great female skateboarding scene. You will need to bring your own skateboard, helmet, safety gear and water for this FREE workshop. Bookings required. Find out more here.

Tuesday 13 April – School holiday performance: Red Rocket 3 | Newfarm

Join three-piece live children’s band Red Rocket 3 for a high-energy performance. Enjoy life music, sing-a-longs, interactive games and a whole lot of fun. Ideal for children aged 3-10 years. Find out more here.

Wednesday 14 April – Stop-motion animation workshop | Bracken Ridge

Got an awesome idea for an animated film? Learn how to create animations using objects one frame at a time at Bracken Ridge Hall. This is an all ages event for kids 4 years and over + seniors. You will need to bring your own smart phone or tablet to participate. Bookings required. Find out more here. 

Thursday 15 April  – KineticKids multi-sports senior | Sandgate

 Learn multi sports skills and experience age appropriate mindfulness activities that will relax an active mind and body. A fun class filled with active games and challenges. You will be encouraged to assist your child with some activities. This is a Chillout event suitable for 6-10 years of age. Bookings required. Find out more here.

Friday 16 April – Flying origami | Milton

Learn new and innovative folding techniques to make your planes soar through the park higher and faster than ever before. Get active and healthy chasing your plane around the park in a competition to see which planes can fly the greatest distance. This event is most suitable for kids 10-17 years. Bookings required. Find out more here.

Saturday 17 April – Make Pasta at Home

This Easy Homemade Pasta is simple to make and oh so delicious too! With just four common kitchen ingredients, you can have Homemade Pasta from scratch on your dinner table this evening. So much fun for the kids to help make the pasta with you and they’ll be learning math as they measure out ingredients, science as they see ingredients come together and change into something new and culinary when they cook it. Best of all, you’ll have dinner tonight to share together around the table!

Sunday 18 April – Picnic at Lower Moora Park | Shorncliffe

Shorncliffe locals are so lucky to have this incredible playground right on their doorstep. It can be a little tricky to find this gem but trust us, it is worth the effort. Read our full review here!

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Northside –  Summer

Thursday 10 December – Craft a Christmas Calendar | Indooroopilly

Give the gift of giving these holidays with a free kids workshop with a difference. Using the fun imagery from the new Kids@Adderton children’s guidebook, Fruit Salad, the adventurous tales of a Convent Cat, kids will craft calendars and add their ideas for giving to make a difference. Each house will have doors and windows that can be opened in the lead up to Christmas Day, to reveal a simple act of giving for kids to share with family and friends.

  • Where: Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Level 2 (outside H&M, near Target) 
  • Time: 10am – 2pm
  • 30-minute sessions are available for walk-ins only, with a maximum of 6 children per session.

Friday 11 December – Festive Fun for Kids | Pine Rivers

Want to get imaginative and personalised with your Christmas decorations, as well as create something unique and have fun doing it? Then head into the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum for festive fun activity days these school holidays. You can make a cute Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer or a little Christmas tree or both! The sky is the limit for your imagination and fun! All materials are provided. No bookings required.

  • Where: Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, Old Petrie Town, 901 – 949 Dayboro Road, Whiteside
  • Time: 10am – 2pm

Saturday 12 December – Maker Space | Zillmere

Drop into the Zillmere Library these school holidays for free takeaway children’s craft activities. Ideal for children aged 4-9 years. Bookings not required.

  • Where: Zillmere Library, Corner Jennings Street and Zillmere Road, Zillmere
  • Time: 9am-4pm
  • Find out more here.

Sunday 13 December – Redcliffe Christmas Carols | Redcliffe

Redcliffe Christmas Carols

Celebrate the festive season at Dolphins Stadium with twilight markets, food stalls, Christmas Carols and more! 

Monday 14 December – Paint your own Christmas ornaments | Albany Creek

How’s your Christmas tree looking this year? If you could use some fresh new baubles then this activity is for your family! Use your creativity to paint two plaster of paris Christmas ornaments! This program has been developed for children 6-12 years in mind. Bookings required.

  • Where:Albany Creek Library, 16 Ferguson Street, Albany Creek
  • Time: 9.30am-10.15am
  • Find out more here.

Tuesday 15 December – Christmas craft in the gardens | Mt Coot-tha

It’s ‘Ho Ho Ho’ time in the Botanic Gardens. Kids, make several fun Christmas cards from natural and recycled materials. Plus decorate your own Christmas wrapping paper with festive patterns. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required.

  • Where: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Find out more here.

Wednesday 16 December – Robotics in the Nest | Arana Hills

Put your skills to the test in the Arana Hills Library Nest obstacle course. You can use Spheroes, Dots and Dashes and Bee Bots! For ages 6-12 years. No bookings required.

  • Where: Arana Hills Library, 63 Cobbity Crescent, Arana Hills
  • Time: 11am-12pm
  • Find out more here.

Thursday 17 December – Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre Family Fun Day | Caboolture

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane northside goes this is one of the best! The Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre is holding a fun day for the local community to be involved in family friendly activities! There will be an array of free activities such as a jumping castle, mobile rock climbing wall, children’s craft activities, karaoke and games plus a BBQ stall as well as a coffee van on site for purchases of hot and cold drinks and sweets.

  • Where: Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre Inc., 9 George Street, Caboolture
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Find out more here.

Friday 18 December – Christmas Twilight Market | Sandgate

Get your cringe-worthy Christmas earrings on and bring your family down to the markets for groovy music, great community catch-ups, and a specialty menu from Capulet! Curating the best vintage sellers, rack stalls & local makers in the one place. Get the event details here.

  • Where: Capulet & Co, Sandgate
  • Time: 5pm-9pm

Saturday 19 December – Useful Plants Walk | Boondall

Join this informative and guided walk around the gentle 100-metre-long Tulla-yugaipa dhagun track, where you’ll learn about the traditional uses of native plants and other wetlands resources. Following the walk, visitors can also enjoy other trails in the area, relax in the picnic area and visit the environment centre. 

  • Where: Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre, 31 Paperbark Drive (entry via Stanworth Rd), Boondall
  • Time: 9.30am – 11am
  • All adults and children (including infants) must be booked in as participants for this walk. Find out more here.

Sunday 20 December – Pine Rivers Park Christmas Carols

Sit back, relax, and join in the caroling fun from 3pm. There will be lots of family-friendly entertainment on offer, so bring your best vocals and a blanket to spread out, relax and enjoy a magical evening. You can even do some last-minute Christmas gift shopping at the twilight markets or participate in the many free activities and workshops! Bookings essential.

Monday 21 December – Christmas Putt Putt | Toombul

Brace your elves, a Christmas inspired mini-gold course is coming to Toombul Shopping Centre these school holidays. When you’re looking for free school holiday activities Brisbane northside this has got to be one of your best options! The four-hole course, featuring colourful, Christmas obstacles is perfect for beginners, or anyone wishing to have a ‘hole’ lotta fun this holiday season. No bookings needed.

  • Where: Toombul Shopping Centre outside of Watchworks.
  • Time: 9am-12pm
  • Find out more here.

Tuesday 22 December – Christmas Lights Road Trip | Local suburbs

Grab some snacks, glow sticks, an iPod packed with Christmas carols plus festive headwear and take the fam out for a self-guided Christmas lights tour using our maps of the best Christmas Lights in and around Brisbane.

Wednesday 23 December – Christmas Movie Night

Christmas Family Movie Night Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Northside

Let the kids invite a couple of friends round for a Christmas movie marathon at your place. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas movies to watch with kids.

Thursday 24 December – Christmas Eve Box

There is a growing tradition of giving the kids a Christmas Eve Box on the 24th December to get them right into the spirit of Xmas. Some families I know use this additional gift as a way to get the kids to go to bed without a fuss on Christmas Eve as generally the box will contain brand new Christmas pyjamas.

Some families just love the opportunity of sharing a little bit more of the Xmas spirit just before the big day. Whatever your reason for creating a Christmas Eve box, we’ve put together a few ideas for your kids (and one for the mummas too!). Don’t forget to make some reindeer food too! 

Friday 25 December – Visit the Brisbane City Christmas Tree | Brisbane

Decorated with thousands of glittering fairy lights, and a huge star, the 22m iconic Christmas Tree in King George Square is a magical sight to be seen. The Brisbane Christmas Tree will be on display from 1–30 December in King George Square.

Saturday 26 December – MoB Kids School Holidays | Brisbane

It’s an action-packed season of art, activities and creative adventures this summer at MoB and your whole family is invited along for the ride! Drop into City Hall during the school holidays as Museum of Brisbane transforms into a buzzing hive of culture and creativity full of big ideas for every little art lover. From exciting interactive exhibitions including What is Different?The Storytellers and Bauhaus Now as well as the famous Clock Tower and City Hall tours, there’s so much more to see and do in the city this summer!

  • Where: Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City
  • Time: 10am-5pm
  • Book your free entry ticket on the Museum of Brisbane website.

Sunday 27 December – What Lurks Below | Bribie Island

From peculiar slug-like creatures to giants of the sea, explore What lurks below at the Bribie Island Seaside Museum and dive into the hidden world of the waters surrounding Bribie Island. What lurks below is a FREE interactive exhibition for the whole family. Be prepared to get hands-on, be amazed…and maybe even be a little bit scared! Find out more here.

Monday 28 December – Aqua Splash Park | Ferny Grove

Cool off this summer at this awesome water play area in Ferny Grove. The big kids will enjoy a giant bucket that fills and then overflows with water for around 20 seconds! They can also run through the spray tunnel and enjoy the multilevel waterplay table with moving parts. For the littler ones, there are ladybirds that spray water, as well as water jets coming up from the ground. Read our full review here.

Tuesday 29 December – School holiday maker space | Banyo

Drop into the library for a free school holiday activities Brisbane northside takeaway children’s craft activities. Ideal for children aged 4-11 years.

  • Where: Banyo Library, 284 St Vincents Road, Banyo
  • Time: 12pm-6pm
  • Bookings not required.

Wednesday 30 December – Clocktower Tour | Brisbane

Enjoy the old-world charm of our Clock Tower tours. Step into the original 1930s hand-operated lift, travel past the Art Deco-styled clock face to arrive at the final, 64m-high platform for a bird’s-eye view of the city. There is a reason this has been a time-honoured tradition for Brisbane families for almost 90 years. Find out more here.

  • Where: Museum of Brisbane, City Hall, Brisbane
  • Time: 10.15am – 4.45pm, every 15 minutes

Thursday 31 December – New Years Eve Party | Redcliffe

Celebrate the arrival of the much-anticipated new year at this exciting event organised by the Redcliffe Markets team. Enjoy gourmet street eats while browsing the many unique artisan goods on sale. An impressive line up of live entertainment and roving fire dancers will set the tone for a fun night and sideshow alley complete with amusement games and rides will keep the kids happy. Grab your picnic rug and head down to the Redcliffe shoreline to enjoy this FREE event which includes 2 epic firework shows!

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Northside – January 2021

Friday 1 January – The Enchanted Garden | Brisbane

enchanted gardens tree lit up Free School holiday activities brisbane northside

This summer, journey through The Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland and experience one of Brisbane’s largest lighting displays from Friday 4 Dec 2020- Sunday 17 Jan 2021. From hanging crystal curtains to neon butterflies and laser gardens, The Enchanted Garden treats families to an evening walk unlike any other, bordered by towering trees and lush foliage, lit with the warm glow of 40,000 mesmerising lights. You’re going to find yourself saying ‘WOW’, a lot! Read our full review here.

Saturday 2 January – Picnic at Lower Moora Park | Shorncliffe

Shorncliffe locals are so lucky to have this incredible playground right on their doorstep. It can be a little tricky to find this gem but trust us, it is worth the effort. Read our full review here!

Sunday 3 January – Shadow Makers – Redcliffe

What does your shadow look like? Does it have a story to tell? Explore the magic of light and shadow in Shadow makers. Enjoy a host of fun interactive activities including silhouette tracing, making shadow box puppets, performing a shadow show and more! No booking required.

  • Where: Redcliffe Museum, 75 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe
  • Time: 10am-3pm
  • Find out more here.

Monday 4 January – Learn how to longboard basics and dance | Milton

Learn the basics of longboarding at this free school holiday activities Brisbane northside workshop. A qualified AIS coaches will show you how to push, balance, brake and turn safely. Longboards and helmets will be provided! This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years.

  • Where: Frew Park, 315 Milton Road, Milton
  • Time: 8.30am – 10am
  • Bookings essential. To book visit Longboard Family Inc. For more information phone Anna on 0434 882 982.

Tuesday 5 January – Garden with your kids at home

Gardening with kids

Make the most of having more time at home and give gardening with your kids a try.  Don’t forget most local councils provide a free native plant program to assist the community to plant and green their properties! If you can rustle up a few dollars here’s our pick of the best family-friendly nurseries to visit when selecting plants for your garden project.

Wednesday 6 January – BMX Coaching | Fitzgibbon

Have a budding BMX Bandit at your place? Take them along for an Open BMX coaching lesson. You’ll need to BYO a safe and suitable BMX bike, helmet and closed in footwear. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 6-17 years.

  • Where: Bracken Ridge BMX facility, Corner of Telegraph Road and Lemke Road, Fitzgibbon
  • Time: 10am-11am
  • No bookings required. For more information phone Chris from RampFest on 0421 701 448

Thursday 7 January – Badge making – myths, fairy tales legends | Deception Bay

Join Deception Bay Library for some badge making fun. Choose a picture to colour or draw your own. This is a drop in activity for all ages. 

  • Where: Deception Bay Library, 9 Bayview Terrace, Deception Bay
  • Time: 2pm-4pm
  • Bookings required. Find out more here.

Friday 8 January – Snake Boss Show | Caboolture

Meet Julia Baker, star of Animal Planet’s Snake Boss series, and find out about native pythons and lizards. Take home some of the library’s books on reptiles to discover more interesting facts. All welcome. Bookings required.

  • Where:Caboolture Hub, Seminar Rooms, 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture
  • Time: 10.30am-11.30am
  • Find out more here.

Saturday 9 January – Bollywood Dance | Toowong

Enjoy infectious beats of Bollywood music while moving your body to simple fun and energising dance steps. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years.

  • Where: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong
  • Time: 9am-10am
  • Bookings required.

Sunday 10 January – Big Voices: children’s art matters | South Brisbane

Big Voices Exhibition State Library of QLD

Showcasing beautiful and thought-provoking artwork by children from Queensland, Vietnam and China, Big Voices at the State Library takes you on a  journey into these young artist’s worlds, to see how they view themselves, their lives, their rights, and their futures. Once you’ve viewed the exhibit take the kids over to ‘The Corner’ at the State Library to read, play and create.

Monday 11 January – Pillowcase Project | Woodford

Decorate a pillowcase to take home, but this isn’t just any old pillowcase – it’s an emergency kit! Discover what goes inside so you’re ready for storm season. Delivered in partnership with the Australian Red Cross. For ages 8-9.

  • Where: Woodford Library, 1 Elizabeth Street, Woodford.
  • Time: 11am-12pm.
  • Bookings required. Find out more here.

Tuesday 12 January – Discover string and acrylic painting (13-17 years) | Albany Creek

Discover your creative side and make painting using string and acrylic paints. Take home your creation to impress your friends. Ages 13-17 years. Bookings required.

  • Where: Albany Creek Library, 16 Ferguson Street, Albany Creek.
  • Time: 4pm-5pm.
  • Find out more here.

Wednesday 13 January – Rapunzel STEM Challenge | Arana Hills

Put your engineering skills to the test to see who can save Rapunzel from her tower. Ages 6-12 years. Bookings required.

  • Where: Arana Hills Library, 63 Cobbity Crescent, Arana Hills.
  • Time: 11am-11.45am.
  • Find out more here.

Thursday 14 January – Snake Boss Show | Woodford

Meet Julia Baker, star of Animal Planet’s Snake Boss series, and find out about native pythons and lizards. Take home some of the library’s books on reptiles to discover more interesting facts. All welcome. Bookings required.

  • Where: Woodford Community Hall, 103 Archer Street, Woodford.
  • Time: 10.30am-11.30am.
  • Find out more here.

Friday 15 January – Laugh out llamas comedy writing | Online

Kids will be laughing out loud with the award-winning author of the hilarious League of Llamas series, Aleesah Darlison. Participants will explore Aleesah’s side-splitting new series where the main characters are llamas… and secret agents… then learn all about the various comedy writing techniques they can use in their own writing. Participants will have time to write short, funny pieces of their own and present them to the group.  Ideal for children aged 7-12 years.  

  • Where: Online via Zoom.
  • Time: 10am-11am.
  • Bookings required. Phone Chermside Library on 07 3403 7200 to reserve your place.

Saturday 16 January – Bollywood Dance | Toowong

Enjoy infectious beats of Bollywood music while moving your body to simple fun and energising dance steps. This is a GOLD’n’Kids event suitable for seniors and children 4 years and over.

  • Where: Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong
  • Time: 9am-10am
  • Bookings essential. To book phone Kajal from Yoga Forever on 0433 333 829.

Sunday 17 January – Brisbane learn to skateboard workshop | Balmoral

Learn how to Longboard

Gain confidence, get comfortable with your balance and learn a whole new set of skateboarding skills with excellent coaching. Bring your family members and friends and we’ll help you get up and skate on your own. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people up to 17 years.

  • Where: Quinn’s Street Park, 216 Thynne Road, Balmoral
  • Time: 9am-10.30am.

Monday 18 January – Where to start with creative writing? | Bribie Island

Got an idea for a story but not sure where to start? Pick up tips from local author, Marissa Price, on how to flesh out your ideas, give your story shape and structure, and discover apps that will help. For ages 12-14.  Bookings required.

  • Where: Bribie Island Library, 1 Welsby Parade, Bongaree.
  • Time: 2pm-3.30pm.

Tuesday 19 January – 7 steps to a healthier headspace | Caboolture

Enjoy making stress balls and origami with Rochelle from headspace Caboolture, while you pick up tips for future-proofing your mind for 2021. Discover simple things you can do to be more resilient in the year ahead. Best for ages 12-24. Bookings required.

  • Where: Caboolture Library, 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture.
  • Time: 2pm-4pm.

Wednesday 20 January – Zac Power Nerf spy challenge | Albany Creek

Get in some target practice so you can become a spy like Zac Power! Discover great spy and action books too. Ages 6-12 years.

  • Where: Albany Creek Library, 16 Ferguson Street, Albany Creek.
  • Time: 2pm-3pm.

Thursday 21 January – KineticKids multi-sports senior| Sandgate

Learn multi sports skills and experience age appropriate mindfulness activities that will relax an active mind and body. A fun class with active games and challenges. Caregivers are encouraged to assist their child with some activities. This is a Chillout event suitable for 6-10 years of age.

  • Where: Arthur Davis Park, Flinders Parade, Sandgate.
  • Time: 9.30am-10am.

Friday 22 January – Chess Club | North Lakes

Learn to play or master your moves with other students who share your interest in chess. Beginner and advanced players welcome. 9-17 years. Bookings required.

  • Where: North Lakes Library, 10 The Corso, North Lakes.
  • Time: 4pm-5pm.

Saturday 23 January Fish Wise | Shorncliffe

Fish Wise

Learn the basics of shore based fishing from this award winning team. You will learn to catch bait, tie knots, cast a rod and hopefully hook a fish. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years.

  • Where: Moora Park, 65 Park Parade, Shorncliffe.
  • Time: 2pm-5pm.

Sunday 24 January – Abseiling | Kangaroo Point

Conquer your fears and experience the thrills of abseiling at Kangaroo Point under the safe instruction of qualified facilitators.  This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 12-17 years. Bookings essential.

  • Where: Moora Park, 65 Park Parade, Shorncliffe.
  • Time: 2pm-5pm.
  • Bookings essential. To book visit 2 Bent Rods. For more information phone Sam from 2 Bent Rods on 0403 713 820.

Monday 25 January – Back to School Baking

Get ready for the rush that is back to school!  We have five recipes that you can make and freeze so that there will always be something in the freezer for those busy mornings. 

Tuesday 26 January – Head to Bongaree Beach | Bribie Island

Celebrate Australia Day at the beach! With crystal clear water, fine white sand and no waves to speak of, Bongaree Beach on Bribie Island is the perfect day trip from Brisbane. Families with kids of all ages enjoy the beach and surrounding parklands. If you are lucky, you may even spot a dolphin or a dugong!

3 responses to “FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Northside | The BEST List”

  1. Belinda Lee says:

    Don’t forget the free Caboolture Kids Health Check Day on 5 July!

  2. Roberta Lusa says:

    Hi there
    when will the September school holiday list for teens be available
    regards
    Roberta

  3. Amanda says:

    Love the library events that are free during the holidays! Thanks for the reminder!

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