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Free School Holiday Activities Northside suburbs of Brisbane to keep kids and their grown ups entertained at no cost, these Easter school holidays!

Free things to do for the Brisbane School Holidays if you live on the Northside of Brisbane

A day by day list of free fun things to do for the Brisbane school holidays – free school holiday events for all!

Daisy Hill Koala Centre

GOMA – Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

Queensland Museum

Roma Street Parkland

Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk

Brisbane Citycat rides (free on the weekend for kids)

Ipswich Nature Reserve

The Cube at QUT

or the Dino Zoo at The Cube QUT

City playgrounds

Best cycle paths for families with kids

Best trees to climb in Brisbane

Local libraries

Free QLD school holiday destinations

Kids eat free at these restaurants

LOADS more things to do on our School Holiday Activities Events Calendar. Below is a day by day list of the free school holiday activities southside Brisbane has on offer!

FREE things to do during the Easter School Holidays 2019

Sat 6 April Colour Weave Collaboration | Brisbane

Add your own weave to our collaborative artwork installation for a fun creative experience the whole family will enjoy.Inspired by the designs and pattern making techniques in The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive, this paper weaving project enables all ages to connect and share in the joy of making. Museum of Brisbane.

Colour Weave Collaboration

Sun 7 April Kids Pizza Making Workshops | Strathpine

Attention budding pizza chefs! These school holidays, Uno Caffe & Pizzeria is hosting FREE kids’ pizza making workshops! Suitable for children aged 3 years+, kids will get to make their very own pizza to take home and enjoy. Strathpine Centre.

Mon 8 April Do you Know Your Animals? | Stafford

Join in for FREE family school holiday fun at Stafford City Shopping Centre. Make your very own pom pom sheep.

Tue 9 April Billie B Brown’s brilliant birthday party | Brisbane

Head in and join the fun-filled hour of themed activities such as trivia, craft and games celebrating Billie B Brown’s birthday. Ideal for children 6-12 years. Bookings required. Brisbane Square Library.

Wed 10 April Holiday movie: Incredibles 2 | Brisbane

The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years and their carers. Bookings required. Phone Brisbane Square Library.

Thu 11 April Kids Collective | Roma Street Parkland

During school holidays, the parkland is buzzing with free activities for kids aged 5-12 years old – soak up some fresh air while growing your own seedling, kicking a soccer ball, creating your own arts and craft masterpiece plus more. Activities are held from 9am-1pm, Thursday to Saturday, during school holidays. There are two classes to choose from on any given day and bookings are not required. Not sure what time you’ll make it? That’s ok – classes are re-set at regular intervals, so you can come and go as you please. There’s also food trucks on site if you want to grab a bite to eat during your visit.

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Fri 12 April North Lakes Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Grab your favourite teddy for a special Easter-themed Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Friday, 12 April 2019 at Aurora Boulevard Park, North Lakes. Running from 9am to 12noon, there will be plenty to keep your little ones entertained with stage shows, face painting, kids activities, an animal farm, and a teddy bear parade for children under five years of age. There will also be a special visit by the Easter Bunny.

Sat 13 April The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard | New Farm

The Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concerts are a new series of fun and engaging free performances taking place during school holidays! When a boy jumps the fence to retrieve his rogue soccer ball, he unwillingly finds himself on the stage of the world’s most famous theatre with The Bard by his side. What follows is pure midsummer magic framed by a whimsical chase through the streets of Elizabethan London. The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard is an original adaptation of Gregory Rogers’ much-loved picture book and presented by award-winning theatre company, shake & stir. Brisbane Powerhouse.

Lord Mayor's children'sConcerts

Sun 14 April Discovery Centre @ Queensland Museum

Showcasing more than 1300 objects, digital displays and more, the Discovery Centre stimulates curiosity, awakens observation and encourages enquiry. It’s an interactive space where you can meet museum experts, discover more about what you find in the Museum or ask questions about your own discoveries in the outside world. Queensland Museum.

Mon 15 April Kindy Science: Where do rainbows come from? | Brisbane

Students are able to experiment with prisms and light kits to experience reflection and refraction. Join STEM teacher Camille Newlands as she takes children through Kindy Science, workshops that have been developed to enrich and extend early childhood aged children in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Ideal for children aged 4-6 years. Brisbane Square Library.

Tue 16 April Easter Craft Workshops | Mitchelton

Peter Rabbit is coming to Brookside these Easter School Holidays. The kids can get crafty at the Easter basket making workshop – perfect for storing little chocolate eggs. Brookside Shopping Centre.

Wed 17 April Free Activities For Kids! | Kippa Ring

Kids can create their very own unique Easter Bunny mask! Head along to Peninsula Fair these holidays for free holiday fun!

Thu 18 April Kids Collective | South Bank

There’s plenty to do at South Bank Parklands on any given day, but Thursdays are a must for kids aged up to five. That’s because Kids Collective, a series of free children’s activities, is on from 9am-1pm. Activities change every week, so you can hone your child’s existing skills or teach them something new! They can paint a masterpiece, chase a soccer ball, learn to dance, unleash their super-hero powers and so much more. South Bank.

Fri 19 April Good Friday

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Gary Carsley ‘Purple Reign’
APT9 Kids
GOMA 1.4

Sat 20 April APT9 Kids | South Brisbane

As part of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9), APT9 Kids features 8 interactive artworks, hands-on and multimedia activities created by exhibiting artists, especially for children and families. Offering a rich participatory experience and curated to reflect key themes of the exhibition, APT9 Kids provides meaningful insights into the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific. GOMA.

Sun 21 April Easter Cooking with the Kids

Spend some time in the kitchen with the kids this Easter Sunday. These Easter bunny biscuits will make your mouth water and are so easy to make with kids! They look so cute and are perfect for Easter Sunday afternoon tea.

Mon 22 April MoB Makers: Moki Bands | Brisbane

Make the most of the last day of the holidays by heading into the city and visiting the Museum of Brisbane. Inspired by Easton Pearson’s famous runway shows, design your own fashion headband using playful templates created by Brisbane artist and long-time Easton Pearson collaborator Stephen Mok. You can also go for an amazing tour of the clock and see one of the best views in Brisbane

 

Previous FREE things to do during the Summer school holidays 2018

Sat 15 Dec The Enchanted Garden | Brisbane

For the ultimate Christmas light experience, head to The Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland. Set amid winding pathways, towering trees and dense plant-life, The Enchanted Garden treats visitors to a magnificent evening walk with mesmerising fairy lights. Commencing at The Hub, The Enchanted Garden takes patrons through shimmering gardens, delicately-lit weeping figs, the treetops of a twinkling rainforest, and to a tranquil lake where you can enjoy food truck eats and live music. Plus, if you look closely, you can spot glittering fairies nestled among the trees, dotted throughout your walk. Roma Street Parkland.

enchanted garden crowd looking at lights

Sun 16 Dec Christmas Cinema | South Bank

The Christmas Cinema springs to life at 8.15pm nightly, offering a smorgasbord of free, family-favourites that will add a twinkle to your eye and make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Unfurl on River Quay’s inviting lawn, surround yourself with tasty snacks, sip on a cool drink and welcome in Christmas the relaxing way. River Quay is licensed, so those aged over 18 years of age are welcome to bring their favourite drop along with their meal.

Mon 17 Dec Christmas Parade presented by David Jones | Brisbane City

Brisbane’s favourite family tradition, the Christmas Parade, returns to The City this December. Brimming with music and merriment, the parade comes complete with a nativity scene, Santa and dozens of performers to entertain and delight all ages. The parade will take place at 7pm every night until Sunday 23 December, so there’s plenty of opportunities to see the performers and amazing glowing floats light up little faces. Each parade features a special appearance by Santa and some of his elves too, for an extra dash of magic.

Tue 18 Dec Performance: A Christmas surprise

When the Banana Bunchees return from the North Pole full of Christmas cheer, Cheeky Monkey feels sad that he missed out on the adventure. In the spirit of Christmas, we remember to be grateful for what we have and Cheeky Monkey soon realises that good things come to those who wait. Ideal for children aged 2-8 years. Ashgrove Library.

Wed 19 Dec Carols by Twilight | South Bank

We wish you a merry Christmas – and one filled with joyous song! South Bank Parklands’ Carols by Twilight makes River Quay its home from 6pm to 8pm. Settle in by the gently-lapping Brisbane River while cherub-lipped musicians warble sweet melodies from Christmas carol classics, as the sun goes down. There’ll be Cigany Weaver, SCAT and the Queensland Show Choir to name just a few. All sessions are free to watch. South Bank Parklands.

Thu 20 Dec Christmas Fireworks | South Bank

In the lead up to Christmas, South Bank Parklands becomes an energetic, celebratory hub, with shimmering fireworks whizzing, dancing and bursting above. Head to the Clem Jones Promenade for the crème de la crème of views, though other popular viewing locations include Streets Beach, River Quay and the Cultural Forecourt. Please note that unlike firework displays throughout the year, these fireworks are best viewed from South Bank. To ensure safe crowd flow, chairs and other types of portable seating are not permitted on the Clem Jones Promenade.

Fri 21 Dec Performance: Bazil and Grumble’s Spirit of Christmas | Bracken Ridge

Always a favourite with children, The Spirit of Christmas is a performance that seeks to capture the true essence of Christmas. Through interactive theatre, Bazil and Grumble and the children undertake a magical quest to find Grumble’s missing Christmas Spirit. Along the way they encounter some interesting friends and engage in some highly imaginative experiences. Bracken Ridge Library.

Sat 22 Dec A special Christmas storytime | Brisbane

Join in for a special reading of Christmas stories. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years. Brisbane Square Library. No bookings required.

Sun 23 Dec MoB Kids: Christmas Craft | Brisbane

MoB Kids festive program inspires your child’s curiosity and creativity with art, science, history, design and technology activities delivered by arts educators. Fire up your festive spirit with paper Christmas craft the whole family will enjoy. Take inspiration from the patterns and motifs of our beautiful, heritage-listed City Hall to cut and fold your way to Christmas. Museum of Brisbane.

Mon 24 Dec Christmas Eve Box ideas

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!)

Tue 25 Dec Christmas Day

Wed 26 Dec Boxing Day

Thu 27 Dec Imaginative Play: Cardboard Boxes and Wrapping Paper

Make the most of the leftover boxes and wrapping paper from Christmas with these ideas.

Fri 28 Dec Brick builders’ club | Brisbane

Design and build your own colourful constructions during a fun workshop. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years. Brisbane Square Library. Bookings essential.

Sat 29 Dec Bracken Ridge BMX Track | Bracken Ridge Skate Plaza

Have you seen Bracken Ridge Skate Park and the new Bracken Ridge BMX Track yet? The Bracken Ridge Skate Plaza can now boast the largest BMX facility of its kind in Australia, right alongside! Skaters, scooterers and BMX riders have enjoyed the facilities at Bracken Ridge Skate Plaza for a couple of years now, and the addition of a dedicated BMX track is very welcome. Care has been taken with the design to create a skate park and BMX track suitable for kids of all ages and all abilities, so whether your kids are into 2, 3 or 4 wheels they’ll be ‘flipping’ for joy to ‘drop in’ at Bracken Ridge! See what we did there – skating puns!

Sun 30 Dec City Hall Clock Tower Tours | Brisbane

Enjoy the old-world charm of the 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. Museum of Brisbane.

New Year's Eve Fireworks, Manly

Mon 31 Dec New Year’s Eve at South Bank

Welcome in 2019 with a stunning fireworks display at South Bank! There’ll be two fireworks shows – one at 8:30pm for families and one at midnight for late-night revelers

Tue 1 Jan New Year’s Day

Recover from a late night by spending some time crafting! How cute are these miniature mushroom secret gardens? These gorgeous mini-mushroom jar terrariums are a super-fun and super-cute addition to your crafting repertoire.

Wed 2 Jan MoB Makers: Moki Bands | Brisbane

Inspired by Easton Pearson’s famous runway shows, design your own fashion headband using playful templates created by Brisbane artist and long-time Easton Pearson collaborator Stephen Mok. Museum of Brisbane.

Gary Carsley 'Purple Reign' APT9 KidsGOMA 1.4

Gary Carsley ‘Purple Reign’
APT9 Kids
GOMA 1.4

Thu 3 Jan APT9 Kids | South Brisbane

As part of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9), APT9 Kids features 8 interactive artworks, hands-on and multimedia activities created by exhibiting artists, especially for children and families. Offering a rich participatory experience and curated to reflect key themes of the exhibition, APT9 Kids provides meaningful insights into the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific. GOMA.

Fri 4 Jan Workshop: Making picture books is fun! Brisbane

Here, award-winning children’s author, Aleesah Darlison, provides a fascinating and educational insight into how picture books are made. Attendees will be led through exercises to create their very own picture book, which they can take home with them. Brisbane Square Library.

Sat 5 Jan Paper plane races | Bracken Ridge

Can you design and build a winning plane? What are the factors that affect plane flight? Join us in learning how to fold different kinds of paper planes and see which ones fly the farthest! Ideal for children aged 6-12 years. Bracken Ridge Library.

Sun 6 Jan Anzac Legacy Gallery | South Brisbane

How could an event on the other side of the world have had such a strong and lasting impact on us all? The Anzac Legacy Gallery tells the fascinating story of the First World War in Queensland; the people and the things they held close – objects of war and warfare, and personal items belonging to those on the front line. Queensland Museum.

Mon 7 Jan Learn how to longboard basics | Mitchelton

Learn the basics of longboarding at this free beginner workshop. Our qualified ASF coaches will show you how to push, balance, brake and turn safely. Bookings essential.

Tue 8 Jan Performance: Alphabet pizza | Chermside

A delicious story which promotes sharing talents with friends and accepting lessons from others. Cheeky Monkey and his friends have fun teaching Giuseppe to read while creating a delicious alphabet pizza. Learning to read is a skill that we are all challenged with, however, it could just be a piece of pizza. Buonissima! Ideal for children aged 2-8 years. Chermside Library.

Wed 9 Jan Workshop: Mad microscopes – is it living? Banyo

Junior scientists, under the direction of the Street Science team, get hands on as they observe the difference between living and nonliving specimens. Participants get to use the latest digital microscopes to capture images of their discoveries. Ideal for children aged 8-11 years. Banyo Library.

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Thu 10 Jan 10 Simple DRY ICE experiments for kids! Science at home or school!

Dry ice experiments can be FUN and really appeal to science loving kids either at home or for school.  If you’ve already tried some of the more simple experiments for kids, get ready because these are NEXT LEVEL excitement! You may even want to use these for a dry ice science project idea for school!

Fri 11 Jan Performance: Meet the Proud Foots

The Proud Foots are three young friends who love to surf and play in a band. Pat the Wombat, Koolaz Koala and Billy Blue Tongue go on fun-filled adventures to other countries, where they experience different cultures and share their own unique Australian culture with new friends. Join performer and author of Shaka Shaka Hawaii, Lucas Proudfoot, in this special performance of his new book. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years. Brisbane Square Library.

Sat 12 Jan City Hall Clock Tower Tours | 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. Tickets are free and allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can obtain a ticket in person on the day of your visit at the Museum of Brisbane reception on level 3 of Brisbane City Hall.

Sun 13 Jan Summer Festival | South Brisbane

Create your own adventure story this summer at State Library of Queensland! Bring the family for loads of free, drop-in activities or book into one of our popular Story Lab workshops. There are opportunities galore to be playful, crafty, and to be together.

Mon 14 Jan Workshop: Hungry hungry caterpillar | Brisbane

Come and hear the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, hear the sounds of the wooden clatter-pillar musical instrument and make your very own Hungry Caterpillar inspired origami had puppet. These puppets are simple yet effective, and are super fun to make! Brisbane Square Library.

Tue 15 Jan Movie screening: Peter Rabbit | Chermside

Mischievous Peter Rabbit gets up to his old tricks in Mr McGregors garden. But the game has changed – and Mr McGregor is getting serious. Can Peter and his friends overcome this new foe and restore peace to the neighbourhood? Chermside Library.

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Wed 16 Jan Vegemite Scrolls – Easy Afternoon Tea Idea That Kids Can Help To Make!

Vegemite scrolls are an absolute favourite at Families Magazine. There’s something so ‘Aussie’ about them and they’re the perfect afternoon tea treat. It’s an easy recipe that can get little ones involved in cooking which they always love!

Thu 17 Jan Talk to the animals puppet show | Chermside

Have you ever wanted to talk to the animals? Here’s your chance! Join Julie Dalton from Bee happy Puppets, her cheeky pink teddy bear Chloe and all their furry friends for some hands on interactive puppet fun. Ideal for children aged 2-6 years. Chermside Library.

Fri 18 Jan Performance: Jurassic Joe and the Dinosaur Club | Bracken Ridge

The Jurassic Joe dinosaur show is interactive and educational, as well as being great for Mumosaurus and Daddydactyl too! Enjoy a fun-filled musical ride through the amazing world of prehistoric reptiles that will have the whole family singing, dancing, laughing and learning. Ideal for children aged 3-10 years. Bracken Ridge Library.

Sat 19 Jan Workshop: Pizza gardens for kids | Nundah

Who doesn’t love pizza? Grow the herbs and vegies that are your favourites for pizza by starting them off in your own mini pizza box garden. Nundah Library.

Sun 20 Jan Visit Roma Street Parkland

There’s a secret formula to making your day at Roma Street Parkland not only the best “free” day your child could imagine, but the most enjoyable and “easy” day for you too! Read our review and get the best tips!

Mon 21 Jan Brick builders’ club | Brisbane

Design and build your own colourful constructions during a fun workshop. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years. Bookings required. Brisbane Square Library.

Tue 22 Jan  Rainbow Magic fairy fun | Everton Park

Come along to design your own fairy or goblin. Name your character and work out their special powers. Ideal for children aged 5-9 years. Everton Park Library.

We 23 Jan Holiday Movie: Sing | Brisbane

A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world’s animals in order to save his elegant theatre and bring it back to its former glory.  Ideal for children aged 5-12 years and their carers. Brisbane Square Library.

Thu 24 Jan 100 Activities for Children to do at home

We’ve put together the biggest list of creative things to do with kids when you hear…. I’m BORED. All these school holiday activities can be done with stuff you have around the house or with stuff you can pick up cheaply at the local shops.  It’s 100 things to do with Brisbane kids at home, when they’re so unimaginably, oppressively, horrifically BORED these school holidays!

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Fri 25 Jan Ozobot treasure hunt | Ashgrove

During this workshop, participants will work in pairs to create a simple program for an Ozobot miniature robot to navigate a maze and get to the treasure. Ideal for children aged 9-12 years. Ashgrove Library.

Sat 26 Jan Change of scenery

Take a look at our comprehensive guide to the best spots to get a glimpse of the beauty of nature in these waterfalls near Brisbane. Click through as all of the headings are clickable and on the next rticle you will find the video review for each one!

Sun 27 Jan Tinker table on Sunday | Brisbane

Drop in for some hands-on experimenting with simple circuit boards, robots and more. Explore coding, circuits, motion and robotics in an open learning environment. Ideal for children aged 4-16 years. Brisbane Square Library.

Mon 28 Jan Freeze ahead recipes for the Lunch Box

Hit the ground running next week and prepare ahead for the new year at school.  These recipes are all suitable to freeze so your freezer will be full of ready-made school snacks!

 

Previous Holidays

Sat 22 Sep Movie screening: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn | Brisbane

Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor.  Bookings required. Brisbane Square Library.

Sun 23 Sep City Build 2.0 | Museum of Brisbane

City Build is back and better than ever with brand new tools to help you build your vision of Brisbane city. Be inspired by the BRISTOPIA exhibition and illustrator Megan McKean’s bright and colourful illustrations. They provide the materials and tools, you provide the imagination to bring this city to life! Museum of Brisbane.

Mon 24 Sep Succulent gardening for children | Brisbane

Children will decorate, plant and take home their very own succulent planter. Learn all about caring for potted plants and the wonderful world of waterwise succulent plants. Presented by horticulturist Claire Bickle. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years and their carers. Bookings required. Brisbane Square Library.

Tue 25 Sep Build a miniature garden | Chermside

Children will create their own miniature garden including a range of ornamental plants for colour, texture and scent. Presented by horticulturalist Claire Bickle. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years and their carers.  Bookings required.  Chermside Library.

Wed 26 Sep  BrainBuzz Live | King George Square

BrainBuzz is Nine’s new children’s science show, produced in Brisbane! It’s the TV show that brainstorms and answers those nagging questions you’ve always wondered about. Catch BrainBuzz Host Kellyn Morris, Resident Scientist Clare Van Dorssen, and a bunch of historical characters, including Albert Einstein, as they bring some of their TV antics to Brisbane Festival in the beautiful Brisbane City Hall, in a free event sponsored by Brisbane City Council.  No bookings necessary.

Thu 27 Sep Sweet Science Sherbet Making Workshop | Brookside Shopping Centre

Discover The Fun Lab outside Big W these school holidays with the whacky team from Street Science. Get your tastebuds buzzing in the first week and learn how to make your own sweet sherbet. The kids will love these hands-on seriously fun science workshops! Brookside Shopping Centre.

Fri 28 Sep Composting and worm farming for kids | Boondall

Bookings essential. Come and learn everything about composting and keeping a worm farm. You will also make a wicking pot to take home. Afterwards you can explore the reserve and visit the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre. All children must be supervised by an adult during the activity.

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Sat 29 Sep  Sunsuper Riverfire | South Bank

The night sky is the final canvas.  Sunsuper Riverfire is Queensland’s ultimate fireworks display, wrapping up Brisbane Festival with a bang. This is one of the most technically challenging and electrifying fireworks displays in Australia, fired from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops. Spectators are also treated to aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force. South Bank.

Sun 30 Sep School Holiday Fun at IKEA | North Lakes

Spring into IKEA North Lakes these School Holidays! Kids will have fun with range of FREE activities from Decorate your own Tea Towel, Spring Hanging Decoration, Grassy Heads and much more!  No bookings necessary.

Mon 1 Oct Tony Albert: We Can Be Heroes at GOMA | South Brisbane

Starring the children of Warakurna, ‘We Can Be Heroes’ explores how we can all be empowered, by overcoming our fears. Children can create their own digital superhero identity inspired by the DIY costumes featured in a photograph series by Tony Albert, make a monster collage and come face to face with the Mamu – fearful spirits that are found in Warakurna – as part of a display of illuminated paintings. ‘Tony Albert: We Can Be Heroes’ is the tenth Australian artist project to be developed in collaboration with the Children’s Art Centre. QGOMA.

Tue 2 Oct  BAKING!! Vegemite Scrolls – Easy Afternoon Tea Idea That Kids Can Help To Make!

Vegemite scrolls are an absolute favourite at Families Magazine. There’s something so ‘Aussie’ about them and they’re the perfect afternoon tea treat. It’s an easy recipe that can get little ones involved in cooking which they always love!

Wed 3 Oct Glow In The Dark Slime Making | Brookside Shopping Centre

Discover The Fun Lab outside Big W these school holidays with the whacky team from Street Science. In week two create glow in the dark slime – perfect for bubbles and lots of fun after dark. The kids will love these hands-on seriously fun science workshops!  Brookside Shopping Centre.

Thu 4 Oct  Kids steel construction zone | Bracken Ridge

Build a working model using metal strips, plates, girders and wheels that are connected together with nuts and bolts. Ideal for children aged 10 years and older.  Bookings required.  Bracken Ridge Library.

Fri 5 Oct Movie screening: Moana | Brisbane Square Library

In ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. Bookings required. Brisbane Square Library.

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Sat 6 Oct  Redcliffe Lagoon | A family friendly destination for kids

If you’ve not been to this idyllic location than you truly don’t know what you’re missing. Redcliffe Lagoon and Settlement Cove are at the base of Redcliffe’s cliffs (in case you didn’t know where the suburb name came from!) and are a gorgeous tropical oasis. The combination of shallow water, a hot day, beautiful views and sea breezes makes this the number one splash spot for a Brisbane family with kids of any age!  Read our review.

Sun 7 Oct Dino Zoo | Gardens Point

Ever wanted to meet a dinosaur? Dino Zoo at The Cube is the closest you can get to the real thing – minus the danger of being eaten! Our life-sized dinosaurs are the most scientifically accurate portrayals of these creatures in the world. And, thanks to artificial intelligence, our dinosaurs will even behave like the real thing, based on a set of behavioural parameters for each species. This is the first time that these dinosaurs have been portrayed to this level of accuracy using current movement studies as well as matching their locomotion and stride to existing trackways. QUT The Cube.

Previous FREE things to do during the holidays

Sat 30 Jun The Moo Crew with Blue Gum Farm TV | Brisbane Square Library

The Moo Crew is a fun and interactive show for children about life in the Australian bush featuring beautiful songs, cute characters and all the fun of the farm. From tending the vegetable garden at the homestead to driving your tractor to plough a new paddock, this authentic bush story is a must-see for children. Presented by fourth generation farmer Cilla, and the Blue Gum TV. Ideal for children aged six years and younger. Bookings required. Phone Brisbane Square Library on 07 3403 4166 to reserve your place.

Sun 1 Jul Dino Zoo | Gardens Point

Ever wanted to meet a dinosaur? Dino Zoo at The Cube is the closest you can get to the real thing – minus the danger of being eaten! Our life-sized dinosaurs are the most scientifically accurate portrayals of these creatures in the world. And, thanks to artificial intelligence, our dinosaurs will even behave like the real thing, based on a set of behavioural parameters for each species. This is the first time that these dinosaurs have been portrayed to this level of accuracy using current movement studies as well as matching their locomotion and stride to existing trackways.  QUT The Cube.

Mon 2 July Craft Recycling | IKEA Northlakes

Some people see garbage, they see endless creative opportunities. Join the team from Reverse Garbage at IKEA North Lakes and turn cardboard, fabric and plastic waste into creepy crawly critters and sea critters! 9am – 12pm.  Bookings required.

Tony Albert: We Can Be Heroes at GOMA, South Bank

Tue 3 July Tony Albert: We Can Be Heroes at GOMA | South Bank

Starring the children of Warakurna, ‘We Can Be Heroes’ explores how we can all be empowered, by overcoming our fears. Children can create their own digital superhero identity inspired by the DIY costumes featured in a photograph series by Tony Albert, make a monster collage and come face to face with the Mamu – fearful spirits that are found in Warakurna – as part of a display of illuminated paintings. ‘Tony Albert: We Can Be Heroes’ is the tenth Australian artist project to be developed in collaboration with the Children’s Art Centre. 10am – 5pm daily

Wed 4 July Sphero and the enchanted forest | Brisbane

Help Sphero find his way through the enchanted forest using simple coding skills. No prior programming experience required. Ideal for children aged 5-8 years. A BNEtechkids workshop. Bookings required. Phone Brisbane Square Library on 07 3403 4166 to reserve your place.

Thu 5 July Dance-A-Story | South Bank

There’s plenty to do at South Bank Parklands on any given day, but Thursdays are a must for kids aged up to five. That’s because Kids Collective, a series of free children’s activities, is on from 9am-1pm.  A wonderful adventure of imagination and movement in an interactive dance class inspired by The Jungle Book. Bookings are not essential, just turn up!

Fri 6 July School Holiday Craft Workshops @ Stafford City

Let’s get crafty! These school holidays join in for some exciting craft workshops. Each day kids will learn a new way to create. Fri 6 + Fri 13 July – Straw rocket. Stafford City Shopping Centre.

Library Laboratory | Chermside

Sat 7 July Library Laboratory | Chermside

Calling all budding young scientists! Come along and join library staff for some fun and entertaining science experiments at our library lab. Ideal for children aged 6-12 years. Bookings essential.  Chermside Library.

Sun 8 July MoB Kids: MoB Sundays | Museum of Brisbane

Sundays are family days at Museum of Brisbane. Bring your young ones along, choose a character and create your own adventure for a special family-themed MoB Kids tour of Life in Irons: Brisbane’s Convict Stories, then head to the Dome Lounge for activities that will have the kids learning and creating, while having fun. Our highly interactive BRISTOPIA exhibition also awaits, with an interactive sticker wall, large scale animations and a custom-designed game where kids can build their own Bristopia and email it to friends. Don’t forget to get your Clock Tower Tour tickets and grab a 100% Brisbane kid’s activity book to learn more about our city and its people.

Mon 9 July Chermside Hills Reserves | Climbing Spider Hill with Kids

If you are looking for easy walking tracks on the northside of Brisbane then take a look at the Chermside Hills Reserves for an easy day out with kids.  There are multiple walking tracks in the reserve ranging in grade from very easy, to slightly difficult in places due to the steep hills.  We have reviewed them here so you can plan your trip armed with knowledge!

Tue 10 July Kid’s Construction Zone | Bracken Ridge

Drop in and join a range of fun engineering challenges using everyday materials and construction toys.Ideal for children aged 5-12 years old.  No bookings required. Bracken Ridge Library.

Wed 11 July Performance: The bear in our backyard | Zillmere

Bear has come to read her favourite story, but she is not being very helpful. Why is Bear so sleepy? Join in with song, dance, puppetry, and rhyme, and experience the story of The Bear in our Backyard with children’s author and performer Emma Middleton. Ideal for children aged 3-7 years.  Bookings required.  Zillmere Library.

Thu 12 July Early Childhood Music Class at Little Stanley Street North | South Bank

Head to the beautiful South Bank for a free music class beside the river – a fun-filled half hour of singing, games, rhymes, finger plays, lullabies, dancing and stories.  No bookings are required, you can just turn up and join in the fun. 9am – 1pm.

Fri 13 July QUT Winter Holiday Program | Brisbane

This Winter school holidays, The Cube hosts an exciting line-up of art and science family fun. Be the first to see The Cube’s latest interactive screen project, Nature Imagined, based on landscape paintings by renowned Australian artist, William Robinon. Observe nature up-close and create your own drawing to add to the Scale Free Network’s collaborative artwork. Discover fantastic facts about the flora and fauna of South East Queensland and meet a scientist at one of the ‘Become a budding geologist’ sessions.

Jar Terrarium

Sat 14 July Jar Terrarium – Make a Mini-Mushroom Secret Garden | Home

Got baby food jars? You could make a miniature mushroom secret garden. Perfect for a school holiday day craft activity, or to make at a party for a a take-home party favour, these gorgeous mini-mushroom jar terrariums are a super-fun and super-cute addition to your crafting repertoire.

Sun 15 July Geocaching

Have you tried Geocaching?  Or has it been a while since you have given it a go? Our cooler months are the perfect time of year to go.  We have all the hints and tips you need to have a try of this real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.

Previous FREE Things to do over the Brisbane school holidays

Friday 30 March – Good Friday

Victoria Park has an amazing array of northside free school holiday events on this long weekend starting from Good Friday.. Free playground and ‘giant games’ as well as a Easter bunny and jumping castle. Find out more here.

Saturday 31 March

Easter Cooking – Bunny Down a Hole Mini Carrot Cakes for Easter

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

Bunny Down a Hole Mini Carrot Cakes for Easter

Sunday 1 April – Easter Sunday

Victoria Park has an amazing array of northside free school holiday events on this long weekend starting from Good Friday.. Free playground and ‘giant games’ as well as a Easter bunny and jumping castle. Find out more here.

Monday 2 April  Me, Myselfie and I, South Bank

Free exhibit – ‘Me, Myselfie and I’ is a Collection-based exhibition which explores representation of self. In addition to select artworks from the Gallery’s Australian, international, and Asian and Pacific collections, the exhibition will feature interactive making and multimedia artist projects, inviting children to consider different ways of creating their own portraits. In recent times, self-representation has become more complex and varied through the use of digital technologies. The exhibition explores what a self-portrait is and how it can express our emotions, personality, memories and experiences through images, sound, spoken word and movement. FREE QGOMA.

Tuesday 3 April  The Kite Wishes Project, Brisbane

Create a kite, add your wish and send it flying as part of the celebrations of their exclusive exhibition Mao’s Last Dancer this summer.  Mao’s Last Dancer Li Cunxin has a life-long love of kites, creating and flying them as a child in rare and precious moments with his father. Visit Museum of Brisbane during Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition and design your own kite or be inspired by the koinobori fish template created by Brisbane artist Elysha Rei. FREE  Museum of Brisbane.

Sprouts in the Park, Brisbane

Wednesday 4 April  Sprouts in the Park – Art, craft and gardening activities, Roma Street Parkland

Let your little ones get crafty these school holidays as with a range of fun art, craft and gardening activities with Bazil Grumble themed around the Commonwealth Games such as making Byrobi masks, crowns and batons. FREE Roma Street Parkland.

Thursday 5 April  Little Days Out at South Bank

Spend a morning playing, creating and discovering with your child at Little Days Out, South Bank’s free children’s program.  Held amid the shady trees of the South Bank Parklands, Little Days Out is a series of free children’s workshops designed to suit all interests and skill levels. It’s on every Thursday from 9am-1pm, with locations and activities changing each week, so there’s always something new to enjoy! FREE South Bank Parklands.

Friday 6 April  Botanica – Contemporary Art Outside, Brisbane

Immerse yourself in the beauty of art and nature simultaneously at Botanica – a major contemporary art exhibition. New and significant artworks from local and national artists will transform Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens into a temporary outdoor gallery. 6-15 April from 12 midday to 8pm daily. Festival 2018 presents Botanica, produced by Brisbane City Council and supported by the Queensland Government. FREE

Saturday 7 April  Sally and Possum Live, South Bank

Best friends, Sally and Possum do everything together. Follow the fun adventures of Sally and Possum as they explore, discover and learn about the world around them using Auslan sign language. Performance duration 20 minutes, followed by a meet and greet. Location: Satellite Stage, Cultural Forecourt Queensland Government | Khemistry Part of Festival 2018 – a free state-wide celebration of arts and culture, showcasing Queensland’s creativity to visitors during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. FREE  South Bank.

Sunday 8 April Easter School Holiday Fun at IKEA, North Lakes

Hop into IKEA North Lakes these Easter school holidays for free fun activities for the entire family!  You can decorate your own Easter bunny mask using MALA paints and craft items. What a great northside free school holiday event! FREE IKEA Northlakes.

Monday 9 April  Roo’s Clues AR Hunt, Aspley

The sporty kangaroo is hiding around the centre… can you find him? Join in on a augmented reality search where your imagination comes to life with eight life-sized kangaroos to spot throughout the centre! FREE  Aspley Hypermarket. 

Tuesday 10 April  Easter Craft at Home

These soft and fluffy little bunnies are getting plenty of rest before their big Easter egg hunt. We are a bit excited that you can combine your love of pom poms and your love of bunnies in this adorable craft project.

Wednesday 11 April  Neon Glowing Bouncy Balls, Stafford

Junior scientists will have an opportunity to manipulate common polymers to design and create their very own Super Bouncy Balls that they get to take home.  Suitable for children aged 2+.  FREE Stafford City Shopping Centre.

Thursday 12 April  Lego Immersive Zone, Mitchelton

Join in these school holidays as LEGO comes to life in the LEGO Play Zone and Character Meet & Greet. Race the clock to see how fast you can build your model, make your way through the Ninja obstacle course, build the tallest LEGO tower, snap a pic with a LEGO character, plus take part in many more LEGO challenges. FREE  Brookside Shopping Centre.

Friday 13 April  Cartooning workshop: Scary monsters with Phil Judd, Chermside

Join Phil Judd from Comic Express as we look at creating scary monster characters. Children will have the opportunity to create their own original scary monster using basic drawing principles and ideas shown in the workshop. This workshop also covers professional cartooning techniques. Ideal for children aged 7-12 years. Bookings essential. FREE Chermside Library. 

Saturday 14 April  Free School Holiday Entertainment for the Kids!, Aspley

Keep the kids occupied this school holidays with the FREE craft workshops and activities!  In week 2 the kids can get into the spirit of the games and create their very own sports medal with Start Kids Creating. Sponsored by Aquatic Achievers, this event will be a stand out on the School Holiday Calendar! No bookings required. Registrations taken on the day (no advance bookings) with last intake 30mins before final session. Limited spaces apply, first in first served basis. Located in Centre Court near Donut King! FREE  Aspley Hypermarket.

Revolve, South Bank

Sunday 15 April Revolve, South Bank

Revolve is ‘circus jazz’, bringing together a live DJ and performers to create a complex and unique performance. It poses the question: “how will young people re-imagine our world?”. A combination of the highly rehearsed and the improvised, Revolve takes ideas from the audience and transforms them into looping movements and tumbling routines. Cultural Forecourt South Bank. FREE

Sat 9 Dec  Christmas @ The Bay, Deception Bay 

A community event for the whole family with free sausage sizzle, loads of free activities including craft, petting zoo, paper planes, entertainment, magician and much more.  Lots of stalls including craft, home bake and food & drink stalls. Gift bags and prizes available and family photos in a stable. Free entertainment 5.00pm and then Christmas Carols from 7.00pm.  Deception Bay Baptist Church.

Sun 10 Dec Scarborough Christmas Carols

The kids will fall in love with the Sesame Lane Santa’s Village. Don’t miss out on the life-sized snow globe, jumping castle and nativity scene. Sing along to carolling performances from local community and dance groups. Catch all the action from around Scarborough Park with roving Christmas performers, twilight markets, and free Christmas activities and workshops. Then finish the evening with a ‘bang’, watching the sky light up with a spectacular fireworks display from 8.00pm! Read more here.

Mon 11 Dec The Enchanted Gardens at Roma Street Parkland

Brisbane As the sun goes down and the evening settles in, Roma Street Parkland’s Enchanted Garden springs to life. From 8-17 December, the Garden will be adorned with twinkling lights, beguiling decorations and mellow music – meander through, enjoying a festive feast for the senses.  Read more here.

City Hall Lights, Brisbane

Tue 12 Dec  City Hall Lights, Brisbane

The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights is a shining jewel in the crown of the Christmas program. This year, Brisbane’s City Hall will light up with an all-new magical light projection show. This will be The City’s most colourful and spectacular Christmas projection yet, and one for all ages to enjoy. A must-do for everyone’s Christmas calendar, the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights will run every 15 minutes from until midnight, starting on Friday 8 December and running through until Christmas Eve. Click here for more information.

Wed 13 Dec Me, Myselfie and I, South Bank

Me, Myselfie and I’ is a Collection-based exhibition which explores representation of self. In addition to select artworks from the Gallery’s Australian, international, and Asian and Pacific collections, the exhibition will feature interactive making and multimedia artist projects, inviting children to consider different ways of creating their own portraits. Read more here.

Thu 14 Dec  Christmas Movies in the Park at Roma Street Parkland

Pack a rug and a picnic and catch all of your favourite Christmas classics as you lay back in the warm summer air at Christmas Movies in the Park. Held at Roma Street Parkland’s picturesque Amphitheatre precinct from 8-17 December, the event also features a selection of tasty food trucks to buy dinner and drinks at including; Wild Rissole, Mr Kebabie, Phatboys, Kraut N About, Mr America, Koma Sliders, Goodfood Fellas, Juice Power, Bruce Junior, Ruby Ice Cream & I Dream Ice Cream. Bookings are not required and movies start at 7pm nightly.  We have more information here.

Fri 15 Dec  Christmas Festival 2017 at St Gerard Majella Church, Chermside West

One of the biggest displays of festive lights in northern suburbs of Brisbane.  The whole family will enjoy coffee shop, sausage sizzle, chips, drinks and nightly free musical entertainment and lots more. Santa Photo (7pm – approx. 8pm). Gift shop showcases huge Christmas stock! The high point of the festival is the Outdoor Christmas Vigil Mass on 24 December with a live Gospel Pageant including crib and animals (donkey, sheep and camels). Carols started at 6.00pm with the Mass following at 6.30pm.  Read more here.

christmas-beach-cinema screen

Sat 16 Dec  Beach Cinema, South Bank

As the sun settles for the day, stake your place on Streets Beach and snuggle-up to your favourite Christmas films – the complete timetable is below and bookings are not required. Click here for more information.

Sun 17 Dec  Christmas Craft @ Museum of Brisbane

Fire up your festive spirit with back-to-basics cards and decorations. Cut, fold, paste and stick using our templates and guides or let your imagination run wild with an original design and recycled materials. All ages.  Read more here.

Mon 18 Dec  Christmas Parade presented by David Jones, Brisbane City

Brisbane’s favourite family tradition, the Christmas Parade, returns to The City this December. Brimming with music and merriment, the parade comes complete with a nativity scene, Santa and dozens of performers to entertain and delight all ages. It’s on nightly from 15-24 December and commences at the Edward Street end of the Queen Street Mall. It then weaves its way through our vibrant city, culminating at King George Square.  Click here for more information.

Christmas Parade presented by David Jones, Brisbane City

Tue 19 Dec Christmas Kids Zone, Kippa Ring

Join in the free Christmas workshop fun from Wednesday 13 December at Peninsula Fair Shopping Centre. Click here for more information.

Wed 20 Dec Christmas Kids Craft Entertainment, Aspley

Tis the season to be jolly! Visit Robinson Road Marketplace over the school holidays for our free kids’ craft entertainment. Enjoy a different Christmas craft everyday; your kids are sure to be jolly with: Gingerbread tree ornaments 9-15 December 10am – 1pm daily; Christmas wreath characters 16-22 December 10am – 1pm daily. Located outside Coles. Don’t miss out on these creative workshops. This is a free event open to children of all ages. We have more information here.

Thu 21 Dec Little Days Out: Holly Jolly Kids>Queensland Ballet, South Bank

Join in the Christmas fun with Queensland Ballet! Children over the age of two are invited to get festive and dance the afternoon away with sessions starting on the hour. Friday 15 –  Saturday 23 December, 3 – 7pm, Central Café Lawns, South Bank Parklands Don’t miss out! Read more here.

Fri 22 Dec Joy to the World Christmas at the Shed, Burpengary

Free community Christmas carols at The SHED! Petting Zoo, Jumping Castle & Face Painting for the kids from 4:30pm, Twilight Market from 5pm. FREE sausage Sizzle 6pm and a visit from SANTA!  We have more information here.

Sat 23 Dec 5 Christmas Eve Box Ideas

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!) Read more here.

75 Link Road, victoria point, christmas lights

Sun 24 Dec Brisbane Christmas Lights 2017

What a great way to spend Christmas Eve – a family night admiring the beautiful Christmas Lights in your neighbourhood and beyond.  We have an awesome list with maps here.

Mon 25 Dec Christmas Day

Find out what is open on Christmas Day – click here.

Tue 26 Dec Boxing Day

Find out how to bag a bargain on Boxing Day – click here.

Wed 27 Dec Yayoi Kusama The obliteration room, South Bank

Children are invited to enter the world of leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and ‘obliterate’ an Australian domestic space by adding colourful dot stickers to white furniture, objects and surfaces in the large-scale interactive installation The obliteration room. The obliteration room is a dynamic artwork that transforms over time as hundreds of thousands of dots accumulate in the space. GOMA.

Yayoi Kusama The obliteration room, South Bank

Thu 28 Dec The Kite Wishes Project, Brisbane

Create a kite, add your wish and send it flying as part of the celebrations of our exclusive exhibition Mao’s Last Dancer this summer. Mao’s Last Dancer Li Cunxin has a life-long love of kites, creating and flying them as a child in rare and precious moments with his father. Kites became a metaphor for Li’s life, as his career soared beyond the impoverished commune of his childhood to the ballet stages of the world. Become part of Li’s story by creating your own kite, adding a wish and flying it with friends and family from across Brisbane as part of The Kite Wishes Project. Read more here.

Fri 29 Dec  Swimming!

Head to your local swimming pool to cool off and relax after the rush of Christmas. We have all of the details here.

Sat 30 Dec A Glitter Slime Recipe that Actually Works

If you, like us have suffered through a bunch of failed slime and putty recipes, then you like me, have probably been getting the ingredients wrong. You see, the glue has to be right, if it’s the wrong kind of PVC glue your goo will be a flop … and not the good kind. More slop, than flop if you know what I mean. What worked for us, was finding Elmer’s Glue here in Australia. Next minute …

Sun 31 Dec  New Year’s Eve at South Bank

Welcome in 2018 with a stunning fireworks display at South Bank! There’ll be two fireworks shows – one at 8:30pm for families and one at midnight for late-night revellers. Read more here.

Tues 2 Jan  A Glitter Slime Recipe that Actually Works

If you, like me have suffered through a bunch of failed slime and putty recipes, then you like me, have probably been getting the ingredients wrong. You see, the glue has to be right, if it’s the wrong kind of PVC glue your goo will be a flop … and not the good kind. More slop, than flop if you know what I mean.  What worked for us, was finding Elmer’s Glue here in Australia. Next minute …

Wed 3 Jan  Swimming!

We have sourced out the best public swimming pools in Brisbane so you don’t have to.  Read our reviews and make a decision which one you would like to visit today!

Thu 4 Jan  Summer Festival: tech + stories + play @ State Library

Boasting a choose-your-own adventure program of free activities and our popular Story Lab workshop series, Summer Festival is bursting with fabulous imaginative fun for children, young people and families. Start with some classic story-telling or arts and crafts. Get digital with workshops in coding, robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality and 360 film-making. Go from creative writing to creating your own picture book. Explore the free activities, exhibitions and interactive installations.

Fri 5 Jan  Me, Myselfie and I, South Bank

Me, Myselfie and I’ is a Collection-based exhibition which explores representation of self. In addition to select artworks from the Gallery’s Australian, international, and Asian and Pacific collections, the exhibition will feature interactive making and multimedia artist projects, inviting children to consider different ways of creating their own portraits. In recent times, self-representation has become more complex and varied through the use of digital technologies. The exhibition explores what a self-portrait is and how it can express our emotions, personality, memories and experiences through images, sound, spoken word and movement.

Sat 6 Jan Super Saturday storytime, Banyo

Experience the magic of storytime with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories, songs and creative early literacy experiences for children.  Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.

draw it code it

Sun 7 Jan  Draw It. Code It. | QUT Summer Holiday Program, Brisbane

Visit QUT Gardens Point Precinct this January to enjoy our free arts, craft and robotics activities! The Cube and QUT Art Museum have joined together to offer a diverse family holiday program featuring an exciting mix of interactive activities to suit everyone from the tech-inclined to fans of good old-fashioned art making.

Mon 8 Jan  Starting Kindy & Prep | Your Questions Answered

Ok, so this one is for the parents!  Join Families Magazine and C&K and our panel of Education experts as we personally answer your questions about: is my child ready to start Prep? How do I choose the right kindy or daycare, settling those first day jitters, dealing with separation anxiety (yours and theirs), what will they learn this year and any other pressing question you might have to help you make an informed decision. On the panel will be professionals from the health and education fields who will be available in real time to answer you. This is an online only event that runs for 2 hours from 8pm – 10pm. Click interested on our event to ensure you are notified when it is about to start here.

Tue 9 Jan  Brisbane Botanic Gardens for Kids – Cost-Free Fun in the Great Outdoors

With TWO Brisbane Botanic Gardens to choose from, there’s never been a better time to explore beautiful Brisbane’s parks and gardens.  We have all of the information you need here.

Wed 10 Jan Lion play workshop, Brisbane

Join Emma Middleton, author of The Lion in our Living Room, for a captivating workshop of ‘lion play’, as children interact with storytelling, puppet play, music, art demonstrations and craft. Ideal for children aged 3-7 years. Bookings essential. This event is part of Brisbane Libraries’ Summer Reading program. Bookings required. Phone Brisbane Square Library on 07 3403 4166 to reserve your place.

Thu 11 Jan  Jan  Science!  Walking water.

Here is a great little science experiment that you can do at home.  You will very likely already have everything you need in the cupboard.

Fri 12 Jan  Yayoi Kusama The obliteration room, South Bank

Children are invited to enter the world of leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and ‘obliterate’ an Australian domestic space by adding colourful dot stickers to white furniture, objects and surfaces in the large-scale interactive installation The obliteration room. The obliteration room is a dynamic artwork that transforms over time as hundreds of thousands of dots accumulate in the space.

Sat 13 Jan  Ninja Turtle Inspired Hand Made Juggling Balls

Keep the kids busy with this very quick and simple DIY.  All you need is a  couple of balloons, an old plastic bag and some rice. Then ta da, you’ve got yourself a Ninja Turtle juggling ball!

Australasian figbird -brisbane birdwatching for kids

Sun 14 Jan  Brisbane Birdwatching for Kids

There’s nothing kids love more than to be outside exploring in the wilderness among the trees, the wildlife and the sound of birds chirping. What better way to explore Brisbane than to take the family for a Brisbane birdwatching day trip? Not only is it fun and educational, it’s free too!

Mon 15 Jan  What’s Hiding in the Garden?  Strathpine

There are so many creatures in the garden, some are easy to find while others are hardly ever seen. Sometimes they are under rocks, high in trees, deep in the ground or blending in with the plants. Make a habitat with a collection of animals and learn about camouflage through a range of art activities.

Tue 16 Jan  Best Bicycle Paths for Kids in Brisbane

Soak up the sun, breath in the fresh air and listen to the sounds of nature when you take your family on a bike ride around Brisbane’s best bicycle paths. There’s a plethora of bicycle paths within the area suitable for Brisbane Families ranging in difficulty from easy, medium and hard so that you can choose a path best suited to your level of experience. This makes it easy to choose a path to match your child’s age and skill level so that even young kids just learning to ride a bike can join in on the family fun.

Wed 17 Jan  Tie-Dye Your Own T-Shirt, Arana Hills

Bring a white, 100% cotton t-shirt and tie-dye it using brightly coloured inks. Use rubber bands to make interesting patterns. Grades 7-12. Registration essential.

Thu 18 Jan  Live performance: KoalaRumba, Bracken Ridge

A celebration of life in the Australian Outback! A little bit quirky and a whole lot of fun, KoalaRumba is an interactive concert that focuses on Australian native animals and their life in the Australian bush. Meet Elvis Emu as he grazes out in the paddock. See Sunny the cockatoo as she forages for seeds at the silo and join old Grandad Goanna on his adventures around the farm. Ideal for children aged six years and younger. Bracken Ridge Library.

Fri 19 Jan  Roma Street Parkland – THE REVIEW

There’s a secret formula to making your day at Roma Street Parkland not only the best “free” day your child could imagine, but the most enjoyable and “easy” day for you too!  I discovered it today. I’ve taken the kids to Roma Street Parkland when they were 4, then 5… and now they are 6, each time they’ve loved it, but today I left with a smile on my face… wanting to go back too.  Soon. The problem in the past is that I’ve treated the place like a “normal” park, but it’s really not.  The place is absolutely massive.  The formula is quite simple, treat it like a playground visit + a theme park visit in one.

Sat 20 Jan  Create-Activity Day – Dioramas, Strathpine

Create-Activity Day is so ‘the big kids’ can come along and spend some time getting creative across a broad range of art forms. Why should kids have all the fun? Create your own mini world in a diorama. The diorama is a recognised art form and while they can be very simple they can also be quite complex. Families welcome.

Sun 21 Jan  Back to school baking – Vegetable Packed Savoury Muffins

These savoury muffins are packed full of vegetable goodness, super tasty and quick to whip together. Perfect for lunch boxes, play dates or to cure the afternoon munchies.

Free Northside of Brisbane ideas for September school holidays

Check out what has come and gone to give you some more inspiration for next time the school holidays roll around!

Sat 16 Sep Roald Dahl Day, Bracken Ridge

September is the month Roald Dahl was born, and Brisbane libraries are celebrating! Join the fun with games and activities based on some of this much loved author’s most famous books. Ideal for children aged 6-11 years. Bookings essential.  Bracken Ridge Library.

Sun 17 Sep MoB Kids: Sunshine Sundays, Brisban

Tastes like Sunshine is a dream for creative kids – drawing on the walls anyone? Drawing in chocolate on those walls? To make sure our youngest audiences get the most out of our new exhibition series, MoB Kids is presenting Sunshine Sundays. Every Sunday our family-friendly workshops kick-off with a tour of the exhibition and are then followed by hands-on arts and craft activities. Arts activities include creating patterns and prints with food, building your own seed and clay mandala, still life water colour painting and fruit origami.  10 – 11.30am.  Museum of Brisbane. 

Mon 18 Sep Minion hand puppet Making, Stafford

Create your very own Minion hand puppet! No bookings required.  Outside of Sanity.  11am – 2pm. Stafford City Shopping Centre. 

Tue 19 Sep Where’s Wally Happiness Hunt, Strathpine

Journey throughout Strathpine Centre to find life-size exhibitions of Wally and his friends; Odlaw, Wenda, Woof and Wizard Whiteboard. Wally and his friends could be hiding near Big W, the Food Court or even inside stores! To play the Where’s Wally? Happiness Hunt, collect your CLUE sheet from the Concierge Desk to get started! Strathpine Centre.

Wed 20 Sep Sprouts in the Park – drama fun, Brisbane

Drama Fun is presented by Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble. 5 – 8 year olds will participate in drama games, creative play and will develop basic acting skills. Drama Fun will take place at the Amphitheatre and is free to attend, no bookings required. Roma Street Parkland.

Thu 21 Sep Little Days Out at South Bank

  Spend a morning playing, creating and discovering with your child at Little Days Out, South Bank’s free children’s program. Held amid the shady trees of the South Bank Parklands, Little Days Out is a series of free children’s workshops designed to suit all interests and skill levels. It’s on every Thursday from 9am-1pm, with locations and activities changing each week, so there’s always something new to enjoy!  Pinwheel Craft and Brisbane City Council Libraries Story Time Sessions at Rainforest Green.  9am – 1pm.  South Bank.

Fri 22 Sep FREE Baking Classes, Aspley   

The Kids will love the baking and pizza making classes at Aspley Hypermarket this school holidays! Sponsored by the award winning Bakers Delight and Top Spot Fruit Mart, this activity will give kids the opportunity to decorate their own mini pizzas, which will then be baked ready to take home or enjoy on the spot! This event includes a hands on “how baking works” element and colouring activity! Limited spaces available so get in fast.  Aspley Hypermarket

Sat 23 Sep Ocean Life Shark Discovery Workshops, Brookside

Learn amazing facts about these extraordinary creatures while touching live marine animals and artifacts. Monday 18 September – Saturday 23 September. 10am, 11am, 12pm & 1pm, located in front of Big W Each session will run for 45min, max 20 children per session. Bookings are essential and can be made online via the “register” link above or by calling T: 3355 5211.  Recommended age is 3+.  Brookside Shopping Centre

Sun 24 Sep  Kate Beynon: Friendly Beasts, South Bank

Young visitors will meet these benevolent friends – Blue Shaman, Lotus Monkey, Tu-Dao Dog and Gorgon Girl – who each have their own traits and personalities and aim to promote imagination, creative expression and fun. Children and families can engage with the Friendly Beasts through interactive activities, which include creating a new “beast” identity by combining character features as part of a mask-making activity, dancing with the beasts in the artist’s video installation Visions from a Ghost Tale / Friendly Beasts edit 2017, and contributing to the beasts’ magical world in the collaborative drawing activity The Lotus Garden.  Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

Mon 25 Sep MoBKids: Sunshine Food Explorer Workshop, Brisbane

Kids will discover the seasonal, fresh, wholesome and delicious foods growing in Brisbane backyards in our Sunshine Food Explorer workshop. Our Sunshine Food Explorers will create a seasonal and creative snack from start to finish, learning the basics of food preparation and discuss how to build a healthy, life-long relationship with food. Children are supported to prepare food at their own skill level, with those new to food preparation supported to learn new skills, while mini master chefs are encouraged to extend their skills and support their friends. All ages welcome.  10.15am – 2.30pm.  Museum of Brisbane.

Tue 26 Sep  Australian Wildlife Stage Shows, Brookside 

In week two of the School Holidays get up close and personal with your favourite Aussie animals in the Australian Wildlife Stage Shows. Meet and learn about their Birds, Crocodiles, Pythons, Lizards, Frogs, Spiders and even fuzzy little Possums. Each session will run for approx 20mins, no bookings required. Participants can also get up close and personal with the animals following each show.  Brookside Shopping Centre

Wed 27 Sep  School Holiday Fun at IKEA, North Lakes

Spring into IKEA North Lakes these School Holidays! Kids will have fun with range of FREE activities from Bug & Creepy Crawlies Craft, Sea Creature Craft, Spin Art, Tea Towel Decorating, Science Experiments, Mask Making and much more!  IKEA North Lakes

Thu 28 Sep Little Days Out – Superhero Escapades, South Bank 

Run! Jump! Fly! A super-energetic workshop aimed at building confidence, self-esteem and a healthy body in our youngest superstars. Hear stories of the smallest yet mightiest superheroes, play awesome games and do some super-cool colouring-in.  South Bank

Fri 29 Sep  Snow Slingers virtual experience! Kippa Ring

 Get your snow ball throws ready, as its time for the Snow Slingers virtual experience! This virtual reality experience will make you feel like you’re really standing within the snow fields and about to battle your friends.  Kippa Ring Shopping Centre

Sat 30 Sep Sunsuper Riverfire, South Bank

Sunsuper Riverfire is Queensland’s ultimate fireworks display, wrapping up Brisbane Festival with a bang. The display first dazzled us in 1998 – so this is the 20th time the Brisbane sky has come alive so brilliantly. To celebrate, with more than 20 minutes of fireworks, we’ll chart the musical memories of the last 20 years, from 1998 right up to the present. Spectators will also be wowed by aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force with RAAF Super Hornet and Army helicopter displays.*  South Bank

Sun 1 Oct Fruiti Bunting, Brisbane

Children will use their imagination and creativity to create their very own string of fruiti bunting. Crafters can use the shapes, patterns and vibrant colours found in tropical foods. Suitable for ages 4 years and over. All ages with a little help. Museum of Brisbane.

3 responses to “Free School Holiday Activities Northside | No cost things to do with kids!”

  1. Amanda says:

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

  2. Roberta Lusa says:

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

  3. Belinda Lee says:

    Don’t forget the free Caboolture Kids Health Check Day on 5 July! https://www.familiesmagazine.com.au/event/caboolture-kids-health-check-day/

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