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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 April 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!!

*NOTE: this article is currently in progress for April School Holidays.

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 –  Easter 2022

Saturday 2 April –  APT10 Kids | South Brisbane 2022

Check out this amazing exhibit before it closes! Featuring seven projects by artists from across the Asia Pacific region, APT10 Kids celebrates inclusion and diversity, and the importance of collaboration and community. At this FREE exhibition, families can engage with these themes through hands-on making and multimedia activities, artwork displays and large-scale installations. APT10 Kids projects are located across both the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) buildings.

Sunday 3 April – Head to Bongaree Beach | Bribie Island 2022

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 4 April – The Great & Grand Rumpus | South Brisbane 2022

The Great and Grand Rumpus is a great exhibition held by the State Library of Queensland and runs from 11 Dec 2021- 18 April 2022. It is a sculptural, digital, and immersive installation and it is bound to entertain the whole family. You can register to attend a curator tour, family tour or a make and design tour. Families can also get involved in making workshops where kids can get hands on make their own creations. PLEASE NOTE: SOME EVENTS IN THIS EXHIBITION ARE NOT FREE.

Tuesday 5 April – Flying Wildlife Show | Woodford 2022

This is the perfect FREE activity for those animal loving kids! During the show kids will discover amazing facts as you meet a range of Australian animals from owls and cockatoos to gliding possums with the Geckoes Wildlife team. This is for A=ages 5-11. It is FREE, however bookings are essential. Find out more here. 

Wednesday 6 April – In Transit at the Museum of Brisbane | Brisbane 2022

Enjoy a colourful and fun day out with the family. In Transit will transform Museum of Brisbane’s (MoB) entry into a colourful celebration of cultural diversity and creativity. Celebrating the limitless potential to transform and adapt, this exciting new body of work by Filipino-Australian artist Rhanjell Villanueva will create a captivating entrance to the Museum, combining queer-coded digital imagery and video in an immersive installation.

Thursday 7 April – Fruit Salad, Tales of a Convent Cat | Brisbane 2022

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.

Friday 8 April – The Mill & Waterpark | Petrie 2022

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.

Saturday 9 April – Fishing for beginners | Shorncliffe 2022

Ever wanted to teach your tweens/teens to fish? The award winning team at 2 Bent Rods will show them. Your tween/teens will learn how & where to catch bait, tie fishing knots, bait hooks, cast a fishing rod and learn plenty of tips to make your next fishing trip more successful. All equipment and bait are supplied. Bookings essential. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years. 

Sunday 10 April – Climb the Clock Tower | Brisbane 2022

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. 

Monday 11 April – Meet a Knight | Caboolture 2022

Have your kids love stories about knights in shining armour. Well now they can meet one in real life thanks to the Abbey Museum team and Caboolture Library. Kids will understand what was it like to be a knight in medieval times? Try on a knight’s armour for size and find out about jousting and a knight’s life with The Abbey Museum team. This is an ages 7+ event. It is FREE, however bookings are required. Find out more here.

Tuesday 12 April – Dylan Mooney: Blak Superheroes | Brisbane 2022

This powerful exhibition is a must for your family. In his series Blak Superheroes displayed at the Museum of Brisbane, proud Yuwi, Torres Strait Islander and Australian-born South Sea Island man, Dylan Mooney depicts First Nations characters in a dynamic comic-book style. Incorporating a combination of drawing, printmaking and street art, Dylan’s work is inspired by history, culture and community. It tell stories of survival, pride and power. Find out more here. 

Wednesday 13 April – Backyard Series: Worm Farm | Boondall 2022

This activity is not only fun for the kids but will also be a great lesson to keep our planet clean. Join in on the fun and learn how to turn kitchen and garden waste into rich nutrients for your soil through a worm farm. Feed your plants and reduce the organic waste we send to landfill. Help and have fun at the same time! FREE but bookings are essential. Find out more here. 

Thursday 14 April – Obstacle Course in Your Backyard 2022

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

Friday 15 April – Redcliffe Festival of Sails | Redcliffe 2022

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 16 April – Easter Baking at Home 2022

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

Sunday 17 April – Easter Sunday at The Sound Society | Brisbane 2022

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 18 April – Picnic at Lower Moora Park | Shorncliffe 2022

Spend Easter Monday and the last day of the school holidays relaxing. 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 2021/2022

Saturday 11 December – Carols in the Park | Mitchelton

Starting at 4pm with a wonderful array of Christmas market stalls and afternoon tea options there’s FREE children’s rides, face painting, live family entertainment on the big stage and a fireworks display – and of course a visit from Santa! Santa’s BIG CHAIR will also be there for photo opportunities. Bring your friends and a picnic rug and settle in for an enjoyable afternoon and evening of browsing the market stalls, delicious food and entertainment. Mitchelton Park.

Sunday 12 December – Redcliffe Christmas Carols | Kippa-Ring

The signature giant snow globes will be back in 2021, providing the perfect white Christmas photo opportunity. Santa’s Village will feature Christmas-themed roving entertainment, kids’ workshops, free face-painting and more! Don’t forget to bring your best vocals with lots of family-friendly entertainment on offer! Read more here.

Monday 13 December – Play | Bribie Island

Remember the fun of playing quoits, skittles, dominoes or even Hula Hoops and Twister? These summer holidays, Bribie Island Seaside Museum will be a fun filled hands-on game space for all ages. Put the screens away – accept the challenge, test your skills, and reconnect. Playing the games of childhoods past, there’s always something for everyone. Laughter guaranteed. Bribie Island Seaside Museum.

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Play

Tuesday 14 December – The 80s | Redcliffe

Pop a tape in the boombox and revisit the fun and fabulousness of the 80s. The 80s were filled with bright fashion, major events and stunning growth for the Sunshine State. At this gnarly FREE exhibition, try your skills playing classic video games, dress up in the fashion of the time, test your trivia knowledge and share your best 80s memories. Redcliffe Museum.

Wednesday 15 December – City in the Sun | Brisbane

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 16 December – City Hall Lights

Located in King George Square, The Lott City Hall Lights, are a dazzling visual and sound display of ‘The Night Before Christmas’, narrated by Robin Bailey. The FREE shows occur every 15 minutes from 7:30pm to midnight daily.

Free school holiday activities Brisbane City Hall Lights

Friday 17 December – Christmas Movie Night

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.

Saturday 18 December – Christmas at South Bank

Celebrations in South Bank kick off on 18 December and provide festive cheer for all visitors all the way to 23 December. Experience Oh What Fun It Is as you sing-along to Christmas carols or watch a Christmas movie. There is something for everyone and best of all – it’s totally free! Find out more here.

Sunday 19 December – Pine Rivers Christmas Carols | Strathpine

Pack a picnic blanket or chairs and jingle your way down to Pine Rivers Park in Strathpine for a truly magical evening. Take a stroll under festoon lighting and enjoy local crafts, jewellery, handmade goods, toys and more. Santa’s village will be making a return and the evening will conclude with an awe-inspiring fireworks display. Pine Rivers Park.

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Pine Rivers Christmas Carols

Monday 20 December – Kayak Eco Adventure | Lota

Have fun paddling as a team in two seat kayaks as you embark on one of the best ways to observe Brisbane’s hidden beauty. The FREE guided kayaking adventures are a great way to learn more about the local flora and wildlife of Brisbane waterways as well as having an experienced guide to help with kayaking skills. All associated kayaking and safety equipment is supplied. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 6-17 years. Bookings essential. Queen Victoria Boat Ramp.

Tuesday 21 December – Christmas on Queen | Brisbane CBD

Enjoy the magic of Christmas in Queen Street Mall with Christmas on Queen, daily pop-up performances and roaming entertainment throughout the mall. Don’t miss the roving festive fun from 11am-3pm and 4.30pm-8.30pm during late night shopping. Queen Street Mall. 

Wednesday 22 December – DIY Christmas gift making at home

Candy Cane Playdough

We highly recommend spending a day at home crafting before the silly season gets even crazier on Christmas Day! Why not give the gift of homemade this Christmas? Here are 10 of the coolest homemade Christmas gift ideas that your kids can make, too.

Thursday 23 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, Ipswich, and the Gold Coast.

Friday 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! 

Saturday 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.

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane City Christmas Tree

Sunday 26 December – 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.

Monday 27 December – 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!

Tuesday 28 December – The Storytellers | Brisbane

The Storytellers creates an immersive and interactive experience combining historical objects, artworks, and written and narrated histories to share Brisbane’s many identities.

The Storytellers captures the imagination of visitors of all ages and is complemented by an augmented reality experience created by Artists in Residence, Helena Papageorgiou and Kellie O’Dempsey.

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane The Storytellers

Thursday 30 December – Green Screen | Strathpine

Green screen is a series of animated stories told by young Moreton Bay artists who thought about what’s important to them. Each artist reflected on their favourite places, smells, memories and the things they like doing best. 

You’re invited  to watch the movies and express your own thoughts. Make a poster, an animation or star in your own live TV show on the life size pixels Tree TV set.

Friday 31 December – Explore the city & NYE fireworks

Spend the day exploring the city. There’s heaps of FREE school holiday activities you can find. Why not take a picnic and relax and take in the scenery of South Bank. Then wait around until evening for the NYE firework. There is a kid’s fireworks or your traditional fireworks at midnight.

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Northside – January 2022

Saturday 1 January – Visit Mt Coot-tha

Mt Coot-tha is a great place to relax with the family. There are a variety of FREE school holiday activities to do there! Take a picnic and take in the views of the city. Explore the Botanical Gardens and Tropical Dome. Choose one of the many trails and hike up Mt Coot-tha. You could also visit the planetarium (this involves costs). 

Sunday 2 January – 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.

Monday 3 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. 

Tuesday 4 January – Makerspace | Sandgate

Makerspaces are a great place for kids to be creative and learn through experimentation, which will spark new ideas and new ways of thinking. By seeing and sharing what other people have made, new concepts and designs can be generated. Our future will benefit from people who with these new ideas and new ways of thinking, can solve problems with technology.

Bookings are essential through Sandgate Library. 

Wednesday 5 January – Survivor challenge | Mt Coot-tha

This is the best FREE team building game going around these school holidays. Groups compete in fun but challenging activities for clues or rewards for the next challenge. With team work, strategy and a little luck, could your team survive the challenge.

This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 8-17 years.

Thursday 6 January – Brisbane learn to skateboard workshop | Brisbane

Help your kid gain confidence, get comfortable with 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 5-17 years.

Free School Holiday Activities Learn to Skateboard

Friday 7 January – APT10 Kids | South Brisbane

Featuring seven projects by artists from across the Asia Pacific region, APT10 Kids celebrates inclusion and diversity, and the importance of collaboration and community. At this FREE exhibition, families can engage with these themes through hands-on making and multimedia activities, artwork displays and large-scale installations. APT10 Kids projects are located across both the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) buildings.

Saturday 8 January – 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.

Sunday 9 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!

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Lower Moora Park

Monday 10 January – Fun Soccer | Carseldine

Looking for an active FREE school holiday activity? Kids can take part in fun soccer activities and games. Seniors are welcome to join in the low-impact activities, or cheer from the sidelines.

This is a GOLD’n’Kids event suitable for seniors and children 4-7 years old.

Tuesday 11 January – 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

Wednesday 12 January – Movie Day 

Take the hassle out of going out and stay in for a movie day. Get the lollies and popcorn ready and then sit back and relax. There are lots of great kids movies out there to watch!

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Movie Day

Thursday 13 January – 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!

Friday 14 January – Smartphone Eco Photography Workshop | West End

Bring out your older kids’ creative sides with a photography workshop. Bring along a smartphone to this eco photography workshop and see nature through a new lens. Seek inspiration from the trees; look high, look low, and look closely at all the patterns mother nature creates naturally. A creative and fun session that will get the kids moving and observing.

This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years. Bookings essential.

Saturday 15 January – Have a Slumber Party

Get together friends or the family and have a night of fun together. Watch some movies, play some games, eat some yummy food. You may even want to be adventurous and camp in the backyard! There are so many fun FREE activities for a slumber party. We’ve complied a list here. 

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Slumber Party

Sunday 16 January – Visit GOMA | South Brisbane

GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) or as it’s now officially known QAGOMA in Brisbane’s beautiful South Bank precinct is the perfect destination for families with children of all ages. There is so much to explore and there is always new exhibitions happening. Some exhibitions may cost money.

Immerse the family in creativity at the Children’s Art Centre or, for older kids, view the best in international film and video at the Australian Cinematheque. Check out our article on GOMA for kids. 

Monday 17 January – Explore Roma Street Parklands | Brisbane

Explore and play in the large Roma Street Parklands. It is a great day out and the perfect FREE school holiday activity in Brisbane! There are playgrounds, trees to climb, water features, beautiful scenery and more. Why not take a picnic to make the day complete and save you from buying city food. Check out our article on how to have a great day at Roma Street parklands.

Tuesday 18 January – Family Code Club Robotics | Bracken Ridge

Are your kids interested in learning about basic robotics and coding, using Dash robots for FREE? This fun and interactive session will show your kids how to program robots to navigate an obstacle course. This is ideal for children aged 5-12 years and their carers. Booking are essential. 

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Coding Club

Wednesday 19 January – Family STEM Night | Nundah

Challenge your kids with thinking and bring out their creative sides as they explore science, technology, reading and art through a range of fun activities. This is a perfect night for the kids with a mixture of fun and learning. Ideal for children aged 7-10 years and their families. Bookings are essential through Nundah Library. 

Thursday 20 January – Boondall Wetlands 

There’s heaps to do and explore at the Boondall Wetlands. It is the perfect FREE school holiday activity in Brisbane. Go for a walk through the wetlands or check out the new $6.5 million interactive education centre run by Brisbane City Council. It features the latest in technology, with interactive activities like the “Great Migration Challenge” where visitors can learn about shorebirds in the area by flapping their arms in front of a motion sensor display, taking on the role of migratory bird navigating across the world.

Check out our article for more information Boondall Wetlands. 

Friday 21 January – Rock Climbing | Kangaroo Point

An activity for the older kids. This combines and fitness and fun as they climb up the cliffs of Kangaroo Point (attached of course)! This a a great challenge for the kids! The younger kids can watch and cheer on their older siblings. You could also spend the rest of the day exploring Kangaroo Point and the city. 

Bookings essential. 

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Rock Climbing

Saturday 22 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. 

Sunday 23 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!

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!

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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