The BEST list of FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside

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If you are looking for the complete guide to the best free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside, then this is the list for you!

We have collated a list of cool free school holiday ideas for kids that don’t cost a thing! Because we know it is not always possible to travel far from home to enjoy school holiday activities we have only listed activities on the Southside of Brisbane, in the CBD and South Bank of Brisbane. This will mean you can find something to do with the kids these school holidays that is near you!

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

This list of free things to do in the June/July 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 check that they are open on the days you wish to visit!!

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane southside

It doesn’t matter if you live in Cleveland, Wynnum, Greenslopes, Carina, Sunnybank, or somewhere in Logan we have free school holiday fun for you. We have found free school holiday activities southside for most suburbs to suit everyone … and they are all free!

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

You will find LOADS more things to do on our School Holiday Events Calendar. We also have the best school holiday activities list in Brisbane that includes discounted options too!

Below is a list of the free school holiday activities that the southside suburbs of Brisbane have on offer!

Here you will find a day by day list of free fun things to do for the Brisbane school holidays – free school holiday activities Brisbane southside for everyone!

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside – Winter 2021

Saturday 26 June – Hip Hop Dance Class

Join a Hip-Hop dance class where you can learn EPIC new dance moves. This is a Chillout event hosted by the Brisbane City Council suitable for young people from 10-17 years. Bookings are essential. Find out more here.

Sunday 27 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.

Monday 28 June – Free Mini Putt Putt

This school holidays, Beenleigh Marketplace is offering kids the chance to play 9 holes of Mini Putt Putt for FREE! From 10am – 1pm daily in the Food Court from June 28 – July 9, you can join in the fun and play through as many times as you want. Find out more here.

Tuesday 29 June – Cap-itude Fun

Cap-itude Fun Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside

Head to Redbank Plaza these school holidays and have some fun designing your own Cap with cap-itude! They’ll provide all the tools you’ll need and give you lots of ideas on how to make your cap look really cool. No bookings required. 

Wednesday 30 June – 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 held at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Thursday 1 July – Trolls School Holiday Fun

Trolls Fun Free School holidays Brisbane southside

Do your kids love bright colour, catchy music and great hair? Then join Capalaba Library for a fun morning of Trolls-inspired craft and activities. Bookings required. Find out more here.

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 – On the Move 

Ipswich Art Gallery

Enter an interactive transport world created in collaboration with illustrator James Gulliver Hancock in the FREE On the Move exhibition. Along the way you’ll discover fascinating facts about different modes of transport and types of vehicles. Construct a paper plane and see how it flies, and build a vehicle of the future to test on the track. Discover how transportation works in busy cities, and how the fuel choices you make can have a positive impact on the environment. Bookings required. Ipswich Art Gallery.

Monday 5 July – The Storytellers

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

Tuesday 6 July – NAIDOC Week | Your Words! Your Story! with Lucas Proudfoot

Join Lucas Proudfoot, musician and author, as he showcases dance, cultural diversity and his creative process. This highly interactive session is a great way for kids to get to know Lucas not only as an author, but also as a live performer who shares positive aspects of music, story and culture. This event is suitable for kids agesd 5 – 10 years. Bookings essential. Find out more here.

Wednesday 7 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.

Thursday 8 July – Kids Collective

Kids Collective Program Roma Street Parklands

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 – 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.  

Saturday 10 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.

Sunday 11 July – Lake Moogerah Day Trip 

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside goes this is one of the best! Lake Moogerah is the perfect spot to take kids to enjoy all things water-related. While it may be a little too chilly to swim kids can fish, get onto the water with an array of watercraft, bushwalk, cross the dam wall, and just have fun exploring. See our locals guide to Lake Moogerah here.

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside –  Easter 2021

Friday 2 April – Good Friday Easter Baking at Home

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

Saturday 3 April – Easter on the Esplanade | Surfers Paradise

The bunnies will be coming out of their burrows for Easter at the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets. Get eggcited for this FREE Easter event with themed decorations, local handmade gifts, epic beats, sweets and treats and endless amounts of fun and activities for little bunnies. Plus, the Easter Bunny will be bouncing around the 100+ stalls. The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise.

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

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

Monday 5 April – On the Move | Ipswich

Enter an interactive transport world created in collaboration with illustrator James Gulliver Hancock in the FREE On the Move exhibition. Along the way you’ll discover fascinating facts about different modes of transport and types of vehicles. Construct a paper plane and see how it flies, and build a vehicle of the future to test on the track. Discover how transportation works in busy cities, and how the fuel choices you make can have a positive impact on the environment. Bookings required. Ipswich Art Gallery.

Tuesday 6 April – The Storytellers | Brisbane 

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. 

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

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

Thursday 8 April – Thornlands Community Park | Thornlands

Thornlands Community park cover photo

Looking for a great new adventure playground? Thornlands Community Park, opened mid-2020, and has a huge climbing plus adventure area that is a dream come true for active kids. When ‘the floor is lava’ there are limitless escapes through this maze of sky-high net tunnels, epic climbing towers, scramble nets, and giant slides, elevated over a mulch soft-fall base.

Friday 9 April – Ninja Obstacle Course | Yarrabilba

Kids 5-11 years can challenge themselves as they move through a ninja-inspired obstacle course. Climb, jump, crawl, squeeze and swing like a ninja.  Parents/carers required to stay for the duration of this activity. Find out more here.

Saturday 10 April – Learn how to Longboard | Flagstone

Learn the basics of longboarding in this fun beginner workshop for kids 5-11 years. You’ll learn how to push, balance, brake and turn. Boards and helmets will be provided on the day. Bookings required. Register here.

Sunday 11 April – Giant Games | Carindale

Giant Games Carindale

If you enjoy a more passive approach or just chilling out, then maybe playing games like Chess, Checkers, building giant Lego, Connect 4 or playing Jenga is your thing. All games are giant size and loads of fun. This is a GOLD’n’Kids event suitable for seniors and children 4 years and over. Bookings required. Find out more here.

Monday 12 April – Hawaiian Hula Dancing | Jimboomba

What to do when a trip to Hawaii for the holidays will be a 2022+ goal? Take the kids to try Hawaiian Hula Dancing in your own backyard of course! Join this fun activity and learn basic hula steps from the islands of the Pacific. Parents/carers are required to stay for the duration of the activity. This activity is for school age kids and bookings are required. Book your place here.

Tuesday 13 April – Obstacle Course in Your Backyard

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

Wednesday 14 April – Climb the Clock Tower | Brisbane

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

Thursday 15 April  – Dads & Kids Bushwalking | Daisy Hill

Kids can bring along their dad, uncle, grandad or father figure for a bushwalk and BBQ at the picturesque Daisy Hill Conservation Park. Parents/carers are required to stay for the duration of the activity which runs from 10am-12pm. This activity is for kids 5-17 years. Bookings essential. 

Friday 16 April – Lake Moogerah Day Trip | Lake Moogerah

Lake Moogerah Kayaking

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside goes this is one of the best! Lake Moogerah is the perfect spot to take kids to enjoy all things water-related. Kids can swim, fish, get onto the water with an array of watercraft, bushwalk, cross the dam wall, and just have fun exploring. See our locals guide to Lake Moogerah here.

Saturday 17 April – Freestyle BMX Coaching | Browns Plains

Learn key skills for having fun on your BMX bike at the skate park and master the basics of freestyle BMX. Bring your bike, helmet and wear enclosed shoes for this FREE workshop hosted by Core BMX. This activity is for BMX bandits 5-17 years. Bookings required. Find out more here.

Sunday 18 April – Nerf Wars | Bahrs Scrub

Here is the perfect way to wrap up the school holidays! Burn off any excess energy or back to school jitters by joining in a Nerf War! Armed with Nerf blasters kids 5-11 years can battle their way around a field playing fun games. Parents/carers are required to stay for the duration of the activity. Booking details here.

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside –  Summer

Thursday 10 December – Wind Tubes | Ipswich

The Wind Tubes

Looking for more free school holiday activities Southside? Wind Tubes is a free hands-on exhibition that challenges you to make a flying creation out of everyday materials and launch it into large, clear vertical tubes of moving air. It’s a playful way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects. The challenge is to harness the power of the moving air and discover the design that will keep your creation air-born for the longest time. Find out more here.

Friday 11 December – Santa on Tour | Ipswich

Santa is coming to a suburb near you! This year Santa and his helpers are taking Christmas to the suburbs to help spread Christmas cheer. A socially distanced Santa, performers and characters will be popping up around Ipswich. The big blue double-decker bus will be cruising Christmas lights locations and making surprise stops along the way. Find out more here.

Saturday 12 December – Christmas show and movie night | Beenleigh

Featuring interactive retro games on the big screen, special live singing and dancing Children’s Christmas show including Santa, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph, and the screening of the animated film Arthur Christmas. Registrations are essential for this event.

  • Where: Beenleigh Town Square Corner of Crete and Kent Streets, Beenleigh
  • Time: 5.00pm – 8.30pm

Sunday 13 December – Berrinba Christmas Lights Trail | Crestmead

This Christmas, the Billabong Circuit trail at Berrinba Wetlands will be transformed into a dazzling lighting display with music, bringing the joy of Christmas to Logan. There will also be delicious food trucks, where snack food options are available for purchase and fun activities during the night. Kids can also participate in a free augmented reality snow slinging action game through the park. This FREE event is suitable for all ages and will run every night from Saturday 12 December – Sunday 20 December. Booking required!
  • Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland
  • Time: 4.30pm-8.30pm, Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 December 
  • Find out more here.

Monday 14 December – iNaturalist Scavenger Hunt | Capalaba

Become a Citizen Scientist these school holidays and experience a self-guided scavenger hunt at IndigiScapes. Capture your findings on the iNaturalist App and build your knowledge by sharing with other naturalists and connecting with experts who can identify your findings.

  • Where: Indigiscapes, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba
  • Time: 10am-4pm

Tuesday 15 December – Garden with your kids at home

Gardening with kids

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

Wednesday 16 December – Christmas on the Coast | Cleveland

Christmas on the Coast will combine the annual lighting of the city’s Christmas tree and community carols events into a five-day ticketed celebration from Wednesday 16 December to Sunday 20 December at Cleveland’s Raby Bay Harbour Park.

Thursday 17 December – The 12 Days of Christmas at Ipswich Library | Ipswich

Experience the spirit of Christmas through a blend of traditions, special guests, stories and activities. Check out Santa’s Shed, take a photo in his old rusty ute and explore the Kids’ Corner. From the Grinch to Mrs Claus, there will be new themes over twelve days of festive fun. Monday 7 December – Saturday 19 December. Find out more here.

Friday 18 December – Albert River Adventure Park | Eagleby

The new Albert River Park adventure playground at Eagleby was built for climbers and is sure to tire out even the biggest kids. This playground is set on a bend of the beautiful Albert River and has a few great spots to sit and watch the world float by. Read our full review here.

Saturday 19 December – Christmas in the paddock | Redland Bay

Bring your camp chairs or picnic blanket and a smile for a family-friendly afternoon of Christmas carols, food trucks, face painting, a visit from Santa, petting zoo, and jumping castle. Entry to Christmas in the paddock is FREE but you will need to pay for food and face painting.
  • Where: 88 German Church Road, Redland Bay
  • Time: 3pm – 7pm

Sunday 20 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.

Monday 21 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.

Tuesday 22 December – Christmas Lights Road Trip | Local suburbs

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

Wednesday 23 December – Christmas Twilight Markets | Springfield Central

Springfield Markets will again be hosting a special Christmas Twilight Market. Join them for markets, food + midnight retail trade!

  • Where: 1 Main Street, Springfield Central,
  • Time: 9am-Midnight

Thursday 24 December – Christmas Eve Box

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

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

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

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

Saturday 26 December – West End Fire Fest | West End

Enjoy a free community night filled with fire twirling, music, flow arts, local food trucks and a pinch of magic. Bring a rug, sit back and enjoy the wonders that the West End Fire Fest has to offer. Families Tip: If you have kids who are unlikely to keep a safe distance from the fire twirling displays we definitely recommend giving this event a miss. Safety first always.

  • Where: Orleigh Park, West End
  • Time: 5pm-10pm
  • Find out more here.

Sunday 27 December – Wynnum Whale Park | Wynnum

If you cannot make it into South Banks legendary Streets Beach, this is an excellent choice. It is an area of fountains and waterplay, complete with a giant tipping bucket. The park is situated on the beautiful, Wynnum foreshore on Moreton Bay, right next to the Wynnum jetty and comes with its own beach – Pandanus Beach. There’s also a great tidal wading pool and park with heaps of shade. A great sport for a relaxed post-Christmas family picnic. Read our full review here.

Monday 28 December – Bubble’licious Bubble Workshop | Jacobs Well

Join Miss Bubbles in a super fun bubble making (and popping) hour in the park! A mind blowing giant bubble popping fun activity! Learn all the different types of bubble tricks with a twist. Bookings required.

  • Where: Riesenweber Park, Jacobs Well
  • Time: 9.30am-10.30am
  • Find out more here.

Tuesday 29 December – Summertime Crafter Kits | Sunnybank Hills

Escape the heat with a crafterkit from the library. What will you make from the supplies in your goody bag? 

  • Where: Sunnybank Hills Library, Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown, 661 Compton Road, Sunnybank Hills
  • Time: From 9am

Wednesday 30 December – Clocktower Tour | Brisbane

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

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

Thursday 31 December – New Years Eve Fireworks Spectacular | Beenleigh

Say “Good Riddance” to 2020 with your family and friends on the AFL field behind Club Beenleigh. Free kids rides, sideshow alley, popcorn, fairy floss and face painting plus a massive fireworks display at 9pm. There will also be plenty of food and beverage options available for purchase.

  • Where: Dauth Park, Beenleigh
  • Time: 7pm – 12.30am
  • Book your free tickets here.

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside – January 2021

Friday 1 January – Springbrook Day Trip | Springbrook

Get 2021 off to a healthy and relaxing start with a day trip to Springbrook National Park to hike and swim with the kids. Springbrook National Park is one of those natural wonders that almost seem too beautiful to be real. Read our full review here.

Saturday 2 January – Logan Gardens Waterpark | Logan Central

Logan Gardens is a huge parkland space encompassing a water park, playground, dog off-leash areas, community gym equipment, a basketball court and much more. There really is something for everyone. It’s a perfect spot to burn off some excess school holiday energy. Read our full review here.

Sunday 3 January – Lake Moogerah Day Trip | Lake Moogerah

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside goes this is one of the best! Lake Moogerah is the perfect spot to take kids to enjoy all things water-related. Kids can swim, fish, get onto the water with an array of watercraft, bushwalk, cross the dam wall, and just have fun exploring. See our locals guide to Lake Moogerah here.

Monday 4 January – Youth Yoga | Carindale

Youth Yoga classes are play-based active learning and are suitable for children ages 5-12 years. Yoga is a wonderful activity to guide you into a calm state. You will learn relaxation techniques that will improve sleep quality, concentration, discipline and focus. 

  • Where: Carindale Recreation Reserve, 27 Cadogan Street, Carindale.
  • Time: 9.30am – 10.30am
  • No bookings required. For more information email Marjorie at Gardiner Yoga & Wellness for Families

Tuesday 5 January – Girls only Brisbane learn to skate workshop

Learn how to skateboard from accredited coaches and connect with Brisbane’s great female skateboarding scene. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people up to 17 years. You will need to BYO Skateboard, helmet, safety gear and water.

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

Wednesday 6 January – Ocean Stars Marine Life & Creature Features | Capalaba

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside - Indigiscapes

Discover amazing ocean artefacts and learn about beautiful sea creatures, including sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and more.  Experience marine life texture in the ‘touch pool’ and find more creature features in the Theatrette where Ocean Stars will be showing their ‘fast fact’ videos. Bookings not required. 

  • Where: Indigiscapes, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba.
  • Time: Drop in sessions between 10am to 12pm (parent to remain with children).
  • Find out more here.

Thursday 7 January – Boxing and self defence skills | Manly

This boxing and self defense skills training session will aim to build confidence and fitness in a fun and interactive way. For boys and girls of all skills & fitness levels. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years.

  • Where: George Clayton Park, 298 The Esplanade, Manly
  • Time: 1pm-2pm
  • Bookings essential. To book email Life. Be in it. FunWorks . For more information phone Glenn on 0403 221 676.

Friday 8 January – MoB Kids School Holidays | Brisbane

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

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

Saturday 9 January – Survivor Challenge | Sunnybank

This is the best team game going around. Teams compete in fun but challenging activities for clues or rewards to the next challenge. With team work, strategy and a little luck can your team survive the challenge? This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years.

  • Where: Les Atkinson Park, 430 Beenleigh Road, Sunnybank
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Bookings essential. To book email Life. Be in it. FunWorks. For more information phone Glenn on 0403 221 676.

Sunday 10 January – Learn to Skateboard | Logan Village

Learn the fundamental skills of skateboarding, try some new tricks and have a jam at the end of the workshop. Beginners are welcome. Parents/carers required to stay for the
duration of the activity.

  • Where: Village Green, River Street, Logan Village.
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • To book contact the Australian Skateboard Community Initiative on 1300 918 531 or email office@australianskateboarding.com

Monday 11 January – Kids First Aid & CPR | Slacks Creek

Facilitated by a trained paramedic kids will learn basic first aid and gain confidence with practical tips for responding to injuries or accidents.

  • Where: Kingston East Neighbourhood Centre, 177 Meakin Road, Slacks Creek.
  • Time: 2pm-4pm
  • To book call Kingston East Neighbourhood Group on (07) 3808 1684.

Tuesday 12 January – Clay Play | Capalaba

Let your hands feel the soft cooling clay while creating your own masterpiece using seeds, sticks and other nature-based materials to imprint and add to your clay creation. What will you create? Let your imagination run wild and see what happens! Bookings not required. Suitable for all ages!

  • Where: Indigiscapes, 17 Runnymede Road, Capalaba.
  • Time: Drop in sessions between 10am to 12pm (parent to remain with children).
  • Find out more here.

Wednesday 13 January – Possibility Gymnastics | Beenleigh

A gymnastics program that caters for all physical and mental abilities. Learn basic movement patterns, coordination, flexibility, strength, and balance. Delivered by a coach that specialises in the field. Parents/carers required to stay for the duration of the activity.

  • Where: Beenleigh PCYC, 20-38 Alamein Street, Beenleigh.
  • Time: 9.30am – 10.30am
  • Contact Beenleigh PCYC to book (07) 3380 1777 or beenleigh@pcyc.org.au

Thursday 14 January – Dad & Kids Bushwalking and BBQ | Daisy Hill

Dad’s, Uncle’s, Grandads and/or father figures are encouraged to grab the kids for a bushwalk and BBQ. Walking shoes are essential for this scenic adventure. Parents/carers are required to stay for the duration of the activity. 

  • Where: Daisy Hill Conservation Park, Daisy Hill Road, Daisy Hill.
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • To book call (07) 3808 1684

Friday 15 January – Fish Wise | Manly

Learn the basics of shore based fishing from this award winning team. You will learn to catch bait, tie knots, cast a rod and hopefully hook a fish. This is a GOLD’n’Kids event suitable for seniors and children 4 years and over.

  • Where: RQYS Port Centre Park, 578J Royal Esplanade, Manly.
  • Time: 8.30am – 11.30am
  • To book visit 2 Bent Rods. For more information phone Sam from 2 Bent Rods on 0403 713 820.

Saturday 16 January – Dinosaur Bag Tags | Jimboomba

BrisStyle is proud to be partnering with Logan City Council to deliver a DIY Bag Tag workshop as part of the KRANK school holiday program. In this 30 minute session, children will learn basic craft skills to make a host of easy creations. This session is suitable for children aged 5-11 years.

  • Where: Caddies Community Centre, 19-33 South Street, Jimboomba.
  • Time: 10.30am-11am

Sunday 17 January – Nerf Wars | Heritage Park

Armed with Nerf blasters you’ll battle your way around the field playing fun games. Wear sports gear and enclosed shoes. Parents/carers required to stay for the duration of the
activity.

  • Where: Isle of Ely Park, Isle of Ely Drive, Heritage Park.
  • Time: 9am- 10am
  • Contact Zoccer Sports to book at info@zoccersports.com.au

Monday 18 January – Interval Training | Inala

Get the kids moving this summer with some low and high impact interval training for all fitness levels. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years. Bring a yoga mat.

  • Where: D. J. Sherrington Park, 601 Blunder Road, Inala
  • Time: 9.30am – 10.30am
  • Bookings essential. To book phone Nadia on 0487 070 174.

Tuesday 19 January – Junior bike riding skills | Greenslopes

Through riding-based games and fun activities learn the skills you need to have fun off-road and on the bikeways. Presented as part of Brisbane City Council’s Active and Healthy & Cycling Brisbane programs. For kids ages 7-10 years of age. Must have own bike and helmet.

  • Where: Thompson Estate Reserve, 133 Juliette Street, Greenslopes.
  • Time: 9am – 10.30am
  • Bookings essential. 

Wednesday 20 January – Fitness, wellness and outdoorness | Seventeen Mile Rocks

A fun and fitness outdoor training session targeting young children and teenagers. The session includes a mix of low and high impact cardio and body weight training. Fun games and sports drills are also incorporated into the sessions. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 8-15 years.

  • Where: Rocks Riverside Park, 5 Counihan Road, Seventeen Mile Rocks.
  • Time: 10am – 11am
  • No bookings required. For more information phone Aggie on 0433 463 578.

Thursday 21 January – ACTivate water fun and games | Karawatha

Get wet and keep cool at this ACTivate Water Fun session. Come along and participate in lots of interactive games, relays and active and healthy activities that will ensure you end up totally drenched! This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years.

  • Where: Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre, 149 Acacia Road, Karawatha.
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Bookings essential. To book visit Bazil Grumble. For more information phone 0411 246 487.

Friday 22 January – Gymnastics | Beenleigh

Learn a variety of skills and techniques in this fun, beginner gymnastics class.

  • Where: Beenleigh PCYC, 20-38 Alamein Street, Beenleigh.
  • Time: 9.30am – 10.30am
  • Contact Beenleigh PCYC to book (07) 3380 1777 or beenleigh@pcyc.org.au

Saturday 23 January – Wildlife Education | Heritage Park

Get up close and personal with native wildlife in this fun, interactive session. Parents/carers required to stay with children under 7 years.

  • Where: Isle of Ely Park, Isle of Ely Drive, Heritage Park.
  • Time: 9am- 10am
  • Contact Night Creatures to book on 0432 470 448 or email nightcreatures2u@gmail.com

Sunday 24 January – Abseiling | Kangaroo Point

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

  • Where: Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park, 29 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point.
  • Time: Two sessions available from 8.30am and 10.30am

Monday 25 January – Now is the Time | Cleveland

This free interactive program will coincide with QAGOMA’s exhibition Now is the Time by artist Raquel Ormella, enabling Queensland communities to enjoy key elements of the exhibition at their local venue. The touring program invites young visitors to speak up about climate change while also enjoying hands-on activities.

  • Where: Redland Art Gallery, Cnr Middle and Bloomfield Streets, Cleveland
  • Time: Drop-in sessions daily between 10am – 2pm

Tuesday 26 January – Australia Day at Spirit of the Red Sand | Beenleigh

Australia Day Spirit of the Red Sands

Enjoy a unique cultural and FREE fun day with fellow Australians seeking to celebrate this wonderful country we live in! Participate in an ancient Welcome to Country ceremony, walk through a cleansing smoking ceremony, and join in on a Corroboree while you learn more about the world’s oldest living culture. Kids can try Aboriginal face painting, a pool party for 12 and under, jumping castle and prizes for best Aussie outfit!

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside –  Spring

Sat 19 September Freestyle BMX Coaching | Browns Plains

In this FREE two hour, hands-on workshop learn key skills for having fun on your BMX bike at the skate park and master the basics of freestyle BMX. You’ll need to bring your own bike and helmet to participate and wear enclosed shoes. This activity is for children aged 5 to 17 years and bookings are required.

Address: Waller Park 1-48 Waller Road, Browns Plains

This event is just one of many awesome free school holiday activities Southside offered through KRANK for young people aged 5 to 17 years. Bookings for these events are open now. If you can’t make it to an in-person activity these holidays order a KRANK ‘activity kit’ to do at home. The activity kits come with a link to an online video and an instructional tip sheet so you can follow along. To book an activity kit, see KRANK activity kits.

Mon 21 September Fun Interval Training | Moorooka

This is a great way to run off excess energy! Low and high impact interval training for all fitness levels hosted by the Brisbane City Council. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years. The session will run for 1 hour kicking off from 9:30am. Bring a yoga mat and meet at the playground. Bookings are essential via the Brisbane City Council website.

Address: Pegg’s Park, 131 Vendale Avenue, Moorooka

Tues 22 September TeamGym | Holland Park

TeamGym

TeamGym takes parts of tumbling, mini-tramp, and dance to create an exciting team competition event. Kids get to flip, roll, jump and dance with their friends! TeamGym is a free Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years. For more information head to our events calendar.

Wed 23 September DIY Spinners | Victoria Point

Head to the Victoria Point Library to make your own psychedelic spinner from 11am. This is a free school holiday activities Southside event aimed at children 6 years and over. Bookings for this 30-minute activity are essential. Checkout the Redland City Council website for more information.

Address: Cleveland Library, Cnr Bloomfield & Middle St, Cleveland.

Fri 25 September Sunsuper Night Sky | Brisbane River

SunSuper Night Sky 2020

Family night out! Sunsuper Night Sky is a new large-scale laser, light, and sound installation from internationally-acclaimed audio-visual artist Robin Fox, beaming from more than a dozen rooftops across Brisbane every Friday and Saturday night from 4 – 26 September. We’ve got a map of the official event walking circuits here.

Sat 26 September Wind Tubes | Ipswich

Looking for more free school holiday activities Southside? Wind Tubes is a free hands-on exhibition that challenges you to make a flying creation out of everyday materials and launch it into large, clear vertical tubes of moving air. It’s a playful way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects. The challenge is to harness the power of the moving air and discover the design that will keep your creation air-born for the longest time. Find out more here.

Sun 27 September Nerf Wars | Greenbank

Armed with Nerf blasters the kids will battle their way around the field playing fun games. The best part is you get a break from being the usual prey for target practice. This event is part of Logan City Councils KRANK school holiday program. 

Mon 28 September Comedy & Clowning | Yeronga

Do you love to make people laugh? Learn about many aspects of comedy and clowning including mime and movement, voice, and characterisation. Work creatively, both individually and in groups, to invent scenes and short performance routines and to explore the fundamentals of what makes an audience laugh. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years.

Tues 29 September – Thornlands Community Park | Thornlands

Looking for a great new adventure playground? The new Thornlands Community Park, opened mid-2020, has a huge climbing and adventure area that is a dream come true for active kids. When ‘the floor is lava’ there are limitless escapes through this maze of sky-high net tunnels, epic climbing towers, scramble nets, and giant slides, elevated over a mulch soft-fall base.

Wed 30 September – City Hall Clock Tower Tours | Brisbane CBD

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.

Thursday 1 October – Learn to Skateboard | Underwood Park

Learn the fundamental skills of skateboarding, try some new tricks, and have a jam at the end of the workshop. You’ll need your own skateboard, helmet and safety gear and the workshop is recommended for kids 5 to 11 years. Underwood is an amazing family fun precinct with multiple playgrounds, ovals, dog off-leash areas and more. Bookings are essential. Head to the KRANK school holiday website for more information.

Friday 2 October Worm Friends | Online

Wanting to start composting food waste at home? Get the kids involved by making their very own worm feeding station in your backyard. Follow along at Ipswich City Council Instagram page to learn how to build and care for their own ground worm feeding station. Be one of the first 40 people to book and receive one free Worm Station Kit for your family. Find more information at the Ipswich City Council website.

Saturday 3 October Kayak eco adventure | Lota

Kayaking at Lota

When was the last time you escaped your daily routine to enjoy quality time with friends or family? 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 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 10-17 years. Head to the Brisbane City Council website for more details and to book your place.

Sun 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.

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Why we love free school holiday activities Brisbane southside!

Let’s be real. Trying to pay for end of year break-up activities, Christmas plus school holidays is a huge financial drain on every family. That’s why we’ve pulled this list together for you to ensure your family can enjoy the holidays hopefully with a little less stress. Have we missed any great FREE school holiday activities on Brisbanes southside? Let us know in the comments.

Looking for more free school holiday activities Brisbane southside?

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7 responses to “The BEST list of FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside”

  1. Maggie Whitney says:

    Why do kids cease being kids once they turn 12? “Free meals are only available for kids under 12” Why so?

    • Janine says:

      I guess they know how much most teenagers eat and the free meals are not large enough for them! So to curb any complaints about meal size they end the deal at 12.

  2. Rosemarie Nobbs says:

    We will be looking forward to visiting the animals at Ipswich Nature Reserve these school holidays.

  3. Pat says:

    May I get a confirmation on this event please?
    Tue 26 Sep FREE Holiday Fun with Trolls, Sunnybank Hills
    Once I click the link, it shows 28 August on the top above the Trolls banner, as well as the details at the end of the page.
    Is this event happening on Tue 26 Sep?

    • Janine says:

      Hi Pat- this link has now been updated!

      • Pat says:

        Hi Janine,
        Thanks for sending an updated event via email. Sorry to be pain again. Is this event on Tue 26 Sep or 25 Sep? On the headline shows Tue 26 Sep, however the inside details showing 25 Sep above the Trolls banner and at the end of the page.
        I have to organise my leave for this event as my daughter loves Trolls so I would like to ensure the date. Thanks

  4. Amanda says:

    I always forget about the library events that are free during the holidays! Thanks for the reminder!

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