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FREE School Holiday Activities Southside suburbs of Brisbane to keep kids and their grown ups entertained at no cost, these Spring school holidays!

FREE things to do during the Spring School Holidays 2019

Sat 21 September Wetland Wander at Redland Performing Arts Centre

Wetlands are one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth.They store three times more carbon than terrestrial forests, improve water quality, and are home to a diversity of species. Wetland Wander is an art-science collaboration that aims to inspire engagement and conservation of these critical ecosystems. Explore these valuable ecosystems in this immersive 360-degree dual channel video projection that features 3D soundscapes, as you are taken on a walk through these wetland habitats and flown into species’ niches. As you get up close and personal with the swamp, you can sense the beauty and complexity of this wondrous place, and admire the intrinsic, environmental and timeless values of wetlands.

Sun 22 September 1000 Doors | South Bank

A door is a beginning and an end, a promise and a warning. What waits on the other side is limited only by the imagination and decided only by an action. Step across the threshold. From the masterminds behind last year’s Festival hit House of Mirrors comes a new invitation to lose yourself and find something else in the process. A seemingly endless series of doors, screens, portals and gateways give way to the many in-between spaces humanity has invented to fill the void – passageways and parlours and vestibules and holding pens – each haunted by the lingering traces of past inhabitants. Cultural Forecourt.

Mon 23 September Free Gardening Workshops | Calamvale

Does your little one have a green thumb? Why not help them find out these School Holidays with our FREE workshops! Your little one can enjoy decorating their very own terracotta pots and planting their very own herb plants to take home. Calamvale Central Shopping Centre.

CelebrateBrisbane River of Light | South Bank

Tue 24 September River of Light | South Bank

This art-meets-technology water fountain, light-and-laser spectacle will illuminate the night and our river.Following the phenomenal success of the 2018 telling of a Dreamtime creation story of the river – seen by almost 500,000 people – this new local story will again be told by Yuggera and Toorbal man Shannon Ruska working with Oracle Liquid. Brisbane River.

Wed 25 September Circus Spectacular | Mt Ommaney

Join in these School Holidays for Circus Spectacular! Your little ones will be showing off their cirucs skills before you know it! Mt Ommaney Centre.

Thu 26 September Smashdown | Brisbane City Hall

Join the hunt for Australia’s Number 1 Junior All-Rounder as the excitement, energy and crazy challenges of SMASHHDOWN! come live to Brisbane Festival. This is your chance to get active, discover some weird sports facts, and have a laugh in the beautiful Brisbane City Hall, in a free event presented by Brisbane City Council as part of the Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concerts.

Fri 27 September Free Kids Craft Club | Mt Gravatt

These school holidays join our friends from BrisStyle for some super cute craft workshops! No bookings required, just turn up! Suitable for children aged 5+. Mt Gravatt Plaza.

Sat 28 September Sunsuper Riverfire | South Bank

Sunsuper Riverfire celebrates the end of three weeks of Queensland’s largest arts and cultural event with a pyrotechnic extravaganza set to an almighty soundtrack celebraing 1989, Riverstage’s birthday year. This is one of the most electrifying fireworks displays in Australia, fired by Foti Fireworks Queensland from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops, with aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force.

 

Bubble SoccerSun 29 September Bubble Soccer | Camp Hill

Bookings essential. Experience the hilarious and fun game of Bubble Soccer. Surrounded by a huge zorb ball you’ll bounce and bump your way around the pitch playing a mixture of fun bubble games to suit everyone. Grab your mates, get your sports gear on and come and have some serious fun with us! Whites Hill Reserve.

Mon 30 September 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. Brisbane Square Library.

Tue 1 October Live performance: Red Rocket 3 | Coopers Plains

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

Wed 2 October Live performance: Fabulous Lemon Drops | Brisbane

Join the Fabulous Lemon Drops for an unforgettable musical experience to inspire a lifelong love of music and create lasting childhood memories. Featuring live music, singing, dancing, musical games, colourful props and a high level of audience interaction. Brisbane Square Library.

Thu 3 October Senses alive | Coorparoo

Bookings essential. Come and bring your senses to life at a local park. See the trees, hear the birds, touch the leaves and breathe the fresh air. Hear some stories and songs about the senses, engage in some creative activities that explore the textures of the park and play some games that will get everyone feeling active and healthy. This is a GOLD’n’Kids program for children and seniors to enjoy together. Bookings essential

Fri 4 October Secret Life of Pets 2 Dog Bark Activity Centre! |  Sunnybank Hills

Head to the Secret Life of Pets 2 Dog Bark activity centre and create your very own plush keyring for FREE to take home and keep. Don’t forget to get your photo taken at the Secret Life of Pets 2 Photo Op area and printed for FREE!  Your photo will be emailed to you, once you receive your email take a copy of this to the Kmart photo department at Kmart Sunnybank Hills and receive a FREE 5′ x 7′ Print to take home.  Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown.

Sat 5 October Kids Collective | Roma Street Parkland

Kids Collective is a free program held from 9am to 1pm, Thursday to Saturday, during school holidays in Roma Street Parkland. Activities are suitable for kids aged 5 to 12 years old at all skill levels. Bookings are not required and classes are re-set at regular intervals, so you can come and go as you please.

Ben Quilty: Family Portrait

Sun 6 October Ben Quilty: Family Portrait | South Brisbane

As part of the major exhibition ‘Quilty’, the QAGOMA Children’s Art Centre presents ‘Ben Quilty: Family Portrait’. In this interactive exhibition, leading Australian artist Ben Quilty encourages children and families to explore the art of portraiture in an artist studio setting. As part of ‘Family Portrait’, you can draw a portrait of a family member or a friend following an instructional video with tips from Olivia, play with colour and distortion to create a digital self-portrait, and experience Ben’s work in a new way through painting replicas that you can touch. QGOMA.

Mon 7 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.

 

 

 

Previous School Holidays

Sat 29 June Ben Quilty: Family Portrait | South Brisbane

As part of the major exhibition ‘Quilty’, the QAGOMA Children’s Art Centre presents ‘Ben Quilty: Family Portrait’. In this interactive exhibition, leading Australian artist Ben Quilty encourages children and families to explore the art of portraiture in an artist studio setting. The exhibition also stars Ben’s children – Joe and Olivia – who appear in a video on display, which takes children inside Ben’s studio in New South Wales and provides insights into his approach to making art. As part of ‘Family Portrait’, you can draw a portrait of a family member or a friend following an instructional video with tips from Olivia, play with colour and distortion to create a digital self-portrait, and experience Ben’s work in a new way through painting replicas that you can touch. GOMA.

Little Jammers LIVE | South Brisbane

Sun 30 June Little Jammers LIVE | South Brisbane

Children and families are invited to jam out and explore sounds from across the world at GOMA. Start your musical journey by learning how to dance, play and sing with musicians from the Sounds Across Oceans teaching artist collective. The jam session is followed by an interactive performance combining pulsating world rhythms and soundscapes, sensuous strings, a live DJ and a special appearance from the JADE New World Collective. Designed especially for children aged 5-12 years, and their families. This event is part of the Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concerts program.

Lord Mayor's children'sConcerts

Mon 1 July Holiday movie: Matilda | Brisbane

Head along to see this film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s hilarious book, which tells the story of Matilda Wormwood, a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude and distant father and mother. Worse, Agatha Trunchbull, the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents. (1996) (98mins).Bookings required. Brisbane Square Library.

Tue 2 July School holidays: Preparation for an Elegant Tea Party

Join author of Tessa’s Books of Elegance, Jacqui Preugschat, as she takes children through making beautiful teapot invitations, folding napkins into love hearts and making teacup thank you cards – with a real tea bag attached! Jacqui will also be reading from her book The Lovely, Beautiful and Very Elegant Tea Party. Ideal for children aged 7-12 years. Bookings required. Coopers Plains Library.

Wed 3 July Brick builders’ club | Brisbane

Design and build your own colourful constructions during a fun workshop and see them exhibited in the library for everyone to enjoy. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years. Bookings required.  Brisbane Square Library.

Thu 4 July KRANK Movie Night | Logan

Logan City Council and Hyperdome Shopping Centre are joining forces for a special activity for teens next school holidays. A free teen movie night will be held during the July school holidays in Hyperdome’s Piazza as part of Council’s KRANK school holiday program. The screening is from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday, July 4 and will feature the movie The Karate Kid (2010). Bookings required.  Logan Hyperdome.

Fri 5 July Mamie and May Gibbs | Carina

Looking at Mamie by Tania McCartney, author Megan Daley will bring to life the wonderful characters of May Gibbs’ Snugglepot and Cuddlepie with themed activities using natural materials. Ideal for children aged 3-8 years. Carina Library.

Sat 6 July Kids Collective | Brisbane

Kids Collective is a free program held from 9am to 1pm, Thursday to Saturday, during school holidays in Roma Street Parkland. Activities are suitable for kids aged 5 to 12 years old at all skill levels. Bookings are not required and classes are re-set at regular intervals, so you can come and go as you please.

Sun 7 July Science at Home-100 Science Activities

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. They’re all specifically designed to keep kids busy, spark little imaginations and reduce screen time.

Mon 8 July NAIDOC Week storytime | Carina

Here is the land and here is the sky, here are my friends and here am I. Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and stories in this special storytime. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years. Carina Library.

Cartoon Dave Upper Mount Gravatt

Tue 9 July Cartoon Dave | Upper Mount Gravatt

Dave ‘Cartoon Dave’ Hackett has taught cartooning to over 150,000 children in schools, libraries, literature festivals and in newspapers and magazines across the country. He is the author of seven how-to cartooning books, two picture books and six novels. Join Dave when he shares the secrets to comic cartooning during workshops at libraries across Brisbane. Ideal for children aged 6-12 years. Garden City Library.

Wed 10 July Library laboratory | Carindale

Calling all budding young scientists! Come  along and join library staff for some fun and entertaining science experiments at our library. Ideal for ages 6-12 years. Carindale Library.

Thu 11 July 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.

Fri 12 July 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.

Street Science: Glowing bouncy balls workshop

Sat 13 July Street Science: Glowing bouncy balls workshop | Carindale

Join the team from Street Science as junior scientists are talked through the various procedures required to manipulate polymers to create super glow in the dark balls. Ideal for children aged six years and older. Carindale Library.

Sun 14 July Back to School Cooking-Zucchini Slice Muffins

These easy zucchini slice muffins can be whipped up in 20 minutes, the kids can help grate, mix, measure and pour for a great mid afternoon snack or lunch box filler that kids love!

 

Previous school holiday ideas

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 Science Experiments

Children are naturally curious about the world around them. They want to how and why and when and where? We have 3 simple science experiments to try at home and the children can monitor the results throughout the holidays.

Mon 8 April Let’s Go Easter Bunnies | Capalaba

They have lots of egg-citing fun to keep the little bunnies entertained these Easter school holidays! Hop in and plant a seedling into a take-home garden pot to create your very own Easter Farm. Capalaba Central.

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.

Fri 12 April  Free Easter Holiday Entertainment | Cannon Hill

Let imaginations go wild painting, decorating and glittering your own plaster egg creation and your own Easter egg cup. Cannon Hill Kmart Plaza.

The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard

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

Whilst this is not on the Southside – it is worth the trip!  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.

 

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 Celebrate the books of Mem Fox | Mt Gravatt

Whether you are looking for a green sheep or want to do some magic with a possum, the books of Mem Fox have entertained young readers for generations. Join us for a special storytine as we read the favourite books of Mem Fox. Ideal for children aged 3-7 years. Booking required.

Wed 17 April Movie: A Wrinkle in Time | Upper Mt Gravatt

Head to the air conditioned comfort of Garden City Library for a showing of the popular move A Wrinkle in Time.  Bookings required so get in quick!

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

Gary Carsley 'Purple Reign' APT9 KidsGOMA 1.4

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!

 

PreviousFree things to do for the Brisbane Summer School Holidays | Southside of Brisbane

A day by day list of free fun things to do for the Brisbane school holidays – Free School Holiday Activities Southside for all!

ALERT! FREE e-book with photos! 50 day trips to do around Brisbane with kids! – Click here!

 

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 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 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 gardens tree lit up

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 Christmas literary trivia | Corinda

Tis the season to be jolly, and to join in some festive fun at Corinda Library with our special yuletide literary quiz. Enjoy a Christmas cuppa whilst matching your wits against your friends. Corinda 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 SuperSteph Christmas show | Carindale

Get ready for Santa by decorating SuperSteph’s house and make party food come alive with a magic wiggle of your fingers. Frosty the snowman will also show up for a sing-song of his favourite Christmas carols. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years. Carindale 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 Movie: Sherlock Gnomes | Carindale

Garden gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. Ideal for children aged five years and older. Carindale Library.

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.

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.

New Year's Eve Fireworks

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 Workshop: Pizza gardens for kids | Holland Park

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. Presented by eco-educator, Linda Brennan. Ideal for children aged 4-8 years. Holland Park 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 The magic of science with Dr Joe

A science show with a difference! Outwit the mischievous science wizard as we take you on a magical journey of mystery, science and magic! Presented by scientist Dr Joe, this show blends magic and science in order to inspire children to generate theories and test their own ideas. A lighthearted show that’s great for a good laugh! Ideal for children aged 6-12 years old. Carindale Library.

Tue 8 Jan Eric Carle creatures | Wynnum

Create your own creepy crawly artwork exploring the collage techniques used to illustrate Eric Carle’s picture books. Ideal for children aged 5-10 years and their carers. Wynnum Library.

Wed 9 Jan Circus skills workshop | Mt Gravatt

Here’s your chance to run away and join the PCYC circus for a day. Learn new skills through balance, coordination, and teamwork. Juggle tumble, build a human pyramid and have fun with your friends under the supervision of our highly skilled circus trainer.

School holiday activities -dry ice

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 Balloon Twisting with Rhett Morrow | Macgregor

The Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concerts are a new series of fun and engaging free performances taking place during school holidays! Australian Street Entertainment Championship winner, Rhett Morrow will take you through the steps of inflating, using the pump and tying the knot. Then it’s time to learn the different types of twists to make your first animal! SUNpac.

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 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 Mad Hatter’s tea party | Wynnum

Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk? Join us as we celebrate Lewis Carroll’s un-birthday with games and activities inspired by the wonderful characters of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Ideal for children aged 8-13 years. Bookings required. Wynnum Library.

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: Sharks: From teeth to tail | Kenmore

Join marine biologist Dr Blake Chapman in this fascinating discussion about sharks. Dr Chapman will share her experiences of studying this amazing creature and provide some fun facts you might not already know. She will also bring along some special shark objects for children to see. Kenmore Library.

Fri 18 Jan BrisKids Cabaret Performance | MacGregor

The Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concerts are a new series of fun and engaging free performances taking place during school holidays! A smorgasbord of funny, jaw dropping, seriously astonishing acts by some of Brisbane’s leading circus performers. A 45-minute cabaret suitable for the whole family. SunPAC.

Sat 19 Jan  Movie: Maya the Bee: The Honey Games | Carindale

When an over enthusiastic Maya accidently embarrasses the Empress of Buzztropolis, she is forced to unite with a team of misfit bugs and compete in the Honey Games for a chance to save her hive. Ideal for children five years and older. Carindale Library.

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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 The great paper plane race | Wynnum

What are the factors that affect plane flight? Can you design and build a winning plane? Learn the history of avionics and participate in the competitive world of paper planes during this fun activity. Ideal for children aged 6-12 years. Wynnum 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!

Fri 25 Jan Pig the Pug storytime | Wynnum

Celebrate the works of Aaron Blabey including Thelma the Unicorn, Brian the Banana Munching Piranha and everyone’s favourite, Pig the Pug and his faithful friend Trevor with stories and fun games and crafts. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years. Wynnum 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 BrisStyle Craft Workshops | Fairfield

These school holidays join their friends from BrisStyle for some super cute craft workshops! No bookings required, just turn up! Suitable for children aged 3+. Parental supervision required. On Tuesday it is time to make Grass Heads.  Fairfield Gardens.

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  Slimy Fun | Logan Central

Join in for some slimy fun – the kids will have a ball at this free activity these school holidays!  Let them make a mess at the shops rather than at home!  Logan Central Plaza.

Fri 28 Sep Teddy bears’ picnic Storytime | Wynnum Library

Everyone is invited to a special teddy bears’ picnic! Bring your favourite teddy and enjoy some fun stories, songs and craft. Ideal for children 3-7 years and their carers. Bookings required.  Wynnum Library.

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  Home Science

Try these science experiments at home – they are simple and you may already have everything that you need at home!

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 Cartoon Monsters Workshop | Cleveland

Join in for this hands on cartooning workshop and learn how to draw fun cartoon monsters using basic shapes and develop a monster profile. Children will have the opportunity to create their own monster using the concepts taught in the workshop which also covers professional cartooning techniques e.g. inking in and speech balloons. Cleveland Library.

Thu 4 Oct Thrive by the Bay | Capalaba

Hosted by the Bayside Mental Health Network, Thrive by the Bay is a free day for the whole family to enjoy. Learn more about wellbeing through helpful information, activities and entertainment

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.

Sat 6 Oct Movie: Blinky Bill The Movie Screening

Based on the classic books by Dorothy Wall, Blinky Bill is an adventurous young koala who embarks on a journey across the wild and dangerous Australian outback in the hope of finding his missing father. He soon discovers that there is more to being a hero than meets the eye. (93 min.)  Bookings required. Carindale Library.

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.

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FREE things to do during the previous school holidays 2018

Sat 30 June 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 July 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 Pirate treasure hunt | Wynnum

Join a pirate crew to hear grand swashbuckling tales and follow the clues to find the treasure. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years.  Bookings required. Phone Wynnum Library on 07 3403 2199 to reserve your place. These are great free school holiday activities southside Brisbane!

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

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 Create a Bug Hotel | Corinda Library

Delve into the micro world of bugs and insect identification with horticulturist Claire Bickle. Children will get to make and take home their very own bug hotel made out of a combination of recycled materials and natural items. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years and their carers. Bookings required. Phone Corinda Library on 07 3407 7701 to reserve your place.

Sat 7 July Let’s Go Magic Show | Capalaba

Learn the skills and secrets of extraordinary magic tricks and discover the world’s greatest Magicians in our magic museum. Plus, kids receive a FREE magic kit! Maximum 100 participants per session. Please note, bookings are not required.  Capalaba Central Shopping Centre. 10am & 12pm.

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

MoB Kids MoB Sundays, 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 Safari Zoo Workshop | Capalaba

Create your own Safari Timber Mask as well as see life-sized Giraffes and Tiger located throughout the Centre! 10am – 1pm.  No bookings necessary. Capalaba Park Shopping Centre.

Tue 10 July Thomas the Tank Engine Family Fun Day | Cleveland

Join in for the Thomas the Tank Engine celebration at Redland Museum for a fun morning of train rides, craft and free admission to the Museum. Redland Museum 10am -12pm.

Wed 11 July Kids Cook ‘n’ Dine | Logan

Get some experience in a commercial kitchen with a professional head chef. Learn how to deliver a professional lunch, like you’re in a real restaurant. Each session will end with a meal and a mini disco. Parents/carers are required to stay for the duration. The sessions will be photographed for the children to take photos back to their families.  Logan Entertainment Centre.

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 School 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.

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

Jar Terrarium

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 Fish Wise™ | Manly

They take the tangles out of fishing! You will learn how to tie fishing knots, put various baits on the hook, cast a rod and hopefully hook a fish.  You will pick up plenty of tips to help make your next fishing trip more successful. Bookings essential. Visit 2 Bent Rods or phone Sam on 0403 713 820

 

Previous FREE things to do over the school holidays

Friday 30 March  Good Friday

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!

Sunday 1 April Easter Sunday

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.

The Kite Wishes Project, Brisbane

Tueday 3 April 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. 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.

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 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.

Monday 9 April  Snow Slingers at Capalaba Central Shopping Centre

Experience a winter wonderland these school holidays with our Snow Slingers virtual reality simulator. Sling your snowballs and battle your opponents to be crowned the Snow Sling Champion. The top 3 highest score each week will WIN a family movie pass to BCC Cinemas Capalaba! FREE  Capalaba Central Shopping Centre.

Tuesday 10 April  Make your own Grasshead at Calamvale Central

Grow a grass head and decorate your own pot plant too!  No bookings required.  10am – 1pm. FREE  Calamvale Central Shopping Centre.

Wednesday 11 April Kids Craft Club, Fairfield

These school holidays join our friends from BrisStyle for some super cute workshops including Mini Terrariums, Circle Weaving & DIY Pom Pom keychains on alternate days. FREE Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre.

Thursday 12 April  Little Days Out at South Bank

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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 13 April The Owl and the Pussycat, South Bank

The Owl and the Pussycat is an enchanting and intimate theatrical experience, based on Edward Lear’s beloved childhood poem. Created for children aged four to 10 years, this charming work melds live performance, puppetry, operatic vocals, music and theatre. FREE Bookings required.

Saturday 14 April  LEGO City Play Zone, Sunnybank Hills

Kids are invited to let their imagination and creativity go wild and make something really cool in the LEGO Free Build Zone with the huge collection of LEGO pieces. Other fun activities include the nail-biting LEGO Height Challenge, were teams will go head-to-head to see who can build the highest tower. Or maybe the Accuracy Challenge is more up their alley, where participants rebuild an object from memory. Snap some pictures in front of the LEGO Fire Station or play super-fun LEGO city iPad games and see the virtual LEGO brought to life. FREE  Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown.

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. FREE Cultural Forecourt South Bank.

Revolve, South Bank

 

 

 

Previous FREE things to do over the school holidays

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

Sat 9 Dec Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols, Brisbane

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols will be held at Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens on Saturday 9 December 2017. This much-loved free family event will host a variety of some of Australia’s most renowned singers and entertainers as they ignite the big stage in this joyous and magical celebration of Christmas.  Read more here.

Sun 10 Dec Family Sundays at the Gallery, Cleveland

Join them at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland for free fun family Sunday art activities in 2017. Drop in sessions 10AM – 1PM. No RSVP required.  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.
christmas in brisbane enchanted garden

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.  Read more here.

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.  Click here for more information.

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. Read more here.

Fri 15 Dec City of Logan Christmas Carols, Meadowbrook

Headlined by Aria Award Winner Samantha Jade and featuring the hugely popular gang from Paw Patrol, the 2014 The Voice Kids winner Alexa Curtis, Craig Martin and his Swing Band and community choirs there is something to suit every member of the family. Come along with a picnic rug and enjoy international flavours from popular food trucks while the younger members of the family enjoy meeting Santa, Paw Patrol or a hopping on fun filled ride. Read more here.

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.  We have more information here.

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.
Christmas Parade presented by David Jones, Brisbane City

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.

Tue 19 Dec Christmas Workshops for Kids, Upper Mt Gravatt

Entertain the kids while you get your Christmas shopping done with our range of festive workshops for all ages. Westfield Garden City. Read more here.

Wed 20 Dec Gingerbread Cookie Mix Christmas Gift

A lovely handmade gift for teachers, friends and family, this DIY gingerbread cookie mix is a fun way to share the festive cheer this holiday season. Make up the cookie mix jars following the easy directions below and print out the free gift tag, complete with baking instructions. The tag has been designed in black and white so you can print it on any colour paper you have. If you’re feeling really creative make a batch of the cookies yourself and use them as edible gift tags for the jars. Read more 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 Bunnyhop and friends: A Christmas stocking of stories, Carindale

Storyteller Chris Thompson and her puppet friends unpack a surprise package of Christmas stories. Chris and her friends come all the way from Ireland, so expect a sparkle of Santa’s snow to add to the Brisbane sunshine! This is an interactive family show for children of all ages and their carers. Carindale Library.

Sat 23 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!)  Read more here.

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.

Hands stretching Glitter Slime
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.

Mon 1 Jan New Year’s Day

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  Free Movie in the Park, Manly

Movie screens at 6pm. Bring a folding chair, rug or cushion and settle in for a great evening’s entertainment.

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 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.

National Science Week walking water

Thu 11 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  Disney Craft Afternoon, Logan North

Join in for an afternoon of Disney craft at Logan North Library. We have more information on this family friendly event.

Sun 14 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!

Mon 15 Jan  A whale of a time, Logan

Two almost brave pirates, Polly Wannnacracker and Willy Wooden-eye will treat our audience to pirate songs and stories. Come and learn how to become fledgling pirates, learn the pirate alphabet and pass the pirate test of bravery.

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  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!

Thu 18 Jan  Holiday Movie Madness: Beauty and the Beast, Logan

Come and chill out in the air con and watch some movies on our big screen with some popcorn.

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  Puppet show with Julie Dalton, Carindale

Join Julie and the Bee Happy Puppets for a gentle, positive and interactive introduction to theatre, singing and puppetry. In this session, Tootti Fruitti the Fairy will be teaching the puppets and audience how to ‘Sprinkle Kindness Everywhere!’ Ideal for children aged 0-6 years. Bookings essential.

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 Southside of Brisbane ideas for September school holidays

Sat 16 Sep Roald Dahl Day, Carindale

 September is the month Roald Dahlwas 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.  Carindale Library. 

Sun 17 Sep MoB Kids: Sunshine Sundays, Brisbane

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 Island Nations Craft Workshop, Logan Central

The Island Nations various craft workshop will have a new craft activity daily. Come along and join in the fun!  Logan Central Shopping Plaza.  11.30am – 1.30pm.

Tue 19 Sep  Create Your Own Emoji Cushion, Sunnybank

Hey Kids! Get creative these school holidays with our fun colouring workshops! Create the perfect Emoji character for your room, as you colour and decorate your own Emoji cushion.  Sunnybank Plaza

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

Sun 24 Sep  Kate Beynon: Friendly Beasts, South Bank

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  FREE Holiday Fun with Trolls, Sunnybank Hills 

Get up close and personal with Trolls superstar Poppy* and let your imagination soar and creativity grow in the Troll Craft Village^! Children aged 3 to 12 years will also get to decorate their very own scrapbook picture frame, plus you’ll also receive your very own picture of Poppy to take home!  Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown. 8am – 5pm.

Wed 27 Sep Crafty little recyclers with Reverse Garbage, Logan

Join the team from Reverse Garbage at IKEA Logan these school holidays and turn cardboard, fabric and plastic waste into creek and coast critters! Get creative and join in on the fun this September. Suitable for ages 3-10, parents must remain with children during the activity – and are welcome to join in the fun! IKEA Logan

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  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.

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 Mini Chefs, Capalaba

This kids cooking class is a fun and delicious hands-on experience for your mini chef. Learn the art behind making the perfect mini pizzas, mini burgers and mini quiche. You even get to eat it afterwards! *Classes run for 40 minutes. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.  Capalaba Central.

5 responses to “Brisbane Southside FREE School Holiday Activities”

  1. Amanda says:

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

  2. 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

  3. Rosemarie Nobbs says:

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

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