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The BEST list of FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside

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 September/October school holidays will keep the kids entertained and your holiday budget happy!

As with everything during this difficult time, please check directly with the venue to 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 –  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.

Sun 20 September Gardening with Children

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. 

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.

Thurs 24 September 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. They 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.

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. Learn more about the Nerf Wars event.

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. Find out more here.

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.

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside –  Winter

Sat 27 June Delightful afternoon walk | Karawatha

Delightful afternoon walk

Enjoy an afternoon guided walk along the 2.3km Rocks Track at Karawatha Forest. Explore breathtaking views and learn about the local biodiversity that lives with the largest remnant bushland within Brisbane City.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Wear a wide-brimmed hat, secure and fully enclosed walking shoes, sun-smart clothing, sunscreen, and insect repellent.  Bring drinking water and a snack or picnic lunch as there are no food outlets on site.  Note – walks are subject to weather and environmental conditions and may be cancelled on the day. Meeting point – Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre

Sun 28 June Hire a robot for FREE | Logan Libraries

free school holiday activities southside

Logan Libraries have some great new ideas for the upcoming school holidays. STEAM swags, featuring robots, are now available to borrow and use at home for children aged from five to 11. There are 180 Ozobots kits available along with a further 90 kits with rechargeable Beebot robots. Each comes with instructions and activity ideas. Ozobots are suitable for children aged eight or older while Bee-bots are for four to eight-year-olds.

The activities for both teach robotics and computer skills. The robots do not need any device or computer to be operated. Live-streamed workshops will introduce families to the robots and how to use them.

Watch this short video on the STEAM Robot swags: youtu.be/eY9xOAhj2c4

While no programs or events are taking place inside the libraries during the current COVID-19 restrictions, library staff have devised some new and innovative ways to keep children and teenagers entertained at home and online.

Mon 29 June Kickboxing for Fun | Kuraby

Bookings essential. Learn the basics of kicking and boxing. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 5-17 years. Svoboda Park.

Tue 30 June Tik tok dance routines | Calamvale

Bookings essential. We will learn some popular fun dance routines from tik tok and create some new ones! This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years.  Calamvale District Park.

Wed 1 July Podcasts for kids

Want a good half hour of quiet? Hook the kids into one of these amazing podcasts combined with some mindful colouring and you’ll finally be able to take that shower you’ve been craving 

Thu 2 July Scooter coaching | Wynnum

Bookings essential. Improve your confidence at the local skate park by learning these handy scooter tips. We’ll learn about skate park safety and etiquette – plus start with the basic skills that will let you learn to ride any park. We’ll work on dropping in, pumping around, flying out, bunny hopping and carving. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years.  Wynnum Skate Park.

Fri 3 July Create-a-circus | Brookfield

Bookings essential. Do you love dressing up and being the centre of attention? This is a drama workshop with a difference! Come and create your own circus character complete with wonderful dress ups and then put on a creative showcase for the family at the conclusion of the session. This is a GOLD’n’Kids event suitable for seniors and children 4 years and over. The Rafting Ground Reserve

Sat 4 July Giant Games | Carindale

Bookings essential. 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 Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years. Carindale Recreation Reserve.

Sun 5 July Gardening with Children

Make the most of having more time at home and the cooler weather and give gardening with the children a go.  We have some help for you here.

Mon 6 July Fun Soccer | Tennyson

Bookings essential. Watch the kids take part in fun soccer activities and games. Seniors are welcome to join in the low impact activities if they wish or cheer from the sidelines. This is a GOLD’n’Kids event suitable for seniors and children 4 years and over. Ken Fletcher Park

Tue 7 July Cardboard Doll House

Do you have some cardboard boxes lying around? Here is some inspiration for you to create a doll house!  Bonus is, there is then a new toy to play with!

Wed 8 July Music performance | Mount Gravatt

Bookings essential. Bring along your favourite instrument or best vocal and work with like-minded musicians to perfect a group piece. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years. Mt Gravatt PCYC.

Thu 9 July ONLINE EVENT: Digital code club

Love games? Want to know what makes them tick? Come join us live and learn the basics of coding by making games and animations in Scratch with one of Garden City’s coding gurus! Ideal for children aged 9-12 years. Please note that this event will be delivered live via Zoom. Need some help using Zoom? Check out this getting started guide  Find out more about this online event.

Fri 10 July Hungry, hungry caterpillars | Yeronga

Bookings essential. Enjoy a story, then get active with sack races and a wiggly caterpillar race. This innovative, energetic workshop promises heaps of fun while promoting a healthy message! This is a GOLD’n’Kids event suitable for seniors and children 4 years and over.

Sat 11 July Make a Dreamcatcher

You may already have the bits and pieces at home, or you can substitute with bits around the house. Get your creative juices going and enjoy the result at bedtime.

Sun 12 July  Juggle-a-rama | West End

Bookings essential. Juggling is a physical activity that has been proven to improve both physical and cognitive fitness. It provides a cardiovascular workout and assists with hand-eye and right-left brain coordination. Come and make your very own set of juggling balls that you can keep and then have a ball getting active and healthy while learning the basics of this fun and highly entertaining skill. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years. Orleigh Park.

 

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside –  Easter

Sat 4 April Museums and Art Galleries

Yes, we know all of the museums and galleries are closed at the moment.  Don’t let that stop you! Stunning views of museums and art galleries from around the world to keep you entertained should you have some sofa time looming…

Sun 5 April Podcasts for kids

Want a good half hour of quiet? Hook the kids into one of these amazing podcasts combined with some mindful colouring and you’ll finally be able to take that shower you’ve been craving 

Mon 6 April Daily Wildlife Cams

Here is a great ‘stuck at home’ activity you can do to enjoy some beautiful Aussie animals. All around the world, there are numerous cameras set up to capture local wildlife getting up to all kinds of antics. From cheeky galahs to burrowing penguins, there are a huge range of animals to observe in their natural habitats.

Tue 7 April Gardening with Children

Make the most of having more time at home and the cooler weather and give gardening with the children a go.  We have some help for you here.

Wed 8 April Mini Carrot Easter Cakes

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

Thu 9 April Make a Dream catcher

You may already have the bits and pieces at home, or you can substitute with bits around the house. Get your creative juices going and enjoy the result at bedtime.

Fri 10 April Good Friday Baking

These Easter bunny biscuits will make your mouth water and are so easy to make with kids!

Sat 11 April Cardboard Doll House

Do you have some cardboard boxes lying around? Here is some inspiration for you to create a doll house!  Bonus is, there is then a new toy to play with!

Sun 12 April Easter Sunday – Easter Bunny Biscuits

How cute are these biscuits?  A lovely Easter Sunday activity to do with the kids.

Mon 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.

Tue 14 April School virtual field trips from your sofa

From the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef, from farm tours in Canada, to the penguins on Phillip Island, virtual field school trips are now A THING! And we are 100% here for it!!

Wed 15 April Mung Bean Indoor Garden

Need to bring a bit of Nature indoors. Have fun (and education) with the Kids sprouting your own Mung Beans.

Thu 16 April The Use What You have in Your Panty Cake

No milk, no butter, no eggs needed, only the most basic cupboard ingredients. This water cake is absolutely magic and perfect to make when you’re stuck at home and can’t go to the supermarket.

Fri 17 April Make Screen Time Educational

Make technology work FOR you, not against you! This list of educational shows on Netflix is perfect for when parents need a break.

Sat 18 April Make Pasta at Home

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

Sun 19 April Pom Pom Rainbow

Finish the school holidays on a positive note by making Pom Pom Rainbows!

FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside –  Summer

Saturday 14 December Christmas by Starlight | Cleveland

Christmas by Starlight will light up Redlands Coast to ring in the festive season with performances from some of Australia’s most renowned singers and entertainers. Redlands’ largest free community event will transform the Redland Showgrounds into a magical and musical Christmas spectacular.

Sunday 15 December Christ Community Carols | Taringa

Start off the afternoon with free activities for the kids, take a bite to eat, then make yourself comfy as you join together to sing our favourite Christmas carols!

Monday 16 December Dog Man unleashed | Wynnum

Celebrate Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man series with a variety of crime-biting canine themed activities and games. Ideal for children aged 8-13 years. Bookings required. Wynnum Library.

Tuesday 17 December Movie: Santa Clause | Garden City

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. (94 mins) Bookings required. Garden City Library.

Wednesday 18 December Annual Christmas Show from the Cheeky Monkey Club | Brisbane

It’s Christmas time with the Cheeky Monkey Club! Come along and join in this interactive musical adventure incorporating singing, dancing, puppetry, problem solving and fun. Ideal for children aged eight years and younger. Bookings required. Brisbane Square Library.

Thursday 19 December Eco Friendly Xmas | Karawatha

Drop in and learn how you can make a difference by living sustainably, every Thursday at Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre. The workshop teaches you craft ideas for Christmas decorations and enjoying an environmentally friendly holiday.

Friday 20 December Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer art class

Join arts educator specialists Creative Kids Brisbane as they explore Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Johnny Marks, in a fun and engaging workshop. Create your very own artwork inspired by the author’s book. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years. Bookings required.

Saturday 21 December Brisbane City Christmas Parade

As classrooms close, festive- fun begins to fill the City. The annual Brisbane City Christmas Parade will march its merry way through the Queen Street Mall from Edward St through to King George Square. Brimming with music and merriment, this year’s Christmas Parade will feature new exciting characters, hundreds of singing and dancing performers and of course the star – Santa Claus to entertain and delight all ages! Taking place nightly, there’s plenty of opportunities to see the glowing floats light up little faces.l

Sunday 22 December Christmas Eve Boxes

No doubt you’ve heard about the increasingly popular traditional of a children’s Christmas Eve box.  Perhaps you’ve been buying or making your own Christmas child boxes for a while now, or maybe you’re considering getting onboard this year.  Whatever it is your considering – if you need some Christmas Eve box ideas – this is the guide for you! In this Xmas Eve boxes guide we cover off exactly just what is a Christmas Eve Box as well as give you some tips on how you can make your very on personalised Christmas Eve box for your little ones.

Monday 23 December Christmas storytime and craft | Carina

Experience the magic of Christmas storytime with your child at the library. This interactive session includes stories, songs and mark making activities for young children. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years. Carina Library.

Tuesday 24 December T’was the night before Christmas | Sunnybank Hills

Bring your Christmas cheer for a special reading of T’was the night before Christmas and special craft activity. Ideal for the entire family. Sunnybank Hills Library.

Wednesday 25 December Christmas Day

Thursday 26 December Boxing Day

Friday 27 December Rubbing plate art | Wynnum

Drop in and explore how natural and man-made texture can be used to create unique pictures. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years. Wynnum Library.

Saturday 28 December Science Experiments to try at Home

Children are naturally curious about the world around them. They want to how and why and when and where? We have some really simple and effective experiments for you to do at home.  You likely have everything you need already!

Monday 30 December Island Fashion | South Brisbane

Visit the Children’s Art Centre to explore fashion and adornment through creative hands-on and multimedia activities created by artists from Australia and the Pacific especially for children and families. Join in a paper folding activity by Grace Lillian Lee, design your own textile pattern in a multimedia interactive by Letila Mitchell, and create a wearable accessory inspired by the work of Maryann Talia Pau and Ranu James.

Tuesday 31 December New Year’s Eve at South Bank

Welcome in 2020 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. Pack a picnic and settle in for the night!

Wednesday 1 January New Year’s Day

Thursday 2 January I Spy | Wynnum

Can you see what I see? Join us as we celebrate Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick’s award winning I Spy series with themed activities and games. Ideal for children aged 6-12 years. Wynnum Library.

Friday 3 January Great paper plane race | Carindale

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. Carindale Library.

Saturday 4 January Spaceship landing race | Carindale

Carindale Library is holding a special spaceship landing race. Children will create their own space ships and compete to land them on the moon. Ideal for children aged 5-10 years.

Sunday 5 January Cross River Rail Experience Centre | Brisbane

A ground-breaking Reality Theatre allows groups to take a trip to the future and explore Cross River Rail’s stations, tunnels and over-station development, in a way that creates a very real sense of just how transformational this project will be for the whole of South East Queensland. Entry to the cross river rail experience centre is free.

Monday 6 January Make your own 2020 calendar | Inala

Take some of your favourite photos and create a 2020 calendar. Ideal for children aged five years and older. Bookings required. Phone Inala Library on 07 3403 2205 to reserve your place.

Tuesday 7 January Movie screening: Bumblebee | Sunnybank Hills

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. On the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, Charlie Watson discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. (2018) (114 minutes). Ideal for children aged 11 years and older.  Bookings required. Phone Sunnybank Hills Library on 07 3407 0571 to reserve your place.

Wednesday 8 January Performance: Dr Rob’s Science Spectacular | Wynnum

Meet the author of The F.A.R.T. Files and see an amazing interactive science show. There are weird noises, defying gravity, a disappearing act and more science galore (some of it you can try at home!). When it’s all over you can even ask Dr Rob your burning science questions. Ideal for children aged 6-12 years. Wynnum Library.

Thursday 9 January Performance: Nana Magic, Tilly and friends | Stones Corner

Join Nana Magic, Tilly and friends on an unforgettable outback adventure, learning important environment messages along the way. Ideal for children aged 10 years and younger. Bookings required. Phone Stones Corner Library on 07 3403 2170 to reserve your place.

Friday 10 January Peter Rabbit – Outdoor Cinema in the Suburbs | Heathwood

Enjoy the great outdoors and spend quality time with family and friends with Outdoor Cinema in the Suburbs. The movie for this evening is Peter Rabbit. It starts at 6.30pm. This community focused program runs across local suburban parks and offers a variety of entertainment, food and information stalls. Heathwood Park.

Saturday 11 January Workshop: Make your own cordials | Upper Mt Gravatt

If you like a little something in your water to enhance flavour and energy, then adding some of your own home made cordial can be just the thing, with no artificial colourings or flavourings. You’ll learn how to blend flavours to make your own fruit cordial and you’ll take a little bottle home to enjoy later. Ideal for children aged 7-12 years. Bookings required. Phone Garden City Library on 07 3403 7745 to reserve your place

Sunday 12 January Learn how to longboard | Calamvale

Go for a roll and learn safe longboarding skills from our ASF qualified coaches. Boards and helmets will be provided. Bookings essential. To book visit Longboard Family Inc or for more information phone Anna on 0434 882 982.

Monday 13 January Snow Queen Wonderland | Carindale

Escape the heat this Summer and visit our Snow Queen Wonderland these school holidays. Children can create their very own snow globe to take home, enjoy a snow cone and meet the amazing Snow Queen. Plus, the first 1,000 children will receive a free Frozen colouring or reading book, valued at $7.99. No bookings required and all activities are free. Carindale Shopping Centre.

Tuesday 14 January Unicorns and rainbows with Bazil Grumble | Carina

Hear the wonderful story of Thelma the Unicorn, play games, create some craft and participate in a unique and energetic unicorn relay! This will be a session full of sparkles and rainbows for little ones and their families. Ideal for children aged 4-8 years. Carina Library.

Wednesday 15 January Movie: Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Four children travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion. (140 mins) Garden City Library.

Thursday 16 January Pocket Placards | Museum of Brisbane

Can small acts of resistance create big change? Artist Rachael Haynes uses these ideas in her interactive installation Threads of Resistance, drawing from language to capture the many voices of contemporary feminism. Presented as part of New Woman, the installation includes text-based drawing and fabric works derived from Rachel’s research into feminist social history archives. Families and children are invited to express their hopes and visions for a better future by creating their own mini protest banners with the Pocket Placard activity. Museum of Brisbane.

Friday 17 January Become a Wheel World Wizard | Carina

Bookings essential. 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 Council’s Active and Healthy & Cycling Brisbane programs. Joe Bradfield Centre Park.

Saturday 18 January 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 go and have some serious fun! Whites Hill Reserve.

Sunday 19 January Handmade culture – Weaving circles

Join local weavers, Culture Weave, for this immersive workshop and understand more of the history and some techniques of traditional Aboriginal weaving. Ideal for those aged 12 years and older. Brisbane Square Library.

Monday 20 January Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Workshops | Capalaba

In the second week of our school holiday program, kids can make and take home their own Koala Sandwich Boxes with Aussie Lamington Cupcake and Fruit Shapes! Capalaba Park.

Tuesday 21 January Self-Portrait Workshops | Sunnybank Hills

Join in for some hands-on fun! Children are invited to our ‘Here I Am’ Self-Portrait Workshops a Project from QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival where children are encouraged to paint a self-portrait to take home. The step-by-step workshops allow children to reflect on how they see themselves in the world. Workshops are delivered by a team of professional artists from QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival. Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown.

Wednesday 22 January Collage your own storey treehouse | Wynnum

Be inspired by the Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton and collage your own Storey Treehouse. You can also create your own characters and props for your treehouse. Ideal for children aged 9-12 years. Bookings required. Phone Wynnum Library on 07 3403 2199 to reserve your place.

Thursday 23 January The African Drummer | Upper Mt Gravatt

Experience the joy an energy of drumming at the unique, interactive and dynamic cultural experience. Ideal for all ages. Bookings required. Phone Garden City Library on 07 3403 7745 to reserve your place.

Friday 24 January Pokéfun | Sunnybank Hills

So you want to be a Pokémon master? Join other Pokémon fans for a fun session celebrating all things Pokémon with games, challenges, and craft. Ideal for children aged 7-12 years. Bookings required. Phone Sunnybank Hills Library on 07 3407 0571 to reserve your place.

Saturday 25 January Sphero and the Enchanted Forest

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 Fairfield Library on 07 3403 8615 to reserve your place.

Sunday 26 January Australia Day at South Bank

On January 26, relax and celebrate the laid back lifestyle of our vast and diverse country with festivities on the sprawling lawns of South Bank Parklands. Enjoy free live music in the spectacular setting of River Quay at Sunday Social on the Green. The event offers punters sweeping city and river views, while delighting in quintessential Australia Day spreads and Brisbane’s iconic alfresco climate. Complete your experience with a colourful Australia Day fireworks display at 7.30pm. For premium viewing points head to the Clem Jones Promenade, the Cultural Forecourt or remain at River Quay.

Monday 27 January Back to School Cooking!

We know how much you have probably loved not having to make school lunches!  Time to get back to it.  You can get organised by stocking your freezer with some ready made snacks to add to the lunchboxes. Too easy!

FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside – Spring School Holiday ideas

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.

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.

Sun 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.

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.

FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside – Winter

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside – Easter

Sat 6 April Colour Weave Collaboration | Brisbane

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside goes this is one of the best!  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.

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.

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.

un 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.

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!

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside – Summer 2018

Sat 15 Dec The Enchanted Garden | Brisbane

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside goes this is one of the best!  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.

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.

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.

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

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside goes this is one of the best!  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.

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.

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

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside goes this is one of the best!  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!

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside – Spring 

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 supported by Brisbane City Council.  No bookings necessary.

Thu 27 Sep  Slimy Fun | Logan Central

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside goes this is one of the best!  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

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

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside goes this is one of the best!  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

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

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

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside goes this is one of the best! 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

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

FREE things to do over the Easter school holidays

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.

Tueday 3 April The Kite Wishes Project, Brisbane

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside goes this is one of the best! 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

As far as free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside goes this is one of the best! 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.

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

  1. Rosemarie Nobbs says:

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

  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. Amanda says:

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

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