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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 summer school holidays will keep the kids entertained and your holiday budget happy!

As with everything, 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 – Summer 2023

Saturday 9 December | The Castle of Tarragindi, QAGOMA

The Castle of Tarragindi
The Castle of Tarragindi

For ‘The Castle of Tarragindi’, Australian artist Natalya Hughes invites children to explore the imaginative artform of the ‘grotesque’ through hands-on and multimedia interactives. Grotesque designs are characterised by hybrid forms made up of parts of animals, plants, and other shapes.

The exhibition design features a striking blue and white colour palette, referencing grotesque imagery in the style of French designer Jean Bérain, combined with Australian flora and fauna. The setting is STUNNING and the activities are perfect for all ages. Find out more

Sunday 10 December | Junior Curators Mysterious Realms

Junior Curators Mysterious Realms
Junior Curators Mysterious Realms

Junior Curators: Mysterious Realms is an exhibition curated entirely by young minds, featuring selected works from the Ipswich Art Gallery Collection.

Transporting audiences into imaginative realms, this exhibition disrupts traditional curation with the fresh perspectives of young curators. Through their creative reinterpretation of the Collection, they have crafted a narrative that speaks to the depths of their inner worlds. Guided by their chosen theme, their selected works encompass various artistic forms such as painting, sculpture, heritage objects, and ceramics. Find out more.

Monday 11 December | Rearranged: Art of the Flower, Museum of Brisbane

Brisbane has a strong culture of artists using floral imagery to tell stories of this place. In a space reminiscent of a quintessential Queenslander house, Rearranged: Art of the Flowerinvites families to stroll through a lush collection of paintings, textiles, sculptures, ceramics and new media.

Journey through the house, out the back and into the garden, and revel in the beautiful blooms of Brisbane. Find out more here

Tuesday 12 December | Lord Mayor’s Children’s Programme

Lord Mayors Children's Program - Fizz
Lord Mayors Children’s Program – Fizz

The Brisbane City Council is once again running the Lord Mayor’s Children’s Program this summer to give local families the opportunity to attend a professionally presented show suitable for kids and their families in the city.

Based on the classic comic opera The Elixir of Love by Donizetti and reimagined for young audiences, FiZZ! follows a teenage love triangle between Nemorino, an awkward textbook nerd, Adina, his obsession and great beauty and Benny, the spoilt son of a supermarket tycoon.

With the help of a magic love potion, this coming-of-age story has at its heart the message that goodness can prevail.

There are TWO FREE shows on offer on this date but tickets must be booked in advance and the allocation goes super quickly, so don’t miss out!

Find all of the details and the booking link here

Wednesday 13 December | Visit your local library

Ipswich Childrens Library Nook
Ipswich Childrens Library

There are heaps of fun things on at your local library. With book clubs, reading programs, computer training, events and workshops. Visit your local library to join, renew or borrow books, and use the many resources on offer. 

Find out more here

Thursday 14 December | Go fishing!

fishing gold coast
Fishing

If you’ve got the gear already, head out to one of south Brisbane’s best fishing spots for kids. If you don’t have the gear, don’t stress! 2 Bent Rods usually run a range of free and low-cost fishing lessons around Brisbane during the school holidays and they provide everything you need to get started! 

Friday 15 December | Visit Daisy Hill Koala Centre, Daisy Hill 

Kids in Logan
Daisy Hill Koalas

Visit Daisy Hill Koala Centre to see koalas in a natural outdoor setting. Come and be captivated by these amazing marsupials and discover more about the secret life of koalas. Admission is free.

Saturday 16 December | Albert River Adventure Park | Eagleby 

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

Sunday 17 December | Robelle Domain Parklands | Springfield

The Robelle Domain parklands,
The Robelle Domain Parklands

This spectacular parklands has so much to offer. There are 11kms of boardwalks, walking and cycling tracks, amazing water park areas, playgrounds, picnic facilities, waterfalls and a café. What else do you need for a relaxing day out? Click here for more information.

Monday 18 December | Christmas crafting

Christmas Craft with Kids Wool Wrapped Christmas Ornaments (1)
Christmas Craft

Get the kids involved in making some Christmas decorations. We have lots of ideas including this wool star and a homemade snow globe

Tuesday 19 December | Christmas movie day

Popcorn
Popcorn

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

Wednesday 20 December | DIY Christmas gift making

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

Thursday 21 December | Christmas lights road trip

Grab some snacks, glow sticks, get the Christmas carols going and don some festive headwear and take the fam out for a self-guided Christmas lights tour using our maps of the best Christmas Lights in and around Brisbane, Ipswich, and the Gold Coast. We have the BEST Christmas lights maps that take you around all of the incredible displays in your local area. 

Friday 22 December | Visit the Brisbane City Christmas tree

christmas in brisbane tree
Christmas in Brisbane

Decorated with thousands of glittering fairy lights, and a huge star, the 22m iconic Christmas Tree in King George Square is a magical sight to be seen. It’s actually one of the largest Christmas trees in the Southern Hemisphere! The Brisbane Christmas Tree will be on display from 1 December until early January in King George Square.


Saturday 23 December | Explore Roma Street Parkland

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

Sunday 24 December | Christmas Eve box

Christmas Eve box ideas for christmas activities
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!). Don’t forget to make some reindeer food too! 

Monday 25 December | Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and Lookout

If you want to walk off all of that festive food, grab your kids and take a stroll through Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. Entry is open to pedestrians on Christmas Day, so pack some mince pies and explore the trails, gardens and lake.

Find out what else is open on Christmas Day here. 

Tuesday 26 December | Play Backyard/Beach Cricket

Family playing cricket on beach
Cricket

Nothing screams Boxing Day and Summer like a game of cricket. It’s a ritual that’s passed down from generation to generation in most Aussie families. Whether it’s garbage bin stumps in a backyard, a few sticks in the sand at the beach, or genuine wicket set in a park, there’s something intrinsically ‘summer’ about turning any kind of gathering into a test match, isn’t there.

Check out our article on playing beach/backyard cricket with the family.

Wednesday 27 December | Garden with your kids at home

gardening with kids
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. 

Thursday 28 December | Get outdoors with a family bushwalk

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Bush Walk
Family bushwalk

Family bushwalking not only provides exercise but has a lot of added benefits. You’ll be together in a tech-free environment so expect the conversation to flow. Getting back to nature often promotes self-reflection and can have a calming effect on a stressed mind. Think of it as meditation while moving!

See our favourite Brisbane walking trails for families here.

Friday 29 December | State Library of Queensland, Brisbane

Let your imagination soar on an awe-inspiring journey at State Library these school holidays with fun activities and workshops available from 16 September – 2 October 2023 from 10 am – 3 pm daily.

There will be a range of workshops and activities, both free and bookable suitable for children aged 0 – 12 that will inspire creativity and keep them entertained these school holidays. The bookable workshops and activities fill up fast, book now to ensure you don’t miss out. Find out more here

Saturday 30 December | Logan Gardens Waterpark | Logan Central 

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

Sunday 31 December | Wynnum Whale Park | Wynnum 

Wynnum Wading Pool The Best Beaches of Brisbane
Wynnum Wading Pool

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

Monday 1 January | 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.

Tuesday 2 January | Climb the Clock Tower, Brisbane

City Hall Clock Tower Tours
Take a City Hall Clock Tower tour

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

Wednesday 3 January | Hop on a City Hopper

Cruise the river on a City Hopper to take in the city from a different perspective. Best of all kids ride FREE on the weekend and seniors can travel for FREE off-peak! Make a stop at New Farm Park for a picnic or hit the impressive playground with the kids then hop on a double-decker CityCat for the trip home – it’s got an upper deck with seating for 20, allowing you to admire Brisbane’s stunning skyline. Families Tip: Just remember having a Go Card will make travel at least 30% cheaper than buying a paper ticket.  And remember the City Cat is good for kids!

Thursday 4 January |  Visit The Corner at State Library of Queensland

Enjoy this kid-friendly space and enjoy some creative, hands-on fun, digital games and reading. While you’re there, drop by the Queensland Museum.

Friday 5 January Saturday 6 January | South Bank Parkland guided tour

Discover the sights and stories of South Bank Parklands on a free 90-minute guided tour from 10am – 11.30am. Book via Brisbane.qld.gov.au

Sunday 7 January | Host a slumber party

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Slumber Party
Have a slumber party these school holidays!

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

Monday 8 January | Make pasta at home 2023

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!

Tuesday 9 January | Lake Moogerah Day Trip, Lake Moogerah

Lake Moogerah Kayaking
Lake Moogerah

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

Wednesday 10 January | Ipswich Children’s Library 

The Ipswich Children’s Library proves how far libraries have come since we were kids. Australia’s only dedicated public Children’s Library features heaps of interactive digital experiences your kids are going to love. Read our full review here  

Thursday 11 January | Spend the day at South Bank

Moving to Brisbane South Bank Lagoon
South Bank, Brisbane

Explore the parks, walk along the river, take some sausages to cook on the free BBQs, pick herbs at Epicurious Garden and enjoy the summer sunshine.

Friday 12 January | Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre, Karawatha

Brisbane City Council’s Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre is located in Karawatha Forest Park. The centre includes Queensland’s first nature play space and aims to inform locals and visitors about the significance of the natural area, including the local frog population. While at the centre, explore with the Agents of Discovery mobile game by downloading the free app. 

Read our review here

Saturday 13 January | Go on a Brisbane Greeters tour 2023 

Let a local show you around so you can see the city through someone else’s eyes. Tours are free and kids are welcome. Find out more here

Sunday 14 January | Ipswich Nature Centre | Ipswich 2023

Ipswich Nature Centre features a range of Australian wildlife, lush landscaped gardens and exhibits that have been recreated to represent local bushland and flora communities. Admission is free, however a donation of a gold coin would be appreciated. Read our review here

Monday 15 January | Springbrook Day Trip | Springbrook 2023

Get 2022 off to a healthy and relaxing start with a day trip to Springbrook National Park to hike and swim with the kids. Springbrook National Park is one of those natural wonders that almost seem too beautiful to be real. Read our full review here.

Tuesday 16 January | Lord Mayor’s Children’s programme

Lord Mayor's Children's Program - Movie, Movie
Lord Mayor’s Children’s Program – Movie, Movie

The Brisbane City Council is once again running the Lord Mayor’s Children’s Program this summer to give local families the opportunity to attend a professionally presented show suitable for kids and their families in the city.

All your favourite musical movie moments rolled into a high energy show perfect for a family singalong!

Featuring your favourite songs from iconic family classics such as Trolls, The Lion King, Shrek, Matilda, Aladdin, Frozen, The Greatest Showman, The Sound of Music, Hairspray, Madagascar and more, this is the ultimate party playlist performed live onstage.

There are TWO FREE shows on offer on this date but tickets must be booked in advance and the allocation goes super quickly, so don’t miss out!

Find all of the details and the booking link here

Wednesday 17 January | Check out the city fairy lights

things to do with visitors in brisbane city of lights
Brisbane fairy lights

From Eagle St to QUT Garden’s Point – some of The City’s largest trees come to life with light as the sun sets. Enjoy the lights as you walk between destinations or seek out the best spots around The City for a snap. You can find a map of The City’s light installations here

Thursday 18 January | Walk the city Heritage Trail

Starting off at the Regent Theatre, follow the City Centre Heritage Trail and discover what it was like before it transformed into the city we know and love today. Of the 26 stops along the way, highlights include the beautiful Brisbane Arcade (try not to get lured in by all the beautiful stores), St Stephen’s Chapel and the site of the old convict barracks.

Friday 19 January | Back to school baking

Fairy Bread Baked Donuts

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.

Saturday 20 January | Thornlands Community Park 

Thornlands Community Park Adventure Play Area

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

Sunday 21 January | Insect Agency, Qld Museum

Insects are everywhere, in a mind-blowing diversity of shapes, colours and species.

This brand new exhibition, developed by Queensland Museum, explores the surprising variety of ways insects do good – for the planet and humanity. Find out more here


Past school holiday activities

Saturday 16 September | Clay, Ipswich

Clay Ipswich Art Gallery
Clay Ipswich Art Gallery

Get messy at the Ipswich Art Gallery’s Kids Clay Studio! This exciting exhibition offers children and adults alike the chance to get creative with their hands.

Working with clay is not only fun but is a great way to strengthen motor skills and improve dexterity. There are 2 x Daily Sessions | Session 1: 10:00am – 12:30pm | Session 2: 1:30pm – 4:00pm.

Find out more here

Sunday 17 September | MOSAIC Multicultural Festival, Roma Street Parkland

Multicultural Australia’s MOSAIC Festival held on Sunday 17 September 2023 at Roma Street Parklands from 10am-5pm is a vibrant celebration of the many cultures that make up our great state.

MOSAIC celebrates the contributions all of us bring to our multicultural Queensland through dance, music, spoken word poetry and storytelling, visual arts and crafts, children’s and family activities and delectable foods and cooking demonstrations.

To welcome the new spring, MOSAIC promises a refreshing celebration of music and dance from around the world performed by Southeast Queensland’s most talented world music artists including Rushma Banana, Bolivia Marka, Nii Odai Nmai, Matt Hsu Obscure Orchestra, and many more! At Rock Around the Wok, audiences can enjoy the traditional flavours from across Africa, Asia, and Europe, and the Middle East, and learn the traditional ways many age-old dishes are made.

Gather your family and friends for a wonderful picnic out, filled with fun games, arts and crafts, and an all-day concert from 12 pm at Roma Street Parklands. This is a FREE event for all ages.

Monday 18 September | V-Art Studio, Indooroopilly

V Art Studio
V Art Studio

Paint from a new perspective and create digital art these school holidays at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre from Saturday 16th September – Sunday 1st October 2023.

Visit the VR Art Simulator and paint a mural or customise characters created by Brisbane artist Hey Aidan in the digital drawing studio.

Find out more here

Tuesday 19 September | State Library of Queensland, Brisbane

Holiday Fun at State Library of Queensland
Holiday Fun at State Library of Queensland

Let your imagination soar on an awe-inspiring journey at State Library these school holidays with fun activities and workshops available from 16 September – 2 October 2023 from 10 am – 3 pm daily.

There will be a range of workshops and activities, both free and bookable suitable for children aged 0 – 12 that will inspire creativity and keep them entertained these school holidays. The bookable workshops and activities fill up fast, book now to ensure you don’t miss out. Find out more here

Wednesday 20 September | Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane

Spring School Holidays at MoB
Spring School Holidays at MoB

You’ll find all things bright, colourful and crafty at Museum of Brisbane these spring school holidays from Saturday 16 September – Sunday 1 October 2023. Head to Level 3 of City Hall for FREE and paid drop-in craft activities, Clock Tower Tours and the iconic Little Artists Eye Spy. Open daily 10am–5pm. Free entry.

Find out more

Thursday 21 September | Spring Vibes, Ipswich

Spring Vibes Ipswich
Spring Vibes Ipswich

Spring into September school holidays with Spring Vibes at the Nicholas Street Precinct from 20 September til 27 September. There will be a range of exciting activities planned to get your minds and bodies bouncing into the groove of spring! Spring Vibes will be action packed, with a DJ playing your favourite tunes to get you up on the dance floor with friends to show off your best dance moves, as well as Spring craft play, yard games, mini markets and food trucks.

Activities include: Seedling Pot Making, Cupcake Liner Flower Craft, Windmill Making and Bubble Workshops.

Fiind out all the details here

Friday 22 September | Clay: Collected Ceramics, Museum of Brisbane

A family at Clay: Collected Ceramics at the Museum of Brisbane
Clay: Collected Ceramics at the Museum of Brisbane

A celebration of contemporary ceramics and their imaginative makers.
From ancient vessels to figurines revealing the daily lives of people from antiquity, ceramics have been integral to cultures worldwide for millennia. Ceramics have stored our most precious resources, have been vehicles for knowledge and traditions, and passed between generations as heirlooms.

Clay: Collected Ceramics is a celebration of ceramics combining works from Museum of Brisbane’s Collection and Kylie Johnson’s personal collection. It is accompanied by Commune, a display of single pieces contributed by more than 300 makers responding to MoB’s largest community callout to date.

With pieces spanning 60 years of creativity, including fresh works never before displayed, Clay sparks a conversation about the relationship between potters and their visions. From functional wares of the 1970s to conceptual creations by iconoclastic makers of today, this exhibition will speak of the meaningful processes of making and collecting.

Find out more here

Saturday 23 September | Sphero and the Enchanted Forest, Fairfield

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. The event takes place at Fairfield Library and booking is required. Find out more here.

Sunday 24 September | STEAM Sundays, Indooroopilly

Explore science, technology, reading and art during this hands-on, drop in session. Each week, challenge your thinking and bring out your creative side with new technology in a fun environment. Ideal for all ages. 

Find out more here

Monday 25 September | Climb the Clock Tower, Brisbane

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

Tuesday 26 September | Visit your local library

There are heaps of fun things on at your local library. With book clubs, reading programs, computer training, events and workshops. Visit your local library to join, renew or borrow books, and use the many resources on offer. 

Find out more here

Wednesday 27 September | Daisy Hill Koala Centre, Daisy Hill

Visit Daisy Hill Koala Centre to see koalas in a natural outdoor setting. Come and be captivated by these amazing marsupials and discover more about the secret life of koalas. Admission is free.

Thursday 28 September | Day out at South Bank

Who doesn’t love spending the day at the iconic South Bank in Brisbane?! There’s the inner city beach and plenty of shops and restaurants to explore, not to mention the playgrounds. If you fancy a stroll, you can pop over to Queensland Museum which is free to enter. Or just pack a picnic and sit on a blanket to enjoy the river views! It always makes a fabulous day out.

Friday 29 September | Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield

This spectacular parklands has so much to offer. There are 11kms of boardwalks, walking and cycling tracks, amazing water park areas, playgrounds, picnic facilities, waterfalls and a café. What else do you need for a relaxing day out? Click here for more information.

Saturday 30 September | Albert River Adventure Park, Eagleby 

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

Sunday 1 October | 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.

Monday 2 October | Family bushwalk

Family bushwalking not only provides exercise but has a lot of added benefits. You’ll be together in a tech-free environment so expect the conversation to flow. Getting back to nature often promotes self-reflection and can have a calming effect on a stressed mind. Think of it as meditation while moving! See our favourite Brisbane walking trails for families here.

Past school holiday events

Saturday 24 June | Fishing lesson, Beenleigh

Learn the basics of fishing with the multi award winning team at 2 Bent Rods. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Suitable for 5 – 17 years. Please note: This particular event is exclusive to residents of Logan only, however, 2 Bent Rods run a range of free and paid events across other locations during the holidays so be sure to check them out.

Sunday 25 June | Superpowered, South Brisbane

Superpowered

This exhibition at GOMA brings together four interactive projects by Indigenous Australian artists – Kaylene Whiskey (Yankunytjatjara people), Tony Albert (Girramay/Yidinyji/Kuku Yalanji peoples), Gordon Hookey (Waanyi people) and Vincent Namatjira (Western Aranda people) – who use their voices and their art to empower Aboriginal people and create inspirational imagery for all children.

Find out more here

Monday 26 June | Climb the Clock Tower, Brisbane

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

Tuesday 27 June | Abseiling, Kangaroo Point

Conquer your fears and experience the thrills of abseiling at Kangaroo Point under the safe instruction of qualified facilitators.

This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 12-17 years. Booking is essential.

Find out more here

Wednesday 28 June | Family Koala Fair, Nathan

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Join Griffith University for a day of family fun at the Family Koala Fair this school holidays! This free event offers a range of interactive and educational activities for all ages, including bushwalks to spot koalas, informative sessions with expert speakers, koala painting competitions with exciting prizes, face painting and more! Book your spot here.

Thursday 29 June | Draw with Osmo, Ommaney

Use the Osmo educational gaming system, which merges tactile exploration with innovative iPad technology, to create a fantastic drawing all of your own. Suitable for 8 – 12 years. Bookings required for this event at Mount Ommaney Library.

Find out more here

Friday 30 June | Visit your local library

There are heaps of fun things on at your local library. With book clubs, reading programs, computer training, events and workshops. Visit your local library to join, renew or borrow books, and use the many resources on offer. 

Find out more here

Saturday 1 July | Smartphone Eco Photography, Karawatha

Bookings essential. Bring along a smart phone to this eco photography workshop and see nature through a new lens. Seek inspiration from the trees; look high, look low, and look closely at all the patterns Mother Nature creates naturally. A creative and fun session that will get you moving and observing!

This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 9-17 years.

Find out more here

Sunday 2 July | Visit Daisy Hill Koala Centre, Daisy Hill 

Visit Daisy Hill Koala Centre to see koalas in a natural outdoor setting. Come and be captivated by these amazing marsupials and discover more about the secret life of koalas. Admission is free.

Monday 3 July | Albert River Adventure Park | Eagleby 

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

Tuesday 4 July | Youth yoga, Coorparoo

Youth yoga is a play-based active learning session that will guide you into a calm state. You will learn relaxation techniques which will improve sleep quality, concentration, discipline and focus.

This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 5-12 years. No booking is required for this event at Majestic Park.

Find out more here

Wednesday 5 July | Hedgehog the Wonder Dog, Mt Gravatt

Anyone can see that Hedgehog the wonder dog is no ordinary dog. Tell her to sit, and she’ll shake a paw; tell her to fetch and she rolls over. But it’s only kids like Sam who can sense her true superpowers.

Join author Dannika Patterson for a special reading of her book Hedgehog The Wonder Dog, a story about the healing powers of wonder dogs and super brave kids. Ideal for children aged 4-8 years.

Bookings required for this event at Mt Gravatt Library.

Find out more here

Thursday 6 July | Day out at South Bank

Who doesn’t love spending the day at the iconic South Bank in Brisbane?! There’s the inner city beach and plenty of shops and restaurants to explore, not to mention the playgrounds. If you fancy a stroll, you can pop over to Queensland Museum which is free to enter. Or just pack a picnic and sit on a blanket to enjoy the river views! It always makes a fabulous day out.

Friday 7 July | Jump aboard the CityHopper

Brisbane City Council’s CityHopper is a free inner city ferry service for the Brisbane River. You can hop on and hop off the CityHopper at six stops between North Quay and Sydney Street, New Farm. The service runs every 30 minutes between 5.30am and midnight, seven days a week.

Saturday 8 July | Robelle Domain Parklands | Springfield

This spectacular parklands has so much to offer. There are 11kms of boardwalks, walking and cycling tracks, amazing water park areas, playgrounds, picnic facilities, waterfalls and a café. What else do you need for a relaxing day out? Click here for more information.

Sunday 9 July | Get outdoors with a family bushwalk 

Family bushwalking not only provides exercise but has a lot of added benefits. You’ll be together in a tech-free environment so expect the conversation to flow. Getting back to nature often promotes self-reflection and can have a calming effect on a stressed mind. Think of it as meditation while moving! See our favourite Brisbane walking trails for families here.

Saturday 1 April | Indigiscapes Eco Markets | Capalaba 

Indigiscapes Eco Market

Spend the morning wandering through the botanic garden market lane to explore the range of unique stalls and sustainable products plus fresh produce available at the Indigiscapes Eco Markets on Saturday 1 April 2023.

Grab a coffee or a bite to eat at the IndigiCafé or try the fantastic fare from the food vans, while children are engaged in free craft and nature activities. Spend the rest of the morning relaxing in the shade of the trees, listening to beautiful live and local music on the outdoor stage, introduced by Ranger Stacey.

Find out more here

Sunday 2 April | Curiocity Brisbane 

Curiocity Brisbane

Head into the city for the day and enjoy the final day of Curiocity. Curiocity Brisbane will showcase 14 creations intersecting arts, science and technology over 12 immersive days for curious minds of all ages. From an earthly Trojan horse and singing seesaws, to autonomous systems creating cat-opias and cybernetic habitats, the Curiocity Brisbane artworks will transform Brisbane into a captivating wonderland for families.

Find out more here

Monday 3 April | Superpowered at QAGOMA | Brisbane

This exhibition at GOMA brings together four interactive projects by Indigenous Australian artists – Kaylene Whiskey (Yankunytjatjara people), Tony Albert (Girramay/Yidinyji/Kuku Yalanji peoples), Gordon Hookey (Waanyi people) and Vincent Namatjira (Western Aranda people) – who use their voices and their art to empower Aboriginal people and create inspirational imagery for all children. Together, the artists have created an immersive world full of cheeky humour and courageous characters for young visitors to explore.

Find out more here.

Tuesday 4 April | Learn BMX Skills with Brisbane Cycling Festival | Darra

Come along to Darra BMX Facility to learn some new skills. This free event is suitable for all ability levels as this session will build your confidence and provide tips and tricks on how to ride safely and have fun on your BMX. Must bring a safe and suitable BMX bike, helmet and closed in footwear.

Find out more here and check out the other free events as part of the Brisbane Cycling Festival

Wednesday 5 April | Climb the Clock Tower | Brisbane

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

Thursday 6 April | Visit your local library

There are heaps of fun things on at your local library. With book clubs, reading programs, computer training, events and workshops. Visit your local library to join, renew or borrow books, and use the many resources on offer. 

Find out more here

Friday 7 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.

Saturday 8 April | Wynnum Whale Park | Wynnum 

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

Sunday 9 April | Logan Gardens Waterpark | Logan Central 

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

Monday 10 April | Get outdoors with a family bushwalk 

Family bushwalking not only provides exercise but has a lot of added benefits. You’ll be together in a tech-free environment so expect the conversation to flow. Getting back to nature often promotes self-reflection and can have a calming effect on a stressed mind. Think of it as meditation while moving! See our favourite Brisbane walking trails for families here.

Tuesday 11 April | Visit Daisy Hill Koala Centre | Daisy Hill 

Visit Daisy Hill Koala Centre to see koalas in a natural outdoor setting. Come and be captivated by these amazing marsupials and discover more about the secret life of koalas. Admission is free.

Wednesday 12 April | Check out the city fairy lights

Brisbane City Botanical Gardens Fairy LIghts Display

From Eagle St to QUT Garden’s Point – some of The City’s largest trees come to life with light as the sun sets. Enjoy the lights as you walk between destinations or seek out the best spots around The City for a snap. You can find a map of The City’s light installations here.

Thursday 13 April | Kids Collective at Southbank Parklands

Kids Collective

Create memories with your mini and enjoy a peachy morning out for free at South Bank Parklands’ Kids Collective program.

Held every Thursday, Kids Collective at South Bank offers a range of expertly led and curated classes from 9am-1pm. Bookings are not required – just come and go as you please.

Little ones can burn energy at a sport session on South Bank’s pristine lawns, indulge in a contemplative spot of crafting, unleash their inner maestro at music classes and much more. Everything is tailored towards toddlers and kids aged up to five some classes are suitable for babies. 

Friday 14 April | Albert River Adventure Park | Eagleby  

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

Saturday 15 April | Garden with your kids at home

Gardening with kids

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

Sunday 16 April | RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre Open Day | Amberley

RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre Open Day

RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre is holding a public open day on Sunday 16 April 2023 from 8:30am-1:00pm.

Get up close and personal with aircraft displays and learn about the rich past of our military. See the striking F-111 renowned for its dump and burns, the scale of the Dakota and Caribou responsible for transporting people and cargo all around the world, or imagine the wind beating down from the rotors of a Blackhawk, Iroquois and Sioux helicopters.

Explore a large range of military aircraft from years gone by, plus vehicles, aircraft equipment, reconnaissance cameras, a pop-up air raid shelter, cockpit modules, and other military memorabilia.

This event is suitable for young and old, so bring along the kids and anyone else who loves planes.

Find out more here.

Past school holiday activities summer 2022

Looking for more school holiday inspiration? Scroll through our list of past events and suggestions to get more ideas of fun things to do. 

Saturday 10 December – City of Logan Christmas Carols | Meadowbrook

City of Logan Christmas Carols

Get into the festive spirit at the City of Logan Christmas Carols at Griffith University’s Meadowbrook campus on Saturday 10 December from 2pm.

Join the Logan City Council for free festive activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Pack yourself a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the festivities. 

Find the details here. 

Sunday 11 December – Christmas crafting with the kids at home

Get the kids involved in making some Christmas decorations. We have lots of ideas including this wool star and a homemade snow globe

Monday 12 December – Christmas on Queen | Brisbane

Brisbane Arcade’s Christmas Market is back for the third year with their designers, makers and creators spilling out onto Queen Street Mall for a festive marketplace. From Friday 9 – Saturday 24 December, enjoy Christmas-inspired pop-up performances and roaming entertainment in Queen Street Mall from 11am–3pm daily and 4.30–8.30pm during late night trade – so there are plenty of chances to catch the festive fun. Take your own snacks and drinks and come along to enjoy the festive atmosphere. 

Find out more here

Tuesday 13 December – Climb the Clock Tower | Brisbane

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

Wednesday 14 December – Christmas on the Coast | Raby Bay

Celebrate the festive season at Christmas on the Coast 2022 at Raby Bay Harbour Park, Cleveland between 14-18 December and enjoy a spectacular wonderland of festive cheer.

From 4.30pm to 9pm on each day of Christmas on the Coast, there will be Christmas Carols performed live on stage by some of Redlands finest local talent, kid’s rides and activities, food trucks and market stalls and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.

Families can also have their free photo with Santa and each of the nights will conclude with a Christmas movie on the big screen. What a perfect way to entertain the kids! 

Find out more here. 

Thursday 15 December – 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.

Friday 16 December Wynnum Whale Park | Wynnum

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

Saturday 17 December – Logan Gardens Waterpark | Logan Central

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

Sunday 18 December – Christmas Movie Day

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Movie Day

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

Monday 19 December – DIY Christmas gift making at home

Candy Cane Playdough

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

Tuesday 20 December – Albert River Adventure Park | Eagleby 

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

Wednesday 21 December – Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane | Museum of Brisbane

The Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane presents more than 100 historical and contemporary depictions of the Brisbane region. The exhibition is suitable for all ages and it’s FREE! 

Find out more here

Thursday 22 December – Christmas Lights Road Trip | Local suburbs

Grab some snacks, glow sticks, get the Christmas carols going and don some festive headwear and take the fam out for a self-guided Christmas lights tour using our maps of the best Christmas Lights in and around Brisbane, Ipswich, and the Gold Coast. We have the BEST Christmas lights maps that take you around all of the incredible displays in your local area. 

Friday 23 December – Visit the Brisbane City Christmas Tree | Brisbane

Decorated with thousands of glittering fairy lights, and a huge star, the 22m iconic Christmas Tree in King George Square is a magical sight to be seen. It’s actually one of the largest Christmas trees in the Southern Hemisphere! The Brisbane Christmas Tree will be on display from 25 November – 8 January in King George Square

Saturday 24 December – Christmas Eve Box

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

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

Sunday 25 December – Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and Lookout |

OK technically this isn’t on the southside, but it’s free, not too far away and is open on Christmas Day! If you want to walk off all of that festive food, grab your kids and take a stroll through Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. Entry is open to pedestrians on Christmas Day, so pack some mince pies and explore the trails, gardens and lake. Find out what else is open on Christmas Day here. 

Monday 26 December – Play Backyard/Beach Cricket

Nothing screams Boxing Day and Summer like a game of cricket. It’s a ritual that’s passed down from generation to generation in most Aussie families. Whether it’s garbage bin stumps in a backyard, a few sticks in the sand at the beach, or genuine wicket set in a park, there’s something intrinsically ‘summer’ about turning any kind of gathering into a test match, isn’t there. Check out our article on playing beach/backyard cricket with the family.

Tuesday 27 December – Lake Moogerah Day Trip | Lake Moogerah

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

Wednesday 28 December – Superpowered GOMA | South Brisbane

This exhibition at GOMA brings together four interactive projects by Indigenous Australian artists – Kaylene Whiskey (Yankunytjatjara people), Tony Albert (Girramay/Yidinyji/Kuku Yalanji peoples), Gordon Hookey (Waanyi people) and Vincent Namatjira (Western Aranda people) – who use their voices and their art to empower Aboriginal people and create inspirational imagery for all children. Together, the artists have created an immersive world full of cheeky humour and courageous characters for young visitors to explore.

Find out more here

Thursday 29 December – Ipswich Children’s Library | Ipswich

The Ipswich Children’s Library proves how far libraries have come since we were kids. Australia’s only dedicated public Children’s Library features heaps of interactive digital experiences your kids are going to love. Read our full review here  

Friday 30 December – Garden with your kids at home

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. 

Saturday 31 December – Explore the city & NYE fireworks

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane NYE Fireworks

Spend the day exploring the city. There’s heaps of FREE school holiday activities you can find. Why not take a picnic and relax and take in the scenery of South Bank. Then wait around until evening for the NYE firework. There is a kid’s fireworks at 8.30pm or your traditional fireworks at midnight.

Sunday 1 January – South Bank Parkland guided tour 2023

Discover the sights and stories of South Bank Parklands on a free 90-minute guided tour from 10am – 11.30am. Book via Brisbane.qld.gov.au

Monday 2 January – Have a Slumber Party 2023

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

Tuesday 3 January – Guided tour of Museum of Brisbane | South Brisbane 2023

Take a free guided tour of Museum of Brisbane’s current exhibitions at 11am – 11.30am

Wednesday 4 January – Absailing | Kangaroo Point 2023

Conquer your fears and experience the thrills of abseiling at Kangaroo Point under the safe instruction of qualified facilitators. This is a free Chillout event suitable for young people 12-17 years. Booking is essential and can be done by locating the event here

Thursday 5 January – Make Pasta at Home 2023

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

Friday 6 January – Get outdoors with a family bushwalk 2023

Family bushwalking not only provides exercise but has a lot of added benefits. You’ll be together in a tech-free environment so expect the conversation to flow. Getting back to nature often promotes self-reflection and can have a calming effect on a stressed mind. Think of it as meditation while moving! See our favourite Brisbane walking trails for families here.

Saturday 7 January – Hop on a City Hopper 2023

Cruise the river on a City Hopper to take in the city from a different perspective. Best of all kids ride FREE on the weekend and seniors can travel for FREE off-peak! Make a stop at New Farm Park for a picnic or hit the impressive playground with the kids then hop on a double-decker CityCat for the trip home – it’s got an upper deck with seating for 20, allowing you to admire Brisbane’s stunning skyline. Families Tip: Just remember having a Go Card will make travel at least 30% cheaper than buying a paper ticket.  And remember the City Cat is good for kids!

Sunday 8 January – Tinker Table, Brisbane Square Library | Brisbane City 2023

Drop in for some hands-on experimenting with robots and more. Explore STEAM, coding and robotics in an open learning environment. Ideal for children aged 4 years and older. Booking is required – find out more here

Monday 9 January – Bluey Art Class, Garden City Library | Logan 2023

Join arts educator specialists Creative Kids Brisbane as they explore the character Bluey, in a fun and engaging workshop.  Create your very own artwork inspired by the character.  Ideal for children aged 5-12 years. Booking essential. Find out more here

Tuesday 10 January – Make and create for kids | Annerley Library 2023

Stop by the children’s area for free craft activities during the school holidays. Ideal for children aged 5-10 years and their carers.

Wednesday 11 January – Musicians Workshop | Mt Gravatt 2023

Develop song writing recording and performance skills. All genres of music catered to. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years. Book here

Thursday 12 January – Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre | Karawatha 2023

Brisbane City Council’s Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre is located in Karawatha Forest Park. The centre includes Queensland’s first nature play space and aims to inform locals and visitors about the significance of the natural area, including the local frog population. While at the centre, explore with the Agents of Discovery mobile game by downloading the free app. 

Read our review here

Friday 13 January – Visit The Corner at State Library of Queensland  2023

Enjoy this kid-friendly space and enjoy some creative, hands-on fun, digital games and reading. 

Saturday 14 January – Spend the day at South Bank | South Brisbane 2023

Explore the parks, walk along the river, take some sausages to cook on the free BBQs, pick herbs at Epicurious Garden and enjoy the summer sunshine. 

Sunday 15 January – Walk the city Heritage Trail 2023

Starting off at the Regent Theatre, follow the City Centre Heritage Trail and discover what it was like before it transformed into the city we know and love today. Of the 26 stops along the way, highlights include the beautiful Brisbane Arcade (try not to get lured in by all the beautiful stores), St Stephen’s Chapel and the site of the old convict barracks.

Monday 16 January – Visit Daisy Hill Koala Centre | Daisy Hill 2023

Visit Daisy Hill Koala Centre to see koalas in a natural outdoor setting. Come and be captivated by these amazing marsupials and discover more about the secret life of koalas. Admission is free.

Tuesday 17 January – Ipswich Nature Centre | Ipswich 2023

Ipswich Nature Centre features a range of Australian wildlife, lush landscaped gardens and exhibits that have been recreated to represent local bushland and flora communities. Admission is free, however a donation of a gold coin would be appreciated. Read our review here

Wednesday 18 January – Ride the City Loop bus 2023

Did you know there are three free City Loop buses? Look out for the red buses for a free ride from QUT to Eagle Street every 10 minutes from Monday to Friday. Jump on the 40 (clockwise) or 50 (anti-clockwise) routes from the red bus stops.

Thursday 19 January – Go on a Brisbane Greeters tour 2023 

Let a local show you around so you can see the city through someone else’s eyes. Tours are free and kids are welcome. Find out more here

Friday 20 January – Springbrook Day Trip | Springbrook 2023

Get 2022 off to a healthy and relaxing start with a day trip to Springbrook National Park to hike and swim with the kids. Springbrook National Park is one of those natural wonders that almost seem too beautiful to be real. Read our full review here.

Saturday 21 January – Check out the city fairy lights 2023

From Eagle St to QUT Garden’s Point – some of The City’s largest trees come to life with light as the sun sets. Enjoy the lights as you walk between destinations or seek out the best spots around The City for a snap. You can find a map of The City’s light installations here

Sunday 22 January – Back to School Baking 2023

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.

PAST free school holiday activities Brisbane Southside

Saturday 17 September  –  Wheely Fun | Coorparoo 

Riding’s more fun on two wheels – in just one session a friendly trainer will help your young one make the transition from training wheels to two wheels, and provide some tips for how you can keep encouraging them. 

Sunday 18 September  – Chiharu Shiota: A Feeling | South Brisbane

‘A Feeling’ by artist Chiharu Shiota explores aspects of our inner worlds, including emotions, the soul and how to express abstract ideas. As part of the exhibition, visitors can watch a video in which children share their thoughts about the soul. Children can also make a drawing of how they feel using coloured pencils, and add what they make to a cumulative display. The exhibition also includes a display of children’s drawings of a feeling, and a selection of picture books to further explore big ideas with young visitors. This free activity takes place in Gallery 1.4 at GOMA. Find out more here. 

Monday 19 September – Makerspace |  Inala or Annerley

Drop in to Inala Library or Annerley Library to enjoy free DIY craft activities all day, every day of the school holidays. Ideal for children aged 4-8 years and their carers. 

Tuesday 20 September – Garden with your kids at home

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

Wednesday 21 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. Kids can swim, fish, get onto the water with an array of watercraft, bushwalk, cross the dam wall, and just have fun exploring. See our locals guide to Lake Moogerah here.

Thursday 22 September – Climb the Clock Tower | Brisbane

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

Friday 23 September– Museum of Brisbane Making Place| Brisbane

Winter School Holidays at MoB

Get hands on with real life gems these school holidays in Museum of Brisbane’s sparkling new exhibition, practice your drawing skills in the gallery or take a crack at being a jewellery designer.

With a fun adventure available every single day of the week, there’s so much to see and do at MoB these spring school holidays. Find out more here. 

Saturday 24 September – Agents of Discovery – South East Explorer Campaign | Karawatha Forest Park

Brisbane City Council’s Environment Centres are partnering with a mobile app called Agents of Discovery. Agents of Discovery is a great way to get kids active, engaged and exploring the world around them! The Environment Centre team will provide a short introduction to using the app, leading kids to start their mission to explore local bushland, wetlands, and other natural areas for challenges. After this introductory session, kids and their carers can continue on their own to complete the mission. Show staff your completed mission to collect a prize. 

Sunday 25 September – 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.

Monday 26 September – Ipswich Children’s Library

 The Ipswich Children’s Library proves how far libraries have come since we were kids. Australia’s only dedicated public Children’s Library features heaps of interactive digital experiences your kids are going to love. Read our full review here.

Tuesday 27 September – Bad Guys Afternoon | Cleveland Library

Calling all bad guys who want to be good, and all good guys gone bad. This event is for you! Come along for some truly great Aaron Blabey-inspired craft and games at our Bad Guys afternoon.  

Wednesday 28 September – Spring baking | At home

Self saucing Lemon Pudding

Have fun with some spring baking with the kids. Check out this recipe for gluten-free self saucing lemon pudding.

Thursday 29 September – Get outdoors with a family bushwalk

Still looking for more FREE school holiday activities Brisbane southside? Family bushwalking not only provides exercise but has a lot of added benefits. You’ll be together in a tech-free environment so expect the conversation to flow. Getting back to nature often promotes self-reflection and can have a calming effect on a stressed mind. Think of it as meditation while moving! See our favourite Brisbane walking trails for families here.

Friday 30 September – Hop on a City Hopper

Cruise the river on a City Hopper to take in the city from a different perspective. Best of all kids ride FREE on the weekend and seniors can travel for FREE off-peak! Make a stop at New Farm Park for a picnic or hit the impressive playground with the kids then hop on a double-decker CityCat for the trip home – it’s got an upper deck with seating for 20, allowing you to admire Brisbane’s stunning skyline. Families Tip: Just remember having a Go Card will make travel at least 30% cheaper than buying a paper ticket.  And remember the City Cat is good for kids!

Saturday 1 October – Soccer Coaching | Murarrie

Soccer skills

Enjoy an introduction to soccer. Suitable for your 15 – 17yo.  

Sunday 2 October – Springbrook Day Trip | Springbrook

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

Monday 3 October– Superpowered GOMA | South Brisbane 

This exhibition at GOMA brings together four interactive projects by Indigenous Australian artists – Kaylene Whiskey (Yankunytjatjara people), Tony Albert (Girramay/Yidinyji/Kuku Yalanji peoples), Gordon Hookey (Waanyi people) and Vincent Namatjira (Western Aranda people) – who use their voices and their art to empower Aboriginal people and create inspirational imagery for all children. Find out more here.

Saturday 25 June – Saturday 9 July – Makerspace |  Inala or Annerley

Drop in to Inala Library or Annerley Library to enjoy free DIY craft activities all day, every day of the school holidays. Ideal for children aged 4-8 years and their carers. 

Sunday 26 June  – Chiharu Shiota: A Feeling | South Brisbane

‘A Feeling’ by artist Chiharu Shiota explores aspects of our inner worlds, including emotions, the soul and how to express abstract ideas. As part of the exhibition, visitors can watch a video in which children share their thoughts about the soul. Children can also make a drawing of how they feel using coloured pencils, and add what they make to a cumulative display. The exhibition also includes a display of children’s drawings of a feeling, and a selection of picture books to further explore big ideas with young visitors. This free activity takes place in Gallery 1.4 at GOMA. Find out more here. 

Monday 27 June – Cartooning workshop with Phil Judd | Carina

During this workshop at Carina Library, Phil shows participants how to draw both cute and crazy looking pets, such as dogs, cats, birds, fish and any other pet suggested by the group. Create some truly zany characters! The free workshop includes drawing with Phil Judd, step-by-step with participants creating their own original pet characters during the session. Ideal for children aged 7-12 years. Booking is essential. 

Tuesday 28 June – Garden with your kids at home

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

Wednesday 29 June – Lake Moogerah Day Trip | Lake Moogerah

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

Thursday 30 June – Climb the Clock Tower | Brisbane

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

Friday 1 July – Museum of Brisbane World of Wonder| Brisbane

Get hands on with real life gems these school holidays in Museum of Brisbane’s sparkling new exhibition, practice your drawing skills in the gallery or take a crack at being a jewellery designer.

With a fun adventure available every single day of the week, there’s so much to see and do at MoB these spring school holidays. Find out more here. 

Saturday 2 July – STEAM Saturday | Victoria Point Library

Explore your critical thinking, creative design and technical skills in our Saturday afternoon STEAM activities. STEAM programs foster Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics skills. This month’s STEAM activity: Monster mash. Design, create and program a musical monster! Using Makey Makey and a laptop, learn how to convert your monster into a musical soundboard in this auditory technology program. Parent-assisted activity. Ages: 6+ years. Free event. 

Sunday 3 July – 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.

Monday 4 July – Ipswich Children’s Library

The Ipswich Children’s Library proves how far libraries have come since we were kids. Australia’s only dedicated public Children’s Library features heaps of interactive digital experiences your kids are going to love. Read our full review here.

Tuesday 5 July – Wheely Fun | West End

Riding’s more fun on two wheels – in just one session our friendly trainer will help your young one make the transition from training wheels to two wheels, and provide some tips for how you can keep encouraging them. Presented as part of Council’s Cycling Brisbane program.

Wednesday 6 July – Winter baking | At home

Snuggle up at home and do some winter baking with the kids. Check out this recipe for gluten-free self saucing lemon pudding.

Thursday 7 July – Get outdoors with a family bushwalk

Still looking for more FREE school holiday activities Brisbane southside? Family bushwalking not only provides exercise but has a lot of added benefits. You’ll be together in a tech-free environment so expect the conversation to flow. Getting back to nature often promotes self-reflection and can have a calming effect on a stressed mind. Think of it as meditation while moving! See our favourite Brisbane walking trails for families here.

Friday 8 July – Hop on a City Hopper

Cruise the river on a City Hopper to take in the city from a different perspective. Best of all kids ride FREE on the weekend and seniors can travel for FREE off-peak! Make a stop at New Farm Park for a picnic or hit the impressive playground with the kids then hop on a double-decker CityCat for the trip home – it’s got an upper deck with seating for 20, allowing you to admire Brisbane’s stunning skyline. Families Tip: Just remember having a Go Card will make travel at least 30% cheaper than buying a paper ticket.  And remember the City Cat is good for kids!

Saturday 9 July – Movie Day at the Library | Victoria Point

Enjoy all the best family favourites at our Saturday afternoon movie screenings at Victoria Point Library! With welcoming spaces, and an array of classic kids’ clicks, it’s the perfect family outing. BYO snacks. 10.30am – 12. 

Sunday 10 July – Springbrook Day Trip | Springbrook

End the holidays with a healthy and relaxing time together by taking a day trip to Springbrook National Park to hike and swim with the kids. Springbrook National Park is one of those natural wonders that almost seem too beautiful to be real. Read our full review here. 

Saturday 2 April – Brisbane Ice Cream Festival | West End

Prepare to melt, Brisbane! The hottest AND coolest festival is returning to the home of ice cream for its fifth instalment just in time for the school holidays. With sweet All Day and All Night specials from West Village retailers and a mini Ice Cream All Weekend festival on from Saturday 2- Sunday 3 April, you won’t want to miss out! No bookings required.

Sunday 3 April – Wynnum Whale Park | Wynnum

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

Monday 4 April  – Ipswich Children’s Library

The Ipswich Children’s Library proves how far libraries have come since we were kids. Australia’s only dedicated public Children’s Library features heaps of interactive digital experiences your kids are going to love. Read our full review here.

Tuesday 5 April – APT10 Kids | South Brisbane

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

Wednesday 6 April – Beading Workshop | Victoria Point

Do you have kids who love arts & craft and being creative for fun? Do they love getting creative with beads? Join this workshop thanks to Victoria Point Library to design, plan and weave their own wearable art piece in this beading workshop! Bookings essential. 

Thursday 7 April – Easter Baking at Home

Here’s a great FREE school holiday activities Brisbane southside! Bunny Down a Hole Mini Carrot Cakes is the cutest thing we have seen this Easter. And here’s how to make them!

Friday 8 April – Thornlands Community Park | Thornlands

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

Saturday 9 April – Perception Deception Exhibition | Ipswich

Do you want to take your kids to an Art Gallery but not sure if they will be entertained. Well they definitely will be with Ipswich Art Gallery’s new exhibit Perception Deception! Does your brain play tricks on you? Is my reality the same as yours? Questacon’s family-friendly Perception Deception exhibition explores how our sense of ‘reality’ is formed by our brains using sensory information—but our senses can sometimes deceive us! Perception Deception consists of hands-on and multimedia experiences, each using perceptual tests and illusions to reveal how our brains edit, prioritise and even add information about the things and people around us. You can also check out the Children’s Gallery while there!

Sunday 10 April – Brisbane learn to skateboard workshop | Brisbane

Get the kids active on a Sunday. Help your kid gain confidence, get comfortable with balance and learn a whole new set of skateboarding skills with excellent coaching. Bring your family members and friends and we’ll help you get up and skate on your own. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 5-17 years.

Monday 11 April – Hip-hop dance class | Upper Mount Gravatt

Have another day of keeping the kids active. Join the Mount Gravatt PCYC for a Hip-Hop Dance class where you can learn some new dance moves. This is a Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years. Bookings essential. There are plenty more events nearby on this day and throughout the school holidays. Check out the Brisbane City Council website for more. 

Tuesday 12 April –  Easter Scavenger Hunt | Cleveland

Get the kids in the Easter spirit with this fun and FREE Easter activity. Join the scavenger hunt adventure! Follow clues, solve puzzles and decode a secret message to find your mystery prize. Bookings are essential.

Wednesday 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.

Thursday 14 April – Climb the Clock Tower | Brisbane

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

Saturday 16 April – Lake Moogerah Day Trip | Lake Moogerah

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

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

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

Monday 18 April – Dylan Mooney: Blak Superheroes | Brisbane

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

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Why we love free school holiday activities Brisbane southside!

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

Looking for more free school holiday activities Brisbane southside?

You can’t go past a trip to the Gold Coast for a swim. See our list of the best things to do on the coast with kids. Some are FREE and some paid.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

7 thoughts on “FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside | The Best List”

  1. 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?

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      • 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

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

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

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