FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside | The Best List

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

As with everything during this difficult time, please check directly with the venue to 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 –  Easter 2022

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 2022

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.

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Wynnum Whale Park

Monday 4 April  – Ipswich Children’s Library 2022

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 2022

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

Wednesday 6 April – Beading Workshop | Victoria Point 2022

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. Find out more here.

Thursday 7 April – Easter Baking at Home 2022

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 2022

Thornlands Community park cover photo

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

Saturday 9 April – Perception Deception Exhibition | Ipswich 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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. Find out more here. 

Wednesday 13 April – Obstacle Course in Your Backyard 2022

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

Thursday 14 April – Climb the Clock Tower | Brisbane 2022

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

Friday 15 April  –

Saturday 16 April – Lake Moogerah Day Trip | Lake Moogerah 2022

Lake Moogerah Kayaking

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 2022

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

Monday 18 April – Dylan Mooney: Blak Superheroes | Brisbane 2022

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.

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside – Summer 2021/2022

Friday 10 December – Jimboomba Christmas Brigade

Dress up the kids in Christmas theme and head down to Rotary Park from 5pm for Christmas carols, face painting, activities, The Grinch playing on the big outdoor screen, local food trucks, and meet Santa with the Jimboomba Rural Fire Brigade. Bookings required for this FREE community event. Get the details here.

  • Where: Rotary Park
  • Time: 5pm-8:30pm

Saturday 11 December – City of Logan Christmas Carols | Meadowbrook

Get into the Christmas spirit and head down to Griffith University Logan campus for the city’s biggest Christmas event. This FREE, family-friendly event will have you singing along to all your favourite Christmas carols, enjoying rides and indulging in the fantastic variety of delicious foods available. You can even get a free photo with Santa! Griffith University Logan Campus.

Sunday 12 December – Coorparoo Christmas Markets

Shop local this Christmas at Coorparoo Square. Pop down for a coffee, brunch or lunch and browse the stalls spread out across the precinct from 9am – 1pm. The markets will feature an assortment of over 45 small independent businesses offering ceramics, pots, handmade clothing, skincare, eco products, accessories, honey and more! Coorparoo Square.

Monday 13 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.

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Wynnum Whale Park

Tuesday 14 December – 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.

Wednesday 15 December – City in the Sun | Brisbane

City in the Sun uncovers and reimagines Brisbane’s subtropical image. Showcasing large-scale new contemporary artworks alongside historical imagery, the FREE exhibition reveals how the city’s history of migration, tourism, climate, environment and geographic location has contributed to the images of a subtropical oasis of leisure and abundance.

Thursday 16 December – Santa on Tour | Ipswich

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

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Christmas in Ipswich

Friday 17 December – Wheely Fun | Pallara

Riding’s more fun on two wheels – in just one session Brisbane City Council’s 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. Young riders who are already off their training wheels are welcome too. Bookings essential. Pallara Districts Sports Park.

Saturday 18 December – Christmas Movie Night

Let the kids invite a couple of friends round for a Christmas movie marathon at your place. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas movies to watch with kids.

Sunday 19 December – City Hall Lights

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

Free school holiday activities Brisbane City Hall Lights

Monday 20 December – Christmas at South Bank

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

Tuesday 21 December – Christmas on Queen | Brisbane CBD

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

Wednesday 22 December – DIY Christmas gift making at home

Candy Cane Playdough

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

Thursday 23 December – Christmas Lights Road Trip | Local suburbs

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

Friday 24 December – Christmas Eve Box

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

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

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

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

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane City Christmas Tree

Sunday 26 December – 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.

Monday 27 December – Hop on a City Hopper

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

Tuesday 28 December – 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.

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Bush Walk

Wednesday 29 December – Maker Space | Garden City

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

Bookings are essential through Garden City Library.

Thursday 30 December – The Addams Family Movie | Sunnybank Hills

Join Sunnybank Hills Library for a FREE screening of the Addams Family. It’s a great way to end the year for the kids. The Addams family’s lives begin to unravel when they face-off against a treacherous, greedy crafty reality-TV host while also preparing for their extended family to arrive for a major celebration.

Bookings essential through Sunnybank Hills Library.

Friday 31 December – Explore the city & NYE fireworks

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

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane NYE Fireworks

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside – January 2021

Saturday 1 January – Springbrook Day Trip | Springbrook

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.

Sunday 2 January – Logan Gardens Waterpark | Logan Central

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

Monday 3 January – Lake Moogerah Day Trip | Lake Moogerah

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

Lake Moogerah Kayaking

Tuesday 4 January – 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 5 January – Clocktower Tour | Brisbane

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

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

Thursday 6 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.

Friday 7 January – APT10 Kids | South Brisbane

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

Saturday 8 January – Eye Spy Brooklyn | Ipswich Libraries

This is a great activity for children and adults alike including fun and learning. Search high and low throughout your local library to find the Eye Spy Brooklyn stations. Learn amazing facts about a city on the other side of the world, Brooklyn, NY. This is a drop-in event available during opening hours at the following branches:

Ipswich Children’s Library
Ipswich Central Library
Redbank Plains Library
Redbank Plaza Library
Rosewood Library
Springfield Central Library

Sunday 9 January – STEAM Sundays | Indooroopilly

Let your kids explore science, technology, reading and art during this hands-on, drop in session. Each week, challenge their thinking and bring out their creative side with new technology in a fun environment. Ideal for children of all ages. Check with Indooroopilly Library which activity is happening this Sunday. Booking essential.

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane STEAM Sundays

Monday 10 January – Family Code Club Robotics | Wynnum 

Are your kids interested in learning about basic robotics and coding, using Dash robots for FREE? Participants will learn programming concepts and send simple commands to control a robot. No previous programming experience required. Ideal for children aged 5-8 years. . Booking are essential. 

Tuesday 11 January – Visit Flagstone Water Play Park | Flagstone

Keep cool this summer at Flagstone’s state-of-the-art Water Play Park. The water wonderland includes interactive features such as a 10m climbable treehouse water feature, tree-shaped waterfalls, and a ‘zero depth’ water course with jets, blasters, and bubblers. If your dog is also feeling the heat, you can even take them to one of Queensland’s first water play facilities for dogs, located just up the road at Flagstone’s Splash and Play Dog Park. Fun for everyone in the family!

Wednesday 12 January – Movie Day 

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

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Movie Day

Thursday 13 January – Make Pasta at Home

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

Friday 14 January – Brisbane learn to skateboard workshop | Brisbane

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

Saturday 15 January – Have a Slumber Party

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

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Slumber Party

Sunday 16 January – Brisbane Discovery Centres | Ipswich

Get the kids out in nature and check out the Southside’s discovery centres. Most offer experiences from animal encounters, interactive displays and nature play, to bushwalks and wildlife discovery – and a whole lot more! Most are free or low cost but check with the individual centre for information. During school holidays there is often special activities. 

Check out our article on the best discovery centres in Brisbane. 

Monday 17 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 18 January – Learn N Play with The Kreative Fairies | Logan

Join The Kreative Fairies for a magical fun filled morning with singing, dancing and story time. The FREE show introduces children to the wonderful world of fairies and focuses on children’s development through play and activities like going on imaginary journeys, creating things and even fairy yoga. Bookings required. Logan Hyperdome.

Wednesday 19 January -Thornlands Community Park | Thornlands

Thornlands Community park cover photo

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

Thursday 20 January – Escape from Wonderland | Carindale

A fun and FREE school holiday activity to end off the holidays. You are trapped in Wonderland! Working in teams, can you solve all of the riddles and puzzles to escape before time runs out? Join library staff as we celebrate children’s author Lewis Carroll’s 190th birthday during this exciting Alice in Wonderland themed adventure. Ideal for children aged 9-12 years. Bookings essential through Carindale Library. 

Friday 21 January – Fun Soccer | Manly

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

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

Saturday 22 January – Back to School Baking

Get ready for the rush that is back to school!  We have five recipes that you can make and freeze so that there will always be something in the freezer for those busy mornings.

Sunday 23 January – Love Me Again Market | Morningside

Held once a month, the Love Me Again Market is set up to host hundreds of new and pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories from Brisbane’s most stylish fashionistas. Pop by and pick up a coffee from the on-site baristas and then head inside to shop the best pre-loved fashion and designer labels Brisbane has to offer. Morningside School of Arts.

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Love Me Again Market

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside – Spring 2021

Saturday 18 September – Bungee Bounce Fun 

Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside

Head to Redbank Plaza to bounce, spring, flip and jump into the School Holidays on the Bungee Trampolines for FREE! Little tikes (from 3 years) can take things easy and bounce around, while big kids (up to 50kg) can try some tricks and see how high they can fly! No bookings required. Bungee Bounce Fun is open from 9am to 2pm daily between Friday 17 – Sunday 26 September 2021.

Sunday 19 September – Get outdoors with a family bushwalk

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

Monday 20 September – Marvel stage shows: Iron Man and Spider-Man

Tulmur place, located in the impressive Nicholas Street Precinct in Ipswich, will be immersed in the Marvel universe from 20-24 September 2021 over the school holiday period. With FREE Marvel superhero shows daily between 10am-12:30pm plus food trucks, and FREE 3 hour parking this is a must-visit event for fans of Marvel. Find out more here.

Tuesday 21 September – Jurassic Creatures

This may just be the best FREE school holiday activities Brisbane southside for the September break! Explore a prehistoric world full of life-size animatronic dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures at Capalaba Park Shopping Centre. More than just a dinosaur display, this immersive, interactive event will captivate the hearts and minds of young and old alike. Includes craft workshops!

Wednesday 22 September – Go on safari at Grand Plaza

The savanna is coming to Grand Plaza these school holidays! Grab your binoculars and get set to go on safari. Start your tour at the promo desk outside Target to collect your safari checklist. Then continue through the centre to find all four animals, filling out your safari checklist as you go. Once you’ve found them all, take your checklist back to the promo desk and receive a free craft gift while stocks last. Safari Zoo is open from 10am-1pm each day.

Thursday 23 September – Circus skills workshops

Kids can learn to juggle, spin plates, stilt walk and more at Cleveland Central these school holidays! From Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 September head to the area near TerryWhite Chemmart between 10am-1pm to participate in one of the 4 x 30 minute sessions. Bookings required.

Friday 24 September  – City in the Sun

City in the Sun uncovers and reimagines Brisbane’s subtropical image. Showcasing large-scale new contemporary artworks alongside historical imagery, the FREE exhibition reveals how the city’s history of migration, tourism, climate, environment and geographic location has contributed to the images of a subtropical oasis of leisure and abundance.

Saturday 25 September – SunSuper Riverfire

If you love fireworks, make plans to get to Riverfire in 2021. It is part of the larger Brisbane Festival that runs from 3-25 September 2021. Located all over the city, it is one of our favourite things to do each year. Find out more here.

Sunday 26 September – Entwined: Plants and People

In this exhibition, you can explore our relationship with plants through photography, illustrations, immersive projections, and historical objects. Entwined displays the works of award-winning creatives as they document and reinterpret plant life in modern Australia. The exhibition also digs into the State Library’s rare botanical collections, exploring historical and contemporary stories in the process. Find out more here.

Monday 27 September – Kids magic chef workshops

From Monday 27 September – Saturday 2 October the amazing Nickleby the Magician will be at Beenleigh Marketplace to teach your little ones magic tricks themed around food. Each child will receive their very own chef hat, apron, magic lunch box and wand that makes things appear and disappear. Bookings are essential.

Tuesday 28 September – Prehistoric creatures of the ice

FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside ice age

Explore a world full of life-size animatronic ice-age mammals and amazing creatures. This immersive, interactive event at Capalaba Park Shopping Centre will captivate the hearts and minds of young and old alike. Includes a craft workshops. 

Wednesday 29 September – The Gifting Tree

‘The Gifting Tree’ at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) brings together the work of Sonia Chitrakar, Archana Kumari and Kamta Tahed, three contemporary Indian artists who use bright colours, pattern and storytelling in different ways. Children can reflect on their own experiences of trees through two hands-on activities in this FREE exhibit. Taking inspiration from the artists’ work, they can draw a picture about the importance of planting trees and add their response to a display in the exhibition space or make a drawing of a problem-solving fantasy tree. No bookings required.

Thursday 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!

Friday 1 October – LightPlay

EKKA Public Holiday LightPlay

Enter the dazzling world of LightPlay where children can explore their artistic potential in an interactive space created especially for them! Play with overhead projectors and illuminated light boxes and discover what happens when light is cast on different materials. Explore transparency, reflection and shadow as well as other properties of light. See the Children’s Gallery transform into a constantly evolving light scape before your very eyes! LightPlay is a FREE exhibit and it’s highly recommended you book in advance as it’s sure to be very popular. Find out more here.

Saturday 2 October – DIY Aquarium

Head to Booval Fair, between 10am-1pm  for this popular activity where you can design and build your own light aquarium to decorate your room. Participation is free and no bookings required!

Sunday 3 October – Garden with your kids at home

Gardening with kids

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

Monday 4 October – Back to School Baking

Get ready for the rush that is back to school!  We have five recipes that you can make and freeze so that there will always be something in the freezer for those busy mornings.

FREE school holiday activities Brisbane Southside – Winter 2021

Saturday 26 June – Hip hop dance class

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

Sunday 27 June – The Gifting Tree

‘The Gifting Tree’ at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) brings together the work of Sonia Chitrakar, Archana Kumari and Kamta Tahed, three contemporary Indian artists who use bright colours, pattern and storytelling in different ways. Children can reflect on their own experiences of trees through two hands-on activities in this FREE exhibit. Taking inspiration from the artists’ work, they can draw a picture about the importance of planting trees and add their response to a display in the exhibition space or make a drawing of a problem-solving fantasy tree. No bookings required.

Monday 28 June – Free Mini Putt Putt

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

Tuesday 29 June – Cap-itude Fun

Cap-itude Fun Free School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside

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

Wednesday 30 June – World Press Photo Exhibition 2021

The World Press Photo Exhibition, showcasing the best visual journalism of the past year, returns to Brisbane Powerhouse. Attracting 4,315 photographers from 130 countries who submitted 74,470 images, this coveted award is the world’s leading contest for professional press photographers, photo journalists and documentary photographers. In 2021, the highly-anticipated exhibition will be even more poignant, following an unprecedented year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice protests around the globe. Bookings recommended for this FREE exhibition held at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Thursday 1 July – Trolls School Holiday Fun

Trolls Fun Free School holidays Brisbane southside

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

Friday 2 July – Get outdoors with a family bushwalk

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.

Saturday 3 July – Hop on a City Hopper

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

Sunday 4 July – On the Move 

Ipswich Art Gallery

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

Monday 5 July – The Storytellers

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

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

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

Wednesday 7 July – Bling Your Ride

Shake off the winter chill and warm up your creativity at Museum of Brisbane with non-stop family fun! See the new exhibition, City in the Sun, and join MoB for Storytime: Bee Detective reading and craft activity. Make the perfect accessory at the Bling Your Ride craft station or learn how to make a sun catcher. Find out more here.

Thursday 8 July – Kids Collective

Kids Collective Program Roma Street Parklands

Kids Collective’s school holiday program returns to Roma Street Parkland with FREE activities for children aged 5-12 years from 30 June – 2 July and 7 – 9 July 2021. The free outdoor series is set to entertain children with a range of educational and interactive activities, stimulating parts of the brain that assist in creative thinking, problem solving as well as fine and gross motor skills. Find out more here.

Friday 9 July – Deadly Threads

Experience this showcase at the State Library examining Indigenous shirts – born from protests in the 1970s and evolving as permanent mainstays in wardrobes across Australia.  In Deadly Threads, see over 190 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designed singlets, t-shirts, polo shirts, and jerseys. From colourful sporting jerseys to protest and artists’ shirts, Deadly Threads looks at how the shirts have helped people freely express views, support community, show allegiances and champion causes.  

Saturday 10 July – Now is the Time

Raquel Ormella invites children to speak up about climate change and the environment in her exhibition at the Children’s Art Centre, QAGOMA. Children can design a protest t-shirt, create a poster and cast a vote for what they care about. Now is the Time includes a cumulative message-board allowing children to share their thoughts with other visitors.

Sunday 11 July – Lake Moogerah Day Trip 

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

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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, Christmas plus school holidays is a huge financial drain on every family. That’s why we’ve pulled this list together for you to ensure your family can enjoy the 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.

7 responses to “FREE School Holiday Activities Brisbane Southside | The Best List”

  1. Maggie Whitney says:

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

    • Janine says:

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

  2. Rosemarie Nobbs says:

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

  3. Pat says:

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

    • Janine says:

      Hi Pat- this link has now been updated!

      • Pat says:

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

  4. Amanda says:

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

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