5 Must Do Ideas for Kids these School Holidays!
You’ve got limited time and you want to know: What are the BEST school holidays ideas in Brisbane?
You don’t want to pfaff about with boring or difficult things to do. You just want sure fire ways to keep the kids entertained – ideas that are high speed, low drag and with minimal spend. Mums and Dads (and grandparents) of Brisbane, we’ve got your back! Look no further than our ‘Must Do List’ for our favourite five things, the BEST ideas for kids to do over this set of school holidays this year in Brisbane.
Summer school holidays ideas that won’t break the bank
Counting down in reverse order our favourite school holiday ideas in Brisbane these December and January school holidays. These events are either free or super affordable for your family ….
Oh, what fun it is to ride… public transport into South Bank this Christmas! There is just SO much for families to do (click the link above to learn more!) that you’d be mad as a pear tree with two partridges in it to miss out. Markets, fireworks, open air beach cinemas – what more could you ask for? It’s possible to do this VERY cheaply (particularly if you bring your own food) so make sure you take advantage of what’s on offer! A few fabulous school holiday ideas to be had here!
After Christmas comes… Australia Day! And South Bank is THE place to be on our nation’s special day. Saturday 26th January sees a day of live music (from 1pm to 5.30pm) on the River Quay Green and then a spectacular ten minute fireworks display at 7.30pm! There’ll be about 40,000 fun seekers in South Bank on Australia Day and it’s a family friendly event, meaning alcohol-free. Green and gold will feature prominently in the fireworks as will the jet ski performers! Everything’s set to the backing track of all-Australian music. All cafes, bars and restaurants will be open as per usual. Parking is available or you could grab public transport instead! Head here for more information.
The Children’s Art Centre at GOMA truly is an evocative, exciting place where children (and those who are young at heart) can thoughtfully engage with art works in order to immerse themselves into a different way of thinking. The intention behind the Children’s Art Centre is to open a door from Brisbane to the world through which children may run, dance and play their way into a world of creativitity and imagination.
This time around, GOMA (and the rest of the South Bank Cultural Centre) will play host to APT9 – the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial exhibition. It has to be seen to be believed so don’t miss out! You can read more here.
Bonus idea: When you are finished at GOMA, head over to the Museum to wander through the free exhibits and check out the dinosaurs and fossils.
There are an incredible number of blockbuster and independent cinemas across Brisbane, Logan, Redlands, Ipswich and the Moreton Bay Region. On a chilly winter’s day, rug up and head along for some hot buttery popcorn and the latest flicks! We’ve got our overview of the best movies for kids right here!
From 1st December to 28th April, Ipswich Art Gallery is presenting ‘Playing with Light’ – a hands-on, interactive exhibition for all ages. Can you sneak past lasers? Survive in a kaleidoscope? Draw with light? Make a telescope? So much to see and do for creative little minds – this is a MUST when it comes to school holiday ideas.
Bonus idea: if you fancy a little bit of nature, we highly recommend the Ipswich Zoo (aka Ipswich Nature Centre) – it’s a gold coin donation to get it and it will surprise you with the range of animals they have in their care!
One of our favourite spots in all of Queensland! The parklands are divine at any time of year but Summer is when they REALLY shine. Tour the incredible garden designs, play soccer on the fields, gaze dreamily at the water fountains and go bananas in the playground. It’s kiddie heaven and it’s the perfect inner-city spot to spread out a picnic blanket and watch the world go by.
If you’re attending around Christmas time, make sure you stop by the Enchanted Garden. Find out more here!
These are our favourite school holidays ideas for spring- let us know what else we could have included below!