You might not think kid friendly and museums go together but Toowoomba museums can be a fantastic day out for your whole family. Museums encourage deeper thinking, spark a child’s imagination and offer a different option to spending time together as a family. Often museums are interactive and have lots of hands-on exhibits, ensuring your child is learning and having lots of fun too!
Cobb & Co Museum
The Cobb & Co Museum is truly a must-see Toowoomba museum for kids. It’s home to the National Carriage Collection and has a massive range of vehicles from the horse drawn era. The play area offers imaginative play, hands on experiences, craft and more. There’s always great programs available during school holidays and the Little Cobbers program runs during school term time.
Clifton Historical Museum
Older children will appreciate the Clifton Historical Museum. Housed in an old butter factory, as soon as you walk in you will be transported back in time to the 1930s. There you can see and experience a pioneer bedroom, an early hospital ward, kitchen and children’s room. There’s also a heritage room we you can read original memoirs of long-time residents. You will also find movie memorabilia and musical pieces.
Australian Army Flying Museum
The Australian Army Flying Museum is just 25 minutes from Toowoomba’s centre in the town of Oakey. If aircraft are yours or your children’s thing, they will love this museum. Check out the advancements in aviation technology over time close up and see memorabilia from eras of Australian Military Flying. There’s a kids area with hands on activities so they can see what it might be like to be a Military Aviator! BBQs and Picnic tables are also available on site.
Crows Nest Folk Museum and Village
Not many museums can say they have their own village inside them but Crows Nest Folk Museum and Village does. Every building has been restored by volunteers to make things as authentic as 100 years ago. Your children will feel transported to another time and place as they wonder into a home, school, milk shop, blacksmith and more from a bygone era.
Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre [Currently closed but check back for updates]
Got a young one who is truly fascinated by everything on wheels? The Transport and Main Roads Heritage Centre is the only Roads museum in Australia. From how roads are made to the history of road building in Queensland, take the interactive children’s trail with the kids and check out the vehicles and road building equipment on display.
If you are looking for more things to do with your family in Toowoomba – check out our huge round up too!