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Places in Brisbane to Take Kids Who Love Outer Space!

Are you looking for places in Brisbane that do outer space for kids really well? Looking for rockets, planets and aliens because you have model solar systems and galaxies everywhere at home? Have you got a little Preppie learning about outer space and you want to build on the experience?

We’ve compiled a list of cool places that do outer space for kids really well in Brisbane and surrounds. Some of these amazing activities are quite close to home but some will require blasting off on a day trip journey! Be amazed, engaged and excited about learning about the wonders of the universe alongside your children. Read on to find out more.

1. Brisbane Planetarium

Read our review of the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and take your kids there to enjoy outer space for kids! Adventure into the Cosmic Skydome to see regular projected shows – ensuring you check beforehand to make sure you’re going to an age appropriate one. Have a picnic at the Planetarium Sundial Courtyard and visit the gift shop for some out-of-this-world souvenirs. Brisbane Planetarium is open from Tuesday to Sunday and it’s $9.40 for kids between 3 and 14.

Find out more here. 

2. Wheel of Brisbane

Venture to the beautiful South Bank parklands after dinner and take your little space kiddies on the Wheel of Brisbane. Ride 60 metres high in the air in the safety and comfort of a pod and see the horizon from a whole new point of view! You’ll see a beautiful Brisbane sunset and gorgeous twinkling stars come out to say goodnight. If you book online you’ll receive 5% off ticket prices and if you keep an eye on Families Magazine Secure-A-Spot parking you might be lucky enough to secure a discount using one of our special codes.

3. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

Brisbane Astronomical Society

Venture up the winding roads near Mount Coot-tha to see spectacular panoramic views of Brisbane and its surrounds. Take picnic blankets, some dinner and lay back to see the gorgeous sky-show happen right above. It’s beautiful, it’s easy to get to and it’s free! Who said the space program had to be expensive?! The Brisbane Astronomical Society have public viewing nights and they are free to participate!

4. Mt Gravatt Lookout

Similar to Mt Coot-tha, you’ll find uninterrupted views of the beautiful night sky at this southern suburbs vantage point. Take your own telescope and enjoy the serenity at this outer space for kids venue while they try to find shooting stars and UFOs!

5. Carindale Recreational Reserve – Rocket Park

Get your astronauts to set their coordinates to the south side as you come to play with the rocket with sound effects, moon car and moon rocks! There are plenty of facilities here to keep the whole family entertained for hours and their imaginations will run wild. Not too far away from Carindale Shopping Centre either. Blast off to Carindale Recreation Reserve’s Rocket Park!

6. Roselea Park, Roselea St, Shailer Park

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7. Lobley Park, Churchill – Ipswich

ideas for outer space for kids in Brisbane Lobley Park, Churchill - Ipswich

It’s not exactly outer space but your kids will adore the aeronautical themed Lobley Park. It has an RAAF cargo plan and a control tower (complete with x-ray machine and radar screen!) for your kids to practice their flight skills. Make sure to bring those scooters so they can quickly zoom the cloud shuttle paths that connect the structures.

8. The Fun Spaceship

A private indoor playcentre located in Heritage Park on Brisbane’s Southside. They offer themed parties with access to the indoor playcentre with rockets and space themed activities.

Find out more here.

This article was featured in Issue 56 of our printed magazine on 1 March 2023.

Themed day trips

If you like planning day trips with a theme, or have a little one who has a particular passion, these other day trips might suit you too!

Is you child inspired by outer space? Check out our Super Moon Guide , Kids Guide to the International Space Station and  Moon Landing Facts for Kids!

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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.

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