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QUT The Cube: School Holiday Activities these Holidays!

Find out what’s on at QUT The Cube during these school holidays in this article.

QUT School holiday activities are the best!

QUT The Cube

The Cube is one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces consisting of 48 multi-touch screens and soaring across two storeys in QUT’s Science and Engineering Centre. It delivers unique interactive digital learning experiences that communicate science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) concepts and bring research to the public. The Cube inspires and engages the next generation with extensive outreach to schools, including hands-on and interactive workshops and public programs for students during school terms and in school holidays.

QUT The Cube Projects

Physics Observatory

Imagine throwing a wooden block while on the Moon’s gravity and then observing the difference when you throw one on the Sun. As you explore the Physics Observatory you will learn about key historical figures, their experiments, and be able to play through different scenarios to discover key principles of physics. Get zapped by a Tesla coil, change the gravity in the environment, drop weights from a great height and even find out how long light takes to travel across the Solar System.


Code-A-Bot is a free interactive digital game putting you in charge of programming robot workers to collect and sort rubbish, improving the overall efficiency of a waste recycling plant. Using The Cube’s digital touch screens, robots can be coded to move, sense, and collect or distribute rubbish around the facility and into the correct bins.

The Living Reef

Interactive Screens at QUT The Cube
Interactive Screens at QUT The Cube

A digital marine ecosystem, The Living Reef is a FREE immersive underwater interactive experience of the Great Barrier Reef. The Living Reef features interactive on-screen activities. Turtle Tangle allows visitors to cut away ghost nets to help to free a turtle and Reef Ranger allows visitors to navigate RangerBot – an underwater vehicle developed by QUT’s Professor Matthew Dunbabin.

Dino Zoo

Ever wanted to meet a dinosaur? Dino Zoo at The Cube is the closest you can get to the real thing – minus the danger of being eaten! The life-sized dinosaurs are the most scientifically accurate portrayals of these creatures in the world. And, thanks to artificial intelligence, the dinosaurs will even behave like the real thing, based on a set of behavioural parameters for each species. This is the first time that these dinosaurs have been portrayed to this level of accuracy using current movement studies as well as matching their locomotion and stride to existing trackways.

Dino Zoo includes digital activities, an archaeological dig simulator, an interactive Earth timeline and more. Please note: A life-sized dinosaur isn’t cuddly or friendly.  While the experience can be a lot of fun, some children might need the comfort of a brave adult ranger to ensure a positive experience. Children under 12 must be supervised at all times.

Water Tank

A sophisticated real-time digital water simulation, Water Tank is water play without getting wet! Fill and drain the water, add objects like a stone, a rubber duck or a ball to the tank to learn about buoyancy, and watch as ripples and waves demonstrate how the surface of the water reacts to your touch.

Wind Tunnel

Using complex algorithms, Wind Tunnel simulates air flow as it passes over a static object such as an aerofoil, car, truck or plane. Choose your object, set your parameters and watch as smoke and particle effects help to visualise the air movement over the object, demonstrating the concepts of drag and lift, turbulence, velocity and pressure.

The Great Acceleration 

The Great Acceleration is the 2019 Artist-in-residence program at The Cube, in which the artists have explored the traces of human activity contained in ice cores. These past traces of activity offer insights into current issues such as climate change and accelerating human impacts on earth.

Robot Factory

QUT’s Robot Factory is open for business and they need as many workers as possible. Build your own unique robot using spare parts from the factory: there are millions of combinations to explore! Then, launch your robot into space and watch as it floats into zero gravity – can you spot yours?

Wind and Water Simulations

A sophisticated real-time digital water simulationWater Tank is water play without getting wet! Fill and drain the water, add objects like a stone, a rubber duck or a ball to the tank to learn about buoyancy, and watch as ripples and waves demonstrate how the surface of the water reacts to your touch.

Using complex algorithms, Wind Tunnel simulates air flow as it passes over a static object such as an aerofoil, car, truck or plane. Choose your object, set your parameters and watch as smoke and particle effects help to visualise the air movement over the object, demonstrating the concepts of drag and lift, turbulence, velocity and pressure.

Digital Garden

Digital Garden by Man & Wah is the 2018 Artist in Residence program at The Cube. Their project is a visual exploration of nature and its marvellous plants to inspire thoughts of cosmic connections and the vital role nature performs in sustaining a habitable planet.

Chem World

Chem World provides an inspiring and hands-on experience of chemistry and its fundamentals. 

Terra Nil

Terra Nil is a fun yet challenging game tasking you to transform desolate landscapes into flourishing, harmonious ecosystems. In the game, your mission is to rejuvenate barren lands by purifying soil, restoring oceans, cultivating forests, and reintroducing fauna.

Octopus Estate

Beneath the ocean’s surface, an octopus hides away. A shark draws near. Will you command your octopus to challenge the shark? Try to escape? Or try and eat it? The fate of your octopus rests with you. Nurture your octopus, aiding its survival. Remain vigilant, for in this world where octopuses are prey and predator, anything could happen! You can find this game on app stores.

Visiting QUT The Cube

  • Parental supervision is required at all times.
  • Bookings may be required for some events. 
  • There are different shows on the screens each day so be sure to look online for what’s on each day.
  • Admission to The Cube is free. 
  • These holiday activities are suitable for children ages 5 and up.
  • Head to The Cube, Science & Engineering Centre (P Block), QUT Gardens Point.
  • Head here for more information.

Looking for more holiday fun?

Here are our tips on where to take your tweens and teens these holidays!

We’ve also created a list of the best kid-friendly school holiday activities in Brisbane.

Lastly, if things are feeling a little tight in the back pocket don’t despair! We’re all in the same boat. Check out our calendar of free activities on Brisbane’s Northside for the school holidays. We’ve listed one activity for every day of the holidays!

Boldly Go

In Boldy Go, we bring you interactive and large scale displays of some of the newest and most advanced exploration and deep-space imagery ever captured.

Nature Imagined

Nature imagined is an interactive digital learning experience and exhibition of works by artist William Robinson.

The Retro Arcade

The Retro Arcade is an ever-expanding trip down memory lane into 80s style games, revitalised and showcasing the mathematics behind each game.

Mighty Pucks is an ice hockey game where beautiful pixel graphics combine with fast based action to create an intense match where two teams of two players compete for victory. Track Stars is a four-player retro inspired rendition of the hundred-metre dash with a twist. This race includes obstacles such as hurdles, water traps, sandpits, springboards and speed boost pads which intensify the competition and destroy friendships!

Other games rotating in The Retro Arcade include Block Breakers, Parabola Pirates and Space Junk. Built into these games are behind-the-scenes mathematical insights, capable of showing off the algorithms that go into achieving simple arcade fun.

Plasma Wall

Get up-close and personal with Plasma Wall, a fun and colourful interactive for all to enjoy. Plasma Wall is a collection of abstract light and movement games for families and students to discover through the movement of their own body.

Save a turtle trapped in a fishing net and explore the reef in a range of hands-on and VR activities including the Reef 3D and VR Workshop, Sphero Sea Rescue (robotics!) and the QUT Research Zone. There are heaps of other activities and classes for children of aged 5+ to participate in.

The Cube @ QUT School Holiday Activities Summer 2019

On your mark, get set, GO! Put yourself in the driver’s seat this January for QUT’s Summer Holiday Program. QUT School holiday activities are the BEST!

qut school holiday activities girls in front of big screen
QUT holiday activities

Test drive The Cube’s new wind and water simulations and explore a range of hands-on activities including Drone coding workshops, a Sphero aqua challenge and Augmented reality drawing. While you are on campus, drop-in to QUT Art Museum to make your own shadow puppets with Artist in residence, Kyoko Imazu.

Join them for the Family Fun Day on Saturday 12 January to enjoy a supercharged day of activities including QUT eSports sessions, Snow slingers VR and live performances by Street Science.

What activities can we do?

qut school holiday activities girls with ipad
QUT holiday activities

– Drone Coding Workshop (tickets $22, bookings essential)
– Augmented Reality Drawing
– Sphere Aqua Challenge
– Water Tank
– Wind Tunnel
– Take to the sky with Paper Planes
– The Retro Arcade
– Shadow Puppets at QUT Art Museum

The Cube @ QUT School Holiday Activities Winter 2018

QUT School Holiday Activities
QUT holiday activities

Children aged 6+ are invited to immerse themselves in nature and be the first to see this world-first exhibition and digital project, Nature Imagined.

Based on the landscape paintings of renowned Australian artist, William Robinson, this unique interaction of art and science allows visitors to discover insights into Robinson’s painting techniques and the local landscapes and environments that inspire him. The Cube’s interactive project displays three William Robinson works in high resolution and visitors can zoom in on each of the artworks to see exquisite detail and discover fascinating facts about the landscapes.

Other activities on offer include Micro macro, a drop-in session which allows you to create your own artwork based on microscopic images and add it to the large collaborative collage. Children can also learn about geology from QUT scientists, explore missions in a digital scavenger hunt or unwind with wildlife and art-inspired books.

QUT School Holiday Activities
QUT holiday activities
  • WHEN: Saturday 7 – Saturday 14 July 2018
  • TIME: 10am – 4pm
  • AGES: 6+
  • COST: Free

Find out which sessions are ‘drop in’, which need booking and which are wait listed.

Watch our video review of the QUT school holiday activities for winter 2018

Here is some previous stuff that we participated in during The Cube’s School Holiday Activities. It was just TOO good to get rid of. See for yourself and keep reading!

The Cube @ QUT School Holiday Activities January 2018

The Cube’s QUT School Holiday Activities offer families a chance to get up close and personal with science! Here’s what they’re offering this time around (Jan 2018). Make sure to keep checking back as they rotate to keep up with what today’s science-mad kids are after. All of these activities are free and entry is from 6-14 Jan from 10am-4pm. These activities are suited to kids aged 5 and over.

Draw it – Code it! Summer  2018 QUT School Holiday Activities Program

CODE IT. QUT School Holiday Activities 2018

This is a hands-on workshop designed to help kids (and their parents) fine-tune their tech skills. They can become inventors, visit the drop-in maker space and find out cool robot and recycling facts via a treasure hunt. Kids will even be able to code a robot in a project called CODE-A-BOT!

They’ll design a robot in a 3D world and learn the basics of robotoics through an obstacle course called a Sphero. Cool! There’ll be a Code Coach on hand to assist.

The super-cool treasure hunt mentioned above uses digital technology and features in-game missions.

Younger kids are invited to design a bot in a cool blend of physical and digital space.

DRAW IT. QUT School Holiday Activities 2018

Over at the QUT Art Museum kids are getting crafty and creative! Self-portraits, dress ups and shadow puppets are just the start of what’s on offer! What a great time of year to get your drama on and bring out that inner thespian!

There’s a MAKER SPACE where you can get crafty and there are 80’s style arcade games in a RETRO ARCADE that are sure to keep parents amused!

Check out our video for a sneak preview of what’s coming on 6th January, 2018 and visit The Cube’s website for more information.

Watch our video of all the past fun and find out all the details here:

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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.

5 thoughts on “QUT The Cube: School Holiday Activities these Holidays!”

  1. I want to bring my grandchildren 10 and 12 in to Brisbane city for the day and was hoping you were open this week? Please confirm. Also advise what is on.

    I have taken them to you before and they had an amazing time.

    Look for ward to hearing from you. Regards

  2. How do we book Science Steve : Street science? I clicked on his hyperlink and this event isn’t listed on his website? Thanks


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