2020 Open Days for Brisbane Schools

This is a comprehensive list of the secondary and P-12 schools in Brisbane that are holding an Open Day, Visitation Day or School Tour in 2020. We update this list of schools throughout the year with more detailed information as the schools share their Open Day details with us. If you don’t see the school you are interested in, please add in comments – if the school has let us know, we have included it. If you let us know, we can include it.

Please note: Due to the school closures in April and May, many schools cancelled or postponed their May/June open days. We are updating information to bring you new tour dates as they become available. All information in this table is correct and updated as of 1 July 2020.

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A comprehensive listing of 2020 Open Days dates for Brisbane Schools including schools in the Moreton, Logan, Ipswich and Redland areas.

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Name of School and Type of SchoolOpen Day Date and Website
All Hallows' School (Fortitude Valley) Catholic Girl's School Yr 5-12Open Day: Sun 31 May CANCELLED. Tours throughout the year. Virtual Open Day: Sun 30 Aug 10.30am
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Ambrose Treacy College (Indooroopilly) Catholic College for boys in Yr 4-12Tour Days: Wed 17 June. Small group tours in accordance with Government Health directives, Tue 4 Aug 9.30-11.30am, Thur 29 Oct 3:30-5:30pm
Anglican Church Grammar School (East Brisbane) Anglican Boys’ School Reception-Yr 12Open Day: Wed 6 May - POSTPONED. They also offer personalised tours and Headmaster’s Tours throughout the year.
Aspley State High School (Aspley) Co-ed Yr 7-12Twilight Tours: Wed 11 Mar, 4.30pm - 6.30pm, Wed 26 Aug, 4.30pm - 6.30pm (TBC); Sunday family & master classes: 25 Oct 8:30-11:30am.
Australian Trade College (Scarborough) Co-ed Yr 11 & 12 Hands on learning towards a trade career.Information Evenings: Tuesdays 17 Mar, 26 May (CANCELLED), 4 Aug, 13 Oct, 24 Nov. Try A Trade Days: Wednesdays 8 Jul, 30 Sep, 9 Dec.
Aviation High School (Clayfield) Yr 7-12 Strong aviation focusCheck website for Open Day details
Bethania Lutheran School (Bethania) Co-ed Primary School, Prep-Yr 6Open Day: Wed 4 Mar 9am - 11am. Contact school for a tour 3200 5363
Brigidine College (Indooroopilly) Catholic Secondary Girls’ School Yr 7-12Open Day: Sun 17 May 10am - 1pm. Welcome Tours: Mon 9 Mar, Tues 10 Mar, Mon 10, Tues 11 Aug, 9:30am - 10:30am. Principal's Tour: Tues 13 Oct, 2pm - 3pm (TBC).
Brisbane Adventist College (Mansfield) Co-ed Prep-Yr 12Tour upon booking.
Brisbane Bayside State College (Wynnum West) Indep Co-ed Yr 7-12Open Mornings: Thur 5 Mar, 7 May, 4 Jun, 23 Jul, 8 Oct 9am. Open Afternoon: Wed 20 May, 3-6pm (CANCELLED).
Brisbane Boys’ College (Toowong) Prep-Yr 12, boarding from Yr 7-12.Junior School Tours: Thursdays 27 Feb, 19 Mar, Wednesdays 29 Apr, 20 May, 12 Aug, 2 Sept, 14 Oct, 11 Nov 8:20 - 10am. Middle & Senior School Tours: Wed 26 Feb, Mon 23 Mar, Tue 28 Apr, Tue 19 May, 8:40 - 10am, Thursdays 10 Sept, 22 Oct 19 Nov @ 8.40am. Personal tours by request.
Brisbane Christian College (Sailsbury) Co-ed Pre-prep-Yr 12Open Events: Tuesdays 3 Mar, 5 May, 18 Aug (TBC), 27 Oct.
Brisbane Girls Grammar School (Brisbane) Girls’ Secondary School Yr 7-12Open Day: Fri 31 Jul 4-8pm POSTPONED. School tours Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year.
Brisbane Grammar School (Spring Hill) Indep Boys’ School Yr 5-12Virtual Open Day: Sat 25 July 12-3pm. Organised tours throughout the year.
Brisbane Montessori School (Fig Tree Pocket) Infants to Middle School (0-15 years)Open Day: (Middle School) Wed 29 Jul. Bookings essential. Private tours by arrangement.
Brisbane State High School (South Brisbane) State Secondary Co-ed, Yrs 7-12School Tours: Tuesdays 21 Jul, 4 & 18 Aug, 1 & 15 Sept. Bookings essential.
Calvary Christian College (Loganholme) Springwood Campus- Prep-Yr 6; Carbrook Campus- Childcare-Yr 12Check website to book a tour.
Cannon Hill Anglican College (Cannon Hill) Co-ed Prep-Yr 12Open Day: Sat 7 Mar, Fri 14 Aug 9am-12pm (TBC).
Canterbury College (Waterford) Indep Co-ed Kindy–Yr 12Principal's Tours: Tue 24 Mar 4-5pm, Tue 25 Aug 9-10am. Junior School (K-Yr 6): Wed 25 Mar 4-5pm, Wed 26 Aug 9-10am. Secondary School (Yr 7-12): Wed 4 Mar & 5 Aug 8-9:30am. Tour morning: Wed 5 Aug 8-9.30am.
Carmel College (Thornlands) Catholic Co-ed Yr 7-12Visit their website to book a tour.
Cavendish Road State High School (Holland Park) Co-ed Yr 7-12Open Day: Tues 10 Mar 4-7pm.
Citipointe Christian College (Carindale) Indep Prep-Yr 12Tours: Tue 3 Mar 5pm, Tue 19 May & 25 Aug 9am, Tue 20 Oct 5pm. Personal tours by request.
Clairvaux MacKillop College (Upper Mt Gravatt) Catholic Co-ed Yr 7-12College Tours: Fri 6 Mar, Wed 6 May CANCELLED, Fri 5 Jun CANCELLED, Fri 31 Jul CANCELLED, Wed 2 Sep, 9-11am. Live Virtual Tour: Fri 24 Jul 10-11am. Register online.
Clayfield College (Clayfield) Indep School Co-ed Pre-Prep-Yr 6; Girls Pre-Prep-Yr 12Open Mornings: Thursdays 19 Mar, 21 May, 22 Oct 8:45am to 11am; Clayfield Fair & Open Day: Sun 2 Aug 10am-3pm (TBC).
Faith Lutheran College Redlands (Victoria Point) Junior School Campus K-Yr 6Personal tours available throughout the year.
Faith Lutheran College Redlands (Thornlands) Secondary School Campus Yr 7-12Personal tours available throughout the year.
Genesis Christian College (Bray Park) Indep Co-ed School Prep-Yr 12Open Day: Tues 5 May 9-11am. Personal tours by appointment throughout the year. Virtual Tour available online.
Grace Lutheran College (Rothwell & Caboolture) Co-ed Secondary CollegePersonal tours by appointment throughout the year,
Grace Lutheran Primary School (Clontarf) Co-ed Prep-Yr 7Tours by arrangement.
Hillbrook Anglican School(Enoggera) Co-ed Secondary School Yr 7-12Hillbrook In Action: Thu 6 Aug 10am-2pm CANCELLED. Personal tours by appointment.
Iona College (Lindum) Catholic Boys’ College Yr 5-12Open Day: Mon 1 Jun 1:30-4:30pm (CANCELLED). College Tour: Fri 16 Oct. A Virtual Tour format to replace the scheduled Open Day will be available to view on the College website. Personal tours by arrangement.
Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School (girls-only Yr 7-12) and Ipswich Junior Grammar School (co-ed K-Yr 6)Open Day: Sat 14 March, 10am-1pm. Discovery Tours: Tues 28 Jul, 13 Oct @ 8.45am.
Ipswich Grammar School (Ipswich) Indep Boys' School Prep-Yr 12Open Day: Thurs 28 May POSTPONED. Thur 30 July 9am-12pm. Personal tours by request.
John Paul College (Daisy Hill) Co-ed Early Yrs-Yr 12Open Day: Sat 23 May - CANCELLED. Open Morning: Wed 12 Aug 9am-12pm. Secondary Open Morning: Thursdays 12 Mar & 22 Oct 9-11am. Primary Open Morning: Thur 19 Mar & 8 Oct 9-11am.
Kelvin Grove State College (Kelvin Grove) Co-ed Prep-Yr 12Open Day 2020 CANCELLED
King's Christian College (Logan Village) Indep Co-ed K-Yr 3 (Reedy Creek) Early Yrs-Yr 12 (Pimpama) K-Yr 8Open Days: Tue 11 Feb 6pm, Sat 6 Jun 9am CANCELLED, Tue 6 Oct 6pm.
Living Faith Lutheran Primary School (Murrumba Downs) Co-ed Prep-Yr 6Open Mornings: Thur 27 Feb & Wed 12 Aug 9-10am CANCELLED. Personal tours by request.
Loreto College (Coorparoo) Catholic Girls’ Secondary College Yr 7-12Open Day: Sun 24 May 10am-1pm. College Tours: Wednedays 26 Feb, 3 Jun, 5 Aug (POSTPONED), 14 Oct at 9am. Virtual open day Sat 18 Jul 9.30am. Register your interest
Lourdes Hill College (Hawthorne) Catholic Girls’ Secondary School Yr 7-12Open Day: Fri 9 Oct 3:30–7pm. Morning Tours: Mondays 17 Feb, 2 Mar, 18 May, 3 Aug 9:30am.
MacGregor State High School (MacGregor) Indep Co-Ed Yr 7-122020 Virtual Principal tours available by contacting [email protected]
Mansfield State High School (Mansfield) State Co-Ed Yr 7-12All tours for 2020 CANCELLED
Marist College (Ashgrove) Catholic Boys' Yr 5-12Headmaster's Tours: Fridays 21 Feb, 20 Mar, 15 May 31 Jul, 16 Oct (All 2020 tours CANCELLED). Personal tours by request.
Mary MacKillop College (Nundah) Girl's Secondary College Yr 7-12Open Day: Sun 17 May 10am-1pm - POSTPONED to October. Enrolment Info Evening: Wed 4 Mar 4.30-6pm. Principal's Walk n Talk: Thur 7 May 9-10am - CANCELLED. Combined Gala event, Open Evening, Arts Showcase and Orientation: Fri 9 Oct.
Moreton Bay Boys’ College (Manly West) Boys’ College Pre-Prep-Yr 12Head of College Tours: Wed 19 Feb, Fridays 13 Mar, Wed 14 Oct 9-11am. Open Day: Fri 21 Aug 9am-midday.
Moreton Bay College (Manly West) Girls’ College Pre-Prep-Yr 12Open Days: Fri 14 Feb & 31 July 9-11am.
Mount Alvernia College (Kedron) Catholic Girls’ Secondary School Yr 7-12Open Day: POSTPONED from Sun 17 May. Please contact the college to book a private tour.
Mount St Michael's College (Ashgrove) Catholic Girls’ Secondary School Yr 7-12Open Evening: Fri 28 Feb 3-6pm.
Mt Maria College (Mitchelton) Catholic co-ed Secondary College Yr 7-12Check website for details.
Mt Maria College (Petrie) Catholic co-ed Secondary College Yr 7-12College Tour: Tue 21 Jul 9.45-10.15am.
Mueller College (Rothwell) Co-ed College Prep-Yr 12Every day is open day, book a tour online.
Music Industry College (Fortitude Valley) Indep Co-ed Music College Yr11-12Open Day: Sat 16 May.
North Lakes State College (North Lakes) Co-ed Prep-12Check website for Open Day details.
Northpine Christian College (Dakabin) Indep Co-ed College K–Yr 12Tour Dates: Wed 18 Mar, Tue 28 Apr, Thur 11 Jun CANCELLED, Tue 28 Jul TBC, Thu 3 Sep, Tue 13 Oct, Thu 12 Nov.
Northside Christian College (Everton Park) Co-ed K–Yr 12College Open Morning: Thur 5 Mar 9:30-11:30am. Prep Open Morning: Wed 6 May 9-11am. Principal's Tour (Junior School) Wed 10 Jun 9-11am CANCELLED. Principal's Tour (Prep Focus) Tue 25 Aug 9-11am. Prinicpal's Tour (Secondary Focus) Tue 8 Sep 9-11am.
Ormiston College (Cleveland) Indep Non-denominational Christian Co-ed Early Yrs–Yr 12Prep Open Morning: Tue 10 Mar 9.30-10.45am. Showcase Day: Sat 1 Aug 10am-2pm (TBC). Headmaster's Tours throughout the year and personal tours may be arranged. www.ormistoncollege.com.au
Our Lady’s College Catholic (Annerley) Catholic Girls’ College Yr 7-12Open Day: Sat 17 Oct 10am-1pm. College Tour: Fridays 6 Mar, 5 Jun, 17 Jul & 7 Aug, 11 Sep, 9 Oct 8am; 17 Oct 10am.
Our Lady Help of Christians (Hendra) Co-ed Prep-Yr 6Open Day: Thu 12 Mar 9-11am.
Padua College (Kedron) Catholic Boys’ College Yr 5-12Open Day: Sun 17 May - CANCELLED. Rector's Tours: Tuesdays 25 Feb, 16 Jun, 8 Sep.
Prince of Peace Lutheran College (Everton Hills) Co-ed K-Yr 12Junior Campus Open Days: Thursdays 12 Mar, 28 May, 20 Aug, 22 Oct, all 8:45-10:15am. Senior Campus Open Morning: Wed 17 Jun CANCELLED. Senior Campus Expo: Tue 1 Sept 3.30-6pm.
Queensland Academies (Kelvin Grove, Gold Coast) Indep Co-Ed Yr 10-12 (Toowong) Indep Co-ed Yr7-12Toowong Open Day: Thur 27 Feb & 16 Jul (TBC). Kelvin Grove Open Day: Sat 7 Mar. Gold Coast Open Day: Tue 25 Feb. https://qa.eq.edu.au/
Redeemer Lutheran College (Rochedale) Co-ed P-Yr 12Open Day: Wed 12 Aug. Twilight Tour & Movie Night: Fri 21 Feb (Tour from 3:30pm, Movie at 6:30pm). Open Morning: Wed 14 Oct 9-11am. www.redeemer.com.au/experience
Redlands College (Wellington Point) Co-ed College Prep-Yr 12Open Day: Fri 28 Feb 9:30-11:30am. Principal's Tour: Thur 27 Aug and 22 Oct. Personal tours by request.
Rochedale South State School (Rochedale South) Co-ed Pre-Prep-Yr 6Check website for details.
San Sisto College (Carina) Secondary Girls’ School Yr 7-12College Tours: Thur 12 Mar, Fri 24 Jul, Wed 26 Aug, Tue 15 Sep, Fri 23 Oct, Thu 5 Nov 9-10:30am.
Sandgate District State High School (Deagon) Co-ed 7-12Check website for details.
Seton College (Mount Gravatt East) Co-ed Secondary, focusing on students with learning needsCheck website for details.
Sheldon College (Sheldon) Indep, Co-ed Non-denominational. Childcare-Yr 12Virtual Open Day: Fri 17 Jul, 10:30am. Personal tours by arrangement.
Somerville House (South Brisbane) Co-ed Pre-Prep; Girls' Prep-Yr 12; Girls' Boarding Yr 6-12.Tour online 24/7 via the website.
Southern Cross Catholic College (Scarborough) Catholic Co-ed Prep-Yr 12Open Day: Sun 17 May 10am–1pm - POSTPONED, new date TBC. Head of Secondary Tour (one held each term): Thur 5 Mar 9am, Wed 17 Jun 9am, Thur 6 Aug 2pm, Tue 27 Oct 9am.
St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School (Corinda) Anglican Girls’ School K-Yr 12; Co-ed KindyOpen Days: Wed 18 Mar 9am-1pm, Thurs 28 May, 6 Aug & 26 Nov 8.45-10.30am. Principal's Tour: Wed 22 Jul.
St Edmunds College (Ipswich) Catholic Boys' School Yr 7-12Online Open Day: Wed 22 Jul 5pm. Personal tours by request.
St Eugene College (Burpengary) Catholic Co-ed Prep-Yr 12Tours by appointment, 2nd Tuesday every month (term time) 9am-1:30pm. Virtual Tour coming soon.
St James College (Brisbane) Catholic Co-ed Secondary College Yr 7-12Open Day: Fri 15 May. Tours of the College take place throughout the year.
St John Fisher College (Bracken Ridge) Catholic Girls’ Secondary School Yr 7-12Open Day: Tue 28 Apr 3:30-6:30pm CANCELLED. Year 7 2023 Tour: Fri 7 Aug 9am. Principal Tours take place second Friday of each month at 9am excluding holidays. Register online for catering purposes.
St John’s Anglican College (Forest Lake) Co-ed K-Yr 12Open Days Prep-Year 12: Tue 3 Mar & 26 May (CANCELLED), Thur 6 Aug 9-11am. Twilight Tour:
Wed 7 Oct. Kindergarten Open Day: Sat 8 Aug 9-11am.
St Joseph’s Nudgee College (Boondall) Catholic Boys’ College Yr 5-12Open Day: Sat 16 May 10am-2pm & Tues 11 Aug 9am-12pm.
St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace (Spring Hill) Catholic Boys’ College Yr 5-12Open Day: Mon 11 May 3:30-6pm (CANCELLED). 360 Tour via website coming soon!
St Kieran's Primary School (Brighton) Catholic Primary Co-Ed Prep-Yr 6.Open Day: Thur 12 Mar 9-10.30am.
St Laurence’s College (South Brisbane) Catholic Boys’ College Yr 5-12Open Day 2021: February 2021 (Date TBC)
Principal’s Tour 2020: Tue 21 Jul, Thu 6 Aug, Thu 15 Oct, 4pm – 5.30pm, bookings essential via
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School (Ascot) Anglican Girls’ School Pre-prep-Yr 12Open Day: Sat 7 Mar 9:30am–12:30pm, Open Morning: Thur 13 Aug 8–11am (TBC).
St Mary's College (Woodend) Catholic Girls' School Yr 7-Yr 12Principals Tour: Fri 21 Feb 9-10am. Personal tours by request.
St Michael's College (Caboolture) Catholic Co-ed Yr 7-12Personal tours by request.
St Patrick's College (Shorncliffe) Catholic Boys’ Yr 5-12Open Day: Tue 26 May 3-6pm - CANCELLED. Personal tours by request.
St Paul's School (Bald Hills) Anglican Co-ed Pre-Prep-Yr 12Open Mornings: Junior School Tue 18 Feb 9am, Tue 28 Jul 4-6pm. Year 7: Thu 27 Feb, Fri 24 Jul 8.45-11am. Personal tours by request.
St Peter Claver College (Riverview, Ipswich) Catholic Co-Ed Yr 7-12Open Day: Sun 24 May 10am-1pm. Virtual Tour online 24/7.
St Peters Lutheran College (Indooroopilly) Indep Co-ed Prep–Yr 12Open Day: Sat 6 Jun - CANCELLED. Virtual Open Day: Thu 16 Jul 6pm, register online. Virtual tour online 24/7. Personal Tours on request.
St Peters Lutheran College (Springfield) Indep Co-ed Prep–Yr 12Open Days: Sat 13 Jun 9am-12pm. Tour Dates: Thur 19 Mar 9-10am. Prep/Kindy Group Tours: Thu 30 Apr 4-5:30pm, Wed 20 May 9-10am.
St Thomas More College (Sunnybank) Catholic Co-ed Yr 7-12Visitors' Days: Tues 10 Mar, 19 May (CANCELLED) & 18 Aug 9.15am & 4.15pm.
Stretton State College (Stretton) Co-ed Prep-Yr 12Tour and Talk: Tues 11 Aug & 3 Nov, 9am.
Stuartholme School (Toowong) Catholic Girls’ Secondary Yr 7-12Open Day: Sat 14 Mar 10am-1pm. School in Action Tours: Fri 12 Jun, Mon 10 Aug, Mon 12 Oct. Register to attend. Self-guided interactive tour online.
The Lakes College (North Lakes) Indep Co-ed Prep-Yr 12Open Day: Sat 7 Mar Prep 9-10am & Yr 1-12 10-11:30am; Tue 19 May CANCELLED, Fri 14 Aug, Tue 20 Oct all 8:45-10:30am.
The Springfield Anglican College (Springfield) Co-ed Anglican K-Yr 12Twilight Tour Primary Campus: Thu 12 Mar 5pm. Virtual tour online. personal tours by request.
The Gap State High School (The Gap) Indep. State Co-ed Yr 7-12Open Evening 2020: CANCELLED
Villanova College (Cooparoo) Catholic Boys’ Yr 5-12Open Day: Was Wed 27 May, rescheduled to Tues 16 June @ 5pm. Principal's Tours conducted each month. Virtual tour online.
West Moreton Anglican College (Karabin) Anglican Co-ed Prep-Yr 12Open Day: Sat 14 Mar 11am-3pm. Personal tours by request.
Westside Christian College (Goodna) Co-ed Pre-prep-Yr 12Tour Mornings: Thu 27 Feb, Tue 24 Mar, Thu 11 Jun & 30 Jul, Tue 25 Aug & Thu 15 Oct. Tour Evening: Fri 8 May 5-8pm. Personal tours by request.
Where to Buy Showbags Online and in Store! | The Showbags Must Go On!

It’s a time-honoured tradition; visit any agricultural show or exhibition and you just have to go to the showbag pavilion! Aussie kids everywhere – and especially Brisbane kids – love the excitement of choosing bags full of toys, practical jokes, dress-ups and lollies, and parents aren’t excluded with a range of luxury item and branded showbags just for them. But what happens if you can’t get to the show, or – horror of horrors – the show can’t go on? Can you buy showbags online? Yes! Here’s our guide to where to buy showbags online.

Updated – see below for showbags available in Queensland supermarkets!

Your favourite showbags from showbags.com.au


Showbags.com.au has all your favourite novelty and branded showbags including Cadbury, kids’ TV favourites, sports and AFL showbags. Prices start at $4 each, with the advantage of buying showbags online with Afterpay. Here’s a selection of what you will find:

  • Bluey – Brisbane’s favourite TV dog!
  • Harry Potter
  • Paw Patrol
  • Slime Zone
  • PJ Masks
  • Brisbane Broncos
  • Brisbane Lions
  • Cadbury Big Bite
  • Freddo & Friends

At showbags.com.au you’ll also find a selection of branded stand-alone toys and gifts including water bottles, science kits and blind packs.

Check them all out at showbags.com.au

Showbag Shop for Ekka Showbags Online

Bertie Beetles Showbag Shop

The Showbag Shop offers 10% off your first order and Afterpay on orders of $100 or more. This is the store where you will find the famous Bertie Beetles showbags and all the ‘grownup’ showbags full of fashion and TV favourites. They even ship overseas so you can surprise friends and family who aren’t able to attend a show in person! Again, prices start at just $4.00. Here is an idea of the showbags you will find:

  • Bertie Beetles – yay!
  • Allen’s Lollies
  • Nestle range – Smarties, Kit Kat, etc.
  • Pop Culture
  • Nerf
  • Marvel Characters
  • Australian Women’s Weekly
  • My Kitchen Rules
  • Kids Creation
  • The Emporium Collection

The Showbag Shop also offers gift cards that you can buy for your niece, nephew, grandchild etc. to allow them to choose their own bags.

Chicane Showbags

Chicane Showbags Nerf

Chicane Showbags is the brand name of The Showbag Shop offering all the same bags but on a separate website. If the showbag you want is out of stock on one site, zoom over to the other and see if you can get it there! Only The Showbag Shop website offers Afterpay if that is a consideration for you.

Check out the Chicane Showbags website here.

The Gamesmen Showbags Online

The Gamesmen offers a range of iconic showbags, including some of those manufactured by Chicane Showbags and Bensons Trading (lollies). You can buy now, pay later with Zip and they offer nationwide Express Delivery. Are these the showbags you have been searching online for?

  • The Natural Confectionery Co.
  • LOL Surprise
  • Fizzer lollies
  • Where’s Wally?

The Gamesmen also has a huge range of toys, board games and pop culture.

Showbag Warehouse

Disney Frozen II Showbag Warehouse

Showbag Warehouse has all the kids’ favourite novelty showbags – the ones kids love with the backpacks and fancy dress costumes. These are ideal if you’re planning ahead for Book Week! The range isn’t huge, but it’s popular! Prices start at $10.00. Here are some of the dress-up and novelty showbags on offer:

  • Disney Frozen II
  • The Avengers
  • The Wiggles
  • Jojo Siwa
  • Squishies
  • S.W.A.T.
  • Star Wars
  • Trolls

See the full Showbag Warehouse range online.

Showbag Alley


Paw Patrol Showbag Alley

Showbag Alley has heaps of TV favourite and movie showbags, along with novelty, toys and confectionery. There are showbags available for all age groups from pre-school to adult. Prices start at $5.00. Here are some of the showbags you will find online.

  • Tricks and Jokes
  • Totally Boy
  • Totally Girl
  • Wonka
  • Paw Patrol
  • Peppa Pig
  • Glow Sticks
  • Hatchimals
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

See the full Showbag Alley range here.


Harry Potter Showbags at Sanity

You know the music and DVD stores? They also sell a HUGE range of showbags! They have TV and pop culture favourites, plus confectionary, sports, toys, slime, dress-ups – in fact almost any showbag you think of! Yes, we were surprised too! The added advantage is, you can stock up on DVDs, books, games and gift items to do all your Ekka showbag and Christmas shopping at the same time. Take a look at just some of the huge range of popular showbags on offer here:

  • AFL and NRL Teams
  • Anime
  • Cadbury
  • Trolli
  • Harry Potter
  • Liquorice
  • Unicorns and Dinosaurs
  • Kids’ TV – Thomas the Tank Engine, Paw Patrol, Bluey etc.
  • Tricks and Jokes

The showbag range at Sanity really is huge. See for yourself!

Find your Ekka showbags online!

Did you find the showbags you were looking for? With the Ekka and many other shows cancelled for 2020, showbags online are a great option. The great things is, showbags are always available online, so if you just can’t wait for the 2021 Ekka to roll around, you can treat yourself to a showbag anytime!

Buy Showbags in Queensland supermarkets!

Showbags at IGA on bloomfield, Cleveland

Selected supermarkets, including IGA and Woolworths, are selling showbags in store now! Stock is limited and includes some of your favourite lolly and kids’ bags. These in the picture are at IGA on Bloomfield in Cleveland. Ask at your local store to see who will be getting them and when!


The *Funnest* List of Things to do in Noosa with kids!

Searching for ‘things to do in Noosa with kids’? Here’s everything you need to know about one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

In this article you will find a HUGE list of all the best things to do in Noosa with kids. We’ve divided the list into a few different categories. Scroll down to find suggestions for:

  • Nature experiences in Noosa
  • Play activities for kids in Noosa
  • Adventure activities in Noosa
  • Culture in Noosa

When you get to the bottom of our suggestions, you will see we have added some links to our favourite accommodation in Noosa and even some rainy day ideas!

Nature experiences – things to do in Noosa with kids

Noosa truly is the gateway to one of the most breathtakingly beautiful parts of the world. Pristine coastline, gorgeous untouched natural park and sunsets that almost break your heart while you watch them – they’re that full of beauty and promise.

We’d like to thank the gorgeous Robyn from Banana J Creations and her beautiful family for so many of these wonderful pictures. She makes incredible wares from teepee play tents to custom nursery accessories as well as going on incredible adventures with her children.

Touring this area of the world with kids offers a plethora of opportunities for them to ‘get amongst it’ and appreciate nature. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Noosa with kids:

Noosa Heads

Things to do in Noosa with kids noosa heads

A picture paints a thousand words, doesn’t it?

Noosa Heads is the epicentre of Noosa tourism. The restaurants, shops and galleries (which we’ll discuss later) provide the backdrop for one of the most jaw-dropping beaches you’ll ever encounter. Calm waves, clear water and plenty of space to spread out and take it all in.

things to do in noosa with kids noosa heads

Noosa National Park

things to do in noosa with kids noosa national park

Noosa National Park offers families a great opportunity to get some bushwalking done in an easy-to-navigate setting on the coast line. You’ll be surrounded by wildlife and serenity (until the kids start squealing, obviously). Plenty of opportunity for bird watching and peaceful reflection while you get those kilometres in. And you might just spot a natural beauty, like the Noosa Fairy Ponds.

things to do in noosa with kids fairy pond

There are a range of bushwalking options at different grades of difficulty so make sure you check in and plan accordingly. Take your swimmers just in case you feel like a dip!

Tewantin National Park

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Thanks to Trip Advisor for the above photograph. 

Tewantin National Park can be found west of the Noosa region and offers the opportunity to see the world from a different angle. Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout provides a spectacular view of the entire region and is well worth the trip.

Take the Bruce Highway then follow towards Cooroy (Tewantin, Noosa, Cooray and Noosa Heads turnoff). After you pass Tinbeerway you’ll be in the National Park. We recommend the Wooroi Picnic Area as a special stop off to take it all in and relax on a picnic blanket.

Little Cove

things to do in noosa with kids

Shhh. Little Cove is a secret.

This peaceful inlet is away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger beaches and always-packed Hastings St. Best suited for older kids or families with teenagers, Little Cove is easy to access now that the boardwalk has been built. You need to walk away from the main beach towards the Noosa National Park. Walk along the boardwalk then head down the stairs.

It’s a great spot for surfing, fishing and swimming and has that ‘old school charm’ so encapsulated by the above photo. Please note, though, that Little Cove is unpatrolled.

Teewah Coloured Sands

things to do in noosa coloured sands

Visitors to Teewah Coloured Sands will definitely need access to a 4WD (an adventure we’ll discuss later in the article).

The Great Sandy National Park is home to the incredible Teewah Coloured Sands. Stories from the Dreamtime say that the sands were formed when a spirit took the form of a rainbow that engaged in a fight for the love of a young woman. When the spirit fell against the cliffs it shattered, causing the beautiful effect that you see today.

You can find this spot 3km north-east of Noosa Heads. There are tour operators who run trips out to the spot so make sure to investigate the best option for your crew.

Laguna Lookout

things to do in noosa with kids laguna lookout


Located in Noosa Heads, Laguna Lookout offers a sweeping view of everything this gorgeous area has to offer. It’s our pick for budding amateur photographers.

Now that you’ve taken in a huge number of gorgeous natural experiences, it’s time to find some more things to do in Noosa with kids to burn off their energy!

Play – things to do in Noosa with kids

As nice as a holiday of peaceful reflection and quiet nature walks sounds, anyone with kids can tell you ‘that ain’t gonna happen’. If you’ve got little ones, medium ones or teenagers you KNOW that, at some point, they’re going to have to burn off that kid-energy.

We’ve collated a number of our favourite activities to do with kids that are guaranteed to not only be fun but to hopefully (fingers crossed) encourage NAPPING. Bliss.

Learn to surf

things to do in noosa with kids surf

What better activity to get the blood pumping than learning how to surf? Noosa has some of the best conditions in the world for learning how to surf – open space, relatively calm waves, gorgeous weather and awesome swell.

One of our writers wrote about her family learning to surf on the Gold Coast here if you need to be convinced!

Why not try learning to surf in Noosa? The waves are just right for learning and the team there are great with kids… tell us how you get on if you do… we think you will love it!

Kayaking and paddle boarding

things to do in noosa with kids

The Noosa River, and it’s many and varied winding tributaries, offer a fabulous chance to try kayaking and paddle boarding.

things to do in noosa with kids paddle board

As well as kayaking and paddle-boarding on the Noosa River, you can also head 40 minutes north to kayak in the Noosa Everglades The everglades are only one of two everglades in the world and offer families a chance to slowly explore the myriad beautiful waterways and picturesque settings that the area has for careful nature observers.

For more information about everglades tours in Noosa click here.

things to do in noosa with kids kayak

Located about 40 minutes from Noosa Heads you can point your kayak in the direction of calm waters, pack a camera and supplies and head out for a day’s peaceful exercise. It’s a 60km long river system and is protected by the adjacent national park. It’s one of only two types of like systems in the world (the other one is in Floria).

You can bring your own equipment or hire paddle boards and kayaks from any of a number of local industries. Support small Noosa businesses!

Click here to find out more about jet-boat thrill rides in Noosa.

What about a Noosa Everglades cruise? Check these out!


Have you been snorkelling before?

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Taking children snorkelling is a sure fire way to inspire their creativity, connect them with nature AND absolutely exhaust them.

There are MANY spots in the Noosa region to take children snorkelling. This shot was at the gorgeous Noosa Heads and we’d recommend it for the calm water and high levels of visibility.

Hire a boat!

things to do in noosa with kids boat

Journey up and down Noosa River on your very own (or hired) boat!

You can fish, explore, have a meal on board or just putter around. There are plenty of slow moving boats that go along the Noosa River and it’s easy to hire boats of low speed without having to secure a boating licence.

things to do in noosa with kids

Our pick? Pelican Boat Hire.

Beach family BBQ and parties

things to do in noosa with kids

Once you dock your boat, grab the crew and throw a beach party.

There are a number of really picturesque beach side BBQ and picnic areas all up and down the Noosa River. Many of these have playgrounds attached to them. Keep your eye out as you’re boating along and see what beautiful places you can spot! Plenty of space to play that family game of beach cricket! 

Bike riding

Bike riding is a fabulous way to see any new place and we love Ecotekk Electric Bike Hire. They’re a Noosa business who will deliver your bike hire choice to you for use! Lots of options for the whole family (mountain bikes, urban bikes, folding bikes) and as they’re electric you’ll be able to go further faster and have way more fun! Woohoo!

Adventure – things to do in Noosa with kids

Our adventure section covers day trips from Noosa designed to amp up the fun, get those little hearts racing and leave your family with memories to last a life time.

A lot of these destinations involve driving (sometimes up to an hour) from Noosa as your base so please factor that into your planning.

Dolphin and whale watching

Our choice is Dolphin View Kayak Great Beach Drive Adventures Noosa Day Tour (phew!).

This is a great part of the world from which to watch the beautiful phenomenon of migration. There are plenty of places to whale and dolphin watch in the Noosa region.

These are seasonal activities (June to November) and most on boat tours last for a least a couple of hours.

Australia Zoo

things to do in noosa with kids australia zoo

Head south from Noosa to Australia Zoo – Queensland’s home of WILD experiences. Steve Irwin’s legacy continues to thrive and we know how to get free tickets. 

Sea Life

things to do in noosa with kids sea life

Sea Life, previously known as Underwater World, continues to entrance local and international families alike. It’s the perfect place to take kids, regardless of weather or heat. Wander through the viewing areas, take in a seal show, let the little ones play in the themed soft play area and sample delicious eats in their on-site cafe. Check out these Sea Life ticket prices too!

Aussie World

things to do in noosa with kids

Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi! Aussie World is actually one of our top picks for Sunshine Coast party venues. About an hour or so south of Noosa, Aussie World offers good old-fashioned theme park fun at old-fashioned prices.

Sideshow rides, carinval games, delicious food and a howlin’ good time. Aussie World is a great day trip from Noosa that’s perfect for tweens and teens. For discounted tickets to Aussie World click here.

Big Pineapple & Wildlife HQ Zoo

things to do in noosa with kids Wildlife HQ Zoo

Baby, check out the BIG PINEAPPLE now! It’s revamped and has it’s very own conservation zoo that’s open to the public every day of the week.

This iconic QLD destination lives to see another century and it’s a ‘must see’.

4WD adventures

Head to Noosa North Shore (Cooloola National Park) for one of the Sunshine Coast’s most exciting 4WD experiences. Surrounded by park on one side and beautiful coast line on the other, it’s a 4WDer’s dream run.

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Travel during low tide and you must purchase a permit you must purchase a permit before embarking on this adventure. Bonus points if you bring your surfboard!

Culture – things to do in Noosa with kids

Alright, let’s slow down the break neck pace a little! We’ll wind up our ‘things to do in Noosa with kids’ list with a quick look at some of the cultural and retail options that the region has to offer. First stop is a classic.

Eumundi Markets

things to do in noosa with kids markets

It’s our pick of Sunshine coast markets for families. Eumundi Markets are an eclectic mix of art, jewellery, fashion, produce and COFFEE! Fabulous for an early morning sojourn, a family trip or some time by yourself. Saturday mornings are our favourite time.

Art galleries

Head to the Noosa Regional Art Gallery for that little bit of cultural reflection and artistic appreciation. Admire installations from local and international artists while promoting a lot of creativity of expression in your kids.

Find out here why our kids NEED art in their lives. 

Shopping on Hastings Street

things to do in noosa with kids shopping

Just like Vanessa Williams, we’ve gone and saved the best for last. (And to be honest? This might be one you want to do by yourself!)

Hastings St is the Paris of the Sunshine Coast. It’s a tour de force of high end fashion, eclectic boutiques, creative wares and a million and one ways to spend your money. Nothing better than a carefree waft up and down the street going in and out of the most beautiful stores you’ve ever seen. Top it off with a coffee or a meal at any number of delectable Hastings St eateries. Check here to see if the one you’ve got your eye on is on our list of child-friendly spots. 

Things to do in Noosa with kids

Phew! We’re spent! If you can think of any great things to do in Noosa with kids that we’ve missed (and you’re willing to share your secrets) please let us know in the comments.

We love these tours and ideas too from Experience Oz… check them out here.

Best family friendly accommodation in Noosa

We’ve also expanded this list to include the best family friendly accommodation in Noosa as well! You can find out top 10 choices for where to stay in Noosa here.


You will find our rainy day guide for Noosa here.

REVIEWS: School Holiday Kids Movies | Kids Movies Out Now!

If you are looking for the best kids movies out now for your family, we’ve got the most up-to-date information for winter holiday cinema!

Cinemas in Queensland are currently working under COVID-19 restrictions, meaning a smaller number of viewers per session and fewer screenings, but the great news is we’re seeing a return of some of your old time favourites and classics mixed in with the new releases. Check out what’s on at your local cinema below.

Kids movies out now – new movie releases for winter school holiday!

These are the new release kids movies for winter 2020.

SamSam (G)

SamSam appears to have it all: his own flying saucer and great family and friends. But the one thing he has yet to attain are actual superpowers. A wannabe superhero takes on a monster who tries to stop children from laughing. (Animation)

The Call of the Wild (PG)

Buck is a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life gets turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon in the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail-delivery dog sled team, Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime as he ultimately finds his true place in the world.

Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarves (Classification to be confirmed)

Princes who have been turned into Dwarfs seek the red shoes of a lady in order to break the spell, although it will not be easy. A parody with a twist. Showing in Hoyts cinemas when they reopen on July 2. (Animation)

Recent release kids movies – rescheduled

Remember how we were all looking forward to enjoying these movies during the summer and Easter holidays? Cinemas closed before these recent releases could complete their run. If you missed out then you are getting a second chance now! 

Keep reading because you’re in for a treat – old favourites and classics are being re-screened now at selected cinemas, from Back to the Future and The Princess Bride, to Shrek and Finding Nemo. You’ll find them listed below. We’ve never been so excited to be going to the cinema!

Sonic the Hedgehog (PG)

The world needed a hero — it got a hedgehog. Powered with incredible speed, Sonic embraces his new home on Earth — until he accidentally knocks out the power grid, sparking the attention of uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik. Now, it’s supervillain vs. supersonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using Sonic’s unique power to achieve world domination. (Animation)

Jumanji: The Next Level (PG)

When Spencer goes back into the fantastical world of Jumanji, pals Martha, Fridge and Bethany re-enter the game to bring him home. But the game is now broken — and fighting back. Everything the friends know about Jumanji is about to change, as they soon discover there’s more obstacles and more danger to overcome.

Dolittle (PG)

Dr. John Dolittle lives in solitude behind the high walls of his lush manor in 19th-century England. His only companionship comes from an array of exotic animals that he speaks to on a daily basis. But when young Queen Victoria becomes gravely ill, the eccentric doctor and his furry friends embark on an epic adventure to a mythical island to find the cure.

Spies in Disguise (PG)

Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril. (Animation)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (M)

When it’s discovered that the evil Emperor Palpatine did not die at the hands of Darth Vader, the rebels must race against the clock to find out his whereabouts. Finn and Poe lead the Resistance to put a stop to the First Order’s plans to form a new Empire, while Rey anticipates her inevitable confrontation with Kylo Ren. Warning: Some flashing-lights scenes in this film may affect photosensitive viewers.

Frozen 2 (PG)

Elsa the Snow Queen has an extraordinary gift — the power to create ice and snow. But no matter how happy she is to be surrounded by the people of Arendelle, Elsa finds herself strangely unsettled. After hearing a mysterious voice call out to her, Elsa travels to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond her kingdom — an adventure that soon turns into a journey of self-discovery.

My Spy (PG)

Nine-year-old Sophie catches JJ, a hardened CIA operative, spying on her family during a routine surveillance operation. In exchange for not blowing his cover, JJ begrudgingly agrees to show the precocious girl how to become a spy. What at first seems like an easy task soon turns into a battle of wits as Sophie proves you don’t need much experience to outsmart a seasoned agent.

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A second chance to view your favourite kids movies at the cinema now!

With many new releases being postponed until later in the year, cinemas are treating us to a re-screening of some of our old family favourites! Each cinema has chosen their own favourites to re-screen, but these are some of the classics you can catch if you’re quick!

Please note: All re-screenings are subject to change or cancellation. Check with your local cinema’s website for the latest news and updates.

Inside Out (PG)

Riley is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions – led by Joy – try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust. (Animation)

Re-screening at selected Event Cinemas.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (G)

The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry. (Animation)

Re-screening at selected Event Cinemas.

Home Alone (PG)

When 8-year-old Kevin McCallister acts up the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

Re-screening at selected Event Cinemas.

Toy Story (G)

Toy Story is about the ‘secret life of toys’ when people are not around. When Buzz Lightyear, a space-ranger, takes Woody’s place as Andy’s favorite toy, Woody doesn’t like the situation and gets into a fight with Buzz. … But when the clocks strike Andy’s birthday, a new toy arrives. (Animation)

Re-screening at selected Cineplex and Event Cinemas.

Toy Story 4 (G)

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy. (Animation)

Re-screening at selected Event Cinemas.

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (G)

When an alien possessing strange powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun the Sheep quickly makes a new friend. Together they must run from a dangerous organisation that wants to capture the intergalactic visitor. (Animation)

Re-screening at selected Event Cinemas.

Finding Nemo (G)

Marlin, a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo, who has a foreshortened fin. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver, and horrified Marlin must set out to find him. A blue reef fish named Dory – who has a really short memory – joins Marlin and complicates the encounters with sharks, jellyfish, and a host of ocean dangers. Meanwhile, Nemo plots his escape from a dentist’s fish tank. (Animation)

Re-screening at selected Cineplex and Event Cinemas.

Finding Dory (G)

Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity. (Animation)

Re-screening at selected Cineplex Event Cinemas.

The Princess Bride (PG)

A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. Based on the William Goldman novel “The Princess Bride” which earned its own loyal audience.

Re-screening at selected Event Cinemas.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG)

All seems well on the island of Berk as Vikings and dragons live together in peace and harmony. Now a Viking leader, Hiccup finds himself increasingly attracted to Astrid, while his beloved dragon Toothless meets an enchanting creature who captures his eye. When the evil Grimmel launches a devious plan to wipe out all the dragons, Hiccup must unite both clans to find Caldera, a hidden land that holds the key to saving Toothless and his flying friends. (Animation)

Re-screening at selected Event Cinemas.

Justice League (M)

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity, and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly-awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes in Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash, it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Re-screening at selected Event Cinemas.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG)

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.

Re- screening at selected Cineplex cinemas.

Shrek (PG)

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home -not to mention his – Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret. (Animation)

Re-screening at selected Cineplex cinemas

Back to the Future (PG)

In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly is thrown back into the ’50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents, and must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.

Re-screening at selected Cineplex cinemas.

Babe (G)

Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett wins a piglet named Babe at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him at the next fair, Babe bonds with motherly border collie Fly and discovers that he too can herd sheep. But will the other farm animals, including Fly’s jealous husband Rex, accept a pig who doesn’t conform to the farm’s social hierarchy?

Re-screening at selected Cineplex cinemas.

Harry Potter (PG & M)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ - In Concert, South Brisbane

ALL EIGHT of the Harry Potter films are being re-screened at Cineplex cinemas! If you’re a Potter fan, check out the scheduling at your local Cineplex and get set for a Potter movie marathon!

Movies to download and watch at home

Here are some of our favourites that make great viewing at home these school holidays:

Paddington 2

The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief…


Félicie is a young orphan with only one passion: dance. With her best friend Victor, who wants to become an inventor, she devises a madcap plan to escape the orphanage for Paris! Félicie will have to work like never before to make her wildest dream come true: becoming a prima ballerina…

House of Magic

Seeking shelter from a storm, abandoned young cat Thunder sneaks into a mysterious mansion owned by retired magician Lawrence, aka “The Illustrious Lorenzo”. Lawrence shares his fairy-tale world with many animals and a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos capable of whipping up breakfast while rolling out a spectacular song-and-dance routine. When Lawrence ends up in the hospital, his nephew tries to trick him into selling the house. But its ragtag inhabitants develop a spooky strategy to defend their home. They turn their house into a haunted mansion, using Thunder as their secret weapon…

Mia & The White Lion

Young Mia’s life gets turned upside down when her family decides to leave London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion named Charlie is born, the 10-year-old finds happiness once again as she develops a special bond with the growing cub. When Mia uncovers a secret that puts Charlie in danger, she sets out on an incredible journey across the wild plains to find a sanctuary for her beloved friend.

Playmobil: The Movie

When her younger brother, Charlie, unexpectedly disappears into the magical animated universe of PLAYMOBIL®, unprepared Marla must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home. Through their vibrant adventure, Marla and Charlie realise that no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself! Featuring the voices of Daniel Radcliffe, Meghan Trainor and Adam Lambert.

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More family films coming 2020

When cinemas DO finally reopen we are in for some treats! Check out these family movies planned for a rescheduled release in 2020. We’ll bring you the release dates when we know them!

Note: We have only included the movies that we know will be classified as suitable for children. When classifications for other movies are known, they will be added.

Minions: The Rise of Gru

In the heart of the 1970s, amidst a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making back-up from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto – a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please – deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons, and pull off their first missions.

Disney’s Mulan

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation . . . and a proud father.

Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost

Your favorite teen sleuths go on an unforgettable adventure to New England, where they investigate the haunting of a historic colonial inn that’s been turned into a state-of-the-art, culinary resort. (Animation)

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl II, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune.


A doll living in ‘Barbieland’ is expelled for not being perfect enough and sets off on an adventure in the real world. A Live-action feature film based on the popular line of Barbie toys.

Soul – Disney Pixar

A journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms, discovering the answers to life’s most important questions. (Animation)

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run

Gary’s been snailnapped! SpongeBob and Patrick embark on a hilarious adventure to Save Gary! (Animation)

Jungle Cruise

Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles, but with a supernatural element.

Peter Rabbit 2

In PETER RABBIT™ 2, the lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.

Trolls World Tour

Poppy and Branch discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music. A member of hardrock royalty, Queen Barb, aided by her father King Thrash, wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy, Branch, along with their friends set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.

The Witches

Based on Roald Dahl’s 1973 classic book ‘The Witches’, the story tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven year old boy who has a run in with some real life witches.

Previous school holiday movies

We love keeping track of all the best kids movies! Read on below to see our favourites from seasons gone by. Luckily, many of these films are now available via screening services so you can get your movie on any time you like! 

Kids movies out now – school holiday kids movies

Here is a list of the new movies that we’re dying to see over the summer kids school holidays 2019/2020. Read on to see preview clips!

Frozen 2 (out 28th November)

Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister Anna embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle. They are joined by friends, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven.

Playmobil – The Movie (out 5th December)

A young woman travels to the animated world of Playmobil to find her missing younger brother, Charlie. In order to bring him back home, she must embark on a thrilling adventure.

The Addams Family (out 5th December)

Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family — Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Grandma — are readily preparing for a visit from their even creepier relatives. But trouble soon arises when shady TV personality Margaux Needler realises that the Addams’ eerie hilltop mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in the neighbourhood.

The Queen’s Corgi (out 12th December)

When the Queen’s favourite dog, Rex, becomes lost, he must make new friends and embrace new adventures in order to find his way back to the palace.

Doolittle (out 1st January)

Dr. John Dolittle lives in solitude behind the high walls of his lush manor in 19th-century England. His only companionship comes from an array of exotic animals that he speaks to on a daily basis. But when young Queen Victoria becomes gravely ill, the eccentric doctor and his furry friends embark on an epic adventure to a mythical island to find the cure.

Spies in Disguise (out 1st January)

Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril.

A Shaun the Sheep Movie : Farmageddon (out 1st January)

When an alien possessing strange powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun the Sheep quickly makes a new friend. Together they must run from a dangerous organisation who wants to capture the intergalactic visitor.

Spring school holiday movies 2019

Check out these cinema offerings for Spring 2019

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (out 12th September)

Red, Chuck, Bomb and the rest of their feathered friends are surprised when a green pig suggests that they put aside their differences and unite to fight a common threat. Aggressive birds from an island covered in ice are planning to use an elaborate weapon to destroy the fowl and swine way of life. After picking their best and brightest, the birds and pigs come up with a scheme to infiltrate the island, deactivate the device and return to their respective paradises intact.

Abomniable (out 19th September)

When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth. But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

Dora and The Lost City of Gold (out 19th September)

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure yet — high school. Accompanied by a ragtag group of teens and Boots the monkey, Dora embarks on a quest to save her parents while trying to solve the seemingly impossible mystery behind a lost Incan civilization.

Uglydolls (out 19th September)

Unconventionality rules in UGLYDOLLS, the new animated family adventure based on the beloved toy brand. In the adorably different town of Uglyville, the free-spirited Moxy and her UglyDolls friends confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.

Paw Patrol: Ready Race Rescue (out 3rd October)

It’s the ADVENTURE BAY 500! The pups have built an awesome race track and are ready to be the pit crew for their race hero, THE WHOOSH! But when the legendary racer is unable to drive in the CHAMPIONSHIP RACE, he calls on his biggest fan-pup MARSHALL to take the wheel and race in his place! Marshall has to overcome his lack of confidence and his dastardly competition, THE CHEETAH, to fulfil his dream of becoming the FASTEST race-pup EVER! Get ready to race and rescue!

Kids movies out now – Winter school holiday kids movies 2019

Here’s a list of new kids movies that will be coming out for the Winter school holidays in 2019. Read below to find out more!

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (out 20th June)

Max the terrier must cope with some major life changes when his owner gets married and has a baby. When the family takes a trip to the countryside, nervous Max has numerous run-ins with canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses.

Toy Story 4 (out 20th June)

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

The Lion King 2019 (out 17th June)

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother — and former heir to the throne — has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Here Comes The Grump (out 1st August)

An evil wizard presides over the entire world and has banished all happiness, smiling and laughter. Terry, a normal boy, teams up with a princess to put a stop to the wizard’s reign and return happiness to the world.

Mia and the White Lion (out 8th August)

Young Mia’s life gets turned upside down when her family decides to leave London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion named Charlie is born, the 10-year-old finds happiness once again as she develops a special bond with the growing cub. When Mia uncovers a secret that puts Charlie in danger, she sets out on an incredible journey across the wild plains to find a sanctuary for her beloved friend.

A Dog’s Journey (out 15th August)

Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

That’s our wrap up for Winter school holiday kids movies. Scroll down to see our favourites from holidays gone by! 

Kids movies out now – Easter school holiday kids movies 2019

Here’s a list of new movies for kids out NOW for the Easter school holidays 2019. Read below to find out more!

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (out 21st March)

Everything is awesome! Or is it?! Join Emmett and pals as they embark on the next chapter in their totally awesome saga. If you thought DUPLO was an innocent toy then you’re in for a shock!

Dumbo 2019 (out 28th March)

The timeless classic that is DUMBO has been given a 21st century facelift. This beautiful film will be sure to delight, entrance and surprise audiences young and old, Our tip? Take the tissues

Wonder Park (out 4th April)

Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. It’s a visual delight with some great messages for families to take away from. This is definitely the kind of kids movie you won’t mind sitting through! 

Missing Link (out 11th April)

Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link, who is 8 feet tall and covered in fur,  recruits  Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the valley of Shangri-La. Along with Adelina Fortnight, the trio encounters face lots of danger as they travel to the far reaches of the world. Through it all, they learn that sometimes one can find a family in the places one least expects.

Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun (released May 2)

While not technically during the Easter holidays, something special is going on for Peppa Pig fans! This is an hour long film (divided into ten minute shorter episodes) that involves singing and dancing components – perfect for little Piggies to enjoy!

It’ll be a fun experience for those new to the cinema as it will be easier for shorter attention spans – as well as those who like to get up and boogie!

Kids movies – Summer school holiday kids movies 2018 and 2019

Here is your list of new kids moviesout NOW and in the lead up to the Christmas holidays 2018/2019. There are lots of great flicks, as you can tell, and some will be screening quite soon in certain cinemas. Score! Check with your local cinemas for screening times.

Patrick – November 8th

A super cute flick for any dog lover (particularly if PUG is your breed of choice).  Watch how Patrick makes mischief in a woman’s life after she takes him in when her grandmother passes away. This is a great one about pet ownership and responsibility (and there are plenty of funny parts for mum and dad as well).

Penguins – November 8th

This is a DisneyNature film, wherein voiceovers and narrative have been added onto existing documentary footage. This is a great choice for lovers of movies like Happy Feet and parents who don’t mind a little learning to accompany their holiday film viewing.

Wheely – November 8th

Wheely is an underdog taxi cab AND a racer! He wants to be the king of the  road in Gasket City. He has a chance encounter with a model car, Bella di Monetti, and falls in love with her. It’s a case of uptown girl meets downtown cab!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald  – November 15th

This is definitely one for the older kids, particularly those Harry Potter fans! (And aren’t we all, really?) This is the sequel to the first Fantastic Beasts film which charts the pre-Potter Hogwarts crowd. Dumbledore enlists the help of former student Newt Scamander to help thwart the event Grindelwald’s plan of ruling over all Muggles. It might be a little scary so be cautious with who you take to see it!

The Nutcracker & The Four Realms – November 22nd

A golden thread leads Clara to a magical key needed to unlock a mysterious box. She’s drawn into a mysterious parallel world where she meets Phillip the soldier, a hearty group of mice and those who preside over three realms. She must journey into the fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony.

Pokemon – The Power of Us – November 25th

Pokemon at the movies! (It’s you and me… You know it’s our destiny!) This dubbed special feature follows Ash and Pikachu (do you think the other Pokemon get jealous?) as they save the day when a small town is threatened by a mysterious turn of events. (Oh, you’re my best friend… in a world we must defend… POKEMON!)

The Grinch – November 29th

Time to get Christmassy! (Or un-Christmassy, as the Grinch would prefer it). This tale-as-old-as-time follows the mean old Mr Grinch as he tries to steal all the joy out of Christmas. This is a re-imagined holiday classic and well-worth taking the little ones to see!

Elliot the Littlest Reindeer – December 6th

This is a cute film with a real under-dog theme to it. Blitzen delivers a shock announcement on December 21st that he’ll be retiring. It’s up to Elliot, a miniature horse, to train for three solid days to fulfil his lifelong dream of earning a spot in Santa’s crew.

Spider-Man 3D (animated) Into the Spider-Verse – December 13

Spider-Man mentors a teenager to become the next web-slinging superhero. This is a great one for the superhero fans in your house but without the wide-scale violence you often see in live action films. A cute little school holiday afternoon viewing!

Ralph Breaks the Internet – December 26th

Did you love Wreck It Ralph? Who didn’t! The team are BACK and this time, they’re taking advantage of wi-fi! This is a high-action, high-laughs and high-fivin’ laugh-a-minute film for the whole family. This is definitely the one to see (in this reviewer’s humble opinion). You may even end up going twice!

Mary Poppins Returns – January 1st

Name a more iconic film than the original Mary Poppins. We’ll wait.

This film sees Mary Poppins return to help the next generation of Banks children navigate a work-life balance. The beautiful Emily Blunt takes over the big carpet bag and she’s just magical. This is a joyous, spectacular film that will bring out the magic in your kids as the original did when you were little.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – January 3rd

Hiccup has built a dragon utopia that’s threatened by the appearance of a female Light Fury. Together, Hiccup and Toothless leave and journey to a hidden world that had prior to been thought to be only a myth. Dragon and Rider must work together to protect everyone and everything they’ve ever known.

Instant Family – January 10th

This is an excellent film for any family to see and a great way to unpack just what we should be so grateful and appreciative for. A couple want to start a family so turn to foster care where they end up taking in THREE siblings overnight. They went from no kids to three – just like that! Now everyone has to adjust and figure out what it means to be together and to be a family.

Storm Boy – January 17th

Storm Boy is a much-loved Australian classic that has been re-imagined again for the big screen here. It’s the tale of a young boy growing up in South Australia who rescues three orphaned penguins. This causes a rift between him and his fisherman father and then their lives take on new and unexpected turns.

The Kid Who Would Be King – January 17th

A classic tale with a great message. Kids band together to fight against a medieval menace. Think “Goonies” style but for a new generation. This is a great end-of-school-holidays flick to catch with the kids.

Spring school holiday kids movies 2018

Here is your list of new kids movies out now and on the upcoming September school holidays 2018. There are a number of great flicks to catch and some are ALREADY screening in certain cinemas! Woohoo!

Luis and The Aliens – August 3oth

Luis is 11 and has three great new friends – a trio of lovable aliens! The awesome foursome help each other out in various ways before having the adventure of a lifetime together!

Christopher Robin – September 13th (with some early release cinemas)

Last school holidays we had the Winnie the Pooh movie and this time it’s Christopher Robin’s turn. This is probably best suited to older kids as it’s not as ‘cartoonish’ as the previous release. Christopher is all grown up but needs a little help from his old friends to rediscover the magic of childhood.

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies – September 13th

Everyone’s favourite junior superheroes have their own movie – or do they?! The Teen Titans struggle to come to terms with the fact that they’re just not as popular as the other superheroes they look up to.  Until, of course, they’re the only ones who can save the day! Teen Titans – GO!

Smallfoot – September 20th

Smallfoot is a Yeti who wants something different out of life – he wants to interact with humans. This film is very cute and stars a variety of celebrity vocal talents including James Corden and Channing Tatum.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls – September 20th

This is a family-friendly spooky movie! It’s based on a classic children’s story and is about a young orphan who goes to live with his uncle in a mysterious mansion. The allstar cast includes Jack Black and our very own Cate Blanchett!

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Kids movies out now – winter school holiday kids movies 2018

Here is your list of new kids movies out now! We’ve left a film called “Show Dogs” off this list that has been met with some controversy due to its problematic messages about grooming. At Families Magazine we are focused on child safety and do not want to recommend seeing a film that shares an inappropriate message.

Kids movies 2018

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The Incredibles 2

Can you believe they’re back at last?! This blast from the past returns in true Pixar style and it’s guaranteed to be a crowd favourite. Will Mr Incredible be able to don his former identity and save his family in time?! You’ll have to watch to find out! Release date: 14th June, 2018. Some strobe lights and more voilent than Number 1. Check this one our on Common Sense Media before you go!

Belle and Sebastian: Friends For Life

This is a subtitled French film so keep that in mind if you’re buying tickets. This is the third in a fantastic series of films about the beautiful bond between a boy and his dog. Sebastian must stand up for himself, and his best friend, when Belle and her pups are threatened. It’s heartwarming, a little tense and it will bring you all together – particularly if you’re dog lovers! (And who isn’t?) Release date: 28th June, 2018

Hotel Transylvania 3 – A Monster Vacation

They’re baaaaaaack! All your beloved, ghastly and ghoulish favourites return for yet another Hotel Transylvania adventure. This time they’re onboard… a cruise ship? There’s romance, there’s laughs to be had and there’s the tiniest bit of spookiness to thrill little viewers. Release date: 28th June, 2018.

Maya The Bee – The Honey Games

Oh, we love a good pun! Maya The Bee gathers together a rag tag band of misfit insects and bugs to compete in THE HONEY GAMES. They’re trying to save the hives’ honey – and themselves! This is a great one for little viewers and fans of the show. Release date: 26th July, 2018.

That’s the Winter school holiday movies covered. If you’re looking for older films you might find on streaming services or iTunes, have a scroll through our favourites from school holidays gone by!

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Easter School Holidays – 2018 kids movies

Here is your list!

Going for Gold

“Going for Gold” is a movie that kids who love cheering, gymnastics and dancing are going to ADORE! It’s the story of a girl who moves from America to Australia and joins a cheerleading team (that includes boys!). It’s also about the relationship between a father and daughter who have spent time apart – perfect for lots of families! “Going for Gold” is in cinemas from March 8th.

Peter Rabbit

At last, Peter and friends hop onto the big screen! If your kids love the cartoon then they’re going to be hopping mad (sorry) for the big screen version! It’s got everything you love about classic Peter Rabbit – schemes, daring escapes, humour and super-cute-bunnies! Listen hard to see if you can hear some famous voices, including Margot Robbie! Peter Rabbit will be coming to cinemas on March 22nd.

A Wrinkle In Time

This is a great science fiction fantasy story that’s a little different from the other kids films on offer these school holidays. Meg and her brother Charles travel with a friend to visit their father who is living on a distant planet. Their magical journey sees them brave a planet that contains ALL OF THE EVIL in the entire universe! Gulp! Some big names in this one, including OPRAH! “A Wrinkle In Time” crashes into cinemas on March 29th.

Early Man

Here comes a comedy from the same team that made “Wallace and Grommit” (so you know it’s gonna be GOOD). “Early Man” is about just that – prehistoric humans. But with a twist. These cavemen are battling to protect their land from the invasion of the progress of the Bronze Age. It’s a battle for the ages and it’s bound to bring a few giggles along with it. “Early Man” is in cinemas from March 29th.

Sherlock Gnomes

This is the sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet and is billed as a romantic-comedy-mystery-adventure. Phew! That’s a whole lotta gnomes! The plot is that a lot of garden gnomes are mysteriously going missing so the love-struck pair have to turn to Sherlock Gnomes, renowned Gnome detective, for help. You can help them solve the mystery of the missing gnomes from March 29th.

Christmas Summer 2018 kids movies


Based on the best-selling children’s book (that’s taught in a lot of QLD high schools!), Wonder is the story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences. August enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. The book was INCREDIBLE and the movie (starring the likes of Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) looks like it’s going to live up to the source material. A gorgeous story for the whole family.


An all-star cast tell the story of the First Christmas. A group of misfit animals accidentally become the heroes in the story of the First Christmas! Follow their adventures as they race to be part of the birth of Jesus. This is definitely a flick to catch for families looking to show their children the religious significance behind the holiday season.


Ferdinand is a peaceful bull who would much prefer to sniff flowers and appreciate beauty than fight in the ring. However, he is soon faced with a moral dilemma and has to make a choice – will he fight or will he fold? This is a great story about not judging a book by it’s cover!


This one is a REAL tear-jerker (particularly for parents) so be warned!

Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol. Keen to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Paddington 2

One bear is never enough! The beloved Paddington returns for another round of adventures. This time around, Paddington goes on an epic quest to recover a beloved item from some dastardly thieves. Will he succeed and be back in time for tea?!

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji! That favourite from our childhoods that you either loved (or were terrified of) is back with a vengeance. (Well, it’s got The Rock in it so you know it’s gonna be good!) This time around, four kids are playing a video game when they’re sucked into the game and become the avatars that they’d selected. They have to solve a series of difficult conundrums and figure out a way to survive in order to escape! With a PG rating this one is for slightly older kids but you’re sure to love it as much as they will!

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

Surly the squirrel and his animal friends find out that the corrupt mayor of Oakton plans to bulldoze their beloved Liberty Park to make way for an amusement park. Hoping to save the place they call home, Surly, Andie, Buddy and the rest of the gang join forces with Mr. Feng, a seemingly cute and innocent mouse who happens to be a fierce master of kung fu.

The Jungle Bunch

This one is super cute! A penguin raised by tigers defends his jungle from an evil koala and an army of baboons. This is a great pick for the whole family.

Movies that are no longer showing at cinemas

We always keep our reviews of movies from previous school holidays so you can check in to see if you think it’s suitable for your tribe! Below you’ll see aaaaaaaaall of our old information. Happy viewing!

September school holiday 2017 kids movies

Thomas and Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor

Get ready for your little Thomas fan to EXPLODE with excitement as, for the first time EVER, Thomas leaves Sodor to travel to the mainland. There he finds things beyond his wildest imagination but he learns an important lesson – friendship is more valuable than being the first, favourite or the best at everything.

Captain Underpants

Two lovable pranksters hypnotize their principal into believing he truly is CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS! Hilarious hijinks ensue! Vocal talents of KEVIN HART and Ed Helms (The Office). Hilaaaaaaarious.

The Emoji Movie

Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone’s very existence.

The Lego Ninjano Movie

From the team that brought you THE LEGO MOVIE and THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. The battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, also secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu , as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat the evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting father against son, the epic showdown tests these fierce but undisciplined modern-day ninjas as they learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash the inner power of Spinjitzu.

Winter June/July School Holiday 2017 kids movies

Despicable Me 3

Buckle yourselves in, parents. Here we go. MORE MIINIONS! This ground-shatteringly successful series continues as we follow the adventures of Gru and Lucy as they try to stop Balthazar Bratt from TAKING OVER THE WORLD! (Bratt is played by Trey Parker from South Park so expect things to get SILLY)

Cars 3

The world-famous Lightning McQueen ain’t so young anymore. He’s getting pushed out of the sport he loves and replaced by newer, shinier models. He must work hard to gain his ground back with the help of a newcomer – technician Cruz Ramirez!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Just when you thought the Heffley family couldn’t get any crazier – they’re taking it on the road! Greg hatches a plan to escape from his family’s road-trip adventure to meet his YouTube idol. You can only guess how that’s going to wind up… This promises to be the funniest one YET. Read our detailed review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid here.

Easter School Holiday 2017 kids movies

Peppa Pig: My first cinema experience

The biggest star in the pre-school universe, Peppa Pig, makes her cinematic debut! Nine brand new episodes, sing-a-long content and audience participation run for about an hour. Perfect for first cinema experiences! A great choice for little kids Easter holiday movies.

Beauty and The Beast

Tale as old as time. Song as old as rhyme. Disney’s re-imagining of Beauty and The Beast is going to be bigger than big so make sure it’s on your list of kids Easter holiday movie must-sees! I wonder what “Be Our Guest” will look like! Look at how gorgeous this trailer is…

Power Rangers

Go go Power Rangers! A live-action, realistic remake of that kitschy classic we all loved as kids. The power rangers are a bunch of misfits who go to high school together who are suddenly given incredible powers. This one is better suited to slightly older kids as some of the fight scenes can be a little intense. It’s morphin’ time!

The Boss Baby

He’s small, he’s cute, he’s… Alec Baldwin? Make sure your trip to the cinemas to see the best Easter school holiday movies involves a high-powered business meeting with The Boss Baby. Dreamworks, you’ve done it again!

Smurfs: The Lost Village

The Smurfin’ saga continues as Papa Smurf, the Smurfs and Smurfette realise they might not be the only Smurfs in all the Smurfin’ world! A tale of intrigue, adventure and tight white pants with a kickin’ soundtrack. A great choice of Easter school holiday movie for kids of any age!

The Lego Batman Movie

He’s the moody caped crusader from the first Lego Movie but he’s back… with an expansion pack. Wil Arnett is absolutely hilarious as Lego Batman coming to grips with an identity crisis. Kids will be rolling in the aisles and adults will be laughing just as hard.

Dance Academy: The Movie

This ABC series helped shape a generation of young dancers and this film picks up where it left off – seeing what the main characters are up to after they leave the academy. Drama, relationships and teen angst set against a backdrop of performance and some hardcore determination.

Jagga Jasoos

Disney would like to introduce – Jagga Jasoos. A beatboxing, nerdy, adventurous detective on a mission to find his father. Spectacular scenery, gorgeous cinematography and a uniquely quirky tale make this a perfect Easter school holiday kids movie for that child looking for something a little ‘out of the ordinary’. Go Jagga!

Kids Summer Holidays Movies

Secret Life of Pets (PG)

Ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not home? Max is used to being the favourite until his owner brings home a messy new dog named Duke. This odd couple must work together against an adorable bunny and his army of lost pets seeking revenge against former owners.

Trolls (PG)

Meet the Trolls – relentlessly happy and positive! Only there’s a slight problem – the always-sad Bergens. This is a colourful, funny and upbeat film featuring a great soundtrack. Follow the journey of Poppy and Branch as they set off on an exciting rescue mission from the creators of Shrek.

Sing (PG)

Buster Moon, a koala, has only one chance left to restore his beloved theatre to its former glory… he must put on the world’s greatest singing competition! This film has an all-star cast and some great musical numbers to really get the audience moving.

Red Dog: True Blue (PG) (Released Boxing Day)

The prequel to one of the most successful Australian movies of all time. This is a story of family, friendship and adventure with a one-of-a-kind dog who is the stuff of Aussie legend.

Moana (G) (Released Boxing Day)

The 56th animated Disney film tells the story of Moana, the determined daughter of an island chief, who is chosen by the ocean to fulfil a mystical purpose. When disaster strikes, she must set sail in search of a legendary god if she has any hope of saving her people.

A Monster Calls (PG) (Released Boxing Day)

This is the adaptation of an award-winning children’s fantasy novel. A bullied boy, with a very sick mother, escapes into a wondrous world of monsters and fairies in order to face his problems. Look for big name stars like Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson.

Monster Trucks (PG) (Released 12th January)

Tripp, a high school student bored of small town life, builds a monster truck out of bits and pieces. An accident at a nearby building site releases a mysterious creature who loves to go fast and suddenly, Tripp’s life gets a little more interesting.

Ballerina (G) (Released 12th January)

Elle Fanning and Maddie Ziegler provide voices for this story of an orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina in Paris. This is an inspiring story of courage, strength and never giving up.

Middle School – The Worst Years of My Life (PG) (Released 12th January)

A quiet teenage artist has a wild imagination and is sick of the rules in middle school. He comes up with a plan with his best friend – to break every single school rule!

September 2016 – Spring School Holidays Kids Movies

Alice Through the Looking Glass

After returning to the magical world of Underland, Alice finds the Hatter to be even madder than before. She travels back in time to try and save the Mad Hatter and the fate of Underland from the evil rule of the Red Queen using the Chronosphere, a time device that everyone wants to get there hands on.

The Angry Birds Movie

Turning the popular Angry Birds game into a 3D animated comedy, in this movie we discover why the Angry Birds are so angry. Set on an island which is filled with happy flightless birds, Red, Chuck and Bomb have always been outsiders. After the islanded is invaded by mysterious green piggies it is left to these three to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

This 3D sequel to the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie shows the Turtles return to save the city from a dangerous threat. To prevent the end of the world, the Turtles pair up with their human friends April O’Neil and Vern Fenwick along with human vigilante Casey Jones after they come into conflict with T.C.R.I scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman. The Shredder has returned who has hired Stockman to create mutants of his own and an unknown invasion above New York City.

Finding Dory

In the sequel to Finding Nemo, Dory sets off to reunite with her loved ones and learns a few things about family along the way. Living happily in the reef with Nemo and Marlin, Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her. The three of them set off in a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s Marine Life Institute to try and find her mum and dad.

Ice Age 5: Collision Course

As the fifth installment to the Ice Age film series, this movie sees Manny, Sid, Diego and the rest of the herd leave their home and travel on an adventure to the exotic new lands of outer space where they encounter plenty of new characters along the way. They set off after Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn sends him outside of Earth where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that threaten the planet.

Kids Easter School Holidays Movies 2016


This Disney animated comedy is set in a world where humans never existed. Instead, the Earth is populated by walking, talking, texting animals of all kinds. In the city of Zootopia, a con artist fox goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. A rookie cop, the city’s first rabbit officer, gives chase as she sets out to prove herself. But when they both become targets of a conspiracy, the unlikely pair has to team up to get to the truth. The film has plenty of laughs and action, and is available in 2D and 3D.

Kung Fu Panda 3

Po is back, causing more mayhem and bringing us laugh out loud moments in this third film in the Kung Fu Panda series. This time, Po is reunited with his long lost father and discovers there’s a whole village of pandas, just like him. But when evil comes their way, it’s up to Po to teach the pandas how to fight like him and defend their village. The film is due out on 24 March and is available in 2D and 3D.

The Jungle Book

This “live-action” adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic is vastly different to the Disney animated film of 1967. It may be a bit much for the littlies, and will require parental guidance through some rather scary scenes of peril. The story follows Mowgli, a young boy adopted and raised by wolves since birth, who must leave his jungle home when the mighty Bengal tiger Shere Khan threatens his life, as humans are not allowed in the jungle. He’s guided by Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther, and meets an array of other jungle animals – not all of whom have his best interests at heart. Through the adventure, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons in what becomes a journey of self-discovery. The film is currently scheduled for release on 7 April and is available in 2D and 3D.

Kids Christmas School Holidays Movies


If the kids are getting bored, or it’s just too hot to do much, why not head to the cinemas to enjoy one of the kids Christmas Holidays movies. These movies are playing over the summer holiday period and will suit the whole family and you will get to score some down time by taking your kids to see these school holiday kids movies in Brisbane.

Check these movies out and then find the most family friendly cinemas in Brisbane at the bottom.

Hotel Transylvania 2

This animated comedy is the sequel to the 2012 monster mash hit, Hotel Transylvania. Dracula is now a proud grandfather who becomes concerned that his grandson doesn’t seem to be growing into his vampire powers. Worried that he might not inherit his family’s gifted genes, the Count takes the child to the boot camp where he first learned to be a monster. The film is out now and is available in 2D and 3D.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Alvin, Simon and Theodore are at it again. The chipmunks are under the impression that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami….and dump them. Worried they’re going to lose Dave, and possibly gain a terrible step-brother, they hit the road to stop the proposal. The movie offers plenty of Chipmunk-style covers of popular songs, and cringe-worthy puns as well. Out Boxing Day, the film is available in 2D and 3D.

The Good Dinosaur

What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed, and dinosaurs never became extinct? This year, Pixar films has created a delightful pre-historic adventure that follows an unlikely friendship between a young human boy, Spot, and an Apatosaurus named Arlo. Arlo’s journey takes him through a harsh and mysterious landscape where he learns to face his fears and discover what he’s truly capable of. Also out on Boxing Day, the film is available in 2D and 3D.

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

The iconic comic strip comes to the big screen, 65 years after its first publication. Nothing ever goes Charlie Brown’s way. He always seems to be messing up in front of Lucy, Linus, Franklin…in fact, all the kids on the block. But when a little red-haired girl moves into the neighbourhood, Charlie Brown is determined to try a bunch of new things in the hope of finding something that gets her to notice him. The film is out on New Year’s Day and is available in 2D and 3D.

September School Holiday Movies 2015


A lovely Australian family movie about a Chicken Farmer called Allan “Swampy” Marsh and his Maremma dog called ‘Oddball’.

In the early 2000’s there was a strong and successful Little Penguin (often called ‘Fairy Penguins’) colony on Middle Island off the coast of Warnambool, Victoria, Australia. However, over the years the local foxes found that they could swim over the the island to hunt for their meals – penguin dinners! The Warnambool Coastcare Landcare Group, with Oddball taking the lead decided that they needed to protect the penguins and the island before the penguins became eradicated from the island for ever. In a true story Maremma Guardian dogs were trained and placed on Middle Island to protect the Little Penguins from the marauding foxes. Oddball, the mischievous dog, who isn’t very good at protecting chickens is given a second chance to prove that he is a good dog. But will he be able to protect penguins from the foxes and will he be in time to save the last remaining penguins?

The Blinky Bill Movie

An adventurer at heart, Blinky Bill dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in the footsteps of his missing father. When Blinky discovers a mysterious marker that hints at his Dad’s whereabouts, he embarks on a adventure that takes him beyond the boundary of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous Outback. Along the way he picks up some great friends – Nutsy, a zoo koala, and Jacko, a frill-necked lizard who is a little nervous. Along the way they are chased constantly by a nasty cat who has a personal score to settle with Blinky. The tree adventurers must work together if they ever want to survive the rugged Australian landscape and find Blinky’s father!

More School Holiday Activities:

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UPDATED: NEW July School Holiday Discount Codes & Coupons
If you are looking to save money these school holidays, this list is for you! We have listed the best school holidays discount codes for the upcoming winter school holidays in Brisbane.

Family days out discount codes and coupons for Brisbane

We’ve taken the hard work out of searching for a bargain with these school holiday promotions for your family. We have compiled our favourite awesome discounts codes and coupons for kids activities and fun for your family.

I also am excited to let you know that we have partnered with Klook who have some of the BEST discounts around. They are offering $10 off their activities… so keep your eyes peeled for my suggestions of Klook activities (including discount kids activities) below.

Without further adieu our favourite Brisbane, Queensland discount codes for families for June/July 2020 are here!

Fox in a Box Escape Room

Fox in a Box Bunker

Fox in a Box has six escape rooms to choose from, all varying in theme and complexity. Can you prevent an all-out nuclear war in the Bunker?, find a cure in the Zombie Lab?, escape from the Zodiac Killer?, discover Tesla’s last invention before the FBI do?, or break out of one of two prison cells during a riot?!

Fox in a Box escape rooms are timed at 60 minutes with six participants to a room – or go head-to-head with a team of twelve to see who can escape their prison cell first. If you’re going in with teenagers or feel you may need a little help, you can ask for a few extra hints to be left in the room before you enter.  

Fox in a Box is offering Families Magazine readers 20% off a booking for 2-12 children throughout June/July 2020. Enter or mention code FamiliesMagazine20 when booking to save!

Fox in a Box is located at 150 Edward Street, Brisbane. Find out more here.

Brisbane & South Bank Parking – $5* all day weekend parking

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Secure Parking now has $5* ALL DAY weekend parking in the CBD and South Bank when you book online in advance

At South Bank we mostly use SW1 car park and in the city we usually use the Wintergarden car park, but there are lots to choose from! Go to the Secure Parking website here.

(*There is also a $1.10 booking fee)

Click here for other parking ideas.

Brisbane City Hall LEGO Build – FREE

Brisbane City Hall LEGO Build

Head into the City Hall and check out the HUGE City Hall LEGO® replica. It will include the building’s iconic features, from the prominent entryway, to the Clock Tower and copper dome, with a large internal viewing space exploring stories and moments from the iconic building’s history.

Their master builder, Ben has rebuilt Brisbane City Hall from the ground up, using over 40,000 LEGO® Bricks.

Click here for more information.

Drive-in movie with hotdogs or burgers – $11 for 6 people

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If you haven’t experienced Tivoli Drive-in, you’re definitely missing out on a night of good ol’ fashioned fun. Curl up in the comfort of your car and take in the latest films on a big screen while you chow down on hotdogs or BBQ burgers.We did this with the kids when they opened back up to the public recently (we saw Sonic the Hedgehog – loved it!) Highly recommend – make some awesome memories!

Get your discount drive-in movie tickets here.

Kids’ introduction to horses – Gold Coast Hinterland

During the interactive lesson, children will explore the stables and be taught about the essentials of looking after a horse, with some games involved to keep it fun. It’s an amazing way for kids to build confidence and feel comfortable around these gorgeous animals. It’s the perfect starting point for any child with an interest in horses.  

Please note: This is not a horse riding lesson, but a horse safety introduction. 

Find the $25 Introduction to Horses lesson here.

Self Guided Scavenger Hunt Around Brisbane – from $30

I love this idea!! I have bought this for the July school holidays.

Want to try out a real life scavenger hunt in Brisbane? Here’s your chance thanks to ScavengerHunt.com! Grab up to five of your nearest and dearest adventurers and get ready for an exciting, self-guided scavenger hunt powered by your smartphone. Explore at your own pace as you solve riddles and challenges where you’ll earn points. Head to the starting line and start whenever you’re ready!

Find the discounted scavenger hunt here.

Online Scavenger Hunt – $10

Online Scavenger Hunt

I did this with my son and his friend when they had a sleep-over recently. It was pretty good. You will need to help younger kids, but older kids will be able to google up the answers!

The year is 2255. In 2020, a government agency froze your team’s bodies in time against your will. Now you’ve been woken up and have been dropped in a random place on Earth.​ Your mission is to determine where you are and to find your way back to safety, fending off all the dangers along the way. Do you and your team have the brains required to survive?

Buy this online scavenger hunt here.

See Brisbane in a whole new way on a segway tour – $29

Brisbane Segway Tours

Glide around Brisbane on the smart, robotic device know as the segway, with no experience required. Opt for the 45-minute Explore Tour to get a feel for Brisbane, or upgrade to the hour-long Adventure Tour to see more highlights of this beautiful city! Perfect for all ages, this deal is great for a day out with the family or solo sight-seeing. You’ll have the ride of your life!

Read our review first.

Get your discounted segway ticket here.

9 Degrees Enoggera – full day bouldering pass – $14

School Holiday Discounts

9 Degrees Enoggera offers a modern take on the familiar concept of indoor climbing. The design-conscious approach is reflected in the shape of the walls and handholds intended to provide a fulfilling experience for people of all levels of fitness. The facility welcomes budding and seasoned thrill-seekers alike. And it is air-conditioned and has good coffee!!

(I did this one in February 2020 with our kids too!)

See the discount options here.

VRcade – from $15

Offering more than just a regular gaming experience, VRcade transports their customers into immersive virtual worlds. Visitors can use modern, professional hardware such as Vive and Vive Pro paired with a room-scale motion-tracking technology for a fully entertaining experience.

See the discount options here.

Cream House Premium Kid’s Cafe – $8

After taking in some fresh air at Les Atkinson Park, Sunnybank Hills, take a short walk to reach Cream House Premium Kid’s Cafe. A modern haven for babies and toddlers, this venue combines indoor playcentre with the elegance of a cafe.

Kids can let their spirit run high and jump, climb and slide at the provided games or spend their time with peers or parents, sitting down to a tea party. The cafe runs classes for kids, including yoga and other sports.

Get your cheap entry ticket here.

Just Jump, Redbank – from $5

Just Jump is a Redbank-based centre where adults and children can let off some steam and bounce on a variety of inflatables such as a bouncy castle or a giant pirate ship. Guests can also opt to enjoy a nerf strike game and jump on trampolines. The studio is happy to play hosts to birthday parties and offers a selection of packages to choose from.

Find your $6 entry ticket here.

Combo ticket for Australia Zoo & SEA LIFE

Get TWO days out for a fraction of the price these school holidays! This is the best price I have seen for these two attractions on the Sunshine Coast!

Get into both attractions (on two different days) for only $56.90 for kids and $89.90 for adults! (The adults tickets to Australia Zoo are usually $59 alone!!) The family pass is also good value at $272.90!

Find out more about the discount options here.

SUPA GOLF – All day pass – $10

Supa Golf at Sirromet - discounts for school holidays

SUPA GOLF is a nine-hole course situated at the picturesque Sirromet Winery in the high altitude of the renowned Queensland’s Granite Belt region. The company offers a modified form of golf that uses over-sized golf clubs and over-sized coloured balls to help players have an enjoyable family outing. The venue also provides a variety of food and beverages to satisfy hungry and thirsty stomachs.

Get the discounted offer here!

Virtual Reality Party

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Have a VR party in your own home using the latest wireless virtual reality equipment. Staff will setup and help with operation, getting up to eight simultaneous players straight into the game.

Get the deal here.

Urban Xtreme – discounted entry

Urban Xtreme Hendra Indoor play

Urban Xtreme is the hottest place to chill out in Brisbane. Where else in Queensland can you ski, snowboard, trampoline, play laser tag, run the Ninja warrior and parkour course AND host a birthday party? Only at Hendra’s Urban Xtreme! Find out more here.

Discount to be confirmed for winter 2020: We’ve teamed with Urban Xtreme to bring you a fabulous discount. Use the code SPRINGFAM – 1 hour Park Pass for $15 (Save $7). Valid to 31 Jan 2020. 1 use per customer. Click here to book.

Looking for discounts for other trampoline parks? Click here.

Carseldine Squash Club – $11

How cool – grab the kids for a fun game of squash at Carseldine Squash Courts!

Just $11 for an hour!

Get the discounted offer here!

High Tea with Kids – from $25

High tea for kids in Brisbane

We’ve dedicated a whole post to having High Teas with kids in Brisbane – and, of course, we’ve found the best prices in town too…

Click here to get the best deals for your special morning or afternoon out!

Indoor Skydiving Experiences

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iFly has now opened in Chermside in Brisbane and is offering 2 flights at a discounted rate. What an EPIC school holiday activity at a discounted rate!

Brisbane discounted offer is for 2 flights midweek for one person – $79 –  click here

Gold Coast discounted offer is for 2 flights for one person – $64 – click here

Caboolture Bowl & Mini Golf – from $5

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We did the deal in the summer school holidays last year and wrote about it on our Facebook page. We paired this with a really great new park and Sizzler for lunch. A brilliant day out.

Get the bowling deal here.

2 hours of abseiling – from $49

How about something VERY different these school holidays? There is no experience required to abseil the cliffs of the scenic Glasshouse Mountains in a small group with all equipment provided.

Led by fully-qualified outdoor leader Martin Worth, WorthWild Adventure Training provides nationally training programs, as well as recreational adventures in abseiling, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, bush walking and mountain biking.

Find out more about the discount here.

Topgolf Gold Coast – 2 bay hire for 6 hours – $79

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Up to 6 guests can enjoy themselves and play a two-hour game of hitting microchipped golf balls that track each shot’s accuracy and distance.

Get the golf discount here.

Glow Worm and Observatory Tour from $49

  • Access a rainforest area and glow worm cave inhabited by rarely seen wildlife
  • See the hidden life of nocturnal animals as seen by torchlight in their natural surroundings
  • Explore a World Heritage site, led by a passionate and experienced guide
  • All national park fees included
  • Gaze at the stars at Springbrook Observatory
  • Coaches tour from Surfers Paradise to glow worm caves, the Observatory, and back
  • Enjoy tea, coffee and Australia’s famous lamingtons
  • Tours run daily 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Get the discounted offer here.

SkyLine Caloundra – from $6

SkyLine Australia are the specialists in enabling tourists and locals to take in the views of their favourite cities 35 metres high above the ground. With 24 gondolas that give you 360-degree views, their SkyLine Ferris Wheels can seat up to 144 people at one time. Designed and built in Holland, the wheel is an ideal experience for groups, families, friends and couples to spend a fun afternoon or evening out.

I have booked this discounted ride for this Sunday! Click here.

30-Minute Alpaca Walk with Alpaca Food – 42% off

Mountview Alpaca Farm invites adults and children to spend some time with fluffy animals at this Canungra-based farm.

Get the discount here.

Escape Room Experience

In a world of personal gadgets and online experience, this is a special opportunity to spend some amazing time with your family. An adventure in this puzzle room will give you memories that you will treasure for many years to come!

We love this discount offer here.

Ferrari Joyride Experience for Kids

If your little one already has a taste for luxury, then they’ll love whizzing around in a Ferrari F430 F1 Spider with a qualified driver as their private chauffeur. The gleaming European sports car is perfectly presented and features all the carbon fibre upgrades.

After the half an hour joyride, your child will get an opportunity to get some photos with the car as well as a model Ferrari to take home with them to commemorate their experience. It is not cheap, but OMG how fun does it look!!?

You can see the deal on this link – click here.

Horse Riding – from $39

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There is something simply divine about heading off on either a short or long trek on the back of a horse that adults and kids just love!

Gummies Farm Tours operates from a 140-acre horse farm in the Biddaddaba Valley and has been family-owned and -operated since 1985. This working farm runs half- and full-day programs, as well as one- or two-night farm stays with three-star accommodation packages. Visitors can participate in a range of activities including horse riding, boomerang throwing, animal feeding, and four-wheel driving.

  • Enjoy a 90-minute trail ride, boomerang lesson and whip-cracking demo
  • Have a turn at feeding the animals and milking a cow
  • Morning or afternoon tea is provided
  • Fun day out for kids and families
  • Choose a morning or afternoon session

Get the horse riding deal here!

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Shark & Ray Patting – 40% off!

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Pat Sharks and Sting Rays with this school holiday discount codes

Discounted tickets – click here

If you want to find out if the experience is for you, we’ve created a video review about our experience – you can watch it here.

Australia Zoo – kids $35, Adults $51.35

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If you are looking for cheap Australia Zoo tickets, you’ve found the right place!

We show you how to get Australia Zoo tickets CHEAP and how to get your kids in for FREE in this article.

Discounted tickets (use SAVE10) – click here.

Discounted toys and games for kids

We have found a bunch of discounted and cheap toys that you can have delivered in time for the school holidays. These will keep the kids entertained when they need to say at home!

There are are loads to choose from – but my three favourites are:

  • Magic Doodle Mat and Pens – $14
  • Sand and Beach Playsets – $29
  • Electronic Keyboard – $49

Find them and more on this link here.

$50 off your first Hello Fresh box

Hello Fresh Competition

What we love about Hello Fresh is that we get recipe IDEAS each week with the healthy food delivered. If we are cooking for a few people, we bulk up the pasta or the rice and it often stretches beyond what they suggest it will feed! If you buy the Classic Plan with 3 meals for 2 people (totally feeds 3 people) it works out to be $19.95 for your first box!

====> Click here to automatically apply a $50 discount to ANY box of Hello Fresh!

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Are you still looking for a discounted school holiday activity?

You will find more deals for families here:

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*Terms for Klook link: AUD10 off all Australian Activities, minimum spend AUD100, first time bookings. This is exclusive for Klook AUS users!

Brisbane School Holidays & Dates for 2020 | Plan Ahead Ideas for Families!

Brisbane school holidays for your planning pleasure!

Brisbane state school students will return for Term 1 on Tuesday 28 January. The school holiday for Australia Day will be observed on Monday 27 January.

School holidays QLD will end and it will be business as usual from the 28th January 2020!

Looking for June/July 2020 school holiday ideas? We have listed the BEST Brisbane school holidays activities here. <— CLICK NOW!

Public holidays in Brisbane for 2020:

Wednesday 1 January 2020 – New Year’s Day

Monday 27 January 2020 – Australia Day (observed)

Friday 10 April 2020 – Monday 13 April 2019 – Easter break

Saturday 25 April 2020 – ANZAC Day

Monday 4 May 2020 – Labour Day

Friday 14 August 2020 – EKKA Show Day Holiday (Brisbane area only)

Friday 4 September 2020 – Student Free Day 

Monday 5 October 2020 – Queen’s Birthday holiday

Friday 25 December 2020 – Christmas Day

Saturday 26 December 2020 – Boxing Day

Never pay full price ===> School holiday discounts for these school holidays!

How to turn 20 days of annual leave into 8 family holidays!

Turn 20 days of annual leave into 52 days of holidays with your family. Find out how here.

Dates for student attendance at Brisbane state schools are:

  • Term 1 – Tuesday 28 January – Friday 3 April 
  • Term 2 – Monday 20 April – Friday 26 June
  • Term 3 – Monday 13 July – Friday 18 September
  • Term 4 – Tuesday 6 October – Friday 11 December

Book school holiday camping in a local National Park.  Click here.

Staff Professional Development Days (SPDDs) 2020 for STATE SCHOOL STUDENTS

  • 23, 24 January
  • 15, 16, 17 April
  • 4 September

Open Days for Brisbane schools – find your child’s next school

When does school end in 2020?

In Brisbane, the class of 2020 will end for Year 12 students on Friday 20 November. Years 10 and 11 Brisbane students finish their academic year in late November, with most other state schools breaking up on Friday 13 December. Some regional and remote schools finish on 7 December.

Independent and Catholic schools base their holidays on the state school dates but they can vary, so DO check with your school. 

Let us hook you up with 50 cheap things to do in SE Queenslandclick here and we will email it to you!

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The Complete Guide to Winter School Holiday Activities Brisbane June/July 2020

Are you looking for June/July school holiday activities Brisbane style?

Brisbane school holiday activities June July 2020

School holiday activities in Brisbane are easy to plan when you have our detailed list of ideas.

As winter draws in, it does get a little cooler, and we look for some indoor activities for our kids. But, these school holidays, more than ever, we are grateful for Brisbane’s weather that is still perfect for outdoor activities too. Check the Brisbane weather for your planned day trip this winter and then get into our list of Brisbane school holiday ideas!

We have created an up to date list of the best school holiday activities with fun things to do in Brisbane with kids. These winter 2020 school holidays will be a little different to previous year, but we have still found excellent ideas for things to do in Brisbane with kids.

We have compiled the complete guide to the best school holiday activities over the June/July school holidays to help make your life so much easier!

The winter school holidays in Brisbane are Saturday 27 June to Sunday 12 July 2020

Fun things to do for the Brisbane school holidays

We have broken our list of school holiday activities into five sections to help you:

  1. free school holiday activities,
  2. cheap school holiday activities in Brisbane,
  3. big days out in Brisbane
  4. school holiday activities at home or,
  5. shows and concerts on during the school holidays.

As with everything at the moment, please check with the venue directly (either by their website or social media pages) to ensure they are open during the times you wish to attend. You should also check their current policy around entry requirements/timings and social distancing rules.

Brisbane winter school holiday activities 2020

Brisbane school holidays are coming! We’ve put together a guide to school holiday activities in Brisbane for the winter 2020 school holidays.

Here’s how to treat your kids to an amazing break these QLD school holidays without blowing the budget! Add this page to your bookmark bar right now (or share it on Facebook so you can find it later) for an at-a-glance, go-to resource for parents this school holiday period.


UPDATED: 20 Things to Do this EKKA Public Holiday in Brisbane!

We’ve rounded up a fantastic list of 20 things you can do this EKKA public holiday.

Check the Brisbane weather first (clue: always awesome!), then click on the links for further details for things to do on the Brisbane EKKA public holiday and feel free to share your own ideas in the comments below.

When is the EKKA public holiday in 2020?

The EKKA public holiday is usually celebrated on the middle Wednesday of the 10 day show. Here is a list of which dates the EKKA is celebrate on in each region in greater Brisbane:

  • Brisbane City Council USUALLY celebrates show day on Wednesday 12th August 2020
  • Redland City Council celebrates show on Monday 10 August 2020
  • Logan City Council celebrates show on Monday 10 August 2020
  • Moreton Region celebrates show on Monday 10 August 2020

But… the million dollar question is:

Will we still get the EKKA holiday in 2020?

The answer is YES! We WILL still get the EKKA Wednesday show day in Brisbane.

However this year, the EKKA holiday for Brisbane City Council area will be Friday 14th August, 2020.

Things to Do on the EKKA Public Holiday Brisbane

If you are looking for FREE things to do on the EKKA public holiday – click here

1. Strawberry Picking Various locations

Make the most of the EKKA public holiday outdoors and escape the city. Strawberry picking will make lovely memories with your munchkins.

2. Family Friendly Cinema Trip Various locations

Avoid the Brisbane EKKA queues this public holiday and head on our to a movie theatre in Brisbane.

Use our Family Friendly guide to find a cinema close to you for a family friendly movie to keep you all happy!

3. The Ginger Factory Yandina

Make the most of the Brisbane EKKA public holiday by taking a day trip up the coast and visit the Ginger Factory. So much to see and do (and eat!)

4. Make Pikelets Anywhere

Stay in and spend some quality time in the kitchen with your little ones. Read our hilarious recipe for making pikelets here.

Find other recipe ideas here.

Geocaching in Brisbane

5. Geocaching Various locations

Have you tried this amazing outdoor treasure hunt? Make a day of it and pack a picnic. Everything you need to know is listed on this geocaching with kids link.

6. Easy Indoor Activities for Kids Anywhere

We have some great ideas if you just want to stay at home and make the most of the midweek break we like to call the EKKA public holiday! These winter ideas for games at home are easy and fun!

7. Dino Zoo | Gardens Point

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! Their 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.

8. Take the Kids on a Fairy Adventure

Brisbane fairies at Kumbartcho Sanctuary and Nursery

We’ve compiled a list of cool places for kids to find fairies in Brisbane! This EKKA public holiday get ready to be a kid again as the wonderment and magic of fairy dust is sprinkled throughout your life (and possibly your car). Wiggle your nose, tap your toes and away we go!

9. Science at Home | Walking Water Science Experiment

The Walking Water science experiment is a wonderful colourful and fun way to teach kids about absorption and mixing primary colours. Everything you need, you will probably already have at home. Find out what to do here.

10. Now is the Time | South Brisbane

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

Raquel highlights Australia’s long history of environmental activism with a timeline featuring historical protest songs, photos and posters. The exhibition also includes a video made in collaboration with Junction Park State School students sharing their views about climate action with the artist. GOMA

11. City Hall Clock Tower Tours | Brisbane

City Hall Clock Tower Tours

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.

Tickets are free and allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can obtain a ticket in person on the day of your visit at the Museum of Brisbane reception on level 3 of Brisbane City Hall. Only eight people can fit into the lift, including the lift operator. We advise you to arrive early to avoid disappointment – particularly during school holidays and public holidays. Museum of Brisbane.

12. Train ride, various locations

We have put together a comprehensive guide to half day train trips around Brisbane. Take a look and plan your day.

Shorncliffe Line

Ferny Grove Line

City Train Stations

Caboolture Train Line

13. Day Trip Mt Nebo

Mt Nebo Day Trips from Brisbane

Mt Nebo, in Brisbane’s backyard is an ideal place for a day trip with kids. It’s just 30 minutes North West of Brisbane and has so much to offer. Head out along Mt Nebo Road through The Gap for a truly wonderful experience for your children. Read our guide to Mt Nebo.


14. Day Trip Samford

Cedar Creek has long been a popular day trip from Brisbane for families. Cedar Creek runs approximately 20 kilometers from the Mt Glorious state forest to where it adjoins the South Pine River in Eaton’s Hill. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day.

15. Horse Riding Various locations

Horse Riding in Brisbane

Let the children try something different and enjoy the outdoors by going horse riding. Check out our Brisbane horse riding guide for kids for all you need to know.

16. Day Trip | Maleny Dairies

Visit Maleny Diaries, one of our favourite destinations. The children will have a ball and you will all learn something new this Ekka public holiday.

17. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary | Fig Tree Pocket

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, located in beautiful Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane is the ideal place for a thoughtful, enjoyable and educational family outing. The Lone Pine Zoo has been a Brisbane institution since 1927 and is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. Lone Pine is open over Christmas and New Year!

You can find out how to get Lone Pine discount tickets because we have them cheaper than on the gate!

18. Boggo Road Gaol | Dutton Park

Discover the 119 year history of Boggo Road, the crimes and daily life of prisoners, officer’s duties, riots and roof-top protests. See the cell of the legendary “Slim” Halliday – “The Houdini of Boggo Road”. Suitable for all ages.

What does the tour include? 1 hour 15 minute child friendly History Tour with Tour Guide
Entry into historic Number 2 Division, Boggo Road Gaol
Visits to the gatehouse, yards, the Circle and ends with time to explore F Wing cell block – where prisoners staged a rooftop protest in 1988
See original prisoner cells and authentic 1980s prisoner graffiti

19. Colour – See the World in a New Light | Ipswich

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Have you ever wanted to see UV light like an insect? Visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour and see the world in a new light! 

Engage with more than 25 interactive experiences, ranging from coloured bubbles to iridescent insects to colour illusions. Explore how light influences colour, and compare your perception of colour with your family and friends. ‘See like a bee’ with the ultraviolet camera; take a high-resolution image of your eye; and see glowing quantum nanomaterials that change their colour with crystal size. The exhibition will show the power colour has on the choices we make every day, and on our responses to our environment. Ipswich Art Gallery.

20. Grand Avenue Ekka Fun Day | Forest Lake

Grand Avenue Ekka Fun Day, Forest Lake

We will keep you updated on this event for 2020.  Plans are not yet in place for whether this will go ahead or not.


School Holiday LEGO® Activities in Brisbane | Lego Fun Events for kids

Are you looking for LEGO® activities in Brisbane during the school holidays?

Where to find LEGO® activities in Brisbane these School Holidays

LEGO® is huge at the moment (who are we kidding, it is always HUGE!).  We have found lots of places in Brisbane that you can take the kids for LEGO® fun events these winter school holidays.  There are free LEGO® events and some require you to pay a fee. Make sure you check to see if you need to book ahead.

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!!

1.  Bricks’n’Fun – LEGO® Buildroom

BricksnFun LEGO Buildroom | Capalaba

***  The Buildroom will temporarily close to the public from Tuesday 24 March, following the Federal Government’s advice to limit non-essential services to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The retail sales are still open ***

Ever wanted to build that LEGO® kit but couldn’t because you just didn’t have all the right parts? Well now you can!  At Bricks’n’Fun you get to build from a huge selection of LEGO® kits. From the simplest to the rarest. Build them all! All kits come complete and with full instructions. You get hours of fun. They allow 12 builders at a time into the LEGO® Buildroom which keeps it nice and friendly and their Master Builders are always available when builders need help. As part of the LEGO® Buildroom admission price you also get to see the great LEGO® displays.

If you book a 2 hour LEGO® build session and complete the quiz correctly you go in the draw to win a LEGO® Kit as a prize. You can go on your own or take a group of friends and join in the fun.  Cost is $11.00 per hour per child or $20.00 for 2 hours. Make sure you book ahead as LEGO® Build sessions fill quickly, especially on weekends and school holidays.

2.  LEGO® Educational Centre School Holiday Programs | South Brisbane

LEGO® Educational Centre School Holiday Programs | South Brisbane

If you have a LEGO®  loving little one at your house, you can book in to the School Holidays programs at LEGO® Educational Centre in South Brisbane.  Children between the age of 3 and 9+ years of age are catered for with a variety of workshops to choose from.  Prices start at $15 and bookings are essential.

3.  Building Block Studio Holiday Workshop | Clayfield

Building Block Studio Holiday Workshop | Sandgate



At Building Block Studio they firmly believe that all interests and hobbies varying from mainstream to not-so-common deserve a space where likeminded individuals can gather to collaborate and share their knowledge, experiences, and ideas. A space where their interests can be fostered and extended upon.

Take for example vocalists and musicians, they have access dedicated music schools and specialty instructors. People passionate about art and painting can access a variety of art studios. These areas of interest are serviced by others who are equally interested in these topics.

Their interests at Building Block Studio are computer coding, 3D design, electronics and the intersection of these: robots!! For likeminded individuals, let Building Block Studio be your space of learning and collaboration!

They have a range of school holiday workshops that suit a variety of ages and interests.  Bookings required.

5. LEGO challenge at home

Summer Days at the Museum

This LEGO challenge calendar is is totally awesome because it gives kids inspiration for creative building without telling them exactly what to build! It has inspired lots of fun LEGO play in our home.

6. Brisbane City Hall LEGO Build | Brisbane

Brisbane City Hall LEGO Build

Go and help Museum of Brisbane celebrate a major birthday! City Hall is 100 years old and renowned LEGO® builder Ben Craig, also known as The Brick Builder is undertaking a monumental project.

Ben will rebuild Brisbane City Hall from the ground up, using over 40,000 LEGO® Bricks. This City Hall LEGO® replica will include the building’s iconic features, from the prominent entryway, to the Clock Tower and copper dome, with a large internal viewing space exploring stories and moments from the iconic building’s history. 

Visit Brisbane City Hall from 27 June to 30 July 2020 to see the City Hall Lego Build Pop-up.

Previous Holidays

Lego Immersive Zone, Mitchelton

Join in at Brookside Shopping Centre these school holidays as LEGO® comes to life in our LEGO® Play Zone and Character Meet & Greet. Race the clock to see how fast you can build your model, make your way through the Ninja obstacle course, build the tallest LEGO® tower, snap a pic with a LEGO® character, plus take part in many more LEGO® challenges. Brookside Shopping Centre.

Under Construction, Ipswich

Get your hard hats on for a construction zone like no other and create a masterpiece with LEGO® and other construction systems.

Inventors Workshop

Have you ever wanted to build your own transport invention? How will we travel in the future? What types of engineering masterpieces will you create to take home? Let your imagination run wild in this hands on inventors workshop zone. Dream it! Design it! Build it! Kids and adults will love this area, jam-packed full of Lego® and other construction gear ready for them to build and test their own inventions. This area includes a special under 3’s big block builder’s activity space for little engineers.  The Workshops Rail Museum.

Brisbricks LEGO® Fan Expo, Mt Gravatt

BrisBricks is going back to where it all began and will be doing a special one day expo at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds. Go see a wide range of custom LEGO® displays and creations form the Brisbane LEGO® Fan community. Find out more here.

Saturday Fun Day @ LEGO® Educational Centre

Machine & Mechanisms – Discover how the real world works using LEGO® Education Machines & Mechanisms. Explore gears, pulleys, wheel & axels to build amazing machines. For ages 4 – 99+
Cost: $5 per person 1 adult required per 3 children. Times: 10.30 – 11.30am, 11.45 – 12.45pm, 1.30 – 2.30pm. No bookings required

Bricks’n’Fun – LEGO® Buildroom

Ever wanted to build that LEGO® kit but couldn’t because you just didn’t have all the right parts? Well now you can!  At Bricks’n’Fun you get to build from a huge selection of LEGO® kits. From the simplest to the rarest. Build them all! All kits come complete and with full instructions. You get hours of fun. They allow 12 builders at a time into the LEGO® Buildroom which keeps it nice and friendly and their Master Builders are always available when builders need help. As part of the LEGO® Buildroom admission price you also get to see the great LEGO® displays. If you book a 2 hour LEGO® build session and complete the quiz correctly you go in the draw to win a LEGO® Kit as a prize. You can go on your own or take a group of friends and join in the fun.  Cost is $11.00 per hour per child or $20.00 for 2 hours. Make sure you book ahead as LEGO® Build sessions fill quickly, especially on weekends and school holidays.

* Bonus LEGO® Activity

Sat 14 Apr  LEGO City Play Zone, Sunnybank Hills

Kids are invited to let their imagination and creativity go wild and make something really cool in the LEGO® Free Build Zone with the huge collection of LEGO® pieces. Other fun activities include the nail-biting LEGO® Height Challenge, were teams will go head-to-head to see who can build the highest tower. Or maybe the Accuracy Challenge is more up their alley, where participants rebuild an object from memory. Snap some pictures in front of the LEGO® Fire Station or play super-fun LEGO® city iPad games and see the virtual LEGO® brought to life.  Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown.





Until Monday 17 April Sugar Spin You, Me, Art And Everything, South Brisbane

GOMA is turning 10 – how sweet! Headlining the celebrations is ‘Sugar Spin’, featuring over 250 contemporary artworks exploring light, space, architecture and the senses.From brand-new immersive works to large-scale visitor favourites, the exhibition reflects our complex connections to the natural world with an explosion of colour, sensation and spinning delights.

‘Sugar Spin’ also marks the return of Carsten Höller’s much-loved Left/Right Slide, spiralling visitors from the top floor of GOMA to the bottom; Ron Mueck’s oversized In bed; Olafur Eliasson’s interactive installation of thousands of white Lego pieces The cubic structural evolution project; and Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s musical installation of live finches, from here to ear (v.13) 2010. Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

Saturday 25 March to Sunday 9 July  Towers of Tomorrow with Lego® Bricks at Ipswich Art Gallery

Twelve iconic mega towers from Australian and Asian cities have been astonishingly replicated at 1:200 scale using only Lego® bricks. Get up close to Brisbane’s own Infinity Tower, the Gold Coast’s Q1, Melbourne’s Eureka Tower and the Sydney Tower. Amongst the international towers are Malaysia’s Petronas Twin Towers and China’s tallest building, Shanghai Tower.

Explore the line-up of astonishing scale-model constructions by Ryan McNaught, one of only 12 LEGO® Certified Professionals worldwide. Ryan and his team of builders used well over 1.5 tons of LEGO® over more than 2,000 hours to build the structures featured in the Towers of Tomorrow exhibition.

As a brick builder you too can add your own mini architectural wonder to the skyline. Come along to build, play and wonder.

10am – 5pm daily.  $5.00 per person per session. Ipswich Art Gallery.

Monday 10 to Saturday 16 April Great Lego Building Challenge at Aspley Hypermarket

FREE event that includes EASTER GIVEAWAYS for the kids! The Great LEGO Building Challenge will delight children and parents alike, being one of the very few promotions available where contestants stretch their imagination and creativity by creating LEGO masterpieces of their own design from a huge selection of Lego!

Heats: Monday 10 April to Thursday 13 April (Closed Good Friday)

Heat 1 – 10:30am 3 – 7 Years

Heat 2 – 11:30am 8 – 14 Years

Heat 3 – 12.30pm 3 – 7 Years

Heat 4 – 1.30pm 8 – 14 Years

Finals: Saturday 15 April 2017 (Easter Saturday)

Final 1 – 11:30am 3 – 7 Years

Final 2 – 12:30pm 8 – 14 Years

Do you have what it takes to go into the Great LEGO Building Hall of Fame? For over 20 years, The Great LEGO Building Challenge has been providing up to the elbows, good fun for children of all ages. Aspley Hypermarket.

Monday 3 – Thursday 13 April Building Block Studio School Holiday Workshops, Sandgate

Building Block Studio is a Learning Activity Centre committed to inspiring the next generation of coders, engineers and 3D designer’s.

Building Block Studio provides a warm and welcoming environment where students can explore and test their creative ideas and ultimately enhance their skills and knowledge in these exciting fields. They believe that in the right environment people can learn anything!

The small class size enables them to teach the earliest beginner from age six or individuals keen on extending their existing knowledge in Electronics, Introduction to Robotics, 3D Design and in Computer Coding. They want to inspire Australia’s future innovators!

They offer a variety of workshops throughout the school holidays.  Check the website for more details. Building Block Studio.

Building Block Studio School Holiday Workshops, Sandgate


UPDATED JUNE 2020: The Best Things to do on the Gold Coast with Kids

If you are looking for things to do on the Gold Coast with kids then you are going to love this article. Because we live here, we have road tested these kids activities and can hand on heart tell you that kids LOVE them.

The weather on the Gold Coast is close to perfect all year round. So whether you are looking for Gold Coast toddler activities or things to do with teens on the Gold Coast, this article will list all the best ideas for your family holiday!

This article is jam-packed with ideas for your Gold Coast holiday – extraordinary Gold Coast kids activities, places to go and once-in-a lifetime experiences guaranteed to capture your kids’ imaginations, enrich, entertain, exhilarate, exercise … or just plain educate and entertain them. We even have listed free family activities Gold Coast style!

We’ve collated some of our favourite Gold Coast kids activities so you can start making your bucket list for Gold Coast family adventure.

This list of things to do in Gold Coast with kids will give you lots of information to help you make an informed decision about the best things to do on the Gold Coast with your kids.

UPDATED: 58 kids activities on the Gold Coast

We update this list every school holidays to make sure all the kids activities Gold Coast style are present and accounted for – offers, deals, discounts and cheap places to go on the Gold Coast are bang up to date for your winter holiday!

Cheap things to do on the Gold Coast with kids

We love, love, LOVE the find a bargain … so if you are looking for things to do on the Gold Coast on a budget, this article will help you too!! We know that there is always a cheap offer for Gold Coast kids activities to keep the kids well entertained over the school holidays and on the weekend. So we’ve checked and found the BEST fun things to do with kids in the Gold Coast and written about them below.

Keep an eye out for the red ‘discount’ or ‘cheap‘ to pay less for your Gold Coast activities for kids (and adults too!)

Gold Coast attractions for families | Gold Coast attractions for kids

Because we are families that live on and near the Gold Coast, the list below are tried and tested. These family things to do on the Gold Coast sill suit every budget. These are some of our favourite Gold Coast family activities and Gold Coast attractions for families. As well as that we also have the inside scoop on the best places to eat with kids:

Check out our Kids Eat Free on the Gold Coast article too!

Check out our Kid Friendly Restaurants on the Gold Coast article as well!

1. Nerang Cinemas

Nerang Cinemas & Markets are the Gold Coast’s Cheapest movies these holidays (… and every day)! To escape the heat or the rain this is a great option when you are looking for things to do with kids on the Gold Coast. Check them out – click here!

2. Mt Tamborine Glow Worm Caves

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Cedar Creek Estate, 104 – 144 Hartley Road, North Tamborine

The Gold Coast’s stunning hinterland is well-placed to deliver some incredible natural surprises.  The Mt Tamborine Glow Worm Caves are purpose-built, realistic caves where your kids can get up close to, and learn about these fascinating local insects without the long hike through the bush at night time.  Cleverly designed as two chambers connected by tunnels, the Mt Tamborine Glow Worm Caves are open from 10am to 4pm daily and provide easy access to one of this area’s most unique and family-friendly attractions. Click here.

We’ve got the BEST discount tickets for families for the Glow Worm Caves here.

3. Walk to the Natural Bridge at Springbrook

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If you want to see the Gold Coast’s glow worms in their natural habitat, then the Natural Bridge at Springbrook National Park is the place to do it.  Take a meandering walk down through the rainforest with its dark canopy of murderous strangler figs and abundant local fauna to reach the breathtakingly beautiful rock formation at the bottom:  The Natural Bridge. Click here for more information. 

The Springbrook National Park offers a wide variety of trips and walks for families.

This is one of our top picks for free family activities Gold Coast style!

4. Visit Cavill Avenue in the heart of Surfers Paradise

Located in the centre of the bustling shopping hub of Surfers Paradise, Cavill Avenue and the streets around it host a huge variety of fun things for the kids to do if you’re willing to spend a bit of money.

One such place is Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium. Filled with curios and oddities from around the world, kids will be amazed by everything they see. Just down the road from the Odditorium is the 7D cinema. Hosting a variety of short movies, the 7D cinema is unique in that it incorporates not just sight and sound, but also vibrating chairs and other special effects.

Infinity is another fantastic place to visit on Cavill Avenue (check the link below to see if we’ve got any current discounts). The 40-minute experience includes spectacular laser lights and rooms filled with fun. The kids will beg you to visit again!

If you are looking for Surfers Paradise activities then check out this article.

5. Burleigh Heads


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One of the most beautiful beaches along the Gold Coast, Burleigh Beach is a wonderful place to visit with the kids. Your kids will be safe swimming in the protected waters of the beach, which isn’t as rough as some of the other beaches around the Gold Coast.

BBQ areas are everywhere and with the option of oceanfront dining, you and the kids won’t be going hungry. (They even made our list of top spots for fish and chips!)If you’re lucky, you may even catch a local arts and crafts market going on along the foreshore. So if you’re looking for a great beach to visit, check out Burleigh Heads.

6. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Do the kids love wildlife? If you are visiting or living on the Gold Coast with kids, you really should take them down to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and you’ll be sure they’ll have a great time. Read our “Toddler adventuring at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary” article here to see how it works with tiny tots! Gold Coast activities for toddlers don’t get much better than the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary!

Currumbin houses a huge variety of Australian animals for kids to visit, including kangaroos, koalas, dingos and Tasmanian devils. Some of the best highlights of the Wildlife Sanctuary including a free bird feeding show, sheep dog experience, Segway safari, photo opportunities and Salt Water croc feeding. Enjoy a fun day out by visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

 You’ll get a discount on the treetop challenge here.

7. Currumbin Rock Pools

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Guineas Creek Road, Currumbin Valley

One of the Gold Coast’s best-kept secrets for kids, this local swimming spot has an added bonus – it’s also free!  If you want to escape the heat, hustle and humidity of the bustling Gold Coast, pack a picnic and head for the hills where you can cool your heels at the Currumbin rock pools. The Currumbin rock pools are one of our favourite Gold Coast activities for families. Read our review here.

Best family friendly accommodation on the Gold Coast – click here

8. Aquaduck Safaris

36 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

A tour bus that doubles as a boat?  Your kids won’t believe their eyes!  If you want an activity with an exciting twist, then an Aquaduck Safari could be exactly what you’re looking for.  Take your kids on an extraordinary tour of Surfers Paradise and out across the spectacular Broadwater, weave through the canals and take a cheeky sneak peek at the homes of the Gold Coast’s rich and famous. 

We’ve got a discount for Aquaduck – click here

We’ve got more on the fantastic AQUADUCK right here! Aquaduck tours provide a unique and exhilarating experience on the Gold Coast for kids. Click here for their website.

9. Holoverse

Holoverse Review

59 Nerang Street, Southport

Holoverse is a holographic entertainment centre located in Southport. The facility’s 40 rooms provide a host of holographic experiences, including an African safari, patting turtles in an aquarium, walking through walls, and flying through the sky. The centre is family-friendly, encouraging children and adults to try out this advanced technology for a unique gaming experience.

You can read our detailed review – we took twins recently! Click here.

10. HOTA, Home of the Arts

135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise.

The Gold Coast is a feast for the senses, but sometimes you need to balance all noise, colour and movement something a little more sedate yet equally interesting.   The centrally -located Home of the Arts offers a range of kid-friendly exhibitions and activities that will help inspire your kids to dig deep and discover their own creativity. Click here for HOTA website.

11. Gold Coast War Museum

42 John Rogers Road, Mudgereebah

The Gold Coast War Museum gives your kids an opportunity to get up close to genuine war artefacts and the stories that will fire their imaginations and help bring history to life.  The Gold Coast’s stunningly beautiful Burleigh Heads is home to one of the Queensland’s largest annual ANZAC day services, so the Gold Coast War Museum is a great stepping stone bridging the gap between the commemoration of historical events and the people forever affected by them. Click here for their website.

12. Amazing Hot Air Balloon Experience

Incredible hot air balloon experience for your family for a special treat for the kids to see the view from ‘upon high’. Take to the skies on a majestic hot air balloon journey over the Gold Coast and its lush hinterland!

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Find about the discount offer for hot air ballooning here.

13. Iceland – Bundall

things to do on the gold coast with kids

15 Strathaird Road, Bundall

Iceland gives visitors the chance to strap on a pair of blades and take to a full size ice skating rink. Master ice skating or ice hockey while escaping the heat outside. Littlies can celebrate birthdays while their parents can take some time out enjoying a warm drink and something to eat at the kiosk.

14. Horse Riding with kids on the Gold Coast

Who doesn’t love a bit of a gallop or trot? Horse riding can be an awesome day out and may places cater for all ages and abilities. You can find our list of horse riding places on the Gold Coast right here.

Kids can ride for 90 minutes at Gummies Farm for discounted $39!!

15. O’Reilly’s Treetop Walk

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Lamington National Park Road, Canungra

Perfectly positioned in the Lamington National Park, Gold Coast hinterland, O’Reilly’s Tree Top walk is an easy 800 metre circuit through stunning bushland.  The walk incorporates 9 suspension bridges and a gradual rise up into the sub-tropical rainforest canopy.  While you’re at O’Reilly’s your kids can kick back and watch the bird of prey show and make friends with the rosellas and king parrots that call the rainforest home.

O’Reilly’s isn’t just a great destination for a day trip though:  There’s a great range of accommodation options on offer if you’re thinking about staying longer in the area.

Click here to see some gorgeous accommodation options for your family!

16. Ecopark Fishing World and Farmstay

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2 Halls Road, Luscombe

If your kids want to try their hands at catch and release fishing, then a day trip to Ecopark will be a perfect outing for them.  Ecopark also offers farm stay experiences and camp outs, as well as facilities suitable for conferences and birthday parties. Click here for their website.

Grab your discounted entry to Ecopark Gishing World and Farmstay here.

17. Surfers Paradise River Cruises

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Surfers Paradise River Cruises offers an extensive range of experiences on the water to suit all types of seafarers. Morning, afternoon and lunch river cruises depart seven days a week, offering a leisurely experience along the Gold Coast waterways. The business can also organise private party and senior citizen cruises. Meal packages are available to suit any budget. The vessel is designed with comfort in mind, featuring a covered indoor seating area, sightseeing deck and step-free access.

We found a cheap Surfers Paradise River Cruise deal on Groupon for $19!!

18. Cedar Creek Falls, Mt Tamborine

Cedar Creek Falls Rd, Tamborine

Frequented by families with children, Cedar Creek Falls is a great natural outdoor day trip. There are three rock pools in which you are allowed to swim although the water is often very cold. It makes a great place to cool down on a sweltering summer’s day. The top rock pool is quite deep and it has a couple of ledge areas which children can sit and paddle their feet quite easily. The two other rock pools are further down the rock face. There are picnic facilities and BBQ’s for us.

A tip – this place can get PACKED. You may well find that the car park is full by the time you arrive so anticipate a bit of a walk down to the creek. Read more and watch our video here.

19. Indoor Skydiving Gold Coast, iFLY

3084 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

We’ve got a discount voucher here for indoor skydiving on the Gold Coast! When you skydive indoors you can twist and turn, spin and enjoy all kinds of fun, without the months and months of training involved with outdoor skydiving. AND your family and friends can watch all the action from an all-glass viewing platform just a few feet away! What a super fun way to spin the day away!

Powered by multiple fans located at the top of the flight chamber, the vertical wind tunnel produces a wall-to-wall air flow that is indistinguishable from free falling during a 14,000ft skydive. Professional instructors assist you to make the most of the air flow so you can truly experience the closest thing to human flight. This is the perfect experience for all ages – from the young to the young at heart.

 Click here to get your kids a cheap iFLY experience!

20. Skypoint Observation Deck and the Skypoint Climb

Levels 77- 78 of the Q1 Building 3 / 3003 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

The Skypoint Observation Deck is the perfect location for your kids to experience breathtaking, 360 degree views of the Gold Coast and its stunning hinterland. Skypoint Observation Deck admission discount

If your kids are over 12 years of age and at least 130 cm tall, they’ll also be able to participate in a Skypoint Climb, one of the most exhilarating experiences that the Gold Coast has to offer.

Children over 12 can climb Skypoint – grab your discount here.

21. Infinity

Ground level, shop 31 Chevron Renaissance Centre, Surfers Paradise

If you’re looking for an indoor, all-weather activity on the Gold Coast for kids, you’ll find that Infinity fits the bill perfectly.  Infinity offers a fully-immersive sensory experience for kids aged 8 years and over, full to the brim with mind-blowing mazes and illusions that will keep your kids on their toes at every turn.

Get your discounted entry to Infinity here.

Click here for more information.

22. Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre

1711 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

The Gold Coast’s also home to the internationally acclaimed Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.  Offering a range of aboriginal cultural walking tours, your kids can experience a corroboree, smoking ceremony and ochre anointment.  They’ll get to know the history of the local aboriginal people and their unbreakable link to the coast. Click here for more information. 

23. Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

Cavill Mall, Cavill Avenue Surfer’s Paradise

If you’re looking for a fascinating way to fill in a couple of hours on the Gold Coast for kids, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! is a museum with a difference.  Housing an irreplaceable and fascinating collection of oddities and curiosities, historical artifacts and mind-bending illusions, it’s a great way to spend a few hours on the Gold Coast for kids.

Click here for more information.

24. Ripley’s Impossible LaserRace

Cavill Mall, Cavill Avenue Surfer’s Paradise

Ripley’s Impossible LaserRace is the perfect place on the Gold Coast for kids who want to pit themselves against the clock in the ultimate test of agility.  A seemingly impossible maze of lights, music and laser beams, the LaserRace adds up to an exciting test of manual dexterity, co-ordination and forward-planning.

Click here for more information.

25. Go Bowling – Ashmore

137 Currumburra Rd, Ashmore

Go Bowling provides tenpin bowling for children and adults alike. Small or large parties can enjoy group games along with music, video clips and disco lighting for an all-around experience. The venue has an on-site restaurant and fully licensed bar, making it possible to be used for corporate events, parties and special occasions.

26. Aquasplash

Broadwater Parklands, Southport

Aquasplash is a water park with a difference.  Imagine a connected network of inflatable obstacles such as slides, jumping pillows, swings, climbing walls and balance beams forming a challenging course…Then imagine it out on the water.  Running annually from Summer to mid-Autumn, Aquasplash is the epitome of fun in the sun on the Gold Coast for kids. Click here.

27. Superbee Honey World

Tomewin Street, Currumbin

Albert Einstein once said that if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, we would only have four years of life left.  Superbee Honey World is the perfect place for your kids to discover the amazing properties of this incredible superfood and to appreciate why the honey bee is such a critical and threatened part of our food chain.

Psst… it’s not “Gold Coast” but if you’re as bee-obsessed as we are, drive to the Sunshine Coast and visit The Ginger Factory for their SUPER BEE TOUR (we have discount tickets for there too!)

28. Gold Coast Bike Ways

Looking to get away from the Gold Coast’s traffic snarls and congestion?  A great way of exploring the beautiful Gold Coast for kids is by bike.  It’s easy to hire bikes and helmets and explore some of the Gold Coast’s 800 kilometres of linked bikeways, at least 36km of which skirt the spectacular Pacific Ocean. 

The area’s best parks and beaches straddle the most popular of the Gold Coast bikeways, making it a great way to get out and get active as a family. Click here.

We’ve had one of our family’s personally test out Galleon Way Park. Check out their review to see what they thought.

29. Pelican Feeding

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Ian Dimple Lagoon, 371 Marine Parade, Labrador

The Gold Coast’s the best place for your kids to get up close and personal with of one of the biggest seabirds around:  The Pelican.  Ian Dimple Lagoon plays host to pelican feeding daily at 1:30pm.  Be prepared to make some amazing memories with your kids.

Read more about Pelican feeding Gold Coast here.

30. Abseiling at Binna Burra

Binna Burra Road, Beechmont

Lamington National Park is also one of best locations on the Gold Coast for kids when it comes to abseiling.  Binna Burra’s local volcanic rock formations mean that there are cliff faces suitable for all levels from beginner to expert.  With some of the most experienced guides on hand to show you the ropes, Binna Burra Mountain Lodge is the perfect spot on the Gold Coast for kids to safely experience this exciting outdoor activity.

We love camping at Binna Burra!

Here’s some more information on what’s great about this campsite for families. 

31. Dracula’s Haunted House

3177 Surfers Paradise Boulevarde, Surfers Paradise

Dracula’s Haunted House is a five-story, purpose-built attraction set in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise.  Your kids can walk, shriek, laugh and scream their way through the attraction’s scary themed levels Great for the older kids, Dracula’s Haunted House is not for the claustrophobic or easily scared! Click here.

32. Binna Burra Lodge’s other activities for kids

Please note – the September fires of 2019 saw this historic lodge burn down. 

Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra Road, Beechmont

The Binna Burra Lodge offers an awesome range of activities on the Gold Coast for kids.  You don’t have to be a guest at the lodge to join in.  They’re also open to casual visitors on the weekend or during school holidays as well!  Your kids will love to whizz through the tree tops on the 165m long Flying Fox or try their hand at archery.  They can also exercise their imaginations in the adventure playground on site.  Binna Burra Lodge also offers spotlight walks after dark, so it’s a great destination for a family getaway, with a range of accommodation options to suit most budgets.

33. Snorkelling at Tallebudgera Creek

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Turtles, dolphins, large schools of beautiful fish and even cranky crabs – all of this is on offer in the beautiful crystal clear waters of Tallebudgera creek. Both sides of the creek have beach entry, and it’s not too wide, so at parts you can swim right across . Be warned – there are occasionally strong currents but if you stick to snorkelling at the top of the tide when the current is minimal and the water is the clearest you are sure to make some beautiful memories.

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34. Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens

258 Ashmore Road, Benowa

The Gold Coast’s Regional Botanical Gardens is a delight for kids of all ages.  Set on 31 hectares of lush, beautifully designed gardens, it offers a range of activities for kids including a playground, sensory garden mountains to mangroves walk and butterfly garden.  Pack a picnic and encourage your kids to explore this oasis of calm just 10 minutes from the heart of Surfer’s Paradise. Click here.

35. Mt Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

333 Geissmann Drive, North Tamborine

Another activity on the Gold Coast for kids is the Mt Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.  The skywalk is a 1.5km round trip of steel bridges and ground level bush trails that allow you to take your time as a family to experience the sights and smells of this pristine and uniquely beautiful sub-tropical rainforest. Click here.

36. Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding at Currumbin Creek

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If you’re looking for outdoor activities on the Gold Coast for kids, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better combination of water and fun than kayaking or stand up paddleboarding.  Currumbin Creek is the perfect location on the Gold Coast for kids to learn the basics from a local expert before hiring all the gear you’ll need to head out and explore the local waterways as a family. Click here.

We’ve also got a discount voucher for SUP for $55 here.

37. Visit Surf World Museum

1st Floor, 35 Tomewin Street, Currumbin

What would the Gold Coast be without its world-class surf beaches and surfing legends?  Your kids can explore the history of surfing on the Gold Coast at the Surf World Museum at Currumbin. Click here.

38. Daisy Hill Conservation Park and the Daisy Hill Koala Centre

Daisy Hill Koala Centre – a Free Local Family Destination!

Hill Road, Daisy Hill, QLD

Set right at the northern fringe of the Gold Coast, the Daisy Hill Conservation Park and Koala Centre offers kids the chance to learn about these uniquely Australian marsupials. It’s a great FREE family attraction on the northern end of the Gold Coast kids and their grown ups! Click here.

39. Thunderbird Park

Tamborine Mountain Road, Queensland

Getting your kids outside and active is one of the great challenges of modern parenting.  What better way than to take them on a treasure hunt for thunder eggs at Thunderbird Park?  Thunder eggs are spherical rocks formed within volcanoes.  They might look like nothing special from the outside but once cut can be breathtakingly beautiful.  Your kids can spend hours fossicking for thunder eggs and then have them expertly cut to reveal the treasures glinting within. Click here for their website.

40. Carrara Markets

Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Carrara

Want to take the kids to the markets? The Carrara Markets are the biggest permanent markets in Queensland. Open weekends, the markets have over 400 stalls for you and the kids to peruse. Along with regular stalls, the markets feature plenty of fun things for the kids to see and do. These include; Butterfly House, the cheapest putt putt mini golf in Australia, a baby animal nursery, pony rides, face painting, a bungy trampoline and much more! The kids will have a fun day here and you will too. Click here for their website.

We’ve got a great overview of kid-friendly Gold Coast markets right here! Check it out!

41. Mt Tamborine Treetop Challenge

Cedar Creek Falls Road, North Tamborine

If your kids have more than just a little of the spirit of adventure, they’ll adore the Mt Tamborine Treetop Challenge.  Comprising 11 zip lines, suspension bridges and the canyon flyer zip line, the Treetop Challenge offers kids the perfect combination of adrenaline sport and beautiful bush setting.

Find a discount to Mt Tamborine Treetop Challenge here.

42. David Fleay Wildlife Park

West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

The David Fleay Wildlife Park offers a relatively inexpensive way to get your kids interested in the care, conservation and welfare of the wildlife commonly found on the Gold Coast and further afield in Australia.  As an education-focused heritage-listed park, it offers a quieter, more easily accessible alternative to some of the bigger parks in the area, especially if you’re pushing a pram. Click here.

43. Jetboating on the Gold Coast with kids

A white-knuckle ride on a jetboat through the Gold Coast’s canals and out onto open water will provide your kids with an experience they won’t forget in a hurry.  Suitable for kids aged 4 and up, there are range of different tours and experiences to choose from, depending on your budget and how wet you want to get!

Click here for information about a great discount!

44. Currumbin Tree Top Challenge

28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin

If you’re looking for something extraordinary on the Gold Coast for kids, you should consider the Currumbin Tree Top Challenge.  It’s a high ropes adventure course located within Currumbin Sanctuary.   The course includes a once-in-a-lifetime zip line experience near enclosures containing real-life crocodiles, Tasmanian devils and dingos, making it a must-do activity on the Gold Coast for kids.

You’ll get a discount on the treetop challenge here.

45. Indoor and outdoor rock climbing, Paramount Adventure Centre on the Gold Coast with kids

Paramount Adventure Centre things-to-do-on-the-gold-coast-with-kids

38 Hutchinson Street, West Burleigh

The Gold Coast’s Paramount Adventure Centre offers kids five years and older a unique introduction to the sport of rock climbing either through casual visits or through a dedicated indoor and outdoor rock climbing program. Click here.

46. Go-Karting at Pimpama

Get ready for an extreme Rush of Adrenalin with this sensational Outdoor Go Karting Package on the Gold Coast. You will love your 2 x 15 Minute Outdoor Karting sessions on Sodi GT 5 Karts!

Find the best go-karting discounts on offer here.

47. Go-Karting at Kingston Park Raceway

20 Mudgee Street, Kingston

Kingston Park Raceway is the spiritual home of go-karting, and it’s only a short 35 minute drive north from the Gold Coast.  Catering for even the smallest petrol heads in your family, kids aged 5 and up can take the wheel of a purpose-built kart.  There are a range of different karts to choose from, depending on their age and skill level.  Go-karting on the Gold Coast for kids is a great way to introduce them to motor sport in a controlled, safe and fun environment. Surf Lifesaving QLD’s Junior Activities Programs (Nippers) on the Gold Coast with kids

If your Gold Coast stay is an extended one, then Nippers is a great way to give your kids a head start when it comes to water safety.  The Junior Activities Program, better known as Nippers, is offered by every Surf Lifesaving Club on the Gold Coast.  Offering a beach-based program of fun and challenging activities for your kids, there’s plenty of scope for you to get involved too.  Nippers is the perfect activity for kids on the Gold Coast as it will assist your kids to develop the necessary skills and confidence to safely navigate some of the most treacherous surf in Australia. Click here.

Pssssst… we’ve found the BEST surf club dinners for your little nippers! 

48. Mini Golf at King Tutt’s Putt Putt

Corner of Surfer’s Paradise Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, Surfers Paradise

King Tutt’s Putt Putt is a mini golf experience with a difference.  If you’re fast running out of options for all-weather activities on the Gold Coast for kids, challenge your kids to a golf-off.  There’s three courses all up:  Two are uniquely-themed Jurassic Putt and the Egyptian Course with its psychedelic, glow in the dark caves.  There’s also a third, more challenging 18-hole outdoor course. Click here.

49. A night out at Adrenaline Park

6 Palm Avenue (corner of Gold Coast Highway) Surfers Paradise

Best experienced at night with its incredible display of multi-coloured lights, Adrenaline Park houses some of the scariest, stomach-churning amusement park rides on the planet.   Your kids can experience the aptly-names Slingshot, Vomatron, Fly Coaster and bungy trampolines without having to set foot outside Surfers Paradise.  Maybe best to keep it in mind as an activity on the Gold Coast best reserved for kids with empty stomachs. Click here.

50. Surfing lessons on the Gold Coast for kids

Family Surfing Lessons little girl catching wave into shore with help from an instructor

What’s the point of being on the Gold Coast if your kids don’t have the skills necessary to hang ten and tackle the surf?   The Currumbin Alley Surf School is just one of many surf schools offering lessons on the Gold Coast for kids. Click here.

Another great surf school is found at Coolangatta Beach. They offer 2 hour group surfing lessons which are perfect for beginners or those looking to refresh their skills. Complete beginners can experience the rush of catching their first wave in a beautiful location which is renowned as a perfect spot to learn.

For beginners you will start on the beach where a professional surf instructor will take you through the techniques required to get you riding a wave. All the lessons are run by professional fully qualified Surfing Australia or International Surfing Association Surf Instructors who also hold first aid and lifeguard qualifications to ensure everyone is in safe hands.

This surfing deal is cheap on Groupon!

Check out this discount for surfing lessons at Coolangatta Beach here.

Here’s why YOU should think about surfing lessons for your family!

51. Air Factory Trampoline Park is now Bounce Inc

things to do on the gold coast with kids

5 Sunlight Drive, Burleigh Waters

BOUNCE Trampoline Park Gold Coast in Burleigh Waters is Australia’s biggest indoor action adventure playground! The new mega venue at the massive site in Burleigh Waters has fully upgraded features and everything you love about BOUNCE plus heaps more, from huge performance tramps to their craziest X-Park yet. Be the first to experience the awesomeness of BOUNCE Gold Coast! Click here.

52. Trail Riding at Numinbah Valley

2524 Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, Numinbah Valley

Numinbah Valley Adventure Trails offer a great range of trail rides if your kids want to combine a horse riding adventure with the spectacular scenery of Yowgurrabah, a 2500 acre working cattle Station.  It doesn’t matter if your kids are new to horses or experienced riders.  There’s options encompassing everything from a 30 minute lead ride right up to a 3 hour trail ride complete with billy tea, damper and an invigorating dip in the Nerang River. Click here.

Check out our horse riding for Gold Coast kids list here! 

53. Fruit Farm tractor tour, boat ride and miniature railway, Tropical Fruit World

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Tropical Fruit World things-to-do-on-the-gold-coast-with-kids

29 Duranbah Road, Duranbah NSW

A former research station, Tropical Fruit World is now a working tropical fruit farm with a difference.  It’s a fabulous place for kids to visit!  Your kids can enjoy a tractor ride through the farm itself, stopping off along the way to taste macadamias and bananas.  They’ll also get to stroll down to the animal farm yard with plenty of farm animals to feed and pat, before enjoying a short boat ride to the Island recreational area and its extensive playground and miniature railway.  Though not strictly speaking on the Gold Coast, Tropical Fruit World is a just short trip across into New South Wales.

Read our comprehensive review of Tropical Fruit World here!

54. Ice Skating at Planet Chill

Paradise Resort, 122 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Paradise resort’s favourite attraction isn’t just reserved for guests staying there.  Planet Chill, the resort’s ice skating rink, is open to everyone on the Gold Coast.  If you’ve got kids aged 3 and older, they can experience all the thrills, spills and magic of ice skating for themselves, 365 days of the year. Click here.

Get your skates on at these Gold Coast venues! 

55. Walk through the ancient beech forest to the Best of All Lookout, Springbrook

Springbrook things-to-do-on-the-gold-coast-with-kids

Repeater Station Road, Springbrook

Springbrook National Park is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty.  The hard bit can be getting your kids out of the car and away from their tablets and devices for long enough to see it first-hand!  The Best of All Lookout is a relatively short 600 metre return trip through the remains of an astonishingly beautiful and ancient Antarctic beech forest.  Providing the weather is clear, your kids will be rewarded for their efforts with stunning views across to New South Wales. Mt Warning and all the way down to the Gold Coast and Pacific Ocean. Click here.

56. Crash-tackle someone at Inflatable World Burleigh

Air Factory Trampoline Park things-to-do-on-the-gold-coast-with-kids

3 Fremantle Street, Burleigh West

Inflatable World is an indoor, inflatable playground experience on the Gold Coast for kids and adults alike.  If your kids have energy to burn,  a two-hour session at Inflatable World Burleigh is sure to have them sleeping soundly at night.  A word of warning though:  All children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Get set to enjoy the best workout of your life… and more than just a few laughs with your kids. Click here.

57. Gold Coast Local Parks and Playgrounds

Children’s activities Gold Coast style just scream… PLAYGROUND!!

If you kids need to stretch their legs and blow off a little steam, a great, local park or playground could be just the ticket.  There’s a huge array of wonderful parks and playground on the Gold Coast for kids.  They all provide a fantastic opportunity for your kids to enjoy the wonderful Gold Coast climate and engage in some spontaneous, unstructured play, the perfect antidote to any theme park experience! 

Most also provide toilets and barbecue or picnic facilities, meaning that you could spend an entire day on the Gold Coast and the most you might have to pay is for the parking.  To find out more about the best parks and playground on the Gold Coast for your active kids.

Our pick of the best park-based activities on the Gold Coast for kids include:

Laguna Park

Laguna park things-to-do-on-the-gold-coast-with-kids

Laguna park things-to-do-on-the-gold-coast-with-kids

Palm Beach, Laguna Avenue, Palm Beach.

Hailed as one of the very best parks on the Gold Coast for kids, this park has a riot of brightly coloured equipment for kids of all ages.   The pirate ship and pedal-powered monorail circling the playground is sure to get your kids excited, outdoors and active.

Washington Waters Park

Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast Highway

Washington Waters Park is yet another of the Gold Coast’s amazing parks for kids.  It also boasts its fair share of rock pools for the littlies, a monorail, mini bike circuit, enclosed swimming area and plenty of space for them to run around!

Kurrawa Pratten Park

Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach.

If you are looking for things to do in Broadbeach, this park is one of our favourites. This is a fantastic beachside park with plenty of open space, bike paths and shady trees.  It’s also home to Ben and Jerry’s Open Air Cinema which runs throughout summer.  A cinema experience with a backdrop of sparkling skyscrapers and stars…It doesn’t get any more spectacular than this!

Pacific Pines Central Park

Hotham Drive, Pacific Pines

This park is the perfect backdrop for a pirate-themed adventure on the Gold Coast for your kids.    Complete with a lake and sunken ship-themed adventure playground, stationary train and flying fox, this is yet another Gold Coast park that takes playing on the Gold Coast to an entirely new level of awesome and encourages your kids to put the electronic devices down and get active.

Broadwater Parklands and Rockpools Playground Southport

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Marine Parade, Southport

The Broadwater Parklands is a massive recreational area running parallel to the coast.  Best of all, it incorporates a range of different play areas to suit kids of all ages.  The Rockpools playground forms part of the Broadwater Parklands and is best described as a water park that mimics its natural surroundings, offering a safe way to cool off on the Gold Coast for kids.

One of the loveliest parks on the Gold Coast, the Broadwater Parklands is the perfect place for a family day out. Featuring a giant water play area, make sure the kids bring along togs so they can enjoy the fun. The parklands also feature a playground which includes swings, slides and a pedal powered monorail. For kids who love trampolines there is a giant undercover bouncy pillow. Bring along a picnic or enjoy parklands dining once you are ready for a break. The Broadwater Parklands has so much to offer and you’ll be sure your kids will be sound asleep during the ride home.

Or take a discounted cruise out from the Broadwater from $29 – click here

58. Indoor Playcentres Gold Coast

If you’re looking for some indoor toddler fun on the Gold Coast while you (potentially) grab a coffee and relax (kind of), we’ve got a list of the best indoor play centers on the Gold Coast. 

We’ve found discounts for indoor play centres on the Gold Coast here.

Whatever you choose to do on the Gold Coast with kids, you are bound to have a wonderful time with all the family friendly options on offer!

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