Strawberry Farms Brisbane – Pick Your Own Strawberries!

Strawberry Farms Brisbane! Are you looking for best places to go strawberry picking Brisbane has to offer?

We’re lucky to have so many local strawberry picking farms right on our doorstep. Prepare yourself for juicy, ripe, sun-kissed strawberries just begging to be dipped in cream or chocolate. Plus the kids just love the concept of *pick your own strawberries* in Brisbane.

This article will detail where all the best strawberry picking Brisbane options are and is a locals guide to strawberry farms Brisbane.

Find a strawberry farm Brisbane – pick your own!

How can you make sweet, juicy and delicious strawberries infused with Queensland sunshine even better? Pick them yourself with the kids! Check out all the amazing pick your own strawberry farms Brisbane has to offer and add it to your *days out from Brisbane* bucket list!

Not only do you get to take home your own freshly picked strawberries and pink juicy grins, but you’re getting your family out of the supermarkets to see where real food comes from. Turn your strawberry picking adventure into a home kitchen science lesson and dust off your favourite jam, shortcake or choc dipped strawberry recipe when you get home.

There are several strawberry farms near Brisbane that allow you to pick your own strawberries. Most cater for family visits with cafes, toilets and even play areas. Prams and strollers will easily maneuver through the rows of strawberries but the ride may get a little bumpy! Wheelchair access to pick strawberries is limited.

When is strawberry season in Brisbane?

Strawberry picking season in Brisbane is generally June to November each year. The season can vary slightly depending on the weather so if you’re planning a strawberry picking adventure after mid-October it’s a good idea to phone beforehand to avoid disappointment.

Entry is mostly free and you’re charged per kg for your freshly picked strawberries. The cost varies throughout strawberry season and is generally cheaper in the warmer weather when strawberries are at their peak.

Where to go strawberry picking Brisbane

Whilst there are not any strawberry farms right IN Brisbane, we have rounded up all the strawberry farms near Brisbane and mostly they seem to be to the north (except one). Below are our picks for Strawberry picking north Brisbane.

Strawberry Fields Palmview

  • 133 Laxton Road, Palmview QLD 4553 – Exit 190 off Bruce Highway
  • Phone: (07) 5494 5146

Strawberry Fields farm on the Sunshine Coast is open 7 days a week from 8am to 4pm throughout the year. They offer pick your own strawberries sessions from June to November. This farm is your best strawberry picking Sunshine Coast option.

Strawberry Fields has been a family owned strawberry farm Brisbane since 1980. They run educational tours for school groups and also cater for birthday parties. Kids activities include tractor rides, a playground and hay bale climbing.

Picnic tables are provided so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding green country side and manicured gardens while eating lunch. Their café sells a range of scrumptious strawberry themed delights (think fresh strawberry ice cream, strawberries and cream, parfaits, pancakes and more). They also stock a range of local crafts and locally grown produce. Regulars tell us that this is the best strawberry farm Brisbane has to offer for kids and activities!

Check out their new website here.

Rolin Strawberry Farms Elimbah

  • 124-190 Rutters Road, Elimbah QLD 4516
  • Phone: (07) 5497 4253

Rolin Farms on the Sunshine Coast, about 12 minutes up the road from Caboolture (45 minutes north of Brisbane), is THE places to pick your own strawberries near Caboolture.

It is open every day from 8am to 4pm during strawberry season (June through October). Don’t let a rainy day put you off strawberry picking as Rolin Farms grow some of their strawberries under cover in poly tunnels.

They cater for bus tours, playgroups, school visits, birthday parties and even weddings. During school holidays there are fun, inspiring and healthy strawberry themed activities organised for the kids. There is a strawberry farm Brisbane store that sells pre-picked strawberries, homemade strawberry ice-cream and chunky home style jam. There’s also a playground available for the kids and onsite car parking.

Find out more about Rollins here.

McMartin’s Strawberry Farm

  • Lot 7 Sports Road (next to Maroochy Wetlands), Bli Bli QLD 4560
  • Phone: (07) 5448 4912

Pick your own strawberries or buy from the stall. The farm is located on the Sunshine Coast just outside the town of Bli Bli on your way to the Maroochy River. Selling strawberries and other fruit and vegetables when available. Home made gourmet ice creams and jams, Devonshire tea, souvenirs and much more. This is another great strawberry picking Sunshine Coast option for families.

Find out more about McMartins Strawberry Farm here.

LuvaBerry Farm

  • Ziviani Road, Wamuran QLD 4512
  • Phone: 0417 741 692

Looking for a more intimate strawberry picking experience? LuvaBerry’s family farm is the answer. Located 15 minutes out of Caboolture, during strawberry picking season LuvaBerry is open every Sunday (weather permitting).

They offer Peckish Picking- where you can eat in the field, and a Farm Gate stall selling lots of other fresh local produce from jams and chutneys to avocados and ice creams. A great day out for kids and adults alike, with complimentary farm tours available plus tea, coffee and locally made biscuits!If you are looking for a strawberry farm Caboolture style, this is it!

Find out more on the LuvaBerry website.

Below is the only places we know to go strawberry picking Gold Coast way.

Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm

  • 912 Chambers Flat Road, Chambers Flat QLD 4133
  • Phone: (07) 5546 3652

Located in the Logan shire area of Brisbane, Chambers Flat strawberry picking is run by third generation strawberry farmers. At the Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm Brisbane, you can pick your own juicy strawberries from their beautiful fields or buy them freshly picked along with jams and other strawberry delights from their farm store. You simply MUST try their strawberry ice cream! They are HUGE and very tasty with freshly blended strawberries and ice cream. Yum!

Open seven days from June to November including public holidays (pick-your-own is available August, September and October). Opening hours are 8.30am -5pm Monday to Saturday and 8.30am to 4pm on Sundays, with strawberry picking finishing 30 minutes before closing time. Facilities include: car park, small cubby house for kids, picnic area with some tables, toilets and shaded areas to stop and rest when you’re weary from picking strawberries.

See their Facebook page here.

Jarvis Fresh Strawberries – no longer offering strawberry picking

Strawberry picking Brisbane

  • 445 Rochedale Road, Rochedale QLD 4123

This farm is gaining popularity. They sell strawberries in containers in the shop, so you won’t leave empty handed. It’s a good idea to check their Facebook page to see if they have posted any notes about availability, particularly at the end of the season (typically strawberry seasons are June to October). Remember to take your own container! Find them on Facebook.

The Strawberry Farm Gold Coast – no longer offering ‘pick your own’

  • 1 Pimpama Jacobs Well Road, Pimpama, QLD
  • Phone: (07) 5546 6245

The Strawberry Farm has operated for well over 20 years and is well known to locals and tourists alike. Old-fashioned service and country charm see people relaxing at this stop for hours. Situated conveniently next to the M1 Pacific Motorway midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast it proves to be a popular stop for motorists with plenty of parking and amenities available.

Children love the free animal farm as they can walk amongst, feed and be delighted by so many different animals. Delightful treats include the famous “Strawberry Cone” – a giant cone filled with vanilla ice cream, strawberries and fresh cream topped with strawberry ice cream then a dollop of cream and another strawberry!

See their Facebook page here.

Twist Brothers Strawberry Farm – closed to grow turf instead

  • 447 Chevallum Road, Chevallum QLD 4555

Twist Brothers offered an authentic picking experience set against a gorgeous natural backdrop. Locals and tourists alike rated it very highly in terms of easily picking delicious fresh fruit. This venue for strawberry picking on the Sunshine Coast was a great choice if you were on the way to, or coming back from, visiting other local sites.

Brisbane strawberry picking

Do you know of other great strawberry picking near Brisbane options? Let us in on your sweet, sweet secret – tell us below.

Year 5 NAPLAN – What Parents Need To Know

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy, better known as NAPLAN is an annual national assessment program in which all Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 students participate in literacy tests covering reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation), and numeracy tests covering number, algebra, functions & patterns, space, measurement, chance & data.

NAPLAN definition

ACARA, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority describes the purpose of NAPLAN as being “the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools, teachers and parents can determine whether young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.

The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They also provide schools, states and territories with information about how education programs are working and what areas need to be prioritised for improvement.

NAPLAN tests are one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process; they do not replace the extensive ongoing assessments made by teachers about each student’s performance.”

When is Year 5 NAPLAN

Here are the key dates for Year 5 NAPLAN tests:

2021 online NAPLAN testing

NAPLAN 2021 Online test window is nine school days. Day 1 is Tuesday 11 May 2021 and day 9 is Friday 21 May 2021.

The writing test must be scheduled within a two-day test window and schools must schedule writing from the first day of the appropriate two-day test window. For Year 5, the writing window is days 1 and 2. For Years 7 and 9, the writing window is days 2 and 3. Year 3 students complete the writing test on paper, not online.

The tests need to be taken in a specific order. Individual students are not permitted to sit the online tests after Friday 21 May 2021.

2021 NAPLAN written test dates

Schools doing online testing will have from Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 of May to complete their tests.

The below dates pertain to paper testing. Individual students are not permitted to sit the paper test after Friday May 14, 2021. Students who are absent for their tests on days May 11 to May 13 can sit their tests on Friday May 14.

YearDay 1 TuesdayDay 2 WednesdayDay 3 Thursday
Year 3Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 45 minutesNumeracy: 45 minutes
Year 5Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 50 minutesNumeracy: 50 minutes
Year 7Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 65 minutesNumeracy: 65 minutes
Year 9Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 65 minutesNumeracy: 65 minutes

NAPLAN makes kids nervous

The very mention of NAPLAN generates emotional responses from members of our community as wide ranging as from students to Prime Ministers. For Year 5 students who are old-hands and who already sat the test in Year 3, fear, dread, worry, concern, anticipation, eagerness, and excitement are some of the feelings they may experience.

Parents, teachers, school and community leaders, may also experience these emotions as this compulsory national assessment is no longer an ‘unknown’ but something very real that has a vast array of effects on our students.

Regardless of which camp you belong to i.e. whether you are pro or anti NAPLAN, it’s important to remember that NAPLAN is here, and that schools must administer the test; so hence my first piece of advice to Year 5 NAPLAN parents especially, is to not waste precious energy worrying!

Firstly and most importantly it is essential that for the sake of our children we adopt and maintain a growth mindset around every aspect of the NAPLAN experience.

NAPLAN growth mindset

Yes, NAPLAN is a challenge for many of our students, but it is a challenge made more daunting and difficult because of the negative ‘air play’ we may give to it.

NAPLAN Talk: NAPLAN talk must be positive talk.

It is our role as parents and teachers to always be encouraging and to encourage.

Praise – your child’s learning efforts today and every day.

We have all turned to a child and praised their intelligence i.e. their natural ability to know and do. Telling a child that they ‘are so smart’ can in fact be detrimental to their learning because they start to believe that they do not need to work hard to achieve; they avoid any tasks in which they think they might fail, and they increasingly perform poorly after failing. On the other hand, students praised for their effort learn to value the process of learning, and see work hard as the key to their success.

Watch, listen and praise your child’s efforts; by doing so you let them know that you value their hard work and hence when NAPLAN comes around they will hopefully go into the tests knowing that they have prepared themselves as well as they could.

Failure vs challenge – now I know what I need to learn

I have not yet met a child who does not consider NAPLAN to be a challenge, but since when does challenge equal impossible and making a mistake mean irreversible failure? These definitions only exist for those who have a fixed mindset.

Failure = final, inability, non-achiever, defeated, inadequate, worthless, etc.

Who wants the lives of their children defined by such negative and soul destroying terms? If defined as a failure I would never try again.

But what would happen, if instead of talking about failure we spoke about challenge and what comes next?

Challenge = possibility, hope, awaken, kindle, rouse, inflame, defy, risk, etc.

Now I see my results not as an indictment of my worthlessness, but rather as an invitation (with directions) to meet, if not surpass my learning potential.

None of us know what will be on the test, and no one can teach to the test, but we can develop a mindset that allows us to approach, sit and review the test in a way that allows us to be our best, do our best and achieve our best.

Read more about NAPLAN

We have these informative guide for each NAPLAN grade:

Year 9 NAPLAN – What Parents Need To Know

Wondering about Year 9 NAPLAN? This will help.

What is NAPLAN?

NAPLAN stands for the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy. NAPLAN is a series of tests that occur at Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, which tests a student’s understanding and achievement in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. It is an Australia wide assessment of students’ performance in these areas. The data provided by these tests inform schools about how their students are achieving and guides their pedagogical programs.

NAPLAN commenced in 2008 and was taken over by ACARA in 2010. Since 2014 whole cohorts have passed through the 4 years of Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 testing. This provides useful longitudinal data to government departments, teachers, schools and parents. Many schools will now be doing their testing online, which impacts the dates listed below.

When is NAPLAN?

The official test dates for 2021 are the Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 May. Some schools will do online testing while some will still do the traditional paper tests. All eligible students at Year 9, whether in State, Catholic or Independent School Systems are required to sit the test unless they are exempt or withdrawn by parents/guardians.

Exemption is given based on:

  • English language proficiency e.g. If a student has arrived in the country with a language background other than English less than a year prior to the test or
  • students have a significant intellectual disability (after consultation between principal, student and relevant parent/carer that despite adjustments they are unable to sit the test).

Parents may also choose to withdraw their child from the test for religious beliefs or philosophical reasons.

If your child is ill or absent on one of the days of online testing they can make up the test on another day. Paper test make ups will have to be negotiated with the school.

Previously at Year 9 there were 5 tests: Language conventions, Writing, Reading, Numeracy-non-calculator and Numeracy-calculator allowed. However, now that NAPLAN has been brought in line with the Australian Curriculum in 2017 this changed to be only one Numeracy test which consists of both calculator and non-calculator questions.

YearDay 1 TuesdayDay 2 WednesdayDay 3 Thursday
Year 3Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 45 minutesNumeracy: 45 minutes
Year 5Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 50 minutesNumeracy: 50 minutes
Year 7Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 65 minutesNumeracy: 65 minutes
Year 9Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 65 minutesNumeracy: 65 minutes

What does NAPLAN do?

NAPLAN is not a test which is a pass or fail. It provides a band scale and a point of comparison which highlights a student’s position. When the NAPLAN results are released, an individual report will measure a student’s performance against an assessment scale.

This scale is broken into ten Bands and caters for all year levels from Year 3 to 9; however, not all scales are shown for each of the years tested. For example, at Year 9 only Bands 5 to 10 are shown.  At each of the year levels tested, a national minimum standard is set and for Year 9 this is Band 6. Each higher band represents increasing difficulty and requires a more sophisticated demonstration of skills.

Your child’s school will send home their NAPLAN report and you can use the individual results to discuss progress with particular teachers. Current Year 9 parents should have previous reports for their children when they sat NAPLAN in Years 3, 5 and 7. Using the final report in conjunction with the other three collected over your child’s schooling will show snap shots over time and can identify trends and indicate value added.

It provides very useful information to schools as it can identify students’ strengths and highlight areas where additional support or work may be required. It can assist schools and teachers with their teaching strategies and planning.

How do I help my child prepare for Yer 9 NAPLAN?

At Year 9, students should be well versed at taking tests and working under time constraints. Preparation for Year 9 NAPLAN has been built into a school’s curriculum over a student’s education. Students should see this as part of the school program and approach it like any assessment where they do the best they can. An early night, a nutritious breakfast and a positive attitude is the best preparation a student can have in their approach to NAPLAN.

Find out more about NAPLAN

For further information please refer to the following websites:

NAPLAN website www.nap.edu.au, ACARA website www.acara.edu.au and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website www.qcaa.qld.edu.au.

Year 3 NAPLAN | What It Is, What It Isn’t & How Parents Can Help!

Year 3 NAPLAN is the first time that you child will encounter standardised, national testing in their school career – but what is NAPLAN? What is the point of NAPLAN and how can you, as a supportive parent help them succeed?

Find out right here!

What is Year 3 NAPLAN?

NAPLAN can be described as “a measure through which governments, education authorities, schools, teachers and parents can determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.” (www.nap.edu.au)

When is Year 3 NAPLAN this year?

NAPLAN is a national assessment program conducted annually (usually in May each year) in Grade 3, 5, 7 and 9.

All students across the nation in these year levels participate in tests in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy.  These tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at a point in time.  Brisbane Schools also are able to evaluate how their educational programs are working and then able to make decisions on what areas need improvement and priority.

Grade 3 NAPLAN

How Schools use Year 3 NAPLAN

Schools use NAPLAN information to help refine their practice and identify individual needs.  They adjust programs to cater for areas that need prioritising and develop individual programs that will support the needs of students.

School should not plan their curriculum with the NAPLAN assessment in mind. They usually teach students test ‘wiseness’. Schools mostly believe the best way to develop and support students’ literacy and numeracy skills is to give them a rich curriculum focussing on reading and writing and using mathematics in a variety of ways.

This will enable them to build the skills that are required for NAPLAN, but more importantly as a basis for further learning.

Students need enough practice with tests to ensure they are familiar with the form of testing.  Beyond that, test practice is a waste of time.

6 ways parents can help with NAPLAN tests

Know which test are on which days:

YearDay 1 TuesdayDay 2 WednesdayDay 3 Thursday
Year 3Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 45 minutesNumeracy: 45 minutes
Year 5Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 50 minutesNumeracy: 50 minutes
Year 7Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 65 minutesNumeracy: 65 minutes
Year 9Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 65 minutesNumeracy: 65 minutes
  1. Keep routines – make sure children get plenty of sleep and a good breakfast on the day of the testing.
  2. Teach helpful thinking – encourage them to believe they can do it.  Help them to say ‘I’ll give it a go”.
  3. Clear expectations – talk through what will happen, how long they will work for, and that they will get a break.
  4. Encourage confidence – for example, encourage them to look through the paper and complete the questions they know they can answer first.
  5. Discuss feelings – encourage the children to discuss how they feel.  Listen with empathy so they feel understood and know their feelings are normal.
  6. Most of all have a positive parent attitude that shows you believe in your child – children take their cues from the adults around them.

How to help an anxious kid with NAPLAN

childhood anxiety

It is normal for kids to feel anxious in the lead up to the NAPLAN exams. How anxious they are will be dependent on a variety of factors including:

  • how the school handles NAPLAN
  • how their peers handle NAPLAN
  • whether or not they are usually anxious by nature
  • how their parents handle the lead up to the exams

Statistically, about 6.9% of all children and adolescents (an estimated 278,000 Australian children) aged 4-17 years are considered to suffer from an anxiety disorder. This means that anxiety disorders make up half of all mental health presentations for Australian children in this age group. Here’s how parents can help anxious kids.

What Year 3 NAPLAN isn’t:

  • It isn’t the only aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process.
  • It doesn’t replace the extensive ongoing assessment that teachers conduct to give them information about a student’s performance.
  • It shouldn’t define a student as it is only “a piece of the puzzle” at a point in time.
  • It shouldn’t be used as the curriculum.  Students should not be given excessive test practice as teaching the test narrows the students’ experiences and learning.

Valuable things about your child that Year 3 NAPLAN exams cannot measure:

  • Creativity
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Values
  • Kind-heartedness
  • Determination
  • Adaptability
  • Compassion
  • Loyalty
  • Sincerity
  • Dependability
  • Imagination

Read more about NAPLAN

We have these informative guide for each NAPLAN grade:

 

Junior Netball Clubs for Kids in Brisbane

Looking for netball clubs in Brisbane?

Netball as long been a favourite amongst girls in Brisbane, and boys are increasingly getting in on the netball fun too! It’s a challenging game of skill with fast-paced action and passionate players. Netball Australia has programs to get kids started with the netball basics from 5 years old in the NetSetGo Program, with training and teams for all levels amongst the different associations that are part of Brisbane netball for kids.

The Brisbane netball season runs from late March to August/September with most games taking place on Saturdays and the netball clubs training at least once a week. Some netball clubs also offer summer seasons so you can play all year round!

Check out our list below to find the nearest netball clubs and association details for your Brisbane kid, and see the map at the bottom for your nearest location!

Kids playing Netball Ipswich - netball clubs Brisbane

Brisbane Netball Association

WHERE: Bradbury Park, 468 Rode Road, CHERMSIDE

CONTACT: 3350 2035; admin@brisbanenetball.org.au

WEBSITE: brisbanenetball.org.au

Brisbane Netball Association affiliated netball clubs:

Blue Jays Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights

Where: Bradbury Park, 468 Rode Road, CHERMSIDE

Contact: secretary@bluejaysnetball.org.au

Website: bluejaysnetball.org.au

Bracken Ridge Bulls Netball Club (indoor and outdoor netball)

When: Games played Wednesday and Friday evenings, Saturdays; training weeknights

Where: Indoor netball – 337 Bracken Ridge Road, BRACKEN RIDGE. Outdoor – Bradbury Park, 468 Rode Road, CHERMSIDE

Contact: 3261 2666; info@brisports.com.au

Website: brisports.com.au

Brisbane North Fever Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights

Where: Bradbury Park, 468 Rode Road, CHERMSIDE

Contact: 0401 235 071; fever.netball.club@outlook.com

Website: fevernetballclub.wix.com/fever

Kedron Lions Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights

Where: Bradbury Park, 468 Rode Road, CHERMSIDE

Contact: enquiries.klnetball@gmail.com

Website: klnetball.com

Ridgettes Netball Club

When: Training Tuesday and Wednesday nights, games played Saturday

Where: Bradbury Park, 468 Rode Road, CHERMSIDE

Contact: ridgettessecretary@gmail.com

Website: 0424 306 762; ridgettesnetballclub.com.au

Wavell Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights

Where: Bradbury Park, 468 Rode Road, CHERMSIDE

Contact: wavellnetball@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/wavellnetballclub

DOWNEY PARK NETBALL ASSOCIATION

WHERE: Cnr Northey Street & Green Terrace, WINDSOR

CONTACT: 3357 4885; admin@downeypark.com.au

WEBSITE: downeypark.qld.netball.com.au

Downey Park affiliated netball clubs:

Arana Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights

Where: Leslie Patrick Park, 135 Olearia Street West, ARANA HILLS

Contact: 0438 761 267; arananetballclub@gmail.com

Website: arananetballclub.com.au

Aspley Devils Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights

Where: Craigslea State High School, Maundrell Terrace, CHERMSIDE WEST

Contact: 0468 454 638; info@aspleydevilsnetball.com.au

Website: aspleydevilsnetball.com.au

Brisbane Central Flyers Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training Tuesdays

Where: Downey Park, 9A Green Terrace, WINDSOR

Contact: brisbanecentralflyers@gmail.com

Website: brisbanecityflyers.qld.netball.com.au

Canon/Rebels Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training Mondays

Where: Downey Park, 9A Green Terrace, WINDSOR

Contact: canonssecretary@gmail.com

Website: canonsrebels.qld.netball.com.au

Phoenix Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights

Where: Phoenix Netball Courts, Ferny Grove Parklands, McGinn Road, FERNY GROVE

Contact: secretary@phoenixnetball.org.au

Website: phoenixnetball.org.au

Pine Hills Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights

Where: James Drysdale Reserve, Lot 2 Jinker Track, BUNYA

Contact: secretary@pinehillsnetball.club

Website: pinehillsnetball.club

Raiders Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training Wednesdays

Where: Downey Park, 9A Green Terrace, WINDSOR

Contact: secretaryraiders@outlook.com

Website: raidersallstars.qld.netball.com.au

Samford Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights

Where: Samford Parklands, 2149 Mt Samson Road, SAMFORD VALLEY

Contact: secretary@samfordnetball.org.au

Website: samfordnetball.org.au

The Gap Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights

Where: Hilder Road State School, Kaloma Road, THE GAP

Contact: 0448 207 733; secretary@thegapnetball.org.au

Website: thegapnetball.org.au

Valleys Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training Thursdays

Where: Downey Park, 9A Green Terrace, WINDSOR

Contact: 0421 113 235; grahamrw1@hotmail.com

Website: dpnvalleys.qld.netball.com.au

Vipers Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights

Where: Aspley State School, Cnr Maundrell Terrace and Horn Road, ASPLEY

Contact: secretary@vipersnetball.com.au

Website: vipersnetball.com.au

GOODNA NETBALL ASSOCIATION

WHERE: Cnr Woogaroo and Layard Street, GOODNA

CONTACT: 0417 632 514; goodnanetball@gmail.com

WEBSITE: Goodna.qld.netball.com.au

IPSWICH NETBALL ASSOCIATION

WHERE: 30 Salisbury Road, IPSWICH

CONTACT: 0490 375 013; ipswichnetball@outlook.com

WEBSITE: ipswich.qld.netball.com.au

Ipswich Netball Association affiliated netball clubs:

Aztecs Netball Club

Where: 30 Salisbury Road, IPSWICH

Contact: aztecsnetballclub@gmail.com

Website: facebook.com/aztecs.netball

Brothers Netball Club

Where: 30 Salisbury Road, IPSWICH

Contact: brothersnetball@gmail.com

Website: facebook.com/brothers.netball

South West Wildcats Netball Club

Where: 30 Salisbury Road, IPSWICH

Contact: 4300wildcats@gmail.com

Website: facebook.com/southwestwildcatsnetball

Somerset Storm Netball Club

Where: 30 Salisbury Road, IPSWICH

Contact: netball@somersetstorm.com.au

Website: facebook.com/somersetstorm

Goodna Netball Club

Where: 30 Salisbury Road, IPSWICH

Contact: goodnanetball@gmail.com

Website: facebook.com/goodna.netball

Murri Taipans Netball Club

Where: 30 Salisbury Road, IPSWICH

Contact: murritaipansnetball@outlook.com.au

Website: facebook.com/murritaipansnetballclub

Pandas Netball Club

Where: 30 Salisbury Road, IPSWICH

Contact: pandasnetball@outlook.com

Website: facebook.com/pandasnetballclub

Rebels Netball Club

Where: 30 Salisbury Road, IPSWICH

Contact: info@rebelsnetballclub.com.au

Website: facebook.com/rebelsnetballclubipswich

JIMBOOMBA NETBALL ASSOCIATION

WHEN: Games played Saturdays

WHERE: South Street, Outdoor Courts, Jimboomba Park, South Street, JIMBOOMBA, and Logan Metro Indoor Sports Complex, Browns Plains Road, CRESTMEAD

CONTACT: 0488 388 444; admin@jimboombanetball.com.au

WEBSITE: jimboombanetball.com.au

Jimboomba affiliated netball clubs:

Blue Jays Netball Club

Contact: 0412 121 944; bluejaysnetballjimboomba@gmail.com

Website: facebook.com/BlujaysJimboomba

Flagstone Netball Club

Contact: 0418 255 912; flagstonenetballclub@gmail.com

Website: facebook.com/FlagstoneNetballClub

Hills Hornets Netball Club

Contact: hillshornets.president@gmail.com

Website: facebook.com/Hillsallsportshornets

Logan Village Falcons Netball Club

Contact: lvnetballclub@gmail.com

Website: facebook.com/LoganVillageFalcons

Yarrabilba Falcons Netball Club

Contact: yarrabilbanetball20@outlook.com

Website: facebook.com/yarrabilba.netball.1

LOGAN CITY NETBALL ASSOCIATION

WHERE: Ewing Park, 1 Netball Drive, WOODRIDGE

CONTACT: 3208 0958; logancitynetball@gmail.com

WEBSITE: logancity.qld.netball.com.au

Logan City Netball Association affiliated netball clubs:

Legends Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training Tuesdays

Where: Ewing Park, 1 Netball Drive, WOODRIDGE

Contact: 0451 515 486; legendsnetball@hotmail.com

Website: qldlegends.qld.netball.com.au

Pacific Star Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights

Where: Ewing Park, 1 Netball Drive, WOODRIDGE

Contact: 0404 315 806; pacificstarsnetball@gmail.com

Website: pacificstar.qld.netball.com.au

MACGREGOR NETBALL ASSOCIATION

WHERE: MacGregor Netball Courts, Cnr Grandilla Street & McCullogh Street, MACGREGOR

CONTACT: 3158 3333; macgregorna@outlook.com.au

WEBSITE: macgregor.qld.netball.com.au

MacGregor Netball Association affiliated netball clubs:

ACES Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays

Where: MacGregor Netball Courts, Cnr Grandilla Street & McCullogh Street, MACGREGOR

Contact: acesnetballclub@outlook.com

Website: facebook.com/AcesNetballCLUB80

Bluebirds Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays

Where: MacGregor Netball Courts, Cnr Grandilla Street & McCullogh Street, MACGREGOR

Contact: bluebirdsnetball@hotmail.com

Website: macgregorbluebirds.qld.netball.com.au

Sunnybank Saints Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays

Where: MacGregor Netball Courts, Cnr Grandilla Street & McCullogh Street, MACGREGOR

Contact: saintsnetballsbank@hotmail.com

Website: www.sunnybanksaintsnetball.com

Storms Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays

Where: MacGregor Netball Courts, Cnr Grandilla Street & McCullogh Street, MACGREGOR

Contact: 3345 9386; stormsnetball@gmail.com

Website: storms.qld.netball.com.au

Zodiacs Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays

Where: MacGregor Netball Courts, Cnr Grandilla Street & McCullogh Street, MACGREGOR

Contact: zodiacsnetball@gmail.com

Website: zodiacs.qld.netball.com.au

METROPLOITAN DISTRICTS NETBALL ASSOCIATION

WHERE: Wembley Park, Cnr Burke and Robertson Streets, COORPAROO

CONTACT: 3397 1529; mdna@bigpond.com

WEBSITE: metropolitan.qld.netball.com.au

Metropolitan Districts affiliated netball clubs:

Beetles Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights, age 7 years to seniors

Where: Wembley Park, Cnr Burke and Robertson Streets, COORPAROO

Contact: beetlesnc@outlook.com

Website: beetlesmdna.qld.netball.com.au

Cannon Hills Stars Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training weeknights, age 7 years to seniors

Where: Bill Cash Park, Wynnum Road, CANNON HILL

Contact: cannonhillstarsnetball@gmail.com

Website: cannonhillstarsnetball.org.au

Hytec Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training Tuesday and Wednesday, age 7 years to seniors

Where: Wembley Park, Cnr Burke and Robertson Streets, COORPAROO

Contact: 0412 547 686; hytecnetball@gmail.com

Website: hytecclub.qld.netball.com.au

Mayfield Hawks Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training Wednesday and Thursday

Where: Clem Jones Centre, 56 Zahel Street, CARINA

Contact: mayfieldnetball@hotmail.com

Website: mayfieldnetball.com

Redbacks Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training Thursday, age 7 years to seniors

Where: Wembley Park, Cnr Burke and Robertson Streets, COORPAROO

Contact: redbacks0netball@gmail.com

Website: redbacksnetball.org

Royals Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training Wednesday, age 7 years to seniors

Where: Wembley Park, Cnr Burke and Robertson Streets, COORPAROO (Some training at LOTA)

Contact: royalsnetballclub@gmail.com

Website: royals.qld.netball.com.au

Saints Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training Tuesday, age 7 years to seniors

Where: Wembley Park, Cnr Burke and Robertson Streets, COORPAROO

Contact: 0487 413 491; saintsrnetball@hotmail.com

REDLANDS NETBALL ASSOCIATION

WHERE: 260 Cleveland Redland Bay Road, THORNLANDS

CONTACT: askus@redlandsnetball.com.au

WEBSITE: Redlands.qld.netball.com.au

Redlands Netball Association affiliated netball clubs:

Allstars Netball Club

When: Training weeknights, games played Saturdays, age 7 years to seniors

Where: E.G.W Woods Sporting Field, Birkdale Road, WELLINGTON POINT

Contact: 0419 177 168; allstars.netball@hotmail.com.au

Website: allstarsnetball.com.au

Blues Union Netball Club

When: Training weeknights, games played Saturdays, age 7 years to seniors

Where: 260 Cleveland Redland Bay Road, THORNLANDS

Contact: 0419 566 305; bluesunionnetballclub@gmail.com

Website: bluesunionnetball.qld.netball.com.au

Dolphins Netball Club

When: Training weeknights, games played Saturdays, under 7 years to seniors

Where: 260 Cleveland Redland Bay Road, THORNLANDS

Contact: 0419 464 930; dolphinspresident@outlook.com

Website: www.dolphins.qld.netball.com.au

Lorikeets Netball Club

When: Training weeknights, games played Saturdays, age 7 years to seniors

Where: 260 Cleveland Redland Bay Road, THORNLANDS

Contact: lorikeetsnetball@gmail.com

Website: lorikeets.qld.netball.com.au

Meteors Netball Club

When: Training weeknights, games played Saturdays, age 7 years to seniors

Where: Meteors Netball Courts, Windemere Road, ALEXANDRA HILLS

Contact: 0438 801 837; meteorsnetball@gmail.com

Website: meteorsredlands.qld.netball.com.au

Pink Magic Netball Club

When: Training weeknights, games played Saturdays, age 7 years to seniors

Where: 260 Cleveland Redland Bay Road, THORNLANDS

Contact: 0421 056 110; pinkmagicnetball@hotmail.com

Website: pinkmagicredlands.qld.netball.com.au

Raiders Netball Club

When: Training weeknights, games played Saturdays, age 7 years to seniors

Where: 260 Cleveland Redland Bay Road, THORNLANDS

Contact: info@raidersnetball.com.au

Website: raidersnetball.com.au

Sharks Netball Club

When: Training weeknights, games played Saturdays, age 7 years to seniors

Where: 260 Cleveland Redland Bay Road, THORNLANDS

Contact: 0433 578 849; secretarysharksnc@gmail.com

Website: sharksredlands.qld.netball.com.au

Thunderbolts Netball Club

When: Training weeknights, games played Saturdays, age 7 years to seniors

Where: 260 Cleveland Redland Bay Road, THORNLANDS

Contact: 0413 332 960; coaching@thunderboltsnetball.org.au

Website: thunderboltsnetball.org.au

Wynnum Ladybugs

When: Training weeknights, games played Saturdays, age 7 years to seniors

Where: 260 Cleveland Redland Bay Road, THORNLANDS

Contact: 0412 227 999; registrar.wdna@gmail.com

UNDERWOOD PARK NETBALL ASSOCIATION

WHERE: Underwood Park, 956-980 Underwood Road, PRIESTDALE

CONTACT: underwoodparknetball@gmail.com

WEBSITE: underwoodpark.qld.netball.com.au

Underwood Park Netball Association affiliated netball clubs:

Daisy Hill Netball Club

When: Afternoons through the week, games played Saturday

Where: Underwood Park, 956-980 Underwood Road, PRIESTDALE

Contact: daisyhillnetballclub@gmail.com

Website: daisyhillnetball.com.au

St Peters Netball Club

When: Tuesdays after school with games played Saturday

Where: Underwood Park, 956-980 Underwood Road, PRIESTDALE

Contact: 0416 509 726; via website form

Website: stpetersnetball.wixsite.com

Rochedale Rovers Netball Club

Where: Underwood Park, 956-980 Underwood Road, PRIESTDALE

Contact: 0435 822 5959; rochedaleroversNC@gmail.com

Website: rochedalerovers.qld.netball.com.au

Southern Stars Netball Club

Where: Underwood Park, 956-980 Underwood Road, PRIESTDALE

Contact: southernstars.netballclub@gmail.com

Website: southernstarsnetballclub.com.au

Springwood Seals Netball Club

When: Training afternoons, games played Saturday

Where: Underwood Park, 956-980 Underwood Road, PRIESTDALE

Contact: sealsnetball@gmail.com

Website: sealsnetball.com

WESTERN DISTRICTS NETBALL ASSOCIATION

WHERE: Faulkner Park, Cnr Waratah Avenue and Acacia Avenue, GRACEVILLE

CONTACT: 3379 7481; admin@westsnetball.org

WEBSITE: westerndistricts.qld.netball.com.au

Western Districts affiliated netball clubs:

Bluejays Netball Club

When: Training Thursday afternoons, games played Saturdays

Where: Faulkner Park, Cnr Waratah Avenue and Acacia Avenue, GRACEVILLE

Contact: bluejaysnetballwd@gmail.com

Website: bluejayswesterndistricts.qld.netball.com.au

Centenary Netball Club

When: Saturdays from March to early September; Monday nights all year round for players over 14, training Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays.

Where: Faulkner Park, Cnr Waratah Avenue and Acacia Avenue, GRACEVILLE

Contact: centenarynetball@gmail.com

Website: centenary.qld.netball.com.au

Forest Lake Netball Club

When: Training Tuesdays and Wednesdays, games played Saturdays

Where: High Street, FOREST LAKE; games played at GRACEVILLE

Contact: 0402 318 578; forestlakenetballclub@outlook.com

Website: forestlakewesterndistricts.qld.netball.com.au

Jindalee District Netball Club

When: Games played on Saturdays, training once per week, boys and girls teams

Where: Jindalee State School, Cnr Wongaburra and Burrendah Roads, JINDALEE

Contact: info@jindaleenetballclub.com.au

Website: jindaleenetballclub.com.au

Kenmore Districts Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays, training Tuesday nights

Where: Faulkner Park, Cnr Waratah Avenue and Acacia Avenue, GRACEVILLE

Contact: kenmore.netball@hotmail.com

Website: kenmorenetball.net

Raiders Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays from March to August, training Wednesday nights

Where: Faulkner Park, Cnr Waratah Avenue and Acacia Avenue, GRACEVILLE

Contact: raiders.netball.club1@gmail.com

Website: raidersnetball.com

Rangers Netball Club

When: Games played Saturdays from March to August, training Wednesday nights

Where: Faulkner Park, Cnr Waratah Avenue and Acacia Avenue, GRACEVILLE

Contact: rangersnetballclub@yahoo.com.au

Website: rangersnetballclub.com

Riverlife Baptist Netball Club

When: Tuesday afternoons and evenings, games played Saturdays

Where: Faulkner Park, Cnr Waratah Avenue and Acacia Avenue, GRACEVILLE

Contact: netball@riverlifechurch.org.au

Website: riverlifechurch.org.au/rbc-netball

Springfield Lakes Netball Club

When: Training Tuesdays or Thursday afternoons, games played Saturdays

Where: Springfield Central Sports Complex, 44 Sportstar Drive, SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL. Games played at GRACEVILLE.

Contact: 0433 751 490; springlakesnc@hotmail.com

Website: springfieldlakesnetball.com

St Joseph’s Netball Club

When: Training on different weeknights according to team, games played Saturdays

Where: Faulkner Park, Cnr Waratah Avenue and Acacia Avenue, GRACEVILLE

Contact: admin@stjosephsnetball.org.au

Website: stjosephsnetball.org.au

Former SE QLD Netball Clubs

Southern Steelers Sports Inc. (Logan City Netball Association) – closed

Mystiks Netball Club (MacGragor Netball Association) – closed

Storm Netball Club (Underwood Park Netball Association) – closed

Rochedale Supa Sonics Netball Club (Underwood Park Netball Association) – closed

Sapphire Netball Club (Western Districts Netball Association) – closed

If your son or daughter is looking for a different sport, we have listed it below:

Find your nearest kids touch football club here.

Click here to find kids Soccer.

Find soccer clubs for girls here.

Click here for Basketball clubs for kids.

Volleyball and beach volley for kids can be found here.

Find your nearest Kids AFL Club here.

Find all the local gymnastics clubs for kids here.

Find your kids Hockey Club here.

Baseball clubs for kids can be found here.

Squash clubs where kids can play can be found here.

Find a tennis club for your kids here.

 
What is NAPLAN? | The Facts About NAPLAN for Kids

What is NAPLAN and what does it mean for my child?

NAPLAN stands for National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy and is an annual formal assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in Australian schools.

2021 NAPLAN Key Dates

Previously all students sat a written-paper form of the NAPLAN test. After successful trials some schools will now offer online NAPLAN testing rather than written testing. Your school will advise you whether they will be offering the written or online version of the NAPLAN test.

2021 online NAPLAN testing

NAPLAN 2021 Online test window is nine school days. Day 1 is Tuesday 11 May 2021 and day 9 is Friday 21 May 2021.

The writing test must be scheduled within a two-day test window and schools must schedule writing from the first day of the appropriate two-day test window. For Year 5, the writing window is days 1 and 2. For Years 7 and 9, the writing window is days 2 and 3. Year 3 students complete the writing test on paper, not online.

The tests need to be taken in a specific order. Individual students are not permitted to sit the online tests after Friday 22 May 2020.

2021 NAPLAN written test dates

Schools doing online testing will have from Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 of May to complete their tests.

The below dates pertain to paper testing. Individual students are not permitted to sit the paper test after Friday May 14, 2021. Students who are absent for their tests on days May 11 to May 13 can sit their tests on Friday May 14.

YearDay 1 TuesdayDay 2 WednesdayDay 3 Thursday
Year 3Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 45 minutesNumeracy: 45 minutes
Year 5Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 50 minutesNumeracy: 50 minutes
Year 7Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 65 minutesNumeracy: 65 minutes
Year 9Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes
Reading: 65 minutesNumeracy: 65 minutes

Why do kids sit NAPLAN testing?

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. It is important to remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, but about teachers and educators assessing learning progress.

At the classroom level it is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress.

NAPLAN assesses skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum.

NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, but rather shows how students are progressing in literacy and numeracy skills against national standards for all Australian students.

How is NAPLAN data used?

This data is used both to profile students, their class group, year level, school, state, nation, etc. The data may be used by schools to better target effort and support to assist all students improve and acquire the skills necessary for further achievement. All students are generally expected to participate in the tests.

Can my child be exempt from the tests?

Students can be exempted from one or more NAPLAN tests if they have significant or complex disability, or if they are from a non-English-speaking background and arrived in Australia less than one year before the tests. However, exemption is not automatic and parents may choose for their child to participate. Support can be provided for students with disability to participate in the NAPLAN tests.

Can I withdraw my child from NAPLAN?

NAPLAN tests are a routine part of the school calendar. However students may be withdrawn from the testing program by their parent/carer if there are religious beliefs or philosophical objections to testing. This is a matter for consideration by individual parents/carers in consultation with their child’s school. A formal application in the manner specified by the relevant test administration authority (TAA) must be received by the principal prior to the testing.

Signed parent/carer consent forms are required for students to be exempted from the tests. All Australian governments have committed to promoting maximum participation of students in the national assessment process.  For more information, see Student participation.

Absences from NAPLAN

Students are considered absent for test purposes in the following instances:

  • They did not sit the tests because they were not present at school when the test was administered.
  • They were unable to sit the test as a result of an accident or mishap.
  • They were at school but were too ill to participate.

Principals are encouraged to enable the participation of students who were absent on the day of the test but who return to school within the week scheduled for NAPLAN testing.

Adjustments for students with disability

Adjustments are available in NAPLAN tests for students with disability to support students’ access to the tests.

ACARA has developed a number of scenarios to explain some of the available adjustments for students with disability.

A student may be granted access to multiple adjustments, and adjustments may be different for each NAPLAN test. For example, the adjustment(s) approved for the NAPLAN reading test may be different to the adjustment(s) approved for the NAPLAN writing test.

As the scenarios show, there are many adjustments available to students with disability, but not all students with disability are eligible for all, or even some of the adjustments. Please note these scenarios are examples only.

In most cases, adjustments should reflect similar support and assistance provided in the classroom for assessment activities. An example might be a NAPLAN support person filling in bubbles at the direction of the student. However, not all adjustments provided in a classroom setting are applicable for NAPLAN.

Parents of students with disability should meet with their child’s teacher and discuss the adjustments that may be suitable for their child.

The provision of adjustments must in all cases comply with the National protocols for test administration.

6 ways parents can help with NAPLAN tests

  1. Keep routines – make sure children get plenty of sleep and a good breakfast on the day of the testing.
  2. Teach helpful thinking – encourage them to believe they can do it.  Help them to say ‘I’ll give it a go”.
  3. Clear expectations – talk through what will happen, how long they will work for, and that they will get a break.
  4. Encourage confidence – for example, encourage them to look through the paper and complete the questions they know they can answer first.
  5. Discuss feelings – encourage the children to discuss how they feel.  Listen with empathy so they feel understood and know their feelings are normal.
  6. Most of all have a positive parent attitude that shows you believe in your child – children take their cues from the adults around them.

When do we get NAPLAN results?

An individual student NAPLAN Report will be received by each school and issued later in the year.

Read more about NAPLAN

We have these informative guide for each NAPLAN grade:

Mother’s Day Gift Baskets and Hampers

A hamper or gift basket can be the perfect way to say “Thank you” to your mum on Mother’s Day.

As well as taking mum out to a fab Mothers Day event this year, any Mum would be delighted with a Mother’s Day gift hamper filled with her favourite things. You can buy hampers ready made or put together a personalised Mother’s Day gift basket of your own. Even if you can’t be there in person to present your gift, there are lots of gift hamper delivery services available to help you make Mum’s day.

Why Mother’s Day gift hampers are great!

A gift hamper can be perfectly tailored to suit your Mum’s tastes, and they’re readily available or easy to make. They can be as big or small as you like, the variety is limitless, and they can be presented in person or couriered. Best of all, a gift hamper is just like a treasure chest filled with delights, and the delight on Mum’s face will be evident!

Ready-made gift hampers at major retailers

In the lead up to Mother’s Day you’ll find lots of gift hampers at the shops to suit every budget. From low cost variety stores, to department stores and boutique retailers, chances are you will find something to suit.

The pros of shop-bought gift hampers

  • Convenient – The contents have already been selected and laid out and the hamper is ready to give
  • Variety – Different sizes, themes and prices to suit your needs

The cons of shop-bought gift hampers

  • Set contents – You can’t swap out items already in the hamper if there’s something Mum doesn’t require
  • Value – You could end up paying for things in the hamper that won’t get used
  • Mass-produced – The gifts are generic

Ready-made gift hampers at boutique stores

Is there a shop or brand that you know Mum wishes she could splurge at, but she can never bring herself to spend that much money there? This is your opportunity to treat her to the gifts or experiences she has had her eye on! Lots of boutique stores, if they don’t already have pre-packaged hampers, would be delighted to put together a special Mother’s Day gift basket just for you, and they’ll make sure it’s beautifully wrapped and presented too!

Mother’s Day gift baskets online

If you can’t get to the shops, you can buy a Mother’s Day gift basket online to be delivered direct to your Mum, or to your address to give to her. The sort of Mother’s Day baskets online stores sell have a beautiful selection of premium products presented in boxes, tote bags and baskets.

Products include toiletries and pamper items, gourmet foods, chocolates, plants and flowers, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and even pretty teacups and saucers. Check out the range at some of our favourite online gift basket retailers.

Gourmet Basket

Gourmet Basket has lots of luxury gift packages and pamper packs. Take a look at these that we’ve highlighted:

Edible Blooms

Edible Blooms creates bouquets of chocolates complemented with wine, candles and plants for that extra touch of indulgence. We like:

Macarthur Baskets

Macarthur Baskets has a huge range of Mother’s Day gift hampers including toiletries, chocolates, wine, flowers, soft toys and gourmet snacks. These are our favourites:

Snowgoose Gift Hamper’s & Baskets

Snowgoose fruit baskets and fruit hampers brim with the finest quality produce from Australia’s top growers, artisans and small batch providores. Handmade to order, Snowgoose Mother’s Day fruit gift baskets arrive exquisitely presented in a wooden box. If your mum loves the finer and healthier things in life this could be the ultimate gift for her!

Dessert Boxes

If your mum is a sweet tooth then give her a choc-a-holics dream gift with one of these sugar overload dessert boxes!

Little Shop of Happiness

These beautifully curated gift boxes come in vibrant colours sure to brighten your mum’s day this Mother’s Day.

Pot Me Pretty

Is your mum an official plant lady? Send mum a beautiful potted plant for her special day.

Hooray Brownies

These guys do the BEST brownies EVER! Get extra brownie points (pun intended) with one of these delicious Mother’s Day gift boxes. 

Brewquets

If your mum loves a celebratory alcoholic beverage then a brewquet is the ultimate beery (wine or cider) gift just for her this Mother’s Day!

Cheese Therapy

Cheese Therapy have put together seven perfect Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day that your cheese adoring mum will love.

Families Tip: Don’t just look in the Mother’s Day section – you might find the perfect basket for you mum under a different theme!

Make a Mother’s Day gift basket yourself

Mother’s Day Gift Hampers

Making your own gift basket is a lot of fun to do and means the whole family can contribute. You can buy a ready-made hamper then add to it or just buy a nice basket and do the rest yourself! Variety stores and craft stores have a range of suitable ‘hampers’. Consider a reusable storage basket, tote bag, cooler bag, Esky, pretty cardboard box or even a small suitcase if Mum loves to travel. A decorative planter from a garden centre can also work well depending on your theme. Here are some things you could include in your DIY Mother’s Day gift hamper:

  • Her favourite foods – biscuits, cake, chocolates, snack items, gourmet delicatessen, fruit and home-baked goodies
  • Tickets to a show or experience that you can enjoy together
  • Her favourite tea or coffee brand – consider a new cup or mug too!
  • Handmade pictures or crafts from the kids are always popular!
  • Spa or massage voucher
  • Her favourite wine or liqueur and a fancy new glass to drink it from
  • Toiletries and perfume
  • A booklet of vouchers entitling her to breakfasts in bed, sleep-ins and bubble baths.
  • A movie of her preferred genre or the latest book from her favourite author
  • Mini photo album filled with family memories
  • A plant or seeds if Mum loves gardening, with new gloves and a trowel
  • Jewellery

You can buy rolls of cellophane at variety stores and newsagents to wrap your hamper, and bags of coloured shredded paper or craft straw from craft shops to help with the layout. To make it even more exciting, individually wrap all the little gifts inside in paper or fabric gift bags. Add a ribbon or bow and you’re good to go!

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

High Tea for Mother’s Day Brisbane 2021 | Prices & Menus for Mum

If petite cakes, bite size cucumber sandwiches and a glass of bubbles is sure to bring a smile to your Mum’s face, it’s time to frock up and indulge her with a Mother’s Day High Tea. This year Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 9th May 2021.

High Tea for Mother’s Day in Brisbane 2021

Whilst a number of Brisbane’s major venues are offering special events for Mother’s Day in Brisbane, we have listed here only the high teas (not breakfasts, brunches, lunches or dinners). We’ve also listed other venues that we consider ‘hidden treasures’ tucked away in the suburbs which may surprise and delight you.

1. Mother’s Day at the oldest and most loved cafe in Brisbane

Shingle Inn Brisbane City Hall High Tea

Celebrate Mother’s Day with High Tea at the Oldest & Most Loved Café in Brisbane; Shingle Inn. Established in 1936, Shingle Inn instantly developed a strong reputation with locals, renowned for its all-day menu, delicious coffee, high-tea, decadent sweet treats and famous cakes.

Today, the Shingle Inn exists relocated and restored within another Brisbane icon, City Hall, allowing future generations to experience the grandeur of Shingle Inn as it was over 80 years ago.

Celebrate this Mother’s Day with High Tea at Shingle Inn City Hall with two sittings to choose from on Sunday 9 May.

  • 11:30am – 1pm or 2pm-3:30pm
  • Served with unlimited tea or coffee and a glass of Salinger Sparkling
  • $65 per person

Bookings required. Please book online here or contact the store direct on 07 3210 2904.

Shingle Inn are also offering a Champagne Breakfast from 9am-10:30am for $60 per head. Bookings required.

2. Mt Cotton Retreat – Mother’s Day High Tea

Mothers Day Mt Cotton

  • 3 sessions available at 9.30am – 11.30am; 12noon – 2pm, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Celebrate Mothers’ Day with High Tea at Mt Cotton Retreat. This intimate location, surrounded by bushland, is the perfect place to gather, chat, laugh and enjoy being together.

The menu starts with complimentary non-alcoholic spritzer as well as 5 tempting sweet treats and 4 different savoury bites with bottomless plunger coffee and leaf teas all included. Gather a group and book a table on the deck or inside with flowers and candles and lots of delicious things to enjoy.

2 hour sessions are available on the Sunday. $50 for their Deluxe High tea of 5 sweet treats and 4 savoury ones – all handmade and all delicious. $60 if you want to upgrade to their Sparkling High Tea with glass of sparkling French cuvee. Book here.

3. Mother’s Day High Tea with Author Kate Morton

Mother's Day Ideas Kate Morton

  • 10am
Celebrate Mother’s Day with international bestselling author Kate Morton over an exquisite high tea at Customs House. In this special event, Kate will be discussing her life as a writer, her love of storytelling, her inspirations, and her motivations. Kate has written six novels that capture the imaginations of readers and spirit them away into immersive story worlds. Mums LOVE Kate Morton and they will love you for taking them to this event!
 
The stunning, Heritage-listed Customs House will greet mum with a glass of champagne in the beautiful Long Room for a high tea with a touch of French elegance. Ribbon sandwiches, canapés, and scones are all included. Treat mum to a truly wonderful Mother’s Day with the delightful Kate Morton in conversation with Michaela Kalowski. $120 per person or $95 Concession. Find out more here.

4. Mothers Day Crafternoon Tea

  • 2pm-4pm, Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron

Three Manly Mums have come together to host a Mothers Day Event to remember at a stunning waterfront location! Relax & enjoy a decadent afternoon tea and a glass of bubbles with Mum while The Workshop Hubs professional teachers guide you through how to make your own aromatherapy gemstone bracelet or botanical hair comb.

The savoury menu looks delicious with finger sandwiches, mini bagels, pork & fennel sausage rolls, and yummy quiches on offer. For mums with a sweet tooth there’s macaroon’s, mini cannoli, chocolate and caramel slice plus fresh scones and jam. $99 Adults | Children under 18 years $75. Find out more about the Mothers Day Crafternoon here.

5. Mother’s Day Chandon High Tea at the Treasury | CBD

  • 1:30pm-4pm
This Mother’s Day spoil your Mum with a heavenly Chandon High Tea. What better way to celebrate Mum this Mother’s Day than with an unforgettable afternoon in the decadent surrounds of the Treasury Heritage Hotel? Enjoy sweet & savoury delights paired with La Maison Du Thé French loose-leaf teas and a two-and-a-half hour Chandon package.

Adults (18+): $85pp | 13 – 17 Years: $45pp | 3 – 12 Years: $25pp | Free for children under 3

Book today and celebrate this Mother’s Day in Parisian style.

6. Mother’s Day High Tea @ Stamford Plaza

There are so many High Tea options at the Stamford Plaza for Mother’s Day in 2021 including takeaway! Thoroughly spoil Mum this Mother’s Day and enjoy a day full of family, love and wonderful experiences.

Mother’s Day High Tea Buffet

  • Two sessions 10am – 12 noon and 1pm – 3pm
  • $69 per person |Children $39 (5-12 years) | Under 5 years no charge. Includes a glass of sparkling wine or soft drinks
Make your selection and Stamford Plaza, Mezzanine Level, will serve you from the high tea buffet laden with all things sweet and savoury. The fresh out of the oven scones are always a favourite.

Lobby High Tea

  • Available Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May 2021 between 12:30pm – 2:30pm
  • $64 per person | Children $32 each (5-12 years) | $69 per person with a glass of sparkling wine | $89 per person with a glass of Piper Heidsieck
  • This High Tea is not suited to larger groups, with a maximum of six guests per table (subject to availability)
Enjoy the refined indulgence of High Tea in the elegant surrounds of the hotel lobby. Presented on a three-tiered stand, the superbly presented high tea will include a selection of ribbon sandwiches, fresh out of the oven scones and an assortment of sublime sweet treats.

Chocolate High Tea Buffet

  • Saturday 8 May 2021 | 3pm – 4:30 pm
  • Adults $59 | Children $32 (5-12 years)

If your mum loves chocolate this is the High Tea for her! A wonderful chocolate indulgence awaits at The Brasserie on the River’s chocolate high tea buffet. The delicious culinary work of the talented in-house chefs includes an extensive array of chocolate delicacies, as well as an equally complementary savoury selection.

Takeaway High Teas

  • $49 for two. Order one, order many.
  • 24 hours notice required.

Looking for an indulgence to go? Visiting Mum at home? Planning a picnic in the park? Pre order a divine take away high tea and make your celebration easy and even more special. The takeaway high tea comes complete with a convenient portable three-tiered stand and a divine selection of sweet and savoury treats including freshly made scones.

Contact Restaurant Reservations via restaurantreservations@spb.stamford.com.au or 07 3100 5749 to book your special Mother’s Day High Tea.

7. Pig ‘N’ Whistle – High Tea

  • 10am, 12pm & 2pm
  • $49.50 Per Person includes a glass of Croser

High Tea at Pig ‘N’ Whistle is served in the Bistrot (Indooroopilly) and is one of the best in Brisbane. With elegant and quaint surroundings, the Bistrot provides the perfect setting for this quintessentially English experience.

Guests are invited to relax and enjoy morning and afternoon tea with impeccable service. Pig ‘N’ Whistle uses three-tiered stands and fine china and silverware. Behold an atmosphere with grace and charm! The menu includes dainty sandwiches, petite savoury hors d’oeuvre and Devonshire scones with cottage jam & cream.

We know you want to spoil her, and we can’t think of a better way than a decadent high tea! Bookings are essential. Call (07) 3878 8899 to secure your table. Find out more here.

8. Shingle Inn – Brisbane-wide

Child friendly and serving High Tea since 1936, Shingle Inn is a casual Mother’s Day High Tea experience the whole family can enjoy. Your Brisbane Family can enjoy a range of petite sweets, scones and ribbon sandwiches. Contact your local Shingle Inn to confirm pricing and bookings for Mother’s Day.
Various locations.

9. Mother’s Day High Tea at Devon Pixies Tea House | Logan Village

  • Bookings from 10am
  • $45 per person

High Tea is Devon Pixies speciality – celebrate, connect, and catch up with mum in style this Mother’s Day. Savour freshly baked scones served with organic strawberry jam, thick dollop cream, along with a traditional sandwich selection, and home baked cakes, slices, and other sweet treats.  Find out more here.

10. Forget Me Not Cafe | Graceville

Mother's Day High Tea Brisbane Food

  • Bookings available for multiple seatings between 9am – 4:30pm in the Cafe
  • Takeaway is available between 10am-12:30pm
Forget Me Not Café in Graceville can make your mother’s day extra special and memorable by offering High Tea both in their café as well as take away in your own home rather than having to go out. The inhouse menu prices are $40 for adults and $25 for kids (this price includes a beverage). The take away menu prices are $40 for adults and $25 for kids (this price excludes beverage). They also cater for gluten free and vegetarian. 
 

11. Mother’s Day ‘Beyond the Love’ High Tea | Beenleigh

  • 8:30am-2pm
  • $35 per adult | Kids 5-12yrs | $19.95 | Kids under 4yrs free

For every kindness, for every patience, for every thing your mum does that goes unnoticed every day, let her know that you love her and beyond the love, you appreciate her for being her. Enjoy a special High Tea at Tin Cup Cafe Beenleigh to your table with ribbon sandwiches, homemade mini savouries, scones, petite desserts and a glass of bubbles for mum! Bookings required.

Other High Tea ideas in Brisbane

If your Mum is one of those people that enjoys less hassle and bustle, consider hosting a high tea garden party at home. Chat with your local bakery about getting the catering together. The team at Whisky Business at Bayside Shopping Centre are also offering DELICIOUS High Tea at home packages from $35 per head.

Where to take Mum outside of Brisbane this Mother’s Day

UPDATED: Mother’s Day Ideas in Brisbane | Sunday 9 May 2021

Looking for ideas for Mother’s Day this year or wondering what should I do for Mother’s Day in Brisbane?

This list will give you lots of good ideas for Mothers Day outings in Brisbane this year.

Mother’s Day this year falls on Sunday 9 May 2021.

We all agree that Mums are special people and should be spoiled on Mother’s Day. We’ve searched Brisbane to find the most unique and family fun breakfast, lunch and dinners for Mother’s Day. 

2021: What should I do for Mother’s Day in Brisbane?

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1. Mother’s Day Breakfast at Victoria Park

Mothers Day at Victoria Park

Here’s an idea for Mother’s Day. Celebrate your mum in style at Award Winning Victoria Park.

Victoria Park Buffet Breakfast (Marquee) 

  • 7:30am-10am

If you are looking for Mother’s Day ideas to treat mum this year, why not book a table at Victoria Park’s annual Mother’s Day Breakfast Buffet in the stunning marquee and enjoy a delicious fresh, seasonal, hot and cold breakfast buffet. This family friendly event has a kid’s area with face painting, and a magician. Adults are $45 and kids are $20 (4-12 years). Children under 4 are FREE. Book tickets here.

Victoria Park Champagne Brunch Buffet (Ballroom) 

  • From 11am – 3 Sessions Available

The Victoria Park Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch in the Ballroom is full of sweet and savoury delights. Enjoy live music entertainment, Mumm on arrival and a delicious brunch in the Ballroom. This event will also include a photo booth, raffle tickets with fun prizes and a face painter for the kids, it will be the perfect day out for mum. Adults are $75 and kids are $35 (4-12 years). Children under 4 are FREE. Book tickets here.

With a kids playground, GIANT games area and jumping castle, Victoria Park Bistro is the perfect location for a fun and relaxing family get together on Mother’s Day.  View the latest Victoria Park Bistro Menu.

Or why not enjoy a friendly game of putt putt with the whole family? There’s no better place in Brisbane than Victoria Park Golf Complex to play a few friendly rounds. You can read our review here. 

2. Mt Cotton Retreat – Mother’s Day High Tea

Mothers Day Mt Cotton

  • 3 sessions available at 9.30am – 11.30am; 12noon – 2pm, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Celebrate Mothers’ Day with High Tea at Mt Cotton Retreat. This intimate location, surrounded by bushland, is the perfect place to gather, chat, laugh and enjoy being together.

The menu starts with complimentary non-alcoholic spritzer as well as 5 tempting sweet treats and 4 different savoury bites with bottomless plunger coffee and leaf teas all included. Gather a group and book a table on the deck or inside with flowers and candles and lots of delicious things to enjoy.

2 hour sessions are available on the Sunday. $50 for their Deluxe High tea of 5 sweet treats and 4 savoury ones – all handmade and all delicious. $60 if you want to upgrade to their Sparkling High Tea with glass of sparkling French cuvee. Book here.

3. Mother’s Day High Tea with Author Kate Morton

Mother's Day Ideas Kate Morton

  • 10am
Celebrate Mother’s Day with international bestselling author Kate Morton over an exquisite high tea at Customs House. In this special event, Kate will be discussing her life as a writer, her love of storytelling, her inspirations, and her motivations. Kate has written six novels that capture the imaginations of readers and spirit them away into immersive story worlds. Mums LOVE Kate Morton and they will love you for taking them to this event!
 
The stunning, Heritage-listed Customs House will greet mum with a glass of champagne in the beautiful Long Room for a high tea with a touch of French elegance. Ribbon sandwiches, canapés, and scones are all included. Treat mum to a truly wonderful Mother’s Day with the delightful Kate Morton in conversation with Michaela Kalowski. $120 per person or $95 Concession. Find out more here.

4. Mothers Day Crafternoon Tea

  • 2pm-4pm, Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron

Three Manly Mums have come together to host a Mothers Day Event to remember at a stunning waterfront location! Relax & enjoy a decadent afternoon tea and a glass of bubbles with Mum while The Workshop Hubs professional teachers guide you through how to make your own aromatherapy gemstone bracelet or botanical hair comb.

The savoury menu looks delicious with finger sandwiches, mini bagels, pork & fennel sausage rolls, and yummy quiches on offer. For mums with a sweet tooth there’s macaroon’s, mini cannoli, chocolate and caramel slice plus fresh scones and jam. $99 Adults | Children under 18 years $75. Find out more about the Mothers Day Crafternoon here.

5. Mother’s Day Lunch at Sirromet

  • 12pm start

Give mum the Mother’s Day she deserves and spoil her to lunch at Restaurant Lurleen’s. Enjoy a spectacular 4-course menu with matching wines, bottomless Sirromet sparkling wine and special gift for mum.

Sit back and enjoy the beautiful views over the rolling hills of the Sirromet grounds as you sip on a glass of award winning wine and devour the decadent menus especially designed for this special day.  $149 per adult and $40 per child. Bookings essential.

6. Mother’s Day Cruise | Kookaburra Queen

There’s nothing lovelier than good company, a glass of French champagne and a little live music whilst cruising the Brisbane River on a Sunday. Sounds like one of the Mother’s Day ideas your mum would enjoy? The Kookaburra Showboat, one of Brisbane’s most iconic vessels, is hosting the ultimate Mother’s Day Cruise.

With spectacular water views of the city, enjoyed with a scrumptious menu, this Mother’s Day will be that truly unique experience the whole family can enjoy, children welcome. Pricing varies for breakfast, brunch or lunch and includes buffet, live music and a 2 hour scenic cruise. And every mum receives a free glass of sparkling wine.

Best of all? You can book in for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Perfect! Book The Kookaburra Showboat Cruise here.

7. Mother’s Day Classic

Mother's Day Classic

The Mother’s Day Classic is an annual fun run and walk raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Their aim is to deliver a fun, healthy and inspirational community event that brings the community together on Mother’s Day to support and remember those touched by breast cancer.

This year, the Mother’s Day Classic is going local! Mother’s Day Classic Local combines the flexibility of a virtual fun-run or walk with the community atmosphere seen at physical Mother’s Day Classic events. Get more information here.

8. Mother’s Day at Parliament House

  • From 12pm

Impress Mum with a sparkling long lunch at Parliament House! For the first time the Premier’s Balcony will be open to guests! From 12 noon indulge in a delicious three-course lunch in the Strangers’ Dining Room. The Lucinda Bar will also be open from 11am for pre-lunch cocktails. Each guest receives a glass of Australian sparkling wine or craft beer on arrival. Limited tables are available. $95 per person + Booking Fee. Find out more here.

9. Mother’s Day in Brisbane – day spas

Gifts For Mum – Day Spas in Brisbane

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite day spas in Brisbane where you can make sure mum is REALLY pampered. Let her relax and unwind in blissful comfort and style.

10. Mother’s Day buffet breakfasts

Got a mum in your life who loves a buffet breakfast? Brisbane has SO many great options to choose from – and they’re right here! 

11. Country style lunch and leisure drive

If your mum enjoys a leisurely drive in the country side and doesn’t shy away from a craft beer or cider tasting, head out to The Samford Hotel this Mother’s Day. Located in the secluded valleys of the South Pine River, Samford is a 30 minute drive north-east from Brisbane’s CBD.

With a full a la carte lunch menu served from 11am-4pm, meals starting from $20 and children’s playground to keep the little ones entertained, it’s a low stress, fun loving, family day out. Take the long way home and visit Mount Glorious, Lake Manchester, Jollys Lookout and Enoggera Reservoir. Book The Samford Hotel

12. Mother’s Day at The Glen Hotel

The Glen Hotel on Brisbane’s Southside are hosting breakfast, lunch and dinner offers especially for Mother’s Day Brisbane. From 11am-3pm, there will be a jumping castle plus giant games in addition to the great playground they already boast onsite. There’s also the opportunity for you to GO BIG this Mother’s Day! Show how much you care, with messages for Mum on a huge six metre LED sign located in the restaurant.

13. Mother’s Day Bottomless Brunch

  • 10am (2 hour food & drink package)

Spoil mum this Mother’s Day with a Bottomless Brunch at The Waterloo Hotel in Wynnum. Mum will love indulging in a breakfast degustation including all her favourites – mimosas, bloody marys and more! Food & drink included plus a drink on arrival. $49.40 per person or $189.90 for a table of four.

14. Mother’s Day – Mumdala Class

  • 2pm – 7pm
  • $59 per person

Enjoy a session of BYO wine and painting with Mum as the expert team at Pinot and Picasso at Redcliffe host a fun paint and sip session. By the end of the session, even ‘non-creatives’ will be taking home their very own Picasso! The artwork is a double canvas that you and mum will create together.

We hope these Mother’s Day ideas in Brisbane have helped. If you can think of something that should have been included, let us know in comments below!

Easy Book Week 2021 Costume Ideas | Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds 2021

Check out these easy Book Week costume ideas for 2021 Children’s Book Week theme: “OLD WORLDS, NEW WORLDS, OTHER WORLDS”

Book Week 2021 runs from 21-27 August and this year asks your children to embrace the theme “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds”. This exciting invitation opens a world full of possibilities when it comes to kids book week theme ideas. This is an opportunity to escape into another world where your child can be anything they want to be!

Book week is a fantastic opportunity for your child to celebrate their favourite characters from their favourite books by dressing up.  However, if you’re the sort of parent that cringes when you the phrase “Book Week” then you are going to love this article which is all about easy book week costumes and kids book week ideas.

Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds costume ideas – easy book week costume ideas 2021

Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds invokes thoughts of ancient times, futuristic lifestyles, and alien, imaginary, or fantasy lands.

If you’re stuck thinking of Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds ideas, we’ve got those too, along with some easy children’s book week costumes that you can put together yourself.

Easy Book Week 2021 ideas

But there’s  no need to raid your local craft store and stay up until the early hours of the morning creating your child’s book week dress up costume – in this guide we’ve also provided links to buy your kids book week costumes online. With the magic of books comes endless possibilities! These children’s Book Week costume ideas will help spark your imagination.

Delve into our book week 2021 costume ideas and decide where book week will take your family: will your “curious creature” be found in the past, a fantasy land, under the waves, or perhaps even another universe? Or is your child keen to embrace their “wild mind” as a fabulous adventurer?

Tip: Enjoy the lead up to the August event with DIY costume crafts or reading through your children’s favourite stories for inspiration. Perhaps even encourage your children to participate in The Premier’s Reading Challenge.

15 Easy Book Week Costumes 2021

1. The Gruffalo

What a strange and curious creature the Gruffalo is, invented by a little mouse who has no idea that the real Gruffalo is nearby! Primary and kindy children love the stories of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, and the books are so popular they have even been made into a live-theatre stage plays. To create your own simple Gruffalo book week costume, dress your child in brown trousers and shirt, add big felt ears to a headband, and use facepaint to create the fangs, or you can order a ready-made Gruffalo book week costume here to fit children aged 3-10 years old.

Gruffalo Book Week Costume

Book Inspiration: The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson

Click here to order your Gruffalo costume.

2. A Curious Creature – the Unicorn

There are many beautiful children’s books that star a unicorn; your child is bound to have one on their bookshelf or have seen one at school. Unicorns are a magical fantasy creature inspiring hope and goodness in all who are lucky enough to encounter one. Creating the unicorn’s horn can be a little tricky for a DIY project unless you are a whiz with papier mache and cardboard, but this beautiful fantasy unicorn dress book week costume will save you the hassle!

Children's Book Week costume idea unicorn dress

Book inspiration: Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabley; My Secret Unicorn (series) by Linda Chapman.

Click here to order your Unicorn inspired costume.

3. Bilbo Baggins – The Hobbit

The Hobbit, part of The Lord of the Rings series, was originally written for an older audience but there are many beautifully illustrated and graphic-novel versions available now to tempt younger and advanced readers. If you have a fantasy loving child, check out this fabulous Bilbo Baggins book week costume with ring. You can even buy the giant feet for added authenticity!

Bilbo Baggins Hobbit Book Week Costume

Book inspiration: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.

Click here to order your Bilbo Baggins costume.

4. Curious Creature – The Cat in the Hat

If anyone has the power to get kids reading, Dr Seuss does! Gosh I remember reading all the books when I was a kid and kids are still reading all his books, so it’s no wonder that The Cat in the Hat is a regular when it comes to book character dress up ideas.

The Cat in the Hat certainly lets his curiosity get him into mischief, along with his side kicks, Thing One and Thing Two!

The Cat in the Hat can be one of the simple book character costumes you can make at home. Grab some cardboard and get a red bow tie from a 2 dollar shop. Otherwise, for an easier book week character dress up, click on the image below to order your full Cat in the Hat book week costume online.

Easy Book Week costumes

Book Inspiration: The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

Click here to order your Cat in the Hat Costume

Click here to order your Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes

5. Wild Minds – Dora the Explorer

With a wild mind for adventure, Dora leads the way with her friends.

Dora is a seven year old Latina girl who, with the help of her friends Backpack, Map and Boots the Monkey, goes on exciting adventures. During her adventures Dora is regularly faced with problems that she must solve as well as working out how best to deal with the infamous Swiper the Fox.

Dora the Explorer is great idea if you’re looking for cheap book week costumes or girls book week costumes as you could probably make it work with what your child already has in their wardrobe. All you need is a pink t-shirt, a pair of orange shorts, a purple backpack (or the actual backpack), pair of sneakers and yellow frilly socks. If you don’t have these items, there are some great Dora the Explorer book week costumes online.

Dora the Explorer book week costume

Book Inspiration: Dora the Explorer

Click here to order your Dora the Explorer book week costume.

6. Wild Minds – Go, Diego, Go!

Just like his cousin Dora, Diego loves to go on adventures with his friend Baby Jaguar to see who he can help today!

To make your own Diego costume, pair blue shorts with a light blue t-shirt, and add an overshirt with the sleeves removed. If you want to be more authentic with the badge and backpack, you can buy the complete Diego book week costume online.

Nickelodeon Diego Book Week Costume

Book inspiration: Dora Helps Diego by Nickelodeon

Click here to buy your Go, Diego, Go! book week costume.

7. Curious Creatures – Monsters!

We love monsters, and they’re in books for all ages! From Sesame Street’s The Monster at the End of This Book, Sigel Adler’s “You’re Not My Monster” (a book to help children overcome fears), and “Eat Pete” by Michael Rex, these sometimes scary but ultimately friendly creatures bring fun and adventure into every life. The great thing about monster book week costumes is they can be as wild and crazy as your imagination! Grab scraps of ‘hairy’ or bright fabric from the off-cuts bin at your local fabric store and pin them into a ragtag haphazard cloak to create the monster of your dreams, or check out these fabulous ready-made monster book week costumes available online.

For younger children, monsters are ideal toddler book week costumes – just see the number of monster board books available at your local library!

Polka Dot Monster book week costumeMoris the Monster

Click here to order Purple and Orange book week monster costume.

Click here to order Pink and Purple book week monster costume.

8. Curious Creatures – Under the Sea

The oceans are full of curious-looking creatures – if you’re looking for unusual book week costume inspiration you’re bound to find it there!

I remember making an under-the-sea themed costume for my son in prep. It was a costume that my son could easily take off and put on so that it wouldn’t get in the way of playing and eating, and it was so simple to make. My son went as a jellyfish! Here’s what I did: I bought an old grey sheet from a charity shop and cut off a large section to wrap over my wide-brimmed sun hat, padding the gap between the sheet and brim with newspaper to give it that nice blobby jellyfish shape. I cut the rest of the sheet into long thin strips of unequal length and secured them to the underside of the brim with safety pins (it was last-minute – I didn’t have time to sew!). Wearing his boardies and rashie underneath he was totally sunsafe with a unique no-fuss DIY book week costume!

If you want your under-the-sea curious creature book week costume at the click of a button, try this “Bubbles” fish costume for younger children.

Fish book week costume

Book inspiration: Splash and Bubbles by Jim Henson. Get your Bubbles costume here.

Book inspiration (non-fiction): Citizens of the Sea by Nancy Knowlton and National Geographic

9. Harry Potter

      Easy Book Week costumes Harry Potter

When it comes to book week ideas, Harry Potter is always a favourite. There are book week costume ideas for boys and girls within its pages!

The magical world of Hogwarts is full of curious creatures and – of course – those wild wizarding minds! Have your child dress up as their favourite character from the book, whether that be Harry Potter himself or one of his friends, Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley.

Your child will love imagining they are attending the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the day and learning how to control their magical powers.

If your child would rather be one of the Harry Potter curious creatures for Book Week 2021, check out this awesome Dobby the House Elf costume – he even has a sock!

Dobby the House Elf costume

Just note that Harry Potter is one of most popular book characters to dress up as, so don’t go for this if your child wants something unique.

We’ve also got an article on how to get an acceptance letter to Hogwarts if your child is nearly 11 years old!

Book Inspiration: Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Click here to order your Harry Potter costume.

10. Curious Creatures – Dragons!

Dragons are always popular in children’s books, especially once children are reading for themselves in upper primary. It might be tricky to create your own book week dragon costume, but there are lots available online to suit all age groups. This one would work particularly well for fans of the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell and Eragon by Christopher Paolini for older readers.

A favourite in our house is Dragonology by Ernest Drake for serious fans of dragons!

Dragon book week costume

Book inspiration: Dragonology by Ernest Drake

Order your dragon book week costume online here.

11. Curious Creatures – Pokemon

With the Pokemon Go app and the recent movie Detective Pikachu, Pokemon are enjoying a huge revival at the moment. The Pokemon Adventures book series is suitable for ages 7-10 and read from right to left in the Japanese style.

My daughter made her own Pikachu costume by carefully gluing yellow felt fabric to a stiff cardboard tail and attaching felt-covered cardboard ears to a yellow headband. She wore them over a yellow t-shirt and trousers, with face-paint rosy cheeks to complete her look. You can get your ready-made Pikachu book week costume by clicking here (and there are other Pokemon characters available too!)

Pikachu book week costume

Book inspiration: Pokemon Adventures by Hidenori Kusaka

Click here to order your Pokemon book week costume

12. The BFG

Roald Dahl’s beloved favourite, The BFG, is a both a curious creature and a wild mind. This could be a simple DIY costume if you have some green (or khaki) trousers, a white t-shirt and a brown vest, with rolled-up cardboard to make the dream trumpet, but you can get it all – including the giant ears – by ordering online.

The BFG book week costume

Book inspiration: The BFG by Roald Dahl

Order your BFG book week costume online here.

13. Where the Wild Things Are

This beautiful timeless classic has been a favourite for over fifty years! Where the Wild Things Are is a heartwarming story of a little boy sent to bed without his supper, but his bedroom undergoes a mysterious transformation. Max finds himself sailing to an island where the Wild Things live, but instead of being eaten, Max becomes their king.

Where the Wild Things Are has been adapted many times in television and cinema and has also been made into a live-theatre stage play.

Where the Wild Things Are Max costume

Book inspiration: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Order your Max book week costume online here.

14. Curious Creatures – Dinosaurs

In the realm of countless fiction and non-fiction books, dinosaurs capture the imagination of children everywhere, so it makes sense that they’re a popular choice when it comes to some of the best book week costumes.

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the prehistoric era amongst the dinosaurs? This book week you can find out! Grab your best dinosaur outfit (we love, love, LOVE this one here) or skip brushing your hair to be the perfect caveman.

easy book week costumes

Book inspirationHow Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

Click here to order your dinosaur book week costume

15. Wild Minds – How to Bee

How to Bee is  story about family, loyalty, kindness and bravery, set against an all-too-possible future where climate change has forever changed the way we live. Bees are extinct and so children have to do their work pollinating the crops. It was the winner of the CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers, 2018 award.

Bee Fancy Dress Costume

Book inspiration: How to Bee by Bren MacDribble

Order your bee costume online here.

Left it too late? Here’s where to hire a costume near you! Click here

Book Week Ideas – timeless favourites

We hope these Children’s Book Week costume ideas will help you explore the ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’ theme this Book Week 2021, but here are a few more timeless favourites that you can adapt to fit almost any book week theme!

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda costume

Superman by DC Comics

Superman costume

Batman by DC Comics

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Captain Underpants

Of course we don’t expect your little one just to wear their undies to school! Dress them in a skin coloured leggings or pants and skin colour top – then put over the top a great big pair of white y front underpants. Top it off with a red cape

Check out these Book Week Costume Ideas from earlier years:

When it comes to dressing up for Book Week Families Magazine readers are the BEST…

Many children love getting dressed up for Book Week – we loved these costume ideas sent in by our Facebook followers.

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The Cat in the Hat

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Scarecrow & Tin Man from Wizard of Oz

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Little Red Riding Hood & a Pirate

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Little Red Riding Hood, Superman, Asterix and the Cat in the Hat!

Children's Book Week costume ideas

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Too Many Elephants in the Room

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Captain Underpants

Easy Book Week costume ideas for teachers

Check out these Book Week costume ideas for teachers that were sent in by some of our followers!

Children's Book Week costume ideas

One very hungry caterpillar!!! aka Prep Teacher Aide

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Children's Book Week costume ideas

Toy Story – Woody & Jesse

Tips for Reading With Children:

  1. Talk with your child about the book they are reading. What is it about? Do they like it? What do they think will happen next?
  2. Ensure your child can read and understand the vocabulary used in the books and that they are comprehending what they are reading. Reading should have meaning!
  3. Talk about the pictures, particularly with younger and less able readers. Pictures help children to understand the words.
  4. Ask your child to read some of the words from the book in isolation to ensure they are not memorising the sequence of the text.
  5. As your child gets older or a more able reader, discuss the characters and the words and phrases used by the author.
  6. When your child does not know a word, encourage them to make a sensible guess but do not let them struggle.
  7. Encourage your child to sound out and word build phonetic words, by using letter sounds not letter names, e.g. ‘a’ as in pat. Help them to break down the longer words, e.g. im-por-tant. It is important that your child recognises all the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make.
  8. If your child misreads a word, stop him or her and say the correct word – although if it is a word which makes no difference to the meaning (for example, ‘home’ instead of ‘house’) it is best to ignore it.
  9. Try to develop your child’s expression and prediction skills, especially when they have become a fluent reader – draw their attention to punctuation, e.g. stopping at full stops and the use of expression when characters are speaking.
  10. Use lots of praise and encouragement and avoid criticism. It is important your child becomes confident with their reading.

Your child may experience a mixture of reading activities in school

  • They should be given opportunities to read individually from reading scheme books.
  • During shared/quiet reading sessions they may be encouraged to read silently or share with a partner a book of their choice.
  • They may take part in group play and poetry reading sessions.

Finally

Finally and most importantly, so you can enjoy hearing your child read, make the reading sessions short. Give lots of praise – for effort as well as achievement. If you are anxious try not to let it show. Discuss any concerns you have about your child’s reading with their class teacher.