Sherwood Community Festival 2021 for Families in Brisbane
The Sherwood Community Festival is a not-for-profit family-friendly event, organised entirely by a team of volunteers who give their time willingly to make it happen. And, thanks to the support of the Brisbane City Council and local businesses, and to the hard work of the organisers, this event is free – a gift to the community.
Family Friendly Brisbane Festival November
The family festival packs a punch with plenty of attractions for the whole family. There will be lots of FREE activities on the family fun day (13 November) for everyone to enjoy from 11am-4pm . The exact activities are yet to be confirmed by the festival.
On that day, and for the rest of the next week (until 21 November) enjoy the best eateries Sherwood has to offer along Sherwood Road.
Then in early December, enjoy the sounds of Sherwood with the community carols, which will run on 4 December from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
Though the festival is split into three parts this year, you will still get to have all the fun!
Check out the Sherwood Community Festival website for more information.
When is the Sherwood Community Festival held?
Family Fun Day:
When: 13 November from 11am until 4.30pm.
Where: Holland & Holland Carpark, Sherwood Road
Sherwood Festival Food Week:
When: 13 November to 21 November
Where: Along Sherwood Road
When: 4 December from 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Where: Sherwood Arboretum
Getting there: The Sherwood train station is right at the end of the street, plus there is plenty of street parking in the surrounding area.
Cost: Free entry! Some aspects will require payment.
Are you looking for Halloween Brisbane style? Did you just google best places to go trick or treating near me or haunted houses near me?
Well, you have the correct article!! We know where to trick or treat in Brisbane – this article will give you a list of all the best places to go trick or treating near you that welcome you to enjoy their spooky decorated house in 2021!
Update: Please consider the current COVID-19 restrictions when planning your 2021 Halloween activities.
Things will be a little different this year with some locations opting to not go ahead for Halloween 2021 while others will be providing a drive-by only experience. Keep reading for the most up to date information on Halloween Brisbane 2021.
When is Halloween in Brisbane?
If you are wondering when will people be trick or treating in Brisbane, we can answer that. The majority of people on our list of trick or treat places in Brisbane will expect you on SUNDAY 31st October, 2021.
RELATED: Here is our kids guide to the real meaning of Halloween.
When do you start trick or treating for Halloween Brisbane?
Wondering what time to go trick or treating? Trick or Treating USUALLY starts around 5 – 5.30pm and finishes by 8pm. Individual houses have the right to start and finish whenever they want – please respect them.
Kids Halloween costumes
We love the range of kids Halloween costumes on Amazon – so easy!!
Get the scary ghost costume here.
Get the rainbow skeleton costume here.
Get the alien costume here.
(Side note, I bought the alien Halloween costume for my son last year!)
Where to Trick or Treat in Brisbane Halloween 2021!
Looking for the BEST neighbourhoods with haunted houses and trick or treat experiences in Brisbane? Try these venues in 2021 but remember if you plan to take the kids ‘out of your local area’ you may like to consider taking some ‘treats’ to replenish the supplies of the houses you visit. It can get busy in popular areas.
Please respect the residents of these homes who put so much effort into making incredible displays that everyone can enjoy – it is important to show respect and not ruin anyone’s fun.
Looking for a “safe place” to take your kids trick or treating in Brisbane? There are plenty of Halloween street parties in Brisbane for kids who love a little dress up and a little scary fun!
Halloween Brisbane 2021 | Trick or treating tips:
- Note that Trick or Treating USUALLY starts around 5 – 5.30pm and finishes by 8pm. Individual houses have the right to start and finish whenever they want – please respect them.
- Tricking is not really done in Australia, so don’t let little ones think they’ll be toilet papering a house!
- Never let a child go alone. Stay with your child at all times and inspect all treats before they eat. All Halloween sweets should be sealed. Don’t let kids eat anything from a broken package.
- Take bottled water and limit how many treats kids can eat lest they become sick before the street party is finished. Make a deal BEFORE you go on how many treats are up for grabs on the night!
- Eat some good food before you go!
- Be cautious on roads. Although the street parties we’ve listed are pretty well known, local drivers may not be aware.
- If you’re going trick or treating in your own street, keep in mind that not everyone is keen! Stick to the neighbours you know or opt for an organised street party!
- Treat buckets fill fast and sweets will be decanted into your handbag! Take a bag for each child as you’ll be carrying their stuff (as always!)
- Respect the displays and do not over-crowd (particularly if you have travelled to another suburb)
- SAY THANK YOU!
Places to trick or treat – Brisbane Halloween 2021
This map has been compiled by ‘Brisbane Halloween Lovers’ Facebook group.
These homes welcome you to trick or treat Halloween Brisbane 2021
This list of Halloween locations is compiled from various sources including ‘Brisbane Halloween Lovers’ Facebook group, emails directly to us, comments on our website, and PM’s to our own Facebook page – thank you to everyone for participating! Please feel free to message us so YOU can be included as well!
- Jessamine hill manor, Turnberry crescent | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Spooky Cemetery, 6 Derby Court | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- 57 Hilda street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- The Sedgley Witch, 16 Sedgley Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- Creepy Chateau, 3/75 Beatrice Terrace | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October
- The Frightening Farrow’s, 12 McLean Parade | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Poison Pumpkin Patch, 14 Arcola Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Haunt + Street participates – Open 31 October. Event Facebook page.
- 6 Topham Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Haunt – Open 30 & 31 October.
- Carnevil, 18 Fortnam Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Plenty of Pumpkins, 18 Lyndhurst Road | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Hades House of Horrors, 15 Groves Crescent | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Haunt + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 30 & 31 October.
- Killer Klowns at the Kreepy Karnivale, 23 Wangarah Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Haunt + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Monster Manor, 27 Karena Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Witches Coven, 21 Sandown Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 30 & 31 October.
- 8 Snowbell Court | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Olympic Court | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- Ghoulies and Ghosties, 280 Beerburrum road | Display + Interactive Haunt – Open 31 October.
- 99 Lower King street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- Reddy Drive | Trick or Treat + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 3 Imber Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- The Candy Couple of Clontarf, 1 Camellia St | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 31 October.
- 23 Midgley Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 15 Jubilee Court | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 30 & 31 October.
- Pikeson Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 31 October.
- 18 Palall Crescent | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 31 October.
- Cemetery Grove, 6 Narwin Grove | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- The Dorrigo Place Boneyard, 10 Dorrigo Place | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 31 October.
- Erin & Jens Halloween Home, 56 Richmond Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Spook on Groom St, 19 Groom Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Graveville at Graceville, 265 Oxley Road | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Haunt – Open 31 October.
- Kalinga Graveyard, 73 Park Road | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 29, 30 & 31 October.
- 45 Ladybird street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 30 & 31 October.
- 25 Glenmore street | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 30 & 31 October.
- Rainbird Circuit | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 1/25 Prospect Terrace | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Haunted Stone House, 14 Swinburne St | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- 4/61 Wesley Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Haunt + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Warewolf’s Den, 2 Macdonnell road | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 249 Victoria Avenue | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- Slytherin House, 108 Blackwood Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October
- 4 Scanlan Road | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 23 Meadowview Drive | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 30-31 October.
- 21 Abraham Close | Trick or Treat + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Waterway Skeletons, 36 Waterway Crescent | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 29 & 31 October.
- 176 Spinnaker Boulevard | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- 35 Aegean Avenue | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- Monster House, 44211 Highcliff Crescent | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 30 October.
- 9 Churchill Lane | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Glenrocky Horror Terror Asylum, 5 Glenrock Parade | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive haunt + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 30 & 31 October.
- 210/1 Bass Court | Trick or Treat – Open 31 October.
- 34 Gibbs street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Little haunt house in Nundah, 23 Sylvan Avenue | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Hunt – Open 31 October.
- Paddington Halloween, 40 Hayward Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October. Event Facebook page.
- 31 Davis Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- Mayhem on Meredith, 2 Meredith Street | Trick or Treat + Display+ Interactive Hunt – Open 30-31 October.
- Beware the spider, 9 John Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 3/32 Grant street | Trick or Treat – Open 31 October.
- 4/34 Grant street | Trick or Treat + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 22 Jamieson street | Trick or Treat – Open 31 October.
- Belle Fantôme Cemetery, 14 Glenrosa Rd | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 30-31 October.
- 7/60 Cambridge street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- Sandgate Spooktacular, 107 Clayton Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 29-31 October. Event Facebook page.
- The Nightmare on Armfield, 107 Armfield St | Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt – Open from 29-31 October 2021. Event Facebook Page.
- The Haunting of Payne House, 354 Payne Road | Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt + Street participates – Open from 30-31 October.
- Dungeons and Hogwarts, 4 Chestnut Place | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 4 Paltarra Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- Witches Brew, 4 Carey Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open from 30-31 October.
- Brisbane Road Family Display, 64 Brisbane Road | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 31 Pontiac circuit | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Wilston Halloween Spooktacular, 17A Munna St | Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt + Street participates – Open from 31 October.
- Antill Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
Southern Suburbs (including Logan and Redlands)
The southern suburbs really know how to get spooky for Halloween Brisbane. Here’s a list of locations that are awaiting your ghoulish presence this year….
- Spiders have taken over 2.0, 32 Nyngam Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October
- 3 Kennedy crescent | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October
- Junctionfest Haunted House in Annerley Arcade, 478 Ipswich Road | Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt – Open 30 October. Event Facebook page.
- Torrens street | Trick or Treat – Open 31 October
- Creepy Carnival, 21 Rocklea Street | Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt + Street participates – Open from 30-31 October.
- Animation Haven, 17 Enclave Drive | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Hunt + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 30-31 October.
- Pete’s House, 3 Ferndale st | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 29-31 October. Event Facebook page.
- 29 Lewis Place | Trick or Treat + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 31 Lewis Place | Trick or Treat + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- The Magical Haunted Garden, 84 Whitworth Road | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Hunt + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October. Facebook event page
- Pirates of the Carindale, 8 Weekes Road | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- 10 Brodick Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- Ghouls by the Bay, 5 High View Drive | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 31 October.
- Shakespeare Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 31 October.
- 14 Penelope Drive | Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt – Open 31 October.
- The House on Trulson, 20 Trulson Drive | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 31 October.
- Crestmead CarnEvil, 8 Ochna Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 30-31 October.
- Haunted House in Crestmead, 5 Tulong Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive haunt + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October from 5.30-11pm
- 23 Conifer Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 31 October.
- Nightmare on Oxley Circuit, 5 Oxley Circuit | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- 10 Winslow Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Haunt – Open 31 October.
- 197 Fryar Road | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- 48 Alvine Drive | Trick or Treat + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 40 Pepper Tree Drive | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- 9 Amari street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Nightmare On Blackton Street, Blackton Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 29, 30 & 31 October.
- 9 Timberland place | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Dolls and Crawlers, 11 Carnation Road | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Haunt + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 23, 30 & 31 October.
- Clipper house, 3 Clipper Place | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 30 & 31 October.
- 14 Avalon Court | Trick or Treat – Open 31 October
- 7 Julius Court | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- Moorooka’s Moomoo, 36 Luxworth Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 35 Mayfield Road | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Scarington Alley, 2/17 Ivymount Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Hunt + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- The Dearden Dollhouse, 31 Price Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- Lois’ Spooky Place, Lois Place | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- Garrett Place | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 29, 30 & 31 October.
- Nightmare on Estramina, 65 Estramina Road | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October.
- The Morgue, 9 Kumbari street Rochedale South | Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt – Open from 29-31 October. Event Facebook page.
- Street Library of Spookyness, 112 Golda Avenue | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 30 & 31 October.
- Megan Court | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 31 October.
- 3 Huybers Place | Trick or Treat + Display + Street participates – Open 31 October.
- Daphne Place | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October
- 26 Willow Rise Drive | Trick or Treat – Open 31 October
- Fright Night @ Wello Pt, 4 Veitch Close | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Haunt + Street & Neighbourhood particpates. Open 31 October.
- Halloween Comes to Woodridge, 36 Birun Street | Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt – Open from 30-31 October. Event Facebook page.
- Nurdi Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October
- The spooky house of Trinder Park, 24 Nurdi Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 30 & 31 October
- 5 Soden Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October
Western Brisbane and Ipswich
- 18 O’Donnell Street | Trick or Treat – Open 30 & 31 October
- 32 Burns Circuit | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Haunt + Street & Neighbourhood particpates. Open 31 October & 1 November.
- Halloween Haunt Ipswich, 525 Junction Road | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 30- 31 October. Event Facebook page.
- 60 Aramac Street | Trick or Treat + Display (no walk-through) – Saturday 30 October 4pm-9pm and Sunday 31 October 3pm-9pm.
- Maze of Terror, 1 Bottomley St | Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt – Open from 29-31 October.
- 21 Foxton Street | Trick or Treat – Sunday 31 October, 5:30pm-8pm.
- The Haunting of Camira, 18-20 Steven Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Hunt + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 29, 30 & 31 October
- 30 Berry Street | Interactive Haunt – Saturday 30 October – Monday 1 November 2021.
- 59 Lawrie Drive | Trick or Treat + Display with graveyard, UFO, automated scary things – Sunday 31 October.
- 2 Williams Street | “Collingwood Park Cemetery” Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt with interactive props, 3.5m skeleton – Sunday 31 October.
- The Murder House, 40 Brenda Court | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Hunt + Neighbourhood participates – Open 28, 29 & 30 October – May not be suitable for young children
- Batson haunts of horrors, 37 Callistemon crescent | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood particpates. Open 31 October.
- Boneyard Grove, 38 Stephen Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street particpates. Open 31 October.
- 6 Alpine Court | Display from Fri 29-Sun 31 October 2021. Trick or Treat on Sun 31 October only.
- 23 Resolution Parade | Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt – Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October from 5pm.
- 7 Lakeside Cr | Trick or Treat + Display + Street involved in Halloween Brisbane. Open 31 October.
- 10 Iris Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October
- The Night King Returns, 59 Talbot Drive | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October. Facebook event page.
- Jackson Place Boneyard, 8 Jackson Place | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October.
- 40 Invergarry Circuit | Trick or Treat + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October
- If You Dare, 43 Penguin Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October
- Binx Family Cemetery, 31 Ursa Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Street & Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October
- Indooroopilly Halloween Haunted House, 84 Carinya Street | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Haunt – Open 30 & 31 October. Facebook page
- 61 Gilruth Road | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October
- 30 Wakefield Crescent | Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt – Sunday 31 October from 4pm.
- 23A Merrell Street | Trick or Treat + Display – Sunday 31 October, 5:30pm-8pm.
- The Woodward Witch House, 125 Woodward Place | Trick or Treat + Display + Interactive Haunt + Street participates – Open from 31 October.
- 14 Mark Court | Trick or Treat + Display (small) – Sunday 31 October, 5pm-9pm.
- 8 Raceview street | Trick or Treat + Display – Sunday 31 October
- Bloodwood Clown Carnival, 8 Bloodwood Place | Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt + Street participates – Open from 31 October.
- 155 Henty Drive | Trick or Treat + Display with animatronics, inflatables including blow up dinosaur walking around – Sunday 31 October 5pm-9pm.
- 30 Wilkie Avenue | Trick or Treat + Display – Open 31 October
- 9 Crewes Crescent | Trick or Treat + Display + Neighbourhood participates – Open 31 October
- 7 Albert Street | Trick or Treat + Display “Oogies Boogies Funhouse!!” – Sunday 31 October from 5pm.
- 8 Rodney Street | Hidden Trick or Treat + Interactive Haunt – Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October from 6-9pm.
- 22 James Josey Avenue | Trick or Treat + Display – Sunday 31 October
- Carter’s Spooky Mansion, 71 Lakes Entrance Drive | Trick or Treat + Display – Sunday 31 October
- 23 Mount Crosby Road | Trick or Treat + Display – Friday 29 October: 7pm-10pm and Sunday 31 October: 6:30pm till late.
- 13 Otto Street | Trick or Treat – Open from 31 October.
Halloween Brisbane Events 2021
Are you looking for Halloween Brisbane events for 2021? Check out our comprehensive list of quality Halloween events here.
Toowoomba Turns Up The Spook! Trick or Treat Paradise!
Toowoomba is Spooky Town! The city really gets behind Halloween with massively coordinated street party events and hosted events. If you’re planning a trip to Toowoomba, make it Halloween Weekend! Watch THIS SPACE as we continue to update with street listings.
A big thank you to the Facebook group Halloween Toowoomba and Surrounding Areas who created the map!
Places to trick or treat in Toowoomba | Halloween QLD
- 43 Agnes Street
- Aster Street
- 26 Orchid Street
- 166c South Street
- 3 Farrer Street
- 25 Liebke Crescent
- 5 Jamieson Court
- 89 Luck Street
- 1/4 Maplewood Drive
- 11 Nolan Court
- 18 Dawn Drive
- 78 Shelby Street
- 33 Coonan Street
- 18 Lemnos Street
- 6 Mooney Street
- 18 Walsh Street
- Arabian Street
- 11 Illawarra Street
- 24 Jean Street
- 291 West Street
- 9 Alroe Court
- 27 Bootes Street
- 5 Heinemann Court
- 63 Hoepper Street
- 13 Sapphire Street
- Lourdes Street
- 5 Montclair Close
- 8 Box Street
- 6 Jacaranda Court
- 41 South Street
- 7 Challenor Street
- 230 Tor Street
- 9 Trousdell Court
- 21 Trousdell Court
- Ellis Street
- 10 Hinton Street
- Cnr McGregor & Taylor Street
- 40 Tomkinson Street
- 11 Allport Street
- 10 Campbell Street
- 10 Florence Street
- Hume Street
- 73 Hume Street
- 436 Pittsworth-Felton Road
- 36 Vines Street
Thank you to the Facebook group “Halloween Toowoomba and the Surrounding Areas” for helping compile a list of prime Halloween trick or treat locations each year.
Halloween Brisbane trick or treating
Next year, why not think about hosting your own street party for Halloween? Check out our planning to host your own Halloween Street Party instructions and tips!
Have we mentioned your street party? If you have an event coming up please shoot us a message!Water Babies – Benefits of learning to swim from an early age
Do you have a water baby? Children are naturally drawn to water. It sparkles prettily in sunshine, feels good on the skin, and is fun to splash and play with. We all want our children to feel confident and safe around water, and introducing your little one to the pool and having them learning to swim from an early age can have many lasting benefits.
Why children should be learning to swim from an early age
Your baby may love a soothing swish around in the bath tub, and you can take your cues from them about the right time to transition from the tub to swimming lessons.
Some swim schools offer water familiarisation classes from 3 months of age, where your baby can enjoy the feeling of buoyancy and gliding through water with you. These are an ideal introduction to the swimming environment, or you might prefer to wait until your child is a few months older and more confident. There are no hard and fast rules, but the good news is your child is never too old to learn to swim.
Benefits of learning to swim from an early age include…
Just like when learning to crawl, the bilateral movement associated with swimming can help your baby’s brain grow. Cross-over movements build neurons in the brain that develop communication from one side of the brain to the other, improving the capacity for language development, reading skills and spatial awareness.
The bonding element of skin-to-skin contact with the parent or caregiver builds trust and self-esteem. This trust is reinforced as you help your child feel confident in their swimming environment and newly emerging water skills.
Confidence in water is reflected in everyday situations, and your child may show more comfort in social situations and greater self-control.
Staying safe in water requires core strength, head and neck control, and strong limbs. A parent or caregiver should always be in the pool with very young children and children who have not yet developed the required strength.
As your child grows and progresses to learning swimming strokes and proper technique, they will be required to use all the major muscle groups in their body, including limbs, core and shoulders. Being buoyant and developing the strength to surge through the natural resistance of water also improves joint mobility.
With continued swimming lessons, your child will develop strength with physical symmetry. Using both sides of the body equally in the water leads to better balance and coordination on land. This loops right back to improved confidence and self-esteem – swimming is the developmental gift that keeps on giving!
The physical demands of swimming require a lot of energy. Blood flow is boosted to all major muscle groups and the brain to keep the body warm and moving. The body and brain work hard while swimming, and all that hard work requires a good rest.
Strenuous physical activity encourages the body to release endorphins – the feel-good hormone that reduces perception of pain and triggers positive feelings – and serotonin, a hormone that improves sleep and mood.
If you want your child to sleep soundly through the night, swimming can make your dream come true!
Encouraging your child to continue swimming into adulthood
We all want our children to be the best version of themselves they can be. The benefits of learning to swim from an early age can continue into high school and beyond, with improved cognitive, physical, and emotional development leading to a better academic outcome and healthier lifestyle habits.
Plus, with our coastal living and home swimming pools, it’s important that children and confident around water and respectful of its dangers. Developing correct swimming techniques can help your child enjoy being in the water safely, and give you peace of mind.
With all these healthy and long-term benefits for your child, why would you want to delay swimming lessons for your child any longer? The best time to book your child in for their first swimming lesson is right now!
If you are currently looking to plan a family holiday, Carnival cruises has a range of family friendly holidays that are sure to keep the kids and the adults entertained and relaxed!
You could set sail around Australia, exploring the best islands, participating in daily activities, shore excursions and enjoying the many dining options that Carnival has to offer.
Whilst planning a holiday can be a daunting task, they also offer free family holiday planning advice, providing you with expertise on destinations and itinerary planning – essentially doing all the hard work for you! Carnival offer peace of mind with health and safety guidance, ensuring that you feel safe to climb aboard.
Explore the best Australian islands
Moreton Island Cruise
Moreton Island is home to Tangalooma, a well kept Australian secret! Tangalooma is host to dolphins, reef covered ship wrecks, beautiful sunsets, white sandy beaches, sand dunes where you can quad bike or use your human power to rush down and crystal clear waters that make snorkeling a dream. A place that truly exudes so much adventure and fun!
Airlie Beach Cruise
Carnival offers an experience where you can truly experience the Great Barrier Reef and all of its tastes, sights and activities. Explore the famous Whitehaven Beach, enjoy a day on a glass-bottom-boat cruising over the Coral Sea or if you want something thrilling, go for a joy ride on a high-speed catamaran! The Airlie cruise has something for all members of the family.
Willis Island Cruise
Willis Island may be small, but it sure is mighty! Carnival can take you here, just east of Carins on the Great Barrier Reef. Home to a vast range of amazing wildlife – wedge tailed shearwaters and sooty terns just to name a few! Be sure to visit the manned Australian Bureau of Meteorology weather station that lives here too.
Island near Australia to discover
Lifou Isle Cruise
Based in New Caledonia, Lifou Isle provides an abundance of scenic and sensory goodness. With beautiful white sand, crystal clear waters and unreal sunny weather all year round, this is the perfect spot for a family holiday to make lots of memories in the water. Partake in diving to see the wonderful marine life or put on your hiking boots and take in the magnificent scenery.
45+ daily activities
Scrolling through the online catalogue of onboard activities, it is no doubt that there is fun for everyone in the family.
Activities include an arcade, a basketball and volleyball court, games, bingo, a library, a build-a-bear workshop, sky zone and even cooking demonstrations and classes. If you are a lover of the arts, Carnival is host to art exhibitions, auctions and seminars. They even offer services to grab that family photo you have been meaning to take for a long time, with Dream Studio and Pixels on board to get some happy snaps.
For adults, there are so many bars to choose from and even a casino! For the whole family, there is entertainment daily with dive-in movies, karaoke, live music, stage shows and a cinema.
On top of daily entertainment options, there are also events with a sail-away party, 80’s night, mega deck party and even high tea, just to name a few.
Catch some vitamin D with the many outdoor activities like the waterslides, pools, mini golf and even a sky course!
The list continues, with a range of shops available for those shopaholics and options to relax or workout with a variety of spa and fitness services. Carnival truly offers an activity for any age and any desire.
Whilst there is so much onboard to keep you entertained, Carnival also offers shore excursions. These see you participating in a range of exciting activities! Through shore excursions you will roam beaches, snorkel and swim in pristine waters, a range of boating activities, cultural and historical experiences, fishing fun, hikes and walks that take your breath away, not to mention the abundant sight-seeing and shopping.
Free kids club
If you weren’t already sold with the amazing destinations, daily activity options and shore excursions, you are going to love the free kids club! Ages 2 – 11 have access to Camp Ocean who will keep your little ones busy, active and having too much fun.
Kids are sorted into supervised, age-based groups who all go off to participate in age-appropriate activities. Ages 12 – 14 are welcome to join Circle C, where they will participate in supervised dance parties, games and outdoor activities around the ship, providing the opportunity to hang out and meet new friends.
Teens are not forgotten, with ages 15 – 17 invited to join Club O2, with a host of activities such as karaoke, sport and video games to name a few, all will keep them entertained, educated and supervised on board. Carnival’s great kids club staff will give you the peace of mind you need to go and enjoy some time exploring ship.
Endless dining options
All I can say is – you won’t go hungry! Carnival has a huge range of dining options, catering to all dietary requirements and ages. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is certainly sorted aboard a Carnival ship. From burgers, pizza, juicy steaks, seafood, sushi, pub feeds, a dessert bar, teppanyaki, pasta, Italian and Mongolian, there are so many delicious cuisines to choose from, all guaranteed to delight your taste buds and fill your belly.
miniBOUNCE | Jump into Brisbane’s Best Indoor Playspace for Kids Under 6
miniBOUNCE recently opened at Westfield Carindale and it’s been purpose built to deliver maximum fun for little humans. Our preschoolers just loved that no BIG kids were allowed!
As fans of BOUNCE, we had really high expectations of their new indoor playspace when it arrived in Brisbane. The great news is we can report that mini bounce Carindale definitely didn’t disappoint! With it’s vibrant colours, mini trampolines, multi-storey playground and HUGE ball pit it is an absolute winner with kids under 6 years. Plus, it’s location within Westfield Carindale means you can sort out your shopping all in one place.
The other thing that makes us extra big fans of mini bounce is parents are invited to sit back and relax in the café while the mini bounce ‘hosts’ (staff) facilitate an awesome experience for little ones!
About mini bounce
Mini bounce is an active adventure-play centre specially designed for pre-school kids in Westfield Carindale, Brisbane. Everything at mini bounce is designed to offer fun, active-play experiences that help little kids develop a love for physical activity.
The play features of mini bounce Carindale cater to walking age toddlers through to 6-year-old adrenaline hunters.
These super cute and colourful circular trampolines are deceiving as they pack a heap of bounce into every jump. Our 4 year old’s were getting some serious air and having the time of their lives. The great news is there is plenty of padding and space between the seven trampolines to prevent kids bumping into each other. Every child can have their own private trampoline and jump at a level they feel comfortable.
Ball pit with slide and interactive screen
We spent a lot of time in the HUGE ball pit. By far one of the biggest we’ve seen in Brisbane in recent times and we’ve been to a LOT of indoor playcentres. It is filled to the brim with thousands of plastic balls and a really fast slide that lets kids launch themselves into the ball pit over and over again! There’s also an interactive screen for kids to throw balls at and a large inflatable rocker. We loved that the mini bounce staff were on hand at all times in the ball pit to support young kids to navigate the area. It also meant us parents didn’t have to wade in to support our kids to climb up to the slide.
Trampoline and air bag
If you’ve got a little acrobat on your hands they are going to love the mini bounce Carindale take on the larger flip area you may have seen at BOUNCE. Kids can tumble down the large trampoline before landing on the huge air-filled cushion. It feels just like landing on a jumping castle and is heaps of fun!
High nets space
For kids who love to climb, the top level of the multi-storey playground features a netted climbing area. This is an area that parents will struggle to follow their kids into, so it’s very helpful that mini bounce staff are on hand to support kids as they navigate their way. Your little humans will love escaping into the clouds out of the reach of their parents. Rest assured you can keep an eye on them by standing below and looking up through the nets. Mini bounce staff are always on hand to help little kids come back down to earth when they’re ready to explore something new.
Multi storey playground
There are heaps of obstacles tucked away throughout the multi storey, soft play arena at mini bounce. Kids are challenged to jump, balance, throw, crawl, climb, shoot and slide their way around the many levels of the playground. The big racing slides are always a winner with four kids able to race at once. We found it very easy to get around with our energetic two year old who was eager to push the limits during our visit.
Mini ninja challenges
The parkour athletes of tomorrow can build up their confidence on the mini bounce ninja course which includes a balance beam, stepping stones and foam shapes. Junior jumpers can use the obstacles to climb and balance while harnessing their inner ninja warrior.
Mini bounce toddler area
Firstly, all of mini bounce is soft play but this space dedicated to our littlest loves is packed full of extra cushioned climbing frames and toys. It’s tucked away nicely from the area for the preschooler’s too so there’s plenty of room for crawling without the risk of being knocked over. We also noted that there was great visibility from the café for tired parents needing a coffee. The foam building blocks, padded climbing frame with a slide and other toys are a big hit with little kids too.
Mini bounce Cafe
You’ll find heaps of food options at the onsite mini bounce Carindale cafe which boasts panoramic views of the entire play area and FREE Wi-Fi.
Mini bounce staff are always on hand to help
Birthday parties at mini bounce Carindale
Mini bounce parties focus on active play with fun, inclusive games that have been adapted from their unique coaching programs. Everything is set up to run smoothly and be hassle free for parents. The party rooms boast vibrant colours and big circle cut out windows so you don’t feel closed off from the rest of mini bounce. All mini bounce parties include 2 hours of fun with prices starting from $32 per child (off peak).
You can book your mini bounce Carindale party online or call (07) 3569 0705.
Bookings and session info
Mini bounce Carindale has ticket types to suit adventurers, big and small! Select a 1 or 2 hour mini bounce pass or an unlimited daily pass.
Families tip: Don’t forget to book ahead online to secure your spot and save money! Tickets are cheaper online plus by pre-booking you avoid the issue of arriving only to find mini bounce is booked out.
Online mini bounce prices are as follows:
- 1 hour sessions start from $12 Mon-Fri (school term) and $14 for weekends, public and school holidays.
- 2 hour sessions start from $16 Mon-Fri (school term) and $18 for weekends, public and school holidays.
- Unlimited daily passes start from $28 Mon-Fri (school term) and $32 for weekends, public and school holidays.
- Prices exclude mini bounce grip socks, unless stated, which must be worn for every session. They’re yours to buy and keep for $3.
- Book your visit to mini bounce here.
Where is mini bounce?
The Old Cleveland Road or Library end of Westfield Carindale is where you’ll find mini bounce. Secure a park in the orange carpark and head up the escalators to the top floor. You can’t miss it!
Westfield Carindale, 1151 Creek Rd, Carindale QLD 4152.
Ph: (07) 3569 0705
Head to the mini bounce website for more information.
When is miniBOUNCE open?
Monday – Wednesday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday – 8:30am – 5:00pm
Need more fun ideas for young kids?
Luckily when it’s ALL about small children, we’re here to help with a bunch of useful resources on our website for parents with ‘on the go’ toddlers. Read our Things to do with toddlers in Brisbane article here.REVIEW: River to Bay | Family Friendly Day Trip to Snorkel Tangalooma Wrecks
Recently we took the kids out to snorkel on the Tangalooma shipwrecks on a family friendly day trip with a company called River to Bay. Right up front I need to let you know that our trip was hosted by the company, but as always, our review is an honest account of our experience of the day and the company/staff.
If snorkeling the Tangalooma wrecks has been on your bucket list for ever, and you have never got around to making it happen, then read on my friend, because I was that person too… and this article is going to show you just how easy it is and how much fun you will have with your family on this exciting day trip from the Brisbane River.
What is River to Bay?
River to Bay is the result of a long-held dream to connect the people of Brisbane and the city’s visitors to the river and the attractions of Moreton Bay and its islands. River to Bay entered a partnership with the Queensland Government to build a fleet of fast tour boats. Their boats are large enough to provide safety and comfort but small enough to travel the river at high speed with minimal impact to the environment and other river users. River to Bay is locally owned and operated.
What do River to Bay offer?
If you jump on the River to Bay website, you will see that they offer a number of tours both on the Brisbane River and into the Bay… (clue is in the name, right?!) 😉
They offer river cruises:
- Classic pub tours
- Cocktail cruises
- Day brewery tours
- Twilight brewery tours
- Friday legends lunch
- City sight cruise
They also offer bay tours:
- Best of Moreton Bay cruise
- Tangalooma day cruise
We did the Best of Moreton Bay cruise and snorkeled on the Tangalooma wrecks.
Best of Moreton Bay cruise
Here’s how they describe it on their website:
Set sail on your very own island adventure and cruise out to Moreton Bay from Brisbane in under an hour with River to Bay’s Best of Moreton Bay Tour! Jam packed with fun, adventure and excitement, this tour will have you
- discovering the hidden underwater paradise and snorkelling the Tangalooma Wrecks
- taking a scenic tour of the beautiful Dunwich beaches on Stradbroke Island and
- exploring the rich history and culture of St Helena Island
Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to swim alongside local marine life, walk with wallabies and spot koalas.
Here’s how it went:
8:00am – arrive Northshore Harbour Cafe
We arrived on time at the Northshore Harbour Cafe (just past Eat Street Markets) and grabbed a cup of coffee. If you don’t know about this lovely family friendly cafe, you can read our review here. It has a playground next door and great food and a lovely atmosphere. It’s a great place for parents to catch up on weekdays too!
We scanned the Queensland QR code for the trip and also the company’s QR code that takes you to the online forms to complete for the trip. It took around 3 minutes to complete, so it isn’t onerous!
8:30am – Depart Northshore Harbour
We boarded the boat with around 20 other people and listened to the safety briefing (life jackets are here, listen to the crew in an emergency) before we set off. We also were introduced to our crew – Zac, Ed and Thommo.
During the trip over to the shipwrecks, Ed spoke to every person to ask a few questions about our swimming ability, any medical conditions they needed to know about and whether or not we had anything we wanted to let them know about. I told them I was a bit nervous about the snorkeling as I am pretty unfit and I worried about my ability to swim the length of the shipwreck. (I had a fright on the Great Barrier Reef last year where I drifted out further than I expected and had to swim back to the boat…) Ed said that he would look after me so I felt reassured.
During the trip out we also were given our wet-suits, fins, masks and, if we wanted them, a pool noodle (I took one!). The trip over was smooth in terms of the *motion on the ocean*… indeed much smoother than I thought it would be! However, you still still need to maintain 3 points of contact when moving about the boat!
Families Tip: It is a good idea to arrive in your swim suit and put your wet-suit on during the boat trip over so that you maximise your time in the water.
Once we arrived, we picked up Andrew, another River to Bay staff member who had come over on the boat that leaves from Bribie Island (Sandstone Point) to do the Tangalooma Day Cruise, to help us navigate the snorkeling on the wrecks. He gave us the lowdown on what the wrecks are and what we will see, as well as how to navigate them.
10:00am – 11:00am Snorkel Tangalooma Wrecks
Once we had listened to the talk and got all our kit on (wet-suits, fins and masks) we jumped off the back of the boat into the water. We were there in October, the day temperature was 28 degrees.The water temperature was 22 degrees. The wet-suits meant that we didn’t feel the cool of the water at all!
At this point I have to give a huge shout out to Andrew, who clearly had been told by Ed that I was nervous about being swept away by the current. Andrew offered to stay with me and took a life-ring with him, that I could hold on to, as HE navigated the wrecks with the group. He is an ABSOLUTE LEGEND for doing that. He did make it perfectly clear that he didn’t usually personally escort (read: tow unfit) people around the wrecks, but he could see I was nervous. Bless him for his kindness!!
The shipwreck is amazing! I have seen it many times from afar and from the top of the water. Earlier in the year we did a glass bottom boat trip from Tangalooma to see it and feed the fish (you can read about that trip here), but I had always wanted to actually snorkel on the wreck – and today I did… (with the aforementioned help!)
I wont go into detail about the wrecks, suffice to say you will see many, many, many fish and coral living in and on the wrecks. You start the snorkel at one end of the wreck (depending on the tide and current) and you snorkel your way with the group to the other end.The boat meets you are the other end, so you don’t have to swim all the way back again!
What will you see during your snorkel?
There is a section called the *Fish Tank* and another section called *The Oasis* that house so many fish that as you snorkel through you almost definitely will come into contact with a few. You don’t need to try to touch them, they just are so chill about you being there that they swim near you and you may contact them as you swim.
As well as fish and coral, you could see turtles, wobbygone sharks and dugongs! Andrew told us he saw a whale and her calf on their way across the bay from Bribie on the other boat!!
As I was in the water with my family, I didn’t get any photos of us all snorkeling… just this one of two of us about to get out!
12:15pm – 1:45pm Stradbroke Island
After you have seen all the wreck and the group has gathered again, you will get back into the boat and get out of your wet-suits, fins and masks and return them to the crew. You will then jet off to Little Ship Club for lunch on Stradbroke Island.
Lunch is included in the price of your trip (see details below) and was delicious. We chose the hamburgers, barramundi, fish and chips and chicken parmigiana – which was as big as my head!
After lunch we went for a walk through the islands cemetery and tried to spot a koala, to no avail. 🙁
2:15pm – 3:15pm St Helena Island
After our stop at Straddie we got back on our boat and went over to St Helena. We were running a little behind time by this point, so it was a quick stop on the island. The crew gave us a talk with a little bit of the islands history and we got to take a look at some of the ruins. We didn’t get to see the actual main ruins/prison area as that was a bit too far away for us to get to on this trip.
4:00pm Return to Northshore Harbour
After leaving St Helena, the weather, whilst still sunny with few clouds, had got REALLY windy. I am not going to lie, while the trip out was super smooth, I have to admit to it being super bumpy on the way back. I was a bit scared of the bumping of the boat on the way back to the river. We hit a freak large wave and we were sprayed with water and saturated. Well, I was, as I was on that side of the boat.
The journey back to enter the mouth of the river took around 45 minutes and was really very bumpy and there were lots of waves that made me nervous. Meanwhile the kids…..
We arrived back at Northshore Harbour at 5pm.
The nitty gritty
So here are the details:
Adults – $149
Kids 3 to 13 – $119
2 adults + 2 kids – $419
But we have a discount below for 20% off at the moment.
Boat trip, wet-suits, masks, fins, pool noodles, lunch. They also had rain jackets they offered to us as the waves made some of us on the boat wet on the way home.
There is a small marine toilet on the boat. There are also toilets at the Stradbroke Island stop.
Would I recommend this trip to families?
Hand on heart I would recommend this trip as suitable for families with kids aged 3+ and best suited for those over 8 and/or confident swimmers. It is well organised, safe, fun and will create great memories for years to come.
We currently have a discount code for our readers. Use FAMILIES20 to gain 20% off all options on their website. Must be booked by 13/03/22 for any tour dates up until 20/03/22.
5 stars! Highly recommend.
RELATED: REVIEW: Tangalooma Island Resort15 of the Best & Cheap Christmas Gifts for Classmates
It’s that time of year again isn’t it when your kids come home from school and tell you they want to hand out Christmas gifts for classmates. It’s such a lovely thought that they want to do this but often for us parents it sends us into a spin just not due to the expense, but also trying to come up with good affordable class Christmas gifts.
But we have been there before and have had years of brainstorming cheap class Christmas gift ideas. So in this guide we’re going to share with you some of these suggestions.
15 of the best & cheap Christmas gifts for classmates
Before we get into of our Christmas gift ideas for school friends, you’ll need to decide whether you’re getting school Christmas presents just for your child’s close circle of friends or whether you’re going to give all the kids school Christmas gifts that are in the class. Once you have decided this, you can set yourself a budget.
With our below Christmas gift ideas for classmates, we’ve kept it pretty simple, cheap and just overall stress free for parents. I know if you search Pinterest you can find some pretty elaborate and amazing Christmas gift ideas for school children – but our list of suggestions includes things you can quickly order online or at the local store and put together in one evening.
The honest truth is that your child’s classmates will be super stoked with whatever it is your child gives them, and quite often the simple Christmas gifts for school friends are the most loved.
So here goes our Christmas gift ideas for school kids:
Now you can’t go wrong with a bottle of bubbles as gifts for friends at end of school year. Little tiny tots in kindy to young school age kids just go nuts for them. Plus they are super cheap so make great class Christmas presents if your child wants to hand them out to everyone in the class.
Kids can hand these out as school Xmas gifts to their friends as is, or for a little creativity you can print out little messages such as “Wishing you a Merry Christmas and hope your holiday bubbles over with fun”.
Scrunchies or hair clips
For quick and easy Christmas gifts for school kids, scrunchies or hair clips are a good one. You can pick these up fairly cheaply at the local shopping centre or even buy a bulk pack on line reasonably cheap like this 48 pack of velvet scrunchies or this 50 pack of satin scrunchies.
You might even be able to pick up a cute pack of Christmas hair bows like these ones.
If you’re after Christmas gifts for kindergarten classmates – little pots of Play-Doh are perfect. In fact they make great Christmas school gift ideas for young school aged children too.
You can buy bulk packs of little tubs of Play-Doh pretty cheap, or even the standard size is reasonably priced too. You could hand these out as Christmas gifts for kids at school just like this or if you want to get a little creative why not turn them into Christmas postcards.
You can download printable cards online or just make your own. Ensure that the cards have a Christmas bauble on the front the same size as the top of the Play-Doh Lid (you can trace it yourself if making your own). Then cut out the circle and pop the Play-Doh lid into the space. You may need to put some tape on the back of the card to keep it in place.
Whether you decide to keep it simple or get creative with it, Play-Doh is the perfect Christmas presents for school kids from tiny tots to early school years.
Little bouncy balls are another one of the great no fuss gift ideas for school children. All little children love a super bouncy ball and kids always need a supply of them as they often loose them.
If you’re child wants to do Christmas presents for school friends as well as everyone in the class I recommend you get in early and purchase a bulk pack online, which you can do very cheaply. Here are a few different ones I quickly found that are all super cheap:
- 20 pack of different coloured bouncy balls
- Set of 6 coloured bee bouncy balls
- 24 Set of different coloured bouncy balls
- 25 set of Toyandona multi coloured bouncy balls
When it comes to Australia and last day of school gifts for friends, you can’t beat an ice block. Such a simple idea, but I can assure you the kids will love it AND its one of the super cheap gifts for school friends.
You can either go buy a pack of ice blocks at the supermarket or for something a little different buy a pack of ice block pouches like these ones and make up your own yummy flavour. Plus then the kids having something to take home and can make their own ice blocks over the Christmas Holidays.
Homemade popsicles are one of the best gift ideas for school kids of all ages and given they are so cheap are perfect when your child wants to hand out to everyone in the class. The only thing is you will need to bring them down to the classroom at the end of the day or perhaps there is somewhere the teacher can keep them frozen for you.
For school aged children, nail polish is always a hit if you’re after Christmas ideas for school kids. Depending on the age of the child you can just buy age appropriate nail varnish.
Again for the best deal, I’d recommend ordering a bulk set online like this set of 18 BC Beauty Concepts Nail Polish.
This is actually one of the school friends Christmas gifts we did for my son’s friends one year. We wrapped one nail polish with a chocolate inside a large square of cellophane which we then tied up with some ribbon. He used this printable Christmas tag to write his own personal message which we then laminated. We then put a hole punch in the corner and tied the message onto the gift with the ribbon. (See the full details below.)
If you’re after some super cute, cheap and creative school Christmas gift ideas, then I suggest you consider these adorable Snowman Popcorn gifts. They are easy to make and won’t cost you an arm and a leg, plus the kids will love making their own popcorn at home.(See the full details below.)
To make these snowman popcorn Christmas gifts for kids classmates, first of all, you will need to grab yourself some individual packets of microwave popcorn, some plain white paper, red paint, small round sponge, orange paper, black card or paper and coloured twine.
Cut the paper to size, fold and glue around the individual popcorn packet. With a black pen draw on a smile and dots for eyes. With the sponge and red paint stamp on some faint red cheeks and cut out a small triangle from the orange paper for the nose and glue it on. Lastly cut out a square and rectangle shape for the hat and glue these on.
If you want to add a scarf to your snowman, get some coloured string and tie it around the packet. You could also add two black dots (made by using a hole punch) to make your snowman even cuter.
Your child can add their message on the back of these Christmas gifts for friends at school.
Personalised Santa hats
If you’re after super cute Christmas ideas for school friends and your child is a little bit crafty, how about personalised Santa hats. Purchase a bunch of Santa hats and some 3D fabric paint and write each of the children’s name on the hats. The kids will love wearing them around at school and having something to wear on Christmas day too.
These super cute packs of Reindeer Noses are a great simple idea, if you’re after some Christmas treats for classmates.
Just buy a bucket of Maltesers, bag of Jaffa’s and get yourself some clear cellophane or some cellophane bags like these ones. You can then search online for a free downloadable or make your own little labels that say, “Reindeer Noses”.
Pop a few Maltesers and one Jaffa in each pack and attach the “Reindeer Noses” label with some ribbon. Your child can write a message on the back of the label if they like – if so get them to do this prior to attaching to the pack.
The great thing about these Christmas gifts to give classmates, is there is usually a few chocolates left over for you to eat!
Around Christmas time you can get some super cute little Christmas themed pencils which make great Christmas presents for school kids. If you search online you can usually find a good bulk pack of pencils at a great price, quite often they even come with super cute little novelty erasers too like these ones.
If you wanted to give a little more, you could make a little bundle of a pencil and candy cane and tie it together with some ribbon. If you go with some coloured pencils, you could even print off a Christmas colouring page to include in the bundle too.
Bake some Christmas cookies
If you and/or your child (depending on how old they are) love to bake, then one of the best Christmas gifts ideas for school friends is to bake them some Christmas themed cookies.
Grab yourself a Christmas cookie cutter set and whip up your best cookie dough and cut out some super cute Christmas cookies. When it comes to decorating the cookies, you can make it as simple or elaborate as you’re comfortable with.
Once you’re done, wrap a cookie or two in some cellophane, add a cute little personal message and tie it on with some ribbon.
With Christmas holidays usually seeing kids spending days in the hot the summer sun, some lip balm with sun protection makes a great choice when it comes to Christmas gifts for school children.
Lip balm doesn’t cost more than a few dollars and to make it a little more Christmassy and special you can take our tips from the nail polish above and wrap it with a chocolate or candy cane and tie a personalised note to the package too.
Another cool idea for Christmas gifts for toddler classmates or even young school age kids are squishy toys. All little kids love squishy toys so they will no doubt be a hit with the kids.
If you like the idea of squishy toys as school Christmas gifts for students, I recommend jumping online as you can get some great deals on bulk packs of squishy toys, like this pack of mini Mochi toys.
Christmas activity books
Activity books make great Christmas gift ideas for school buddies, particularly for young school aged children. There’s are huge variety available from simple colouring books, to sticker books and puzzle books. Depending upon the age of the child you can choose something that’s age appropriate.
Christmas stamps and stickers
Another suggestion in our school friends Christmas gift ideas guide is Christmas stamps and stickers. Put together some little packages for the kids which include a Christmas stamp as well as a few stickers. You can wrap it all up in some cellophane and tie a candy cane and personalised message to it.
More school friend Xmas gift ideas
Here is how I did it with my son a few years ago:
I showed him some of the great Christmas craft ideas and luckily there were two ideas that he thought ‘worked’ as school friend Christmas gifts this year, so we set out to grab a few bits from our local shops and got our Christmas craft on.
You will need:
- nail varnish
- printable christmas tag – download by clicking here
- clear cellophane
- hole puncher (optional but preferred)
- laminator & laminating sheets (optional but preferred)
How to create school friend Christmas gifts
Print out the tag and cut out
Get your child to hand write their message to their classmate on the reverse side
Place carefully in the laminating sheets and then through the laminating machine
Trim around the laminated Christmas tags
Holepunch where the white dot is at the top
Place the nail varnish (we added a chocolate too!) inside a large square of cellophane and wrap
Wrap carefully and pull the top tight and twist. Tie the top carefully once with the ribbon
Thread the ribbon through the Christmas tag and tie a double knot. Re-curl the ribbon if necessary by running the scissors blade along the ribbon. And you are done!
Bonus school friends Christmas gifts idea
We also made a small gift for some of this other friends who may not have enjoyed the nail varnish gift.
My son then wrote his message on the back and he carefully laminated the card.
He hole punched the card and then hole punched the popcorn packet and threaded the ribbon through and tied a double knot.
Super simple school friend Christmas gifts ideas!
Merry Christmas everyone!Halloween in Brisbane | Family Friendly Events for 2021
Did you just google things to do for Halloween in Brisbane? Or Halloween ideas near me? Well, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve created a list of places to go and things to do for Halloween in Brisbane with just about every Brisbane suburb covered!
At the top of this article are the places to go trick or treating in Brisbane and below this list is a calendar of Brisbane events for Halloween. Halloween 2021 falls on a Saturday night this year which should make for an extra exciting weekend of fun and spooky celebrations!
Update: Please consider the current COVID-19 restrictions when planning your 2021 Halloween activities.
Things will be a little different again this year with some locations opting to not go ahead for Halloween 2021 while others will be providing a drive-by only experience. Keep reading for the most up to date information on Halloween Brisbane 2021. If we have missed anything, let us know in the comments.
Haunted Houses / Trick or Treat addresses
Looking for the BEST in haunted houses and trick or treat experiences in Brisbane? This map has been compiled by ‘Brisbane Halloween Lovers’ Facebook group shared here with permission from the group owner.
Remember if you plan to take the kids ‘out of your local area’ you may like to consider taking some ‘treats’ to replenish the supplies of the houses you visit. It can get busy in popular areas.
These homes welcome you to trick or treat in Brisbane:
Halloween in Brisbane events 2021
Friday 29 October
Hocus Pocus – Bulimba Halloween Spook-tacular
Saturday 30 October
Halloween at North Lakes by Night
A Spooktacular Movie Night | Ipswich
Sandgate Spooktacular | Sandgate
The Sandgate Spooktacular is being coordinated by an 11 year old boy with a big heart! This is a charity event raising funds for Starlight Foundation, with the focus on having a central location of spooky fun for the whole family, that is easily accessible for all! There will be Halloween displays, a haunted maze, food trucks, trick or treat, face painting, pumpkin carving competition, costume parade, and a movie in the park.
The Witches | Petrie Terrace
Hot off the release of the 2020 film adaptation, The Witches is a classic Roald Dahl tale not to be missed! These Witches are nothing like the ones who wear pointed hats and fly on broomsticks – they look very much like ordinary women, which helps their deception. See this terrifyingly good film brought to life on the stage in the lead up to Halloween. Bookings required. Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Redcliffe Markets Festival of Frights | Redcliffe
The Redcliffe Markets are getting their scream on to bring you frightful fun on October 30th for Festival of Frights Twilight Markets. A spook-tacular night is coming to Redcliffe with Fireworks, Trick-or-Treating, food stalls, live entertainment and more. The event runs from 4pm to 9pm with the fireworks at 8pm. It’s sure to be a fun night for all!
Sunday 31 October – Halloween Brisbane
Heroes and Villains | Fortitude Valley
Join the Brisbane Concert Orchestra as it performs an afternoon of music evoking the images of legendary heroes and sinister villains. Under the baton of Musical Director Matthew Schwarz, the orchestra will perform epic soundtracks from films including Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings, and Man of Steel. Bookings required. The Old Museum.
Halloween in Brisbane events held throughout October 2021
Halloween Putt Putt at Victoria Park
Get ready for the fright of your life at Victoria Park’s spook-tacular Halloween Putt Putt. Coming this autumn, Victoria Park has your Halloween plans sorted with their eerie-sistable Halloween-themed putt putt course. Opening on 17 September until 31 October, take a swing at some of the fang-tastic feature holes including Freaky Forest, Skeleton’s Graveyard, Witch’s Way and Pumpkin Patch.
Happy Halloween | Coomera
Dreamworld is about to become frightfully fun, as Happy Halloween returns on selected nights this October! Get the family into the not-so-scary spirit and enjoy all your favourite rides at night, plus a whole lot of eerie entertainment as you celebrate the spooky season. Get all the event details here.
Seaworld Spooky Nights | Gold Coast
Most Friday and Saturday nights throughout October the kids can head to Seaworld to have some extra spooky fun after dark. Sea World Spooky Nights is Sea World’s all new after hours family event! The event starts at 5:30pm and transforms the park into a Spooky land filled with colourful Sea Monsters and ghastly Ghost Pirates! Take part in a Trick’n’Treasure Trail, experience incredible precincts, spooktivities, shows, selected rides at night plus more! Village Roadshow One Pass Holders receive one free entry to Sea World Spooky Nights.
Brisbane Ghost Tours | Brisbane
Brisbane Ghost Tours run regular entertaining adventures to awesome ghost tracking locations including Boggo Road Gaol, Toowong Cemetery, and South Brisbane Cemetery. Numbers are limited for each tour, bookings are essential, and places fill fast for such an occasion, so get your booking in quickly to try and avoid disappointment!
Fearphobia Scream Park | Helensvale
If you’re open to venturing a bit out of town for Halloween in Brisbane and you LOVE being so scared you almost pee your pants this is the event for you! Fearaphobia is Australia’s first dedicated scream park, and all of their attractions are there just to make your nightmares come true! Featuring 100 performers and 5 scary attractions over 11 nights at Westfield Helensvale, Fearphobia Scream Park is definitely one for the big kids. From 22 -31 October 2021. Book your place here.
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Iceworld™ Olympic Ice Rinks have been part of the Brisbane landscape for over 30 years, providing exclusive access to Olympic size ice rinks on the north and south side of Brisbane. Whether you are a beginner or an expert Iceworld™ will soon be your favourite entertainment venue.
With rinks at Boondall and Acacia Ridge, both rinks have a fully stocked skate shop…so no need to panic if you forget your socks or gloves! Better still, both rinks have a cosy coffee shop so if you are beginning to feel the cold, you can enjoy a hot drink, whilst you sit back, relax and view all the fast-paced action on the ice!
Iceworld™ have public sessions 7 days a week, so we are sure that you’ll find a time and date to skate that suits you! They are open 362 days a year! (Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day).
Iceworld are offering 2 x family passes to Iceworld Boondall or Acacia Ridge. Your prize includes
- Skate hire
- Food and drink combo for each person (choose from dagwood dog, chicken nuggets or pie served with chips and a drink)
Heaps of cool family fun on an Olympic sized rink!
Competition closes 11:59pm November 30, 2021.Families Magazine – Brisbane Issue 48 Oct/Nov 2021