The Complete Guide to School Holiday Activities in Brisbane 2019/2020
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Brisbane summer school holidays 2019 – 2020Brisbane school holidays are coming! We’ve put together a guide to school holiday activities in Brisbane for the summer 2019-2020 school holidays.
Here’s how to treat your kids to an amazing break these QLD school holidays without blowing the budget! Add this page to your bookmark bar right now (or share it on Facebook so you can find it later) for an at-a-glance, go-to resource for parents this school holiday period.
The summer school holidays in Brisbane are Saturday 14 December 2019 to Monday 27 January 2020
Best School Holiday Programs | Urban Xtreme | Hendra
If you want to see your kids exhausted and exhilarated after a full day of awesome supervised fun, then book them in to the school holiday program at Urban Xtreme.
Your child will enjoy six hours (9am-3pm) of unlimited access to Ninja, Parkour, Climbing Walls, Trampolines, Dodgeball and Laser Tag PLUS unlimited popcorn, water and cordial to keep them fuelled. You can even add on optional extras such as indoor skiing, lunch, or extended hours until 5pm.
School holiday programs run every Queensland school holiday period and the centre is also open for casual entry, activity classes and party bookings. To find out more about what Urban Xtreme has to offer for all-year-round fun, check out our video review here, and look for the discount code off regular entry valid to January 31, 2020.
Dreamworld & Whitewater World | Coomera | All Year Fun
Dreamworld is the Gold Coast’s BIGGEST theme park, offering an experience for locals and tourists unrivalled anywhere in Australia.
Dreamworld is the ideal venue for families with children of any age. Only at Dreamworld can you find rides suitable for the very youngest to your thrill-seeking teenagers (check out the new world-first coaster opening 2020, and Sky Voyager – open now!); a water park with awesome NEW Fully-6 water slides, water coasters and fun splash’n’play areas; a ZOO with cute baby natives and full-grown tigers (and their gorgeous new tiger cubs!); and entertaining and educational shows throughout your entire visit. There are lots of stop-and-rest zones, dining areas, and shopping opportunities too – in fact, you’re going to need more than one day to take in all that Dreamworld has to offer, which is why the Locals Annual Pass is such great value!
Australia’s BIGGEST pass is the perfect Christmas gift that keeps on giving. With an annual pass you have unlimited access to Dreamworld, Whitewater World and Skypoint Observation Deck, plus park discounts, FREE digital photos, entry to special events, and a BONUS month – 13 months for the price of 12! To find out more about all year round school holiday and weekend fun at Dreamworld, click here.
WIN – Check out our competitions page for your chance to win 2 x Locals “BIGGEST Pass” for adults and 2 x Locals “BIGGEST Pass” for children aged 3-13. Competition closes January 31, 2020.
Victoria Park Golf Complex | Brisbane | Every School Holiday
Victoria Park is your one-stop destination for all things fun during the school holidays! With plenty of activities around the complex to keep the whole family entertained, it’s sure to be a great day out. Make your way around the challenging putt putt course, stop by the driving range and swing for the city, then head up to the Bistro to enjoy the alfresco dining areas and seasonal menu.
The fun doesn’t stop there though! There’s a free on-site kids playground for all Bistro diners, plus there’s a free giant games areas on weekends with a jumping castle, giant chess, giant jenga, badminton and more! They also run kids golf activities during the school holidays, which are perfect for kids aged 6 – 12. To find out more about all the fun activities at Victoria Park, click here.
Construction Site | Ipswich Art Gallery | Dec 2 – Feb 16
Visit Construction Site at the Ipswich Art Gallery for awesome, hands-on, summer fun the whole family can enjoy.
Be your own architect and build your dream cubby house with the Construction Site Building Blocks! Use giant foam blocks to build whatever you can imagine. Construct a castle or a sky-scraper, or work together as a team to build a whole city!
The Construction fun continues in the TapeScape. Experience playing in the unique TapeScape — a tri-level creative play space made from more than 115km of packing tape designed and created by artist Eric Lennartson, direct from the US!
Take a break while you contemplate a small scale build with Blue Blocks. Build, stack and connect bricks, cogs and cylinders to create your own invention. Then…. Unleash your inner engineer with the return of the popular Ball Run. Create your own run using tubes and recycled materials to send a rolling ball on its way. See if you can make the best, longest or most gravity-defying ball run ever!
Construction Site presents multiple fun, interactive activities where you can creatively build and play in our air-conditioned environment.
Cross River Rail Experience Centre | Brisbane | All Year Fun
The new Cross River Rail Experience Centre is now open and it is the perfect destination for curious minds of all ages. The Centre is fully interactive and immersive, so you don’t need to be a train buff or a history nut to know your family will have a great time. Go and explore Brisbane, from the past to the future, and learn about the science behind a once-in-a-generation project that is Cross River Rail.
From the VR Station to the Reality Theatre, the Centre has been created in partnership with the Queensland Museum, to ensure every experience is world-class, fun and informative.
With so much to play with, make and learn about, grab the kids and head to The Cross River Rail Experience Centre.
You can find the Experience Centre at 151 Elizabeth St, Brisbane. And exploring it should take about an hour or so. It is open weekdays from 10am – 4pm and weekends 10am – 2pm. It is closed Tuesdays. For more information, click here.
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Things to do in the Brisbane school holidays
When the kids have had a lovely morning in but you’re starting to get “I’m borrrreeddd” complaints, here’s a few ideas for getting your kids out and about in your part of Brisbane.
For a full list, check out these “local guides”:
- Northside FREE school holiday activities
- Southside FREE school holiday activities
- Local library events
- Brisbane shopping centre school holiday activities
- Kid friendly cinemas
- Kids movie reviews
- Find a family friendly restaurant in your area
- Tween and teen school holiday activities
Half day train trips – free on the weekend!
- Caboolture Line
- Shorncliffe Line
- Ferny Grove Line
- City Stations
- Beenleigh Line
- Ipswich Line
- Gold Coast Line
- Local swimming spots
- Craft at home – project ideas
- Cooking at home – recipe ideas
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10 FREE fun things to do these school holidays!
Looking for cheap school holiday activities? These are FREE!! Get the kids out of the house and doing some cool things over the school break.
Here’s ten school holiday activities for fun things to do that are free in Brisbane.
1. Queensland Museum | South Brisbane
We are so lucky to have the Museum on our doorstep. It houses permanent and changing exhibitions. It is a great place to teach the children about Queenland’s history. There are lots of hands on exhibits. Most of the Museum is free, the visiting exhibits usually have an entrance fee. There is a family friendly café on the premises which is great for a quick coffee or lunch. It is pram friendly and a place where you can set your own pace. Opening Hours are 9.30am – 5pm daily. Click here.
2. Queensland Gallery of Modern Art | South Brisbane
QAGOMA is also located in the Cultural Precinct of South Bank. It houses over 16 000 works of Modern Art. Entry to the Children’s Art Centre is free. Here you will find interactive installations, artist projects and activities for your Brisbane Family. The projects and activities change throughout the year to keep your little ones interested. There are different dining options to suit you from a café to a restaurant. Or pack a picnic and sit in the lovely grounds that surround the Gallery. They are open daily from 10am – 5pm. Read our GOMA Review to find out more or go straight to the current exhibit here!
3. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens | Mt Coot-tha
These Botanic Gardens are a favourite for Brisbane Families. You can either pack a picnic and enjoy it amongst the gardens, or visit the café for coffee or lunch. You can venture along the hide and seek children’s trail, where your children can hunt for native bees, a crocodile, water dragons, dragonflies and other critters. You can easily head up Mt Coot-tha when you are finished in the gardens and let your children see Brisbane from a different perspective.
4. South Bank | South Brisbane
Located on the banks of the Brisbane River, South Bank is 17 acres of lush parklands full of play areas for children, eateries and an amazing lagoon and water park area. And best of all, you can use it all for free! It is easy to spend a whole day here in the warmer months, playing in the water and exploring the play areas. The views are fantastic and the atmosphere happy! There is always something happening at South Bank and their new playground is nothing short of spectacular. Make sure you head to GOMA and see why it’s a brilliant place for kids!
5. Museum of Brisbane & Clock Tower | Brisbane City
If you are heading into the city with your Brisbane Family, make sure you visit the Museum of Brisbane, located in Brisbane City Hall. City Hall itself is beautiful to walk around and you can catch the lift up to level 3 to where the museum is housed. This is not a museum of fossils and bones, it is dedicated to the living history of our city. You can book in for a free tour of the Clock Tower for an insight into how the clock tower was built and how it operates. You travel up into the clock tower in a lift and get a bird’s eye view of the city. Pretty special! The Museum is open 10am – 5pm daily and the tour operates from 10.15am – 4.45pm every 15 minutes.
6. Daisy Hill Koala Reserve | Daisy Hill
Do your children love koalas? If so this is the place to take them and it is all FREE! This dedicated Koala education facility has large koala enclosures and lots of interactive displays. There are two level boardwalks from which you can view the koalas. It is a great place for a picnic and opportunities for bush walking and spotting other critters and creatures. Open daily 10am – 4pm.
7. CityHopper | Various destination in the City
The CityHopper will help you fall in love with our city again! It is a free ferry service that runs every 30mins from 6am to midnight, seven days a week. The CityHopper travels along the Brisbane River, stopping at North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals.
Interested in whether the City Cat is good for kids or not? Find out here!
8. Settlement Cove | Redcliffe
Located bayside at Redcliffe, Settlement Cove will trick you into thinking you have landed on a tropical island. With clear blue waters, palm trees and lots of sunshine (hopefully!) it is like a little piece of paradise. There is a little water play area for the youngest of your Brisbane Family, BBQs, a shady playground and picnic facilities. You can easily spend a day here. Click here.
9. Robelle Domain Parklands | Springfield
This spectacular parklands has so much to offer. There are 11kms of boardwalks, walking and cycling tracks, amazing water park areas, playgrounds, picnic facilities, waterfalls and a café. What else do you need for a relaxing day out? Click here for more information.
10. City Botanic Gardens | Brisbane
Have you been to visit the new all abilities playground yet? Children of all abilities can play in this park, with wide access for wheelchairs and upgraded toilet facilities with a ceiling hoist. The Gardens are a magical place to spend the day and the children will love exploring them. There are free guided tours available at 11am & 1pm Monday to Saturday, where you can learn more about the plants and the features of the Gardens.
Looking for things to do on the Gold Coast with kids? Click here.
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5 Fun school holiday activities for under $10
Fancy an affordable day out? Here’s five fun school holiday activities that your kids will LOVE for under a tenner per child! Cheap school holiday ideas for your kids in Brisbane.
1. Brisbane Tramway Museum | Ferny Grove
You can step back in time in Brisbane and ride a tram at the Tramway Museum as many times as your Brisbane Family would like. Set in a bush land setting, you can explore restored trams and other reminders of Brisbane’s tramway era. There are plenty of spots for picnics and souvenirs and drinks available. It is open Sundays from 12.30 – 4pm. Find prices here.
2. Queensland Maritime Museum | South Brisbane
You can discover historic vessels of all shapes and sizes at the Maritime Museum. It is located on the banks of the Brisbane River at South Bank. You can take a complimentary audio guided tour to make the most of your visit. The children will enjoy the big exhibits such as the warship Diamantina. It is open daily from 9.30am – 4.30pm.
3. Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium | Mt Coot-tha
If your little ones are interested in all things astronomical, then this is the place for them. You can view regular shows in the Cosmic Skydome which are projected onto the dome. These shows are recommended for different age groups, so check that detail when deciding which show to go to. There is also the Galaxy Gift Shop where you can buy all things cosmic. The Planetarium is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Read our Planetarium review and check the website for opening times as they do vary. Find prices here.
4. Ipswich Art Gallery | Ipswich
Ipswich Art Gallery is Australia’s first permanent interactive children’s space designed for the under twelves. They are committed to delivering child-centred programs that you will not see anywhere else. They have different exhibitions that are VERY hands on for the children. This is not a place for the children to be directed by adults, it is a space for the children to really explore and self direct. The exhibits for the children range from free to around the $5.00 mark. They are open daily from 10am – 5pm. Watch our Ipswich Art Gallery video review here.
5. Bricks n Fun | Capalaba
If you have a Lego lover in your house, then this is the place for them. They have a Lego Buildroom where the kids can go for a 1 hour or 2 hour session. There is a massive variety of LEGO kits they can choose from and sit and build them. All of the instructions are included and there is something to suit all abilities. There are only 12 children allowed per session so there is plenty of room for the LEGO creations. There is also LEGO displays to look at and become inspired from. Sessions run from 10am each day until 4.00 or 5.00pm. Find prices here.
10 BIG days out over the spring school holidays
Right, it’s not just about the big ticket theme parks. There’s other great ways to treat your kids to an amazing school holiday excursion. Here’s some school holiday ideas for an amazing family day out over the break – that aren’t just about the theme parks!
1. SparkLab at the Sciencentre | South Brisbane
The Sciencentre is located on Level 1 of the Queensland Museum. They have permanent and changing exhibitions and your Brisbane Family can be very hands on to learn more about science. You can play and investigate your way through SparkLab, using lots of the same skills that scientists, engineers and mathematicians use in their everyday. SparkLab is a timed entry experience. Choosing your preferred time will reduce waiting times and provide an enjoyable experience for all visitors. SparkLab is open daily from 9.40am to 5pm. Entry times commence at 9.40am, then hourly from 11am until last entry at 3pm. See more details on the Sciencentre and all that is happening there.
2. School Holiday Fun at The Workshops Rail Museum | Ipswich
For a relaxed day out with your Brisbane Family, you can’t go past The Workshops Rail Museum. There is so much to do here – you can drive a train on the simulator, check out the miniature railway, explore the history of trains, get hands on with the interactive exhibits, get creative at the Creation Station and let off steam at the indoor playground Nippers Railway. The children can also build wooden toy trains and carriages in the Wood Workshop (these workshops cost $10.00 and are not included in the entry price). You can either pack a picnic or buy food from the café onsite. They are open daily 9.30am – 4pm. Children cost $12.00. Read our Ipswich Rail Museum review here.
3. Junior and Teen Keeper for a Day | Fig Tree Pocket
Your children can spend a day with an experienced wildlife education officer at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. They will discover all areas, including behind the scenes, of the Sanctuary. They will get to clean enclosures, feed the animals, train birds of prey and get a photo with a koala as well as much more. Cost is $98.00 per child. Bookings essential.
Find out how to get discounted entry every day to Lone Pine – click here.
4. Kids Dig It | Caboolture
The Abbey Museum will once again host another amazing school holiday activity, with this programs them being all things Medieval! To tie in with their Medieval Festival which is just around the corner, the Museum will have a range of fun and educational activities on offer including a medieval dig, archery, drumming workshops, story tellings, dress ups, and many fun arts and crafts to keep little hand busy. With doors opening at 9:30 and activities beginning at 10am, this is one school holiday program you do not want to miss! Book your tickets online to receive 10% off!
5. Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium | Mt Coot-tha
Another fun activity to do is to visit the Sir Thomas Planetarium at Mt Cootha. The planetarium will feature a variety of different shows on the day, including ‘Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown’ (3pm) and ‘The Search for Life: are we alone?’. The child friendly show ‘Perfect Little Planet’ is also playing and is recommended for children from the age of 5. You could pack a picnic and make the most of the Botanic Gardens afterwards or there is an onsite café.
6. Maleny Dairies | Maleny
For a big day out, head up to one of our favourites – Maleny Diaries! They run farm tours multiple times a day. You will get to pat calves, get to see where the cows get milked (at the 2.30 session, you will see them getting milked), see the factory where the milk is processed and bottled and at the end of the tour, you will get to sample some of the dairy goodness. Click here and see our video review.
7. State Library of Queensland | South Brisbane
The Corner is the program for children from birth to 8 years, available at the South Bank building. You are invited to head down to The Corner and play your way through our interactive environment, carefully prepared for children to make discoveries, experience new things and engage in the serious business of play. Through art making, facilitated play, sharing stories and creative conversations, children and families can interact with artists and each other to creatively engage wherever their interests take them!
8. AquaSplash | Redcliffe
AquaSplash Redcliffe – Australia’s best open water fun park. The newest greatest water park ever! Get ready for the time of your life. AquaSplash is coming to the beautiful Redcliffe just in time for the summer season. You can book online and it is open 7 days a week. Grab your friends for an awesome day out! 9am – 7pm.
10. Museum of Brisbane | Summer Holiday Activities
During the Spring holidays the Museum of Brisbane are inspiring your child’s curiosity and creativity with art, science, history, design and technology activities delivered by our arts educators.
Highlights include – Festive Decorations, Rockin’ Wreaths, Custom Band Patches, Kids Fanzine Project with Jeremy Staples, Rhythm and Drum Making, Summer Silent Disco and Screen Print Wall Banners. You need to book in for the workshops to avoid missing out!
Theatre & stage shows for kids in Brisbane in the Summer school holidays and beyond
Sat 12 Oct – Sat 7 Dec The Snow Queen | Petrie Terrace
As exciting as an adventure story, far more than a fairy tale, The Snow Queen is a magical musical perfect for the whole family. There is a legend that, once upon a time, a beautiful fairy, the Snow Queen, lived on the highest, most solitary peak of the Alps. An enduring tale of strength and good vs. evil unfolds in a charming adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fable. Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Friday 29 Nov – Sun 15 Dec A Christmas Carol | South Brisbane
Following its sell-out world premiere in December 2018, shake & stir’s award-winning production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of compassion and forgiveness returns this Christmas, and is set to become an annual tradition cherished by families for years to come. QPAC
Sat 1 – Sat 21 Dec Carols In the Reservoir | Spring Hill
The people of Brisbane love carols, and what could be more mystical about celebrating Christmas than celebrating in the Spring Hill Reservoir, being serenaded by world-class performers singing traditional Christmas favourites with Carols in the Reservoir. Be six metres underground, in a 150 year old water reservoir, in Brisbane’s CBD, in Summer as the snow falls for your Christmas breakup at Carols in the Reservoir!
Sat 7 Dec Symphonic Santa | South Bank
Kick off your festive season with Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s family Christmas show! Join Sneezy the Reindeer and Izzy the Elf as they help Santa and Mrs Claus get ready for Christmas. There will be mischief, merriment, and lots of great music! Featuring familiar festive favourites and some new works too, children will be delighted as well-known tunes are brought to life by the Orchestra. Held in Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s own studio and hosted by their musicians, these concerts are relaxed, interactive, and fun – the ideal introduction to live orchestral music. There will be lots of opportunities to join in, sing along, and have fun.
Thu 12 – Sat 21 Dec The Midnight Gang | Brisbane
Twelve-year-old Tom unexpectedly finds himself lonely and lost in the children’s ward of St Crook’s Hospital, away from his family and at the mercy of evil Matron. Tom feels like he’ll never leave, but his fellow young patients have other ideas. The team behind The 13-, 26- 52- 78- and 91-Storey Treehouses, Mr Stink and Billionaire Boy bring David Walliams’ bestselling book to life on stage in a celebration of friendship, love and the power of the imagination for children 6+ and their families. Gardens Theatre.
Fri 13 – Sat 21 Dec Queensland’s Ballet The Nutcracker
For the seventh straight season, Ben Stevenson’s dreamlike choreography and Tchaikovsky’s enduring score will charm all ages. The Nutcracker is the perfect festive ballet for the whole family to enjoy. QPAC.
Fri 13 – Sun 22 Dec Room on the Broom | Brisbane
How the cat purred and how the witch grinned. As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind …The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy win blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. After a sell-out 2017 tour, the team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child return with songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up (and their grown-ups). Gardens Theatre.
Fri 13 & Sat 14 Dec Redlands White Christmas | Cleveland
The Redland City Choir proudly presents the return of Redlands White Christmas with all your favourite Christmas carols and a splash of movie magic. This family-friendly show is filled with musical moments of splendour, awe and beauty. Redland Performing Arts Centre.
Sat 14 Dec – Sat 18 Jan Jungle Book – The Musical | Petrie Terrace
Jungle Book The Musical is a rock, pop and funky adaptation of the collected stories of Rudyard Kipling, returning by popular demand after a sell-out 2016 season. This unique production sees the classic tale brought to life through all new songs and memorable characters, allowing the whole family to rediscover the fable of the abandoned “man cub”, raised by wolves in the jungle. Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Mon 16 Dec Celtic Illusion | Cleveland
Witness a spectacular cast of champion Irish Dancers lead by Anthony Street, lead soloist of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. The show is an exhilarating production for all ages, combining the sheer brilliance of contemporary Irish Dance and the magic of Grand Illusion. Witness impossible levitations, costume changes in the blink of an eye and some of the fastest taps in the world. Redland Performing Arts Centre.
Fri 20 & Sat 21 Dec Spirit of Christmas Spirit of Christmas
Spirit of Christmas will once again feature a stunning line up with a full orchestra, choirs, and two of Australia’s leading musical theatre performers. These concerts are an occasion to enjoy uplifting songs, be inspired by Christmas’ enduring message of love and peace, and sing-a-long to much-loved Christmas carols. QPAC.
Sat 3 & Sun 4 Jan Operation Ouch Live!
This brilliant show will be packed with all-new crazy experiments and amazing facts, as the doctors explore the fascinating world of biology, showing you the incredible things your body can do. Plus, they’ll share the best bits from the award-winning TV show, Operation Ouch! QPAC.
Wed 7 – Sun 11 Jan Stick By Me
Told through imaginative physical and visual theatre, Stick by Me is an emotive and delightful escape for the school holidays. Created by internationally renowned and award-winning duo Andy Manley and Ian Cameron, Stick by Me builds on their vast experience of creating engaging and heart-felt performances for very young children. QPAC.
Wed 7 – Sat 18 Jan Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus
Straight from the score and onto the stage, the man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, tumbling and twirling, as musical mayhem and movement fuse in this family show with a circus twist. QPAC.
Thu 9 – Sat 18 Jan Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox returns to QPAC to delight and dazzle audiences of all ages these summer holidays thanks to award-winning theatre company – shake & stir theatre co.
Fri 10 & Sat 11 Jan Jojo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour | Boondall
Frontier Touring, AEG Presents and Nickelodeon are beyond excited to announce that YouTube sensation JoJo Siwa will bring her D.R.E.A.M. The Tour to Australia this January. Her unparalleled live show, overflowing with colour and energy, is built on JoJo’s natural flair for entertaining and has been wowing audiences around the world night after night. Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Sat 11 Jan – Sun 9 Feb Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities | Hamilton
Kurios will premiere under their signature Big Top on 11 January in Brisbane at Northshore, Hamilton. Written and directed by Michel Laprise, Kurios is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm, set in the latter half of the 19th century, reality is quite relative indeed as your perception of it is utterly transformed.
Wed 22 – Sat 25 Jan Swan Lake Act !! & Graduation Ball
Two magical worlds collide in this exciting double bill presented for the first time in over 40 years by Ballet Theatre Queensland. QPAC.
Wed 22 – Sat 25 Jan Penn & Teller
Dubbed “the greatest performing duo in showbiz” by Jimmy Fallon, Penn & Teller have defied labels – and at times physics and good taste – by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy. QPAC.
Sat 25 Jan – Sat 11 Apr The Twits | Petrie Terrace
Bored with playing silly tricks on one another, the revolting and hideous Mr and Mrs Twit turn their attention to capturing and training a family of monkeys (the Mugglewumps) for a circus act, but the monkeys turn the tables on the Twits, with the aid of some helpful birds that convince the Twits the world has turned upside down. Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Spring 2019 Holiday Ideas
Colour Frenzy | North Lakes
North Lakes Colour Frenzy is back! – a colourful day for everyone!
On Sunday 22nd of September 2019, Colour Frenzy will be holding the Fun Walk/Run at Lake Eden with a colourful fun run, market stalls, FREE face painting, FREE jumping castle and more!
Markets start at 7:00am at Lake Eden with the fun run warm up starting at 8:15am and the walk/run at 8:30am. There will be a 1.65km track marked out for everyone to follow with multiple colourful zones along the way. You can do 1, 2 or 3 laps, it’s your choice! You can Walk, Jog, Run or even crawl. It’s completely self-paced and untimed. Children under 5 are FREE!
Race pack (wrist bands, glasses, personal powder bag) collection available from 8:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday 21st of September. Included in your race pack is a bottle of water and Finisher Medal!
All fun walk/run the participants will start together at the 8:30am starting time and the fun run will be complete once you have finished your personal distance of up to 5km. You can come enjoy the markets before or after the fun run!
For tickets and more info, click here!
Sat 5 Oct | Peter and the Wolf | Queensland Symphony Orchestra | South Bank
This school holidays join Queensland Symphony Orchestra for Peter and the Wolf – a musical tale of courage and adventure. This light-hearted symphony follows Peter and his furry and feathered friends as they outwit a fierce wolf. With animals and characters brought to life by different instruments, and a narrator to tell the story, this is the perfect introduction to the live orchestral experience. Guaranteed fun for all the family!
Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s family concerts take place in their intimate performance studio in South Bank. It’s a relaxed setting, and allows children to move about, dance, clap, and engage at their own pace. Family tickets start at $21 per person (four tickets minimum). Children $24, Adults $27. children under 18months are free on the knee.
“The story, the characters and the smaller ensemble size, along with the fabulous music, just drew us all in – we all were entranced from start to finish. It introduced the instruments and their sounds seamlessly as part of the story.”
“I love that I can bring my nephews to enjoy music that is suitable to their age and attention span. I love that I can share my love of orchestral music with them.”
Until Sat 5 Oct | James and the Giant Peach | Petrie Terrace
James and the Giant Peach is back in Roald Dahl’s classic tale, a favourite for young and old, and a great introduction to live theatre. One day James meets a mystical old man who gives him a bag that contains the strongest magic the world has ever known. When James accidentally spills the bag near an old peach tree, the most incredible things start to happen. Brisbane Arts Theatre
Sat 10 Aug – Sat 5 Oct | My Hamster is a Genius | Petrie Terrace
Meet nine-year-old Benjamin Jinks and his grumpy hamster, Jasper Stinkybottom. Benjamin is a very normal boy, who hates maths. Stinky is a genius hamster, who likes carrots. Together, they are an unstoppable team! But can they overcome the evil scheming of Ben’s maths teacher, Beardy McCreedy? Find out in the world premiere adaptation of David Lowe’s striking tale of a boy and his hamster. Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Sun 6 – Sat 28 Sep | Brisbane Festival
Treat your little ones to big fun with Brisbane Festival’s Family Program. From September 6 to 28, take them on a journey of music, song, dance, storytelling and discovery where each day will be more wonderful than the last! There are plenty of shows to choose from. Find out more here.
- We Live Here | QPAC 5 – 8 September
- 1000 Doors | South Bank 6 – 21 September
- Fire Gardens | City Botanic Gardens 11 – 14 September
- River Of Light | South Bank 6 – 28 September
- Symphony For Me | Riverstage 21 September
- Connecting with Local Stories | Bowen Hills 21 – 29 September
- Brat Kids Carnival | QPAC 14 – 15 September
- Regurgitator’s Pogogo Show | Fortitude Valley 14 – 15 September
- Common People Dance Eisteddfod | South Bank 14 September
- Tetris | QPAC 20 & 21 September
- Tia Gostelow | South Bank 21 September
- A Not so Traditional Story | QPAC 24 – 27 September
- Game Show-Off: Family Edition | South Bank 27 & 28 September
- Trash Test Dummies | South Bank 21 – 24 September
- Dr AudiYO’s Giant Adventure | South Bank 25 & 26 September
- Smashdown | King George Square 26 September
- Dan Sultan’s Nali and Friends | South Bank 27 September
- Sunsper Riverfire | South Bank 28 September
Tue 17 & Wed | 18 Sep Hitler’s Daughter | Brisbane
Did Hitler’s daughter really exist? This award-winning show tells the story of Hitler’s daughter through the eyes of four Australian children: Mark, Ben, Anna and Tracey. Hitler’s Daughter poses powerful questions and examines moral issues in relation to society’s fears and prejudices. The audience is left with the lingering question, as Mark is: Did Hitler really have a daughter? Today, in an age of fake news and fact manipulation, extreme ideologies and rising nationalism, Hitler’s Daughter demands its young audiences to question the reality of truth, and notions of personal responsibility and prejudice. Recommended for ages 10+. Garden’s Theatre.
Wed 18 Sep Spot | Logan
Spot and his friends are off on a new adventure to visit Spot’s Dad on the farm and meet the farm animals. But when they arrive, all the animals are lost! Can Spot and his friends find them all? They might need a little help from their new friends in the audience… Eric Hill’s beloved puppy comes to life on stage with puppetry, songs and puzzles for children aged 18 months+ and their adults. Logan Entertainment Centre.
Sat 28 Sep Spot – Based on the books by Eric Hill | Cleveland
Join Spot the dog on a farmyard adventure Spot is one of the most loved dogs in the world, and he’s coming to Australia! Spot and his friends are off on a new adventure to visit Spot’s dad on the farm and meet the farm animals. But when they arrive, all the animals are lost! Can Spot and his friends find them all? They might need a little help from their new friends in the audience … RPAC.
Tue 4 – Sat 8 June Duck – An Out of the Box Production
Duck is a simple yet heartfelt story of friendship and love showing us that we need others as much as they need us. Through movement and live music, follow the story of a boy and his best friend as they spend every waking hour together – soaring through the air, before Duck mysteriously goes missing. When the boy ventures to search for him without any luck, we’re left wondering, will Duck ever be found again? QPAC.
Sat 8 Jun – Sat 13 Jul Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.| Petrie Terrace
Take a journey out of the zoo and into the theatre with your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film in Madagascar JR. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins, as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Wed 19 June Professor Brian Cox – Universal World Tour
Using state of the art graphics and imagery from ground-based telescopes and space probes, presented using ultra-high-resolution LED screen technology, Brian will explore the latest missions to the planets, the nature of space and time from the Big Bang to black holes and the origin and fate of life and intelligence in the Universe. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Thu 11 – Sun 21 July Queensland Ballet’s the Little Green Road to Fairyland
Set in the Australian bush, The Little Green Road to Fairyland takes the audience on a charming journey with colourful sets and costumes that will delight all ages. Inspired by the original 1922 tale by Annie R. Rentoul and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, this whimsical production will spark the imagination of our youngest audiences with a tale of love, hope, compassion and a touch of fairy magic. QPAC.
Fri 12 – Wed 31 July School of Rock | South Brisbane
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There, he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. QPAC.
Tue 23 – Sun 28 July The Young King
A cleverly staged immersive entry process brings the audience into the world of the show and casts the audience as the people of the kingdom. The Young King tells the story of a young boy born to a princess and a poor woodland man. Snatched from his parents as a baby, the Young King is raised by a kindly goatherd in a deep forest. QPAC.
Fri 28 Jun – Sun 1 Jul Disney on Ice | Boondall
See fearless Moana with demigod Maui, follow Dory through the Pacific Ocean, join the Toy Story pals on an exciting adventure and discover true love with Elsa and Anna. Buckle in for the emotional rollercoaster of Inside Out and “Live Your Story” alongside Disney Princesses as they celebrate their favourite Disney memories! Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Thu 4 Jul Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat | Cleveland
The Cat in the Hat interrupts a rainy afternoon with his unexpected visit to Sally and her brother. Their outspoken and outraged pet Fish is astounded and concerned, but this cat will not be deterred. He will teach us all to make our own fun with nothing but a little imagination. Along with Thing One and Thing Two, the cat will fill the theatre with mischievous humour and madcap style that will be loved by the whole family. RPAC.
Sat 6 July Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus by CIRCA
Straight from the score and onto the stage, the man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, tumbling and twirling, as musical mayhem and movement fuse in this family show with a circus twist. Designed to amaze people from the age of three and upwards, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus reinvents the composer’s magical music in a skilful and illuminating show featuring Circa’s dexterous daredevil artists and a live accordionist. RPAC.
Mon 8 – Sat 13 Jul Sleeping Beauty | Yeronga
A magical, musical pantomime with a cast of 40 talented young performers. Lots of songs and dances, familiar characters, humorous scenes, even acrobatics! Based on the traditions of English Pantomime. LIVE ON STAGE! Yeronga State High School.
Sat 13 & Sun 14 July The Fairy Doll | New Farm
This enchanting one-act ballet will delight all the family, and is sure to create a magical memory for all aspiring young dancers. Brisbane City Youth Ballet at Brisbane Powerhouse.
Sun 14 Jul Embrace the Hype-Krump Workshops & Battle Night | Cleveland
Join in for an afternoon of intense action, where krumpers from across Australia and New Zealand go head-to-head as they battle for a spot on the Oceania team for the EBS World Championships. You will be up close to all the action as the competitors battle one-on-one until only the best krumpers are left standing. RPAC.
Sat 20 Jul – Sat 5 Oct James and the Giant Peach | Petrie Terrace
James and the Giant Peach is back in Roald Dahl’s classic tale, a favourite for young and old, and a great introduction to live theatre. One day James meets a mystical old man who gives him a bag that contains the strongest magic the world has ever known. When James accidentally spills the bag near an old peach tree, the most incredible things start to happen. Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Wed 24 – Sun 28 Jul Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts | Brisbane
A MESSY NIGHT OUT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! Laugh, squirm, delight, smile and thoroughly enjoy the smorgasbord of Dahl’s terrific and twisted tales lovingly adapted for the stage at La Boite Theatre this July. Presented by La Boite and shake & stir, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts bursts off the page in a spectacular live show that takes the world’s best-loved fairy tales and rearranges them with surprising and hilarious twists. Tickets from $37. Book now for this delightful production, brought to you from the team behind Fantastic Mr Fox. Roundhouse Theatre.
Here’s what was on during the 2019 Easter Holidays
Throughout Apr & May The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) | Petrie Terrace
Roald Dahl’s classic book about the 24-foot-high Big Friendly Giant and a little orphan called Sophie comes to life on stage in The BFG. In one of Dahl’s most outlandish stories, the BFG and Sophie must team up to save the children of England from the child-eating giants, ably assisted by the Queen of England and the heads of the army and air force. Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Tue 9 – Fri 12 Apr Dinosaur Time Machine | New Farm
Dinosaurs at Brisbane Powerhouse? What could possibly go wrong! Brace yourself and prepare to journey back in time when Dinosaur Time Machine roars into Brisbane Powerhouse from April 9-12. Fusing science, circus, puppetry and fun, Dinosaur Time Machine returns to entertain – and sneakily educate –children during the Easter school holidays following its smash-hit season in 2017. Guided by two scientists, the imaginative and creative performance is peppered with up-to-date discoveries and scientific facts that transport audiences of all ages back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Brisbane Powerhouse Artistic Director Kris Stewart said the award-winning production proved a hit with dinosaur lovers young and old when the prehistoric beasts last came to life on the venue’s stage.
Thu 11 Apr That’s All Folks | Sunnybank
From the beautiful to the bizarre, this show features a powerful and charismatic cast of internationally renowned acts from around the world — juggling, acrobalance, bell routines, slapstick, comical routines, musical chairs and more! It promises to be exhilarating and mesmerizing for audiences of all ages. SUNPAC.
Thu 11 – Sun 14 Apr Room on the Broom | Brisbane
The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy win blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. The team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child return with songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up (and their grown-ups). Gardens Theatre.
Thu 11 – Sat 20 Apr Fantastic Mr Fox
No one outfoxes a fox, especially not the horrible and greedy farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean – one fat, one short, one lean. Dahl’s much-loved favourite leaps off the page (and all over the stage) in a spectacular new production from the team behind the award winning, sold out national tours of George’s Marvellous Medicine and Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts. QPAC.
Sat 13 Apr The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard | New Farm
The Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concerts are a new series of fun and engaging free performances taking place during school holidays! When a boy jumps the fence to retrieve his rogue soccer ball, he unwillingly finds himself on the stage of the world’s most famous theatre with The Bard by his side. What follows is pure midsummer magic framed by a whimsical chase through the streets of Elizabethan London. The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard is an original adaptation of Gregory Rogers’ much-loved picture book and presented by award-winning theatre company, shake & stir. Free event – bookings required.
Wed 17 Apr The New Tales of Quinn | New Farm
The Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concerts are a new series of fun and engaging free performances taking place during school holidays! The New Tales of Quinn is an interactive theatre show where you help our storyteller spin new tales for their hero, Quinn. It’s up to you to send Quinn on an adventure they’ve never been on before! What new lands will they explore and what mystical objects will they discover? What strange creatures will Quinn encounter and who will they meet – a giant? A pirate? A witch? You decide! The show is presented by one of Brisbane’s favourite improvised theatre companies, ImproMafia. FREE! Bookings required.
Sat 27 Apr Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents Jurassic Park
The action-packed adventure pits man against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival. Featuring visually stunning imagery and ground-breaking special effects, this epic film is sheer movie magic 65 million years in the making. Now audiences can experience Jurassic Park as never before: projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Tue 30 Apr Alice in Wonderland | Ipswich
Join the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter as Alice ventures through Wonderland. This all new ballet is perfect for all ages and is a magical portrayal of the classical story. With 40 unique costumes and newly designed tour-able sets, this ballet is sure to be a colourful and playful rendition on this story. Over a year in the making Melbourne City Ballet is set to entertain across Australia and New Zealand and bring a smile to both ballet audiences with its exquisite choreography and non-ballet audiences through its dynamic storytelling. Ipswich Civic Centre.
Sat 11 – Fri 17 May Billionaire Boy | Brisbane
Twelve-year-old Joe has everything a boy could even want, from a golden underwater Ferrari to his very own cinema. David Walliams’ best-selling book comes to life with songs, laughs and, yes, that cat sick and sweet potato mash from the canteen in this original Australian adaptation. Gardens Theatre.
Thu 16 & Fri 17 May Me & My Shadow | Cleveland
Me and My Shadow is about the fanciful escapades of a girl making friends with her shadow. It is a gentle, magical visual poem for children that uses paper, light, shadow, colour, water, music, sound and words to create a world of play where the imagined becomes real. RPAC.
Tue 21 May English Baoque with Circa
English Baroque with Circa will have you gripping your seat and gasping in awe. This breathtaking combination of Circa acrobats and Brandenburg musicians will have you spellbound from the first note to the last. Join the Brandenburg and Circa for this dazzling experience of contemporary circus and enchanting English masque and theatre music where the concert hall is transformed, exploding with sound, colour and movement. QPAC.
Wed 29 May Thoughts Have Feelings Too | Sunnybank
Meet two clowns: Sweet Clown and the absent-minded Professor. When the clowns meet in the Professor’s laboratory, they discover that thoughts and emotions are connected. Over four scenes focusing on happiness, sadness, anger and fear, the clowns discover how to recognise each emotion and find simple steps to deal with them. SunPAC.
Thu 30 May Flipside Circus – Revolve | Cleveland
Revolve brings together 14 of Queensland’s youngest circus stars, experienced artists, and a live DJ to create a show that is bursting at the seams with energy and fun. Highly rehearsed elements are combined with moments of improvisation as the performers play with rhythms of movement and music. RPAC.
Here’s what was on during the 2018 Christmas Holidays
Until Fri 25 Jan Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat | Petrie Terrace
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, The Cat in the Hat is sure to take Sally and her brother on a mischievous and unforgettable day. A lively and engaging play, not a word has been touched or added to Dr Seuss’s classic book, ensuring you will be transported into a world you have only ever imagined. Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Thu 29 Nov – Sun 2 Dec Matt Tarant: Honestly Dishonest | New Farm
Honestly Dishonest gives the audience access to the secret life of becoming a magician – and how tough it’s becoming to fool new audiences. With his razor sharp wit and surprisingly blunt nature, Matt will fool you, make you question everything you thought you knew and leave you utterly amazed and delighted. He’s dishonest, but at least he’s honest about it. Brisbane Powerhouse.
Sat 1 Dec Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert | South Brisbane
Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved Star Wars film in a live symphonic concert experience, as the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back will be performed on Saturday 1 December at 2pm and 7.30pm at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Sun 2 Dec Peter Combe’s Christmas Album | New Farm
The original “King of Kids” is pumping up the Christmas spirit at Brisbane Powerhouse with a much needed burst of 90s nostalgia and Season cheer. Peter Combe’s Christmas Album: Live In Concert! is a show for 6-96 year olds which will have you smiling from ear to ear while singing along. Brisbane Powerhouse.
Sat 7 Dec A Christmas Carol | South Bank
Experience a Christmas tradition cherished each year by families all over the world. This December, Charles Dickens’ classic tale of compassion, forgiveness and redemption is brought to magical life in a brand-new adaptation by award-winning theatre company, shake & stir. QPAC.
Sun 8 Dec Redlands White Christmas | Cleveland
The Redland City Choir proudly presents the return of Redlands White Christmas with all your favourite Christmas carols and a splash of movie magic. Get into the Christmas spirit and join them for a musical journey that is sure to delight audiences young and old. RPAC.
Thu 13 – Sat 16 Dec The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show | Brisbane
One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family. This Australian-made show will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first-time theatre-goers, while those who grew up with these books will delight in experiencing one of the most popular children’s books ever written. Gardens Theatre.
Fri 14 – Sat 22 Dec Queensland’s Ballet The Nutcracker | South Bank
Welcome the holiday season with this beloved and magical Christmas tale.When good children should be tucked up in bed, little Clara is still wide awake. The clock chimes midnight – and a wondrous fantasy world unfolds! QPAC.
Sat 15 – Sun 16 Dec Wiggle Pop! Big Show | Boondall
Featuring much-loved Wiggles songs like ‘Do the Propeller!’, ‘E-M-M-A’, ‘Hot Potato’ and ‘Rock-aBye Your Bear’, you’ll also get your tinsel-toes tapping along as The Wiggles perform some of their most Pop!-ular hits from the Wiggle Pop! album. Joined by Wiggly friends Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, and Henry the Octopus, Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony will take to the stage with dancing reindeers and even Santa Claus himself. Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Sat 21 & Sun 22 Dec Spirit of Christmas | South Bank
The halls will be decked, the stockings hung. December 2018 welcomes back Spirit of Christmas, with all our favourite carols to be sung. Presented in the grandeur of QPAC’s Concert Hall, Spirit of Christmas has become a cherished annual tradition at QPAC. So gather your friends and family and join us for this magnificent celebration, including traditional carols the whole family can join in and sing.
Thu 3 – Sun 16 Jan The Gruffalo’s Child | Brisbane
If you loved The Gruffalo, don’t miss the sequel, which returns following previous sell out Australian tours – now in a new West End production! Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in this magical musical adaptation of the much-loved picture book. Gardens Theatre.
Fri 4 Jan Deadly 60 Down Under | South Brisbane
Star of the hit TV series Deadly 60, Steve Backshall is back by popular demand this summer school holidays! After multiple Australian tours and sold out shows from Broome to the Sydney Opera House, don’t miss Steve’s most exciting show ever – Deadly 60 Down Under, featuring some of Australia’s deadliest animals live on stage! QPAC.
Wed 9 – Tue 15 Jan The Illusionists – Direct from Broadway | South Brisbane
This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists have been seen by millions across the world, shattering box office records and dazzling audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. QPAC.
Wed 16 – Sat 19 Jan The Sleeping Beauty | South Brisbane
Enter the magical world of Ballet Theatre of Queensland’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, an enchanting ballet based on the Charles Perrault fairy tale and set to the famous music of Tchaikovsky. QPAC.
Sat 19 Jan – Mar The Day My Bum Went Psycho | Petrie Terrace
This is the story of a boy, his runaway bum and some of the most dangerous bums in the world! With the aid of some bum-hunters, Zack will track down his missing bum to the heart of an explosive bumcano in this ultimate kid adventure. Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Wed 23 – Sun 27 Jan The 91-Storey Treehouse | South Brisbane
A play by Richard Tulloch adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Storeys! It’s now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool, and a giant spider! QPAC.
Thu 24 – Sat 26 Jan BCYB Wizard of Oz | South Bank
Join Dorothy and Toto as they enter the magic world of Oz. BCYB transforms this well known tale into a delightful ballet for all ages. Meet the Scarecrow, Tin Woman and Lion and watch out for the Wicked Witch. The beautiful Glinda the Good Witch saves the day and everyone in Emerald City dance for joy. Conservationism Theatre.
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