The Complete Guide to Summer School Holiday Activities in Brisbane
Brisbane school holidays are coming! We’ve put together a guide to school holiday activities in Brisbane for the upcoming summer 2018/2019 December/January 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 Facbook so you can find it later) for an at-a-glance, go to resource for parents this school holiday period.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 summer 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.
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 | Summer Festival: art + stories + play
Uncover a world of family-friendly fun at State Library this summer with a daily mix of free and paid activities for all ages and interests. Fire up your creativity and publish your very own book or create a future city in the Virtual Reality Club. You can build and animate a colourful digital diorama or wire up an interactive story map. If speed is more your thing, try your hand at constructing a custom robot racer or activate your inner-architect and design a futuristic home.
For the little ones, rock out to a Woodstock-like ride of nursery rhymes or unleash your imagination in a creative play space.
There’s something for everyone and for all ages, so make your summer a story to remember at State Library. On from 31 Dec – 27 Jan throughout the State Library of Queensland. Suitable for all ages. Places are limited and tickets sell fast. Check out the full program online and be quick to book!
8. QUT The Cube | Summer Holiday Activities
On your mark, get set, go! Put yourself in the driver’s seat this January for QUT’s Summer Holiday Program.
Test drive The Cube’s new wind and water simulations and explore a range of hands-on activities including Drone coding workshops, a Sphero aqua challenge and Augmented reality drawing. While you are on campus, drop-in to QUT Art Museum to make your own shadow puppets with Artist in residence, Kyoko Imazu.
Join us for the Family Fun Day on Saturday 12 January to enjoy a supercharged day of activities including QUT eSports sessions, Snow slingers VR and live performances by Street Science. Find out ALL the details for summer here.
10. Museum of Brisbane | Summer Holiday Activities
During the summer holidays they are inspiring your child’s curiosity and creativity with art, science, history, design and technology activities delivered by our arts educators.
Highlights include Christmas Craft, Illuminated City Scenes, Jolly Jars and Light-Up Christmas Cards workshops.
To make sure everyone has the chance to make something special for their loved ones this Christmas, they have extended their opening hours. They are open til 6pm Fri 14 Dec, Sat 15 Dec, Fri 21 Dec & Sat 22 Dec 2018. Visit them as part of your trip to the city for the Christmas lights and parade.
Then in January they have an amazing array of workshops including MoB Makers: Moki Bands, Screen Print a T-Shirt, Character Costume Making, Sew a Softie and special family workshops. Find an activity to suit your family here.
Theatre & Stage Shows for Kids in Brisbane in the Summer School Holidays and beyond
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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Previous school holiday theatre & stage show activities for kids
Until Fri 5 Oct Alice in Wonderland | Petrie Terrace
This is one journey down the rabbit hole you won’t soon forget, as Alice ventures to the world of a very White Rabbit, a Mad Hatter and the evil Queen of Hearts. Prepare for a curious adventure in the much-loved Alice in Wonderland. Featuring all of your favourite characters, Alice is sure to be a hit for the whole family. Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Thu 20 – Thu 27 Sep The Gruffalo | Brisbane
After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia. Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there? Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups… Gardens Theatre.
Sat 22 Sep – Sat 6 Oct SlapDash Galaxy – a Bunk Puppets Show | Ipswich
Shadow puppets in space! Two brothers embark on an epic quest to find a new home planet. This is the tale of Sam and Junior: two brothers, who must flee their barren planet, and embark on an epic quest across the galaxy. Using the contents of your cleaning cupboard, Bunk Puppets’ David Geddes conjures up astonishing lo-fi theatrical wizardry using only old boxes, bubble wrap, drinking straws, tennis balls, ping pong bats and old toys. It’s a crazy shadow puppet universe, made from bits of rubbish. Award-winning Bunk Puppets, creators of ‘Swamp Juice’ and ‘Sticks Stones Broken Bones’, present this new, delicious, DIY theatre event. Ipswich Art Gallery.
Sat 22 & Sat 29 Sep Lissa and Nee Nee’s Disco Rainbow Sparkle Band | South Bank
It’s family time with a party-filled funk, soul and disco dance! Wiggle away with this fun-loving duo and their live disco rainbow sparkle band. Feel the beat of the bombastic drums, dance in the giant grooves of the electric bass and sensational synthesisers. The high energy live music sets are complemented by break out busy, fizzy, crafty sessions facilitated by Lissa and Nee Nee.
Mon 24 Sep Goldie & the 3 B-Bears | Logan
So you thought Goldie-Locks was just out for a walk in the woods? Well you didn’t get the whole story. Goldie and the 3 B-Bears is a hip hop dance theatre show that uses spoken word, rhyme, music, drama and dance to let you in on what really went down. Our main girl, Goldie, is a dancer who comes from a long line of famous dancers in the style of Locking and there is enormous pressure for her to follow in her parents’ footsteps. Goldie wasn’t just out for a walk that day, she ran away from home. When Goldie stumbles across the home of the three B-Bears she didn’t expect to find amazing Break Dancers with such great passion. The B-Bears teach Goldie about the importance of creativity, self-expression and learning from the old to create something new. Goldie and the 3 B-Bears is a dynamic show that will have every audience member bouncing to the beats and groovin’ in their seats! Logan Entertainment Centre.
Tue 25 – Fri 28 Sep The I Hate Children Children’s Show Rock & Roll Spectacular | South Bank
Pet slugs and rock and roll! Join the cast of the award-winning The I Hate Children Children’s Show as they take your whole family on a non-stop sugar rush of live music, funny songs, magic, comedy and, of course, signature child-hating. This show has won the hearts of audiences across the globe. Starring Paul Dabek – the meanest magician in the world – backed by a killer live band, the wit is razor sharp and the music will have you dancing in the aisles. If you love your children but hate boring kids’ shows, come get a taste of this!
Tue 25 – Fri 28 Sep Kaput | South Bank
This multi-award-winning family show has melted hearts, young and old, around the world with its glorious brand of slapstick, acrobatics and total silliness. Star of Club Swizzle, Circus Oz and The Tom Tom Crew, Tom Flanagan amazes, delights and leaves audiences in stitches as he pays homage to the greats Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton in this one-man comedy for all ages. Kaput – slapstick and silent clowning at its finest – has toured four continents, won countless awards and collected fans from 5 to 95 years old.
Wed 26 & Thu 27 Sep PJ Masks Live | South Brisbane
PJ MASKS LIVE: is a super-heroic, brand new live musical show, featuring the heroic trio from your favourite series: The PJ MASKS! Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko as they try to save the day from the sneaky villains – Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl! Fluttering Feathers! Leaping Lizards! What a CAT-tastrophe! Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre.
Wed 26 Sep BrainBuzz Live | King George Square
BrainBuzz is Nine’s new children’s science show, produced in Brisbane! It’s the TV show that brainstorms and answers those nagging questions you’ve always wondered about. Catch BrainBuzz Host Kellyn Morris, Resident Scientist Clare Van Dorssen, and a bunch of historical characters, including Albert Einstein, as they bring some of their TV antics to Brisbane Festival in the beautiful Brisbane City Hall, in a free event sponsored by Brisbane City Council. Bookings required.
Wed 26 – Sat 29 Sep The Owl and the Pussycat | South Bank
The Owl and the Pussycat is an enchanting and intimate theatrical experience for families. Be swept away in this all-new opera with stunning vocals, interactive theatre, and a troupe of musical puffins. Aboard a magical pea-green boat, this charming work explores universal themes of love, harmony and acceptance. QPAC.
Tue 2 – Sun 7 Oct Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience | South Bank
Playing to sold-out houses all over the world, Potted Pottertakes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potterbooks (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favourite characters, a special appearance from the fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwart’s magic! QPAC.
Thu 4 – Sun 7 Oct The Gizmo | New Farm
Adapted from the book by Paul Jennings, The Gizmo will have families laughing out loud at the crazy misadventures of Stephen, Mouse and the wondrous Gizmo. Whilst at the local fair, Stephen is baited by his hero Floggit into stealing. He steals the whirling, twirling illuminating Gizmo, that sends Stephen on an amazing adventure of self-discovery. Finding it impossible to just simply get rid of the Gizmo by returning, burying or throwing it away, the Gizmo starts to exact its revenge by placing Stephen in several extraordinary situations! Brisbane Powerhouse.
Fri 5 – Sun 7 Oct Lah-Lah 10th Birthday Party | Brisbane
Party with stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band as they celebrate their 10th birthday around Australia in 2018. Lah-Lah and the band will be touring their 10th Birthday Party ‘best of’ album through SONY Music, following their 2017 ARIA nominated release Having Fun. It’s an hour of singing and dancing fun full of Lah-Lah hits and laughs. And don’t forget everyone gets to meet the band, and the instruments, after the show. Various locations.
Fri 5 Oct Flipside Circus – Wasteland | Cleveland
Besieged by mountains of rubbish, 12 extraordinary young performers recycle and reuse discarded items, reimagining circus and what our future could be. Wasteland is about potential, hope, resilience and survival – replacing recognisable circus apparatus with repurposed materials and scrap. Developed by Flipside’s performance troupe, renowned circus artist Chelsea McGuffin and dramaturge Robert Kronk, Wasteland combines amazing aerials with frenetic ground and tumbling routines. RPAC.
Until Sat 21 July Disney’s Mulan Jr | Petrie Terrace
A legend over 2,000 years in the making, Disney’s Mulan Jr is the latest in live-action Disney adaptations for the stage. Based on the 1998 Disney film, and featuring iconic songs including Reflection and I’ll Make a Man Out of You, your heart will soar during this modern princess story. Find a date to suit you at the Brisbane Arts Theatre here.
Sat 16 & Sun 17 June PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate | South Brisbane
X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure”. It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. When they do, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map! The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first!Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Bookings Essential.
Tue 12 – Sun 24 June The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time | QPAC
The National Theatre of Great Britain’s acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the winner of five Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards, including Best Play, Best Director and Best Design. Featuring remarkable, immersive staging and a full British and Irish cast, this is a global theatrical phenomenon that simply must not be missed. QPAC.
Tue 26 June – Sun 1 July Out of the Box Festival | South Bank
QPAC’s Out of the Box festival is five days of spectacular in-theatre experiences, hands-on workshops, fun activities and interactive exhibitions especially curated for children eight years and under. This year, for the cost of a Day Pass, you gain access to the entire festival program and are invited to fit as many experiences as you can into a day. A day at Out of the Box festival nurtures your child’s creativity and imagination by introducing them to rich early arts and educational experiences that celebrate and support learning, play, curiosity and discovery.
Fri 29 June – Mon 2 July Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic | Boondall
The 2018 tour of Disney On Ice will bring to life more than 14 timeless Disney tales including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Frozen and more. Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic will dazzle with magical moments and over 30 favourite Disney songs. Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Sat 30 June – Thu 5 July The 78-Storey Treehouse | Brisbane
Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Sribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility (guarded by one very angry duck!) and even an open-air movie theatre. The team behind The 13-, 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses Live on Stage return with the newest, biggest, brightest blockbuster in the series … but watch out for those cows! Gardens Theatre.
Sun 1 July Play School Live in Concert – Once Upon a Time | Various Locations
Watch classic nursery rhyme characters magically come to life as the pages of the storybook are turned in this exciting new production, ‘Once Upon A Time’. You will experience your child’s favourite songs and nursery rhymes such as Little Miss Muffett, Incy Wincy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, Der Glumph and Heads and Shoulders so they can get up and dance and do all the actions. Join the Presenters, Jemima, Big Ted, Little Ted and Humpty as they travel through an enchanting adventure filled with stories, songs and dance. Bookings Essential.
Wed 4 & Thu 5 July The Magic Toyshop | New Farm
This captivating classical ballet will delight young and old with the enchanting story of toys magically brought to life. Follow the story of a young gypsy girl, alone in the streets, who finds shelter in a toyshop. As she hides among the toys she notices they are brought to life by a magical toymaker. Watch as all the toys dance together and are accompanied by a beautiful fairy in the celebration of the gypsy girl’s new family. By Brisbane City Youth Ballet at Brisbane Powerhouse.
Thu 5 – Sun 8 July Air Play | QPAC
Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts. QPAC
Thu 5 – Sun 8 July The Arrival | QPAC
Like Tan’s book, this is an emotionally moving production; a tribute to migrants, refugees and displaced people worldwide. It’s a pertinent story of overcoming hardship, of humanity and of hope. The Arrival will touch anyone who has ever had to start anew or bid farewell to a loved one.
Fri 6 & Sat 7 July Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert | South Brisbane
Queensland Symphony Orchestra will present Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert, featuring a screening of the complete film with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Sun 8 July Isaiah Firebrace in Concert – Free NAIDOC Week Concert | Cleveland
Celebrate NAIDOC week and enjoy a free concert from X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace. He has blazed his way through the past few years, gathering accolades, awards, and global success along the way. This is your opportunity to hear his soaring vocals live on stage for free as part of Redland City’s NAIDOC Week celebrations. You can also enjoy a range of cultural activities on the RPAC Piazza before the concert. Redland Performing Arts Centre.
Tue 10 – Sat 14 July Alice in Wonderland | New Farm
Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her adventures through Wonderland in this dazzling, internationally acclaimed production. A star-studded cast of talented actors and puppeteers use their ingenious stagecraft and limitless possibilities of imagination to bring this beloved story to life. Featuring masterful sets, lavish costumes and the latest technology in animatronic puppets. Don’t miss your chance to tumble with the Tweedle twins, chase the White Rabbit, boo the boisterous Queen of Hearts, and have tea with the Hatter at the Maddest Tea Party of all! Brisbane Powerhouse.
Wed 11 July Queensland Symphony Orchestra – Musical Fairytales | Cleveland
Sit back and let yourself go with Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Be inspired by a diverse program that features John Williams’ famous Star Wars Suite, Tchaikovsky’s heart-warming Sleeping Beauty Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative Scheherazade. Be moved by the spine-tingling power of live orchestral music when Queensland Symphony Orchestra returns to the RPAC Concert Hall. The Orchestra’s previous two concerts at RPAC have been sell-outs, so make sure you book early for what will be a majestic night of music! Redland Performing Arts Centre.
Sat 14 & Sun 15 July Mister Maker Returns | Logan
Get ready mini-makers, your favourite arty party man is coming back to Australia! Zodiak, Live Nation and NAB are excited to announce Mister Maker Returns for a series of live shows in July that will take him around the country in what promises to be the family show of the year. Logan Entertainment Centre. Bookings essential.
Sat 14 July Grease The Arena Experience | Boondall
Grease – The Arena Experience featuring over 800 performers thunders onto the stage at Brisbane Entertainment Centre for two shows only on Saturday 14th July 2018. After sold out seasons in arenas around the country, GREASE returns to Brisbane for an encore season, bigger and better than ever before. Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Until 3 Jun Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical
Breathtaking sets, mind-blowing special effects, over 300 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast bring the magic of Disney’s Aladdin to life on stage. Featuring all the songs from the classic Academy award winning film, including “Friend like Me”, “A Whole New World” and “Arabian Nights”, prepare to experience the unmissable theatrical magic that is Aladdin. Bookings required.
Until 25 Apr Circus Rio, Mt Gravatt
Bursting through the backstage curtain and into the ring, you will find the tribe of samba dancers stomping to that Brazilian rhythm, aerialists who will dangle from the ceiling, FMX bikes that will flip over your seats, ballet dancers, tightrope walkers and a dangerous capoeira fight! Bookings required. Mt Gravatt Showgrounds.
Until Sat 12 May The Witches, Petrie Terrace
Something is up at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children! It turns out these lovely ladies are actually witches in disguise, with a plot to turn all children into mice. The world of Roald Dahl returns in this captivating, family-friendly adventure sure to excite even the oldest of your clan. Brisbane Arts Theatre, bookings essential.
Tue 3 – Mon 16 Apr Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! Tour, Various Brisbane Locations
The Wiggles are coming to perform for you as part of their Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! tour! This brand-new show will see Emma, Lachy, Anthony and Simon performing in over 150 locations in every state and territory in Australia. Various locations.
Sat 7 Apr Sally and Possum Live, South Brisbane
Best friends, Sally and Possum do everything together. Follow the fun adventures of Sally and Possum as they explore, discover and learn about the world around them using Auslan sign language. Part of Festival 2018 – a free state-wide celebration of arts and culture, showcasing Queensland’s creativity to visitors during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Wed 11 – Sun 15 Apr The Owl and the Pussycat, South Bank
The Owl and the Pussycat is an enchanting and intimate theatrical experience, based on Edward Lear’s beloved childhood poem. Created for children aged four to 10 years, this charming work melds live performance, puppetry, operatic vocals, music and theatre. Flowstate – bookings required.
Thur 12 – Sun 15 Apr Children Are Stinky, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
All children are stinky, right? Against a backdrop of high calibre circus, a rocking ‘90s soundtrack and genuine belly laughs this acrobatic duo’s attempts to prove kids STINK are met with messy, ridiculous and hysterical twists. They only succeed in proving that children are awesome…and they know it! Expect daredevil stunts, incredible acrobatics, lightning fast hula hoops, loads of laughs and mischievous fun. Off the back of five star sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe, this action-packed circus extravaganza will have your jaws on the floor hooting for more! Get all the details here.
Sun 6 May Cinderella and Scheherazade
You only have to look at current hit TV shows, Once Upon A Time and Grimm to see that fairytales will always be popular. The Romantic composers knew this years ago so made sure many of their large-scale classics had a liberal sprinkling of sprites, wraiths and princesses. Bookings required.
Sat 19 May Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in concert, the third film in the Harry Potter series. On Saturday 19 May 2018, Queensland Symphony Orchestra will perform the magical score to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban live while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 12-metre screen.
After her family’s annual celebration, little Clara is wide awake on Christmas Eve. Everyone has gone to sleep, the clock chimes midnight and a magical fantasy unfolds before her eyes! With the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky and lavish sets and costumes, Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker is a must-see Christmas treat. QPAC
In this fairy tale classic, love between a sweet young woman and a ghastly beast is only a heartbeat away. Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Parents and children the world over will recognise the bizarre excuses a child makes to keep the light on at bedtime. Emily Brown and the Thing demonstrates the importance of talking with children and finding out what is really going on in their complex imaginations. QPAC
Following a sell-out season of The 13-Storey Treehouse in April, the official world premiere of The 78-Storey Treehouse comes to QPAC!
The forever romance, the hundred year classic, the most heart-warming dancing you will see this year. The Russian National Ballet Theatre will draw the audience into this tragic love story. ‘For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo’ William Shakespeare. RPAC.
A beautiful princess must sleep for 100 years – until woken by true love’s kiss… Experience all the dazzling wonder of The Sleeping Beauty in a live, interactive production created especially for children aged 3 and up. Fairies in glittering tutus, storybook characters, and a prince’s quest – all set to Tchaikovsky’s hum-along score.
Running for under an hour, and packed with favourite characters like Red Riding Hood and Cinderella, this narrated version of The Sleeping Beautywill have both boys and girls dancing all the way home. Don’t forget to dress up in your favourite ballet-inspired outfit! Click here for more information.
The Wiggly Christmas Big Show will feature all your favourite Wiggles songs such as Do the Propeller and Rock A Bye Your Bear, as well as Christmas songs like Go Santa Go! You’ll see The Wiggles, their Wiggly friends and dancers, Santa Claus, dancing reindeers and for the first time ever, it will snow on stage! Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Christmas would not be Christmas without The Nutcracker! Come and celebrate the holidays with us, joining the magical adventure of Clara, Fritz and The Nutcracker as they battle the evil Rat King. After Swan Lake’s success in touring Australia last year, The Russian National Ballet Theatre returns, this time bringing the world’s greatest classic ballet: The Nutcracker. RPAC.
The halls will be decked, the stockings hung. December 2017 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.
Following their sold out Australian tour in January 2017, Dr Chris and Dr Xand, the stars of hit ABC Me children’s television series Operation Ouch!, are coming back to Australia with a brand new show! Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Celebrate the festive season with The Spirit of Christmas, starring tenor Roy Best, soprano Alison Rae Jones, compere Chris McKenna with Len Vorster on the piano. It will be a musical morning full of Christmas favourites with a wonderful blend of traditional Christmas carols mixed with some contemporary Christmas songs and plenty of funny moments to keep you laughing until Christmas Day! SUNPAC
Directed by former Circus Oz Artistic Director Mike Finch, The Funatorium: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is a delightfully chaotic cabaret for kids that features the country’s top talent from the realms of circus and cabaret. Led by Monica Trapaga (Play School), this immersive party experience features an all-star cast of circus luminaries performing fiendish precision juggling, comic hula tricks, incredible hand-balances and surreal aerial acrobatics. Pop on your hat, raise your tea pinky, get your silly faces on and join Alice in Wonderland favourites The Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and The Queen of Hearts in a show full of acrobatics, circus, singing, dancing and roller skates! QPAC
More explosive than ever before, Brainiac Live! will take you on a breathless ride through the weird and wide world of science in an hour-long action-packed show full of big bangs and plenty of laughs. The show that laughs in the face of science comes to QPAC with messy, loud and live all-action experiments and demonstrations set to blow your minds. Watch from the safety of your seats as the Brainiacs delve fearlessly into the mysteries of science an d do all of the things on stage that are too scary to do at home – from daredevil stunts to freezing fingers with liquid nitrogen. Kids who want a hands on experience can upgrade their ticket to join the Brainiac Detective Academy workshop and becoming a Trainee Brainiac Detective. The interactive workshop will take kids through real forensic techniques to discover clues and help the brainiacs solve a crime! QPAC
Enter the magical underwater world of Ballet Theatre of Queensland’s The Little Mermaid, an enchanting ballet based on the Hans Christian Anderson classic tale of love, loss and discovery. Choreographed by Timothy Brown, with exquisite sets and costumes, The Little Mermaid showcases the talents of Queensland’s finest young dancers, in a ballet that will enchant both the young and the young at heart. QPAC
Adam Savage and Michael Stevens have joined forces to bring this one of a kind interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience to Australia. They’re master explainers, who bring along their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that literally has audiences shouting “more” after their favourites. Audiences are engaged and enthusiastic test subjects, as they spend two hours laughing, learning and exploring during a theatrical experience like no other. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
“Year round” active and fun suggestion
As a special bonus – have you considered indoor rock climbing? Brisbane has a BUNCH of great venues on offer. If you’ve not tried this with your active kids and teens yet, what’s stopping you? Check it out here!
Looking for a ‘bucket list on a budget’? We just love the ideas here for things you can do around the home!