The Complete Guide to School Holiday Activities in Brisbane 2019
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Brisbane Winter School Holidays 2019
Brisbane school holidays are coming! We’ve put together a guide to school holiday activities in Brisbane for the Winter 2019 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.
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THEATRE & STAGE SHOWS FOR KIDS IN BRISBANE IN THE WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND BEYOND
July 10 & 11 | Possum Magic | Brisbane Powerhouse
Don’t miss this brand-new stage adaptation of Mem Fox’s iconic Possum Magic by the extraordinary team at Monkey Baa these June/July school holidays.
Grandma Poss loves making magic. She makes wombats blue and kookaburras pink. She makes dingoes smile and emus shrink. But one day, when danger arrives, Grandma uses her most magical spell to make Hush invisible.
Hush has many wonderful adventures, but being invisible isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and Hush longs to see herself again. Possum Magic takes us on a whimsical journey to cities around Australia to find the food that makes Hush visible again.
Possum Magic has captivated and enchanted readers for generations and now this magical, unforgettable new production will mesmerise children and adults alike.
Recommended age group: 3-8 yrs. Click here to book!
June 30 | Little Jammers LIVE @ GOMA | Lord Mayor’s Chidren’s Concerts
Children and families are invited to jam out and explore sounds from across the world at GOMA.
Start your musical journey by learning how to dance, play and sing with musicians from the Sounds Across Oceans teaching artist collective. The jam session is followed by an interactive performance combining pulsating world rhythms and soundscapes, sensuous strings, a live DJ and a special appearance from the JADE New World Collective.
Designed especially for children aged 5-12 years, and their families. Click here to book.
July 7 | Young Historians Festival | Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concerts
Celebrate the wonderous world at Brisbane’s oldest standing residence Newstead House. Come and enjoy heritage games, craft activities, musical performances, pop up theatre, circus and dance. The day is a fabulous way to experience life from a time gone by, cultivate curiosity, participate, learn and play.
Why not bring a picnic and enjoy the tasty food from some of Brisbane’s best food trucks as you enjoy the stunning winter sun. Click here to book.
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”:
Half Day Train Trips – free on the weekend!
Sky Zone Macgregor | Jump, Climb, Ninja, Laser
Calling all challengers – think you are fit? Strong? Fast? You can find out at Sky Zone Macgregor, Brisbane! Sky Zone Macgregor has hundreds of trampolines connected to form a single massive trampoline that literally allows you to jump off the walls. Plus, Sky Zone Macgregor has its very own Skyland – the only three storey laser tag arena in Brisbane that holds up to 40 players battling it out in a cloud-filled wonderland – and a Sky Climb, a dedicated climbing arena starring 21 indoor climbing walls. It’s Brisbane’s best indoor climbing area and it’s suitable for all ages.
Aspiring Warriors from the age of 5 can climb, weave and swing their way around the new Enduro Warrior course, challenging themselves and each other to come out on top. And adults – this one is for you too!
Open weekdays and weekends including all school holidays, guests can bounce across staggered steps, test their balance along the beam, fly on the trapeze and zip lines, and climb across the monkey bars – all ninja style! The new cutting-edge facility is included in the normal jump price at Sky Zone Mcgregor and is also included in all Sky Zone Jump parties.
Sky Zone’s wall-to-wall trampoline courts are designed for all ages. If you can walk you can jump! There are Open Jump courts; 3D Dodgeball courts for those who enjoy friendly competition; Foam Pits; Sky Slam Basketball, Wall Running, and SkyFit classes which combine advanced calisthenics and a three-dimensional cardio and strength training program. Sky Zone’s, Sky Climb includes climbing walls and challenges for climbers of all skill levels. Watch our video review here or click the Sky Zone banner to find out more on their website.
Victoria Park Golf Complex | Brisbane
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.
Urban Xtreme Adventure Park | Hendra
There’s a ton of fun for the whole family at Brisbane’s Best Adventure Park in Hendra. Egg-perience the ultimate adventure in the multi-level Laser Tag arena, Xtreme Ninja & Parkour, a massive trampoline park or a ski / snowboard session on the unique simulators.
For the littlies, the adventure play land offers fun climbing, crawling and sliding challenges. Kids can enjoy 2hrs of fun for only $25 or 6 hours of non-stop, supervised action for just $70pp (9am- 3pm) during school holidays. Spots are limited so hurry and book today (we have!!) Click here for details. TELL EVERYONE!
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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.
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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 winter 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 | 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. The Sunset Cinemas | Toowong
Sink into a beanbag, sip the fine wine & savour the company of your favourite humans. Sometimes, it seems the movie is just the cherry on top. Recognised as Queensland’s premier tropical Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens are the perfect backdrop for relaxing nights, lazing under the stars enjoying the stars of the Silver Screen with Sunset Cinema.
10. Museum of Brisbane | Easter Holiday Activities
During the Easter holidays they are inspiring your child’s curiosity and creativity with art, science, history, design and technology activities delivered by our arts educators.
During the Easter holidays they are inspiring your child’s curiosity and creativity with art, science, history, design and technology activities.
Highlights include – Colour Weave Collaboration, Patterns and Prints Badge Making, Future Worlds, Screen Printing and Micro Architects with LEGO workshops. You need to book in for the workshops to avoid missing out!
Theatre & Stage Shows for Kids in Brisbane in the Winter School Holidays and beyond
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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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.
“Year round” active and fun suggestion
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