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32 Best School Holiday Activities in Moreton Bay Region This Winter

The information in this article will help you learn more about the school holiday activities that are available in the Moreton Bay Region so you can decide which activities are right for your child.

Are you searching for paid and free school holiday activities in the Moreton Bay Region? Then you really need to read this article. As a busy parent myself, I’ve put together this list to help you out, next time the kids are complaining of school holiday boredom!

If you want to find the best Moreton Bay school holiday activities for the summer, Easter, winter or spring school holidays in QLD, look no further. This complete guide includes 32 of the top Moreton Bay holiday activities for families, to keep youngsters occupied during the kids’ school holidays. 

From free Moreton Bay library school holiday activities to days out that they’ll love, here are plenty of ideas to make sure they stay entertained. Even throughout the Easter break, or when the weather’s a little colder in winter. We’ve got all ages covered here, too, from preschoolers right through to picky tweens and teens. 

Whether you’re looking for things to do in North Lakes, Redcliffe, Bribie Island or Caboolture during the QLD school holidays, continue reading. Here’s what to do next time school’s out in the Moreton Bay area!

While you’re here, why not check out our guides to Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Logan school holiday activities for kids of all ages? 

Janine’s top 10 tips for school holiday activities

If you want an at-a-glance guide to the best Moreton Bay school holiday activities, check out our editor’s top ten picks from the region right here.

  1. The Mill at Moreton Bay water park and playground for splashing about in the sun
  2. Settlement Cove Lagoon in Redcliffe is open all year round, with pools, playgrounds and more 
  3. Redcliffe Art Gallery offers engaging, fun and family-friendly spaces 
  4. Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre offers enough to fill a whole day
  5. Kumbartcho Flora and Fauna Sanctuary has a playground, barbecues, a fairy garden and walking trails
  6. Bongaree Beach on Bribie Island offers calm waters, cooling breezes and stunning views
  7. Lyell Deer Sanctuary provides a safe haven for sick, injured and displaced deer
  8. White Ridge Farm offers petting, education, fun and plenty of picnic spots
  9. Bribie Island Butterfly House is a hidden gem filled with beautiful butterflies
  10. Brisbane Whale Watching cruises guarantee sightings between June and November

20 free school holiday activities in Moreton Bay

Get ready for a budget-friendly holiday bonanza with these awesome and free school holiday activities! From free art galleries to water parks and animal experiences making memories has never been this affordable or entertaining!

The Mill at Moreton Bay water park and playground

The Mill waterpark splash bucket
The Mill Waterpark

The playground and water park at The Mill at Moreton Bay is one of the area’s most family-friendly assets. It’s free to visit and offers zones for kids of different ages. Attractions include a fort, a splash pad and slides. The adventure play equipment is also equally impressive. 

Settlement Cove Lagoon

Settlement Cove
Settlement Cove Lagoon

Settlement Cove Lagoon in Redcliffe offers almost 100 metres of lagoon-style pools for swimming and paddling. It’s open all year round, making it an ideal location for all school holidays. As well as the water attractions, Settlement Cove also boasts playgrounds and picnic areas with barbecues. Showers are also available. 

Families tip: If you have a doggo and want them to join in on the swimming fun, try Queens Beach North, literally 3 minutes drive up the road. You won’t regret it.

Redcliffe Art Gallery

The art gallery in Redcliffe is home to child-friendly spaces during the school holidays. Hands-on activities are offered here to get kids involved, and many are free to take part in. You never know, they may even learn something too while having lots of fun!

Find more info on Redcliffe Art Gallery here.

Fun Factory

CRR Maker Space 1
Local library activities

Local libraries in areas including Redcliffe, Caboolture and North Lakes run regular drop-in sessions during the school holidays in QLD. Known as Fun Factory, kids can get engaged with crafts, games and other activities during these dedicated time slots. 

Messy Play sessions for kindy-aged kids and events like the Reading or Storytelling Clubs are also worth a look. Your children can also get stuck into making stuff with materials like LEGO™, t-shirts, plants, metals and more. 

Check out what’s on at your local library here.

Bribie Island Seaside Museum

Bribie Island Seaside Museum
Bribie Island Seaside Museum

The seaside museum on Bribie Island holds engaging storytelling events that can keep kids interested in local history.

Find more info on Bribie Island Seaside Museum here.

Bee Gees Way

Bee Gees Way Redcliffe
Bee Gees Way

The Bee Gees Way in Redcliffe honours the famous Australian musicians. The Gibb brothers grew up here in the 50s, and now the walkway named after them offers light shows, photos and statues. This 70-metre stretch is also lined with cafes, bars and bistros, and is ideal for kids and teens who are into music from past decades. 

Moreton Bay Marine Park

Moreton Bay Marine Park
Moreton Bay

This Queensland marine park stretches between Caloundra South and South Stradbroke Island. It provides a habitat for both temperate and tropical species of flora and fauna. Exploring the inlets, seagrass beds, mangroves, reefs, salt marshes and islands by stand-up paddleboard is particularly popular with families. 

Website: Moreton Bay Marine Park

Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre

Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre playground
Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre playground

Located next to Burpengary Creek and River, Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre (CREEC) is from Tuesdays to Fridays. The 18-hectare site offers a cafe, a playground for kids of all ages and abilities, nature and bushwalking trails, a picnic area with barbecues and a sensory garden. 

Find more info on Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre here.

The Moreton Bay Cycleway

Family Cycling
Family bike ride

The Moreton Bay Cycleway covers 150 kilometres of the Queensland coastline. The 11-kilometre section between Scarborough Beach and the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge is ideal for families, though. There are no crossings to contend with here, though the kids may be begging you to stop at the cute cafes en route. As you might expect, the views are spectacular. 

Website: Moreton Bay Cycleway

Redcliffe Foreshore Public Art Trail

Redcliffe Foreshore Public Art Trail
Redcliffe Foreshore Public Art Trail

The Redcliffe Foreshore Public Art Trail is a self-guided route through the artworks on display here. Creations are made using media such as bronze, ceramics, granite and steel. Subjects, meanwhile, include war memorials, the local Kabi Kabi people, sea creatures and vessels, the European settlement of Australia, and the past, present and future. 

Website: Redcliffe Foreshore Public Art Trail

Scarborough Beach Park

Scarborough Beach Park
Scarborough Beach Park

Scarborough Beach Park offers all you need for a fun-filled – and free – family day out. There are barbecues for cooking lunch, trees for kids to climb, and a cute wooden train. They can even let off steam on the jumping pillow nearby, or head to the Pirate Park in Scarborough.

Find out more about Scarborough Beach Park here.

Redcliffe Markets

Redcliffe Markets
Redcliffe Markets

Held every Sunday, Redcliffe Markets can be a destination in their own right, or make an ideal stop while in the area. This is a great place to shop for fresh local produce, gifts, homeware, clothing, accessories and more. The markets are held between 7am and 1pm each Sunday from December to February, and 8am and 2pm from March to November.

Website: Redcliffe Markets

Pine Rivers Art Gallery

Pine Rivers Art Gallery
Pine Rivers Art Gallery

This Strathpine art gallery often holds family-friendly exhibitions during the school holidays. There’s plenty of parking here, and various classes and events for kids and adults also take place throughout the year. 

Find more info on Pine Rivers Art Gallery here.

Redcliffe Jetty

If you fancy a spot of fishing, Redcliffe Jetty has to be the perfect place. This seaside village also has its own Redcliffe Jetty Visitor Information Centre. 

Click here for more info on Redcliffe Jetty.

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum can be found in Whiteside. It offers a range of drop-in activities and zones. These typically range from gardening at The Patch or a nature-focused area showcasing local flora and fauna to Time Travel Thursdays. 

Find more info on Pine Rivers Heritage Museum here.

Osprey House Environment and Education Centre

The Pine River area in Griffin is home to the Osprey House Environment and Education Centre. Here kids can explore a series of boardwalks by the sea to discover marine life and native birds. There’s a viewing platform, amphitheatre and bird hide, and of course you can see the resident ospreys fishing and feeding. 

Website: Osprey House Environment Centre

Caboolture Regional Art Gallery

Caboolture Regional Art Gallery is a modern venue showcasing both Australian and overseas art. Colourful, creative kids’ activities are held here during the school holidays. You can also find the Hub Gallery next door, and the emerging artists’ displays might well inspire youngsters considering a creative career. 

Website: Caboolture Regional Art Gallery

Kumbartcho Flora and Fauna Sanctuary

Brisbane fairies at Kumbartcho Sanctuary and Nursery
Brisbane fairies at Kumbartcho Sanctuary and Nursery

Kumbartcho Flora and Fauna Sanctuary is situated in Eatons Hill, by the South Pine River. An Environmental Education Centre is also located here. The sanctuary has a playground, electric barbecues, a fairy garden and walking trails. You’ll need to leave your dog, scooters and bikes behind when heading here.

Discover more places to take kids who love fairies here.

Bongaree Beach

Bongaree Beach
Bongaree Beach

Bongaree Beach on Bribie Island offers picturesque views to please the grown-ups plus calm waters and cool breezes that are perfect for kids. The local parklands also run alongside the beach. Pack a picnic, swimsuits and a bucket and spade for the ideal family day out. 

Read our Bongaree Beach review here.

HMQS Gayundah

You can snap a selfie at the site of HMQS Gayundah at Woody Point in Redcliffe. The flat-iron gunboat has had various uses, both in the Australian military and as a Brisbane gravel and sand barge. After being decommissioned, the boat was bought to be repurposed as a breakwater by the local council in 1958. 

Discover more places to take pirate-loving kids here.

9 cheap school holiday activities in Moreton Bay

Healthy and Active Moreton

Healthy and Active Moreton is run by the City of Moreton Bay and offers a range of affordable activities. In fact, some are even free! These include various sporting, entertainment, wellness and educational events and workshops. Why not take a look at what’s on, such as Surf Life Saving Queensland programs?

Check out what the Healthy and Active Moreton program offers here 

Woodford Railway

Around an hour north of Brisbane is Woodford Railway, where rides are offered on the first and third Sundays of each month from 10am to 3:30pm. These last for around 20 minutes. The picnic and barbecue area, memorabilia collection and shop can keep families busy for far longer, though. 

Find more info on the Woodford Railway here.

Lyell Deer Sanctuary

Located in the Moreton Bay hinterland, Lyell Deer Sanctuary in the Mount Sampson area cares for injured, orphaned and abandoned deer. Kids can feed the creatures here while interacting with and learning about fallow, red and rusa deer. 

Website: Lyell Deer Sanctuary

Trevena Glen Farm

Also in the Mount Sampson area is Trevena Glen Farm. Kids can meet and greet all the animals here and take pony rides. This family-run petting farm is situated in the D’Aguilar Range foothills. 

Discover more petting farms in the Brisbane area here.

Undersea Putt and Play

Undersea Putt and Play offers an 18-hole mini golf course in Redcliffe. It’s perfect for family fun, and there’s also a large redemption arcade here. This mini golf facility can be found within the Bluewater Square Shopping Centre.

Website: Undersea Putt and Play

Morayfield Sport and Events Centre

Morayfield Park Leisure Centre, or Morayfield Sport and Events Centre, offers various sporting opportunities for all ages. With five sprung indoor courts, you can play pickleball, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, basketball and more. Events like the D’Aguilar Wildlife Show also attract families. 

Find more info on Morayfield Sport and Events Centre here.

White Ridge Farm

North of Caboolture is White Ridge Farm, a fun and educational farm visit for kids. There are animals to meet and pet here. Our tip is to bring your own picnic lunch along, as you’ll find plenty of spots where you can sit and eat. 

Read our White Ridge Farm review here.


Laserzone is located in Lawnton, north of Brisbane and Strathpine. As well as laser tag, the venue has a big arcade and bumper cars. Hourly and unlimited passes are available here. 

Read our Laserzone Lawnton review here.

Bribie Island Butterfly House

Bribie Island Butterfly House provides a habitat for close to 1,000 colourful flying winged insects. The staff are welcoming, and there are plenty of great photo opportunities. This butterfly house opens on Wednesdays and Sundays between 10am and 4pm. 

Read our Bribie Island Butterfly House review here.

3 big school holiday activities in Moreton Bay

Flip Out

Flip Out in Strathpine offers a whole world of fun for kids of all ages. There’s an under-10s area here, plus junior and Olympic trampolines. Foam pits, running walls and slam basketball complete the picture. Parents, meanwhile, will love the fact that there’s ample parking and a cafe on site. 

Read our review of Flip Out Strathpine here.

Brisbane Whale Watching cruises

Brisbane Whale Watching is a local operator running marine life viewing boat trips. Departing from Redcliffe, cruises leave daily and operate between June and November. Sunset cruises to Moreton Bay are also offered. Sightings are often 100% guaranteed.

Website: Brisbane Whale Watching

Dino Encounters 

Dino Encounters lies to the north of Brisbane and delivers truly engaging encounters that seemingly bring prehistoric creatures back to life. Whether for a group visit or birthday party, this is one for that big day out with a number of children. 

Website: Dino Encounters

Which Moreton Bay school holiday activities will you go for?

Whether you want free, cheap, or paid school holiday activities in the Moreton Bay area, we hope this guide has helped you to find just what you’re looking for! From local parks and seaside spots to libraries, galleries and museums, there’s plenty to do in the area without forking out a cent. 

If you don’t mind paying a little for a truly memorable experience, there are some awesome paid attractions in this part of Queensland to choose from, too. 

Find more locally-based fun in our ultimate guide to Brisbane Northside free school holiday activities.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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