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There’s so much to do in the Toowoomba region this December/January school holidays. The school holidays will run from Thursday 10 December to Tuesday 26 January inclusive. Follow our daily guide to bust that school-break boredom!

Avegates school holiday program for students with a disability

Avegates Multicap for students with disabilities

With themed days, visits to local attractions, and lots of fun and inclusive activities, the Avegates School Holiday Program is a great way for children with disability to have fun and develop social skills within a supportive and safe environment.

Operated by one of Queensland’s leading high needs disability support providers, Multicap, the Avegates School Holiday Programs offer engaging and entertaining experiences for kids and teens alike. Each two-week program is designed to ensure each child has access to a wide range of fun activities that assist in developing social skills and increasing confidence. With almost 60 years of experience in supporting people with disability, Multicap’s qualified and friendly staff are knowledgeable, energetic and passionate about ensuring every child is supported and encouraged to get the most out of the program. They can also provide 1:1 support, depending on your child’s support requirements.

Whether it’s a day out at a theme park, taking part in sports and games, skill-building, art, cooking and science activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The Avegates School Holiday Program is available in Toowoomba and Brisbane’s northside, call Avegates on 1300 135 886 or visit their website www.avegates.org.au to find out more.

Thursday 10 December

Toowoomba Christmas Tree Festival

20 beautiful Pine Christmas Trees will be on display from local schools and community groups who have kindly donated their time to decorate them. Everybody is welcome – entry fee is a gold coin donation which will also give you the opportunity to vote for your favourite tree. $1 donation will give you 2 tokens to vote and $2 will give you 5 votes.

  • Where: USQ Clive Berghofer Centre, Baker St, Toowoomba
  • Time: 5.30pm-8.30pm Thursday 10 December – Saturday 12 December
  • Find out more.

Friday 11 December

Twilight Christmas Market at Seachange | Toowoomba

You’re invited to the Seachange Toowoomba Twilight Christmas Markets. Enjoy live music (some Christmas tunes of course) and a variety of exhibitors selling handmade crafts and stocking fillers, ideal gifts for loved ones. Head along to do some Christmas shopping and enjoy some festive cheer!

Saturday 12 December

Acting Workshops w/ Mashed Theatre Inc. | Toowoomba

This December register your performer in Acting Workshops for young people at Empire Theatre for ages 6 – 18. There are three categories of enrolment for different age brackets. Learn directly from professional actors in the theatre and film industry, and explore multiple styles and forms of acting over the course of the week. Find out more here.

Sunday 13 December

Esk Pickers Market | Esk

It’s Christmas at Esk Pickers Market, the perfect place to get that unique Christmas present. Find out more here.

Monday 14 December – Friday 18 December

Tech & Science Programs | Toowoomba

Give your child an unforgettable, immersive science & technology experience these holidays! Find out more here.

Tuesday 15 December

A Celtic Christmas Show | Toowoomba

Prepare to witness a whirlwind of traditional Irish music and dance, as two star-crossed lovers twirl under the mistletoe. With a winning combination of the World’s best Irish dancers alongside a pair of award winning Irish brewed musicians, ‘A Celtic Christmas’ will make your night one to remember. Book your tickets here.

Wednesday 16 December

Christmas Wonderland | Toowoomba

While Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland 2020 has been cancelled in the Botanic Gardens, you can still see some lovely Christmas lights in the CBD. This year organisers have partnered with Toowoomba Region, Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Grand Central to bring a COVID-safe version of our popular light displays to local businesses, shopfronts and laneways for the whole community to enjoy. Get all the details here.

Friday 18 December

Aladdin | Toowoomba

Take your kids along for Aladdin, a stunning ballet with glamour, drama and acrobatics! Three shows only at the Empire Theatre. Tickets less than $30! Read more here.

Monday 21 December

Ancient Rome Exhibit | Toowoomba

Come face to face with more than 50 epic exhibits showcasing the incredible innovations, machines and technology that shaped this mighty empire in Cobb +Co Museums new Ancient Rome exhibition. Learn more here.

Tues 22 December – Thurs 24 Dec

Rowes Christmas Lights Show | Toowoomba

Rowes Christmas show Things to do in toowoomba

The Rowes Christmas Light Show is back and it’s Covid Safe! Bring the whole family to see the entire length of the Rowes building come to life to celebrate Christmas! Plus they’re giving away freebies and Christmas Activity Books until 8pm each night. This year there’s 5 shows – The Christmas Classic “Aussie Jingle Bells” by Colin Buchanan, Toowoomba’s biggest Nativity Scene, Santa’s Workshop (with new additions), Covid Can-Can Christmas edition, and a mystery new show…??? Bring the kids and help celebrate the third anniversary of this Toowoomba favourite! Please note the show is best seen from across the road outside The National Hotel. Find out more here.

Friday 25 December

Christmas Day Lunch Toowoomba

See our list of the best places to head out for Christmas Day lunch in Toowoomba here. Why cook when there’s someone else to do it for you? 2020 has been a big one. Why not treat yo-elf and your family.

Thursday 31 December 

Kicking Out 2020 Drive-In Movie and Fireworks | Toowoomba

Say goodbye to 2020 with a drive in movie and fireworks at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. Gates open at 6:15pm ready for the Karate Kid (PG) to start at 6:50pm. Following the movie stay to watch the fireworks. Tickets are limited to 200 and must be pre purchased. Get your tickets here.

Thursday 7 January

Crafty Moosical Moo | Toowoomba

Maggie Moo is coming to Grand Central in Tiny Town! (level 2 across from Goodlife). Children just love Crafty Moosical Moo and so do parents/carers who don’t have to clean up! Crafty Moosical Moo Sessions are developed specially for children up to 8 years. These sessions promote sensory explorations, foster imagination, enhance colour recognition, encourage experiments and create a positive attitude towards new experiences. Most importantly, babies and children get to explore in conjunction with the educational Maggie Moo Music which further enhances their learning experience!
  • Where: Grand Central, Margaret Street, Toowomba
  • Time: 9.30am
  • Read more here.

Saturday 9 January

Oakey Splash | Oakey

Free entry summer program for young people aged 12-24 at the Oakey Aquatic Centre! Music, games, free snacks and just a great, safe time at the pool with friends for people 12-24 years.

Monday 11 January

Gladiator School | Toowoomba

Kids can strap on their sandals and enter the museum arena with Cobb +Co Museums summer school holiday program! They’ll construct their own helmet and develop combat moves with professional trainers. $10 per child. Bookings essential. Designed for children aged 3 to 12.
  • Where: Cobb +Co Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba
  • Time: Sessions will be held at 10am, 11am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm
  • Get the details here.

Thursday 21 January

Australia Day Crafty Moosical Moo | Toowoomba

Maggie Moo is coming to Grand Central in Tiny Town! (level 2 across from Goodlife). Children just love Crafty Moosical Moo and so do parents/carers who don’t have to clean up! Crafty Moosical Moo Sessions are developed specially for children up to 8 years. These sessions promote sensory explorations, foster imagination, enhance colour recognition, encourage experiments and create a positive attitude towards new experiences. Most importantly, babies and children get to explore in conjunction with the educational Maggie Moo Music which further enhances their learning experience!
  • Where: Grand Central, Margaret Street, Toowomba
  • Time: 9.30am
  • Read more here.

Friday 22 January

Crazy Science Show | Toowomba

A unique mix of science, magic, humour and the Arts! Take a wild ride with your host Richard Scholes through his “Magical World of Crazy Science” & witness…. giant columns of elephant toothpaste, rockets zooming, massive smoke rings, toilet paper flying, giant bubbles and billowing concoctions. Have you ever seen someone’s head growing before your very eyes? Add to this a hilarious mix of comedy & interactive ‘Scientrific’ magic from an Award Winning Entertainer and you have one very engaging Science Show not to be missed!

Tuesday 26 January

Australia Day Celebrations | Pittsworth

Join the Australia Day celebrations at Pittsworth Pioneer Village. Breakfast from 7am with live entertainment. Face painting, jumping castles and other activities organised. Tea, coffee and damper. Cake stall and soft drinks. The Awards ceremony starts at 9am. See more here.

Things to do in and around Toowoomba

The Toowoomba Region has an abundance of historic venues and stunning parklands to visit. If you have a morning or afternoon to spare, consider a visit to one of these special venues.

Toowoomba Region Libraries – school holiday activities

You would normally find heaps of fun activities at your local library but access is a little limited at the moment. Libraries are offering extended borrowing times and limits with click-and-collect book and DVD reservations. For online fun, check out the first 5 forever program for activities and educational play ideas for children aged 0-5 years old.

The Chocolate Cottage

Situated on a grassy acreage overlooking unsurpassed views of the Toowoomba Range, the restored 1877 Highfields school house cafe has plenty of room for the family with shaded outdoor seating and warm indoor dining around a fireplace throughout winter.

The handpainted chairs, colourful décor and quirky giftware provides a perfect environment to indulge in our handmade chocolates, award winning cuisine and Lavazza coffee.

Visit the Chocolate Cottage here.

Ju Raku En – Japanese Gardens

Located on the northern side of the University of Southern Queensland campus, the stunning Japanese garden is a joint project between the University and the local City Council. Toowoomba’s changing seasons and the clever design mean that each season offers a truly unique experience in the garden.

Laurel Bank Park – Hill Street, Toowoomba

Laurel Bank Park is one of Toowoomba’s premier parks and provides a majestic oasis close to the heart of town. The park features manicured gardens, mature trees, children’s play equipment, barbecue and picnic areas and two croquet lawns and is a must-see destination during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in spring, when the gardens come alive with colour and natural splendour.

Queens Park Botanic Gardens – Lindsay Street, Toowoomba

Set across more than 25 picturesque hectares, the parkland has several children’s play areas and barbecue picnic spaces.

DownSteam Tourist Railway & Museum – 16 Cambooya Street, Drayton

DownSteam Tourist Railway

The DownSteam Tourist Railway is open Saturdays from 9am-3pm. For fans of historic steam railways, this is a great place to spend a few hours touring the restoration sheds and gift shop.

Toowoomba Indoor Sports

This is the premier indoor sports venue in Toowoomba and boasts six playing courts and one practice net, set up complete with a bowling machine. The centre has a fully licensed bar and canteen, and caters for functions, birthdays and corporate groups. The Sporting Arena is sure to offer a sport that appeals to your children. Whether they’re only young or a growing teenager, with a plethora of options available there’ll be something to suit them. Why not bring the whole family in on the fun too? Find out more here in our full review!

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Previous things to do in Toowoomba school holidays

Things to do in Toowoomba during the Spring 2020 school holidays

June 26 onwards – Science on the Move

Science on the Move

Enjoy, discover and explore principles of light, music and sound, human biology and health, force and motion, ecology and the environment, electricity and magnetism, human population and genetics. Science on the Move’s intriguing exhibit investigations will engage your mind and body. 

Turn yourself into a battery, crank up a tornado in a bottle, escape from handcuffs, predict the outcome of chaos, build a food chain, measure your fitness and much, much more.

Explore the exhibition and solve these questions:

  • Which shape will win a rolling race – the ring, the disc or the ball?
  • Is it easier to balance the stick when the ball is in your hand, or up in the air?
  • How can you separate the handcuffs without removing them from your wrist?

Sep 19-Oct 5 – Backyard Detective GROW

Put on your detective shoes for the Cobb & Co spring school holiday program! For $6.50, kids will be given a GROW pack filled with goodies for their home garden, and a self-led trail activity. Running daily, purchase your GROW packs at our front counter.  

Venue: Cobb & Co. Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba

September 18-27 – Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Of course the biggest event on every Toowoomba spring holiday calendar is the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. The Carnival of Flowers is a riot of spring events, including the parade, night garden light display, sideshows, music, activities and floral displays, train journeys, crafts, tours and more.

There’s really too much happening to list here, so take a look at the official guide for more info.

Grand Central Floral Parade – reimagined

Toowoomba Carnival of the Flowers

The iconic Grand Central Floral Parade has been reimagined for 2020! This year the Grand Central Floral Parade will be delivered in two ways, a Static Display throughout the Grand Central Shopping Centre and a highly anticipated mini Itty-Bitty Grand Central Floral Parade.

The Static Display will be at Grand Central Shopping Centre from 19-27 Sep, while the Itty-Bitty Parade is a virtual parade taking place online at 3pm on Sat 19 Sep. See it here!

Chalk art in the park

While in Queens Park you have the opportunity to watch local artists create a showstopping floral masterpiece before your eyes using only chalk! This is on every Saturday in September, 10am-2pm! And it’s free!

Rowes Carnival of Light shows

Take the whole family to watch the entire front of the Rowes building come to life with spectacular animations to celebrate a Symphony of Spring! You’ll see the magical, miniature world of the garden gnomes with flowers the size of buildings, giant bees, butterflies and lady birds. Watch crepe myrtle trees bop to the music whilst thousands of tiny flowers sprout and bloom and a giant oak tree grows and delivers dancing gnomes to the party!

Sep 18-27, 6:30-9pm at Rowes Building, 58 Russell Street, Toowoomba

Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy Retail

As twilight settles in, Queens Park will spring to life with lighting displays that weave through a secluded section of the parkland. Designed as an family-friendly space, the Night Garden features light installations and illuminations of colour!  Get your camera ready to capture each installation.

This event will ‘brighten’ your night! Don’t miss it!

Sep 18-27, 6-8:30pm, Middle of Queens Park, Godsall Street, Toowoomba

Highfields Pioneer Village

From September 18-27, as part of the Carnival of Flowers, Highfield Pioneer Village will hold the Highfields Steampunk Festival. Myrtle the steam train will also be running Sun 27 September. Find out more on the Highfields Pioneer Village website.

Empire Theatre

September 25 – Puffin Palooza

The greatest Puffin in the world is throwing a party and you’re invited!

Get all puffed up for PuffinPalooza, an exciting new show for kids and their families. Join us this October for a fun-filled concert live on stage that captivates, connects and sparks imagination.

Parade down the red carpet to catch the film premiere of There Once Was A Puffin and party with some of our favourite characters from the movie and from The Owl and The Pussycat at PuffinPalooza LIVE! Don’t forget to wear
your best dress up party-outfit and have your photo snapped by the Puffin Paparazzi.

Cost: $22, groups of 4 $75
Venue: Armitage Centre, Heritage Bank Auditorium, Neil Street, Toowoomba

September 22-23 – Clowning Workshops

A variety of clowning workshops by You Me Three Company filled with fun. Various class durations and age categories.

Cost: Varies
Venue: Armitage Centre, Heritage Bank Auditorium, Neil Street, Toowoomba

Visit the Empire Theatre website to find out more.

Things to do in Toowoomba during the Winter 2020 school holidays

There’s so much to do in the Toowoomba region this winter school holiday. Just follow our daily guide to bust that school-break boredom!

July 9 & 10 – City Golf School Holiday Program – 9am-12pm

The City Golf school holiday program is an introductory course for children aged 5-12 years old. This school holiday golf clinic will take them through their paces with drills and activities including full swing, chipping, putting and challenges.

Cost: $20.00 per day
Venue: City Golf Club, 254 South Street, Toowoomba
Find out more here.

Toowoomba winter school holiday activities postponed

Every year Toowoomba offers a fantastic array of school holiday activities, but some of the regular events have been postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19. These events and venues are taking a break for winter 2020 and will be back in winter 2021:

Things to do in Toowoomba during the Easter 2020 school holidays

Many school holiday activities have been cancelled this year and popular holiday venues closed. There are still lots of things you can do to keep the kids safe and entertained. Take a look at these links for #stayathome fun ideas …

Boredom Busters for Kids – A list of over 20 things to do when there is “nothing to do”.

Cinema at Home – You can still have that home cinema experience with streaming, downloads or online DVD orders. Take a look at our suggestions!

Bear Hunt – Social Distance Style! – Explore your local neighbourhood in search of hidden bears. Tip: Create your own toilet roll tube binoculars with string and sticky tape, and decorate them for your hunt.

Take a Virtual Museum Tour – Visit 17 different museums across the world with a virtual tour!

Go to Disneyland! – You can ride all the rides without queuing! Want to know how? Click the link!

You can find lots more ideas for crafts and activities for the Easter school holiday by clicking here.

The Easter school holidays in Queensland are Saturday 4 April to Sunday 19 April 2020

Things to do in Toowoomba during the December 2019/January 2020 summer school holidays in Toowoomba

There’s so much to do in the Toowoomba region this summer school holiday. Just follow our daily guide to bust that school-break boredom!

December 2-20 – EDwoodUCATION E.P.I.K School Holiday Programs – Rangeville Scout Hall

The E.P.I.K. Holiday Programs are designed to be inclusive, multi-disciplinary, skill-building and enjoyable! We offer outdoor activities for those who wish to be moving, creative projects for those who like to express themselves and thought-provoking challenges for those who have an inquisitive mind.

Participants may choose on the day what they wish to do and are welcome to explore multiple options throughout the day.

The 2019 December E.P.I.K. Holiday Program features:

WEEK 1: OUT OF THIS WORLD – an investigation into outer space! – DECEMBER 2-6 (limited spaces)
WEEK 2: CRAZY CHEMISTRY – the science of squish and smash! – DECEMBER 9-13 (limited spaces)
WEEK 3: 100% E.P.I.K. – tennis, drama, touch football, music, robotics, art…and so much more! – DECEMBER 16-20
Also featuring collaborative outdoor games, strategic board games (esp. Chess), food challenges and slime! Karate will an option on 19 & 20 December too!

Cost: $45 per participant per day; $200 for full-week registration
Venue: Rangeville Scout Hall
Find out more here.

December 11-17 – Let’s Talk Toy Testers – Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre – 10am-2pm

Attention all toy lovers! Santa needs your help to find out what the best toys are this Christmas. Come along to Big W’s Toy Testing Lab, try them out and then vote for your favourite one. Plus, you can WIN your favourite toy!

Toy Testing Lab maximum capacity: 30 children.

Cost: FREE
Venue: Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre, Cnr James Street & Anzac Avenue, Toowoomba
Find out more here.

December 13 – Clifton Community Christmas Party – 4:30-9:00pm

There will be live entertainment at the FE Logan Hall Meara Place, Clifton, with games for children and families, food, ham wheel raffles, giveaways, face painting, ice cream van and of course Santa.

Venue: FE Logan Hall, Meara Place, Clifton
Find out more here.

December 13 – Kids Christmas Party – 5:30-9:00pm

Head down to the Millmerran Lions Park on Friday December 13th at 5:30pm for a fun filled afternoon of craft, singing, games, Christmas spirit and a visit from the Big Man Himself. SANTA!!! Lions Club will be putting on a FREE sausage sizzle and the winners of the colouring-in competition will be announced. 

After Santas Arrival at 6:30pm, grab a bag of popcorn and find a comfy spot to watch Dumbo on the Big Screen under the stars from 7pm.

For catering purposes please contact the Millmerran Community Support Service on 46955650 to ensure your children dont miss out on a gift from Santa.

Venue: Millmerran Lions Park, Mary Street, Millmerran
Find out more here.

December 14 – Cambooya Community Christmas Party

The Cambooya Community Christmas Party is a wonderful chance to get together and celebrate the festive season. There will be a visit from Santa and his helpers, live music, face painting, a jumping castle, and petting zoo for the kids. With an open bar, Market stalls, Food trucks and The Lions Club of Toowoomba manning the BBQ, this is a great chance to grab your friends and family and catch up at Cambooya Recreational Grounds. 

All activities and entertainment on the night are free.

Cost: FREE admission.
Venue: Cambooya Recreation Grounds, 11 Lucy Street, Cambooya
Find out more here.

December 14 – Carols at Spring Bluff – 4-6:30pm

Join in Christmas Carols at Spring Bluff Railway Station on Saturday 14 December 2019 from 4-6.30pm.  Take time out from the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle and relax in the grounds of beautiful Spring Bluff Railway Station.  The Toowoomba Municipal Band Ensemble will be playing all the Christmas favourites.

Spring Bluff Cafe will be open for coffee and goodies. BYO chair, blanket and tinsel! Santa will make an appearance. Please leave your pets at home – they’ll frighten Santa’s reindeer!

Cost: FREE admission.
Venue: McCormack Drive, Spring Bluff
Find out more here.

December 14 – Gowrie Junction Movie and Santa – 4-9pm

Santa arrives at the hall at 6.30pm, and includes a photo shoot with the jolly man himself. There will be drinks, sausage sizzle, popcorn, and the family movie commences at 7.30pm.

Cost: FREE admission.
Venue: Gowrie Junction Community Hall, Old Homebush Road, Gowrie
Find out more here.

December 14 – Movie Night Under The Stars – Jondaryan Woolshed – 6:30-9pm

Purchase refreshments on the night, including hot dogs, a sausage sizzle, ice creams, cold drinks, popcorn and lollies. Some seating available, however, guests are invited to bring their own chairs, blankets, bean bags, pillows or cushions to settle-in and watch the show. The movie screening will be announced closer to the event and will start at 7pm, with refreshments available from 6.30pm.

Cost: Adults $10, children $5
Venue: Jondaryan Woolshed, 264 Jondaryan-Evanslea Road, Jondaryan.
Click here for more info.

December 15 – Christmas in the Village – 4-9pm

Live music from 4pm, Christmas carols at 6:15pm, coffee, pizza, sweets, jumping castle and BBQ – Santa from 6:30pm!

Cost: FREE admission.
Venue: Pittsworth Pioneer Village, Pioneer Way, Pittsworth
Find out more here.

December 15 – Cinema Under The Stars – Pokemon Detective Pikachu – 4:30-6:30pm

Join Walton Stores for a Movie Under the Stars. Take a rug and settle in to watch Pokemon Detective Pikachu.

‘In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.’

Cost: FREE admission.
Venue: Walton Stores, 476 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba
Find out more here.

December 16-20 – School Holiday Activities at The Woolshed 

Are you keen to keep the kids busy these school holidays? Drop by The Woolshed for their school holiday program. They have a daily damper making class ($5 pp), art and craft activities, old-time games and animal nursery. Plus, explore more than 30 historical buildings, including the Woolshed!

Entry is by gold coin donation for all children under 15 years. General entry applies for adults and older children (gold coin for those who reside within 100km; $10 for adults and $8.50 for concessions). Affordable refreshments are available at the Damper Hut

Venue: Jondaryan Woolshed, 264 Jondaryan-Evanslea Road, Jondaryan.
Click here for more info.

December 16-20 – Summer Holiday Camp – Camp Cooby

If you are looking for fun, innovative, outdoor adventures and active learning experiences this school holiday…. Camp Cooby is the right place for you and your children! Their school holiday program is for young people from 6 to 13 years of age and provides a great opportunity for your children to build resilience, independence, and a sense of self-awareness through adventure!

Venue: Camp Cooby, 239 Loveday Road, Geham
Click here for more info.

December 18 – Millmerran Christmas Carols – 6-9pm

Hosted by the Millmerran Ministers Association in the Hospital grounds the Millmerran Christmas Carols will be a night of great music and carols. A sausage sizzle will be available from 6pm with Carols starting at 7pm. 

Cost: FREE admission.
Venue: Millmerran Hospital, Commens, Millmerran

December 11-17 – Let’s Talk Gingerbread Decorating – Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre – 10am-2pm

Run, run as fast as you can… to catch the Gingerbread Decorating Workshop! Ice and decorate your own gingerbread cookie at the tasty Christmas classes!

Limit 15 children per session, 30 minutes per session.

Cost: FREE
Venue: Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre, Cnr James Street & Anzac Avenue, Toowoomba
Find out more here.

December 22 – Carols by Lantern Light – Highfields Pioneer Village – 5-8pm

December 22nd 2019 Program:
5:00pm– Welcome to Country by Don Nikkelson
5:20pm– Christmas Prayer by Mervyn Polzin
5:30pm– Welcome by Lyn Bowtell & Cathy Drummond
5:45pm– Concert with Terry Arnold
6:15pm– Student Performance with Cathy Drummond’s Sing School
6:35pm– Lyn Bowtell
7:00pm– Santa and his elves arrive via Steam Engine
7:15pm– Cathy Drummond & Choir
7:40pm– Finale– Lyn & Cathy, Choir, Students
Also BUSHRANGER CAFÉ onsite open

Cost: $20 per adult and $10 per child aged 5-15 years, children under 5 free. 
Location: 73 Wirraglen Road, Highfields
See here for more info.

 

many fireworks exploding on a black sky in many colours

December 31 – New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Frogs Hollow

Not just fireworks, but a whole host of entertainment from 4:30pm onwards, including kids rides, entertainment and community games before the show starts at 5:00pm. There is a spectacular fireworks display from 7:45 pm (correct at time of publication but please check fireworks are still going ahead closer to the date).

Cost: FREE
Venue: Queens Park Frogs Hollow, Cnr Hume & Margaret Street, Toowoomba

December 31 – New Year’s Eve Bush Dance & Buffet Dinner – Jondaryan Woolshed

Choose a 2-course buffet before or a light supper at the Jondaryan Woolshed New Year’s Eve Bush Dance and see in the new year in true country style. You can even camp onsite to save the cab ride home!

Cost: Buffet Dinner – Adults $25, Children 5-15 years $15
Cost: Bush Dance – Adults $20, Children 5-15 years $15, children under 5 free. Family tickets available.
Venue: Jondaryan Woolshed, 264 Jondaryan-Evanslea Road, Jondaryan.
Click here for more info.

January 6-10 – EDwoodUCATION Top-Shot Tennis Clinic – The Glennie School

For this special program, the Top-Shots Tennis Clinic will feature the brilliant Mr B. With 20+ years of coaching experience, Mr B will provide tennis sessions that are incredibly fun and skill-building for those who are advanced players as well as for those who are new.

The Top-Shots Tennis Clinic will run from MONDAY, 6th JANUARY – FRIDAY, 10th JANUARY, 2020.

THE JUNIOR CLINICS:
Start – 8:00 am each day
Finish – 10:00 am each day

THE SENIOR CLINICS
Start – 10:30 am each day
Finish – 12:30 pm each day

REMEMBER…you may register for one day, all days or anything in between!

Cost: $30 per participant per session
Venue: The Glennie School, off Vacy Street
Find out more here.

January 6-10 – Summer Holiday Camp – Camp Cooby

If you are looking for fun, innovative, outdoor adventures and active learning experiences this school holiday…. Camp Cooby is the right place for you and your children! Their school holiday program is for young people from 6 to 13 years of age and provides a great opportunity for your children to build resilience, independence, and a sense of self-awareness through adventure!

Venue: Camp Cooby, 239 Loveday Road, Geham
Click here for more info.

January 13-17 – School Holiday Activities at The Woolshed 

Are you keen to keep the kids busy these school holidays? Drop by The Woolshed for their school holiday program. They have a daily damper making class ($5 pp), art and craft activities, old-time games and animal nursery. Plus, explore more than 30 historical buildings, including the Woolshed!

Entry is by gold coin donation for all children under 15 years. General entry applies for adults and older children (gold coin for those who reside within 100km; $10 for adults and $8.50 for concessions). Affordable refreshments are available at the Damper Hut

Venue: Jondaryan Woolshed, 264 Jondaryan-Evanslea Road, Jondaryan.
Click here for more info.

January 13-17 – Summer Holiday Camp – Camp Cooby

If you are looking for fun, innovative, outdoor adventures and active learning experiences this school holiday…. Camp Cooby is the right place for you and your children! Their school holiday program is for young people from 6 to 13 years of age and provides a great opportunity for your children to build resilience, independence, and a sense of self-awareness through adventure!

Venue: Camp Cooby, 239 Loveday Road, Geham
Click here for more info.

September 21 & 22 – Steam train to Helidon

For the nostalgic lovers of a steam railways, you can indulge your senses with all the sights, sounds and smells of a historic steam train journey from Toowoomba to Helidon. This is great for Harry Potter fans who dream of riding the Hogwarts Express!

Cost: Adults $39, children (5-14 years) $19
Departs: Toowoomba Railway Station, Railway Street, Toowoomba
See here for more details.

September 21 – The Potters Picnic – 8am-4pm

Take part in the Darling Downs Potters’ Club event, where there’ll be market stalls, spring-themed ceramics and light food and refreshments. Don’t miss the music and entertainment throughout the day, with activities such as interactive clay demonstrations for children and adults.

Cost: FREE
Venue: Darling Downs Potters Club, 145 West Street, Toowoomba

September 22-28 – Train rides to Spring Bluff

Trains leave Toowoomba twice daily for the unmissable scenic journey to the prize-winning gardens of Spring Bluff. The warm welcome from the ‘Acting’ Station Master is a real song and dance! Pack a picnic, grab a coffee and enjoy a day at South East Queensland’s prettiest railway station.

Train journey times are approximately 35 – 40 minutes between Toowoomba and Spring Bluff.

Cost: Adults $20, children (4-15 years) $10, under 3 years old travel free.
Location: Departs Toowoomba Railway Station, Railway Street, Toowoomba
Find out more here.

September 23-26 – School Holiday Activities (week one) – Jondaryan Woolshed

Are you keen to keep the kids busy these school holidays but don’t want to break the bank? Drop by for the affordable school holiday program at Jondaryan Woolshed between 9am and 2:30pm. Entry is by gold coin donation for all children under 15 years. General entry applies for adults and older children (gold coin for those who reside within 100km; $10 for adults and $8.50 for concessions). Scheduled activities include

– Tuesday & Thursday: Horse and Cart Rides from 9am to 10:30am, 11am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 2:30pm.

– Monday & Wednesday: Mini Train rides ($2 per ride) from 9am to 2pm.

Venue: Jondaryan Woolshed, 264 Jondaryan-Evanslea Road, Jondaryan.
Click here for more info.

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Things to do in Toowoomba during the Winter 2019 school holidays

There’s so much to do in the Toowoomba region this winter school holiday. Just follow our daily guide to bust that school-break boredom!

June 21 – July 14 – Winter Wonderland Ice Skating – Civic Square, Toowoomba

Toowoomba Skating At Festival

The Toowoomba Skating At Festival is transforming Civic Square into a cool outdoor ice-skating wonderland. Children from 2 years of age are welcome to participate, and children younger than 5 get the use of a Kanga skating aid balance buddy. There’s also a huge winter jumping castle and inflatable slide, and lots of food and drink stalls too so you can either join in with the kids, or sit back with a cuppa and cake to watch. Find out more here.

June 28-30 – Chrome & Clutter Retro Festival – Laidley

Live bands, vintage vans, car displays, markets and a dog show, it’s all happening at the Laidley show grounds and around town on one big weekend.

Find out more here

June 29 – Station Street Fun Day

Upcycled markets, kids entertainment, collectibles, and more; join Yellowbridge and Emerge to support programs for youth and people with disabilities in a fabulous family fun day.

Venue: Station Street (between Russell & Margaret Streets), Toowoomba

July 1 & 2 – AFL Camp – 9am-3pm

AFL Queensland’s famous school holiday camps are back! The camps are open to both boys and girls aged 5 to 13 years and no previous AFL experience is required.

Kids will have the opportunity to learn and test their football skills with fun games and activities conducted by experienced AFL Queensland staff and coaches. They will enjoy AFL playground inflatables and visits from Brisbane Lions team mascot, Roy the Lion.

Cost $100, includes lunch, drinks, snacks, goodie bag and football
Venue: Concordia Lutheran College, 154 Stephen Street, Toowoomba

July 1-4 – School holiday activities – Jondaryan Woolshed

Drop by for their school holiday program between 9am and 2pm. They have a damper making class at 10am and 12pm ($5 pp), art and craft activities, a scavenger hunt, and the animal nursery will be available at no cost. Plus, explore more than 30 historical buildings, including the Woolshed.

Mini train rides will be running on Wednesday ($2 per ride), horse and cart rides on Tuesday & Thursday ($2 per ride), and Tractor Train rides on Monday.

Cost: Adults $10, concessions $8.50, child 5-14 years $5.00
Gold coin entry applies to locals if you reside within 100km.

Venue: Jondaryan Woolshed, 264 Jondaryan-Evanslea Road, Jondaryan.
Click here for more info.

July 5-7 – Laidley Show

The Laidley Show is back over three big days! In it’s 129th year, the Laidley Show promises to be bigger and better than ever, kicking off at 4:30pm on Friday night with a Bull & Bronc Rodeo and live music, followed by a weekend of animal shows, demonstrations, monster trucks, rides, showbags and much more. 

Venue: Laidley Showgrounds, Hayes Street, Laidley.

Find out more here.

July 7 – Stockyard Creek Bush Poet’s Brunch – 9-11am

While enjoying a hearty country brunch listeners will be treated to a mix of original bush ballads and classic favourites sure to have everyone singing long with Julieann Lynch (Queensland Champion of Champions) and Garth Brand.

Cost: $11.50-$15.00

Venue: Stockyard Creek Community Hall, Stockyard Creek Road, Stockyard.

Click here for more info.

July 11-14 –Winter Kids Holiday Workshops – Tinker Toowoomba

Tinker is hosting a range of art activities, classes and programs over four days for kids from kindy-aged to 16 years, including watercolour animals, t-shirt painting, nesting dolls, acrylic painting and more. 

Cost: $25 per session
Venue: Tinker, 8 Dexter Street, South Toowoomba
Find out more info here.

January 26 – Pittsworth Australia Day Celebration – 7am-12pm

There will be breakfast and morning tea served, plus fun activities including billy cart racing, crosscut saw competition and much more.

Venue: Pittsworth Pioneer Village, Pioneer Way, Pittsworth

January 26 – Oakey Australia Day Celebration – 7:30am-12:30pm

There will be breakfast to buy and free morning tea, plus a range of competitions including billy cart racing, Iron Man, raft racing, thong throwing, and so much more great Aussie fun!

Venue: Arthur Shooter Park, Stanley Street, Oakey

Until Jan 28 – Alice’s Wonderland – Cobb & Co. Museum

Down the Rabbit Hole is part of this continuing Alice’s Wonderland exhibition. Ideal for children aged 3-8 years old, let your child’s curiosity guide them through a series of hands-on educational exhibits full of science, illusion, word play and maths. Don’t be late for this one!

Cost: Adults $12.50, Children $6.50, Family passes available. Free for residents of Toowoomba
Venue: Cobb & Co. Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba
Find out more here.

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Things to do in Toowoomba during the September/October spring school holidays, 2018

The weather is warming up and it’s the perfect time of year for indoor and outdoor activities, so shake off the winter cabin fever and check out our guide of things to do in and around Toowoomba these September school holidays!

September 21-30 – Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Of course the biggest event on every Toowoomba spring holiday calendar is the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. The Carnival of Flowers is a riot of spring events, including the parade, night garden light display, sideshows, music, activities and floral displays, train journeys, crafts, tours and more.

There’s really too much happening to list here, so take a look at the official guide for more info.

September 21-30 – Highfields Pioneer Village

The Highfields Pioneer Village has a daily program of events during the Toowoomba Flower Festival week, including damper making, silver smithing, craft lessons in the village hall and period costume shoots happening from 9:30am to 4pm daily. Myrtle May the Miniature Steam Train will also be running on Sunday September 29 at a small extra cost of $5 per adult and $3 per child.

Cost: From $10 per adult and $5 per child. Family tickets available.
Location: 73 Wirraglen Road, Highfields
See here for more info.

September 21-October 7 – Down The Rabbit Hole Adventure – Cobb & Co. Museum

Children can follow a self-guided trail around the Cobb & Co. Museum to solve puzzles to help the White Rabbit not be late. Along the way there will lots of hands-on craft activities (you can keep what you make!) to help you on your way. Designed for children aged 3-12 years.

Cost: $6.50 per child
Venue: Cobb & Co. Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba
Find out more here.

Until Jan 28 – Alice’s Wonderland – Cobb & Co. Museum

Down the Rabbit Hole is part of this continuing Alice’s Wonderland exhibition. Ideal for children aged 3-8 years old, let your child’s curiosity guide them through a series of hands-on educational exhibits full of science, illusion, word play and maths. Don’t be late for this one!

Cost: Adults $12.50, Children $6.50, Family passes available. Free for residents of Toowoomba
Venue: Cobb & Co. Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba
Find out more here.

September 22 – Grand Central Floral Parade

The Grand Central Floral parade is now in its 69th year! Winding its way from Grand Central Shopping Centre to Queens Park, see street performers, carnival characters, stilt walkers and floral floats. The parade begins from the Grand Central Shopping Centre, Dent & Margaret Streets, Toowoomba.

Carnival of Flowers GrandCentralFloralParade

September 22 & 23 – Heritage Weekend – Jondaryan Woolshed

Step back to the 1800s and discover the Darling Downs of a bygone age. There’ll be sheep shearing, whip cracking, blacksmithing, dog displays, artisan craftspeople, cart rides and so much more. Perfect for the whole family!

Cost: Adults $10, Children $5, family tickets available.
Venue: Jondaryan Woolshed, 264 Jondaryan-Evanslea Road, Jondaryan.
Click here for more info.

September 22-October 7 – Botanical Buddies – Grand Central Shopping Centre – From 10am daily

What says spring better than a blooming garden! Grand Central’s spring school holiday program combines science and nature with hands-on experiences and a take home plant.

Cost: FREE
Venue: Centre Court, Grand Central Shopping Centre, Dent & Margaret Streets, Toowoomba
Find out more here.

September 22 & 23 – Steam train to Helidon

For the nostalgic lovers of a steam railways, you can indulge your senses with all the sights, sounds and smells of a historic steam train journey from Toowoomba to Helidon. This is great for Harry Potter fans who dream of riding the Hogwarts Express!

Cost: Adults $40, children $20
Departs: Toowoomba Railway Station, Railway Street, Toowoomba
See here for more details.

September 23 – The Potters Picnic – 8am-4pm

See local potters at work with pottery throwing demonstrations, stalls and local food and drinks to build your own picnic.

Cost: FREE
Venue: Darling Downs Potters Club, 145 West Street, Toowoomba

September 23-29 – Train rides to Spring Bluff

Take a return journey on a diesel train from the prettiest station in Toowoomba, to one of the prettiest gardens! The scenic journey lasts 35-40 minutes and departs twice daily, so pack a picnic and take the family along for the ride.

Cost: Adults $20, children (4-15years) $10, under 4 years old travel free.
Location: Departs Toowoomba Railway Station, Railway Street, Toowoomba
Find out more here.

September 24-28 – Super Sporting Spectacular – St Ursula’s College

Kids can try a range of sports and activities all in one place, courtesy of the School Holiday Program. Activities available include tennis, soccer, chess, basketball, netball, golf, touch football, t-ball, cricket, and wall-ball, culminating in the Toowoomba Handball Tournament and the Toowoomba Flossing Final.

Find out more here.

September 24-October 2 – Camp Cooby spring holiday camp – daily, overnight or longer!

Whether you choose to book for just one day, overnight, or a whole week the kids will have a great time at the Camp Cooby spring holiday camp, where this year’s theme is growth. It’s a mix of adventure, activity and heaps of fun, with fantastic food included! Activities include rock climbing, watercraft, rope courses, problem solving challenges, technology, and way too much more to list. Suitable for children aged 6-16 years.

Cost: Varies according to length of stay
Venue: Camp Cooby, 239 Loveday Road, Geham
Find out more here.

September 24-October 2 – Toowoomba Region Libraries – school holiday activities

Toowoomba Region Libraries have a huge range of school holiday activities planned for kids of all ages from baby to teenager. Children can learn all about drones and how machines fly, culminating in a coding based search-and-rescue mission in the STEM program. Other activities include popstick dragonflies, dreamcatchers, siege craft tournaments, stop animation, balloon rockets and hover discs, decorative leaf bowls, sensory play for under 5s, Xbox challenges, lego, shadow play, rock painting, spin badges and cardboard craft. You can download the full program and find out what’s on at your local library here.

September 25 & 26 – Flipside Circus workshop at Empire Theatre

Four different workshops over two days, for children aged 2-16 years. Learn circus skills like trapeze, juggling, trampolining and more. Bookings are essential, and we advise you to get in quick!

Cost: From $25-$90
Venue: Armitage Centre, Heritage Bank Auditorium, Neil Street, Toowoomba

September 25-27 – Acting workshop at Empire Theatre Empire Youth Art – 10am-4pm

This intensive 3-day workshop is designed to give children from 10-15 years old experience in front of and behind the cameras. At the end of the workshop children will be able to take home a copy of their own movie footage! Bookings are essential, and we advise you to get in quick!

Cost: $235
Venue: Armitage Centre, Heritage Bank Auditorium, Neil Street, Toowoomba
Click here to book.

September 28-30 – Fairies, Flowers and Fine Things – Glennie Junior School

See a stunning array of fairy decorations, flowers, dancing and puppetry at the Fairies, Flowers and Fine Things event in aid of the Toowoomba Hospice. There’s a magical Fairy Parade on Friday evening too, so dress as a fairy and join in the fun!

Cost: FREE, but gold coin donation welcome
Venue: Glennie Junior School Hall, 412 Herries Street, Toowoomba
Find out more here.

September 29 – The Gruffalo – Empire Theatre

See The Gruffalo live on stage with a morning and matinee performance of this kids’ favourite. Suitable for children aged 3 up.

Cost: From $22
Venue: Event Theatre, Neil Street, Toowoomba
Click here to book.

September 30 – Bella’s Bad Hair Day – Empire Theatre – 1:30pm & 3:00pm

Brought to you by First 5 Forever, Thrive on Arts, and the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra, Bella’s Bad Hair Day is a beautiful introduction to orchestral music for the whole family.

Cost: FREE
Venue: Armitage Centre, Heritage Bank Auditorium, Neil Street, Toowoomba
Click here to book.

October 4-6 – Charlotte’s Web – Empire Theatre

Charlotte’s Web is a children’s classic beloved by many, and you can see it screened at the Empire Theatre over the spring school holidays.

Cost: From $10
Venue: Empire Theatre, Neil Street, Toowoomba
Click here to book.

October 4 & 5 – City Golf School Holiday Program – 11am-4pm

The City Golf school holiday program is an introductory course for children aged 5-12 years old. This 2-day school holiday golf clinic will take them through their paces with drills and activities including full swing, chipping, putting and challenges. Bonus: lunch is provided too!

Cost: $60.00
Venue: City Golf Club, 254 South Street, Toowoomba
Find out more here.

October 4-7 – Spring Holiday Art Workshops

Tinker is hosting a range of art activities, classes and programs over four days for kids from kindy-aged to 16 years. Book 3 sessions and pick a fourth one free!

Cost: $25 per session
Venue: Tinker, 8 Dexter Street, South Toowoomba
Find out more info here.

October 5 – Dine Down Town – St Luke’s Church Grounds – 5pm-8:30pm

Hand picked food and beverage vendors will be selling sweet and savoury snacks and drinks with a multicultural flair. There’ll be live music and entertainment for the kids too!

Cost: Adults $2.00, Kids under 15 free
Venue: St Luke’s Church, Corner Herries and Ruthven Streets, Toowoomba

October 6 & 7 – Blacksmithing teen workshop at Cobb & Co. Museum

This specially designed 3-hour workshop (9:00am-12:00pm) for children aged 13-17 years is part of the Lost Trades Fair. Your teen will learn the step-by-step process of heating and forging a piece of metal into a letter opener under the expert tuition of the resident blacksmith.

Cost: $120.00
Requirements: Closed in shoes, long trousers and long sleeves must be worn.
Venue: Cobb & Co. Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba
Click here for booking details, or call Cobb & Co. Museum on 4659 4900

October 6 & 7 – Lost Trades Fair – Cobb & Co. Museum

The Lost Trades Fair provides families the opportunity to witness artisans at work in trades that would otherwise be lost in time.

Cost: Adult $15.00, Children $5.00, Family and concession tickets available.
Venue: Cobb & Co. Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba

October 7 – Glenore Grove State School Community Fun Day – 8am-1pm

Glenore Grove State School is hosting a community fun day for the whole family, with stalls, side shows, craft tables, visiting motorbike riders, BBQ lunch and a whole lot more!

Venue: Glenore Grove State School, 3 Brightview Road, Glenore Grove.

October 7 – RockStock – Helidon – 10am-3pm

RockStock is a family friendly event that invites you to sing and dance along to the Rock and Roll hit songs of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Live entertainment, a classic car display, and prizes available for those who join in!

Cost: Gold coin entry
Venue: Main Road, Helidon

Previous Things to do in Toowoomba over the school holidays

We’ve left no stone unturned to make sure that we have found the most awesome things to do in Toowoomba with your kids these school holidays. From craft activities to theatre shows, from Toowoomba winter events to everything else, we’ve got you covered!

This listing is updated DAILY, so bookmark it and join us on Facebook to keep up to date with all the newest fun for Toowoomba Families and your kids!

Things to do in Toowoomba during the winter June/ July school holidays

Brrrrr, are you feeling the chill yet? School holidays are once more upon us and we’ve found plenty to do over the winter school holidays in Toowoomba Region. Active kids are warm kids, so leave the entertaining to someone else and wrap your hands around that warm mug of coffee – we’ve got you covered!

Kids winter school holiday activities, Toowoomba

We’ve found lots of activities, classes, entertainments and venues to keep kids of all ages busy these winter school holidays, from blacksmithing, snowball throwing, robot building and ice skating, to camping, acting and puzzle solving…. it’s all right here in our Toowoomba winter school holiday guide!

June 22 – July 15 – Skating At Festival – Civic Square, Toowoomba

 

The Toowoomba Skating At Festival is transforming Civic Square into a cool outdoor ice-skating wonderland. Children from 2 years of age are welcome to participate, and children younger than 5 get the use of a Kanga skating aid balance buddy. There’s also a huge winter jumping castle and inflatable slide, and lots of food and drink stalls too so you can either join in with the kids, or sit back with a cuppa and cake to watch. Find out more here.

June 22 – Jan 28 – Alice’s Wonderland – Cobb & Co. Museum

Timed perfectly to begin at the start of the winter holidays, Alice’s Wonderland is a colourful exhibition ideal for children aged 3-8 years old. You’re invited to let your child’s curiosity guide them through a series of hands-on educational exhibits full of science, illusion, word play and maths. Don’t be late for this one!

To find out more and to book, click here.

June 30 – July 15 – Magical Winter Experience at Grand Central Shopping Centre – 10am-2pm daily

Grand Central Shopping Centre, Toowoomba, is bringing you a magical winter experience with REAL SNOW over the winter school holidays! There’s a snow pit for building snowmen, a snowball tossing area, an enchanted winter village and a place to build igloos. Rug up warm and waterproof though – snow will be falling!

As if that isn’t all amazing enough, there are also winter craft workshops, a photo booth where you can snap a selfie with a polar bear or penguin, and an Arctic Hub with inflatable arctic animals.

All these great activities are scattered throughout the centre, and there are stamps to collect along the way. When you’ve collected four stamps you’ll be rewarded with a FREE toy to take home. How’s that for magical!

You can find out more about Grand Central’s magical winter experience here.

July 1 – Clifford Park Family Fun Day

Join them for Clifford Park’s annual Raff Group Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 1! There will be something for the whole family including horse racing, animal farm, iPlay kid’s fashions on the field, pony rides, face painting, and ferris wheel rides as well as their young brumbies kids club and a whole bunch of other cool kids activities! Find out more here

July 1 – Stockyard Creek Bush Poet’s Breakfast – 7 – 10:30am

Come along and enjoy a hot and hearty bush breakfast while being entertained by the witty poetry of bush poet Gary Fogarty. This is a family friendly event for all to enjoy. Seats are limited so get in quick to secure yours!

Cost: Adults $15.00, children U11 $7.50

Venue: Stockyard Creek Community Hall, Stockyard Creek Road, Stockyard.

Click here for more info.

July 2 – 6 – Robotics, engineering & stop-frame animation – Rangeville Scouts Hall

Students in years 3 to 12 are welcome to participate in a series of workshops to make their own robots and produce a stop-frame animation movie, which will be shown on the big screen to an audience at The Strand Cinema. You can book in for a half-day, full day, or the whole week.

See here for more details and how to book.

July 2 – July 13 – Cobb & Co. Museum school holiday program – Science Wonderland

Science Discovery Workshop, Kippa Ring

You can always rely on Cobb & Co. Museum to provide a fantastic school holiday program, and these winter school holidays are no exception. Three shows daily invite you to enter the topsy-turvy world of science, with demonstrations of optical illusions, chemical reactions, amazing shrinking and expanding and a whole lot more. There are hands-on activities for the kids to try too. Designed especially for children aged 3-12 years.

Cost: $10 per child.

Venue: Cobb & Co. Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba

Find out more here.

July 2 – July 13 – Camp Cooby winter space holiday camp – daily, overnight or longer!

Whether you choose to book for just one day, overnight, or a whole week the kids will have a great time at the Camp Cooby winter space holiday camp. It’s a mix of science, adventure, activity and heaps of fun, with fantastic food included too! Activities include rock climbing, watercraft, rope courses, problem solving challenges, technology, and way too much more to list. Suitable for children aged 6-16 years.

Cost: Varies according to length of stay, prices start at $75

Venue: Camp Cooby, 239 Loveday Road, Geham

Find out more here.

July 2 – July 13 – Toowoomba Region Libraries – school holiday activities

Toowoomba Region Libraries have a huge range of school holiday activities planned for kids of all ages from baby to teenager. Activities include slime making, robot building, escape room challenge, gingerbread man decorating, Pokemon party, teddy bear’s picnic, Xbox challenge and so much more. You can download the full program and find out what’s on at your local library here.

July 3 – July 5 – Acting workshop at Empire Theatre Empire Youth Art – 10am-4pm daily

This intensive 3-day workshop is designed to give children from 10-15 years old experience in front of and behind the cameras. At the end of the workshop children will be able to take home a copy of their own movie footage! Bookings are essential, and we advise you to get in quick!

Cost: $235

Venue: Armitage Centre, Heritage Bank Auditorium, Neil Street, Toowoomba

Click here to book.

July 4 and 5 – Blacksmithing teen workshop at Cobb & Co. Museum

This specially designed 3-hour workshop is ideal for children aged 13-17 years. Your teen will learn the step-by-step process of heating and forging a piece of metal into a marshmallow toasting fork under the expert tuition of the resident blacksmith. Now that should keep them warm and busy!

Cost: $95.00

Requirements: Closed in shoes, long trousers and long sleeves must be worn.

Venue: Cobb & Co. Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba

http://www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au/Events+and+Exhibitions/Events/2018/07/Blacksmithing+Teen+Workshop+July#.WyBxBlOFPow for booking details, or call Cobb & Co. Museum on 4659 4900

July 5 – NAIDOC 2018 – 10am-2pm

Celebrate the rich culture and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with live music, entertainment, bush tucker, indigenous games and a boutique market. There are lots of things for you to try, and plenty of art, craft and food for sale too. Join the celebration!

Venue: Ferrari Park, Laidley.

July 6-8 – Laidley Show

The Laidley Show is back over three big days! In it’s 128th year, the Laidley Show promises to be bigger and better than ever, kicking off at 4:30pm on Friday night with a Bull & Bronc Rodeo and live music, followed by a weekend of animal shows, demonstrations, monster trucks, rides, showbags and much more. You can even camp overnight if you want to make a mini holiday of it!

Venue: Laidley Showgrounds, Hayes Street, Laidley.

Find out more here.

July 12 – 13 – School holiday golf camp – 11am-4pm

Do your kids drive you crazy over the school holidays? Then send them to the driving range! This 2-day school holiday golf clinic will take them through their paces with drills and activities including full swing, chipping, putting and challenges. Bonus: lunch is provided too!

Cost: $60.00

Venue: City Golf Club, 254 South Street, Toowoomba

Find out more here.

July 14 – My Son Pinocchio, Empire Theatre – 2pm & 7pm

Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir at Empire Theatre brings you a classic fairy tale told with song and theatre. It’s a family friendly musical following Pinocchio’s journey from wooden puppet to a real boy, and Geppetto’s transition into fatherhood.

Cost: Adult $25, concession $19.50, Child U12 $16.00

Venue: Empire Theatre, 54-56 Neil Street, Toowoomba

To book click here.

Things to do in Toowoomba during the Easter school holidays

Check out these great school holiday activities to do in Toowoomba these Easter holidays 2018

Kids Easter Holiday Activities, Toowoomba

Want to keep the kids busy over the Easter holiday? We’ve been on the hunt and filled our basket with a whole heap of eggcelent things to do, from days out to craft activities, sports and shows, you’ll find something for everyone here.

All you need to do is gather your little bunnies and hop to it!

March 29, Good Friday (March 30) and Easter Saturday (March 31) – Paddock to Potager – 9:30-11:30am

Children can explore the farm, hunt for Easter eggs, decorate a pinecone, feed the pigs and milk the cow in the “Little Farmhouse Harvest” event. Cost is $35 per child. For more information click here

Address: 176 Merritts Creek Road, Pechey

Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday – Easter Village Festival, Highfields Pioneer Village – 9am to 5pm

Highfields Pioneer Village

The theme for this year’s 21st Annual Easter Village Festival is “Following Footsteps”, and the event promises plenty of old world action. Kids can milk a cow, learn to crack a whip, and even experience what it’s like to be a blacksmith. There’ll be vintage machinery on display, an animal nursery, and lots of good old-fashioned foods to enjoy, but the highlight of each day is the Grand Parade at 1:30pm.

Tickets are on sale now, and the 3-day family pass is great value.

More information here

Visitors on Easter Saturday (March 31) can also take a trip on Myrtle May, the Pioneer Village’s miniature steam locomotive. Additional costs apply for the train trip, and closed in shoes must be worn.

Find out more here

Address: 73 Wirraglen Road, Highfields.

Easter Saturday (March 31) – Streets & Lanes Festival – Toowoomba CBD

The streets will be alive with buskers and musicians, storytellers and dancers, filling the town with fun and activity until way after dark! There will be a market to browse, plenty of food to eat, and free activities for the kids to take part in.

More information available here

Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday – Easter Family Fun Weekend, Jondaryan Woolshed

The Woolshed at Jondaryan has a whole host of family fun planned for the Easter weekend. Activities include horse and cart rides, traditional craft demonstrations and displays, vintage games, a family disco, movie screenings, and way too much more to list! Entry costs apply and there may be additional costs for some activities.

More information available here

Address: 264 Jondaryan-Evanslea Road, Jondaryan

Easter Saturday (March 31) – Murphys Creek Markets – 7am-2:30pm

Murphys Creek Markets will host a special Easter market with prizes for the best Easter bonnet, kids treats, stalls, food, and a visit from the Easter Bunny!

Address: Thursa Street, Murphys Creek, adj. Murphys Creek Tavern

April 3-April 13, Weekdays Only – “Flight Club” – Cobb & Co Museum – 9:30am-3pm

Cobb & Co Museum is running a hands-on school holiday program where children can explore the art of flying in the animal kingdom, from soaring eagles, to gliding squirrels, and even flying fish! There will be a show at 10am, 11:30am and 1pm daily, and every child receives a souvenir activity book. Suitable for children aged 3-12. Costs apply.

Find out more here.

Address: 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba

Easter Saturday (March 31) and Saturday April 14 – Thrive at Camp Cooby – 8am-5:30pm

This day filled with amazing activities is FREE! Take the family along and get back to nature at Lake Cooby. Free activities include canoeing, rock climbing, and rope courses. Suitable for ages 6+, no prior experience necessary. Contact Camp Cooby for more information here.

Address: 239 Loveday Road, Geham

April 3-6 and April 9-11 – Tennis, Chess and Soccer – 9am-3pm

Fully qualified coaches will take your children through a range of skill-building activities in tennis, chess and soccer. You can register for half a day (12-3pm), full day 9am-3pm), or multiple days. Visit their Facebook page for registration details: Click here.

Address: Meet at the tennis courts, Middle Ridge Park, Stenner Street, Toowoomba.

Wednesday April 4 – Commonwealth Games Story Time – 10-11am

The ‘First 5 Forever’ team has stories and activities to celebrate the start of the Commonwealth Games. Suits ages 5 and under.

Address: Newtown Park, corner of Tor and Pottinger Streets

Friday April 6 and Saturday April 7 – Cinderella – Empire Theatres

Toowoomba Ballet Theatre is presenting Cinderella at Empire Theatres, on stage at 7pm both nights and with a Saturday matinee performance at 1:30pm. Click here to book.

Saturday April 7 – Alice in Wonderland Fun Day – Toowoomba City Library– 9:30am-3:30pm

The Civic Precinct has tumbled down the rabbit hole and will be transformed into Wonderland for one day only! There will be Flamingo Croquet, a White Rabbit scavenger hunt, hat making, potion making, face painting, markets and so much more! Additional cost may apply for some activities.

Address: 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba

Tuesday April 10 – Dirty Dinosaur Play – 10-11am

The ‘First 5 Forever’ team is celebrating the book “I’m A Dirty Dinosaur” with a hands-on messy play session. Suits ages 5 and under.

Address: Queens Park, Lindsay Street, Toowoomba

Tuesday April 10 – The Wiggles! – Empire Theatres – 10am and 12:30pm

Limited tickets remain to see The Wiggles perform their Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle stage show. Click here to book now.

April 12-14, Toowoomba Royal Show – 9am-9pm

A firm family favourite, the Toowoomba Royal Show is filled to the brim with the very best Toowoomba has to offer. Agricultural demonstrations and show animals feature alongside performers and stunt riders, with plenty of rides, food and activities to keep the whole family happy and entertained. Don’t forget the showbags!

Entry is $45 per family at the gate or $35 pre-paid. Free parking and free buses (for pre-paid ticket holders) available.

Tickets can be pre-purchased here.

Venue: Glenvale Road, Toowoomba

Saturday April 14 – Bites & Beats Twilight Market – 4-8pm

The Bites & Beats Twilight Market is running a number of child-friendly activities including slime making, cupcake decorating, lawn games and a jumping castle. Costs apply to some activities. $2 entry for adults, kids free.

Venue: Frogs Hollow, Queens Park, Hume Street, Toowoomba

Sunday April 15 – Queens Park Markets – 8am-1pm

With plenty of great stalls for Mum and Dad to browse, the Queens Park Markets also have an animal nursery and jumping castle for the kids to enjoy.

Venue: Frogs Hollow, Queens Park, Hume Street, Toowoomba

April 15 – Toowoomba Colour Walk/Run – from 8:30am (race starts at 9:30am)

The whole family can enjoy this colour walk/run along a 5km track with plenty of colour stations along the way. Tickets are essential and the price includes race number, safety pins, and coloured chalk bag. Click here for more information.

Venue: Glenvale Park, Harvey Road, Glenvale

Mon 8 Jan – Sun 21 Jan – Back to School Workshops, Grand Central

The back to school routine can be such a chore. But not in 2018! Grand Central has pulled together a list of services to help you with all the ‘hard work’ so you can get back to having fun with the family and enjoying your holidays!

Step 1 in getting your family back to school ready is their community ‘Contact Bar’. Raising funds for local charity Hope For Our Children, you can have your child’s school books covered for as little as a gold coin donation per book! Choose from six exclusive designs and let them take care of the rest.

Step 2 is their free weekly workshops for kids! Go along and design your own calico library bag or create a pencil case like no other!

Step 3 for the more advanced students is their guided workshops. Students can design their own pair of custom kicks or get organised by constructing a memo board to suit their personality and academic needs.

Step 4 is for our younger students – Grand Central’s friends at The Athletes Foot will be hosting lace tying workshops to make sure you’re kids are ready to go it alone on their big day!

For a full list of the Back to School services and workshops on offer, visit grandcentralshopping.com.au

Mon 1 Jan Yarraman New Year’s Day Festival

Share in the Community Spirit with family and Friends with a fun filled evening which includes Music, Food and Drinks, Kids Entertainment, Stalls and Fireworks.

Kids Rides: Armband (Unlimited Rides) $15.00,  5 Rides – $10.00, 1 Ride – $2.00

Starts at 5pm till 9pm with Fireworks at 8pm

Rides include: Dodgem Cars – Jumping Castle, Super Slide, and Climbing Rock Wall

Fri 5 Jan Pokemon Party

Calling all trainers! Join us for all things Pokémon-gaming, scavenger hunt, craft and more. BYO Nintendo DS and Pokémon trading cards and battle other trainers.
8+yrs. Bookings essential.

Sun 7 Jan – Sun 25 Feb Tunes and Blooms

38 FREE unique musical events to take over Toowoomba’s parks and gardens during January and February.  Toowoomba is now officialy the home of both tunes and blooms! The city that is home to the internationally acclaimed Carnival of Flowers is about host the inaugural SUMMER TUNES program – a program of sounds across the final eight Sundays of summer. Summer Tunes will take over the Southern Queensland city and its surrounds in the most beautiful of ways, with a program of more than 38 FREE unique musical events and experiences for the whole family on each Sunday during January and February 2018.

Sat 13 Jan Star Wars Day

FREE ACTIVITIES: Lightsaber battle show, Star Wars Escape Room Challenge (bookings required), face painting, Star Wars craft bar, scavenger hunt, DIY stencil tees (BYO t-shirt), X-Wing tabletop gaming demo. COST ACTIVITIES: Lightsaber classes ($5 per person, bookings required), green screen instant prints with Lightscape Studios, Friends of the Library comic book sale, Geek and Unique markets hosted by Eclectic Emporium. Toowoomba South Library.

Sat 13 Jan Outdoor Movie Night

Come out to Westbrook for a great Family Night to watch “Despicable Me 3” on the big screen. BBQ and popcorn will be available. Gold coin entry. Supported by local businesses. Centenary Park.

Thu 30 Nov – Sat 9 Dec Bush Christmas Exhibition, Toowoomba

The Bush Christmas Exhibition is a unique showcase of creative work, handmade by some of Australia’s most talented rural and remote artisans. The Exhibition provides customers with exclusive, innovative, affordable and quality handmade gifts, artworks and gourmet products. 9am – 6pm daily

Sat 9 Dec Festive Night Markets, Toowoomba

This will be a very special Festive Twilight Shopping event reflecting an Inner city Eat Street Vibe. Do your Christmas shopping at dusk then stay on for a relaxed dinner. Bring your picnic blanket and indulge in a smorgasbord of delicious cuisines while listening to local musicians. Approx 50 market stalls. Queens Park.  4 – 9pm.

Mon 11 Dec – Fri 19 Jan Summer School Holidays – Da Vinci, Toowoomba

Join us for our rocket launch challenge during the school holidays. Collect your materials when you purchase your da Vinci Souvenir Guide.

Da Vinci Souvenir Guide

Follow the interactive trail around the Museum to discover the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. Encounter and test his amazing machines, see his magnificent artworks and complete the challenges as you explore the world of da Vinci. Purchase your da Vinci Souvenir Guide which includes a souvenir activity booklet and everything you need to build a model flying machine.

Cost: $10 per da Vinci Souvenir Guide.

*Admission charges apply to visitors from outside of the Toowoomba Regional Council area.  More information here.

Summer School Holidays - Da Vinci, Toowoomba

Tues 1 Aug- Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

531 Ruthven Street.  Join us for stories, songs, rhymes for children five and under in the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. This is a joint initiative of the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and First 5 Forever. First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9.15am in Cobb+Co Museum’s children’s play area

The Coach Stop. (Except during school holidays.) Designed for children under six years of age, Little Cobbers encourages fun and discovery based around a museum object. Each week during school term time, the Little Cobbers box is opened and a new object is uncovered. The children learn about the object in the box, hear a related story and join in craft activities. Entry is a gold coin donation. No need to book – just come along and join in the fun. For further information call us on (07) 4659 4900

Tues 1 Aug- Toowoomba City Library

Cnr Herries and Victoria, 155 Herries Street, Storytime is a session full of stories, rhymes and songs aimed at 2-5 year old children (all ages welcome) and their parents/carers. These sessions give children a fun and relaxed start to their reading development before school through interactive storytelling, music, play and art. Storytime is held throughout the year during normal opening hours.

Fri 4- Sun 6 Aug The Empire Theatre

The Toowoomba Eisteddfod conducts an annual Eisteddfod where competitors can participate in the performing arts and develop their artistic potential.

Tue 8 Aug, Baby Rhyme Time, Bunnings, 373-391 Anzac Avenue, Harristown , 9:30am – 10:00am

A fun 30 minute session where  you and your baby can learn rhymes, action songs and finger plays to share together. Your baby will develop a love of song, rhyme and rhythm which is important for their language and early literacy development. Suitable for ages 0-2 years but all ages welcome. First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland.

Sat 12 Aug Highfields Village Markets, Highfields Village Shopping Centre

12pm-5pm has been created from our love of markets, unique goodies and our amazing local Highfields community! A local market where people can come to enjoy good food, great coffee, a relaxed community feel and of course purchase some amazing local goods! Free face painting and jumping castle for kids! Please come along and support our local community!

Saturday 12 Aug- Supermen. Talk | Play | Sing | Read, Toowoomba City Library, Herries Street,

10am-11am. A special time for male caregivers to engage in their children’s learning through rhymes, songs, simple stories and movement. We welcome Dads, Step Dads, Foster Dads , Granddads , Uncles, Brothers and all male caregivers. This group is best suited for babies to 5 year olds. Sessions are fortnightly on Saturday at 10:00 am and run for an hour., (12 August, 26 August,9 Sept) A light fruit snack will be provided. First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland.

Sun 13 Aug Toowoomba Tiny Tots and Me Market

Held in the Centenary Heights State School Hall, the market aims to provide a large range of affordable maternity, babies’ and children’s items to help with the exciting journey of parenthood.
Come to the biggest kids’ and babies’ market in Toowoomba to shop for brand new and secondhand clothes, furniture, toys and babies’ essentials as well as to share your experience of being parents!

Sun 20 Aug Queens Park Markets, Frogs Hollow, Toowoomba.

8am to 1pm and there’s plenty of parking off Hume Street opposite the Market. Come down and grab some brekky and coffee. Then browse the variety of stalls and relax under a tree with some lunch from our food vendors. There’s plenty to do for the kids too including the Parks own playgrounds.

Tue, 22 Aug – Wed 23 Aug The Empire Theatre presents- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Live on Stage

WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT is the wonderful story of a family out for walk and on the lookout for a growling bear – they have to march through long swishy grass, wade through thick gloopy mud and even battle a snow storm before entering a big dark cave where maybe they will finally spot the glinty wet eyes of a slobbering, gigantic bear winking at them through the blackness. Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure – plus a few special surprises! This 55 minute mini-musical captures the fun and frolics of a father who is clearly still a child at heart, his three children including a tiny intrepid bear hunter in the making –  baby is strapped to dad’s back-pack plus the family dog and of course….a VERY BIG BROWN CUDDLY BEAR!

Fri 25 Aug Little Miracles Kindy 1-3 Goodwood Street Toowoomba, Has a  Kindy “Come & Play” Day,

Families are invited to come along and experience kindy for a morning. This offer is to any families with children 5 years and under that are looking at attending kindergarten any time in the future. Staff will be available to answer questions. Information packages will be handed out on the day.

 Fri 25 Sun 27 Aug The Woolshed Classic Bike Rally The Woolshed At Jondaryan

264 Jondaryan Evanslea Road, Jondaryan, Join us at The Woolshed at Jondaryan to celebrate every type and style of motor bike activity from road bikes to speedway to motocross, trials, sidecars. There will be plenty of bikes, live entertainment, food, stalls plus plenty of fun activities for the whole family like mini train rides, horse and cart rides, an animal nursery and much more. Admission is a gold coin donation which goes to the Endeavour Foundation!

Sat 2 Sep – TooCon

is back for its second year at the Toowoomba City Library 10am-4pm  and will be bigger and better than ever! TooCon is a family-friendly celebration of cosplay, comics, manga, movies and all things pop culture. The festival celebrates our region’s local talent, showcases unique geeky goodies and entertainment at the Eclectic Emporium Markets and gives the community a chance to meet well known celebrities and artists working in the comic industry, TV and the cosplay circuit.

Sun 3 Sep- Wyreema Springing out of Winter Fair- 11am -3pm at the Wyreema Community Hall. There will be rides, entertainment – both live and through Power FM Toowoomba, displays, indoor and outdoor market and food!

Diary of a Wombat

Mon 4 Sep – Tues 5 September The Empire Theatre presents- Diary of a Wombat –

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now finally this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate, Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage. Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her. Monkey Baa uses the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story for ages 3+ to the stage.

Sat 9 Sep Highfields Village Markets, Highfields Village Shopping Centre

12pm-5pm has been created from our love of markets, unique goodies and our amazing local Highfields community! A local market where people can come to enjoy good food, great coffee, a relaxed community feel and of course purchase some amazing local goods! Free face painting and jumping castle for kids! Please come along and support our local community!

Sun 17 Sep Queens Park Markets, Frogs Hollow, Toowoomba.

8am to 1pm and there’s plenty of parking off Hume Street opposite the Market. Come down and grab some brekky and coffee. Then browse the variety of stalls and relax under a tree with some lunch from our food vendors. There’s plenty to do for the kids too including the Parks own playgrounds.

Fri 15 – Sun 24 Sep. Carnival or Flowers-

The locals love it and visitors travel from all over the country to be part of it. Now in its 68th year the award-winning Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers continues to grow. Spectacular gardens, country touring, live music and local food & wine plus much more.

Fri 22 – Sun 24 Sep FAIRY & FLOWERS FANTASY

Glennie School Hall, 246a Herries St, Toowoomba Country Heart Events presents fairy activities and fun for all ages at this 3 day event. With fairy wing and fairy garden workshops for the kids, adults can enjoy the artisan stalls, fashion march and auctions. COST: Free ENQUIRIES: 0488 404 637 or [email protected]m

Sat 16 Sep Floral Parade

GRAND CENTRAL presents the FLORAL PARADE 100,000 people line the street as hundreds of flowery floats wind their way through the heart of the city. This year’s wonderful theme is “Carnival Comes to Town – Laugh, Play, Hooray!”. Street performers, carnival characters, incredible inflatables and stilt walkers escort the stunning floral floats on their journey to Queens Park. Be early to grab a good viewing spot because the whole town and thousands of visitors turn out for the Parade! There’s free chalk so you can make your own artistic mark on the parade route and when it’s over, head for the Godsall Oval where the floats are on display and the flowers, fruit and veges that decorated them will be available for sale! The parade departs from the corner of Herries & Hume Streets, continues along Herries St, turns right into Ruthven St, right into Margaret St, left onto Hume St and finishes on Godsall Oval on the corner of Hume & Godsall Streets.

Thu 1 Jun – Fri 30 Jul, Happy Birthday Play School, Cobb+Co museum.

Celebrate with Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima at the exhibition celebrating 50 years of Play School, ABC’s much loved television program. Relive your childhood and look through the Round, Square or Arched window and see what is under the rocket clock. Play School is Australia’s longest-running children’s television program and since its initial broadcast on July 18, 1966, Play School has been providing Australian children with educational entertainment. This exhibition provides adults a chance to bring their childhood memories back to life, and children have an opportunity to see these icons up close and enjoy the colourful display of familiar characters. Things to see and do: See some the much-loved toys from Play School including Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty, and Jemima. Discover five decades of Play School with audio and video clips of past programs and presenters. See iconic props including the Rocket Clock, Flower Clock and the famous Play School Windows. Get creative with Play School inspired craft activities.

Fri 2 Jun Movement & Music, Laurel Bank Park

9:30am. Sing your sillies and jump your jiggles out with the music and movement early literacy story time. This fun program This fun program uses songs, musical instruments, creative movement and music play to help develop children’s pre-literacy skills. First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland.

Tue 6 Jun Stories at the Gallery, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

9:30am – 10:30am, Join in for stories, songs, rhymes for children five and under  at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. This is a joint initiative of the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and First 5 Forever.

Fri 9 Jun Baby Rhyme Time, Bunnings Harristown

9:30am – 10:00am A fun 30-minute session where you and your baby can learn rhymes, action songs and finger plays to share together. Your baby will develop a love of song, rhyme and rhythm which is important for their language and early literacy development. Suitable for all ages.

Sat 10 Jun Supermen. Talk | Play | Sing | Read, Toowoomba City Library

10am-11am. A special time for male caregivers to engage in their children’s learning through rhymes, songs, simple stories and movement. They welcome Dads, Step Dads, Foster Dads, Granddads, Uncles, Brothers and all male caregivers. This group is best suited for babies to 5 year olds. Sessions are fortnightly on Saturday at 10:00 am and run for an hour. (10 June, 24 June, 15 July, 29 July) A light fruit snack will be provided.

Sat 10 Jun Highfields Village Markets, Highfields Village Shopping Centre

12pm-5pm The markets have been created from the love of markets, unique goodies and the amazing local Highfields community! A local market where people can come to enjoy good food, great coffee, a relaxed community feel and of course purchase some amazing local goods! Free face painting and jumping castle for kids! Please go along and support the community.

Tue 13 Jun Baby Rhyme Time – Clifford Gardens

9am-9:30am A fun 30-minute session where you and your baby can learn rhymes, action songs and finger plays to share together. Your baby will develop a love of song, rhyme and rhythm which is important for their language and early literacy development. Suitable for ages 0-2 years but all ages welcome. 

Mr Stink, Brisbane

Tue 13 – Wed 14 Jun Empire Theatre presents Mr Stink

3 sessions times over the 2 days are 6:30pm, 9;30am, 11:30am David Walliams’ award-winning book comes to life on stage for children 6-12 and their adults. “Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…” It all starts when Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Sure, he smells a bit, but he’s the only person who’s ever been nice to her. So, when Mr Stink needs a place to stay, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed.

Sun 18 Jun Winter Long Lunch, Felton.

12-3:30pm. Join them to for a winter long lunch in the paddock this June to celebrate beef and local produce. They will be raising money for multiple sclerosis research. A cash bar will be available, selling local beer, wine and soft drink. The team behind Felton Harvest is passionate about supporting local farmers and growers and producing delicious food.

Sun18 Jun Queens Park Markets, Frogs Hollow

8am to 1pm. Head down and grab some brekky and coffee. Then browse the variety of stalls and relax under a tree with some lunch from our food vendors. There’s plenty to do for the kids too including the Parks own playgrounds.

Tue 20 Jun Playschool Live in Concert Prince of Bears 2017

Don’t miss out on the chance to see your children’s favourite television show live in concert when the Play School Concerts come to town. These popular Play School live shows are specially designed to delight pre-schoolers and parents alike. The concert features songs, games and stories, presented by two Play School presenters, along with the real stars of the show the toys. As with the television program, everything in the concerts is carefully paced especially for children. There are songs to move to, as well as quiet times to just watch and listen. The familiarity of the material and the presenters combined, totally engage the young audience and there is lots of audience participation. Tickets $19.80 buy online 

Tue 23 – Wed 24 Jun Empire Theatre presents, Earth’s Prehistoric Aquarium

Deep below the surface, submerged below time, swam some of the world’s most amazing prehistoric marine reptiles. Following the internationally loved and applauded show Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™, the team at Erth have spent years scouring the seven seas, collecting playful prehistoric creatures of the deep in their giant aquarium. For the very first time, you are invited to dive in and meet these aquatic critters in person. What does a Plesiosaurs skin feel like? Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium invites children to step into the action of the performance; each show performers will invite a small number of carefully selected young divers to join them on their quest to the bottom of the ocean, to ‘swim’ with an amazing array of aquatic creatures from bygone eras. Connecting young audiences to the real science of palaeontology, Erth’s prehistoric creatures are unmistakably ‘alive’ and mostly friendly, in this fun, educational and unique performance that will delight all audiences from ages 5 years and up.

Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium

Tue 27 Jun – 1 July Clifford Garden’s Shopping Centre

They will have a live Minion Show Daily at 11am & 1pm.

Tue 27 Jun Family Foodies –, Pittsworth

9:30-10:30am Head along to a FREE workshop by a nutritionist to learn about healthy eating and develop cooking skills together with your family members! All participants receive a free Family Foodies Healthy Eating booklet containing healthy recipes and hints and tips for encouraging healthy eating. Workshops are designed for families with primary-school aged children. A parent or guardian is required to accompany their child/ children. Bookings required. 

Wed 28 Jun Pokémon Party, Toowoomba City Library

3:30pm- 5pm Calling all Pokémon trainers! Celebrate all things Pokémon– Gaming, movies, DIY Pokeballs, t-shirt stencilling, scavenger hunt and photobooth. BYO t-shirt for stencilling and Nintendo DS/cards to battle other trainers! Open to ages 8-11 only.

Thurs 29 Jun Family Foodies, Toowoomba City Library

9:30-10:30am Come along to a FREE workshop by a nutritionist to learn about healthy eating and develop cooking skills together with your family members! Workshop topics include: • Importance of healthy eating and food groups • Energy and nutrient needs • Hunger in children (mindful eating) • Food choices and healthy habits • Making fruit kebabs A parent or guardian is required to accompany their child/ children. Bookings required. 

Fri 30 Jun – Sun 2 Jul Stanthorpe Snowflake Festival, Stanthorpe

Over 3 big days, here is a snippet of what is on offer– Day1 They will showcase the best of the Granite Belt with the local markets, fresh produce, Award winning wines, Talented Artists and Artisans and entertainment, Day 2 with Snowfields, Ice Skating, Winter Markets, Snow Globes and activities for all ages, Day 3 The action continues with more Winter Markets, The Big Breakfast, Classic cars display and the ICEMAN CHALLENGE

Stanthorpe Snowflake Festival

July

Sat 1 Jul Teddy Bears Picnic, Cobb+Co Museum

10am – 2pm Celebrate with Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima who are celebrating 50 years of Play School, ABC’s much loved television program. Join them at Cobb+Co Museum for a Teddy Bears Picnic. Bring your teddy and picnic blanket for a fun day with Big Ted and his friends including games, face painting, balloon twisting, storytelling and more! You can also make your own teddy in the Teddy Bears Workshop for $16 per person, including all materials (limited packs available).

Sat 1 Jul The Winter Harvest Festival, Aratula

This is a fabulous, relaxed day out for families and food lovers. Taste the food, meet the producers, watch the cooking demonstrations and feast from the Scenic Rim’s smorgasbord of fresh produce. Tasting plates, wines and fresh produce will be on sale and a highlight of the day is the Tractor Pulling Competition, which pits teams against a 12-tonne tractor. Which team will clock the fastest time and win the prize?

Mon 3 July Clifford Garden’s Shopping Centre

The centre will have the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a performance from the show outside Coles between 11-1pm.

Mon 3 Jul Empire Theatre Present- The Wiggles Wiggle around Australia!

It’s time to Wiggle around Australia! The world’s favourite children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles are coming to perform for you as part of their Wiggle Around Australia tour! At the Wiggle Around Australia tour you might like to “Do the Propeller” or “Dial E for Emma” say g’day to Lachy’s friend Ponso the Pony or play “Simon Says” as well as doing the “Hot Potato” or “Rock a Bye Your Bear”. The Fab Four of fun will of course be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus! With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as tickets to the Wiggle Around Australia tour will sell like … Hot Potatoes!

Fri 7 Jul Women of Strength Luncheon featuring Ita Buttrose, Cecil Plains

11:30am – 03:30pm Legendary media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor and 2013 Australian of the Year Ita Buttrose is set to visit Toowoomba. Miss Buttrose will make her visit in support of the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation at its second Women of Strength luncheon. Last year’s three course luncheon sold out in four days.

Sat 8 Jul Highfields Village Markets, Highfields Village Shopping Centre

12pm-5pm has been created from the love of markets, unique goodies and the amazing local Highfields community! Free face painting and jumping castle for kids! Please come along and support our local community!

Sat 15 Jul Toowoomba baby & Toddler Expo, Highfields Cultural Centre

Everything for pregnancy, baby, toddler and parent! $15 entry on the day.

Sun16 Jul Queens Park Markets, Frogs Hollow

8am to 1pm Browse the variety of stalls and relax under a tree with some lunch from the food vendors. There’s plenty to do for the kids too including the Parks own playgrounds.

Thu 20 – Sun 30 Jul Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival

Weekends are very popular with visitors who enjoy a busy street vibe and robust jazz performances. Weekdays are quieter, with self-directed activities and real gems like the Warwick Potter’s Hot Pots soup night. The first weekend (Fri 21 to Sun 23 Jul) key events include The Winter Dinner (Fri 21 Jul) Jazz at the Gallery with artisan markets (Sat 22 Jul) Killarney Fire Drums and Bonfire (Sat 22 Jul) The Grand Historic Auto Display (Sun 23 Jul) The second weekend (Fri 28 to Sun 30 Jul) key events include, Saturday Stroll’n’Swing (Sat 29 Jul), Picnic in the Park with free live jazz (Sun 30 Jul) Warwick Potters craft markets (Sun 30 Jul) On every day of the festival you can experience the fun of the tree jumper exhibition and visit Warwick Art Gallery to see the special exhibitions for Jumpers and Jazz in July.

Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival

Sun 23 Jul Wilsonton Skateboarding Workshop Series

(1st of 6) Wilsonton Heights Park 2pm – 4pm Go along to the FREE Skating Workshop. All levels are catered for from beginner to advanced. You don’t need a skateboard to attend, they have some spares available. Make new friends, get connected, learn new skills and have fun!

Sun 23 Jul The Handmade & Vintage market, Harristown High School Auditorium

Toowoomba, 9am-2pm A huge selection from over 70 stallholders featuring handmade and vintage stalls from talented artisans and creators. Indoor and outdoor stalls. Exclusively Handmade/Baked/Grown along with a few quality crafting supplies for you to create your own ‘Handmade experience’. Vintage stalls within the markets. More information about the market can be found on the website

Sat 1 Apr – Toowoomba Show

Toowoomba Show - things to do in toowoomba

Fun for all the family guaranteed with Wild Rides, Side Show Alley, Show Bags and so much more!!

Sat 1 Apr – Harry Potter Day Toowoomba Library

11am-4pm Wizards, witches and muggles alike are invited to the City Library for family friendly fun thanks to Toowoomba Regional Council, and Diagon Alley Marketplace hosted by The Eclectic Emporium. Activities include: Harry Potter trivia challenge (O.W.L.S. and N.E.W.T. rounds), bookings required.3D Printer snitches thanks to University of Southern Queensland – Australia, Harry Potter costume competition, Scavenger hunt, Potions class for kids, bookings required, Harry Potter craft bar, Free face painting To book for trivia or potions class, email [email protected] Please note, there are no card facilities for the markets, cash is preferred. Click here for more information.

things to do in toowoomba school holidays

Sat 1 Apr – Mindful Parenting Seminar

FREE. Toowoomba Library 12pm -1pm Designed for parents with primary-school aged children, go along and learn from a clinical psychologist about mindful parenting.  Hear about what mindfulness means in the context of parenting, how to practice strategies like self-compassion, and the increased wellbeing and resilience mindful parenting can provide primary school-aged children. For more information click here.

Tue 4 Apr – First 5 Forever Story Time in the Park at Upper Queens Park

Margaret & Lindsay Streets 9:30-10:30 themed around exploration. Author, Kris Sheather, will read her two latest stories – The Green Goggles and Bedtime Bilby. There will also be activities base around exploring nature. Best suited for 2-5 years though other ages always welcome. A supervising adult must be in attendance.

Wed 5 Apr – Blacksmithing Teen Workshop Cobb+Co Museum

9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm (morning workshop must be filled before afternoon bookings taken great for ages 13 – 17 years  Please wear closed in shoes, long trousers and long sleeves contact Cobb+Co Museum on 4659 4900. Click here.

Wed 5 Apr – Have a go at BMX at Captain Cook Reserve

5pm-5:30pm. FREE beginner level sessions include getting comfortable with your bike and an introduction to the BMX track.  Basic bike skills for everyday riding are also covered, including braking, weaving, cornering, balancing plus much more. Sessions are conducted by a qualified, accredited and experienced BMX coach.  Participants are requested to bring their own bikes and helmets, however participants without bikes and helmets are encouraged to come along and use some of the bikes and helmets available. More information click here.

Thu 6 Apr – Healthy Eating and Develop Cooking Skills Class, Toowoomba Library

9:30-10:30. FREE workshop at the library by a nutritionist to learn about healthy eating and develop cooking skills together with your family members! Workshop topics include: • Importance of healthy eating and food groups • Energy and nutrient needs • Hunger in children (mindful eating) • Food choices and healthy habits • Making fruit kebabs All participants receive a free Family Foodies Healthy Eating booklet containing healthy recipes and hints and tips for encouraging healthy eating. Participants can also join the free Family Foodies online community to connect with other program participants and to join fortnightly live chats with a nutritionist. Workshops are designed for families with primary-school aged children. A parent or guardian is required to accompany their child/ children. Bookings required.

Fri 7 Apr Kids Yoga Day, Queens Park

This FREE event for children of all ages. It is to promote mindfulness and wellbeing for children and to promote the positive effects of incorporating Yoga into children’s everyday lives on at 11am. More information here.

Fri 7 Apr Circa Zoo – Tempus, Empire Theatre

7:30pm What happens when time is strict and forced? When rhythm is free and unconfined? In this uplifting and stunning new show by Circa’s youth ensemble, 14 acrobats will flip, fly and contort across a stage, exploring the possibilities of time and gravity and the consequences of breaking free.  Over 55 carefully counted minutes this talented group of young performers will take you on a vivid imaginative journey, contrasting free-flowing acrobatics against the rigid tick of a metronome Traditional circus acts like juggling, trapeze, hula-hoops and Chinese pole are blended with the unexpected, including hoverboards and original musical compositions by one of the members of the ensemble.  Colourful and heart-warming, Tempus is perfect for the holidays, an acrobatic night out the whole family will enjoy.

Sat 8 Apr – Highfields Village Markets, Highfields Village Shopping Centre

12pm-5pm Highfield Markets have been created from the love of markets, unique goodies and the amazing local Highfields community! A local market where people can come to enjoy good food, great coffee, a relaxed community feel and of course purchase some amazing local goods! Free face painting and jumping castle for kids! Go along and support our local community!

Sat 8 Apr – Lifefight, Glenholme Park

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Fundraiser ute, truck and car show, country music and 70’s and 80’s music festival and family fun day. Also on the day there will be trade sites, stalls and market stalls. The aim is to not just have a fun filled day but to raise some much needed funds for a really good cause. LifeFlight is the heartbeat of the rescue operations in the area. So please go and support, and keep this icon of the sky flying high. 10am-10pm. More information here.

Sat 8 Apr – Nanango Show, Nanango

6am-12pm, It’s all about Heritage, Entertainment and You. A great day designed for all. Horse, Cattle, Dairy Goats, Action in the Rodeo Ring, Horticulture, Culinary, Education, Farm & Gardan, Birds of all descriptions as well as good old Side Show Alley and some great Shows such as IWA Pro Wrestling, Australian Horse Academy – Ring of Fire Show, Lukes Live Venomous Snake Show, Noahs Throughbread Racing Pigs, Free Face Painting for the Kids and great music by Glen Albrecht. More information here.

Tue 11 Apr – The All-New Try – Wizard Tournament ,Toowoomba City Library

9:30am – 12:00pm – Grades 1 – 8 About the Workshop:Already attained eternal glory in The Original Try-Wizard Tournament? Test your magical ability, intelligence and courage in The All-New Try-Wizard Tournament! Work in small teams across four stations of brand new challenges in the Hogwarts disciplines of Potions (brewing concoctions from Muggle ingredients), Defence Against the Dark Arts (protecting Hogwarts castle from Deatheaters), Charms (conjuring your own personal magic with original spells), and Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes (developing the ultimate practical joke to impress those incorrigible pranksters Fred and George)! Note: Participation in the original tournament is not required – new witches & wizards are welcome to submit their names into the goblet of fire for this tournament. This is a repeat session of The All-New Try-Wizard Tournamenton Day One.Interest Areas:Science, Creative Writing, Visual Art, Performance, Business Studies, Engineering, Fantasy.Required Materials:Pencil case with colouring pens/pencils, scissors and glue. Students are welcome to don their wizarding finery and arrive by broomstick! More information here.

Tue 11 Apr – Walking with Beasts: A Fantastic Expedition, Toowoomba City Library

1:00pm – 3:30pm – Grades 3 – 10 About the Workshop: Following in the footsteps of magizoologist Newt Scamander, participants uncover the extraordinary creatures of the Wizarding World – how to find them and how to care for them. Working in small teams, participants open the case on four unique and exciting activities: they will unearth fossils as budding palaeontologists, unleash their designer skills to create an exhibit fit for the natural history museum, produce a scintillating segment to rival David Attenborough, and Frankenstein their very own fantastic beast for the new Care of Magical Creatures textbook! Let imaginations run wild in this new era of the Wizarding World! Interest Areas: Creative Writing, Visual Art, Performance, Biology, Geology, Maths, Fantasy. Required Materials: Pencil case with colouring pens/pencils, scissors and glue. Students are welcome to don their wizarding finery and arrive by broomstick! More information here.

Sat 15 Apr Streets & Lanes Festival, Toowoomba’s CBD

10am- 10pm will be packed full of live entertainment, markets, great food & more on Easter Saturday. More information here.

Sun 16 Apr – Queens Park Markets

8am to 1pm and there’s plenty of parking off Hume Street opposite the Market. Come down and grab some brekky and coffee. Then browse the variety of stalls and relax under a tree with some lunch from our food vendors. There’s plenty to do for the kids too including the Parks own playgrounds.

Sun 30 Apr – Handmade Expo, Harristown State High School

9am- 2pm A huge selection from over 70 stallholders featuring handmade and vintage stalls from talented artisans and creators. Indoor and outdoor stalls. Exclusively Handmade/Baked/Grown along with a few quality crafting supplies for you to create your own ‘Handmade experience’. Vintage stalls within the markets. More information about the market can be found on our website 

Sun 7 May – Pink Fig Markets, Darling Downs Christian School

12pm-5pm, Looking for something unique for Mum this Mother’s Day? Find bespoke and handcrafted gifts from local artisans inside our beautiful marquee, while enjoying live entertainment, delicious food, vintage games, kids activities and more under the canopy of our beautiful fig tree. Gold Coin Entry. The markets are a major fundraiser for Darling Downs Christian School P&F. A delightful day out for Mother’s Day shopping and more! Follow us on Facebook, Email us at [email protected]

Sat 13 May – Highfields Village Markets, Highfields Village Shopping Centre

12pm-5pm has been created from our love of markets, unique goodies and our amazing local Highfields community! A local market where people can come to enjoy good food, great coffee, a relaxed community feel and of course purchase some amazing local goods! Free face painting and jumping castle for kids! Please come along and support our local community!

Sat 13 May- Nitro Circus: Regional Rampage Tour, Toowoomba showgrounds

1pm-8pm. Direct from sell out shows across the globe, the world’s greatest action sports show, Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live, is coming back to Toowoomba, for the first time in 4 years. Featuring 30 of the world’s best extreme athletes in freestyle motocross, BMX and Skate, plus a host of ridiculous contraptions being launched 50ft into the air by the crazy Nitro daredevils.  Expect to see the world’s biggest and most dangerous stunts, in a fully choreographed, actions sports, theatrical spectacular!  More than 60 world firsts were performed at the Nitro World Games in 2016 and you can expect to see the majority of them performed for the first time ever in Australia, on the Regional Rampage Tour.  Toowoomba, you do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the biggest action and extreme sports tour on the planet.

Fri 19- Sun 21 May First Coat Festival

Choose your own adventure at First Coat Festival! Celebrate the public art of our city, spend the weekend wandering through the outdoor gallery and engage with over 20 international and national artists as they brighten the streets.  Bell Street Mall comes alive on Saturday with an artist market, suitcase rummage and street theatre performances.  Free artist talks and art exhibitions run all weekend with an 18+ Festival Celebration on Saturday evening.  For the kids, creative workshops will be held at Grand Central- ‘By Design’ for 12+ (Saturday 11am-1pm) and ‘Kids Create’ for the under 12s (Sunday 11am-1pm), plus an all ages Youth Skate Competition at Chalk Drive (Saturday- register on the day). Download the free First Coat APP for a full map of the gallery.  The program and event details will be available on the website  Like our facebook page for updates

Fri 19 – Sun 21 May The 2017 Ipswich Show

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Ipswich showgrounds is a large, social, exciting 3 day event. Come along and enjoy a dagwood dog and fairy floss while you venture the showgrounds to enjoy sideshow alley, showbags, animals, displays, demonstrations, food court, stages, exhibits and much more. Entertainment will include monster trucks, demolition derby & dunny derby, FMX Kaos Motorcross demonstrations, laser light show, nightly fireworks and more. A program is still being finalised. Pre-sale tickets will be available from mid-April from participating Newsagents, Bendigo Bank branches, Coffee Clubs, Showgrounds Office and of course online. Ipswich Show website.

Sat 20 – Sun 21 May Toowoomba Relay for Life!

Queens Park, 2pm. Each year we aim to raise vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives. More information here.

 Sun 21 May- Queens Park Markets, Frogs Hollow

8am to 1pm and there’s plenty of parking off Hume Street opposite the Market. Come down and grab some brekky and coffee. Then browse the variety of stalls and relax under a tree with some lunch from our food vendors. There’s plenty to do for the kids too including the Parks own playgrounds.

Sun 21 May- Hampton Food Festival

9:30am-4pm The vibrant, one day Hampton Festival, celebrates local food production and regional artistic endeavours through cooking demonstrations, art exhibition, artist demonstrations, live music, local produce, food stalls and children’s activities. Hampton Festival website.

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Thu 1 Dec Hand Made Under the Stars, Toowoomba

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4-8pm. This event attracts more than 3,000 visitors seeking the ultimate Christmas shopping experience, purchasing quality gifts while enjoying canapés, wine and music. It is a targeted opportunity for artisans to promote and sell their hand made products to an audience who are looking for unique pieces. Click here

Fri 2 Dec -Abbie Lane Highfields Night Markets, Highfields

They have their night markets,4pm-8pm All the shops are open and you can have and enjoy great family entertainment, music, stalls and kids activities call 4615 5829 to book your table at the café. Click here.

Sat 3-Sat 24 Dec Christmas Wonderland, Toowoomba

Gold coin donation at entry. There are donation tins for other activities such as face painting, tea/coffee station, balloon animals. A BBQ will run each evening. Free ice creams are handed to children and with nightly entertainment plus roving entertainers and dance groups it is fun to be had by all ages. A truly great event. In the event of wet weather, information will be posted on the Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland’s Facebook page. 7 – 10pm Click here.

Sat 3 Dec Highfields Block Party, Highfields

FREE ENTRY- 6pm-9pm Highfields village shopping centre. The annual Highfields Block Party is getting bigger and better every single year! With over 50 stalls you will be bound to find ALL your Christmas presents from local business in the community. Santa, Food and rides can be found too! Click here.

Sat 3 Dec Pinocchio, Toowoomba

1pm & 6pm Dance Central’s senior school performance of Pinocchio follows the adventures of a wooden puppet brought to life by the blue fairy, after Geppetto wishes on a star for a son. He will be turned into a real boy if he shows courage and honesty. Jiminy Cricket spends a rainy night at the shop of toy maker Geppetto and is appointed the new boy’s conscience. Pinocchio is willingly lured into all sorts of mischief but upon finding that Geppetto has been swallowed by a whale when out searching for a lost Pinocchio, he bravely rescues him, and Geppetto gets his wish for a real son! Two shows, The Empire Theatre.  Bookings essential.  Click here.

Sat 3 Dec Movie by the pool – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Highfields

6pm- 9pm Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre. Go and meet Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael & Michelangelo upclose . Guest appearances: Splinter & Shredder3 December AT 7.30PM (doors open at 7PM) Tickets can be pre purchased: $30 family $10 Adults $8 Child. Contact reception staff on 46996330 Bring your togs, towel and picnic blanket! Click here.

Sun 4 Dec Christmas Family Fun Day, Harristown

FREE EVENT! Smithfield Park. 11am-3pm-Jumping castles, Face painting, Mechanical surf board, 3  lane giant slide, Petting zoo, Reptile demonstration, Live music from Owie, Photo with Santa- Food and beverage available to purchase. Funds raised will support the St Vincent’s Children’s Ward. Save the date, bring your own picnic blanket and make a day of it! Click here.

Sun 4 Dec- Margaret Street Markets, Toowoomba

8am-1pm Margaret St is closed between Neil and Ruthven Street. The markets has some unique and different stalls, plus there is fruit and veg, jams, spices and much more. Go on down and check it out. Click here.

Sun 4 Dec- 4GR Mayoral Carols by Candlelight Toowoomba

This free event kicks off with preshow entertainment from 5:30pm, Carols from 6:30pm & concludes with fireworks at 8pm. Food & rides can be purchased from 4pm. Click here.

Mon 5 – Fri 23 Dec Santa’s Workshop, Toowoomba

Weekdays only Cobb & Co Museum. Enjoy Christmas crafts at their annual Christmas holiday program. Celebrate the countdown to Christmas with stories, crafts and games at Santa’s Workshop. The kids will discover Christmas traditions from countries around the world and create special decorations to take home. Designed for ages 3 – 8.  $6.50 per child* Extra activity: Print a calico Santa sack for $3. Click here.

Wed 7- Fri 16 Dec Christmas Around the Word, Middle Ridge

9am-9pm  Middle Ridge Uniting Church. A beautiful display of Christmas Trees decorated by Community groups, church groups, schools and individuals. Theme for 2016 is ‘Around the World’. Concerts by local choirs, bands and performers daily at 10:30am and 7pm. Refreshments available. All welcome to visit at Middle Ridge Uniting Church 264 Stenner Street Toowoomba. Click here.

Wed 7 Dec Baby Rhyme Time, Wylahra Grove

Wylahra Grove Community hall  A fun 30-minute session where you and your baby can learn rhymes, action songs and finger plays to share together. Your baby will develop a love of song, rhyme and rhythm which is important for their language and early literacy development. Suitable for ages 0-2 years but all ages welcome. 10 – 10.30am.  Click here.

Wed 7 Dec Storytime, Wylahra Grove

10:45-111:30am, Wylahra Grove – Community hall.These sessions are a relaxed and fun way to develop your child’s early literacy skills through storytelling, music, play and art.  These sessions are aimed at 2-5 year olds (all ages welcome). Click here.

Sat 10 Dec Lions Club Oakey Market , Oakey

They have traditional foods, music, bric a brac, lanterns, wood fired pizza, clothing, local honey, food stuffs, hand made goods, all sorts at this fab market. Not to forget Santa will be making an appearance and hoping to see lots of youngsters with Christmas lists.  This year they are kicking off the Oakey Santa Fair celebrations, following The Roar Market there will be a street procession with floats marching bands, lots of fun and action going on. There will be some road closures in Oakey during the procession and they will post those closures when they know the exact times. After the procession it’s all down to the Oakey Soccer club for the fun to continue, there will be rides, jumping castles, water slides, stalls, a firework display, giveaways for the kids and much much more. This will be a day of fun fun fun Click here.

Sat 10 Dec Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre Sensory Santa, Toowoomba

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5pm – 7pm -Clifford Gardens will again this year be providing children with special needs the opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with Santa Saturday. The after-hours sensory friendly environment provides a queue free, low stress and quiet setting, ideal for children with sensory disorders like autism and asperger’s. Bookings are essential as the number of available time slots are limited. To make a booking, phone 07 4634 1371 or visit the Centre Management Office located near Terry White Chemist.  Click here.

Sat 10 Dec Family Fun Day, Toowoomba

9am-5pm Toowoomba Showgrounds- Toowoomba’s event of the season!! A day out for families who want to have fun together and learn about all the activities they can do over the holiday period. Kids have free face painting, balloons, colouring in and so much more. Go and see the live singing and dancing audition events and find out who will be the next Clever Children’s Performers. Visit all the child and family orientated stalls to get Christmas market bargains and find out what products and services Toowoomba has for your children and for you as a family. It’s amazing how much Toowoomba has grown over the years and only recently there has been a huge addition in child and family friendly activities- Do you know what they are? From coding camps and escape rooms to the soccer club and painting lessons- come and find out what’s around the corner from you. $6 per adult. FREE for children under 12*. Book online now for the children to get a free colouring-in set on the day. (only available through online bookings) PLUS All profits will go towards the development of Clever Children’s Positive Educational Program materials. So, book your ticket now to help support start-ups and your local community Go to: Click here.

 

Sun 11 Dec Giggle and Hoot’s Magical Christmas, Toowoomba

It’s Christmas time in the land of Giggle and Hoot and everybody is busy getting ready for the arrival of Hootoclaws for his special Christmas Night Watch. Trees are being decorated, presents are being wrapped and all that is left to be done is Twinklify the very dark night sky…… but what happens when all the stars suddenly disappear? Will Jimmy Giggle and Hoot be able to brighten the sky again and help save Christmas? Will they need help from some special Owl Pal friends? Find out in this live musical spectacular, Giggle and Hoot’s Magical Christmas, at the Empire Theatre this December! Starring Jimmy Giggle, Hoot, Hootabelle, Gigglefangs, Pirate Hootbeard and of course……Hootoclaws and his singing and dancing Elves, Giggle & Hoot’s Magical Christmas promises to be the most…..well magical show of the season. Giggle and Hoot, the much loved ABC4Kids preschool program, focuses on preschooler’s lives and routines through songs, stories, friendship, laughter and imagination. The live show, incorporating these themes, will be one of the most anticipated and hottest tickets for families this year. So Owl Pals, get your giggle-tastic selves ready because Giggle and Hoot’s Magical Christmas is coming this December! Click here.

Sun 11 Dec Sensory Santa, Toowoomba

Souls and Grand Central Shopping Centre are excited to introduce Sensory Santa. Sensory Santa is an inclusive event for families with special needs to have a photo with Santa in a Sensory Friendly environment. Have you always wanted to take your children to see Santa but have been worried about how they might react? Do your children have sensory challenges (Sensory Disorders like Autsim) and would be fine to see Santa if only they didn’t have to wait in line with the crowds, feel the pressure of time and the noise of lots of people walking around? Well Sensory Santa could be exactly what your child needs in order to visit with Santa this year. What is Sensory Santa? Sensory Souls presents Sensory Santa for families with special needs children. Sensory Santa is a visit with Santa that has- no crowds and minimum noise as the session is before the shopping centre opens or during the quieter times, no lines -appointment bookings only in 10 minute sessions, no music, no spotlights, a chair next to Santa, an understanding Santa and photographer, wheel-chair access, Autism Assistance Dogs welcomed, Santa sack filled with Strategies. To book head to Click here.

Mon 12 – Fri 16 Bamboo Lantern Workshops, Brisbane

Visitors of all ages are invited to get creative and help make a bamboo lantern which will be added to a wonderful lighting installation in the Enchanted Garden, which will grow throughout the week. Suitable for all ages, although younger children may need assistance from adults.Free, The Children’s Garden – Roma Street Parklands. Click here

Tue 13 & Sun 18 Dec Sprouts in the Park – Christmas workshops, Brisbane

Make your own Christmas decoration for your own Christmas tree or your own mini Christmas wreath made from Australian natives with the team from Wild Flora at our popular craft workshops. Roma Street Parklands. $5 per child. Click here.

Fri 16 – Fri 23 Dec Christmas Beach Cinema, South Bank

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Forget snowmen and make a sandman instead at South Bank’s Christmas Beach Cinema at Streets Beach! Snuggle up on a picnic rug under the stars or dive-in to the cool waters and enjoy Christmas family favourites on the silver screen.   Click here.

Fri 16 – Fri 23 Dec South Bank Christmas Markets, South Bank

The South Bank Christmas Markets will return to the cobbled streets of Stanley Street Plaza for eight days this December with dozens of stalls offering food, handmade arts & craft, Christmas gifts and more!  11am – 10pm daily.  Click here.

Fri 16 – Sat 24 Dec Christmas Parade, Brisbane

City Brisbane’s favourite family tradition, the Christmas Parade, returns to The City this December. Brimming with music and merriment, the Parade comes complete with a nativity scene, Santa and dozens of performers to entertain and delight all ages. It’s on nightly at 7pm from 16-24 December and commences at the Edward Street end of the Queen Street Mall. It then weaves its way through our vibrant city, culminating at King George Square. 7 – 7.30pm nightly. Click here.

Sat 17 Dec- Toowoomba Backyard Garden Market

North State School 7am till 2pm 3rd Saturday of the Month. Local plants, garden items and services and local people, no big business, just the local bloke who potted the plant. Call in check it out and grab a bargain for the garden or yard. While you are there grab a sausage sizzle and a cold drink and support a local community group. Click here.

Sun 18 Dec Queens Park Markets, Toowoomba

Frogs Hollow, Hume Street, Queens Park, Toowoomba A great market with lots of lovely local stall holders. A great place to buy all your Christmas Presents . 8am – 1pm. Click here.

Mon 19 – Thu 22 Dec South Bank Christmas Carols, South Bank

Festive season revellers rejoice! This year, South Bank’s Christmas carol concerts are one experience that merry makers of all ages can really hang their Santa hat on. Over four special nights, The Courier-Mail Piazza will come alive with Christmas carol concerts guaranteed to have the whole family singing along and tapping their feet. Celebrating Christmas around the world, there will be a visit from Santa, a live nativity scene and twists on everyone’s favourite carols. FREE! Click here.

Tue 20 – Fri 23 Dec Christmas Fireworks, South Bank

Electric fireworks displays will light up the night sky over four nights this December. Bring the whole family along to the Clem Jones Promenade to enjoy a dazzling array of pyrotechnics that will take you on a magical Christmas journey. 7.45 – 8pm. Click here.

Wed 21 Dec Fitzy’s Tapestry Room, Margaret Street

One night childbirth education for dads at the pub where expectant dads learn how to support their partner through the birth of their baby. Childbirth is daunting for men too and this session prepares fathers for an active, caring role. The program helps men gain the practical knowledge they need to be involved in the births of their children in a positive way and to get the fatherhood adventure started with a memorable and empowering experience. And most men would rather head to the pub anyway. 7pm-9:30pm  Click here.

Sat 31 Dec New Years Eve Fireworks, Toowoomba

5pm-8pm Grab your friends and family and celebrate the biggest night of the year with Toowoomba Regional Council’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Family Fun evening. Located in Frogs Hollow, Queens Park, the event will commence at 5pm on Saturday, 31st December. There will be free rides, games, prizes, circus acts and family entertainment, with the fireworks display, supported by Orchy Fruit Juices Toowoomba, at 7.45pm bringing the evening to a close. Click here.

Sun 4 -Tue 20 Jan  Cobb & Co Museum, Toowoomba

10am – 3pm daily (weekdays only) Explore the wild world of reptiles these school holidays! Make a day of it with activities: Discover snakes, lizards and a crocodile up close in a Rapt in Reptiles live show 10am, 11:30am and 1pm Join in the fun with a reptile themed scavenger hunt can we change the order of these two? Snap to it with reptile puzzles and activities Designed for ages 3 -12 $10 per child* Includes activity book, entry to one Rapt in Reptiles live show and activities in the Rapt in Reptiles Activity Centre. Click here.

Sun 8 – Sat 14 Jan The McGregor Summer School Art, Toowoomba

The perfect opportunity to run away from reality and fully immerse yourself in an artist’s life for 7 days. If you are bursting to create, make, or just discover new skills then we have some amazing classes for you to join. Tutors at McGregor Schools are the cream of the crop and travel from across Australia and internationally to share their art skills and talents. With a colourful palette of classes designed for all skills levels, there is sure to be something to tickle your fancy. All this plus the option to stay on campus really does complete the ‘art retreat’ feel of the week.

Sun 8 – Sat 14 Jan Summer Music School, Toowoomba

The role of the contemporary musician is exciting, fun and ever evolving. Not only do you need to learn the craft of playing your instrument but also understand how to play in a band and put on a great show. Likewise, knowing the art of writing your own songs is vitally important for you or your band. The new and exciting contemporary direction of the McGregor Summer Music Program aligns with USQ’s music curriculum. The program is designed for drummers, bass players, guitarists, brass and woodwind players, string players, piano/keyboard players, songwriters and vocalists. Click here.

Wed 11 Jan Twilight Rapt in Reptiles, Toowoomba

Cobb & Co Museum  4:30- 7pm Can’t make it during the day? Join them for a special session of Rapt in Reptiles after the Museum closes. Discover snakes, lizards and a crocodile up close in a Rapt in Reptiles live show at 5:15pm.  Join in the fun with a reptile themed scavenger hunt can we change the order of these two? Snap to it with reptile puzzles and activities Includes activity book, the Rapt in Reptiles live show and activities in the Rapt in Reptiles Activity Centre. Food and drinks available for purchase in Cobb’s Coffee Shop. Click here.

My Local Feast Farmers’ Market – Every Thursday 3pm to 7pm at the Empire Theatre

PCYC Markets – Every Sunday from 7am to 12.30pm

Margaret Street Markets

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Markets at the Manor

Queens Park Markets

Toowoomba Farmers’ Markets

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One response to “Things to Do in Toowoomba QLD | School Holiday fun for Kids”

  1. Kendall says:

    You missed skating. $10 for 2 hours 10am-4pm. (Skatecity Toowoomba)

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