School Holiday Activities in Toowoomba for Kids

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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 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 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  Drive-In Movie and Fireworks | Toowoomba

Say goodbye 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

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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June 26 onwards – 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

The iconic Grand Central Floral Parade has been reimagined! 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 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 due to COVID-19. These events and venues are taking a break for winter and will be back in winter 2021:

Things to do in Toowoomba during the Easter 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 

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.

More ideas for the Toowoomba school holidays

Margaret Street Markets

The Original Mix Emerging Designer Markets 

Queens Park Markets 

Toowoomba Farmers’ Markets 

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One response to “School Holiday Activities in Toowoomba for Kids”

  1. Kendall says:

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

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