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REVIEW: Snow4Kids Festival – Returning to Brisbane in 2019!

Snow 4 Kids 2017 set up
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After a sold-out snow event in 2018, Snow4Kids is returning to Brisbane for its 7th year to turn the city’s winter school holidays into a glistening, snow filled winter wonderland for local families. 

Snow4Kids is making a spectacular return to the South Bank Piazza with more snow than ever before! Beloved snow attractions like snowman making, snowball throwing and tobagganing are joined by the first release of a FALLING SNOW MACHINE and the event’s new mascot, Wynter – the three-meter friendly polar bear. 

“Snow4Kids 2018 was a huge success which exceeded our wildest expectations. The support we received from the public was so heart-warming and we are very excited to be back at the South Bank Piazza for another snow season,” said Anna Kowalewski, event manager. 

Tickets for Snow4Kids 2019 are now on sale at a special May pricing of only $18 with the event running daily from June 29 to July 14 with hourly sessions from 9:30am to 4:30pm. General Admission tickets are $21. 

For more information, and to book online, visit their website here. 

What Snow4Kids was like in 2018!

We’ve got some EXCITING news and we’re just busting to share it!

Everyone’s favourite Brisbane winter event, Snow4Kids, is going to be happening in CHRISTMAS 2018! A winter wonderland, just like the song says! Woohoo!

Here’s the scoop, fresh from the reindeer’s mouth!

Snow4Kids Christmas 2018

Snow4Kids Festival | South Bank

A white, snow filled Christmas is closer than you think! The makers of the Snow4Kids event series are proud to introduce Snow4Kids Christmas Edition that will delight Brisbane families with tons of real, fresh snow this festive season.

For the first time in history Brisbane will see snow for Christmas, as part of South Bank’s Christmas Village, at the South Bank Piazza from December 14 to December 23, 2018.

In addition to its traditional crowd pleasers, Snow4Kids Christmas Edition will feature a range of new snow-themed and snow-powered activities that have been especially created for this event.

“Beat the summer heat while racing down one of 5 snow toboggan runs, unwind on the dance floor at the Santa Disco with falling snow and Special FX, get your hands cold by throwing snowballs at an array of fun targets or gather the family for a cheeky ‘snow’-ball fight in the brand-new Snow Dome.

Tickets for Snow4Kids Christmas Edition

Tickets for Snow4Kids: Christmas Edition are now on sale at an unbeatable early bird price of $15 per person, with hourly sessions running daily from 9.00am to 9.00pm from December 14 to December 23.

Booking is easier than ever with a simplified ticketing system and event structure that combines all attractions in one ticket. Children will have the flexibility to move freely between the attractions and play as they choose within a 50-minute session. Exclusive early bird specials of online tickets will see you saving 25%!

The machines behind the winter magic are designed by Bucceri Snow Making to create real snow from water in above freezing temperatures, producing up to 100,000 litres of fresh snow per day at the festival.

For more information or to book tickets visit www.snow4kids.com.au.

Snow4Kids in Winter 2018

Snow4Kids – one of Brisbane’s most exciting winter events – is back for another season in winter of 2018! Get your skates on!

It’s back for it’s sixth year and it means BUSINESS! (Snow business!)

 Snow 4 Kids snowball bucket and shovel

Snow4Kids – South Bank Parklands

SNOW4KIDS PARK is held at the Courier Mail Piazza South Bank Parklands. The Snow4Kids Park is designed for children under 12 years. Older children are welcome but the promoters want people to be aware of the fact that it might not as exciting for them as it is not originally designed for their needs. It has miniature toboggan slides, small snow mountains to climb and snow man building areas. You’ll get about 50 minutes in the snow and you can spend it they way you want on the activities.

In 2018, Snow 4 Kids are PROUD as punch to present ‘AFTER HOURS’. This exciting development means the exhibit is open later and everyone (including adults!) can toboggan to their heart’s content. How cool is that?!

What can the kids do at Snow4Kids at South Bank Parklands?

Your kids can enjoy tobogganing, snowball making and throwing, snowman making, the experience of playing in ‘real’ snow and general snow silliness!

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Snow 4 Kids toboggan

How much does Snow4Kids cost?

Snow4Kids in 2018 are happy to announce reduced price ticketing. Entry fee now covers both snow attractions. You WILL receive a cheaper ticket if you purchase online. (Online purchasing will, however, incur a $1.50 fee).

Cost is $20 per person. This includes snow mountains, tobogganing, snow ball throwing, snow play and snowman making.

Snow 4 Kids throwing snowball


Snowman making happens every half hour and sessions in the main park run hourly. Everything is open from 9-4 on weekdays and 9-6 on weekends!

Snow 4 Kids making snowballs

Our 2014 review of Snow4Kids…

Below is our review and video (and in red we updated review after feedback from the promoters) from the 2014 event. We recognise that in 2014 this was the first time that the promoters had run this event in Brisbane and think they did a great job to respond to the feedback of their customers to adapt the venue and ticketing. The 2018 event will look quite different to what you’re going to read below so keep that in mind! It’s nice to look back at how things have changed…

Snow4Kids Review from 2014:

On Saturday 28 June 2014,  we went to the Snow4Kids Riverstage event at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens.

We arrived at 8.45am for the 9am ‘session’.  I am not sure why they call it a ‘session’ as you can stay all day. Entry to the area is free but ALL the activities must be paid for. The venue is NOT cold. The snow is freezing. It is a much smaller event than depicted in the photos on Facebook and their website. But the snow is real and fresh and clean. Our kids loved the snow.

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Monday 30 June 2014: Snow4Kids staff extended the snow man building area overnight and are now making snow every 2 hours so it is fresh for snow man building.

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Monday 30 June 2014: Snow4Kids staff added an extra lane to toboggan hill and can cater for more people. They now have 5 lanes. Snow depth is nearing 1 metre.

The Silly Snow Man Show:

Allow 30 minutes including queuing to get in and out. In theory seats are only for children, so expect to be asked to put your kids on your lap during busy times. The show itself takes about 15 minutes. (see note at the bottom of this review) Families Rating – 2 *

They have added more seats to the show. The show runs according to session times eg 10.30 am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm. Only the 9am session show runs at 10am so people get to the snow first.


Snow Ball Throwing Arena:

You are allotted 5 minutes to make and throw freshly made (by the kids) snow balls at a wall (which may have the grown ups behind peeking through ‘windows’). They can also throw the snow at targets. The kids quite liked this, but we think the 5 minutes is not really enough time to understand how to make a snow ball so that it doesn’t fall apart and throw it.  Families Rating 3*


The Snow Dome:

We queued for about 25 minutes for a 5 minute play in the snow dome. No snow, just soft foam balls to throw at each other and snowmen targets. Our kids enjoyed this activity, despite the lack of snow. Families Rating 3*


The Toboggan Slope:

Honestly this would have been MY personal favourite. Our kids also loved it. We got 30 minutes to have as many slides as we could get in. There are 4 slides (I would call them ‘medium sized’ slides) and one half size slide for smaller kids made from real snow – they are slippery and cold. Quite a genuine experience. Families Rating 4*


Snow Man Building:

If you are only going to do one thing, to give your kids a snow experience – then this would be it. You get to make your own snow man from fresh snow. They refill the area regularly. Every child receives buckets of fresh snow and all accessories needed to build a beautiful snowman. We got about 25 minutes but 2 of our 3 kids had had enough after about 20 minutes. Families Rating 4*


 Wednesday 2 July: They are adding a second big snowman making area. So people with really young kids can do something without getting a $30 ticket. That is the only attraction that they will sell  single tickets for.

Food and Beverages: A variety of food and beverages are available at the venue. You can take your own food and picnic on the grass and if going during the week QUT has restaurants and cafes of which you can take advantage.

Having to queue: OH MY WORD!!! The queues were so long. A good lesson in patience for kids (and some parents). Families Rating – 0* This has now been addressed as per above – Waiting times are between 5-15 minutes now.

Watch our Snow4Kids video to see what our 4, 7 and 8 year olds thought about the event… you might be surprised!

Book Snow and Slide Tickets (Botanical Gardens/Riverstage)  – click here

Book Snow Park Tickets (South Bank) – click here

Top 10 Tips to get the most out of the event:

  1. Go early – first thing in the morning – 9am – be there when the gates open.
  2. Book online to save queuing up to buy tickets
  3. If you are short of cash, the top two activities are the toboggan and snow man building.
  4. Be prepared to queue, no matter what time you get there.
  5. If you have two adults get one to queue at one activity while you take the kids to another then join them afterwards.
  6. Skip the Silly Snowman Show (entirely?) and head straight to the toboggan or snow man building to avoid the long queues later in the day.
  7. You can watch and hear the Silly Snowman Show from the grassy hill for free.
  8. Dress yourself and the kids in layers – the toboggan ride made them hot and they peeled off coats and jumpers.
  9. Wear appropriate shoes – snow is wet and slippery.
  10. The whole venue is hilly and grassy – really not suitable for pushing prams and strollers.

15 responses to “REVIEW: Snow4Kids Festival – Returning to Brisbane in 2019!”

  1. Paz says:

    Snow Man Building was absolute rubbish. They gave us one pathetic bucket of snow to make a miniature snowman. The grond was covered in water. Very little snow. Waste of money.

  2. Barbara O'Brien says:

    Ticketmaster said the box office opened. @ 8am to collect tickets. We waited an hour for it to open @ 9am. Very frustrating. Then we had to join another very long line to enter. We are still waiting for it to open. There are loads of frustrated families waiting in the cold and it’s still not open!

  3. Dorothy says:

    do parents have to pay?

    • Families Magazine Brisbane says:

      Hi Dorothy – no parents do not have to pay. Each child ticket allows ONE adult to accompany. So in theory if you had 3 kids all with tickets, you could have 3 adults accompany.

  4. JO says:

    Went to SNOW4KIDS today

    Parking: Went to one of the Early Bird parking complex. $25 if your in by 9-9.30am but you must stay until after 3pm to get the flat rate. We had finished at the snow event so went up to the mall for a few hours.

    Confusion: There is still alot of confusion about getting one ticket $30 and kids share attractions or one ticket per child which would be $60 for two. I went for the second option as I didn’t have another adult to supervise my other child at the different attraction and it was fun having them do things together. I think now you do require one ticket per child but there was still alot of confusion maybe someone can confirm this.

    Tickets: 9am today (THursday the 3rd of July) a sign went up SOLD OUT only prebooked tickets available so book on line

    Waiting times: From other posts I think the waiting times are now better only 5-15mins but I arrived before 9am and went straight to the main attractions Building a Snow Man and Snow Sliding so we didn’t have to wait in long lines for these when more people arrived. I had no wait for the Snow Dome and a 15 min wait for Snow ball throwing.
    Snow Sliding: Once again some confusion because I think it was 30 mins at this attraction before and a long wait now it is 6
    TURNS only. This was today. I had to help my two children build the snowman as you didn’t get a long time here maybe 10 mins (15 tops)

    Overall my kids really enjoyed the day and loved the attractions. This is a new event so there is going to be some problems but it was fantastic for the kids to experience the snow.

    • Families Magazine Brisbane says:

      Hi Jo – Thank you so much for adding your review. I agree that the kids loved it despite the confusion and problems…. I know that the organisers are listening to feedback and trying hard to improve. Feel free to let them know directly as well. This could become an awesome event for Brisbane each winter!

  5. Mum of 2 says:

    We went today and there were still plenty of problems.

    We were booked for 9am – ticket booth was scheduled to open at 8.30am – we were third in line and didn’t get our tickets until after 9am because the tickets hadn’t arrived for anyone who had pre-paid. There was then another wait to actually get in to the park – apparently they were still making snow. Seriously poor planning!!

    The toboggan is now just 6 rides per child – not the 30 minutes as promised. It’s over in a flash for kids in primary school or older. My toddler wanted to have a go – but the smaller slide off to the side hadn’t been prepared, so he missed out.

    The building a snowman info on the website says you will be given 2 buckets of snow. Instead you were expected to fill your own. Easier said than done when you have two children to help in 15 minutes, the ice is rock hard and all you’re given is a pathetic kids’ size sandpit shovel that looks like it was bought at the $2 shop.

    I’m lucky – it wasn’t a big expense for me to take 2 children. But for many people this event is expensive – and they would be so disappointed by the long queues and disorganisation. I tried talking to a staff member there and all they did was look at me with a blank expression on their face and say “yeah….”.

    If you’re going to still go.. my advice is to book for 9am, hit the snowman building first, then the toboggan. And take your own garden spade for the ice!!

    The snowball making was okay – use your ticket for the snow dome and the show for an extra go at something else (unless you have very young kids).

    I plan on writing to the organisers to express my frustrations. I can only hope they listen because at this point we won’t be going back and I won’t be recommending it to anyone.

    • Families Magazine Brisbane says:

      Thank you so much for your updated review. Definitely DO write to the organisers – even use their Facebook page to do so. I know they are keen to improve and this could be a fantastic and fun opportunity for families once they ‘get it right’!

  6. JO says:

    What is the best way to get there? How about costs for parking or do you catch the train?

    • Families Magazine Brisbane says:

      Hi Jo – it depends on where you are coming from. We drove and went to the early – 9am session. We drove and parked on the street, but it was the weekend. Check http://www.translink.com.au for details from your area. JSM

  7. Jenn Stephens says:

    Have tickets to take 3 Grandees next Monday and booked for the 10.30am show. Am so scared with all the bad reviews and thinking I have wasted over $100 (for tickets in mail) when we could have had a free day in the park. Will be watching anxiously at the reviews over this week. Thank you all so much for your honesty. Hope the organisers are also watching and taking note.

    • Families Magazine Brisbane says:

      Hi Jenn- we’ve updated our review with news from the last two days. Seems the organisers are listening to feedback.

  8. Amanda says:

    LOVE the top 10 tips – very helpful – thanks!!

  9. Regina says:

    Definitely get adults to line up at multiple activities!

  10. JD says:

    We went today and I agree, we all enjoyed it but it’s clear this event is in it’s infancy.

    1800 would not fit at all, for all I know there was that today. But it’s not hard to do the math-

    The toboggan takes 40 kids every 30 minutes with a 5 minute switch
    The snowmen take around 30 kids every 15 minutes with a 15 minute switch.
    The snowballs take around 20 kids every 5 with a 5 minute switch.

    It’s pretty easy to see that the capacity for actual snow events is closer to 200 and you’ll still be having 30 minute+ waits.

    The show might sit 100 bored kids, and maybe 10 more throwing styrofoam balls at each other (WTF????)

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