State Library Workshops – Families Magazine – Brisbane Reviews

State library summer festival


The State Library of Queensland hosts a whole array of free and paid family friendly workshops for the public to attend and enjoy. They regularly update their workshops to respond to families looking for something educational AND fun to do on the school holidays! Here’s what they’re currently doing!


Summer Festival: art + stories + play

31 December 2018 – 27 January 2019 – All Ages

state library girl excited

There’s a world of family-friendly fun to be had at the State Library this summer with a mix of free and paid for activities running EVERY day for all ages and interests.

state library kids excited

The Virtual Reality Club offers the chance to fire up your creativity and publish your very own book OR create a future city! You can build and animate a colourful digital diorama or wire up an interactive story map. If speed is more your thing, try your hand at constructing a custom robot racer or activate your inner-architect and design a futuristic home.

For the little ones, rock out to a Woodstock-like ride of nursery rhymes or unleash your imagination in a creative play space.

There’s something for everyone and for all ages, so make your summer a story to remember at State Library.

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Places are limited and tickets sell fast. Check out the full program online and be quick to book!

Previous State Library Workshops

Monster Manu-factory

This FREE workshop from the Summer Holidays Fun Program was very poplar and Master 7 had SO much fun finding the monsters. This workshop had each child grab a piece of paper and pass through a series of stages to ‘scare out’ the monsters! This workshop was suitable for ages 4 to 12, and each session was an hour long. Parents are asked to participate, and you might want to avoid wearing white, as this might get a bit messy! At the Laboratory of Applied Monstrosity, paint is the preferred solution to revealing the monsters within our very own world!


Scratch & Beyond

The Scratch & Beyond workshop from the Story Lab program was a cheap way for your kids to learn a whole lot about the way technology works and have fun while dong so! For just $40, this workshop lasts for a whole 3 hours! The recommended age range is 8 to 16, though Master 7 got in no trouble, and had a great time learning some basic programming! Scratch is a kid friendly programming application that is absolutely free, and is provided at the end on a USB along with the project you create in the workshop. So if your kids really love what this workshop is all about, they can continue their project and move onto bigger projects in their own time on your home PC! Scratch also has an online community set up to share and collaborate on projects. Visit their website here. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.   Below is our video review of the two workshops so check it out and see how much fun we had!

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