State Library Queensland | Review

state library kids excited

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! Take a look at what they’re currently doing!

First 5 Forever

Did you know that up to 90% of a child’s brain development happens in the first 5 years? First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government, coordinated by State Library of Queensland, with the primary aim of providing strong early literacy foundations for all Queensland children aged 0-5 years.

At State Library of Queensland (SLQ) programs and workshops are regularly held as part of the First 5 Forever program.


Story time at SLQ

Enjoy the fun of Story Time with your little ones in these mid-morning sessions featuring a variety of books, puppets, activities, songs and games, plus simple ideas on sharing stories at home.

Cost: FREE
Booking required: No


Performance at SLQ

Visit the State Library of Queensland for a live pre-lunch performance of singing, dancing, nursery rhymes and song for young children.

Cost: FREE
Booking required: No

Rhyme Time

Rhyme Time SLQ

From babes in arms to children ready to dance, this is a special time for you and your little one where you can share rhymes, songs, stories and reading in a creative and relaxed environment.

Cost: FREE
Booking required: No

For details of all the upcoming workshops, events and activities in the SLQ First 5 Forever program, click here.

SLQ Workshops for kids

The State Library of Queensland hosts a range of activities and workshops for children throughout the year, but especially during school holidays. Most workshops are FREE to attend but some require bookings so check the details to be sure you don’t miss out!

Performance and celebration

Experience the stories and sounds of Australia’s original languages through song, poetry and art. SLQ invites you to gain a greater understanding of the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with various craft activities and musical performances throughout the year.

School holiday activities at SLQ

state library kids working

You can always rely on the State Library of Queensland to provide some of the best school holiday workshops in Brisbane. From STEM activities and robotics to craft, music, and performance. Check out these fabulous previous SLQ holiday workshops (below) and click this link to find out what’s on now!

Previous State Library Workshops


Summer Festival: art + stories + play

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

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.

state library girl excited

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

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

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!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *