Ipswich Children’s Library
The Ipswich Children’s Library is testament to how far libraries have come since we were kids. Australia’s only public Children’s Library is now open and its design is sure to turn even the most reluctant reader into an avid bookworm! Prepare the kids to feed dinosaurs, discover the magic mirror and watch their drawings come to life using augmented reality. Plus there’s over 35,000 great books for kids to dive into all from the comfort of a ‘tree’ with an in-built cosy reading nook!
Located in the Nicholas Street Precinct, the Ipswich Children’s Library boasts a beautiful, purpose-designed and built space for children aged 0 – 12 years to explore, learn and play. Read our full review here.
Located just 30 minutes away from Brisbane’s CBD, Orion Lagoon in Springfield is the perfect place to take the kids during a hot summer’s day. Orion Lagoon features an assortment of connecting pools with varying water levels. Little bubs will love the shallow beach areas and the squirting hoses whereas the older kids can play in the deeper end. Lifeguards patrol the lagoon from 5am until 9pm during spring until autumn, so you know you’ll have peace of mind when your child is swimming. There are plenty of pavilions surrounding the lagoon, with many featuring BBQs and picnic tables. When it comes to a fun day with the kids in Ipswich, nothing beats Orion Lagoon.
Ipswich Nature Centre and Nerima Garden
Found in Queens Park, Ipswich Nature Centre (Ipswich Zoo) is one of the best natural experiences the kids can have in Ipswich. For a gold coin donation, the kids can enjoy seeing all the beautiful wildlife that inhabits the park, including wallabies, emus, lorikeets in a dedicated bird sanctuary and even bilbies. Opposite the nature centre is Nerima Gardens. These tranquil Japanese gardens will make you feel as though you are stepping into a completely different country. The kids will love wandering over the wooden bridge and seeing the beautiful waterfall splash down onto the rocks below. Finish the day with a trip to Queens Park’s playground or by visiting the nearby café and you’ll find yourself wondering why you hadn’t visited sooner. Read our review on the Ipswich nature Centre (Ipswich Zoo) here.
Ipswich Art Gallery
Have little Picassos to entertain? This is the best choice of things to do in Ipswich with kids. Take them to the Ipswich Art Gallery! Just a few minutes walk from the Ipswich train station, the Ipswich Art Gallery has a Kid’s Gallery specially designed for the little art lovers. Hosting one of the first kid’s art spaces in Queensland, the kid’s gallery offers programs made especially for the youngest members of the family.
Workshops Rail Museum
Located near the city centre and just beside the train station, fans of Thomas the Tank Engine will just love the Workshops Rail Museum. Featuring a huge variety of trains, including modern, diesel and of course steam, the kids will be overwhelmed by all the locomotives. There are plenty of interactive activities too, including train simulators, walk on trains and a miniature railway for the littlies to play on. The kids will be begging you to bring them back again and again! Read our review on the Ipswich Rail Museum here.
Need a nice place in Ipswich for the kids to cool off and have heaps of fun? Check out Robelle Domain in Springfield Central. The water play area is perfect for children of all ages to play on as it is built on a flat surface, not in a pool. Watch the kids scream in delight as a giant bucket of water tips over them, sending water showering down on them. End the day by visiting the nearby park or by having a picnic on the grassy areas surrounding the water area.