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UPDATED SEPT 2020: School Holiday Activities for Teens & Tweens!

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Are you looking for school holiday activities for teens and tweens in Brisbane? We know that finding fun things to do in Brisbane for teens is a sure fire way to get them worn out and happy! And when they are happy, we are happy. Right?!

Things to do with teenagers in Brisbane

Because finding good school holiday activities for teenagers can be challenging, we’ve rounded up our favourite teenage activities Brisbane has to offer. Share this article with your older kids and they MIGHT not hate you for suggesting it. (We must stress the ‘might’ – we are dealing with tweens and teens after all.)

These holiday activities for teens range from indoor and quiet to outdoor and energy burning.

Like everything during these unique times, please check with the venue’s website and/or social media pages to ensure the activity is still running!

Lego Workshops & Coding

You don’t have to have turned 13 yet, but STEM activities are a great idea if you are looking for things to do in the holidays for 13-year-olds. I know my son loves coding, so anything like this is a winner for him!

Building Blocks Studio

What: Build on your electronics, engineering, and robotic interests with these great workshops and teen school holiday activities – including Lego and coding.

When: Term time classes and school holiday workshops

Where: Building Blocks Studio, 2/702 Sandgate Road, Clayfield, QLD

Arts and Crafts Workshops

Flying Fox Studios

What: From small babies, right up to adults, play is a way that we process our experiences and make sense of the world. Flying Fox Studios provide opportunities for imaginations, skills, and confidence to grow and develop, in a fun and original way.

When: Mon-Sat

Where: Flying Fox Studios, 749-753 Southpine Rd Everton Park

More ideas for crafty and creative tweens and teens!

The Nest Workshops

If your teen loves the process of designing, creating, or handcrafting something unique, why not consider a Sustainable Craft Retreat for teens? Run by The Craft Nest, this workshop is being held against the backdrop of a beautiful, heritage-listed Queenslander at Everton Park. It’s ideal for 10 to 17-year olds who want to try their hand at something new and just a little bit different. Read more here.

Embroiderers’ Guild of QLD

In a similar vein, the Embroiderers’ Guild of Queensland offer workshops for kids in the school holidays. Lunch is sometimes provided and your tween or teen can try their hand at this ancient craft and take home their own embroidered pinch purse. For further details see here.

Cooking workshops for kids

If your tween or teen is showing an interest in the culinary arts, a cooking class could be the activity if their dreams these school holidays. Come and Cook is the brainchild of Karen Browne, a former qualified teacher primary school teaching who began her own cooking business while living in London (2002-2010) because she wanted to share her skills and love of cooking with others.

Now she runs a thriving Kids Cooking School in Brisbane. For more information about Come & Cook see here.

Active teen school holiday activities

UQ Sport

What: Keep fit, healthy, and de-stress at UQ Sport. There’s an activity to suit every taste with team sports, tennis, track and field, swimming pools, and pool parties!

When: Term time and school holidays

Where: University of Queensland, Building 25, Union Rd, St Lucia

Go Kart Krazy!

Kingston Park Raceway

What: Grab your mates or be a solo challenger for a full-throttle adrenalin rush at Kingston Park Raceway. Satisfy your need for speed on the tracks and enjoy the amusement rides when you take advantage of the school holiday bonus offer. One of our favourite teen school holiday activities!

When: Every day except Christmas

Where: Kingston Park Raceway, 20 Mudgee Street, Kingston

Take A Segway Tour!

What: Glide along the river and through South Bank Parklands on a mini Segway tour. They last from 15 minutes to an hours and tweens (12 and under) ride at kids’ prices. We did a segway review to show you how fun this is!

When: Day or sunset tours available.

Where: Russell Street, Brisbane (Next to the Brisbane Wheel)

Contact: 0419 000 575 or email [email protected]

Scoot, Skate, Ride and Glide

Indoor Skate Parks

What: The best fun you can have on wheels! Streetscapes, bowls, ramps, vertical walls, foam pit and more! This is open to inlines, skateboards, scooters, BMX and mountain bikes. School holiday scooter and skateboard camps and term-time lessons are available.

When: Open Daily

Where: Rampattak, 393 Bilsen Road, Geebung

Find all our Brisbane indoor skate parks here.

Find all our Brisbane outdoor skate parks here.

TreeTop Challenge

What: Australia’s largest guided zip line tour and high ropes adventure park. Get amongst the treetops and traverse a course of rope bridges, swings, and 11 huge flying foxes and Tarzan Swings. You’ll need to leave your fear of heights at home!

When: Daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Where: Thunderbird Park, Cedar Creek Falls Road, North Tamborine

Indoor rock climbing school holiday activities for teens

Indoor rock climbing and parkour is one of the most popular things to do in the holidays for teenagers. And luckily in Brisbane, we have a huge range of choices.

Urban Climb

What: A test of strength and skill on the indoor rock climbing and bouldering walls. No prior experience needed.

When: Open daily

Where: Urban Climb has three great locations!

Unit 2, 220 Montague Road, West End

5 Morse Street, Newstead

17 Roy Street, Milton

Contact: 07 3844 2544 or [email protected]

Crank Climbing – Indoor Rock Climbing & Parkour

What: Develop fitness, strength, and agility on the indoor rock climbing walls and parkour (freerunning) courses at Crank Fitness.

When: Classes and courses throughout the year, see website

Where: Crank Climbing, 2/537 Kessels Road, Macgregor

Contact: 0413 891 229; [email protected]

Escape Room Challenge

Escape rooms promote team spirit and bonding, which is great for families, and they give players a chance to indulge in an immersive experience in an environment that is very different from home. They require logical thinking, creativity and communication and all members of the family get to express their unique set of skills, making escape rooms the ultimate multi-generational activity.

Find hidden clues and solve puzzles in a race against the clock. Different themes and experiences available at a number of locations. See them all here.

Escape Hunt

When: Every day

Where: Escape Hunt, 77 Russell Street, West End

Puzzled Room Escape

When: Every day

Where: Puzzled Room Escape, 5/1177 Logan Road, Holland Park West

Fort Locks

When: Every day

Where:  Fort Locks, 12/887 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Fox in a Box

We reviewed Fox in a Box here.

When: Every day

Where: Level 1, 150 Edward Street, Brisbane

Contact: 3815 9825

Fox in a Box is offering Families Magazine readers 20% off a booking for 2-12 children throughout September/October 2020. Enter or mention code FamiliesMagazine20 when booking to save! All games must be booked and played before 31 October, 2020.

Brisbane Ghost Tours

What: Spend an evening touring some of Brisbane’s most haunted sites, from cemeteries and old buildings to Boggo Road Gaol. A guaranteed thriller!

When: Evenings

Where: Various locations around Brisbane and the Redlands

Which companies: Jack Sims or Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery (Inc).

Laser Tag

Urban Xtreme

We reviewed Urban Xtreme here.

When: Every day

Where: Urban-Xtreme, 4/370 Nudgee Rd, Hendra

Laserzone

What: Tag your friends before they tag you! Laser tag is hide and seek with a difference as you hunt down your opponents and tag them with your laser phasers. Watch your back – the hunter is also being hunted!

When: Tues-Sun during term, every day of the school holidays

Where: Laserzone, 561 Gympie Road, Lawnton

Contact: (07) 3205 4141 or email [email protected]

Indoor Golf

The Golf Spot – This venue is permanently closed.

What: Play on courses all around the world with this amazing real action simulator. Line up your shots using real clubs and balls and take a swing – the screen will pick up the action and follow the ball’s flight. 

When: Open daily

Where: 655 Toohey Road, Salisbury

Contact: 07 3493 0143; [email protected]

Mini Golf for teens school holiday activities

Victoria Park Golf Complex

Victoria Park Putt Putt 1

What: Victoria Park’s Putt Putt Mini Golf course is like no other you’ve experienced before. This challenging and exciting 18 hole Putt Putt Mini Golf course not only weaves around a rocky terrain while sporting a magnificent view of Brisbane’s CBD skyline, but is also fully licensed! Available to play morning, noon and night, Putt Putt Mini Golf at Victoria Park is a sure winner for your next get-together with friends and family. The Putt Putt Mini Golf course features sand and water traps and swinging poles. We reviewed Victoria Park here.

When: every day

Where: 309 Herston Road, Herston

Contact: victoriapark.com.au/golf/putt-putt

Golf Central Brisbane Airport

What: Navigate the hazards to get around the 18-hole course in the fewest moves in this lively, fun, miniaturised golf game.

When: Open daily, no need to book

Where: Golf Central Brisbane Airport, 40 The Circuit, Skygate, Brisbane Airport

Albany Links Golf Course –  This venue is permanently closed.

When: Open daily

Where: 638 South Pine Road, Brendale

Contact: 07 3264 2557; [email protected]

Indoor Skating

Stafford Skate Centre

What: Timeless fun for all ages, indoor roller-skating and inline skating. Don’t forget to limbo! Available at these locations:

When: Friday evenings to Sunday afternoons

Where: Stafford Skate Centre, 280 Stafford Road, Stafford

Contact: (07) 3357 4444

Skateaway

What: Indoor skating plus inline hockey and figure skating.

When: Open daily

Where: Skateaway, 700 Albany Creek Road, Albany Creek

Contact: 07 3325 1711

Indoor Ice Skating

Ice World

Iceworld

What: Escape the heat and chill out with friends at an ice rink, suitable for beginners to advanced figure skaters. Also offering speed skating, ice hockey, curling and synchronised skating. We reviewed Ice World here.

When: Open daily

Where: Iceworld, 1179 Beaudesert Road, Acacia Ridge and 2304 Sandgate Road, Boondall

Contact: 07 3277 7563 (AR); 07 3865 1694 (B)

Ten Pin Bowling

AMF Bowling now known as Zone Bowling

What: No ‘three strikes and you’re out’ rule applies here: the aim of the game is to get 12 strikes in a row to score the perfect 300! Most bowling alleys have a disco atmosphere and offer arcades and other entertainments too. All AMF Bowling locations have been rebranded to Zone Bowling. As far as school holiday activities for teens goes, ten pin bowling is one of the best especially on rainy days.

When: Open daily

Where: 8 QLD locations, see website

Contact: 1300 368 067

Aspley 10 Pin Bowl

When: Every day (except public holidays)

Where: Aspley 10 Pin Bowl, 149 Albany Creek Road, Aspley

Contact: (07) 3263 8848

Indoor Trampolining school holiday activities for teens

What: You’ll be bouncing off the walls! Each centre has huge areas of interconnected trampolines and foam pits to practice your aerial skills. This is one of our favourite teenage holiday activities in Brisbane. 

Several locations to choose from:

Urban Xtreme

When: Every day

Where: Urban-Xtreme,

4/370 Nudgee Rd, Hendra

SkyZone

When: Every day

Where: SkyZone, 544 Kessels Road, MacGregor

Contact: 13 75 99 or email [email protected]

Bounce Inc.

When: Every day

Where: Bounce Inc, 40 Enterprise Place, Tingalpa

Flip Out

When: Every day

Where: Flip Out, 130-134 Gympie Road, Strathpine

Contact: (07) 3205 9994

Just Jump

What: Trampolines and inflatables all in one place. Indoor and outdoor bounce areas.

When: Every day

Where: Just Jump, 235 Smiths Road, Redbank

Contact: (07) 3437 8588

Circus Skills

Flipside Circus

Flipside Circus school holiday activities for teens

What: From juggling to acrobatics and high-flying aerials and trapeze – you don’t have to run away to the circus to learn these fun skills (or maybe just for the holidays!) We highly recommend their tween & teen school holiday activities! Read our Flipside Circus review here.

When: Classes all year round plus school holiday workshops

Where: Flipside Circus Training Centre, Riverfront Event Space at Northshore, 33 MacArthur Avenue, Hamilton

Encourage them with covert learning opportunities

If your tween or teen has an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a never-ending curiosity about the world around them, there are some fabulous activities these school holidays for teens that will expand their horizons without breaking the bank.

Brisbane is home to world-class museums and learning centres. For those keen to look to the stars whilst staying close to the comforts of home, check out the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.

No matter where your teen or tween’s interests and passions lie, you are sure to find an exciting activity enabling them to spread their wings, try something new, develop skills or just get out and about these upcoming school holidays.

6 responses to “UPDATED SEPT 2020: School Holiday Activities for Teens & Tweens!”

  1. Brenda Madsen says:

    I am looking for dance classes for the December/January school holidays. My granddaughter is 16 and he dance class is closed for the school holidays,

    • Janine says:

      Hi,
      Check out our dance articles – not sure if they are open over the school holidays – but at least will give you a starting point!

  2. Maria Sanewski says:

    My daughter would love to do that as well …,,
    Please let me know too. Thanks

  3. Lilian says:

    Hi
    Can I know if there are any computer/coding short course for my son age 14 during his term break for the first two weeks in October? Thanks.

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