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School Holiday Activities for Teens & Tweens!

This article shares some of the best school holiday activities for Brisbane teens and tweens!

Are you looking for school holiday activities for teenagers 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?!

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

Lego workshops,  gaming and coding

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, 47 Noble Ave, Northgate

Arts and crafts school holiday activities for teens

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 imagination, skills, and confidence to grow and develop, in a fun and original way.

When: Holiday programme running through the Easter holidays 2024 (term time lessons also available)
Who: Suitable for ages 4 – 17
Cost: $32 per session
Where: Flying Fox Studios, 749-753 Southpine Rd Everton Park

Crafty and creative school holiday activities for teens

The Nest Workshops

If your teen loves the process of designing, creating, or handcrafting something unique, why not consider a craft class run by The Nest. The school holiday activities for teens classes are 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 offers 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 of their dreams. Come and Cook is the brainchild of Karen Browne, a former qualified primary school teacher 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 (11 Grenoble Street, The Gap). For more information about the school holiday activities for teens classes (including some fabulous Christmas baking opportunities) visit Come & Cook here.

Active school holiday activities for teens

UQ Sport

Keep fit, healthy, and de-stress at UQ Sport with so many great school holiday activities for teens. 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
Kingston Park Raceway

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: Open 5 days per week (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

Where: Kingston Park Raceway, 20 Mudgee Street, Kingston

Take A Segway Tour!

Glide along the river and through South Bank Parklands on a mini Segway tour. They last from 15 minutes to an hour 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 sales@xwing.com.au

Scoot, skate, ride and glide at RampAttak

Indoor Skate Parks
Indoor Skate Parks

The best fun you can have on wheels! RampAttak has reopened in a new venue in Blackstone! Find out more at Rampattak.

See Brisbane indoor skate parks here.

See Brisbane outdoor skate parks here.

TreeTop Challenge

TreeTop Challenge
TreeTop Challenge

Australia’s largest guided zip line tour and high ropes adventure park is a perfect school holiday activity for teens. 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 are some of the most popular things to do in the holidays for teenagers. And luckily in Brisbane, we have a huge range of choices.

Jungle Adventure Play

School holiday fun
School holiday fun

What: Jungle Adventure Play is a HUGE newish indoor adventure playcentre in Tingalpa that has something for everyone! A ninja warrior course, high ropes challenge, heaps of vibrant and challenging climbing walls and a 2.5m up to 5m jumping platform where your tween or teen can safely land on a giant inflatable cushion. If you also have little ones in tow there’s a dedicated play area just for them plus a massive under 8’s play gym with multiple levels, slides, and heaps more. For you, there’s a really great cafe with delicious food and coffee! It’s licensed too and a good spot to host birthday parties for the bigger kids.

When: Open 7 days from 9am-5pm daily and till 8pm on Friday and Saturday.

Where: 31 Proprietary St, Tingalpa 

Contact: 07 3147 8013

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 locations open in Brisbane

Unit 2, 220 Montague Road, West End

17 Roy Street, Milton

5 Morse Street, Newstead 

Contact: 1300 001 203 or info@urbanclimb.com.au  

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: 0490 401 296, email: info@crankclimbing.com.au

Escape Room Challenge school holiday activities for teens

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

Fox in a Box

We reviewed Fox in a Box here.

When: Every day

Where: Level 1, 150 Edward Street, Brisbane

Contact: 07 3815 9825

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 Sim or Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery (Inc).

Laser Tag

Urban Xtreme Adventure Park in Hendra
Urban Xtreme Adventure Park in Hendra

Urban Xtreme

We reviewed Urban Xtreme here.

When: Every day

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


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: Tue, Wed, Thu: 12-8pm; Friday: 12-9pm; Saturday: 10am-9pm; Sunday: 10am-5pm

Where: Laserzone, 561 Gympie Road, Lawnton

Contact: 07 3205 4141 or email Brisbane@laserzone.com.au

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; info@thegolfspot.com.au

Mini Golf for school holiday activities for teens

Victoria Park Golf Complex

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, 7am – 10pm. 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; albanylinksgolf@gmail.com

Indoor Skating

Stafford Skate Centre – This venue is permanently closed

When: Friday evenings to Sunday afternoons

Where: Stafford Skate Centre, 280 Stafford Road, Stafford

Contact: (07) 3357 4444


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



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 Iceworld 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: 7 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

Urban Xtreme Adventure Park in Hendra
Urban Xtreme Adventure Park in Hendra

When: Every day

Where: Urban-Xtreme,

4/370 Nudgee Rd, Hendra

Contact: 13 75 99 or email touchthesky@skyzone.com.au

Bounce Inc.

When: Every day

Where: 544 Kessels Road, MacGregor

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 – This venue is permanently closed

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 3447 8990

Circus Skills

Flipside Circus

Flipside Circus school holiday activities for teens
Flipside Circus school

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.

This article was published in Issue 19 of our print magazine, December 2016/January 2017.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

6 thoughts on “School Holiday Activities for Teens & Tweens!”

  1. 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,

    • 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. 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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