The Summer school holidays are now in full swing! Plan the ultimate school holiday break with our guide to what's on in Brisbane!
1. Go wild at a free water park
Perfect for kids of all ages, Rocks Riverside Park in Seventeen Mile Rocks offers a jam-packed family day out, with a water-play area and two playgrounds to choose from. The lush green open spaces are perfect for ball games, kites and more, while you sit back and enjoy the sprawling shade by the Brisbane River. The water park features are awesome for little adventurers navigating the miniature river rapids, while older kids will whiz through the sky on the flying fox before scaling the nautical-inspired playground. Brisbane City Council also has 15 pools with water play areas, as well as aqua parks and water play areas in a number of parks and public spaces for hours of water-based fun for kids and toddlers.
2. Discover over 100 free or low-cost activities
There are hours of endless fun to be had at the many free or low-cost activities held by Brisbane City Council these school holidays. Try longboarding, abseiling, putt-putt golf, BMX coaching, windsurfing, scooter coaching and more - available from Monday 4 January for free or just $5. Bookings are essential, so get in early to secure your place.
3. To infinity and beyond
The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is launching a series of virtual escapes to far-flung destinations departing from Mt Coot-tha these school holidays. The new 'Come Fly With Us' virtual travel experience will offer stargazers the opportunity to explore Australia and international destinations. Go here for more details on showtimes and tickets.
4. Become a park ninja-warrior
Find your inner ninja at the Park Warrior course in Guyatt Park, St Lucia. Designed for adults and children aged 12 years or over, the track takes you on a range of ninja obstacles challenging your fitness, strength, agility, and coordination. For the little ones, there's a junior playground close by, as well as plenty of picnic and barbeque facilities.
5. Learn to ride at Grinstead Park
Grinstead Park features an impressive fort style playground but its latest addition is a real drawcard for kids wanting to learn the ropes of bike riding in a safe environment. A newly built learn to ride track provides the perfect space for little people to learn to balance on two wheels or take off on training wheels for the first time.
6. Craft your own pottery
Craft your own pottery masterpiece at The Ceramic Studio in Indooroopilly. They cater for beginners, regulars and kids. Brisbane City Council also holds pottery throughout the year, as well as other art classes, including painting and drawing, so be sure to check out their What's On page to find the next session near you.
Strap on your skates at Iceworld's Olympic-sized ice rink for a unique workout option or family activity that's been making locals smile for more than 30 years. Whether you opt for figure skating, ice skating for beginners or hosting a kid's birthday party, laughs are guaranteed as well as a fun day out.
8. Enjoy a cuppa, cuddle a cat
Cat Cuddle Cafe in Lutwyche is Australia's only Cat Cafe run by a rescue and is the pur-fect environment for kiddy cat lovers to enjoy and interact with some of our rescue cats, as well as enjoy a sumptuous range of vegan and vegetarian, savoury and sweet foods. You will also find an op shop filled to the brim with pre-loved and retro fashion and accessories, homewares, books and toys.
9. Join a Junior Ranger program
Warril Parkland at Larapinta makes for a wild family day out. Navigate your way to this bush camp-themed playground with flying foxes and a lake - all part of the local Oxley Creek Transformation. There's also a lakeside boardwalk and pontoon, as well as birdwatching and space to picnic with barbecues. Kids can also join the Oxley Creek Junior Ranger Program.
10. Be rewarded for summer reading
Brisbane City Council libraries' Summer Reading program combines reading and library activities to help kids experience the joy of reading over the school holiday break. Council's 33 libraries will host the fun program until Sunday 24 January 2021, open to children aged 12 years and younger. By participating, kids collect stickers over the summer to complete a Summer Reading pocketbook. Children who complete their pocketbook are eligible for a prize as a reward for their effort. This year, the Summer Reading program offers a range of free online school holiday events and activities including science shows, author talks, and cartoon and writing workshops. Check out the range of online Summer Reading events and activities.