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What are the Best Museums to Take Children to These School Holidays?

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Published June 20th 2019
Spark your curiosity these school holidays. With so many museums, we're spoilt for choice in Brisbane. Offering activities from art and craft to a Night at the Museum, there are plenty of activities to keep children entertained. These are my favourite museums to inspire young minds. What is your favourite?

Queensland Museum

While the dinosaurs are always a drawcard with the youngsters, why not explore the museum in a night time adventure? Designed for the youngsters, at A Night at the Museum guests can discover what happens at night and explore the different exhibitions - NASA - A Human Adventure, SparkLab, Wild State and Discovery Centre. Dance to live music, discover amazing objects and participate in hands-on activities. A selection of food and drinks will be available for purchase.

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When: 28 June 2019
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Level 2
Cost: Adult: $21, Child: $15, Family: $64 (2A 2C)

Spark Lab

SparkLab is the perfect place to unleash your inner scientist. With 40 interactive exhibits to explore across three zones, guests can discover how science, technology, engineering and maths affect their everyday world. The interactive exhibits appeal to all ages.

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Located on Level 1 of the Queensland Museum, SparkLab combines fun and education to provide an environment to question, test and design. Guests will enjoy playing the colourful pipes with thongs, creating clouds and building circuits to create wind or sound an alarm. In addition, the Science Bar allows guests to get up close and personal with experiments.

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Musical Pipes

When: Daily
Time: SparkLab is a timed experience. Open daily until 5pm, the first entry occurs at 9.40am then hourly from 11.00am.
Cost: $15.50 for adults, $12.50 for children and children under 5 years old are free. A family pass (2 adults and 2 children) is available for $46.

Workshops Rail Museum

Thomas is back these school holidays. Meet this popular blue steam locomotive and his friends at the Workshops Rail Museum these winter school holidays for a Day Out With Thomas.

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Workshops Rail Museum

Steaming into Ipswich June 29 until July 14, this two-week long exhibit brings Thomas's railroad adventures to life. The day is packed with activities including the Thomas Play Pit and Thomas themed craft, colouring-in, puzzles, games and movie. Storytime with the Fat Controller is an event not to be missed. Youngsters will be captivated by his energetic performance.

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Thomas the Tank Engine

Located in North Ipswich, the Workshops Rail Museum has played an important role in Queensland's rail history. Over 145 years ago, the first train to run in Queensland departed from these sheds. The Workshops experienced a revival in 2002 when the site was converted into a museum. Tours of the Heritage Railway Workshops depart 10.30am and 12pm daily (enclosed footwear is required).

When: 29 June 2019 - 14 July 2019
Time: 9.30am - 4pm
Cost: $14.50 for an adult, $12.50 for a concession and $11.50 for a child. Children under 3 years of age are free. A family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) costs $44.50.

Museum of Brisbane

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Brisbane City Hall

Brisbane Art Design (BAD) is one of the current exhibitions at the Museum of Brisbane. Inspired by BAD, budding artists can build cardboard houses inspired by Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan's installation, play with the RoboBlox breeze blocks, draw on walls using Kellie O'Dempsey's multisensorial light projection or explore the Cinema Swarm fully-automated film studio. There's something for kids of all ages.

When: 29 June 2019 - 14 July 2019
Time: 10am - 5pm daily, 10am - 7pm Fridays
Cost: Free

While you're there, don't forget to do a free Clock Tower Tour. Ride in the original 90 year old, hand-operated lift to get a bird's eye view of the city. Places are limited to seven people per tour so arriving early to secure your place is recommended.

When: Daily
Time: 10.15am - 4.45pm, every 15 minutes
Cost: Free
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My vote goes to BAD at Museum of Brisbane
by May Cross (score: 3|7895) 721 days ago
This s a great way to get kids interested in museums.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8098) 718 days ago

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