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Published December 12th 2018
Spark your curiosity these school holidays. With so many museums, we're spoilt for choice in Brisbane. Offering activities from art and craft to circus skills, there are plenty of activities to keep children entertained. These are my favourite museums to inspire young minds. What is your favourite?
While the dinosaurs are always a drawcard with the youngsters, why not meet the monkeys? Come face-to-face with 60 amazing taxidermy specimens and articulated skeletons. Learn all about our shared evolutionary history and the primate family tree.
As a special offer, from 3 until 21 December, if you buy a ticket to SparkLab, you can visit the Monkeys for only $5.
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.
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.
SparkLab is a timed experience. Open daily until 5pm, the first entry occurs at 9.40am then hourly from 11.00am. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.
Admission is $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
Join the circus these school holidays at the Workshops Rail Museum. For a summer of fun, make tracks to Ipswich.
The Workshops Rail Museum invites children to run away with the circus these school holidays. Ideal for children aged between 3 and 10, the Summer Days program includes the special Circus Train and Circus Camp zones. Children can try juggling, hula hooping, balancing and more at the Circus Train exhibit as well as hearing the fascinating stories of circuses that travelled through Queensland by rail.
In the Circus Camp, children are invited to practice their acrobatic skills or play games including Bean Bag Toss and Crazy Quoits.
At the Creation Station, children can create a pair of elephant ears or a clown's hat. There are also plenty of puzzles and stories.
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).
Tickets to the Workshops Rail Museum 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
One of the current exhibitions at the Museum of Brisbane is The Designers' Guide: Easton Pearson Archive. Budding designers can create their own fashion headband using templates created by Stephen Mok, a Brisbane artist and Easton Pearson collaborator.
Brisbane City Hall
While you're there, don't forget to 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.