Well, what do you do on a drizzly rainy Friday night with three kids? Most of you with three children under five would stay at home and put a movie on of some description. Well, this Friday I couldn't put myself through another kids movie nor could I sit at home. The aim of the game with three kids is to find cheap family fun activities to entertain us for the night. It's healthier to go dancing in the rain then to sit around with a six pack of beer, eat pizza and watch Toy Story. So last night we picked my eldest up from prep and made our way to the Brisbane Night Markets at Rocklea. It was fantastic!
As you drive along Sherwood Road, you can see that the market itself has taken the care and time to make sure the market is well signed and you can find it easily. There are signs along the Sherwood Road directing you to the market's free car space. Yes, the parking is free and undercover, linking to the huge undercover market. This market is undercover and even when it's raining, you can still take the kids and have a great time.
As we arrived in the car park, we drove and parked at level one. There is a lift that I swear could fit an elephant inside of it, it's that big. We took the lift to the ground floor then followed the signed path into the entrance of the Brisbane Night Market. Confronted with a few old 1980s and 90s beats at the front coming from local buskers was uplifting and set the mood for the night. Spending $2.50 per person to enter the market, however, our three kiddies were free, all up, $5 entry for my wife and I. They give you a stamp once you have paid and you're free to explore what the market has to offer.
We were amazed to see that as we walked in; there was a huge city built from kids jumping castles. $10 per child for the whole night! We actually thought this was a great price and all night between 5pm to 9pm, our three played on the jumping castles while my wife and I sat at the tables close by and had a wine and beer while watching our kiddies play. They even had a free play area near the jumping castles for kids who could colour in and play with building blocks. In the middle section, the market has around 10 local stallholders who sell candles, earrings, kids toys, dog treats, biltong and other products. We noticed that this market really did well with its entertainment, food trucks and kids jumping castles. That was the highlight for us personally.
Picture by Brett: Our Miss 18 months having a play in the free kids entertainment area.
We walked around and at the very back are the food trucks and the eating area, accompanied by a huge stage where a local band was playing. We decided to purchase four different dishes from four separate food trucks. Total cost $50 including drinks. We took our food back to the kids jumping castles and sat at the tables and chairs provided there. While we all ate, the kids continued playing on the jumping castles.
Picture by Brett: Jumping Castle City at the front of the market.
The market wasn't busy as I think the rain scared some people off. However, those rainy nights are well worth the venture out as you experience a quieter market environment and at least you can find a seat.
If you have a Friday night free and don't feel like cooking and want to exhaust the kids out, I highly recommend in taking the family out to the Brisbane Night Markets. We spent $100 all up, including door entry, kids entertainment and food. Not bad for a one-off family fun night in the rain! Our boys left with a few cheap light-up musical guns bought at the Aussie Toys stall.
Picture by Brett: Our two boys with there light-up musical guns working out of the market with other patrons.