Stretch your child's imagination and extend their knowledge of the built environment through play during Brisbane Open House (BOH), Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11 2015. There is a host of activities to suit all ages, stages and interests. An attractive activity booklet with delightful sketches of our built environment will be available free of charge at all participating buildings and the BOH Information Hub at King George Square over that weekend. In the meantime, here are a few examples to whet your whistle.
Do your children delight in climbing? The backyard gum tree is nothing compared with the Brisbane City Hall clock tower when it comes to heights. Children delight in riding the old-fashioned lift to the top of City Hall for a bird's eye view from 76 metres above ground level. It is essential to book on the day, so first in, best dressed.
Children's curiosity is piqued by tales of convicts and their living conditions, and they were Brisbane's founding fathers so to speak. At the Commissariat Store Museum, Brisbane's oldest inhabited building, an activity table on the ground floor will assist in solving some of the mysteries of our early days as a penal colony.
Which children do not like to chomp on a marshmallow, but do they know they make excellent building materials? Bring out their architectural skills at bureau^proberts studio where they will be invited to design a building and then build it out of spaghetti and marshmallows.
If marshmallows are not sufficient to satisfy a gnawing hunger, there are two other options to settle a growling tummy. Bring a picnic lunch and join the Albert Street Green Picnic. The aim of the exercise is to showcase Brisbane's more than 30 accredited Green Star buildings, but there'll also be live music, games and displays. The first 200 children to visit Shingle Inn City Hall Restaurant will be treated to a free cupcake. The restaurant will be open from 9am to 4pm on each day, and as I will be volunteering there on the Sunday morning, there may be only 199 remaining that day.
What children are not enchanted by trains, particularly of the Thomas variety? At Roma Street Station, the earliest surviving major station in any of our capital cities, children will receive a free Thomas and Friends activity booklet and can make their own fold-up cardboard train. Mum and Dad can admire the restoration work in progress on this magnificent example of heritage architecture. How did it get its name? Lady Diamantina Roma Bowen, our first Governor's wife and humanitarian, turned the first sod.
These are but a few of the activities that children will find entertaining as you explore the great outdoors and indoors of Brisbane. There are other opportunities to nurture budding architects, emergency services workers, scientists, hospitality workers, dentists, musicians, historians and educators, to name but a few of the careers highlighted. Don't forget to collect your activity booklet at the beginning of your BOH weekend.