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Brisbane Open House 2015 Children's Activities

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by Alison Muirhead (subscribe)
Doting grandmother and grey nomad who should join Volunteers Anonymous and is greatly in favour of a ten day week. So much to do, so little time.
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It's simply Child's Play at Brisbane Open House 2015


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.

Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower viewing platform
It's a long way to the top...


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.

Early Brisbane penal settlement tools
Early tools


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.

marshmallows,spaghetti
Tasty building materials


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.

Roma Street Station
Named for a great lady


Puffing Billy,Brisbane,historic train,Roma Street Station
Another friend for Thomas



On Sunday, be prepared to be shown up by your children as they use the interactive history programs. You can enjoy the ambience of a magnificently restored heritage building.

Old Government House Brisbane,computers,interactive
This is how you do it



It will be hard to drag them away from other hands-on technology at the QUT Science and Engineering Centre. You too will be fascinated.

QUT Science and Technology Precinct,Brisbane
What fish is that?


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.

A budding architect

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Why? To nurture children's interest in the built environment
When: Various times over the weekend of October 10-11
Where: Brisbane CBD and suburbs
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Your little model for the pictures is adorable:)
by Maria M (score: 2|661) 1461 days ago
Thankyou, Maria M. I think so too, proud Nana Ali that I am.
by Alison Muirhead (score: 2|260) 1460 days ago
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