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60 Brisbane School Holiday Activities

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by Lucy (subscribe)
Welcome to Lucy's collection of ideas and adventures designed to inspire others to get off the couch and explore our local environment.
Published August 23rd 2016
Location-based list of fun things to keep families connected
Here in Brisbane, we are blessed with plenty of sunshine and the school holidays provide the perfect space to explore all our river city has to offer. This location-based list of activities has been written to give families plenty of ideas to keep children of all ages happy and entertained. Please add any more school holiday ideas to the comments section at the end.

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Queensland Museum - image taken by writer


CBD Activities:

1. South Bank Parklands - wander around the tropical landscaped gardens which overlook the CBD. Highlights of South Bank include Streets Beach, Gallery of Modern Art, Sciencentre and Queensland Museum.

2. Streets Beach - swim at Australia's only patrolled inner city beach. This is the perfect place to build sandcastles, sunbake or enjoy the aquativity children's water park.

3. Gallery of Modern Art - visit the Children's Gallery on the ground floor to enjoy the interactive exhibits and hands-on activities.

4. Sciencentre - budding scientists will appreciate all the fun experiments to try at this popular school holiday venue.

5. Queensland Museum - there are always new and interesting exhibitions at QM with some impressive dinosaur skeletons and mega-fauna on display.

6. State Library of Queensland - stop into The Corner, a unique themed area for Under 8s with a selection of games and toys to keep them busy.

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Botanic Gardens - image taken by writer


7. Old Government House - step back in time to the colonial era in this elegant sandstone mansion. Then enjoy lamingtons in the cafe where lamingtons were actually invented.

8. City Hall - ride to the top of the clocktower for free.

9. Brisbane Museum - discover something interesting about Brisbane's history.

10. Art Trails - Brisbane City Council's Public Art Trails cover contemporary architecture, unusual sculptures and history right across the CBD.

11. Citycat - Brisbane high-speed catamarans zoom up and down the river all day. It is possible to ride from St Lucia all the way to Hamilton, with many beautiful stop overs along the route.

12. City Hopper - this free ferry takes its time, but is a wonderful way to explore life on the Brisbane River.

13. City Botanic Gardens - floral displays, mangroves and a top playground are a great reason to visit these inner city gardens.

14. QUT Cube - visit the Science and Engineering Centre to interact with one of the world's largest digital displays. They also run unique school holiday workshops for science fans.

15. Kangaroo Point Cliffs - perfect place to watch the boats on the river, have a barbecue, go for a bike ride or try rock climbing (byo gear).

16. Riverlife Centre - stunning spot to join a kayak tour, try scootering, abseiling, roller blading, segways, or stand up paddle boarding.

17. Wheel of Brisbane - see Brisbane from the air as this huge wheel carries you high in the sky.

18. Strike Bowling - located in Wintergarden, this is a great place to take the kids when it is pouring with rain.

19. Roma Street Parklands - waterfalls, miniature trains, and stunning floral displays are a great excuse to visit this tranquil corner of Brisbane.

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South Bank - image taken by writer


20. Queen Street Mall - every school holidays, there are children's shows on the stage at QSM. Enjoy a bit of retail therapy while you're there and be sure to catch the window displays at Myer Centre over the Christmas period.

Northern Suburbs:

21. New Farm Park - smell the roses, take a picnic and most of all enjoy playing hide and seek beneath the giant fig trees. This is Brisbane's favourite riverside park, which is easily accessible by Citycat.

22. Kidspace Playground - located in Chermside, this is definitely one of the best fort playgrounds in Brisbane.

23. Boondall Ice Rink - hire some skates and glide through the school holidays here.

24. Stafford Skate Centre - hire some skates or blades and join in the fun with games included in every holiday session.

25. Skateaway - Albany Creek's indoor skate centre provides a chance for kids to burn some energy and have a good laugh.

26. Downfall Creek Bushland Centre - each school holidays this environment centre run workshops and guided tours of the Sensory Trail.

27. Bunyaville Conservation Park - wander along the well sign-posted walking trails and maybe even spot a koala, a platypus, a possum or a kookaburra enjoying its natural habitat.

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Pademelon - image taken by writer


28. Chipmunks Playland - 7 slides, a merry go round and 3 levels of rainbow tunnels await children at this Everton Park indoor play centre.

29. Laserzone - gather a team and play a few rounds of laser tag, then play the arcade games in between.

30. Lollipops Playland - Brisbane's largest indoor play centre at Strathpine, has slides, tunnels and multi-storey climbing frames to keep them running for hours.

Southern Suburbs:

31. Urban Climb - this West End indoor rock climbing centre and gym is the perfect activity for rainy days.

32. Daisy Hill Koala Centre - learn all about koalas and walk through the surrounding bushland.

33. Crank - Brisbane's biggest indoor climbing centre and parkour gym complete with age appropriate facilities.

34. Bim Bam Boom - take the kids to an art workshop at this amazing hub of creativity in Graceville.

35. King Country - a garden centre with cafe, several playgrounds, pony rides and animal petting area is bound to be a hit.

36. Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre- learn about the local ecosystems with plenty of hands-on exhibits, then take some time to enjoy Karawatha Forest itself, and the nature playground outside.

37. Skyzone - a fun-filled jumping zone at Macgregor, with wall to wall trampolines and school holiday sessions.

Eastern Suburbs:

38. Fort Lytton National Park - school holiday programs explore historic re-enactments from the ancient Rome to the present.

39. Colour My Pot - head to Cleveland to paint your own colorful pottery piece.

40. Ooniverse Cafe - perfect for parents with little ones, this cafe runs child friendly activities every day.

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Indoor trampolines - image taken by writer


41. Bounce Inc - trampolines from wall to wall ready for non-stop jumping and fun at Tingalpa.

42. Redlands Indigiscapes Centre - explore the maze, visit the cafe and join a fun environment-themed school holiday workshop.

43. Coochiemudlo Island - catch the ferry across to this small island in Moreton Bay.

44. Tania's Arthouse - join one of Tania's very popular school holiday art classes for children and teenagers.

Western Suburbs:

45. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - cuddle a koala at Australia's largest koala sanctuary. The kids can join the school holiday ranger programs here too.

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Lone Pine Sanctuary - image taken by writer


46. Mt Coot-tha Lookout - enjoy the great perspective this lookout offers at any time of the day or night, with views to Moreton Bay, Brisbane CBD and Main Range.

47. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens - it is really fun to take a picnic and enjoy the Hide 'n Seek Children's Trail. There is also a highly recommended Japanese Garden and workshops for children during the holidays.

48. Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium - any star gazers will appreciate a visit to see the telescopes here. There are daily educational programs teaching children and adults the wonders of the universe.

49. Walkabout Creek - see the quoll, wombat, snakes, kangaroos, pademelons, and platypus at this small but interesting environment centre. They run excellent Wild Encounters programs every weekend/school holidays.

50. Enogerra Dam - take your kayak, a picnic and swimming gear for a wonderful day splashing around in this freshwater playground.

51. Brisbane Forest Park - drive up to Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious to experience World Heritage listed sub-tropical rainforest.

Further Afield:

52. Australia Zoo - meet crocodiles, tigers, giraffes, cheetahs, pythons, tortoises face to face. There are some great ranger programs during the school holidays here too.

53. Dream World - this is the perfect day out for any daredevils. Thrills abound on all manner of roller coaster rides, as well as the giant drop and .

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Thunderbird Park - image taken by writer


54. Sea World - see the polar bears, dolphins, and even penguins, with plenty of opportunities to have photos with these amazing creatures.

55. Movie World - join in the fun with your favourite movie characters and experience all the action of a live set.

56. Underwater World - feed the seals, swim with sharks and pat the cheeky otters at Mooloobah.

57. Aussie World - rides galore at this Sunshine Coast theme park conveniently located right on the Bruce Highway.

58. Thunderbird Park - located on Mt Tamborine, families will enjoy the horse riding, laser tag and Australia's highest treetops challenge.

59. Abbey Museum of Archaeology - every school holidays sees a different historic theme, with the highlight being the Medieval Festival every July.

60. Story Bridge Climb - this activity is especially exciting for older children with stunning views across the city.
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With so many options, how can anyone run out of things to do. What a great compilation!
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Handy list for all year round- we are off to Brissy soon- not in school holidays but will surely refer to your list which I will take along. I really needed some ideas of where to take my grandies. Thanks! Vote- tick X
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