I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Sometimes it's tricky to find things to do right at the end of the school holidays. You've watched all the new movies, sibling rivalry is at it's peak and Mums and Dads all over Brisbane are tearing their hair out trying to find something to entertain the kids. The answer, for those in the know, is the annual BrisBricks LEGO Fan Expo held at the Arena, Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler.
Each year the BrisBricks Club set up unique displays created by their adult members. From Star Wars to fairytale castles, miniature replicas of famous landmarks to busy city scapes, there is something for everyone, even the adults, at Brisbane's largest display of LEGO. Wandering through the displays will take at least an hour, as you admire working models and clever contraptions of all types, including the Great Ball Contraption. Be mesmerised as hundreds of lego soccer ball and basket balls traverse a massive ball run which will spread across four tables. All LEGO fans will find their favourites, whether you are a Minecraft Junkie, love castles and dragons, or want to see one of the largest LEGO train sets.
The event is not just limited to wandering between rows of lego displays, there are interactive displays as well. Why not try your hand at driving a remote control lego monster truck, build your own racer or have a go at LEGO Mindstorm Sumo Wrestling. There will also be a large selection of LEGO speciality retailers selling old and new LEGO sets, minifigs, loose bricks and some very special LEGO jewellery. You can even have your photo taken with a storm trooper from the 501st Legion. There will also be raffles and competitions where you can win cool LEGO sets.
The LEGO Fan Expo will be held from 3 - 5 October. Tickets are only available through TryBooking and cost $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 3-15 years and under threes free. There are no tickets at the door and you must book for a selected session, this is to keep queues to a minimum. All proceeds go to charity.
For parents of autistic children, there is a special session on Sunday 4 October from 9 - 10:30 with strictly limited numbers to allow children the space and quiet they need to enjoy the event.
Parking is indicated on the map.
There is ample parking at the venue, and the lakes and parklands surrounding the centre make for a great spot for a picnic after you've built up your appetitie perusing the displays. What a great end to the school holidays!