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Published September 12th 2017
Lots of things to do for free
1. Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
During the Spring School Holidays, mums can ensure their kids keep active for FREE with the shopping centre's launch of its adrenalin pumping Indro Warrior Obstacle Course. It will be physical, fun and challenging with 11 activities. The 200sqm obstacle course has had a tick of approval by Aussie celebrity, trainer and author, Sam Wood (who trains Elyse from The Block) will make an official appearance at the centre on Saturday 23 September. Inspired by the popular television show, the children's version will feature two courses (22 obstacles).
Indro Warrior When: 16 September to 1 October during centre operating hours Where: Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Who: Children aged 4 to 12 Cost: FREE
For the School Holidays, the Hyperdome will be transformed into a life-sized Smurf Village accompanied by a variety of activities and workshops.
Smurf's Stamp Competition Enter the Smurf's Stamp Competition by finding and collecting 4 stamps from the Smurf Stamp Stations throughout the Centre. Search and discover the Stations and collect all 4 Smurf Stamps to go into the draw to WIN 1 of 5 $100 Hyperdome Gift Cards. Pick up your stamp sheet from Customer Service to start collecting your stamps.
Smurf World with Papa Smurf Lead by Papa Smurf, Hyperdome will be transformed into a life-sized Smurf village, where families can meet their favourite Smurfs including Smurfette, Lazy Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Painter Smurf and many more. They will all be going about their daily lives, happy in the village, with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. Located opposite Big W, Smurf World will be open daily between 11am - 2pm. Papa Smurf will be making daily appearances from 16 September to 1 October at Meet and Greet events in the Smurf village between 11am and 2pm.
Smurf Workshops Embrace your inner Smurf and use your creativity to decorate your own Smurfs' cupcakes and cookies in the Market Room workshops. Smurf Cupcake Decorating Date: Thursday 7 September and Sunday 10 September. Time: 11am and 1pm. Smurf Cookie Decorating Date: Saturday 9 September and Tuesday 12 September Time: 11am and 1pm.
Smurf School Craft Village Put your creative skills to the test at Summer Smurf School. Create and decorate a memento to take home with a new Smurf craft activity each week. Located in the Food Court, the Craft Village is open daily from 11am to 2pm. Smurf Frisbees Date: 16 September to 23 September Time: 11am to 2pm. Smurf Backpacks Date: 24 September to 1 October Time: 11am to 2pm.
Smurf-Sized Happy Snaps This will put a Smurfy smile on your face. Discover what it's like to be Smurf-size by snapping a photo next to a 4 metre tall 3D Smurf in Centre Court. You can snap and share your Smurf photos using #Hyperdome on social media pages.
Smurf History Lane
The Smurfs exhibition continues with a specially curated gallery featuring Smurf drawings and comic strips next to Centre Court. Visit the evolution of The Smurfs throughout the years, and take a trip down memory lane to view 59 years of Smurf history.
For further details click here.
image from organiser's website
3. Museum of Brisbane Kids
Sunshine Sundays Tastes like Sunshine is a dream for creative kids – drawing on the walls anyone? Drawing in chocolate on those walls? To make sure the young audiences get the most out of MoB's new exhibition, family-friendly workshops kick-off with a tour of the exhibition and are then followed by hands-on arts and craft activities. Activities include creating patterns and prints with food, building your own seed and clay mandala, fruity bunting and fruit collage. Suitable: ages 5 to 10 years. When: Every Sunday from 20 August to 12 November Time: 10am to 12 noon Cost: free
Food Futures at Museum of Brisbane (image by writer)
Inspired by the beautiful fruits and vegetables growing in Queensland, little crafters get busy with scissors, colouring pencils and glue to create their very own bowl of foldable food. Develop nimble fingers by folding and sticking a variety of colourful vegies and fruits. Suitable: aged over 4 When: 18 September to 2 October Time: 10am to 4pm Cost: free
Children will use their imagination and creativity to create their very own string of fruiti bunting. Crafters can use the shapes, patterns and vibrant colours found in tropical foods. Suitable: aged over 4 When: 18 September to 2 October Time: 10am to 4pm Cost: free (no bookings required)
For further details of the MoB Kids program click here
Clock Tower Tours (image by writer)
4. Clock Tower Tours
Bring your kids to the Museum of Brisbane to enjoy a Clock Tower tour for a special insight into Brisbane City Hall, one of Brisbane's most iconic buildings and the symbolic heart of our city. When: Daily Time: 10.15am to 4.45pm, every 15minutes Cost: free admission
5. International Talk Like A Pirate Day
Did you even know that there was such a thing as International Talk Like a Pirate Day? There is an added bonus: Krispy Kreme give away FREE doughnuts. My favourite Krispy Kreme store is the Myer Centre in Brisbane's CBD. They will give you a free doughnut if you talk like a pirate to them. How good is that? But it gets even better - they will give you 4 free doughnuts if you're dressed like a pirate. Here are some things you can wear: bandana or scarf, lots of jewellery, striped T-shirt, boots, belt, jeans or long shorts. Add an eye patch - you can download a pattern and make an easy paper and elastic one. Do you know any good pirate jokes? Nor do Ayye! When: 19 September Where: Everywhere! Cost: FREE
Never too young to be a pirate
6. Brisbane Libraries
Brisbane Libraries host a range of FREE school holiday activities. Use the what's on in Brisbane's libraries calendar here to find upcoming events and things to do in your local library. You can take the kids along to the weekly sessions of children's story-time or babies, books and rhymes. Brisbane Square Library Escape the crowds with your children:Weekdays from Monday 18 September to Friday 29 September 10am to 12 noon. If you're in the city, drop into the children's lounge on level 1 and take part in a variety of free art and craft activities. Rock Pool Secrets with Megan Daley: Wednesday 20 September from 2 to 3pm. Join Megan as she takes participants through this fantastic picture book by Narelle Oliver. Learn techniques such as paper cutting, collage and texture and create your own rock pool scene. ideal for children aged 5 to 9 years. Roald Dahl Day: Monday 25 September. Join the fun with games and activities based on his much-loved books, from 2 to 3pm. Suitable for 6 to 11 years.
7. Victoria Park
On Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am to 4pm, Victoria Park opens its FREE outdoor games area:
giant chess arena,
rock climbing wall
These fun and imaginative play spaces for the kids to explore are suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years. Where: 309 Herston Rd, Herston. Ph 3252 0666.
Bocce, Boule or Petanque? (image by writer)
8. GOMA Friendly Beasts offers a range of fun, interactive and creative activities for kids, especially designed for GOMA's Children Arts Centre by artist Kate Beynon. Four mythical characters known as the 'Friendly Beasts', Blue Shaman, Lotus Monkey, Tu-Dao Dog and Gorgon Girl, will accompany young visitors as they journey through the exhibition. Children can explore and discover what makes each character unique by reading about them and experiencing their musical rhythms.
In Beast Remix, children can unleash their inner beast by combining their characteristics to create their own mask, before taking their mask and dancing with the Friendly Beasts in the artist's video installation Visions from a Ghost Tale. As part of the exhibition, the artist has also created a lotus field for the Friendly Beasts to live in. Inspired by shapes that make up the lotus plant, children can add their own designs to the collaboration space.
Where: Children's Art Centre, GOMA, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane When: Until 22 October When: Daily 10am to 5pm Cost: FREE
Celebrate the launch of UNIQLO's new LEGO Ninjago T-shirt range and meet Kai from the LEGO Ninjago Movie. Please note there will be 5 x 20 minute appearances during this time and so please expect some wait time. For further details click here. When: Tuesday 19 September Time: 10am to 1pm Where: In-store at UNIQLO in Queen Street Mall
image from organiser's website
10. Wonderful Wildlife Day
Free spring school holiday fun activities for the whole family to celebrate our wildlife, particularly rare and endangered species at the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre. Meet some furry and feathered friends with Australian Bush Buddies, join Nigel the Ranger from Sparky Do Dah for a bush walk and nature talk, craft activities and more.
For further details click here Where: IndigiScapes, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba When: 29 September Cost: Free