Keeping kids entertained can be a lot of work, but at least it doesn't have to be a lot of money! Here are eight free activities in and around Brisbane that are free for kids and so much fun:
1. Visit the Gollum Tree
Take the kids to see the mysterious Gollum Tree at Scarborough Beach. Its sudden appearance in said tree has sparked a lot of public attention, and a Facebook page has been dedicated to it. What makes it a Gollum Tree? Just open the door and find out!
If you're looking to get outside, Natural Bridge at Springbrook is a great way for the kids to experience nature. They'll get to see spectacular waterfalls and wild animals during the day from the viewing platform. If you're really daring, you can also join a nocturnal tour to see the largest colony of glow worms in the country!
Show your kids the stars! This is an amazing, immersive experience they'll never forget, and they'll learn about the universe we live in while they're there. Entry is free; you can watch a couple of shows in the Mini Theatre, or check out the activities and presentations in the Foyer and Gallery. You can also purchase tickets to the shows in the Cosmic Skydome, if you're bringing children over the age of six.
The Children's Art Centre at GOMA is the perfect place for kids to develop their artistic senses. There are heaps of free activities and exhibitions that are constantly changing, as well as games and books children can enjoy. If you have an artsy child, they'll love to spend a day here.
Yayoi Kusama's World of Dots, from the GOMA Website.
Every first and third Sunday of the month, the Redcliffe Kite Flying Club meets at Pelican Park on Hornibrook Esplanade in Clontarf to spend a relaxing day flying their kites. This is entirely dependent on the weather, of course, so make sure to check their website for confirmations. You can also spend some time making your own kites at home, so kids can really get into it!
This is probably one for the warmer months, but if your kids love the water, they'll love this interactive water park at South Bank. There are fountains, water features, and even educational elements and activities scattered about the playground, so your kids can learn more about the area's native species, and the water cycle and preservation.
Do the kids love koalas? They can learn all there is to learn about koalas at the Daisy HIll Koala Centre, where they can sit in on talks, watch a few films, and learn how to keep a koala safe. They can even try and spot the two resident koalas Celeste and Faith at the education display!
Let your child tinker to their heart's content at these free DIY workshops! Every week is a different theme, and children will get to try a whole range of different projects, such as woodworking, paint, mosaics, and toolboxes. These are free for children over the age of 5, and require parental supervision, as well as booking beforehand. Contact your nearest store for more information.
Image from Bunnings website.
Know of any others? If your favourite kids activity isn't on this list, let us know in the comments!