Free & Low Cost School Holiday Activities in Brisbane

Free & Low Cost School Holiday Activities in Brisbane


Posted 2023-06-24 by Gillian Chingfollow
Are you looking for fun and cost-effective activities for the kids this school holidays? Well, the Brisbane City Council has announced a range of activities that won't break the budget and will keep the kids amused and entertained.

The winter school holidays are here and run from 24 June to 9 July 2023. In these tough financial times, many family budgets are stretched but that doesn't stop kids on holidays wanting to learn, explore and stay active during their break from class.

Here is a list of free to low-cost budget activities in and around Brisbane to consider when you hear the words, "I'm bored".

Visit Your Local Council Libraries
Local libraries are a treasure trove of fun reads and FREE kid-friendly activities from the little ones to teens. When you visit be sure to ask the friendly staff about robot programming, Lego building, chess lessons and arts and crafts.

Council's 2023 Gold Star Reading Club for primary school kids or the Little Stars Reading Club for little ones aged up to five years, is also up and running where kids can take part in fun challenges and earn reading rewards.

Active and Healthy Program
Council offers residents the opportunity to participate in activities that encourage physical activity, healthy eating, wellbeing, connection with others and learning new skills right across Brisbane. There are more than 70 family-friendly sessions throughout the school holidays in local parks and community venues.

This could be a good opportunity to try yoga, tai chi, kayaking, tennis, boxing, aqua aerobics and even GOLD events for the more mature kids.

The Kids Collective program
Across 64 hectares of park, the Kids Collective Program will run activities from 26-28 June and 2-5 July 2023 from 9am-1pm to provide kids with fun and active experiences designed to keep them engaged and energised

Be sure to check out the Kids Yoga to move, stretch, breathe, practice mindfulness, play yoga games and enjoy yoga stories and Soccer Fun to get active, play soccer and have fun.

Kids Collective is free and access is via Gilchrist Ave (near the Royal Brisbane Hospital). No bookings are not required.

Eco-photography workshops at the Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens

Get up close with some of the natural wonders of the Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens and learn to capture an expert shot of the flora through your smartphone. The eco-photography workshop will be held at 1:30 pm on Sunday 2 July 2023 and is suitable for those aged 9 -17 years.

Fishing at Shorncliffe and still get change from $20**
Try your luck at snaring a catch while casting a fishing line off the historic Shorncliffe Pier. Garfish, Yellowfin Whiting, Bream, Flathead, Winter Whiting and Tailor have all be known to swim through the area. The Pier is open 24 hours and neighbours Sandgate.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is offering special deals these school holidays with adult tickets at children's prices for 9:30am and 10:30am children's shows.

Learn about the stars, the galaxy, the universe and the solar system in a fun visual experience. The Planetarium is situated at Mt Cootha Road, Mt Cootha.

To finish off the list, don't forget to add:

Adventure walks in Graceville

Multicultural games at Lota Camping reserve

Environmental exploration session at the Council Environment Centres

Abseiling at Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park,

Kayaking in Nudgee Reserve

With so many things to do to cater to many ages and interests, you are likely to find something free or low-cost options to suit your taste, keep kids busy and fight off boredom.

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