Museum of Brisbane is in City Hall (image by May Cross)
The Museum of Brisbane is definitely not one of those old stuffy, musty, boring museums. It is vibrant, innovative and interactive. It keeps getting better and better and has a great line-up of activities for kids during the school holidays.
MoB's hands-on badge making workshop is back by popular demand. Using the stories from the museum's award-winning exhibition "100% Brisbane" as inspiration, kids can create a mini self-portrait which tells everyone who they are. Children can bring along a "selfie" and then transform it into a badge to wear home – like a contemporary cameo brooch. Recommended for ages over 4 (all ages with a little help). It's on from Saturday 7 April to Friday 13 April, from 10am to 4pm daily and is a free event and no booking is necessary.
Visit the Dome Lounge in the Museum of Brisbane during the Mao's Last Dancer Exhibition and design your own kite. Children can colour in the kite inspired by the koinobori (carp streamer windsock) fish template created by Brisbane artist Elysha Rei. Decorate your kite with streamers and sparkles from 31 March to 5 April every day from 10am to 4pm. Free activity and no bookings necessary.
Every Sunday until 29 April, go and enjoy fun and spell-binding storytelling sessions (and more) with the talented museum team. Stories include Li Cunxin's children's book The Peasant Prince (one of my favourite kids books) and other books revolving around inspiring stories about dance. Book readings take place from 10.15am to 10.45am. You can then stay around for craft activities throughout the day. All arts activities are free.
Children's Stories Sessions (image by May Cross)
4. Clock Tower Tours
You can take a FREE ride in Australia's oldest manually-operated cage lift to get a bird's-eye view of King George Square and the Brisbane city panorama from the viewing platform at the top of the iconic City Hall's Clock Tower. Tours leave every 15 minutes from 10.15am to 4.45pm daily. Get your free tickets from the MoB reception desk. Please note that tickets are on a first come, first served basis and can't be pre-booked. If you have never done this tour, then I highly recommend it and you will get some great photos. It may be busy during school holidays, so I suggest that you get there early to ensure you get tickets for your preferred time.
Great Views from the Clock Tower (image by May Cross)
For further information, check out MoB Kids. City Hall is wheelchair accessible.
King George Square car park offers $5 specials on weekends and evenings.