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Where to Take Kids on the Easter School Holidays Brisbane 2013

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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
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Six places to beat the boredom
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium (Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens) re-opens on Saturday, March 30, in time for the school holidays. Recently refurbished, the planetarium boasts a new optical star projector, recreating a realistic night sky on a new and improved 12.5 metre diameter projection dome. Two new shows, Perfect Little Planet and Dynamic Earth, will be featured during the school holidays alongside old favourites like Tyco to the Moon and Secret of the Dragon.

Queensland Museum

Head to the Queensland Museum (South Bank) to catch the final weeks of Explore-a-saurus, an exciting exhibition featuring animatronic versions of some of the world's most famous dinosaurs including the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

If you've already experienced Explore-a-saurus, visit the museum's brand new exhibit opening Thursday, March 28. Collectomania provides a peek inside the private collections of sixty-four Queenslanders, including Barbie dolls, snow globes, miniature toilets, neon signs, and even fingernails (eww).


Dodge lasers, paint with infrared, freeze your shadow, and see with a spectroscope at Playing with Light, the newest exhibition at the Sciencentre (South Bank). With more than twenty-two interactive exhibits, the kids will be kept amused for hours. Admission to the Sciencentre includes Playing with Light, Action Stations, Body Zone, and the Sound Show.

Gallery of Modern Art

If you haven't been to Kids' APT7 at GOMA (South Bank) yet, now is the time with only two weeks left of this excellent exhibition. Thirteen interactive art works have been created for children by APT7 exhibiting artists from Australia, Asia, and the Pacific. Highlights include Hahan's Memento Masko and Richard Maloy's Yellow or Blue?

Museum of Brisbane

The Museum of Brisbane will re-open on Saturday, April 6 in their new location, atop the recently restored City Hall (King George Square) with views of two of the building's most beautiful features the clock tower and copper dome. You won't find any fossils or old bones at MoB but you will find a living history of the city - "exploring Brisbane's seemingly ordinary people and places to uncover unexpected and fascinating stories."

Since opening in 2003, originally on the ground floor of City Hall, the museum has attracted more than three million visitors and has displayed more than one hundred and twenty exhibits. Re-launching during the school holidays, don't miss the following exciting exhibitions: Light Fantastic: Expo '88 Parades Rewired, The River: A History of Brisbane, and Panoramas.

The Cinema

Children are spoilt for choice these school holidays with six super kid's movies opening in time for Easter; from animated family films and fantasy adventures to the much anticipated sequel to Nim's Island, starring Queensland's own Bindi Irwin. Here are the movies in order of their rating: Return to Nim's Island (G), Adventures in Zambezia (G), Escape from Planet Earth (PG), The Croods (PG), Oz The Great and Powerful (PG), and Jack the Giant Slayer (M).
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Why? Keep the kids entertained
When: Until April 14, 2013
Where: Brisbane and surrounding suburbs
Cost: Free and ticketed events
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