How will you keep the kids occupied these school holidays? Perhaps you have plans to head for the beach or maybe even overseas, but September really is the perfect time to get out and explore Brisbane city and its stunning surrounds. With hot days and slightly cool evenings, why not try camping or bushwalking not far from the city centre?
Apart from having fun at one of the 2,060 parks, 1,012 playgrounds and 550 picnic grounds, here is a list of ten fun activities to keep the children entertained throughout the holidays. Please note that some events are free while others are ticketed and I do hope you enjoy spending time with the kids these holidays.
The kids will have a great time seeing the live stage show adaptation of their favorite book The Cat in the Hat - a very popular story by Dr Seuss about a cheeky cat leading two children astray one rainy day. The Cat in the Hat will take to the stage from Tuesday, October 1st to Saturday, October 5th, 2013. Please check QPAC website for show times and ticket prices.
Take the children along to this free exhibition in The Children's Gallery at GOMA, which is running in conjunction with the My Country, I Still Call Australia Home Exhibition in the main gallery upstairs. There are kangaroo masks to be made, video games to be played, and funny posters to be made and sent to your friends. The Kangaroo Crew exhibition is based on Gordon Hookey's children's book and it is great for children to see the story come to life and be able to play on the "Sacred Hill".
The Corner at the State Library has turned musical with their free A-Live and B-Sides Exhibition. While it is a fun educational space set up specifically with under 8's in mind, older siblings will enjoy playing on the disco lights in the foyer section and they can also join the Secret SLQ Treasure Hunt (requires an iPhone or iPad device).
View a collection of treasures from a far off land at this fascinating historical exhibition. 230 artefacts stretching from the time of Alexander the Great until the present will be on display. Tickets are required for this unique event, so please visit the website for details.
There is always plenty to keep young minds busy in the Sciencentre. The current exhibition, Science Fiction, Science Future, is a fun exploration of "augmented reality". They will spend hours attempting to move objects with the mind and being mimicked by robots. They can also enter The Body Zone and experiment with movement, or participate in many other Action Stations. Admission fees apply at the Sciencentre.
Many zoos and animal sanctuaries across Brisbane run junior zoo keeper programs during school holidays. From Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to Australia Zoo, kids can experience the wonder of feeding and nursing a wide variety of native and exotic animals. September is also Whale Watching season and is an ideal time of year to join a tour to see these amazing animals up close. Check your favorite local zoo for times and prices.
Do you have a curious builder in the making? Then this exhibition is for you. They will have the opportunity to construct just about anything from tunnels, cranes, and bridges to cardboard model locomotives, carriages or wagons. The exhibition is included in the entry fee to The Workshops Railway Museum.
Many birds arrive in Boondall Wetlands come September after a 13,000 kilometre migration from Siberia, Alaska, China and Japan. Be sure to take your binoculars and wander along the Billai Dhagun Circuit to spot the Ruddy Turnstone or the Bar Tailed Goodwit on the edge of Cabbage Tree Creek. If you have a canoe, you could even paddle along Nundah Creek Canoe Trail to spot some unusual water birds.
Venture to the outer galaxies and have a family educational experience at the recently renovated planetarium. There are daily guided shows in the Cosmic Skydome, which are best to book in for during school holidays to avoid disappointment.
The flowers are blooming up on The Range, and the Carnival of Flowers is a beautiful excuse to visit Toowoomba. From Friday, 20th September until the Sunday, 29th September, a rainbow of flowers will be on public display. There will be a Grand Central Floral Parade on Saturday, September 21st and a Kids Day Out on Sunday, September 29th. Some events are free and others are ticketed, so please check the website for details.