When it comes to keeping the kids entertained these school holidays, the sky's the limit. Here are 15 seriously fun activities for all ages – and all in Brisbane's backyard.
1. High and mighty
Scaling the face of Kangaroo Point Cliffs? Now that's adventure in the extreme. This free Brisbane City Council Chillout event is open to young people aged 12-17 and is supervised by instructors from Vertec Adventure. Having reached the top, climbers will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Brisbane River and the city skyline. Climbers can sign up for 25 September at 8am or 10am. Bookings are essential; https://vertecadventure.com.au or phone 0403 293 533 for more information.
2. To infinity and beyond
Another of council's Chillout events for kids, this "It's Rocket Science" event is hosted by Rocket Science, specialists in STEM programs that enhance children's understanding of flight, rocketry and space technology. Sessions are $5, suitable for ages 10 to 17. Come blast off on 21 and 25 September or 1 and 2 October at 9:30am or 10:30am. To book visit itsrocketscience.com.au/whatson or phone 0401 217 052 for more information.
3. Water, water everywhere
Leave the riverbank behind and get on board for fun on the Brisbane River with Paddle Queensland's kayak adventures. Youngsters aged 10 to 17 are welcome to bring a group of friends or make new ones over three hours of water games and fun. The cost is $5 and games are held at multiple locations. Sessions are on 21 September at 11.30am, 22 September at 12pm, and 3 October at 9am. To book visit https://qld.paddle.org.au/recreation/brisbane-city-council-programs or phone 0414 960 728 for more information.
4. Aussie Aussie Aussie!
Budding sporting stars aged six to 15 can go for gold at Mini Olympic Games, a free event hosted by Life Be in It Funworks at Wynnum Wading Pool Park, 173 Wynnum Esplanade, Wynnum on 21 September at 2pm. The program includes boffa hockey, earth ball relay, sock wrestling, tug of war, gum boot toss and super sumo. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0403 221 676.
5. Gone fishing
Learn the basics of shore-based fishing from this award-winning team. You will learn to catch bait, tie knots, cast a rod and hopefully hook a fish. This is a Brisbane City Council Chillout event suitable for young people 10-17 years. To book at a variety of locations visit www.2bentrods.com.au/events or phone 0403 713 820 for more information.
6. A wheelie good time
Learn the art of dropping in, pumping around, flying out, carving and bunny hopping from the best scooter coaches at Rampfest. As well as equipping kids with basic skills to help them to ride at any park, the sessions will also teach kids about skate park safety and etiquette. Afterwards, kids can head to the new scooter track at Bradbury Park to test out those new skills. Scooter sessions are on 22, 24, 29 September and 1 October at 10am. For more information, phone 0421 701 448.
7. Take a dip
All of council's 22 pools and aqua parks are open this month, just in time for the holidays. Kids can hit their local pool to cool off or join swimming lessons to hone their technique and water safety skills. The council's pools offer endless fun for all ages from zero depth water parks through to exhilarating slides. The whole family can enjoy an ice cream, cool drink or coffee while relaxing! Pool operators have increased sanitation and crowd management measures under a COVID Safe Industry Plan. Contact the pool for site-specific operating conditions before your visit. For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au
8. Every breath you take
Little yogis can breathe, stretch and relax at Yoga for Young People with instructors from Yoga and Wellness for All at Chillout events hosted by Brisbane City Council on 23, 25 and 30 September and 2 October at 9.30am. Suitable for young people aged 10 to 17, the classes offer a safe, supported space for youngsters to grow in confidence and challenge themselves. To book, email email@example.com or phone 0402 901 358 for more information.
9. You're the voice
Could your child be the next Beyonce or Jay-Z? At Mount Gravatt PCYC on 25 September or 30 September at 10am, kids can write a rap song or make music with like-minded musicians as part of the hip hop recording and music performance activity in Brisbane City Council's Chillout program. The sessions are free but bookings are essential on 07 3420 4655.
10. Survival of the fittest
Little fans of TV's Survivor might just have the edge in this adventure activity that requires teamwork, careful strategy and a sense of fun to move from one challenge to the next. These free sessions are on 24, 25 and 30 September with Life Be in It Funworks, suitable for children aged 10 to 17, at multiple locations. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0403 221 676.
11. Round we go
Climbing into a huge Zorb ball and bouncing and bumping your way around the pitch is not your average soccer game – it's bubble soccer! Sign the kids up for a free council-hosted Chillout game on 26 September and 4 October with Zoccer Sports. Youngsters aged 10 to 17 are welcome at Frew Park, Milton or O'Callaghan Park, Zillmere with bookings essential via email@example.com or phone 0488 622 875 for more information.
12. Let's go fly a kite
Kitesurfing will be the main attraction at Arthur Davis Park, Sandgate, on September 26 at 12pm. Kids aged nine to 17 can learn from a qualified Surf Connect instructor and master the skills needed to fly like the wind. The cost is $5. Visit https://surfconnect.com/search?q=bcc or phone 07 3137 0500 to book.
13. It's a ski thing
Welcome to roller skiing – a full body workout on roller skates that simulates ski moves – and improves balance, co-ordination and fitness. On 22 and 29 September at 9am kids aged 10 to 17 are welcome at a $5 Chill Out event at Craigslea State High School, 685 Hamilton Road, Chermside West. Bookings essential on 0411 669 069.
14. Ride the trails
Brisbane is bursting with adventure trails for cycling enthusiasts big and small. Discover the city on two wheels with cycling workshops, mountain bike trails and BMX tracks. For a list of Brisbane's best places to ride visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au
15. A hole in one
Grab a club and try your hand at putt putt golf at Victoria Park Golf Complex's state of the art course at Herston. This $5 Chillout event on 21 September at 9am, hosted by Brisbane City Council, is suitable for kids aged 10 to 17. Bookings not required. For more information, phone 07 3252 9891.
For the full range of school holiday events presented by Brisbane City Council, please see www.brisbane.qld.gov.au