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Summer School Holiday Fun In Brisbane – January 2016

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by Katie E (subscribe)
A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Published December 31st 2015
Ten terrific things to do these school holidays
Christmas and New Year celebrations are over but there is still plenty of time left until school resumes. Looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained for this summer? Check out our list of the top ten school holiday boredom busters.

SLQ Summer Holiday Fun: Puppet Party

When: Monday 4th January – Sunday 24th January 2016, 10am – 3pm
Where: State Library of Queensland
Cost: Free

One of the coolest places to be this summer (for both the fun and the air-con) is the State Library of Queensland. Their summer holiday program is jam-packed with tech, craft, movies, games and stories. Take advantage of the free activities on offer these holidays at SLQ's Puppet Party. Bookings are required for some activities, however most are drop-in events including puppet paper town, heroes and villains family film fest, and perennial favourite The Corner.

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Get crafty at SLQ

The Force Awakens – Star Wars Kids Immersive Activity

When: Tuesday 19th January – Saturday 23rd January 2016, 11am - 2pm
Where: Westfield North Lakes
Cost: Free

Got a kid who's crazy about Star Wars? There's a limit to the number of times you can see the latest Star Wars blockbuster, so here's an idea for how to experience it. Westfield North Lakes will be hosting the only Star Wars interactive zone of its kind in Australia for the summer school holidays. May the force be with parents who miss out on this one with their young Jedi. Bookings are not required.

Rescue Exhibition

When: Saturday 25th July 2015 – Sunday 21st February, 9:30am – 5pm
Where: Sciencentre Queensland Museum, South Brisbane
Cost: From $11.50 – includes entry to all areas of the Sciencentre

Discover the science behind emergency situations in this interactive exhibition on now at the Queensland Museum Sciencentre. Visitors can ride a helicopter, traverse a deep ravine, climb a mountain, escape a rip, or extinguish a fire – safely though, via simulations and hands-on activities. Being summer there's no better time to help kids understand the important role emergency workers play in fighting bushfires or in the surf. The best part is that kids will have so much fun trying out all of the activities that they won't even realise they're learning in the holidays.

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Rescue Exhibition - Queensland Museum Sciencentre

School Holiday Ghost Tours

When: Saturday 19th December 2015 – Sunday 24th January 2016, various times
Where: South Brisbane Cemetery, Toowong Cemetery, Ipswich Cemetery, Brisbane CBD, Boggo Road Goal
Cost: From $10

Kids aged 5 years and over can join one of Brisbane Ghost Tours school holiday adventures. Held in iconic locations around Brisbane and Ipswich, these 60-90 minute tours will be more like a local version of Horrible Histories than a ghoulish haunting. Frightening theatrics have been replaced by interesting tales of generations past and ghost stories that even Casper would approve of. Bookings are essential and can be arranged online.

RAW Art Workshops

When: Monday 7th December 2015 – Friday 22nd January 2016, times vary
Where: Corner of Skinner and Montague Roads, West End
Cost: From $15 per child

Bring out your child's creative side at one of RAW Art's school holiday workshops this summer. Each session runs for 90 minutes and is specially tailored to primary or secondary aged participants, starting with kids from five years of age. Workshops on offer include Mad Monsters, Picasso Heads, Mexican Clay Skulls, Skate Decks, Arty Dream Webs and Cool Snake Hand Puppets, each targeting a specific visual arts skill. Kids will love that they will have a new completed art project to share by the end of the workshop. Bookings are essential.


When: Everyday this summer, patrolled 10am – 5pm
Where: Southbank Parklands
Cost: Free

Cool off this summer at Southbank's lesser known water zone. While it probably won't hold the interest of tweens that Streets Beach does, little kids will love it. Here they can splash about in shallower water pools while interacting with pop-up fountains, sprays and dumping overhead buckets. Take advantage of the warmer weather provided on summer nights by playing under the glow of light features in the zone.

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Cool down at Aquativity this summer


When: Saturday 21st November 2015 – Sunday 10th April 2016, 10am – 5pm
Cost: Free

APT 8 will ignite all the senses through a range of interactive art installations which encourage visitors to manipulate, create and immersive themselves in the artists' world. It only comes around once every three years so is definitely worth a visit these school holidays.

Teenage Photography Course

When: Saturday 16th January 2016, 1 – 4pm
Where: Brisbane CBD
Cost: $99

In this course especially designed for 12 to 18 year olds, take a tour through the lens of Brisbane city under the guidance of a professional photographer. In this three hour intensive workshop you'll learn how to give your photos that professional edge and will have some great shots to start building your portfolio. Bookings are essential.

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When: Monday 11th January - Saturday 16th January 2016, 9am – 12pm & 1 – 4pm
Where: The Amare Centre Sacred Heart Primary School, 25 Cothill Rd, Booval
Cost: From $3

Kids of all ages enjoy designing and creating with the world's most popular construction brick. Head out to Ipswich these school holidays for the return of Switchbricks pop-up Lego play event. There will be Lego games, displays, craft and of course building for both big and small hands. Morning and afternoon sessions will be operating. Bookings for all sessions are recommended.

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Transform into your favourite minifig

Visit a Super Park

When: Everyday this summer, times vary
Where: Across the south east region
Cost: Free

With the extended daylight hours summer brings it's the perfect excuse to try out one or more of the amazing Super Parks that have sprung up across the region. Why not try Calamvale District Park or Underwood Park in the south. In the northern suburbs Kidspace is our top pick. There is of course water parks within some Super Parks to help take the sting out of the summer sun. Rocks Riverside is great for Brisbane locals, but if you're willing to travel a little further Broadwater Parklands, Darlington Parklands, Bob Gamble Park and Robelle Domain are definitely worth exploring.

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Calamvale District Park

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We were really impressed with the Orion Lagoon at Springfield Central. Its basically a larger version of the Southbank Parklands swim area. Also, the Orion Lagoon have life guards on patrol and a café. It is free and awesome. Adjacent to this is the Orion Shopping centre that has access to cinema and heaps of other shops. A definite favourite for our family.
by diedr (score: 1|10) 2040 days ago
Take a drive up to redcliffe. Settlement cove is a huge pool with a small toddler area similar to southbank. Suttons beach is great for a swim and sandcastle building, and bike rides. Scarborough has a wonderful playground and beach. Try the beach house for fisn and chips (yummo). Other mega parks on the nth side are kalinga park at clayfield, hidden world at fitzgibbon, pine river park at strathpine and moora park at shorncliffe. All worth a visit and definitely a whole mornings worth of play.
by aliso (score: 0|2) 2039 days ago
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