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Find wonderful winter school holiday ideas for Brisbane kids
School holidays are just around the corner so now is the time to start planning how to spend them. Whether you decide to keep rugged up and cosy inside during winter, or take advantage of the cooler Brisbane weather to explore the great outdoors, you'll certainly have a fantastic choice of options to pick from. Check out our list of ideas to keep the whole family entertained this June/July.
1. Snow 4 Kids @ South Bank
Experience a winter wonderland right in the heart of Brisbane city. Between June 22nd and July 7th South Bank's Cultural Forecourt will be transformed into a snowy white playground. Featuring fresh (man-made) snow, winter challenges including snow ball fights, snow construction, snow man building and winter games, kids are certain to get into the spirit of the winter season. The silly snowmen will also be making a guest appearance to get involved with the action.
Snow 4 Kids will be open 9am – 5pm daily. Tickets for a half hour session can be purchased at the gate for $20 per child (under 14 years), with family discounts available where the next two tickets can be purchased at a cost of $16 per child. One adult is admitted free for each child's ticket. For further information, check the Southbank website or call (07) 3867 2000. You can read the Weekend Notes review on this event here.
2. Queensland Maritime Museum Pirates Week
It's time to polish your swords, secure your loot and get ready to walk the plank as the Queensland Maritime Museum celebrates pirates week from June 24 to 28. This special event, for girls and boys aged 5 to 10 years, costs $21 per child (special rates for additional children and parents) and includes a pirate themed lunch. Not only will participants learn about life on the sea as a pirate by exploring knot tying, communicating with flags and navigation, they will also be treated to a pirate pantomime. Keep a look out for something special with a pirate treasure hunt also planned. Contact the Queensland Maritime Museum on 07 3844 5361 for further information and bookings or check their website.
For something for older children, take a look at Brisbane City Council's Chill Out program. There is a diverse range of free and low-cost activities organised specifically for kids and teenagers aged 10 to 17 years. Fitness and recreation activities such as boxing, canoeing, abseiling, dancing and kayak fishing are always popular, as are the artistic activities including pottery, crochet, photography, theatre sports and music workshops. Bookings are essential for most of the chill out activities and places do fill fast. Check the Brisbane City Council's calendar of events for the full list of chill out program details and for booking information.
Having travelled the world entertaining audiences from London to New York, Slava's snow show will be in Brisbane at the perfect time. This award-winning show has been described as a mix of traditional and contemporary artistic clowning that is simply magical. Not to give too much away, but the audience should prepare to become lost in a fantasy world that must of course utilise snow.
Slava's snow show is recommended for children aged over 8 years. Please note that children under 3 will not be permitted into the auditorium for the show. Slava's snow show will be on at the Lyric Theatre from June 26 to 30. Prices start at $49 and can be booked on the website or by phoning 3840 7444. Although not the cheapest family entertainment for winter, it would be wonderful to treat the kids to this snowy show in conjunction with a south bank snow adventure either pre or post show.
Get ready for some hoot-tastic fun as everyone's favourite little owls, Hoot and Hootabelle, will be coming to Brisbane to entertain youngsters with a live stage show. Joined of course by Jimmy Giggle, the 50-minute show will be on June 24, 25 and 26 at QPAC's Concert Hall. If you have kids under about the age of seven I'm sure that you would be quite familiar with the antics of Giggle and Hoot. As an added bonus, the Bananas in Pyjamas and Lazy Town's Stephanie and Sportacus will be there too to get the crowd moving and grooving. Tickets to the show start from $36.90 and are selling fast so be sure to check the QPAC website for show details, availability and bookings or give them a call on 3840 7444 for further information.
The Bananas In Pyjamas will be coming to town
6. Far Out Forest Festival
I love the cooler daytime weather that winter provides and so I always make sure that I take the opportunity to use this time for outdoor activities. The far out forest festival is a great way to spend some time outdoors with kids whilst having a lot of fun. This free event will be held at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of July with various activities running from 10am to 2pm. Get creative with wearable art, make some noise with African drumming, test your sense of balance at the green circus extravaganza, or relax with story time at the children's trail lookout. Make a day of it by packing a picnic lunch to share at one of the many picturesque spots in the gardens and if you have time be sure to check out permanent features of the gardens such as the tropical dome or Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.
Due to limited parking a free shuttle bus will run every 15 minutes from Toowong Village on Sherwood Road. The far out forest festival is recommended for children aged between 4 and 11. All activities are drop-in style so bookings are not required.
Logan teenagers aged 13 to 17 years can register now to participate in the KRANK holiday program. Similar to Brisbane's Chill Out events, KRANK is a free and low-cost program of activities designed to educate, active, create and of course excite teenagers during school holidays. Activities include cable wake boarding, go-karting, fishing, indoor rock climbing, WOW balls at Logan Aquatic Centres, painting and print making. The program starts on June 24 and runs until July 5. Further information can be obtained from Logan City Council on (07) 3412 3412 and on the website.
A traditional Brisbane winter school holiday favourite, Disney on Ice returns once again to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre from June 27 to June 30. This year's spectacular will allow the audience to revisit each of the Disney Princess' special moments when their dreams come true. There will be plenty of action on the ice with precision skating, acrobatics and special effects. Why not make it an extra special school holiday outing and encourage your little princess, prince, hero or heroine to dress as their favourite character for the day?
Tickets can be purchased from Ticketek, starting from $25.50. Be warned though that it will probably cost you a lot more by the time you have finished with parking, over-priced snacks and those strategically placed souvenirs that your kids will probably tell you they just have to have. It will however be worth it for the long-lasting magical memories. You can read the Weekend Notes review on this event here.
9. Powerkids @ Brisbane Powerhouse
Every year the Brisbane Powerhouse plays host to the powerkids children's festival. Running this year from the 25th of June to the 5th of July, this year's program revolves around the theme My Hero. There are a range of free and low-cost activities that will have your kids singing, dancing, playing, reading, creating, thinking and most definitely smiling. Highlights will include The Empty City theatre production, iFilmmaker workshop, and Bazil Gumble's hero booth where kids will get the chance to be transformed from head to toe into a superhero for the day. For further information about all of the events on during the powerkids festival including booking information, check the Brisbane Powerhouse website or call (07) 3358 8622. You can read the Weekend Notes review on this event here.
Think you've got an Adam Scott in the making? Mount Warren Park Golf Club will be hosting a day for juniors to come along and try golf. The best part is that all of the equipment is supplied and is completely free. AAA PGA teaching professional Jared Love will be taking kids aged 5 to 14 through their paces looking at putting, chipping, full swing and skill testing for the morning. There will be games and prizes on offer for participants as well. Come along and try this sport in a relaxed and fun atmosphere where participation is the key.
Junior golf try day will be held on Wednesday 26th of June from 9am to 11am. To register your interest, contact Mount Warren Park pro shop by phone (07 3287 1951) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Places are limited so get in quick to secure your spot.
11. Sci-Art Creative Contraptions
Ipswich art gallery's latest kid's exhibition is based on the work of John Coleman and his fascinating idea that art is about form as well as function. The Sci-Art exhibition is on now, ending July 7th. Visitors can investigate how things work in this hands-on sensory experience. The fusion of science, art and technology is clearly and creatively evident here.
Special school holiday Sci-Art events are planned during party week (June 24-28). These free activities will bring out both the artist and scientist within. Make your own gooey slime, create a sculpture from seemingly ordinary everyday materials, or challenge yourself to reach the top of the gallery's rock climbing wall. Party week activities run from 9am to 12pm daily.
Book into one of the Sci-Art: crazy creatures workshops, on at 10:30am, on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July. Using a range of electrical components and craft materials kids can construct their very own crazy creature which is actually a cleverly disguised drawing machine. Bookings for the crazy creatures workshop are essential and can be arranged online. Cost per child is $10. Parental supervision is required for all exhibition activities and workshops. All ages are welcome to the Sci-Art exhibition, although it is recommended for children aged 4 to 14 years.
Always are a certain hit with kids and teens, the movies are an all-weather plan for success. These school holidays mark the long awaited release of a number of movies that are sure to entertain the whole family. Despicable Me 2, Monsters University and Epic are the three big family movies due for release this June, but be on the lookout for movies that are not new release getting a special school holiday revival.
See a movie that will keep the entire family happy
While there are plenty of little extras such as dressing up, bringing a friend, or checking out the movie merchandise that can value-add to the movie experience, my kids were really excited by this one – the Monsters Uni scare-tastic party. To celebrate the release of Monsters University, Toys R Us will be hosting this free event on June 29th from 10am to 12pm. There will be games, prizes, special guests and creative activities for kids that will ultimately end in some scary fun. In Brisbane, it is the Mt Gravatt store that will be hosting this. Bookings are not required, but as Toys R Us kids events are usually popular it would probably be wise to arrive well ahead of time. See the Toys R Us website for further details and contact your local cinema or see their website for movie session times.
The kids of Brisbane (and their caregivers) certainly have an enormous range of options available these winter school holidays. There should be no excuse for anyone to complain of boredom. Now, let me find our warm winter woollies before we decide which of these amazing school holiday adventures to try.