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Top Brisbane School Holiday Activities For Kids – Easter 2013

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by Katie E (subscribe)
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Looking for some egg-cellent school holiday entertainment?
Looking for something to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Check out our list of ideas to celebrate Easter and beyond. There's something to keep everyone happy here, from activities to suit the littlies right through to the teens.

Just in time for Easter...

1. Brisbane City Council Library Easter Events

easter egg decorating
Easter Egg Decorating, by Tanzania (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Even though Easter falls at the beginning of the school holidays this year, it won't be too early or too late to join in the celebrations thanks to Brisbane City Council libraries. The Easter-themed fun starts March 22nd with Hamilton and New Farm libraries hosting Easter story time and egg hunt in the park respectively. So even if you're planning on getting away this Easter the kids won't miss out with these early bird Easter activities. Various sessions ranging from craft to magic shows will be held almost daily at different locations around Brisbane until April 13th. This has got to be some of the best value Easter entertainment for kids as activities are easy to access and are provided free of charge. Check the Brisbane City Council events website or your local library for further details and booking information.

2. Hilton Kids Cooking Class

Hilton kids cooking classes
Hilton kids cooking classes

Do you have a little master chef on your hands? Then they won't want to miss the opportunity to be involved in Vintaged Bar and Grill's kids cooking classes at the Hilton Brisbane. Watch them whip up high tea with all the trimmings, from delicate sandwiches to delightful cupcakes. The best part of course is that participants get to devour all of their creations at the end of the afternoon.

Classes are being held from 12:30 to 3pm on March 30th, April 6th and April 13th. They are suitable for children aged five to ten years. At a cost of $55 per child it is one of the more expensive school holiday classes available this Easter but would certainly be one of the more memorable. Reservations are essential and can be made by phoning 07 3231 3265.

After the egg-frenzy…

3. Switchbricks

If your kids are mad about Lego then this is the place for them. Switchbricks is the brainchild of one self-confessed super huge Lego fan. This pop-up play and display centre is the result of her love for sharing all things Lego with other brick-building fanatics.


Kids can get involved in some creative building and competitions during the workshops. Try a round of mini golf, test your design skills on the build and race ramps or have fun constructing at the massive creative build tables. There is even a section dedicated to the littlest of constructors set up with larger bricks such as Duplo. Once your fingers are too sore to build anymore, take the time to admire the mini worlds on display or be sure to submit your colouring in entry as there are Lego prizes up for grabs.

Images courtesy of Switchbricks

These school holidays Switch Bricks will be held at Sacred Heart primary school, Booval from April 2nd to the 9th. Three sessions will be held each day with each session running for two hours. Tickets can be purchased from the website (highly recommended) or at the door subject to availability. Children 3-14 years are $8 per session, 1-3 years $2 per session, under 1 year free, and unlimited accompanying adults are also free.

4. Shadow Theatre at Ipswich Art Gallery

Ipswich art gallery is well-known for providing an outstanding program for children. This school holidays is no exception with Richard Bradshaw's Shadow Theatre production. It is highly likely that you are already familiar with Richard Bradshaw's work; he has been entertaining audiences for the past 40 years featuring most famously (in terms of kid circles) on ABC's Playschool. His thirty minute show is sure to be interactive and will be followed by a shadow-inspired craft activity for kids. This would be an excellent opportunity for kids to see this traditional story-telling method.

Shadow Theatre is being held from April 1st until April 14th (excluding April 7th and 8th) with three shows daily at 10am, 11:30am and 1:30pm. All ages are welcome although the target age range is two to twelve years. There's good news for the budget conscious too as sessions are free of charge. Bookings are essential and can be made online.

5. National Youth Week

This annual event is the largest celebration of young people (12 – 25 year olds) in Australia. It's a time for young people to showcase their amazing talents and inspire others to reach their potential. The fact that many 12-25 year olds are the driving force behind the success of this week through their planning and implementation of NYW events is enough to get the inspiration rolling. South east Queensland events include competitions, workshops, live music, sports and festivals. Teens looking for some school holiday fun should definitely check out local NYW events in their area (Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands, and Moreton Bay), with national youth week running from the 5th until the 14th of April.

Dance workshops, Alexander Zabara CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Why? Keep the kids entertained these school holidays.
When: Easter School Holidays
Where: Various locations around Brisbane, Logan, Moreton, Redlands and Ipswich
Cost: Ranging from free to $55 per child (activity number two)
Your Comment
There's heaps of different activities on around Brisbane for national youth week (number five from the list) during the school holidays that may be suitable for older students. There were too many to list them all on weekend notes. Some were small special interest workshop activities while others were larger events such as the "it's a wrap party" marking the conclusion of NYW for 2013, to be held at Brisbane city hall. Check the links provided for your local area but the Brisbane link will be able to give you access to the biggest variety of detailed activities and events planned. Best of luck and I hope this helps!
by Katie E (score: 2|165) 2435 days ago
It would be useful to also include activities for older students
by spowe (score: 0|2) 2435 days ago
Hands on Art in Paddington do some great children's Easter art workshops for all ages, you can find out the details on their
by annap (score: 0|3) 2429 days ago
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