Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published January 2nd 2013
Christmas is over, the relatives have left, and the new toys and gadgets are not so new anymore. As the new year begins, 'I'm bored' can be heard in homes all over Australia. Beat the boredom in Brisbane with these ten terrific school holiday activities; from dinosaurs and drama, to animation and acrobatics.
1. Get up close and personal with dinosaurs when Erth Visual & Physical Inc. presents Dinosaur Petting Zoo. This interactive puppet show allows children to feed, water, and pet prehistoric creatures including insects, mammals, and dinosaurs. This family-friendly show is not to be missed. Tickets cost $15 per person (plus booking fee) while children under 3 are free. Dinosaur Petting Zoo takes place on the Melbourne Street Green at QPAC from January 8 to January 20. For more information, read Geraldine Massey's article here.
2. For more prehistoric play, head to the Queensland Museum at South Bank. The museum has put together a school holiday program inspired by their exciting exhibit Explore-a-saurus. Free, fun workshops will be held at the museum's new creative space INVENTory on level 2. Kids can design dinosaurs using pegs, origami, and Meccano. Or they can discover dinosaurs on the Dinosaur Trail at the Discovery Centre on level 3 (gold coin donation for trail sheet). The school holiday program runs from January 3 to January 28. Visit the Queensland Museum website for more details. For more information on Explore-a-saurus, read this review by Sarah Pallett.
3. Discover dinosaurs and more with the Explore-a-saurus Megadeal which includes entry to the Sciencentre. Be part of the show in their Summer Science Theatre, running until January 28. Show topics vary and include the Gross Show, Sound Show, Balloon Show, Light Show, and Electricity Show. Admission to the Sciencentre also includes free entry to the following hands-on exhibitions: Going Places, Action Stations, and Body Zone. For more information on Going Places, read this article by Lucy Hordern. Megadeal tickets cost $20 for an adult and $15 per child (3 to 15 years), or $60 for a family pass including 2 adults and up to 4 kids.
4. Mini Meryls and little Leonardos can develop their performance skills, voice, and characterisations when the Brisbane Youth Theatre (Paddington) hosts Hard Core Drama, a workshop aimed at 7 to 11 year olds. Participants will play theatre games, create characters, and tell tales. This four day workshop (10am to 3pm daily) will culminate with a performance for family and friends. The dates are January 15 to 18 and January 22 to 25. The cost is $250.
5. The Cinematic Theatre Holiday Camp at the Brisbane Powerhouse is a drama workshop for aspiring actors aged 12 to 17 years old. Participants will learn practical theory, as well as how digital media can be used in live performance. The cost of this three day course is $310. The camp runs from January 21 to January 23.
6. Keep the kids busy this summer at the State Library of Queensland with one of their wonderful workshops, aimed at 9 to 16 year olds. Kids can get creative with cartoons, comics, animated movies, and manga. Prices start at $28 and include all materials: sketch pad, pencils, and pencil case or a USB wristband. Workshops will run from January 14 to January 25. Click here for more details.
7. Fans of Pink (the performer, not the colour) will love getting active at Aerial Playground Workshops, held on the Gold Coast at Industry Aerial Arts (Southport). Their summer holiday program, designed for boys and girls from 6 to 16 years old, features three hours of high flying fun. Participants will learn the art of aerial silk, aerial hoop, acrobatics, trapeze, and more. No experience is necessary. Aerial Arts workshops will run on January 14 and January 17, from 2pm to 5pm. Cost is $30 per child.
8. Cricket and summer go hand in hand. Cricket crazy kids can join a Junior Heat Coaching Clinic run by the The Brisbane Heat. This three day cricket camp will take place from January 8 to January 10. Boys and girls (from ages 8 to 14) will get top tips on how to bat, bowl, and field from Brisbane Heat players and coaches. Cost is $210.
9. Tennis players from tots to teens, inspired by the recent Brisbane International tennis tournament, will enjoy Pure Tennis Academy's school holiday camps. Located at the Griffith University Tennis Centre (Mt Gravatt), the camps take place from January 14 to January 17. The focus will be on improving your child's tennis skills, with an opportunity to compete at the end of the day. Cost is $80 per day or $300 for all four days. For more information, click here.
10. Future foodies will love Spring Cooking School's summer holiday classes, designed for children of all ages; with seperate sessions for 6 to 9, 13 to 15, and 16 to 17 year olds. Located at Spring in the CBD, these cooking classes will run from January 15 to January 18, from 9am until 3pm. Participants will prepare a delicious lunch to enjoy with their new friends, and bake sweet treats to take home. Price is $130. Parents are welcome to stay at no additional cost.