School holiday ideas for kids in Brisbane

Queen St Mall Christmas activities

Capricorn Caves Summer Solstice

Are you a Brisbane Babyologist? If so, you’re in luck these school holidays, because Brisbane is full of great things to do. Take a look at our pick of Brisbane kids’ activities which promise to be “beautiful one day, perfect the next” and all without breaking the bank.

Summer lights at Capricorn Caves

If it’s a sunny day, why not head with the kids to the Summer Solstice Light Spectacle at Capricorn Caves? This natural phenomenon, which conveniently occurs smack bang in the middle of the Christmas holidays, is unique to the Southern Hemisphere and will be sure to wow your kids (and you). The entry price of $26 for adults and $13 for children includes a one-hour cave tour. Bookings are advisable.

Flying Fox Studios

School holiday workshops at Flying Fox Studios

Try a school holiday workshop at Flying Fox Studios at Everton Park. At only $22 for a ninety minute workshop, with all equipment provided, this is a fairly economical way to keep your child busy for a morning. Their school holiday workshops are suitable for kids aged four to thirteen and involve art, craft, stories, music, drama and science. Siblings and friends can attend together. You can check out their December workshops and January workshops here.

Day out with Thomas

Queensland Rail Museum A Day out with Thomas

If you have a steam train fanatic of the Thomas, Gordon or Percy variety at your place, A Day Out with Thomas at the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich could be the day for them. Entry is $19 for adults, and $11 for children (3-15) with kids under three free. A family pass (two adults and up to four kids) is $57. They can meet the Fat Controller and Thomas himself, climb aboard and have a look around and indulge in all kinds of Thomas-themed fun. A Day Out with Thomas runs every day from Boxing Day to 29 January.

Creative Kids

Creative Kids' Workshops at South Bank

Messy Mornings for Creative Kids sounds like the perfect way to indulge the creative instinct without having to also indulge your housecleaning instinct! You can book your kids in to get really messy being crafty and creative at the Christmas Craft Studio at South Bank. The Christmas Craft Studio will be home to a whole range of creative workshops for all ages, and there are several to choose from for kids from age two upwards. Classes begin at as little as $7 for a two-hour workshop. You’ll need to accompany children aged under ten, but with a range of workshops to choose from you’re sure to find something that will suit you as well as them!

Brisbane Powerhouse

Maxwell Presents Brisbane Powerhouse theatre camp

In January, the Brisbane Powerhouse will play host to a week-long day camp for teenagers interested in the creative and technical aspects of theatre. The camp is being held by Brisbane cinematic theatre company Markwell Presents from January 16 to 20. During the week, with direction from experts, teens will write, direct and produce a live performance for screen. If you have a teenager on your hands who is interested in film and TV, drama or the technical aspects of either, they are sure to love this. The week of workshops will set you back $350.

From December 12 to 16, Markwell Presents will also host a three-hour workshop each day for kids aged eight to twelve in which they will produce and star in their very own music video. That workshop is only $35. Find more info and book for both events at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Free fun

Brisbane waterplay parks

Of course, Brisbane also boasts plenty of fun activities that are totally free. Here’s a few worth checking out. On a hot day, there’s not much better than a waterplay park and Brisbane has some great ones. Back at South Bank again, we love the Aquativity Waterpark. It’s open every day from 7am to 7pm. Another fabulous spot is Rocks Riverside Park, a water park with lots of other great facilities too – bike tracks, climbing equipment, barbeques, the whole shebang. This park was extensively damaged during the Brisbane floods earlier this year, but the Brisbane City Council has been busy fixing things and the waterplay area was scheduled to reopen last month. You can check details at the council website.

The Gallery of Modern Art is running two interactive installations for children over the Christmas holiday period. Pip and Pop’s We Miss You Magic Land! and Yayoi Kusama’s The Obliteration Room both invite involvement from their audiences in slightly different ways and are sure to delight families. Both exhibitions are free.

Queen St Mall Christmas activities

Finally, everyone needs some special Christmas activities for the family over the break, and if you’re feeling that way inclined, Queen St Mall is the place to be. Take the kids to see the Myer Christmas window displays and stay for the Christmas Parade and Pantomime, every night at 7pm, from December 16 to 23. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Brisbane City Christmas Tree in King George Square – it’s the world’s largest solar powered Christmas tree!

Happy holidays to everyone and please let us know of other interesting things for kids that are happening during the summer!

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