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School Holiday Activities in Brisbane

by Sally Foster (follow)
Months of school holiday inspiration

Ahhh school holidays. They stretch almost endlessly before us. Coming up with inspiration every single day can be hard work. Kids can be demanding and there is nothing worse than a bored child.

We have a huge list of school activities and ideas to inspire you these holidays. From free to low cost and some more expensive. They span right across Brisbane, so we hope that you find tons of fun ahead of you for you and your family.

Play Centres

Play Centres are a great indoor option for days that are rainy or too hot to play outside.

- Urban Extreme - Hendra
- Bay Play - Cleveland
- Lollipops Playland - various locations
- Tiddlywinks Dance and Play Cafe - Nundah
- Chipmunks Playland and Cafe
- Crocs Play Centre - North Lakes

Playgrounds and Parks

Going to a great playground or park is a great free option. Pack a picnic or a bbq and try somewhere new that you haven't been to before.

- Hidden World Playground - Fitzgibbon
- Dorrington Park - Ashgrove
- Capalaba Regional Park - Capalaba
- Mount Cotton Community Park - Mount Cotton
- Pine Rivers Park - Strathpine
- T.C. Beirne Park - Hendra
- Whites Hill Reserve Playground - Camp Hill
- New Farm Park
- Roma Street Parklands
- Biambi Yumba Park - Fig Tree Pocket
- Grinstead Park - Enoggera
- Kumbartcho Sanctuary - Eatons Hill
- Lorikeet Park - Mt Ommaney
- Pelican Park - Clontarf
- Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve

Cultural Activities

Give your kids a taste of something a bit more cultural.

- Queensland Art Gallery
- State Library of Queensland
- The Workshops Rail Museum - Ipswich
- Brisbane Planetarium - Mt Coot-tha
- Science Centre
- Painting at Colour My Pot - Cleveland
- Queensland Museum


Brisbane has some quirky stores for kids and some shopping centres have great play areas. You can have some lunch, go to the movies and enjoy the air conditioning. Make sure to check out your local shopping centre for holiday programs.

- Indooroopilly Shopping Centre has Minipilly which is a fantastic indoor play area that is fully enclosed
- Harry Potter Store of Requirement - Samford
- The Mad Hatters Book Shop - Manly
- Weekly craft and gardening activities at your local Bunnings

Park and Library Events and Activities

Both the Brisbane City Council and the Moreton Bay Regional Council have tons of programs and activities in parks, libraries and halls throughout Brisbane. There is a whole page dedicated to 'What's On in Brisbane' on the Brisbane City Council website. This page is absolutely choc full of free and low cost activities for all ages.

The activities aren't boring either. Some of the activities on offer include:

- Science shows
- Arts and crafts
- Gardening
- Story and rhyme time
- Kayaking

That is just to name a few!

Pools, Beaches and Water Play Areas

Cool down and have a splash in the sunshine, just remember to slip, slop and slap.

- Settlement Cove Lagoon - Redcliffe
- Wynnum Wading Pool - Wynnum
- Orion Lagoon - Springfield
- Newmarket Pool
- Paradise Point Parklands - Gold Coast
- Aquativity - South Bank
- Rocks Riverside Park - Seventeen Mile Rocks
- Sandgate Aquatic Centre - Sandgate
- The Plantation Aquatic Centre - Gumdale

Kid Friendly Cafes and Restaurants

Have a lovely family lunch or just a quick coffee at one of these family friendly cafes and restaurants where there are great play areas for the kids.

- The Alley Cafe - Everton Park
- Pure Tennis Kids Play Cafe - Ferny Hills
- Victoria Park Playground and Bistro - Herston
- The Monkey Bar Cafe - Greenslopes
- Mango Hill Tavern - Mango Hill
- Birds and Bees Cafe - Everton Hills
- Sandstone Point Hotel - Bribie Island
- The Red Lion Hotel - Moorooka

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Run the kids ragged with some sport or outdoor activities to get the body moving.

- Ice Skating at Ice World
- Go bowling
- Go bushwalking at one of these family friendly trails
- Go for a family walk on one of these pram friendly walks
- Chermside Hills Reserve - Chermside West and McDowall
- Putt Putt at one of these great places
- Go for a family bike ride along one of these trails
- Jindalee Jungle - Jamboree Heights
- Bounce Trampoline Park - Tingalpa
- Inflatable World - various locations

Animal Lovers

Get up close to our furry friends at one of these places full of lovely animals.

- Bribie Island Butterfly House
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - Fig Tree Pocket
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary - Gold Coast
- The Big Pineapple and Wildlife HQ - Sunshine Coast
- Mini Mates Miniature Horse and Pony Farm - Burbank
- Daisy Hill Koala Centre - Daisy Hill
- Australia Zoo

Theme Parks

Go crazy at one of Queensland's famous theme parks.

- Dream World
- Sea World
- Movie World
- Wet n Wild

Do you have any other great ideas you think we should share with the other Brisbane Mums to make the most of these school holidays? Please let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

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