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What's New in Brisbane for Kids

by Sally Foster (follow)
From libraries to aqua parks, play cafes and playgrounds

This school holidays is a long one and you may find that your kids want to try something new! It can be hard to keep up with what is going on in Brisbane, so here are some new, or upgraded, places that you may not have visited yet from over the last twelve months.

If you know of anymore, please let us know so we can share with the group.

Boondal Environment Centre

Credit: Brisbane City Council


The Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre has reopened with great new activities for kids to enjoy. From the animation station, to the synthetic mud display and Agents of Discovery App, there is something for everyone.

Location: 31 Paperbark Drive, Boondall

Howard Smith Wharves

Credit: Howard Smith Wharves Website


Howard Smith Wharves is Brisbane's newest riverside destination beneath the story bridge, with beautiful views of our city. With a multitude of restaurants, pubs and a green space, you can bring your family to one of the venues, or bring a picnic rug and get a takeaway from them and eat and drink in the sunshine.

Sandgate Aquatic Centre

Sandgate Aquatic Centre on the waterfront, has had a makeover and is now opened to the public and has a includes a 50-metre outdoor pool, 25m indoor heated pool and an awesome outdoor water play area that is great for kids. Including a tipping bucket that makes quite the crash.

Credit: Brisbane City Council


Location: 231 Flinders Parade, Sandgate

Bellbowrie Pool

Credit: Brisbane City Council


Bellbowrie Pool has had a makeover and is now open for summer with an eight lane 50 metre pool, heated 25 metre indoor pool and a new ramp to improve accessibility for everyone.

Langlands Park Memorial Pool

Langlands Park Memorial Pool at Stones Corner has had an upgrade and the new pool complex includes a new 25-metre pool and a new aqua splash park.

Location: 5 Panitya Street, Stones Corner

Ascot Park

Ascot has a brand spanking new park which includes an excellent all ages and abilities playground which has a strong focus on imagination play. This includes a cubby house with slides, swings, maze and spider-web climbing frame, as well as an onsite stream and water pump.

Credit: Must Do Brisbane


Location: Kitchener Road, Corner of McGill Avenue, Ascot

Upstairs at Toombul

Toombul Shopping Centre has been given yet another amazing facelift, with the new 'Upstairs at Toombul, now open, just in time for the summer holidays. There are a number of new eateries open, including dumplings, burgers, ramen, pasta and a couple of lovely cafes.

If you have kids, they will LOVE the 'popcorn' ball pit outside of the upgraded cinema. Kids can take a dip in the pit before swinging on the very cool neon swings and slides, and even have a boogie in the mirrored disco room. There is also a small slide and lots of turf patches for chilling out with your little ones with a coffee.



Location: 1015 Sandgate Rd, Toombul

Jugar Play Cafe

If you are sick of the endless menus at play centres of nuggets and chips, burgers and chips or pizzas and chips, and you are looking for somewhere that you can get delicious adult meals while still keeping the kids very happy, then the new play place Jugar is well worth a visit.

Located in trendy West End, Jugar is a kid friendly restaurant with a difference. It has the facilities that you would find in a play centre. But has been decked out in modern decor and offers up a beautiful fresh and healthy menu.

Credit: Jugar Website


Location: 71 Jane Street, West End

Playworld at Chermside Shopping Centre

Westfield Chermside has opened their new indoor play area called Playworld. This is as well as their outdoor play area.

Credit: Westfield Website


Location: Cnr Gympie & Hamilton Road, Chermside

D.M. Henderson BMX Pump Track

D.M. Henderson Park has a new BMX track that is perfect for the older Brisbane kids to ride their bikes and scooters and learn some tricks.

Location: 434 McCullough Street, Macgregor

Library Upgrades



Brisbane City Council have made upgrades to Bracken Ridge Library, Ashgrove Library and Stones Corner Library and they are now opened in time for the school holidays.

Do you know of any other awesome new facilities that are great for kids? Please let us know so we can share with the group!



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