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MUST SEE SPRING EVENTS
SWELL SCULPTURE FE STIVAL
13 - 22 September @ Currumbin Beach
21 September - 7 October @ The Workshops Rail Museum
Encounter a wondrous display of sculptures along the coastline where, over 10 days, visitors can experience the sculptures, enjoy twilight walks, artist talks, participate in artist master classes, and kidsâ€™ workshops.
Step into the shoes of a Wildlife Ranger these school holidays and see mammals, marsupials, reptiles and more, with live shows and close-up experiences, as well as the chance to learn all about their day-to-day lives.
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MORETON KIDS FE STIVAL
13 October @ Marine Rescue Bribie Island
13 October @ Pine Rivers Park
Meet your local heroes as firefighters, ambulance officers, Marine Rescue, and SES feature at this expo, along with the latest emergency services equipment, fire trucks, water cannons, rescue boats and helicopters, and more.
Explore five interactive zones, including the Brisbane Kids Fun Kids zone, while enjoying a family-friendly program filled with live stage shows, activities, workshops, rides, roving performers, food trucks and market stalls.
MUST SEE SPRING EVENTS
28 September @ South Bank
5 & 6 October @ Baden Powell Park
Watch the iconic Sunsuper Riverfire with a world class firework display fired from multiple bridges, barges, and city rooftops, plus aerobatics from the Super Hornets and helicopters, all set to an amazing soundtrack.
Conquer a great muddy mountain range, play in a muddy playground, take on a slippery mud peak, enter mud mania and play mud games at Mud World, the festival where kids have the time of their lives.
DIWALI - INDIAN FE STIVAL OF LIGHT S
25 October @ Brisbane Koala Bushlands
25 October @ King George Square
See which animals come out after dark while you enjoy a guided family night walk with staff from Brisbane City Councilâ€™s Environment Centres and discover the wonders of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands after dark.
Experience the annual Diwali celebration in the city, featuring non-stop live entertainment including music, dance, Bollywood, henna, Indian and multicultural food, arts and craft, fireworks, and much more. www.brisbanekids.com.au
UNUSUAL ANIMAL EXPERIENCES
B I G FA N G T H EO RY Get up close and personal with an array of venomous snakes and other reptiles with this slithery encounter, taking place every day at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn more about some of Australia’s deadliest reptiles, and have a photo taken with one of the friendlier ones (if you dare!). https://currumbinsanctuary.com.au
WATCH OUT FOR T H E C A SS O WA RY ! Australia Zoo’s scariest residents are not the crocodiles! Dubbed ‘the most dangerous bird in the world’, cassowaries stand up to 2m tall and are equipped with dangerous claws and a bony ‘casque’ on their head. An endangered species, you can safely visit these descendants of dinosaurs from the outside of their fenced enclosure. https://www.australiazoo.com.au/our-animals/birds/ratites/cassowary
SLEEP UNDER THE SHARKS (27 SEP & 5 OCT) Spend the night at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium and see what the creatures of the deep get up to after dark! This family school holiday experience includes presentations, a behind the scenes tour, and accommodation in the Oceanarium tunnel with sharks and rays swimming above you all night long. https://www.underwaterworld.com.au/tickets/sleep-under-the-sea/
SPRING HOLIDAY Art Classes
for Kids Week 1 (23 to 27 Sept) Ages 5 years old and up
Week 2 (30 Sept to 4 Oct)
Kids Art Fun Creativity for Life
Ages 8 years old and up
Venue: St Lucia Community Hall Time: 9 - 11am (2-hour session) Fee: $40/day Fee includes art supplies and materials. Healthy Morning Tea is provided. Please bring your own water bottle.
Please book at:
www.kidsart.fun Call/Text 0422 539 568
Speak Up Speech and Drama Studio
Riverlink Market Zone will run on the
1st Sunday of every month from 8am â€“ 1pm. LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT HANDMADE CRAFTS & SPECIALTY STALLS FANTASTIC FOOD OPTIONS
Q U E E N S L A N D ’ S G R A N I T E B E LT R EG I O N
A weekend away in rural Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt region took an unexpected turn for this Brisbane family, as Cath Johnsen writes. We’re driving along a quiet country road just a few kilometres south of Stanthorpe in Queensland’s Granite Belt region, with dry and dusty fields on either side of us, when a miracle happens. “What in the world is that?” asks my teenager. The sight that has dragged my children away from their glowing, tinkling devices is a 17.5m high, 30m square and 7,500 tonne pyramid made from local granite rock, positioned in the unlikely setting of a farm paddock. It’s just one of many amazing sights we see on our country getaway to Queensland’s renowned wine region, and it’s not the only time my children abandon their screens willingly in exchange for active participation.
Q U E E N S L A N D ’ S G R A N I T E B E LT R EG I O N At nearby Balancing Rock Wines, owners and winemakers David and Lori Broadbent offer our kids a badminton set to play with in the vineyard while we sip and swirl our way through their award-winning beverages. By the time we reach Donnelly’s Castle, a natural playground made of granite boulders that was once the hideout of the infamous bushranger ‘Thunderbolt’, the kids have forgotten about their iPads altogether. Scrambling over the rocks, the children are so busy exploring the caves and crevices that we have a hard job getting them back into the car.
into their bunk beds in one of Country Style Caravan Park’s ensuite cabins. My husband has stoked the log fire and he pours the apple cider into two glasses. “Don’t forget to charge the iPads for tomorrow,” I remind him … I’m just not sure if miracles can last more than one day. Other things to do and places to visit: • Indulge at Stanthorpe Cheese • Visit The Big Thermometer • Eat at Jamworks Gourmet Foods Cafe & Larder • Go bushwalking in Girraween National Park • Visit The Big Apple
HOME OF THE APPLE PIE The apple pies at Sutton’s Shed Café are calling, made onsite from fresh apples picked from the Sutton family farm, perfect when washed down with a pot of tea by their roaring fire. Once the apple pies have been devoured, the kids are invited to an apple juice tasting of Sutton’s extensive range of fresh juices. We walk away with a clanking bag of bottles of deliciously sweet Pink Lady apple juice, a refreshingly tart Granny Smith juice, and an alcoholic apple cider. After a busy day of exploring, it doesn’t take long before sleep overcomes the kids, now happily tucked
• Get lost at The Granite Belt Maze • S hop for a Christmas tree at Granite Belt Christmas Farm • P ick your own strawberries from October to May at Ashbern Farms For a family-friendly itinerary of the Granite Belt region, visit www.brisbanekids.com.au. If you’d like to assist drought-ravaged Stanthorpe, the best thing you can do is plan a day trip or a weekend away in the region. Not only will you be supporting local businesses, but you’ll also be creating lasting family memories.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, kids across Brisbane are gathering at Brisbane City Council’s environment centres for Bush Kindy. Outside, amongst the trees, they can look forward to sensory-based nature play, art and craft, bushwalks, storytime, and much more! It is also a great opportunity to meet new friends and explore the surrounding bushland. For more information head to www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.
Bush Kindy on the South Side Where: Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre, 149 Acacia Road, Karawatha When: 10am – 11am Tuesdays and Wednesdays. No bookings required, just turn up! Suitable for: Infants, toddlers and preschool kids (ages 0-5 years) Cost:
Bush Kindy on the North Side Where: Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, 815 Rode Road, McDowall When: 10am – 11am Tuesdays and Wednesdays. No bookings required, just turn up! Suitable for: Infants, toddlers and preschool kids (ages 0-5 years) Cost: 10
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SPRING BUCKET LIST
t s i L t e k c u B Spring 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Drive up to Mount Tamborine for a bushwalk Visit Tropical Fruit World
Teach the kids to make pavlova Book a whale-watching day trip
Marvel at the Bribie Island Butterfly House
Grab some watercolour pencils and practise drawing spring flowers Go plane spotting at Brisbane Airport Explore the Eumundi Markets Plant a sunflower circle
10. Plan and make a Halloween costume
11. Wander the Hide ’n’ Seek Children’s Trail at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
12. Donate old winter blankets and towels to a local animal shelter
13. Spot koalas in Toohey Forest (protected koala bushland) 14. Enjoy afternoon fish and chips overlooking Moreton Bay 15. Buy a living Christmas tree, ready for 1st December
16. Head to Burleigh Hill at dusk to see if you can spot any fireflies
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SPRING BUCKET LIST
17. Explore Springbrook National Park
18. Fly a kite, bonus points for making your own 19. Take a day trip to Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm
20. Visit the Street Library website and find one near you 21. Sleep under the stars in the backyard 22. Make a spring song playlist for holiday listening
26. Take the kids to a local farmers’ market
27. Go on a nature walk through your garden, collecting leaves and flowers to press between some books 28. Watch a movie at Yatala Drive-In
29. Make a birdbath for your backyard birds
30. Enjoy a CityCat trip to New Farm Park for a picnic
23. Go roller-skating
31. Spend the afternoon by the river at Howard Smith Wharves
25. Download a geocaching app and go treasure hunting
33. Make a flower crown / daisy chain
24. Tour Maleny Dairies for a farm experience
32. Build a ‘bug hotel’ to encourage insects to your garden
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STARGA ZING Stargazing can be a fun and educational activity to do with the kids at night, ideal for warmer nights or camping trips. Here are some ideas to encourage and inspire a love of the night sky:
SIR THOMAS BRISBANE PL ANE TARIUM The Planetarium at Toowong centres around the Cosmic Skydome, which is a circular theatre where audiences lie back on reclined theatre seats to watch shows that are projected by a state-of-the-art optical star projector onto the huge domed ceiling. Your kids can also check out a full-size reproduction of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit, models of spacecraft, and fragments of asteroids. On selected Saturday evenings, the Planetarium also hosts demonstrations in their Observatory. Admission to the Planetarium is free, though you do need tickets for Cosmic Skydome shows.
MT CO OT-THA LO OKOUT Once a month, Mt Coot-tha plays host to the Brisbane Astronomical Society’s free public viewing nights for those interested in astronomy. As long as the moon is clearly visible, members of the public have the opportunity to explore the night sky through a telescope, learn more about using a telescope and learn more about planets and stars. Members of the Society are always willing to impart practical advice for novice and experienced observers, making it the perfect starting point for kids who are interested in astronomy. You don’t need to be a member of the Society to take part, and there is no cost for these events. However, a donation to the Society is always greatly appreciated. Upcoming Mt Coot-tha event dates (subject to weather conditions):
SP OT THE INTERNATIONAL S PAC E STAT I O N The International Space Station is one of the brightest objects in the night sky and can be easily seen by the naked eye. Spot the Station is a free NASA service that will alert you when a good sighting of the station will occur near you.
NASA A HUMAN ADVENTURE If your child is interested in space and you haven’t seen the NASA exhibition at the Queensland Museum, then consider making time before it finishes on 9th October. Featuring over 250 artefacts from the history of space travel, this is a ticketed event and costs can be found on the Queensland Museum website.
STARGA ZING APP S AND WEBSITES The Heavens-Above website and Android app helps you discover and track satellites orbiting the Earth. The SkyView Lite app for iOS and Android uses your phone’s camera to accurately locate and identify celestial objects in the sky, day or night. Night Sky is a free app for iOS featuring an augmented reality sky map that users can move around to check out the stars, satellites, planets and constellations. Star Walk is a free app for iOS and Android devices helping you to identify over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations and satellites in the night sky. You can even set reminders for upcoming celestial events.
FREE Baby Bubble Classes! • FREE for infants 3 to 4 months old • Beautifully warm, private, salt water pool • Experienced teachers gently guide you through each activity • Learn to love water
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FOOD MARKETS IN BRISBANE
BITE MARKE T S AT NORTH HARBOUR BITE Markets is an enormous dining precinct featuring fanciful flavours from across the world. It exists within 40 customised shipping containers, and offers a great selection of food, beverages, artworks, picnic areas and live music. By providing children with a cool playground to run amok in, BITE Markets is very kid-friendly. When: Every Friday and Saturday 4pm - 10pm
E AT STREE T NORTHSHORE A supersized version of BITE Markets, Eat Street Northshore has captivating city and river views. From burgers to Swedish candy to teppanyaki noodles, with over 70 vendors, Eat Street has it all. Also on offer are live band performances, small merchandise shops and an exciting sideshow alley. It is family-friendly and well-behaved dogs are welcome!
Where: Nolan Drive, Morayfield
When: Friday and Saturday 4pm - 10pm, Sunday 12 noon - 8pm
Cost: $3 entry fee for any person over the age of 12
Where: MacArthur Avenue, Hamilton
Cost: $3 entry fee for any person over the age of 12 https://www.eatstreetmarkets.com/
BRISBANE CITY MARKETS Feast your eyes upon this city-renowned farmersâ€™ market. There are scrumptious lunch and brunch options galore, gourmet produce and fresh food from Queenslandâ€™s farms. Aside from the mouth-watering delicacies, Brisbane City Markets is also home to unique craft stalls and live entertainment. When: Wednesday 8am - 6pm (Reddacliff Place), Thursday 8am - 2.30pm (Cathedral Place) Where: Reddacliff Place, George Street and Cathedral Square, Ann Street Cost: FREE http://www.brisbanecitymarkets.com.au/
FOOD MARKETS IN BRISBANE
DAV I E S PA R K M A R K E T Cloaked by a canopy of beautiful fig trees, the Davies Park Market is famous for its fresh produce, healthy fast food, baked goods, exotic fashion, handmade accessories and other cool crafts. Grab something to eat, sit beneath the trees and enjoy the groovy tunes of live performers. The Davies Park Market is kid-friendly, pet-friendly and wheelchair accessible. When: Every Saturday 6am - 2pm Where: Montague Road & Jane Street, West End Cost: FREE https://www.daviesparkmarket.com.au/
OTHER BRISBANE FOOD MARKETS
JA N P O W E R S FA R M E R S MARKETS BRISBANE Manly, Mitchelton and New Farm are all brought to life by these bustling, open-air markets. All three locations feature exciting market vibes, fresh produce from local farms, freshly brewed coffee, artisanal treasures and beautiful bespoke furniture. Perhaps the most attractive feature of these markets is the great lunch and breakfast options they offer. We also love that dogs are welcome!
• Brisbane Night Market • Brisbane Vegan Markets • Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Markets • Ferrari Park Markets • Global Food Markets • Kuraby Farmers Markets • Laidley Village Markets • McWhirter’s Farmers Market • Milton Markets
When & Where: Each market location has unique days and operating hours
• Milton Mini Markets
• Riverside Markets
• Nundah Farmers Market • Saturday Fresh Market, Rocklea
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S P R I N G P L AYG RO U N D S
A N Z AC PA R K
N E W FA R M PA R K
• Farmyard theme
• Climbing forts under ancient figs
• Climbing structures
• Swings, slides & rockers
• Slides, swings & seesaws
• Giant rope climbing frame
• Basket swing
• Climbing trees
• Expansive green space to run around
• Free Council Wi-Fi
Corner of Wool Street and Dean Street in Toowong
Brunswick Street in New Farm
Bean on Dean is just a short walk up Dean Street from the park, and is open 7 days until just after lunchtime.
New Farm Park Coffee Kiosk, Bellissimo Coffee, is located right next to the playground.
S P R I N G P L AYG RO U N D S
L E M K E PA R K & S K AT E PA R K
Y U G A R A P U L PA R K
• Two play forts
• Brand new castle-themed playground
• Swings, spinners & rockers
• Climbing fort
• Flying fox
• Wobble bridge
• Large grassy field
• Swings, slides & rockers
• Skate park
• Images thanks to Urban Play
Corner of Jagora Drive and Frederick Street in Albany Creek
Dunedin Street in Sunnybank
The intersection of Mains Road & McCullough Street offers plenty of options, including McDonald’s drivethru if you’d prefer not to get the kids out of the car.
Tonic Specialty Coffee is located around the corner on Albany Forest Drive.
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1 FREE CHILD PER F U L LY PA I D A D U LT
$ 7 O F F PA R K PA S S
Child bowls free with any full priced paying adult. Bookings essential, please call to book. Phone 07 3263 8848 149 Albany Creek Rd, Aspley
1Hr Park Pass to Urban Xtreme for only $15pp Phone 1300 872 269 4/370 Nudgee Rd, Hendra
FREE S OF T SE RV E ICE CREAM
TWO FOR ONE
Free Soft Serve Ice Cream with every child’s entry on presentation of this voucher. Phone 07 3193 9774 17B/89 Bay Tce, Wynnum
Get 2 for the price of 1. Use promo code: 241BK to book online or over the phone. Phone 07 3467 2285 3 Flinders Parade, North Lakes
A D U LT S AT KIDS’ PRICES
1 FREE MISSION & RIDE OR $7 OFF ANY PA S S O R S E S S I O N
Adults play putt-putt at kids’ prices! Valid when playing as a family. Phone 07 3252 0666 309 Herston Rd, Herston
Enjoy 1 free laser tag mission and ride valued at $18 or $7 off any pass or session. Bookings essential. Phone: 07 3205 4141 561 Gympie Rd, Lawnton
Terms & Conditions Not valid with any other offer. PROVIDE COUPON OR CODE KIDS15. Limit one use per customer. Valid until 30/11/19
Terms & Conditions Shoe hire NOT included. 1 free child per voucher. Not valid for league or tournament play. Not valid with any other offer. Valid until 31/10/19
Terms & Conditions Cannot be used for parties or functions. Valid until 7/10/19
Terms & Conditions One coupon per soft serve ice cream. COUPON MUST BE PRINTED TO CLAIM. Not valid with any other offer. Valid 21/9/19 - 7/10/19
Terms & Conditions One voucher per person per day. Original voucher must be presented for discount. Valid for use on any Pass or Session. Only available at Laserzone Lawnton. Valid until 31/12/19
Terms & Conditions Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Not redeemable for cash. Valid until 31/12/19
FREE HOT DOG
TWO FOR ONE
Present this voucher at the IKEA North Lakes Bistro or IKEA Logan Bistro for one free hot dog.
Jumping - get 2 for the price of 1. Walk in only. Phone 13 SKYZ (13 7599) 544 Kessells Rd, MacGregor
FREE GAME OF L A SER TAG
BUY ONE GET ONE FREE
Play and pay for 2 games of Bowling and receive 1 free game of Laser Tag. Walk in only. Phone 1300 STRIKE (1300 787 453) Wintergarden, Maroochydore, and Surfers Paradise
Lollipops Cannon Hill Buy one get one free. Buy one child entry and get another of equal or lesser value free. Phone 07 3395 8111 1881 Creek Rd, Cannon Hill
$10 OFF TICKET PRICE
TWO FOR ONE
$10 off the ticket price for Ocean Life Education’s ‘Marine Biologist for a Day Program’
2 for the price of 1 for school holiday sessions at Skateaway Albany Creek. Phone 07 3325 1711 700 Albany Creek Rd, Albany Creek
Terms & Conditions Valid for Jumping and Enduro activities only. COUPON MUST BE PRINTED TO CLAIM. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Cannot be used for parties or functions. Jumping socks not included. Valid until 7/10/19
Terms & Conditions FREE HOT DOG One coupon per hot dog. Valid at IKEA North Lakes and IKEA Logan Bistro. COUPON MUST BE PRINTED TO CLAIM. Not valid with any other offer. Valid 21/09/19 â€“ 06/10/19
Terms & Conditions Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid only at Lollipopâ€™s Cannon Hill. Will accept the voucher presented on screen. Valid until 7/10/19
Terms & Conditions Available at Strike Wintergarden, Maroochydore and Surfers Paradise. Cannot be used for parties or functions. Available between 10am - 5pm only. For children under 18 years of age only. Valid until 7/10/19
Terms & Conditions Only valid for daytime sessions (Monday to Sunday). Not valid for learn to skate. Skate and blade hire extra. Valid 21/9/19 - 6/10/19
Terms & Conditions Voucher valid until 31/12/2019 Ph 07 5443 8545
T H E A N G RY BIRDS MOVIE 2
DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD
Release date: 12 September 2019
Release date: 19 September 2019
Angry Birds’ fans have waited 3 years for this sequel, and they won’t be disappointed! An unlikely alliance between well-known frenemies the birds and the pigs sees them infiltrating a nearby island to deactivate a device that could destroy their paradise!
Dora appears on the big screen in her most dangerous adventure ever! After being raised predominantly in the jungle, Dora now has to save her parents and solve an impossible mystery. Filmed on our very own Gold Coast, this live action film is set to bring Dora to life.
Release date: 19 September 2019 Dreamworks’ Abominable follows the epic adventures of teenage friends Yi, Jin, and Peng, and their new ‘friend’ Everest, a magical yeti who’s a long way from home. Embarking on a quest to reunite him with his family, they are each forced to face their fears.
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
Release date: 17 October 2019 Maleficent returns to the big screen and is not altogether happy about the wedding of her goddaughter, Princess Aurora, to Prince Phillip. Unexpected allies form, and new dark forces present to make for an epic battle between the neighbouring kingdoms. www.brisbanekids.com.au
WALK TO KING ISL AND
WALK TO KING ISL AND AT LOW TIDE Did you know that you can walk all the way to an island from the mainland just near Brisbane?! This unique sea walk between Wellington Point and King Island at low tide is a definite bucket-list item to experience with your Brisbane Kids!
King Island King Island is a conservation park that features a combination of sandy pathways alongside twisted trees and surrounded by mangroves. Although uninhabited now, the island was once the home for a family for medical reasons in the early 1900s, and plaques set up on the island tell the story of the two years they lived there in a temporary dwelling on a sand dune.
Walking to King Island Although King Island is only small, this experience is really all about the journey itself. The 2km round trip is suitable for all ages and is much loved by kids in particular as the retreating waters leave behind a pathway that is usually littered with an array of different marine life, such as curling shells and small mud crabs. Although it is important to keep an eye on the tide to make sure you donâ€™t lose your pathway back, many who are a little older like to make the trip as the path starts to dwindle â€“ half paddling / half walking the route. If you are anxious about leaving too late, just keep an eye out for other families, who will also begin to move back as the tide comes in.
WALK TO KING ISL AND
Timing your walk
What to take
Timing your trip for when the low tide falls close to sunrise promises you not only a spectacular view, but also a prime car spot. As Wellington Point is popular for many reasons, the car parking spots during the day can fill up fast, so getting there as the sun comes up means you can have your pick of spots. Of course, if you’re not up for such an early start, low tide in the afternoon is also a beautiful experience. You can check out high and low tide times for Wellington Point on willyweather.com.au.
• Plenty of sunscreen • Hats • W ater shoes / thongs (the pathway can be covered with shell grit as you get closer to the island) • Water bottles
ZO OS & SANCTUARIES AROUND BRISBANE
LONE PINE KOA L A S A N C T UA RY Visit if you love: Australian animals and handfeeding kangaroos. Famous for: Their koalas! Over 100 koalas call Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary home. Highlights: Free Flight Raptor Show, Sheep Dog Show and their incredible platypus exhibit. Tip: If you pre-buy on their website, you can save 10% off daily passes. Location: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket
AUSTR ALIA ZOO Visit if you love: Animals from all around the world (and crocodiles). Famous for: Their incredible croc show in the Crocoseum (also features native birds).
WILDLIFE HQ Visit if you love: Tiny monkeys! They have so many cute little teeny tiny primate varieties! Famous for: Taking in the animals from Alma Park Zoo and being located at the Big Pineapple. Highlights: The eclectic range of animals, from native animals through to binturongs, marmosets and tiny tamarins. Tip: Wildlife HQ offers a range of animal encounters, with 14 unique animals including boas, tamarins, dingoes and sun bears. Location: 76 Nambour Connection Road, Woombye
CURRUMBIN W I L D L I F E S A N C T UA RY
Highlights: The constant message of conservation throughout the park.
Visit if you love: Australian animals and a conservation focus.
Tip: Australia Zoo is huge! Start the day by making your way to the African area and work your way back, so at the end of the day tired little humans have less distance to walk.
Highlights: Their Lost Valley rainforest precinct and their wild lorikeet feeding. Famous for: Their focus on conservation, with their Wildlife Hospital treating more than 11,000 animals last year.
Tip: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary offers some amazing full-day school holiday programs.
1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah
28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin
ZO OS & SANCTUARIES AROUND BRISBANE
DAV I D F L E AY W I L D L I F E PA R K Visit if you love: Australian animals and would like your kids to see an endangered bilby. Highlights: Their Nocturnal House and Creatures of the Night Show. Famous for:
Wally, their resident platypus.
Children under 3 are free!
Location: The corner of Loman Lane and West Burleigh Road in West Burleigh
TOP TIPS FOR VISITING • V isit the zoo or sanctuary website first to look into ticket deals and pre-paid options. • C heck their calendar of events and map before you go and plan your day. • P ack water bottles, snacks, hats and suncream (a backpack is a good idea). • Wear comfortable shoes. • A im to be there on opening or towards closing as some animals will be more active in the cooler parts of the day. • If you plan to visit more than once, check out memberships or annual passes as this can often provide better value. • P re-plan the gift shop rules. Set a budget or have a ‘no buy’ policy, but make it clear before you go for less tears when you leave.
R AVEN STREE T RE SERVE
R AVEN STREE T RE SERVE Bring your binoculars and pack a picnic for an outdoor adventure at Raven Street Reserve in McDowall. More than 100 species of birds have been spotted at this popular recreation reserve, which also boasts child-friendly walking tracks, a playground and a bushland education centre.
Playground Your kids will love the fort-style playground, which includes bridges, climbing nets, a climbing wall, slides and swings. The playground is shady, thanks to the surrounding trees.
Picnics There are numerous picnic tables, shelters, gas barbecues and plenty of shady spots surrounding the playground. It is a popular choice for birthday parties, so itâ€™s worth getting there early if you want to use a picnic table.
Bushland Centre The Downfall Creek Bushland Centre is located within the Raven Street Reserve, and is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm. Kids can identify the birds they have seen, watch the fish swim about in the fish tank, learn about sustainable living, partake in some art and craft, or even feel a real snakeskin at the tactile table.
R AVEN STREE T RE SERVE
What you need to know:
Children are well catered for with the Mountains to Mangroves Senses Trail. This trail is an easy 200m walk, and is suitable for toddlers, prams and wheelchairs. Along the path you will find numbered plaques which explain the surroundings and invite visitors to listen, smell, see and touch.
• T he Raven Street Reserve is host to many naturebased events throughout the year, so make sure you have signed up to the Brisbane Kids e-newsletter to hear all about them. • T he playground is unfenced, but is a fair distance from the road. • Accessible toilet facilities are available onsite. • A mple off-street parking is also available, though this fills up quickly. Raven Street Reserve is located at 815 Rode Road, McDowall.
JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH
20 July - 5 October @ Brisbane Arts Theatre Roald Dahlâ€™s classic tale returns to the stage in this Brisbane Arts Theatre production. One day, James receives a bag of the worldâ€™s strongest magic from a mystical old man. What will happen when he accidentally spills it?
LASER BEAK MAN
2 - 5 October @ QPAC Prepare to be wowed with original music composed and performed live, along with amazing puppets, cutting-edge digital imagery, spectacular free-flying AirOrbs, and the trademark visual puns Laser Beak creator, Tim Sharp, is famous for. 32
RIVER OF LIGHT
6 - 28 September @ Treasury Brisbane Arcadia Watch in awe as the art-meets-technology water fountain light-and-laser spectacle illuminates the night and the Brisbane River whilst telling a local story by Yuggera and Toorbal man Shannon Ruska, as part of Brisbane Festival.
PETER AND THE WOLF
5 October @ QSO Studio This light-hearted symphony follows a young boy called Peter who joins with his furry and feathered friends to outwit a fierce wolf. With animals and characters brought to life by different instruments, this is the perfect introduction to the live orchestra experience.
BR AT KIDS C ARNIVAL
14 & 15 September @ QPAC
2 October @ SunPAC
Put on your party outfit and join the Brat Kids Carnival, a high-energy, super fun afternoon variety show for all ages, featuring hula hoops at top speed, acrobatics at alarming heights, and some seriously cheeky clowning antics.
Enjoy a multi-award-winning family show that has melted hearts around the world, full of slapstick, acrobatics, and total silliness, in a story of a man’s life, flipped upside down by the lonely, dust-covered world that surrounds him.
ANDY’S AMA ZING ADVENTURES
5 & 6 October @ Brisbane Powerhouse For the first time ever in Australia, the star of Andy’s Wild Adventures, Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures and Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures, Andy Day, is on a mission to thrill and entertain in this brand-new, live adventure.
A CHRISTMA S CAROL
29 November - 8 December @ QPAC Following its sell-out world premiere last year, shake & stir’s award-winning production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of compassion and forgiveness returns to Brisbane, and is set to become an annual family tradition. www.brisbanekids.com.au
HALLOWEEN ST R E E T PA RT Y
BLACKWOOD STREET HALLOWEEN FE STIVAL
26 October @ Manly Harbour Village
27 October @ Mitchelton
Join ghouls, ghosts, ballerinas, and fairies at Brisbane’s biggest Halloween event, with markets, best dressed competitions, live entertainment, movies in the park, rides, pumpkin carving, fireworks, and a street parade.
Dress up in your scariest Halloween costume and head along to Blackwood Street for the ultimate Halloween party, including market stalls, creation stations, live music, a street parade, face painting, and haunted house.
S U R F E R S PA R A D I S E FE ST-E VIL
BAT T Y HALLOWEEN
31 October - 2 November @ Surfers Paradise
31 October @ Logan Central Library
Experience the frightful fun of zombies, ghosts and vampire-themed acrobats, plus many more free hair-raising activities including trick or treating, make-up workshops, costume competitions, and child-friendly Halloween shows.
Celebrate all things ‘batty’ with a special furry visitor from Wildlife Queensland - Bat Division, whilst dressing-up and getting into the spooky Halloween spirit - the best batty outfit will win a prize!
BFLF HALLOWEEN FA M I LY R AV E
27 October @ The Met See The Met transformed into a Halloween scene full of spooky, ghoulish fun for an afternoon full of amazing music (including Pee Wee Ferris), bubbles, craft, a chill out room, lights, lasers, and, of course, dancing.
PA D D I N G T O N HAUNTED HOUSE
HOCUS POCUS HALLOWEEN FA M I LY F E ST I VA L
31 October @ Bulimba Get groovy and ghoul-y down in Bulimba Memorial Park at this Halloween festival for families, with free rides, bouncy castles, and craft activities, plus cool tunes, a best-dressed competition, trick or treating, and more.
HALLOWEEN SPECTACUL AR
31 October @ Paddington
2 November @ Kingston Park Raceway
Walk through a haunted house that is suitable for Brisbane Kids aged 6 years and over (if you dare!), after trick or treating along Hayward Street. There is a Halloween display option so littlies donâ€™t miss out on the fun.
Revel in a hell of a night for the whole family with a car and bike display, food trucks, go karting, Monster Energy Drink Truck Show, drift cars and burnouts, Halloween parade, rides, fireworks, market stalls, and more. www.brisbanekids.com.au
30 August - 19 April @ Museum of Brisbane
21 - 22 September @ Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Get a backstage pass to three epic decades of Brisbaneâ€™s incredible music scene from 1989 to 2019, as High Rotation reveals a snapshot of how popular music in Brisbane exploded from the local scene to the world stage.
Dress up in your best cosplay or movie character costume and head along to the ultimate pop culture event to see TV and movie stars, exhibitors, cosplay parades, anime screenings, a gaming zone, and more.
28 September @ Isle of Ely Park
2 November @ Surfers Paradise
Play as part of a team in the ultimate Nerf War, where, armed with Nerf blasters, Brisbane teens will battle their way around the battlefield, playing fun games along the way, in a free hour-long, action-packed session.
Take part in the infamous Zombie Walk, an annual unique and entertaining event where the public dresses up as zombies to walk through the streets of Surfers Paradise and raise money for the Brain Foundation.
LONG RUNNING EVENTS
Brisbane Bayside Steam Railway
Bush Kindy Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ Downfall Creek Bushland Centre
First & third Sundays of the month @ Wynnum West
Make memories with your little Brisbane Kids as they take part in nature play, art ’n’ craft, bushwalks, story-time and more nature-based sensory play activities.
Take a ride through a beautiful bushland setting at the Brisbane Bayside Steam Railway on steam and diesel miniature trains. Note - enclosed footwear must be worn.
Free Movies in the Park
Every Thursday @ South Bank Parklands
First Saturday of the month @ Little Bayside Park
Take part in a range of exciting kids’ workshops that are free to attend, including sports, theatre, arts and crafts, science experiments, music, storytelling, and more (changes weekly).
Bring a folding chair, rug or cushion, and settle in for a great evening’s entertainment with upcoming movies including Mrs Doubtfire, Gremlins, The House With A Clock In Its Walls, and more.
Riverlink Market Zone
NASA – A Human Adventure
First Sunday of the month @ Ipswich Riverlink Shopping Centre
15 March – 9 October @ Queensland Museum
10 August - 15 March @ GOMA
Brace yourself for take-off and discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology.
Visit the Children’s Art Centre to explore fashion and adornment through creative hands-on and multimedia activities especially for kids; created by artists from Australia and the Pacific.
Take a Sunday stroll and shop for unique craft items at the market stalls while enjoying live music, kids’ entertainment, delicious food options, and a free kids’ play zone.
WHAT’S ON IN SEP TEMBER
Brisbane Festival 5 - 28 September @ various venues Enjoy a jam-packed Brisbane Festival program featuring lots of exciting and engaging shows and events for Brisbane Kids and their families – some are free, others require tickets.
Scarecrow Festival 13 - 22 September @ Tamborine Mountain Drive along the Scarecrow Trail and discover hundreds of scarecrows, before having fun at the Family Fun Fair and Lantern Parade.
Spring Fair 14 September @ Oakleigh State School Bring the family along to the Spring Fair for a day full of fun, with market stalls, live music, food vans, rides, games, activities, and fireworks.
Bribie Island GemFest
Brisbane Thai Festival
14 & 15 September @ Bribie Island Community Arts Centre
15 September @ Roma Street Parkland
Join the Bribie Island Gem and Fossicking Club as they celebrate GemFest, with live demonstrations, gems, kids’ fossicking tables, market stalls, crafts, and more.
Experience the richness and colour of Thai cuisine and culture, along with traditional arts and crafts for children, Thai food, performances, entertainment, and more.
Children Moon Festival 14 September @ CJ Greenfield Sports Complex See Vietnamese culture come alive, with a children’s lantern parade, costume performances, lion dance, food, music, gifts, rides, fireworks, and more.
ImagiNation Children’s Festival 21 September - 6 October @ various Logan locations Choose from 270 activities to suit all tastes, including sports, adventure, art, culture, music, dance, entertainment, animals, nature, technology, robotics, stories, poetry, and cooking.
WHAT’S ON IN SEP TEMBER
Rock Your Badge Making
Telescopic Vision 23 - 27 September @ Queensland Museum
23 - 27 September @ Museum of Brisbane
Build your own working telescope using optical lenses, and take your newly built telescope home to show your friends the wonders of the sky.
Channel your inner punk rock guru in this badge-making session inspired by the bands, music posters and imagery from the High Rotation exhibition.
Free Roller Skating
Teddy Bear’s Picnic
23 September - 7 October @ Strathpine Centre
24 September @ Brisbane Botanic Gardens
27 September @ Kinsellas Sports Complex
Roll into Strathpine Centre these school holidays for free roller skating, where Brisbane Kids can skate around the indoor rink with their friends and family.
Race against the clock and crack the clues to discover the natural treasures hidden within the gardens, in groups or as individuals, in an exciting treasure hunt.
Grab your favourite teddy, pack a picnic blanket, and head along for free kids’ activities, rides, animal farm, teddy bear parade, and a visit from Big Ted.
Surfers Paradise Kids Week
Bee Better Festival
28 September - 4 October @ Surfers Paradise Meet some of your favourite heroes before watching them save the day in their DC Superheroes in Training show, plus lots more free fun.
29 September @ Bellbowrie Support the bees and attend this festival featuring local musicians, great food, market stalls, bee demonstrations, free kids’ entertainment, and more.
WHAT’S ON IN O CTOBER
Bubble Slime Workshop 2 - 4 October @ Marketplace Warner Mix up the ultimate gooey potion in this free special holiday workshop that will provide you with all you need to make glow in the dark bubble slime; perfect to take home and play with.
Oktoberfest Brisbane 11 - 13 & 18 - 20 October @ Brisbane Showgrounds Don your dirndl and lederhosen and get ready to celebrate all things German, from pretzels to the Bavarian Oompah band, plus an epic KinderZone with performances, rides, and craft.
Qld Guinea Pig Refuge Birthday Celebration 5 October @ Bald Hills Scout Den Experience a day of piggie love, with mini-markets, guinea pig judging competitions, jumping castle, face painting, amazing raffles and lucky door prizes, and much more.
Peter and the Wolf
BrisBricks Chandler Expo
5 October @ Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studio
5 - 7 October @ Chandler Arena
See animals and characters brought to life by different instruments in this light-hearted symphony that is the perfect introduction to a live orchestra experience for Brisbane Kids.
Everything is awesome as BrisBricks returns for another year, with amazing LEGO displays, a building area, interactive displays, photo opportunities with characters, and a special sensory session.
Wildlife of Bushlands and Backyards
Murphy’s Creek Chilli Festival
12 October @ Karawatha Forest Park
13 October @ Murphy’s Creek
Get up close and personal with some live native animals usually only found in the bush and occasionally our backyards, including frogs, birds, lizards, and more with a wildlife expert.
Put your tastebuds to the test at the ultimate chilli-eating competition, or wander between the tasting tents, shop for chilli products, and enjoy the free family fun and entertainment.
WHAT’S ON IN O CTOBER
MOSAIC Multicultural Festival 13 October @ Roma Street Parkland Travel around the world in a day via a world-class cultural program, including the best in world music and dance across two stages, kids’ activities, international cuisine, and more.
Diwali Festival of Lights
19 October @ Pine Rivers Park
19 October @ Sandstone Point Hotel
Participate in one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, with free cultural performances, Indian market stalls, authentic Indian food, henna tattoos, and children’s activities.
Enjoy an ocean of things to see and do, including oyster eating competitions, celebrity chefs, kids’ rides, live music, entertainment, and a visit from Baby Shark and Pinkfong.
Goodna Jacaranda Festival
19 & 20 October @ Carrara Markets Come along to a unicorn extravaganza catering to the young and young at heart, with unicorn market stalls, creative kids’ workshops, disco, magical entertainment, and lots of glitter.
Halloween Fete 26 October @ Birkdale State School Head along to the Halloween Fete where you will find hair-raising rides, ghoulish games, spooktacular stalls and fang-tastic food, a haunted house, and a best dressed competition.
25 - 27 October @ Evan Marginson Park Celebrate spring at the Jacaranda Festival, with plenty of free music, entertainment, displays, fireworks, markets stalls, carnival rides, games, and family fun for all ages.
Fangtastic Halloween Fun 31 October @ Riverlink Shopping Centre Dress up and head along for some spooktacular fun including Zombie Knocker Doors, special FX makeup, roving entertainment, Treats no Tricks and a Halloween themed kids’ disco.
WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER
Brisbane Fiesta Latina 2 November @ Roma Street Parkland Experience Brisbane’s most authentic Latin-American event, with culture, food, and music that offers Brisbane’s multicultural society the diversity and liveliness of Latin-American culture.
Convoy for Kids 2 November @ Redcliffe Showgrounds Watch as a convoy of trucks assemble at Redcliffe Showgrounds for an afternoon of rides, live entertainment, markets stalls, and fireworks, all in aid of raising money for kids in need.
Brisbane Astronomical Society Public Viewing Night 2 November @ Mt Coot-tha Look through a telescope and see spectacular mountain ranges and craters on the moon, star clusters, planets, and other objects, alongside the members of the Brisbane Astronomical Society.
Supanova Comic Con & Gaming 8 - 10 November @ Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Rub shoulders with Pokémon, Spiderman, and celebrities over 3 days to celebrate the worlds of film and television, fantasy, comic books, anime, sci-fi, cartoons, books, gaming, and collectables.
Sensory Movie Day - Abominable 10 November @ various BCC & Event Cinemas Designed just for kids with sensory needs, enjoy this spring’s feel good movie Abominable, with the lights on dim, sound turned down, and, most importantly, no judgement from the audience.
Santa’s Arrival 9 November @ Westfield Chermside Catch Santa and his entourage arriving in style at Westfield Chermside, with a very special Christmas parade and lots more fun before he takes his seat ready for photos with Brisbane Kids.
Albany Creek Twilight Markets 15 November @ Albany Creek State School Support the local community and get a start on your Christmas shopping as you browse the boutique stalls whilst enjoying live entertainment, delicious food, raffles, face painting, and more.
WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER
Sherwood Community Festival
LEGO Pop-Up Sale
15 November @ Sherwood Road
16 November @ Strathpine Community Centre
Experience a good old street festival with a huge variety of food stalls, a mobile van with computer games, a pop-up library, market stalls, activities, displays, rides, and live entertainment.
RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre Open Day 17 November @ RAAF Base Amberley Check out the amazing displays, including a World War II Boston Bomber, Caribou airlifter, Sabre and Mirage Fighter jets, F11’s Iroquois helicopters, and even an immaculate WWII Jeep.
Play...The Old-Fashioned Way 30 November - 17 February @ Redcliffe Museum Relive the good old days in a fun-filled, hands-on game space, where playing the games of childhoods past, such as quoits, skittles, dominoes, hula hoops, and Twister, will guarantee laughter!
Grab a bargain at the Bricks Resales pop-up event where you will find over 600kg of preloved LEGO, including a variety of LEGOparts, all colour sorted, Duplo, Minifigures, and more.
Caboolture Christmas Carols 24 November @ Centenary Lakes Park Get into the Christmas spirit while enjoying a magical evening, including twilight markets, carols, Santa, a giant snow globe, and free activities for the kids in Santa’s Village.
Wild Kids: Osprey House 30 November @ Osprey House Take an adventure amongst the mangroves at Hays Inlet, where Brisbane Kids can touch, smell, feel, and explore the forest, on a Nature Play morning that will spark a sense of wonder and curiosity.
Sensory Santa November - December @ various shopping centres Visit Santa without the crowds, lines, music, or spotlights, at an understanding event that will ensure any child with sensory needs has an enjoyable experience, and a photo to treasure.
PLAN AHEAD EVENTS
Children’s Storytime in the Park 6 December @ Frew Park Experience the magic of storytime with an interactive book-reading session at the pop-up library in Frew Park, including stories, songs, and craft activities for young children.
Candlelight Carols 7 December @ Ormiston House Enjoy beautiful music and a special visit from Santa at Candlelight Carols, as they celebrate Christmas with everyone’s favourite carols at the historic Ormiston House.
6 December - 4 May @ Queensland Museum See over 200 specimens of spiders (live and preserved) up close, and experience a range of interactive activities suitable for all ages.
Scarborough Christmas Carols 8 December @ Scarborough Beach Park Fall in love with the Santa’s Village, sing your favourite Christmas carols, wander through the twilight markets, meet Santa, and enjoy free festive activities and workshops.
The Nutcracker 13 - 21 December @ QPAC Attend what has become a Brisbane family Christmas tradition, as the Queensland Ballet performs The Nutcracker with beautiful dancing, costumes, and sets.
The Magic Faraway Tree
20 - 23 December @ South Bank
24 - 26 January @ Conservatorium Theatre
Bring the whole family along to South Bank for some spectacular festive fireworks over the Brisbane River that will light up the night sky in the lead-up to Christmas.
See the all-time classic story brought to life on stage in a tale that has captured generation after generation of fans, performed by the talented dancers at the Brisbane City Youth Ballet.
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