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Water Parks in Brisbane
Daisy Hill Koala Centre
Putt Putt in Brisbane
Must See Summer Events
Unusual Animal Experiences
Christmas Carol Events
Daisy Hill Koala Centre
Calendar of Events
Gold Coast Butterfly House
Long Running Events
Celebrating New Yearâ€™s Eve
Plan Ahead Events
SKY ZONE AUSTRALIAS FIRST TRAMPOLINE PARK JUMP, CLIMB, LASER, ENDURO, PARTY. 544 Kessels Road. Macgregor, QLD 4109
Our four-night celebration of Christmas festivities and fireworks kicks off on Thursday 19 December. Arrive early to experience Christmas Carols and Roving entertainment. TIME: 6PM â€“ 7.50PM WHERE: Located outside iPlay Snow will magically fall as carollers delight the whole family with a mix of traditional and modern carols.
TIME: 8:00PM WHERE: Riverlink Balcony & Amphitheatre Lawn Be treated to a unique festive fireworks display set to light up the night sky with dazzling Christmas colours.
6/11/19 10:49 am
little hands help MAKE
Whisper a little wish in Santa’s ear and capture a big Christmas memory with a Santa photo. Santa will be in Centre Court from the 21st November until 24th December with photos from $20, all including a free gift* for each child. It’s the little things that make your Christmas BIG. See www.strathpinecentre.com.au for full hours. ‘Terms and conditions apply.
STORY TIME WITH MRS CLAUS
On Tuesdays from 26 November - 10 December, 10am to 1pm Location: Near Target
ADVENT CALENDARS Saturday 30 November, 10am to 1pm Location: Near ALDI
GINGERBREAD DECORATING Sunday 1 December, 10am to 1pm Location: Near ALDI
CERAMIC CHRISTMAS STAR DECORATING Saturday 7 December, 10am to 1pm Location: Near Pharmacy 4 Less
CHRISTMAS COOKIE DECORATING Sunday 8 December, 10am to 1pm Location: Near Pharmacy 4 Less
CHRISTMAS WIND CHIMES Saturday 14 December, 10am to 1pm Location: Near Best & Less
CHRISTMAS CUP CAKE DECORATING Sunday 15 December, 10am to 1pm Location: Near Best & Less
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10am – 2pm From Monday 16 December – until Saturday 21 December Located near Pha rmacy 4 Less
MUST SEE SUMMER EVENTS
29 November - 13 December @ Roma Street Parkland
13 - 22 December @ USC Sunshine Coast Campus
Stroll along winding pathways bordered by towering trees and lush foliage on a warm summer evening, and experience one of Brisbaneâ€™s largest lighting displays with shimmering gardens, delicately-lit weeping figs, and a twinkling rainforest.
Explore a playful, light-filled wonderland where the whole family can join in at the dance display, investigate the sea of curious glowing creations up-close, or kick back by the food trucks while celebrating sustainable energy, creativity and the environment.
THE BIG WEDGIE
BIG SCREEN ON THE GREEN CHRISTMAS MOVIES
14 December - 27 January @ Broadwater Parklands
16 - 19 December @ Eagle Farm Racecourse
Slide down four great waterslides - The Big Wedgie, The Just Right Wedgie, The Little Wedgie and The Big Chucka - this summer for the ultimate adrenaline rush on the worldâ€™s tallest freestanding inflatable waterslide that keeps you cool.
Jingle your way through face painting, sing-along Christmas carols, and seeing Santa before a Christmas movie, including Polar Express, Elf, The Grinch or Home Alone, is projected onto the biggest screen in the southern hemisphere.
MUST SEE SUMMER EVENTS
BRISBANE CITY C H R I ST M A S PA R A D E
13 - 22 December @ Brisbane City Hall
13 - 22 December @ Nerima Gardens
Watch as new characters, hundreds of singing and dancing performers and, of course, the star, Santa Claus, make their way through Queen Street Mall to King George Square on glowing floats that are sure to light up little faces.
Celebrate the festive season at a magical lighting display, with glittering lights, illuminated trees, animated displays, light tunnels, and projections, as well as Christmas stalls, live entertainment, roving carollers, Santa, and his Christmas friends.
AU ST R A L I A DAY ON BRIBIE ISLAND
S A N D S A FA R I ART S FE STIVAL
26 January @ Brennan Park
14 February - 1 March @ Surfers Paradise
Join in the celebrations at the gorgeous Brennan Park for an easy-going, Aussie themed day, including beach themed activities and sports such as beach volleyball, live music, a lamington eating competition, and spectacular fireworks finale.
Watch as, over 17 days, Surfers Paradise is transformed into a captivating beachside exhibition of life-sized and even larger than life art pieces sculpted from sand, as well as the chance to participate in sand sculpting and sand art workshops. www.brisbanekids.com.au
UNUSUAL ANIMAL EXPERIENCES SPIDERS Spiders – The Exhibition, at the Queensland Museum from 6 December 2019 to 4 May 2020, will give visitors the chance to get up close with over 200 Australian arachnids, including 12 live species such as the Sydney funnel-web, trapdoor, hunstman, redback, and tarantula spiders. https://spiders.qm.qld.gov.au/
MEET THE DINGO PUPPIES Lone Pine’s newest residents, dingo pups Jindy and Stirling, are already famous on social media with their live videos reaching thousands. You can catch these playful puppies live on Puppy Cam or see them in person daily in the new dingo enclosure at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. www.koala.net/puppy-cam
ST I N G R AY S Stingrays can be found all over Sandgate, Shorncliffe and Deception Bay beaches, in Noosa waterways, and around Redcliffe and Redland Bay. Stingrays love warm, shallow water and if you do happen to see one, make sure you give them plenty of room! http://lifesaving.com.au/stingrays/
Spark your child’s curiosity and creativity with MoB Kids hands-on art and design workshops inspired by Museum of Brisbane’s current exhibitions. For more information and to book tickets, visit museumofbrisbane.com.au. 14 DEC 2019 - 27 JAN 2020 MUSEUM OF BRISBANE, CITY HALL 9
...Come explore the TapeScape 2 Dec 2019 – 16 Feb 2020
d’Arcy Doyle Place | Nicholas St IPSWICH CBD OPEN 7 DAYS 10am – 5pm (*Closed 25 Dec – 1 Jan incl.) * ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au
Press play on your imagination this summer! Holiday short courses for grades 3–12 →→ Acting →→ TV Presenting →→ Screen Acting Starting 6 January 2020 at St Laurence’s College and Queensland Academies Creative Industries nida.edu.au/summer www.brisbanekids.com.au
PUTT PUTT IN BRISBANE
Putt Putt (AKA mini golf) is the perfect activity to enjoy with the whole family. If your child is old enough to hit a ball with a putter, then they will love this great family bonding opportunity!
FE ATURED LO C ATION: V I C T O R I A PA R K P U T T P U T T Location: 309 Herston Rd, Herston https://victoriapark.com.au/golf/putt-putt/ Victoria Park’s Putt Putt course is like no other you’ve played before. Weave your way around 18 holes of rocky terrain while taking in the epic views of Brisbane’s city skyline. The putt putt course is open from 6am until 10pm every day and is the perfect outing with the family for a little friendly competition. From 14th November to 24th December, Victoria Park Putt Putt will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland to celebrate the festive season. Every day and night, visitors will enjoy larger than life Christmas characters including elves, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men and Santa himself!
PUTT PUTT IN BRISBANE Golf Central BNE
Ipswich Golf Driving Range & Putt Putt
Location: 40 The Circuit, Skygate, Brisbane Airport
Location: 59 Huxham St, Raceview
• 18 hole outdoor course
• 18 hole outdoor course
• Fully licensed bar and cafe
• Open day and night
• 100% disability friendly
Holey Moley Golf Club Location: Level 1, Wintergarden, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane (opens 29th November!) & 25 Warner St, Fortitude Valley • 27 hole indoor course • Novelty themes
• Coffee and snacks available on site
Oxley Golf Complex Putt Putt Location: 1020 Oxley Rd, Oxley • 18 hole outdoor course • Can cater to parties and functions • Fully licensed
• Full service bar and cafe
Caboolture Bowl & Mini Golf Location: 207 Morayfield Rd, Morayfield • 9 hole indoor course • Glow-in-the-dark, ‘Wild West’ theme • Food and drink available on site
Mt Gravatt Mini Golf Location: Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, Mt Gravatt • Two 9 hole outdoor courses • One outdoor and one sheltered outdoor course • Food and drink available on site
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WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS 1.
Make some Christmas treats to drop off for your neighbours
Head into the city to see the Christmas Parade
Find a way to give back (donate a gift or time)
Make your own bon bons
Read a Christmas book on Christmas Eve
Let the kids choose a new decoration each for the tree
Take a Christmas photo of the whole family together
Watch a Christmas movie on Christmas Eve (favourites include Home Alone, The Grinch and Polar Express)
Visit Christmas lights (find a list on the Brisbane Kids Website)
10. Buy new pyjamas for Christmas Eve 11. Pack any tiny presents into massive boxes 12. Make an early batch of rum balls 13. Build a gingerbread house 14. Track Santa with the NORAD app 15. Get one of the kids to be the one to give thanks before the Christmas meal 16. Make a Christmas music playlist 17. Gift loved ones something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read
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CHRISTMAS MARKETS BRISSTYLE TWILIGHT MARKET
S U N DAY Z CHRISTMAS MARKET
30th November @ King George Square
1 December @ The Jindalee Hotel
Head along to this Brisbane-based marketplace selling 100% handmade goods from over 80 local designers, where you can also enjoy food trucks and live entertainment.
Get your Christmas shopping done early, with a huge line-up of quality stalls including homewares, plants, toys, jewellery, and so much more.
CHRISTMAS ON CRIBB
30th November @ King George Square Stock up on gourmet Christmas produce, cakes, and artisan gifts as you enjoy delicious food, live music, christmas decorations, kids’ activities, and a visit from Santa.
FO OD TRUCK CHRISTMA S MARKET FEST
FE STIVE FL AVO UR S
6, 13 & 20 December @ Brisbane Night Market, Rocklea Enter an enchanted wonderland, complete with Santa’s workshop, roving festive entertainment, carollers, live music, Christmas gifts in Craft Lane, and amazing festive food.
BOHO LUXE MARKET CHRISTMAS EDITION
1 December @ Ferny Grove Bowls, Sports and Community Club
6 - 8 December @ The Old Museum, Bowen Hills
Pack a picnic blanket and catch up with family and friends, as Brisbane’s best food trucks come to Ferny Grove with some festive extras including barefoot bowls, yard games, and Santa.
A unique market experience for visitors who have an interest in all things luxury bohemian, featuring gift shopping, kids’ workshops, and incredible food offerings.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT MARKETS
THE COLLECTIVE MARKETS CHRISTMAS EDITION
7 December @ Nundah
13 - 23 December @ South Bank
Stroll through over 150 specialty stalls whilst enjoying live entertainment, kids’ activities, fresh Christmas produce, spectacular festive decorations, and, of course, a visit from Santa.
Browse through The Collective Markets in Little Stanley Street and Stanley Street Plaza, showcasing a wealth of Christmas gifts and bites by independent retailers.
S A N TA PAW S CHRISTMAS MARKET
THE HANDMADE EXPO MARKET
8 December @ John Scott Park, Samford
21 December @ Ipswich Turf Club
Come and get your pet’s photo taken with Santa Paws and fun festive props galore, then shop stylish pet accessories and treats as well as some Christmas treats for humans!
Head along to the Handmade Expo Market Ipswich, where everything you see is handmade and unique and you’ll find the perfect Christmas presents for your family and friends.
CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT MARKETS
12 - 15 December @ Gasworks Newstead
23 December @ Orion Springfield Central
See the heritage-listed Gasometer and Gasworks Plaza come alive with boutique market stalls, artisan workshops, live music, family fun, and more from The Market Folk.
Keep a look out for Santa while the whole family strolls through a special Christmas market at night, with amazing food, live local music, and lots of last minute Christmas shopping.
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CHRISTMA S CAROL S
T H E L O R D M AYO R ’ S CHRISTMA S CAROL S
CHRISTMA S CAROL S & M OV I E I N T H E PA R K
7 December @ Riverstage
7 December @ Perth St Park
Showcasing some of Australia’s biggest and brightest talent, the annual Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols is a chance for everyone to enjoy Christmas songs and carols at a joyous and magical celebration of Christmas.
Enjoy a wonderful night of free Christmas cheer, starting with everyone’s favourite Christmas carols and followed by the man in red arriving in style, and a screening of Rise of the Guardians on the big screen under the stars.
C AROL S AT ROBELLE D OMAIN
7 December @ Robelle Domain Join Santa and the Greater Springfield Combined Churches as they present Carols at Robelle Domain with pre-show entertainment, carols, fireworks and be sure to arrive early and enjoy a delicious bite from one of the food stalls.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FA M I LY S P EC TAC U L A R
7 & 8 December @ Citipointe Church Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Citipointe Brisbane for the annual Christmas Lights Family Spectacular, with carols, singing, dancing and loads of fun for the whole family including kids’ rides before the show. 17
CHRISTMA S CAROL S
P I N E R I V E R S PA R K CHRISTMA S CAROL S
CHRISTMAS C ARNIVAL
15 December @ Pine Rivers Park
21 December @ Sandstone Point Hotel
Experience joyful entertainment with an extra sprinkling of Christmas magic, with carols, Santa in his village, a giant snow globe, the Christmas tree, twilight markets, and free kids’ Christmas activities, workshops, and rides.
Embrace an Aussie-style festive celebration with a day on the waterfront, followed by a not-so-silent night singing your favourite Christmas jams, and enjoying markets, food stalls, kids’ rides, live music, entertainment, fireworks, and Santa.
CAROL S E XTR AVAGANZ A
CAROL S ON THE BEACH
20 - 23 December @ South Bank Piazza
22 December @ Surfers Paradise Beach
Experience an exciting and new Christmas production at South Bank, featuring film, song, dance, acrobatic aerialists, ballerinas, and a visit from Santa himself, in a show to delight all ages that will run over four nights.
Experience a carolling evening like no other, under the stars at Surfers Paradise Carols on the Beach, which features a stunning line-up of local talent and finishes with a magical display of vibrant fireworks that is sure to spread Christmas cheer.
The Nutcracker 13 – 21 DECEMBER, QPAC
The tradition continues with this magical holiday classic. A performance for the whole family! Book now queenslandballet.com.au | Qtix 136 246 www.brisbanekids.com.au
S U M M E R P L AYG RO U N D S
O R I O N M E G A P L AYG RO U N D
B R AY FA R M PA R K
• In-built trampolines
• Arty, Harry Potter styled theme
• Huge skywalk bridge
• Quirky climbing forts
• Enclosed slides
• Swings (including toddler swing)
• Cognitive play experiences
• Climbing nets
• Wheelchair carousel
• Large grassed area adjacent
Orion Springfield Central on Main Street in Springfield Central
Riverbreeze Estate on Rivermint Street in Griffin
Drive-thru coffee is available from nearby Café 63 at 185 Brays Road in Griffin.
The closest options near the playground are San Churro and The Coffee Club, within the Orion Springfield Central centre. 19
S U M M E R P L AYG RO U N D S
PA L L A R A D I ST R I C T PA R K • Huge enclosed slide • 190m learn-to-ride bicycle circuit • Climbing tower and nets • Jumping/climbing mounds • Wide-based swing for multiple users at once
Location Corner of Gooderham Road and Brookbent Road in Pallara
Coffee Nearby Acacia Coffee Co is located 6 mins away at 28 Elizabeth Street in Acacia Ridge.
LIVVI’S PLACE • Inclusive playground with wheelchair accessible ramp into fort • Large sail-shaped climbing fort • Smaller fort for preschoolers • Sand play with diggers • Water jet play area adjacent
Location Corner of Lakeview Promenade and Quay Circuit in Newport
Coffee Nearby Izba Espresso on Lakeview Promenade is located adjacent to the Stockland Newport Sales Centre. www.brisbanekids.com.au
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TWO FOR ONE
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 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
TWO FOR ONE
FR EE S OF T S ERVE ICE CREAM
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
TWO FOR ONE 2 for the price of 1 for school holiday sessions at Skateaway Albany Creek. Phone 07 3325 1711 700 Albany Creek Rd, Albany Creek
Free Soft Serve Ice Cream with every child’s entry on presentation of this voucher. Phone 07 3193 9774 17B/89 Bay Tce, Wynnum
15% OFF 15% off tickets at The Big Wedgie, Gold Coast. Phone (08) 8350 5050 Broadwater Parklands – Fisherman’s Lawn, Gold Coast Highway / Marine Parade, Southport
Terms & Conditions Available at Strike Wintergarden only. Walk-ins only. Cannot be used for parties or functions. Available between 10am - 5pm only. For children under 18 years of age only. Valid until 31/01/20
Terms & Conditions Valid for Jumping and Enduro activities only. Walk-ins only. COUPON MUST BE PRINTED TO CLAIM. Cannot be used for parties or functions. Jumping socks not included. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Valid until 31/01/20
Terms & Conditions One soft serve ice cream per coupon. COUPON MUST BE PRINTED TO CLAIM. Not valid with any other offer. Valid 9/12/19 - 24/01/20
Terms & Conditions Direct ticket purchases only. Also valid for online bookings. Limit one use per customer. PROVIDE COUPON OR USE ONLINE CODE BRISKIDS15. Not valid with any other offer. Valid until 27/01/20
Terms & Conditions Cannot be used for parties or functions. Use promo code: 241BK to book online or over the phone. Valid until 27/01/20
Terms & Conditions Only valid for daytime sessions (Monday to Sunday). Not valid for learn to skate. Skate and blade hire extra. Valid 14/12/19 - 26/01/20
BUY ONE GET ONE FREE
1 FREE CHILD PER F U L LY PA I D A D U LT
Buy ONE All-Day Arcade Entry, and receive ONE entry of equal value free. All-day entry from $15pp. Phone 0417 471 957 Basement level, 230 Lytton Rd, Morningside
Child bowls free with any full priced paying adult. Phone (07) 3263 8848 149 Albany Creek Rd, Aspley
20% OFF ALL ESCAPE RO OMS
BUY ONE GET ONE FREE
20% off bookings at Fox in a Box Brisbane Phone (07) 3815 9825 Level 1, 150 Edward St, Brisbane CBD
Buy one child entry and get another of equal or lesser value free. Phone (07) 3395 8111 5A/1881 Creek Rd, Cannon Hill
1 FREE MISSION & RIDE OR $7 OFF ANY PA S S O R S E S S I O N 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
$ 7 O F F PA R K PA S S
1Hr Park Pass to Urban Xtreme for only $15pp Phone 1300 872 269 4/370 Nudgee Rd, Hendra
Terms & Conditions Bookings essential, please call to book. Shoe hire NOT included. 1 free child per voucher. Not valid for league or tournament play. Not valid with any other offer. Valid until 31/03/20
Terms & Conditions PROVIDE COUPON (PRINTED OR MOBILE) Limit one use per customer. Not valid with any other offer. Valid until 31/01/20
Terms & Conditions Valid only at Lollipopâ€™s Cannon Hill. Will accept the voucher presented on screen. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid until 27/01/20
Terms & Conditions All bookings must be made online. Valid for any room, for any number of people. USE ONLINE CODE brisbanekids20. Not valid with any other offer. Games must be booked and played by 27/01/20
Terms & Conditions Not valid with any other offer. PROVIDE COUPON OR CODE SUMMERBRISKIDS. Limit one use per customer Valid for bookings 1/12/19 - 29/02/20
Terms & Conditions Bookings essential. 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 27/01/20
T H E A D DA M S FA M I LY
Release Date: 28 November
Release Date: 5 December
Elsa may have feared her powers were too much for the world in Frozen, however, Frozen II sees Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, Sven and Elsa set off on a dangerous but remarkable journey where this time around Elsa must hope that her powers are enough to save the kingdom.
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, and they’re back on the big screen and moving into a new neighbourhood in this comedy that redefines what it means to be a good neighbour and promises to have everyone clicking their fingers.
JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL
Release Date: 26 December
Release Date: 9 January
The whole gang are forced to return to Jumanji in order to rescue one of their own, but, as is expected from Jumanji, nothing is easy and they are forced to conquer hot desert and snowy mountains in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.
Dr Dolittle is being vividly reimagined once again, as Robert Downey Jr is joined by an anxious gorilla, an enthusiastic duck, a cynical ostrich, an upbeat polar bear and a head-strong parrot to embark on an epic adventure to a mythical island.
WAT E R PA R K S I N B R I S B A N E
Brisbane families are spoilt for choice when it comes to waterparks in South-East Queensland. Many waterparks are free, with some incredible paid admission waterparks also providing a full day’s worth of entertainment.
F R E E WAT E R PA R K S
South Bank Parklands – Aquativity, South Bank Fountains, tipping buckets, a bush stream, shallow pools and more.
South Bank Parklands – Streets Beach, South Bank Accessible, man-made swimming beach with sand and pebbled creek beds.
Ferny Grove Aqua Park, Ferny Grove Accessible, interactive water play with tipping buckets, a spray tunnel and water cannons.
Redcliffe Lagoon (Settlement Cove), Redcliffe Lagoon with a graduated depth, shallow coves and a partially-fenced toddler space. 27
Wynnum Whale Park, Wynnum Adjacent to the beach, with whale pod water sprayers and a tidal wading pool.
Orion Lagoon (Springfield Waterpark), Springfield Large, public swimming area with pools, stepping stones, and water jets.
Robelle Domain, Springfield Park space with boardwalks and a water play area with a tipping bucket and jet sprayers.
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks Shallow pools and water trickling through a man-made watercourse.
Darlington Parklands, Yarrabilba Shallow pools and streams flowing downhill to a larger pond.
WAT E R PA R K S I N B R I S B A N E PA I D A D M I S S I O N WAT E R PA R K S
Runcorn Pool and Water Park, Runcorn Public swimming pool with indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides, water jets and fountains.
Chermside Aquatic Centre, Chermside Multiple waterslides and a lagoon play area with slides, tipping buckets, and more.
Albany Creek Leisure Centre, Albany Creek Attractions include a lagoon area, giant slide, Rapid River, and Little Water Wonderland area.
Wet’n’Wild, Oxenford Theme park with a variety of waterslides, whirlpools, a wave pool and toddler area.
WAT E R PA R K S A F E T Y & TOP TIPS • Ensure children are supervised by you at all times (don’t rely on lifeguards) • Make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen and reapply as necessary • Pack lots of food and water (having fun in the water is bound to create large appetites) • Have a pair of waterproof shoes available to use in case the ground is extra hot • Don’t forget the towels and a wet bag • Protect delicate young skin with sensible swimwear, rashies, and hats • Leave precious and non-waterproof items at home
WhiteWater World, Coomera A variety of water-based rides for the thrill-seekers, and those that prefer a tamer ride.
DAISY HILL KOAL A CENTRE
DAISY HILL KOAL A CENTRE When the sun is shining, pack the kids in the car and head to the Daisy Hill Conservation Park featuring the Daisy Hill Koala Centre! The Koala Centre is free to enter, and is perfectly designed for children in terms of height of displays and the hands-on activities. Children will learn all about the plight of the koalas in South-East Queensland and the ways in which we can all help out. Once the kids have finished exploring the centre, you can head outside to enjoy the natural surroundings, take a walk, or have a picnic or BBQ.
DAISY HILL KOAL A CENTRE Parents will love
Location: Daisy Hill Road in Daisy Hill
• T he shady natural surrounds, perfect for kids to run about and recharge
• The educational aspect of the centre experience • The BBQs and picnic spots • T he hands-on learning fun - helping to raise wildlife warriors • T he accessibility for both wheelchairs, prams and early walkers. Aside from the viewing towers, every aspect of the Koala Centre and conservation park is designed to be accessible.
Open: Daily, except on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday, from 10am to 4pm. For more info head to https://www.brisbanekids. com.au/daisy-hill-koala-centre/
Kids will love • The four resident koalas • The colourful displays throughout the centre • Learning how to help koalas in the real world • T he viewing tower, for a birds-eye view of the centre • Watching short films in the Woodland Theatre • T he open spaces, the birdsong and the chance to spot a wild koala or wallaby • The interactive koala hospital play space
Tips for your visit • G o on a sunny or overcast day so the kids can enjoy the viewing tower • If it has been raining, access to the viewing tower may be closed • W ildlife Officer talks take place every day at 11am and 2pm
WILDLIFE HQ Have you been to Wildlife HQ on the Sunshine Coast? Situated in the vicinity of the Big Pineapple, this zoo features over 250 Australian and exotic animals. For those who remember Alma Park Zoo before it closed, this is where many of their animals were relocated to. Wildlife HQ is laid out in sections based on the animal origins. These are - the African Plains, South American Trail, Asian Rainforest and Lemur Island. There is also the Reptile House, Nocturnal House and Australian animal sections. The zoo is open daily from 9am to 4pm (last entry at 3pm) and it is a good idea to plan to get there as early as possible. Although the zoo size is very manageable to cover within that 3-4pm time frame, there are special feeding and presentation times that occur earlier in the day that you wonâ€™t want to miss.
WILDLIFE HQ Parents will love
Tips to make the most of your visit
• A ffordable pricing ($79 for a family pass), with kids under 3 free
• H ead there early in the day so you can see all the morning shows
• T he park isn’t too huge for little legs to walk the entire way around
• Pack insect repellent
• T he unique variety of animals ensures constant interest from kids of all ages
• C onsider packing your own lunch to enjoy within the park
Kids will love • T he sheer variety of animals, but especially the tiny monkeys • The train ride around the zoo • The wildlife shows • The Big Pineapple
G O L D C OA ST B U T T E R F LY H O U S E
GOLD COAST B U T T E R F LY H O U S E Visit the Gold Coast Butterfly House for your chance to experience large numbers of butterflies up close, in a walk-in butterfly house. Entry includes a visit to the Life-cycle Centre and a wealth of information on how these creatures live, what they need to survive and how you can help. There is something quite wonderful about butterflies and standing in the butterfly house while these marvelous flying creatures flutter around you! What:
Gold Coast Butterfly House
Where: Carrara Markets, just inside the gate at 2 Market Street, Carrara When: Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 3pm Cost:
Children $7, Adults $10, Families $30
Website: http://www.goldcoastbutterflies.com.au/ If you love butterflies as much as we do, then you will also love the Bribie Island Butterfly House, open Sundays and Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm. 33
CELEBR ATING NE W YE AR’S E VE
New Year’s Eve for families is all about celebrating the year that has been and looking forward to the year that is to come. Here is a list of ideas for you; from family friendly events, to ideas you can enjoy at home.
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBR ATIONS
Sandstone Point Hotel Food stalls, kids’ rides, live music, entertainment & fireworks
Victoria Point Lakeside Shopping Centre Magic shows, comedy circus, markets, music & fireworks
North Ipswich Reserve Face painting, rides, roving entertainment, food stalls & fireworks
Portside Wharf Food, live music & two fireworks displays
Surfers Paradise Beach Amusement rides, activities & two fireworks displays
NE W YE AR’S E VE AT HOME WITH KIDS • S parklers are a must - just be in max. supervision mode! Google ‘photo fun with sparklers’ and see if you can create some visual masterpieces • Invite the neighbours over to see in the new year together • M ake a family vision board or goals jar to plan your year ahead • H ave a family games night and set up an ice cream bar for refreshments • M ake a family time capsule to open in 10 years’ time • H ave a slumber party in the lounge room or pitch a tent outside • G o to bed early and head out to the beach for a perfect New Year’s Day sunrise over the ocean
Fireworks at 8:30pm & midnight
The Esplanade, Mooloolaba Live music, carnival rides, street performers & two fireworks displays
A CHRISTMA S CAROL
29 November - 15 December @ QPAC
7 December @ QSO Studio
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.
Kick off the festive season with Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s family Christmas show, where Sneezy the Reindeer and Izzy the Elf help Santa and Mrs Claus get ready for Christmas with mischief, merriment, and lots of great music.
FA N TA ST I C M R FOX
9 - 18 January @ QPAC Expect to explode with laughter as one of the most popular books by one of the greatest kids’ authors of all time, Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, makes its way to the stage in a truly wonderful show for Brisbane Kids by the talented crew from shake & stir theatre co. 35
THE MAGIC FA R AWAY T R E E
24 & 25 January @ Conservatorium Theatre Brisbane City Youth Ballet presents an amazing adaptation of Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree, with over 90 young dancers that will tell the tales of Silky, Moonface, Saucepan Man and their friends as they visit the Land of Toys, Goodies and Presents.
RO OM ON THE BRO OM
OPER ATION OUCH
13 - 22 December @ QUT Gardens Theatre
3 & 4 January @ QPAC
Come along and see what happens when a witch, a cat, a dog, a bird and a frog all hop on a broomstick in this wonderful musical adventure full of songs, laughs, and fun as the Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler book is brought to life on stage by the crew from CDP.
TVâ€™s favourite doctors, Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken, are returning to Australia with an all-new crazy show full of experiments and amazing facts; exploring the fascinating world of biology and demonstrating the incredible things your body does.
STAR WAR S: RE TURN OF THE JEDI
KURIOS - CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
15 February @ BCEC
10 January - 9 February @ Northshore Hamilton
Enjoy a magical evening of music as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra performs the original score from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi live while the much-loved movie is played on a giant high definition screen - a must-see for all Star Wars fans!
Get ready to be amazed as Cirque du Soleil returns to Brisbane to perform KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities for the first time in Queensland with incredible acrobatics, beautiful live music, and wonderful costumes, with a touch of poetry and humour. www.brisbanekids.com.au
WHAT’S ON IN DECEMBER
Christmas Putt Putt
Bardon Christmas Carols
14 November - 24 December @ Victoria Park
1 December @ Norman Buchan Park
Venture through Reindeer’s Meadow, Candy Cane Lane, and Santa’s workshop, while tackling the ultimate 18-hole Putt Putt course.
Attend this annual Christmas carols event, with live bands, a visit from Santa, food trucks, the Bardon Lions’ famous sausage sizzle, fireworks, and more.
Construction Site Summer Fun
Wonder Club: Catch a Falling Star 6 December @ Where The Wild Things Are Join the Wonder Club, a book club for wondering and wonderful 10 - 13 year-old readers to read and discuss a new book. This month is Catch A Falling Star.
Eco Friendly Xmas
2 December - 16 February @ Ipswich Art Gallery
5, 12 & 19 December @ Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre
Be your own architect and build with the Construction Site Building Blocks, climb and explore TapeScape, and unleash your inner engineer at Ball Run.
Drop in and learn how you can make a difference by living sustainably, with craft ideas for Christmas, and enjoy an environmentally-friendly holiday.
Jingle All the Bay
Gold Lotto City Hall Lights
6 December @ Brighton Rd, Sandgate Soak up the festive atmosphere while wandering through a street party, with Santa photos, food trucks, live music, Christmas stalls, children’s rides, and a parade.
6 - 24 December @ King George Square Watch in delight as Brisbane City Hall lights up, in a magical light projection show that will entertain all ages with an engaging Australian Christmas story.
WHAT’S ON IN DECEMBER
Rotary Santa Sleigh 7 - 13 December @ The Gap Watch out as Santa rides his sleigh through the streets of The Gap, stopping off along the way so he can meet all the Brisbane Kids.
Below the Tide Line 7 December - 3 May @ GOMA Head along to GOMA and see the spectacular artwork display, as well as a drawing activity and an interactive screen-based animation exploring ocean conservation issues.
Scarborough Christmas Carols
The Lights Of Christmas
8 December @ Scarborough Beach Park
11 - 24 December @ St Stephen’s Cathedral
Sing along to your favourite Christmas carols and delight in Santa’s Village, a life-size snow globe, kids’ activities and roving performers.
Gather on the lawn to watch a 12-minute light and sound show that will transform the Chapel, and enjoy music, kids’ activities, and food.
Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker 13 - 21 December @ QPAC Follow Clara and her enchanted Christmas gift on a journey to the Land Of Snow and the Kingdom of Treats where she must dance for the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Hoot & Hootabelle’s Owl Pal Playdate 14 December @ Riverlink Shopping Centre Get ready for hoot-tastic day full of craft activities, a meet-and-greet, and super fun adventures in a live show starring Hoot and Hootabelle.
City Of Logan Christmas Carols 14 December @ Griffith University, Logan Campus Join the City of Logan and celebrate Christmas with a fun-filled night of entertainment, everyone’s favourite Christmas carols, pop-up food trucks, and more.
WHAT’S ON IN DECEMBER
Christmas by Starlight
Carols in the Park
14 December @ Norm Price Park
14 December @ Mitchelton Park
See the Redland Showgrounds transformed into a magical and musical Christmas spectacular, with rides, carols, kids’ activities, and fireworks.
Join Santa at a fabulous community event featuring a night of free rides, face painting, carols, fireworks, food, and more.
Christmas Carols 14, 15, 21 & 22 December @ Portside Wharf It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Portside Wharf is getting into the Christmas spirit with live Christmas carols. Keep your eye out for an elf with candy canes!
Christmas Decorations 17 & 19 December @ Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Get creative and learn to make some beautiful handmade Christmas decorations from natural and recycled materials to take home and decorate the house.
Santa’s Christmas Party 18 December @ Shingle Inn City Hall Decorate your own Christmas tree biscuits and meet Santa as you feast on a delicious high tea at Brisbane’s oldest cafe, the Shingle Inn.
Christmas Frozen Pop-Up 14 - 17 December @ Portside Wharf Let it go and make snowflake Christmas tree decorations or a Christmas card, as well as enjoy free face painting, and a meet-and-greet with Elsa.
Rockin’ Wreaths 16 - 20 December @ Museum of Brisbane Swing into the holiday season with a rocking workshop to create your own Rockin’ Wreath with sparkles, sequins, and repurposed materials.
WHAT’S ON IN DECEMBER
3D Print a Christmas Ornament 19 December @ Logan North Library Learn about 3D printing, modelling, and design, before printing your very own 3D Christmas ornament to take home and put on display.
Christmas Fireworks 19 - 22 December @ Riverlink Shopping Centre Be amazed when snow magically falls, as carollers sing traditional and modern carols before unique festive fireworks light up the sky with Christmas colours.
Santa’s Stop Over
New Year’s Eve Carnival
20 - 23 December @ Flowstate South Bank
27 December - 1 January @ Surfers Paradise
Get a photograph with Santa amongst the magnificent towering fig tree and light installation, before taking part in Christmas storytelling and craft activities.
New Year’s Eve 31 December @ Portside Wharf Welcome the New Year with a bang at Portside Wharf, with fabulous food and live music, as well as two spectacular fireworks displays at 8.30pm and midnight!
Be a part of this colourful New Year’s Carnival, with amusement rides, activities, and attractions across the foreshore, plus fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Eve @ Lakeside 31 December @ Victoria Point Lakeside Shopping Centre Have a fun-filled family New Year’s Eve with free magic shows, comedy circus, music, and fireworks on the lake, plus High Street Markets.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular 31 December @ South Bank See in the New Year with Brisbane’s biggest fireworks displays that will light up the night sky and the Brisbane River at 8.30pm and midnight.
W H AT ’ S O N I N JA N UA RY
Free Movies in the Park 4 January @ Little Bayside Park
5 & 19 January @ The Woodford Railway
Unwind on a Saturday evening and enjoy watching the popular cult classic The Princess Bride on the big screen under the stars.
Take a 20-minute round-trip train ride through the beautiful rural Woodford scenery on a heritage train and learn all about the locomotives of yesteryear in all their glory.
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus
Street Science Show
7 - 18 January @ QPAC
10 January @ Redcliffe Library
Experience the thrill of the circus and the mayhem of Mozart in a skilful and illuminating show featuring Circa’s dexterous daredevil artists and a live accordionist.
Let Street Science show you the wonders of the natural world and prove that science can be seriously fun with their mind blowing demonstrations.
Pop-Up Preloved LEGO Sale 11 January @ Strathpine Community Centre Surround yourself with 600kg of LEGO and grab a bargain as you choose from a variety of containers with mixed and colour sorted LEGO parts, Duplo, and Minifigures.
Heritage Train Rides
Stick By Me 7 - 11 January @ QPAC Watch a holiday show at QPAC perfect for little Brisbane Kids that tells the emotional story of a boy and his best friend who just happens to be a stick.
QUT Summer Holiday Program 11 - 18 January @ The Cube Drop in for a range of family-friendly activities, take a guided tour, or discover more about the wonders of the underwater world at a hands-on workshop.
W H AT ’ S O N I N JA N UA RY
Back to School Health Checks 14 & 15 January @ QUT Health Clinics Get back to school ready with free kids’ health checks, including foot checks, vision screening, nutrition, education and development assessments.
RSPCA Pop-Up Adoption
Summer Silent Disco
18 January @ BCEC
18 January @ Museum of Brisbane
Meet hundreds of beautiful animals available for adoption and ready to find their fur-ever home, as well as the RSPCA’s foster care, education and vet teams.
Pop on some headphones and get groovy as the Museum turns into your own private disco, then wind down with a music-themed art activity.
Lifeline Bookfest 18 - 27 January @ BCEC Grab a bargain at Queensland’s largest second-hand book sale, featuring 4km of tables with thousands of books, magazines, puzzles, board games, and much more.
Possibility Program 15 January @ Beenleigh PCYC Attend a free, specialised program for children aged 5–17 with a disability. The Possibility Program improves self-esteem, social skills and mobility.
Galactic Fest 18 January @ Toowoomba Regional Library Use the force on this day dedicated to Star Wars, where dressing up is encouraged, and enjoy galaxy slime making, a gaming zone, intergalactic markets, and more.
Aussie Arvo 26 January @ Lawnton Aquatic Centre Make a splash on Australia Day at a free pool party, with free rides, live bands and entertainment, a poolside disco, a Splash ’n’ Movie, and more.
W H AT â€™ S O N I N F E B RUA RY
Wild About Wildlife Workshop: Flying Foxes
BrisAsia Festival 1 - 29 February @ various Brisbane locations
8 February @ Bribie Island Recreation Hall
Celebrate Asian culture over the month of February with dragon dancing, lanterns, delicious food, meditation, live entertainment, cooking workshops, and more.
Learn all about the flying fox, a fascinating and often misunderstood native animal who is so important to the health of our native forests, plus have a chance to meet some up close.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Brisbane Comedy Festival
15 February @ BCEC
21 February - 22 March @ various venues
Enjoy a magical evening of music as the QSO performs the original score from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi live, while the movie is played on a giant HD screen.
Laugh out loud as Brisbane Kids watch and/or participate in the 2020 Brisbane Comedy Festival family program, suitable for young kids through to teens.
The Australian Ballet - Behind the Scenes
Care Bear Fun Day 22 February @ Riverlink Shopping Centre Spend the day with the Care Bears and enjoy lots of beary fun activities and adventures, including a meet-and-greet, a Care Bears themed craft workshop, and a live show.
Get Your Geek On
26 February @ QPAC
27 February @ UQ St Lucia
Get a privileged, in-theatre view of The Australian Ballet training, with commentary by artistic staff, then sit in as the top ballerinas rehearse for an exciting upcoming production.
Attend a highlight event on the BrisAsia Festival program - Get Your Geek On, a unique combination of e-sports, cosplay, anime lovers and talks about all things technology.
LONG RUNNING EVENTS
Outdoor Cinema in the Suburbs
Until 14 April @ Various Brisbane parks
Until 19 April @ Museum of Brisbane
Spend quality time with family and friends at Outdoor Cinema in the Suburbs, a community focused program that offers a variety of movies, entertainment, food and stalls in local suburban parks.
Get a backstage pass to three epic decades of Brisbane’s incredible music scene with a snapshot of how popular music in Brisbane exploded from the local scene to the world stage.
Jarjum Stories 19 November - 5 May @ State Library of Queensland See the world through the eyes of jarjum in the exploration of stories created with children across Queensland including a bilingual Yugambeh story book.
Finding Santa 15 November - 31 December @ Ipswich City Catch a glimpse of Rudolph waiting for a bus, watch as Dasher and his mates graze and see Santa in an interactive augmented reality trail that will be available across 40 locations within Ipswich city.
Play...the Old-fashioned Way 29 November - 16 February @ Redcliffe Museum Put away the screens and play games from the past including quoits, skittles, dominoes, hula hoops, Twister and more in a fun-filled, hands-on game space for all ages, with laughter guaranteed.
Water Spiders - The Exhibition 6 December - 4 May @ Queensland Museum Explore the fascinating world of spiders and come face to face with 200 spider specimens and 12 live species including trapdoor, redback, and tarantula spiders.
7 December - 26 April @ GOMA Experience water in all forms, walk across a rocky riverbed, see animals gather at a waterhole, meet a snowman frozen in Brisbane’s heat, and cross a cloud of suspended gymnastic rings in this immersive exhibition.
PLAN AHEAD EVENTS
World Science Festival 25 - 29 March @ various Brisbane locations Experience the amazing world of science over 5 days, as South Bank’s cultural precinct comes alive with an array of exciting events in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Shrek The Musical 9 - 24 May @ QPAC Based on the DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favourite ogre to life on the stage, along with Donkey, Princess Fiona, and a love-sick dragon.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 18 March - 17 April @ QPAC Experience the wonders of Wonka live, with Oompa-Loompas, amazing costumes and sets, incredible inventions,songs from the original film, and more at this everlasting showstopper.
Green Heart Fair
7 June @ 7th Brigade Park
13 & 14 June @ Pelican Park
Enjoy Brisbane’s biggest, free bi-annual sustainability festival promoting innovative green living in a fun, family-friendly environment, with live entertainment, kids’ activities, markets, and more.
Be amazed as kites of every shape and size take to the skies at Pelican Park, where you will also find live entertainment, workshops, aerobatic displays, rides, markets, live music, and more.
Abbey Medieval Festival
11 & 12 July @ Caboolture
7 - 16 August @ Brisbane Showgrounds
Step back in time and have fun at Abbeystowe, where you will find jousting battles, archery, medieval music, historical combat, street performers, medieval markets, and more.
Get a taste of the country as the Ekka returns for another year with wood chopping, whip cracking, and animals, along with rides, showbags, live entertainment, and more.
Kids@Adderton ps Holiday Worksho
…. Create a more just future
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING UNIQUE AND FUN FOR THE KIDS THESE HOLIDAYS? Kids@Adderton have a great range of thought provoking, artist-led, small-group sessions of ‘art and craft with heart’. Most sessions work with recycled materials, some are FREE and all are influenced by artwork within Adderton: house & heart of mercy. Visitors are inspired by the 10 different gallery spaces with contemporary art works and the sweeping views of the Story Bridge from the historic All Hallows’ Convent. Kids@Adderton workshops are fabulous for parents, grand-parents or carers to engage in with their children or comfortably observe. Enjoy a fresh coffee from The Good Cup before or after the sessions.
No bookings required for free activities Book paid sessions at www.adderton.org.au/whats-on www.brisbanekids.com.au
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