FREE MAGAZINE 16th Edition Winter fun for Brisbane families www.brisbanekids.com.au
Winter at the beach
Brisbane Kids inspires families to grow, explore and make memories in the beautiful city of Brisbane and beyond. Follow us
Ekka Strawberry Sundae
THE BRISBANE KIDS PEOPLE
Writers Cath Johnsen
Social and Website Editors
Kristen Bland Meaghan Brightwell
Designers Juno Creative
Advertising enquiries email@example.com
Brisbane Kids is a free magazine published quarterly and circulated to schools, kindergartens and popular family locations in Brisbane. A digital version is also available for free online. The dates and times listed are accurate at the time of print. No responsibility is taken for errors, omissions, cancellations or changes. This magazine is copyright and cannot be reproduced without permission. Brisbane Kids Pty Ltd ABN 34456380201 Cover Photograph: Astrid Simone
Queensland Air Museum
FE ATURED 6-7
Must see winter events
Unusual animal experiences
Off-leash dog beaches
Winter farm stays
Best hot chocolate
Climbing in Brisbane
Events for teens
Sunshine Coast in winter
Gold Coast in winter
The Discovery Centre
Calendar of events
MUST SEE WINTER EVENTS
DAY O U T WITH THOMAS
ANIMAL EXPO 2019
29 June – 14 July @ The Workshops Rail Museum
30 June @ Old Petrie Town
Meet everybody’s favourite engine, Thomas, The Fat Controller, and all their friends, at a Thomasinspired hands-on exhibition that includes a Thomas play pit, craft activities, puzzles, mini railway, movies and story time.
Get up close and personal with creatures great and small; from llamas to guinea pigs. Connect with wildlife and rescue groups, and learn all about animals with presentations and interactive displays that any animal lover will love.
ABBE Y MEDIE VAL FE STIVAL TOURNAMENT WEEKEND
EKKA C H I L D R E N ’ S DAY
13 & 14 July @ Caboolture
13 August @ Brisbane Showgrounds
Step back in time and have fun in Abbeystowe, where you will find jousting battles, archery, medieval music, historical combat, street performers, medieval markets, a knighting ceremony, puppet shows, and much more.
Attend the first ever Ekka Children’s Day and enjoy two-for-one ride deals; Dora the Explorer, Jimmy Giggle and PJ Masks on the Community Stage; plus all the fun of the Ekka, including the night show spectacular EkkaNITES.
MUST SEE WINTER EVENTS
SNOWFLAKES IN STANTHORPE
YOUNG HISTORIANS FE STIVAL
5 – 7 July @ Stanthorpe
7 July @ Newstead House
Enjoy three chilly days of winter celebrations with a magical program of family-friendly events, including bonfires, ice skating, snowman building, snow globes, live entertainment, lantern parade, enchanted forest, ice sculptures, and more.
Head along to Newstead House and experience life from times gone by, with heritage games, craft activities, musical performances, pop-up theatre, and circus at the Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concerts: Young Historians Festival.
BRISBANE S CIENCE FE STIVAL
T H E ST R AW B E R RY FE STIVAL
17 & 18 August @ South Bank Piazza
24 August @ Sandstone Point Hotel
Celebrate Science Week with a weekend of interactive science, where science will come to life with smoke cannons, liquid nitrogen, flame tests, explosions, experiments, interactive activities, and special guests.
Embrace strawberries at the annual Strawberry Festival, featuring live entertainment, rides, kids’ activities, a strawberry eating competition, fireworks, and, of course, lots of delicious strawberry-inspired foods and drinks! www.brisbanekids.com.au
UNUSUAL ANIMAL EXPERIENCES
TANGALO OMA ISL AND RESORT A holiday at Tangalooma Island Resort at this time of year provides a plethora of opportunities to interact with extraordinary native animals. Resort guests can enjoy Whale Watching Day Cruises, hand-feed wild dolphins, see pelican and kookaburra feeding, or search for starfish on the beach. Jump on a Marine Discovery Cruise to discover dugongs, or snorkel the shipwrecks to come face-to-face with colourful schools of fish, wobbegongs and even turtles. https://www.tangalooma.com/
S CENIC RIM E AT LO C AL W E E K (29 J U N E – 7 J U LY ) As part of Eat Local Week, several farms, dairies and homesteads open their properties for tours and events. Check out the Eat Local Week event calendar for the chance to picnic with alpacas at Mountview Alpaca Farm, learn all about cheese making at Towri Sheep Cheeses, or even have breakfast with some Jersey cows at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm. https://www.eatlocalweek.com.au/events/
DREAMWORLD TIGER ISLAND Two new members joined the Dreamworld family on 26 April 2019! Born to mum Adira, aged 3, and Pi, aged 8, who both grew up at Dreamworld themselves, the tiger brothers can be found in their ‘up close’ nursery in Tiger Island, and help to support the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation’s global conservation initiatives for tigers in the wild. https://www.dreamworld.com.au/things-to-do/ tiger-island/Tiger-cubs
STRATHPINECENTRE.COM.AU 295 GYMPIE RD, STRATHPINE QLD. PH: 07 3817 9600 www.brisbanekids.com.au
PICK YOUR OWN STR AWBERRIES One of our favourite activities to do with kids in winter is to take them strawberry picking. It doesn’t matter how old they are, or even if they don’t like strawberries, because everyone loves strawberry picking! Entry to the fields is free, and you will pay per kilo at the end of the pick.
WHEN TO GO The main strawberry picking season in Brisbane is between May and October. Always check out your local farms for strawberry season dates and open times. Most strawberry fields in Queensland have a Facebook page, which will advise of opening times and if there are any potential issues caused by weather.
WHERE TO GO
McMartin’s Strawberry Farm Where: The end of Sports Rd, Bli Bli (beside the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary)
picnic, and a children’s playground. It is located near Aussie World and Opals Down Under, making for the ideal detour before heading home.
PYO is for the entire strawberry season. You can choose to pick your own strawberries, or you can buy directly from the fridge. They also have an on-site cafe and a kids’ playground.
Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm
Where: 133 Laxton Rd, Palmview (exit 190 off Bruce Highway — follow the signs) PYO is offered during the entire strawberry season. They have an on-site cafe, plenty of space for a
Where: 124-190 Rutters Rd, Elimbah PYO is from mid-June until October, but you can purchase strawberries from the start of June. Where: 912 Chambers Flat Road, Chambers Flat PYO is only available in August, September and October, though you can buy strawberries from the farm shop from June to November.
PICK YOUR OWN STR AWBERRIES
PICK YOUR OWN STR AWBERRIES: THE OFFICIAL GUIDE 1.
heck in with the strawberry farm before you C go to make sure the season is underway and to confirm PYO is available. Websites and Facebook pages are good places to start. ear gumboots or old shoes. Take a dirty W clothes bag in your car for when you return from picking for both your shoes and any clothing that gets muddy.
xplain to the kids that you canâ€™t eat the E strawberries while you pick them. It helps to tell them this before you go. Get there early.
ake an esky so you can take home some T strawberry ice cream, or make your own when you get home. ollow the instructions when you arrive F at the fields to ensure a safe and fun time for everyone! Have fun!
MUSEUM OF BRISBANE PRESENTS
29 JUNE - 14 JULY 2019 WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS PROGRAM MUSEUM OF BRISBANE, LEVEL 3, CITY HALL museumofbrisbane.com.au
OFF-LE A SH D O G BE ACHES If you needed an excuse to head to the beach this winter and you are lucky enough to own a pooch, then you are going to love this collection of off-leash beaches. NOTE: Always check on the local council website first, follow the signage, and be respectful of any seabirds that might be in the area. 1.
Woorim Beach South, Bribie Island
Sections of Palm Beach, the Gold Coast
Nudgee Beach Dog Park (Tuckeroo Park on Google Maps)
Colmslie Beach Reserve, Murarrie
GJ Walter Park, Cleveland
Raby Bay Foreshore Park, Cleveland
Godwin Beach, Deception Bay (follow signage)
Buddina Beach, Buddina (at the bottom of Point Cartwright)
Dog Beach, Noosa Heads (the spit end of Hastings Street)
10. Currimundi Beach, Currimundi (only in signed areas)
Winter holiday fun for grades 3â€“12! Drama holiday courses start 1 July at Queensland Academies Creative Industries (QACI) and TAFE Brisbane Book now at nida.edu.au/winter
Queensland Ballet and Queensland Music Festival present
The Little Green Road to Fairyland 11 â€” 21 July PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, QPAC Creative Direction Designfront. Illustration by Varya Kolesnikova
QB PRINCIPAL PARTNER
Queensland Music Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Speak Up Speech and Drama Studio
W I N T E R FA R M STAY S BESTBRO OK MOUNTAIN RE S ORT
BUNYIP S P R I N G S FA R M STAY
Bestbrook Mountain Resort provides camping, bunkhouse, or cabin stays. Weekend and holiday programs for families include feeding the baby animals, horse riding, boomerang throwing, milking the cows, butter churning, whip cracking, billy tea and damper making, and heaps more. Make sure you go on the wagon ride!
Located just 15 minutes from the Bunya Mountains, Bunyip Springs Farmstayâ€™s accommodation includes cottages and a unit. Activities consist of feeding the ducks and hens and gathering their eggs, milking the cows, feeding the calves and horses, feeding fresh milk to the farm dogs and cats, bush walks, checking out the natural springs, horse riding, and more.
CL ANDULL A COT TAGE S
Boyland QLD Clandulla Cottages offers suite and cottage accommodation. Here you can feed the farm animals twice a day, pet a kangaroo, play a game of billiards or tennis, explore the nearby attractions of the Scenic Rim, or just relax and read a book under the shade of the Abbott tree. There are also lots of outdoor toys and a sandpit for kids, and the whole homestead is fenced off so kids canâ€™t get out!
CODING & ROBOTICS For Kids
CREATIVE FUN HANDS-ON ENGAGING
After School, School Holiday and Online Programs Available
Enquire today jnrengineers.com.au | 1300 089 344 www.brisbanekids.com.au
W I N T E R FA R M STAY S C E DA R G L E N FA R M STAY
H O S A N N A FA R M STAY
Stokers Siding NSW
Cedar Glen Farmstay, adjacent to Lamington National Park, comes highly recommended. Accommodation includes the homestead or cottages. At Cedar Glen, you can enjoy milking cows, horse riding, boomerang throwing, pony rides, pig feeding, and more. The location is also surrounded by picturesque landscapes and gorgeous creeks.
Accommodation at Hosanna Farmstay includes cabins, huts and campsites on a 100-acre family- and dog-friendly property. Hosanna offers activities such as milking the cows, swimming in the swimming hole, playing in the creek or the mud kitchens, adventuring at night to the 500m long glow worm tunnel, relaxing in the wood-fired sauna, and just enjoying some quiet time around the campfire.
WIT TACORK DA I RY C OT TAG E S
PA R A D I S E C O U N T RY FA R M STAY
A working dairy farm that overlooks Lake Baroon, Wittacork Dairy Cottages accommodation includes cottages and the farmhouse. Activities vary from watching the cows being milked and feeding the calves, pigs, goats, and chickens and collecting their eggs, to bottle feeding the baby animals, or even enjoying a pony ride or rainforest walk.
Paradise Country Farmstay accommodation options include eco tents, onsite tents, and caravan and camping sites. Enjoy egg collecting, animal feeding and cow milking in the mornings, and at sunset relax on the hill for games on the lawn, wine tasting, a visit from some of the farm animals, and roasting marshmallows around the campfire.
We are a unique ART SCHOOL for children. WE KNOW ABOUT ART EDUCATION We provide: • Kid’s art classes (5-12yrs) • Teen art classes (13-17yrs) • Holiday workshops with Qualified Art teachers WWW.ARTSTARSTUDIO.COM.AU
OSPREY HOUSE ENVIRONMENT CENTRE
We love showcasing environment centres at Brisbane Kids, and the follow-on rewards for visitors to these centres are endless. Prepare for a morning or afternoon of education at Osprey House Environment Centre, and, if you are lucky, you might even catch sight of the resident ospreys!
A CONSERVATION CENTRE FOR KIDS Interactive and interesting, the inside of Osprey House is designed with little humans in mind. Pictures of local wildlife adorn the walls, and there is an activity corner for younger kids to colour in familiar native animals. A touch and feel table offers up the chance to explore the textures of nature, including snake skins, gumnuts, plants, feathers, fossils, and shells.
OSPREY HOUSE ENVIRONMENT CENTRE
THE NESTING OSPREY A live camera feed within the centre captures the incredible resident nesting osprey. “Hope” and “George” are in preparation for mating season, and it is truly amazing to watch them prepare the nest.
WALKS AND PICNICS
Osprey House is located in Griffin. It is open every day from 10am to 4pm. The boardwalks, BBQs and picnic tables are accessible anytime. Learning Idea: Give your kids your phone and let them take a photo to record what they see so they can retell their adventure to family members. Tip: Pack mosquito spray and binoculars for bird-watching.
Whether you want to take a walk along the Mangrove boardwalk, or bring a picnic to enjoy at the picnic tables, this respite away from technology presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on why there is even a need for a conservation centre at all. Perhaps it could also be a good chance to talk with the kids about ideas on how your household could recycle more, or conserve more water, or help to protect animals ... really, the list goes on! Either way, raising wildlife warriors is a job to be proud of!
Get ready for fun! Visit IKEA North Lakes or IKEA Logan for lots of fun, free activities to keep the kids entertained these school holidays. © Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2018
Visit IKEA.com.au/Northlakes or IKEA.com.au/Logan to see what’s happening at your local IKEA Store.
W I N T E R P L AYG RO U N D S
T E R A L B A PA R K
L O W E R M O O R A PA R K
• Partially fenced, with lots of shade
• Seaside location with plenty of shade
• Climbing opportunities
• Interconnecting wooden forts
• Imagination play spaces
• Climbing nets, ladders and a climbing wall
• Basketball half-court
• Free Council Wi-Fi
• Walking/bike paths
Corner of Osborne and Pullen Road in Everton Park
Just off Park Parade in Shorncliffe
Swing by Little Gossip Café at 103 Camelia Avenue on your way to the park – there’s off-street parking right at the door!
Café on the Park is located at 6 Park Parade, a short distance to the entrance to the playground area
W I N T E R P L AYG RO U N D S
U N D E RW O O D PA R K
G R A N D E PA R K
• Unique Spielart adventure playground
• Fully fenced playground with some shade sails
• Forts, high climbing towers and rope bridges
• Forts and climbing nets
• Flying fox
• Slides built into the hill
• Pedal-powered monorail track
• Traffic track with street signs
• BMX track and basketball half-court
• Two tennis courts and basketball/netball court
Underwood Road in Priestdale
40 Grande Avenue in Springfield Lakes
Gathering Spot Café, located at 561 Underwood Rd, is worth stopping at on your way to the park, with off-street parking available
Keep the kids in the car and drive through Zarraffa’s on Gateway Drive, Augustine Heights www.brisbanekids.com.au
EVENTS FOR TEENS
BOHO LUXE MARKETS
STREET ART WORKSHOP
28 – 30 June @ The Old Museum
2 – 4 July @ Crestmead PCYC
Browse through 100+ stalls featuring the best modern bohemian exhibitors selling unique, cool and different boho products, while enjoying free massages, vegan food, flower crown workshops, henna tattoos, and more.
Over three days, learn the history of street art and develop your skills while creating amazing street art. Just make sure you wear comfortable clothing that can get paint on it, as this free, hands-on workshop can get messy!
9 – 18 August @ Brisbane Showgrounds
18 August @ QUT Gardens Point Campus
Get excited as the country makes its way to the city, with wood chopping, horse jumping, and whip cracking, plus all the excitement of Sideshow Alley, show bags, carnival rides, live entertainment, and EkkaNITES.
See the latest developments in robotics and interactive design at Robotronica, a groundbreaking one-day event featuring live demonstrations, performances, and discussions about the latest technology available. www.brisbanekids.com.au
Discover their spirit Your childâ€™s education should not only provide them with a ranking when they graduate. It should be an education that prepares them to walk gently in an increasingly complex world. A Catholic education creates a life of purpose, kindness, honesty and compassion.
Find out more at
1 FREE CHILD PER F U L LY PA I D A D U LT
TWO FOR ONE
Child bowls free with any full priced paying adult. Bookings essential, please call to book. Phone 07 3263 8848 149 Albany Creek Rd, Aspley.
Jumping or laser tag. Get 2 for the price of 1. Walk in only. 544 Kessells Rd, MacGregor. Phone 13 SKYZ (13 7599)
$10 OFF TICKET PRICE
TWO FOR ONE
$10 off the ticket price for Ocean Life Education’s ‘Marine Biologist for a Day Program’
FREE MISSION & RIDE OR $10 OFF Enjoy a FREE laser tag mission & ride OR $10 off a Super Pass or Session. Bookings recommended. 561 Gympie Rd, Lawnton Phone 3205 4141
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 Adults play putt-putt at kids prices! Valid when playing as a family. Phone 07 3252 0666
Terms & Conditions Valid for Jumping and Enduro activities only. COUPON MUST BE PRINTED TO CLAIM. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Not valid during school holidays. Cannot be used for parties or functions. Jumping socks not included. Valid until 1/6/20
Terms and 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 31/8/19
Terms and Conditions Cannot be used for parties or functions. Valid until 31/7/19
Terms and Conditions Voucher valid until 31/12/2019 Ph 07 5443 8545
Terms & Conditions Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Not redeemable for cash. Valid until 30/9/19
Terms & Conditions One voucher per person per day. Original voucher to be presented for discount. Valid for use on any full priced Super Pass or Session. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid till 31/12/19
$ 7 O F F PA R K PA S S
TWO FOR ONE
1Hr Park Pass to Urban Xtreme for only $15pp 4/370 Nudgee Rd, Hendra QLD 4011 Phone 1300 872 269
2 for the price of 1 for school holiday sessions at Skateaway Albany Creek. Phone 07 3325 1711
FREE HOT DOG
BUY ONE GET ONE FREE
Free Hot Dog Presentâ€¯this voucher at the IKEA North Lakes Bistro or IKEA Logan Bistro for one free hot dog.
10% OFF TWO RACES WITH LICENCE 10% off 2 races with licence. % discount applies when purchasing 2 races with a race licence combined. Phone 1300 GO KARTING
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
15% OFF 15% off Riverlife Brisbane. Receive 15% off the Riverlife school holiday program with the code BRISBANEKIDS. Kayaking, rock climbing and other adventures!
Terms and Conditions Only valid for day time sessions (Monday to Sunday). Not valid for learn to skate. Skate and blade hire extra. Valid from 29/06/19-14/7/19
Terms and Conditions Not valid with any other offer. Valid until 31/8/19. PROVIDE COUPON OR CODE BRISKIDS15 Limit one use per customer.
Terms and Conditions Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Valid only at Lollipops Cannon Hill. Will accept the voucher presented on screen. Valid until the 31/8/19
Terms and Conditions Only valid for school holidays 29/6/19 - 14/7/19. Subject to availability.
Terms and Conditions 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 29/06/19 â€“ 14/07/19
Terms & Conditions Discount does not apply to individual products. Valid at Eagle Farm and Pimpama locations only. Not valid with any other offer. Valid until 31/7/2019.
THE BE ST HOT CHO COL ATE IN BRISBANE
Piggy Back Cafe
When the temperature drops, hot chocolate is one of our favourite ways of warming the heart and the belly. If hot chocolate isn’t your thing, fear not, because all these places have a range of treats on offer.
Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar at South Bank With toasted marshmallows and more
Storia On Queen in Brisbane City Drink it with a spoon
Oliver Brown at Westfield Garden City 100% Belgian Chocolate
Passiontree Velvet at Carindale and Indooroopilly The milk hot chocolate is highly recommended
DFO Airport Lindt Shop at Brisbane Airport Mocha options for the grown-ups
Noosa Chocolate Factory in Brisbane City The smell in here is divine
Piggy Back Cafe at Jindalee Try their Unicorn drink, with strawberry milk, whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles
‘The attention to detail is phenomenal…majestic and utterly delightful.’ Limelight
CLIMBING IN BRISBANE
Crank Indoor Climbing
Whether you have an adventurous toddler, or a teen with a love of adventure, climbing activities are a great way to release some extra energy, build self-confidence and keep active by doing something fun and exciting.
CLIMBING FOR TODDLERS • E nrol your child in a local class that offers climbing activities. Some of our favourites include TumbleTastics, Toddler Sense, YMCA KinderGym, and PCYC KinderGyms. • H ead to a park with climbing trees. We love the trees at Wellington Point Reserve, New Farm
Park, Wynnum Wading Pool Park, Arthur Davis Park, Scarborough Beach Park, Sherwood Forest Park, Underwood Park, and Yeronga Memorial Park. • S ome well-known playgrounds that offer climbing walls include Frew Park, Brooking Park at Ripley, and Victoria Park playground (for guests of the Bistro only). • C limbing nets are another idea for active climbing kids, with parks like Pine Rivers Park, Crockatt Park, Flagstone Adventure Park, Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve, and Rocks Riverside Park all featuring spectacular nets for climbing.
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
Call 3355 1550 or visit dipadees.com 28
983 South Pine Rd Everton Hills www.brisbanekids.com.au
Learn To Swim for Infants & Toddlers eBook!
CLIMBING IN BRISBANE
CLIMBING FOR KIDS & TEENS • R iverlife operates guided rock climbing experiences at Kangaroo Point, with qualified and experienced instructors (kids must be 8 years or older to participate). • C rank Indoor Climbing at MacGregor offers climbing programs specifically designed for children, as well as youth climbing. Youth climbing is designed for children over 12 years old, teaching kids the fundamentals of top-roping, bouldering, and parkour skills. • M any indoor entertainment venues offer rock climbing walls, including Skyzone, Urban Xtreme, Bay Play Cleveland, Revolution Sports Park, and Bounce.
MOUNTAIN CLIMBING F O R FA M I L I E S Mountain climbing is a wonderful, family-friendly activity, and Brisbane is lucky enough to be surrounded by many mountain climbing trails. Just make sure you read the reviews online first, take safety precautions, pack some water, and check the National Parks website to ensure the trails are open. Some of our favourites include:
Arthur Davis Park
• Mt Coolum, Coolum • Mt Coot-tha Summit Track, Mt Coot-tha • Mt Tempest, Moreton Island (it’s a sand dune!) • Table Top Mountain, Toowoomba • M ount Ngungun, Glass House Mountains (a challenge, but it can be done!)
Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concerts Creating more to see and do with free school holiday activities. Children’s Concerts www.brisbanekids.com.au
SUNSHINE COAST IN WINTER
12 THINGS TO DO ON THE SUNSHINE COAST 1.
Go fishing on the Maroochy River. Either hire a boat or fish off the bank.
Walk through the sculpture garden at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens.
Visit the Big Pineapple, which includes Wildlife HQ and the newly opened TreeTop Challenge.
Take a factory tour and tractor ride at Maleny Dairies.
Visit the Queensland Air Museum.
Have a picnic at Point Cartwright.
10. For those with older kids, climb up Mt Ngungun, or, for younger kids, Mt Coolum.
o to the Eumundi Markets â€” on every G Wednesday and Saturday and featuring hundreds of stalls showcasing local artisans and producers.
Go gem fossicking at Opals Down Under. While you are there, you could also visit Aussie World which is right next door.
Take a bushwalk through the Noosa National Park.
Opals Down Under
11. B ook some lanes at the Broken Arrow indoor archery range at Nambour. 12. H ead up to Happy Valley at Caloundra, grab a coffee and watch the kids play in the massive seaside playground. Finish off with a walk along the coastal boardwalk and some fish and chips before you head home.
Happy Valley Playground
Maleny Dairies Tractor Ride
GOLD COAST IN WINTER
12 THINGS TO DO ON THE GOLD COAST 1.
eed the lorikeets at Currumbin F Wildlife Sanctuary.
Explore the Carrara Markets — on every Sat and Sun with over 500 stalls.
Head to a coastal vantage point such as Burleigh Headland and spot the migrating humpback whales.
Drive down to Mount Tamborine and enjoy the 1.5km Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk or another rainforest walk.
ake a walk to Twin Falls, or any other T rainforest walk within the Springbrook National Park.
Visit the Gold Coast Butterfly House — open Thurs, Sat and Sun (bookings required).
isit the first hologram arcade in the world at V Holoverse. It’s like a virtual reality playground that will be enjoyed by the entire family.
Head to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium and Impossible LaseRace. It’s totally creepy, and filled with awesome illusions.
Head to Robina for some indoor putt putt at Lilliput Mini Golf, or outdoor putt putt at King Tutt’s at Surfers Paradise or Putt Putt Mermaid Beach.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctury
10. It is the perfect time of the year to drive 1 hour 30 minutes south to Tropical Fruit World and discover over 500 varieties of exotic fruit. 11. V isit one of the Gold Coast’s best playgrounds. Our favourite is Broadwater Parklands. 12. B ask in cat heaven at the Crazy Cat Cafe in Surfers Paradise.
Tropical Fruit World
Twin Falls, Springbrook
T H E D I S C OV E RY C E N T R E
The Queensland Museum Discovery Centre
THE QUEENSLAND MUSEUM D I S C OV E RY C E N T R E The Queensland Museum Discovery Centre is laid out like a small but intriguing maze of towering glass cabinets; each one housing another family or species or collection for visitors to view. Located on the 4th floor of the Queensland Museum, it sits alongside the popular Wild State Gallery. If your child has burning questions about nature, then this is the place to go! The new Discovery Centre is also now home to a few permanent live residents for guests to marvel at and interact with. These include: • Giant arachnids (aka spiders) • Green tree pythons • Leaf-tail geckos • Huge stick insects
T H E D I S C OV E RY C E N T R E Discovery Centre fun facts • T here are over 1,300 objects in cases, including 427 insect species. • There are over 600 objects in drawers.
ANZAC Legacy Gallery
A place of reflection, with an exhibition that shows how the First World War shaped Queensland and still does today.
• O ne of the smallest objects in the Discovery Centre collection is a parasitic wasp Scelio orientalis, which is no bigger than the tip of a lead pencil.
• S ome of the largest objects in the Discovery Centre collection are the turtle shells, which measure up to 220cm in circumference, and the taipan on display that is 230cm in length.
Permanent exhibitions at the Queensland Museum Entry to the Queensland Museum is free. SparkLab at the Sciencentre is a fee for entry exhibition, and some temporary exhibitions will have an entry fee associated.
Explore the wonderful world of science, with over 40 interactive exhibits in addition to the live experiments at the Science Bar (admission cost from $10). Wild State is a celebration of Queensland biodiversity with displays of all our most iconic Queensland animals and those who are lesser known. Divided into five incredible Queensland environments, the kids will love the opportunity to walk through the wetlands and the stunning Eucalypt forests.
Energex Playasaurus Place
Discover life-sized dinosaurs and familiarise yourself with the size of the teeth and eggs! Participate in the interactive energy activities that help to educate kids on energy and sustainable living. Lost Creatures
Enter the world of prehistoric Queensland and all the dinosaurs, marine reptiles and megafauna that existed millions of years ago. You may be surprised by how many dinosaurs your kids can name!
MADAGASCAR — A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR.
8 June – 13 July @ Brisbane Arts Theatre Get ready for a crackalackin’ night out for the whole family, in a not-to-be-missed, side-splitting adventure of Madagascan proportions, based on the much loved Dreamworks movie and starring Alex the Lion, Marty, Melman and Gloria.
SCHO OL OF RO CK
DISNEY ON ICE CELEBR ATE S MICKE Y AND FRIENDS
28 June – 1 July @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre Join your favourite Disney characters, including those from Moana, Inside Out, Toy Story and more, as they stop off in Brisbane to bring you Disney on Ice’s new production, Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends, to celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse.
T H E FA I RY D O L L
12 July – 11 August @ QPAC
13 & 14 July @ Brisbane Powerhouse
Rock out at the musical based on the hit film School of Rock, that follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious school and manages to achieve something amazing!
Perfect as a first trip to the ballet and for avid ballet fans alike, Brisbane City Youth Ballet presents an enchanting one act ballet that tells the story of Sarah, who, one day while wandering through the woods, discovers a magic fairy ring.
P L AY S C H O O L L I V E IN CONCERT: HUMPTY’S SHOWTIME
28 June – 7 July @ various Brisbane locations Be entertained by your favourite television show as it is brought to life on stage with all your favourite Play School songs and friends, including Big Ted, Humpty, Little Ted and Jemima, along with presenters Matt Backer and Alex Papps.
SLINGSBY’S THE YOUNG KING
23 – 27 July @ QPAC Get lost in the beautiful and tender language that Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde is known for, in this story of a young prince stolen from his parents as a baby and raised in the forest by a kind goatherd who must one day become king.
10 & 11 July @ Brisbane Powerhouse Be mesmerised as this classic Mem Fox book is brought to life in a magical, unforgettable new production that follows Hush and Grandma Poss on a whimsical journey to cities around Australia to find the food that makes Hush visible again.
29 July – 17 August @ QPAC Enjoy a landmark new production of Colin Thiele’s cherished yet bittersweet coming-of-age story that will touch the hearts of young and old with its masterful puppetry and boundless imagination in the classic story about a boy and a pelican. www.brisbanekids.com.au
TOY STO RY 4
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
Release Date: 20 June
Release Date: 20 June
Buzz and Woody are back for an all new adventure! Toy Story 4 sees Woody going on an unexpected road trip with Bonnie’s old and new friends, including her new favourite toy, Forkie, who will show Woody just how big the world really is.
The highly anticipated, hilarious sequel to The Secret Life of Pets. — everyone’s favourite pets return in The Secret Life of Pets 2! This follow-up movie explores the emotional lives of pets, the bond between them and their families, and shows the world what pets do when their owners aren’t home.
SPIDER-MAN: FA R F RO M H O M E
THE LION KING
Release Date: 1 July
Release Date: 17 July
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. The only problem is that Peter Parker decided to join his friends on a European vacation and didn’t take his suit!
Everyone will be feeling the love as the beloved Disney movie The Lion King comes back to the big screen in an amazing new live-action format, thanks to pioneering filmmaking techniques and the voices of an all-star cast including Beyoncé and James Earl Jones.
LONG RUNNING EVENTS
Powerkids: Little Artists at Play Every Tuesday (excluding school holidays) @ Brisbane Powerhouse Bring your little Brisbane Kids along to an interactive space where, surrounded by props and creative play stations, kids are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild.
Sensory Movie Day One Sunday per month @ various Event Cinemas Designed just for kids with sensory needs, Sensory Movie Day enables everyone to enjoy the biggest hit movies, with the lights dimmed, the volume adjusted and no judgement.
NASA – A Human Adventure
15 March – 9 October @ Queensland Museum
Every Thursday @ South Bank Parklands
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.
Take part in a range of exciting kids’ workshops that are free to attend and change weekly, including sport, drama, art and craft, STEM, music, storytelling and more.
Brisbane Astronomical Society Public Viewing Night One Saturday per month @ Mt Coot-tha Check out the spectacular mountain ranges and craters of the moon, star clusters, planets and other objects through the Brisbane Astronomical Society’s telescopes.
Ben Quilty: Family Portrait 15 June – 20 October @ GOMA Draw a portrait by following an instructional video, play with colour and distortion to create a digital self-portrait, and experience Ben’s work through painting replicas that you can touch.
Drawing Machines 27 May – 15 September @ Ipswich Art Gallery Play and experiment with drawing machines, including swinging pendulums and spinning discs, that will not only take your drawing to the next level, but also provide lots of fun.
WHAT’S ON IN JUNE
Skating At Festival
15 – 23 June @ BCEC
21 June – 14 July @ King George Square
Grab a bargain at the Lifeline Bookfest, where you will find 4km of tables with millions of books, magazines, records, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, board games and much more.
Get lost in a winter wonderland as the Skating At Festival takes over King George Square with an open-air ice-skating rink, an ice slide, gourmet food trucks and fun winter activities.
Chelmer Station Community Kindergarten Lantern Parade 21 June @ Faulkner Park Inspired by a German winter tradition, see lanterns big and small parade through the park after everyone has eaten delicious German food and danced to live music.
Bush Kindy 25 & 26 June @ Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre Make memories with your little Brisbane Kids as they take part in nature play, art ’n’ craft, bushwalks, story time, and other nature-based sensory play activities.
Winter Solstice Festival 22 June @ Northey Street City Farm Dance the night away and embrace winter with a solstice ceremony, bonfire, live music and educational workshops, and activities for adults, teens and kids.
A Night at the Museum
28 – 30 June @ Redcliffe Showgrounds
28 June @ Queensland Museum
Take the family along to the Redcliffe Show and enjoy all the traditional fun, including animals, rides, sideshow alley, and wood chopping, along with fireworks, V8s and freestyle motorbikes.
Explore the museum after dark and have fun astronaut style with hands-on activities, demonstrations, pop-up shows, live music, amazing objects and more.
WHAT’S ON IN JUNE
Mary Poppins Festival 29 June – 6 July @ Maryborough Honour the art of storytelling through a range of supercalifragilistically fun events with a Mary Poppins twist, including the Festival’s signature event, A Day in The Park, full of Mary Poppins magic.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week 29 June – 7 July @ various venues Embrace the food, farmers and natural beauty of the Scenic Rim through a program of farm gate events and culinary experiences including The Winter Harvest Festival.
Day Out With Thomas 29 June – 14 July @ The Workshops Rail Museum Meet everybody’s favourite engine, Thomas, as well as The Fat Controller and all their friends, at a Thomas-inspired, hands-on exhibition, featuring a Thomas play pit, craft activities, mini railway, & lots more.
Gigs and Picnics
29 June – 14 July @ South Bank
29 June @ City Botanic Gardens
Build a snowman, enjoy snow play on a snow mountain, go tobogganing, and throw snowballs at targets at this snow experience for kids in Brisbane.
Grab a blanket and bring the family to enjoy an afternoon with food trucks and live music against the beautiful backdrop of the Botanic Gardens.
Happy Birthday to The Very Hungry Caterpillar 29 June @ Logan North Library Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar with a special reading of the book and some creative caterpillar craft.
Animal Expo 2019 30 June @ Old Petrie Town Get up close and personal with creatures great and small, connect with wildlife and rescue groups, and learn all about animals, with presentations and interactive displays.
W H AT ’ S O N I N J U LY
A Day Out With Thomas Sensory Friendly Session 3 July @ The Workshops Rail Museum Get exclusive access to the Museum, with AV displays, sounds turned down, and a special ‘quiet’ performance by The Fat Controller on this day especially for kids with sensory processing difficulties.
Kids Collective 4 – 6 & 11 – 13 July @ Roma Street Parkland Take part in a range of exciting kids’ workshops that are free to attend, including sports, theatre, art and craft, science, music, storytelling, and more, from 9am to 1pm during the July school holidays.
Snowflakes in Stanthorpe 5 – 7 July @ Stanthorpe Enjoy three chilly days of winter celebrations, with a magical program of awesome familyfriendly entertainment, including bonfires, ice skating, snowman building, snow globes, and more.
Le Festival 5 – 7 July @ South Bank Immerse yourself in French culture, with delicious French food, wine and champagne, French market stalls, kids’ activities, live entertainment, fashion, and meet the festival mascot, Maurice.
Open Cockpit Weekend
6 & 7 July @ QLD Air Museum
6 July @ Teneriffe
Sit in the cockpits of selected aircraft, including the iconic F-111 and Mirage Jet, at the Queensland Air Museum, plus check out the aircraft on display and enjoy the kids’ entertainment.
Join in the fun of the 10th annual Teneriffe Festival, and enjoy musical performances, amazing food, street acts, market stalls and displays, as well as a zone just for kids.
QUT Winter Holiday Family Day 6 July @ The Cube Drop-in to The Cube for a free robotics display to test your Dash robot driving skills, or try out your programming skills on The Cube’s Code-A-Bot, as part of their Winter Holiday Program.
W H AT ’ S O N I N J U LY
Quandamooka Festival Buangan Biyigi (Dolphin Day)
Bonfire Night 6 July @ Sandstone Point Hotel
6 July @ Amity Point
Watch as the skies light up with pyrotechnic shows, plus Brisbane’s biggest bonfire, kids’ rides, food trucks, flame shows, live music, fireworks, a s’mores bar, and lots more winter fun.
Bribie Island OPA Greek Festival 7 July @ Bribie Island Retreat and Recreational Centre Celebrate everything Greek at a fun-filled family day, including Greek food stalls, cooking demonstrations, traditional dancing, live entertainment, kids’ rides, a kids’ zone, and more.
Create a Buzzy Bee Bowl 9 July @ Bulimba Library Learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators in the garden and how you can attract them to your backyard, before making a bee-attracting flower bowl planter to take home and put to use.
Learn about the ocean and the land wildlife of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) at a family fun day, including traditional songs and stories, dance, kids’ activities, and environmental talks.
Young Historians Festival 7 July @ Newstead House Head along to Newstead House and experience life from times gone by, with heritage games, craft activities, musical performances, pop-up theatre, and circus acts.
Musgrave Park Family Fun Day 12 July @ Musgrave Park Be part of Australia’s biggest and best NAIDOC celebration and enjoy free kids’ rides, traditional and contemporary dance, the community elders’ tent, live entertainment, indigenous village, food, & more.
The Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Weekend 13 & 14 July @ The Abbey Museum Step back in time at Australia’s biggest medieval festival and have fun in Abbeystowe, where you will find jousting battles, archery, medieval music, street performers, medieval markets, and much more.
W H AT ’ S O N I N J U LY
Jumpers and Jazz in July
14 July @ Eagle Farm Racecourse
18 – 28 July @ Warwick
Experience the fun, atmosphere and excitement of over 400 prestige, vintage and unique cars on display, alongside roving entertainment, market stalls, kids’ rides, and food stalls.
Regional Flavours 20 & 21 July @ South Bank Experience Queensland’s premier free food and wine festival, with entertainment from celebrity chefs and industry experts, delicious food, beer and wine, live music, kids’ activities, and more.
Embrace winter, and enjoy this ten day music and art festival that is known for the transformation of the CBD streets into a living gallery with more than 100 handmade “tree jumpers”.
James and The Giant Peach Weekends from 20 July @ Brisbane Arts Theatre
Night Noodle Markets 24 July – 4 August @ South Bank
See the classic Roald Dahl book James and The Giant Peach brought to life in a tale for young and old that is a great introduction to theatre for Brisbane Kids.
Treat your senses to the amazing smells, colour and sounds of the Night Noodle Markets, with lanterns, live entertainment, dragon dancing, and lots of delicious food stalls to choose from.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic at the Races
Fandom Zone — Stranger Things
27 July @ Eagle Farm Racecourse
27 July @ Logan North Library
Dress up your teddy bear and head along to the races, where there will be colourful picnic blankets, games, furry friends, rides, and entertainment for big and little Brisbane Kids.
Mix with other tweens who are into Stranger Things and take part in Stranger Things themed craft, trivia, and other activities that are suitable for Stranger Things fans aged 10 years & over.
W H AT ’ S O N I N J U LY
Guided Walk in Karawatha Forest
Meet Wildlife Neighbours 27 July @ Downfall Creek Bushland Centre
27 July @ Karawatha Forest Park
Meet some live native animals usually found in the wetlands, bush, and even backyards, before learning about snakes, frogs, birds, lizards, and more with a wildlife expert.
Learn about the local flora and fauna on a guided walk along one of the many tracks within Karawatha Forest. After the walk, visitors can enjoy the parkland and the Discovery Centre.
Beatrix Potter Storytime
Red Hill Fair
27 July @ Banyo Library
27 July @ Woolcock Park
28 July @ Einbunpin Lagoon Park
Enjoy a special storytime session that includes stories, games and lots of fun to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters, in particular Peter Rabbit.
Attend the iconic Red Hill Fair at a fun-filled day, with rides, great entertainment, petting zoo, trash and treasure, raffles, coffee, burgers, a bar, and heaps of great stalls.
Celebrate the village atmosphere, the environment, and the diverse talents and culture, with games and kids’ activities, live entertainment, market stalls, food, and the Einbunpin!
Sensory Movie Day
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus
28 July @ various Event and BCC Cinemas See The Secret Life of Pets 2 in a non-judgmental movie session, where everyone can feel comfortable, lights are left on dim, volume is adjusted slightly, and kids are free to roam.
29 July @ Ipswich Civic Centre Watch as the man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, tumbling, and twirling, as musical mayhem and movement fuse in this family show with a circus twist.
WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST
Children’s Storytime in the Park 2 August @ Frew Park Experience the magic of storytime with an interactive storytime session in Frew Park at the Pop-up Library, including stories, songs and craft activities for young children.
Harry Potter Family Trivia Night 2 August @ Brisbane Square Library Test your Harry Potter knowledge against other members of your family at the ultimate Harry Potter trivia night that will include trivia and games themed around the Harry Potter books and movies.
3 August @ Caboolture Historical Village
Enjoy a day of family fun at Strawberry Fields, where you can visit for a day of strawberry picking and enjoy some of the extra activities being planned especially for this day.
3 August @ Redland Performing Arts Centre
9 – 18 August @ Brisbane Showgrounds
Bring the family along to this year’s Pine Rivers Show for a jam-packed, fun-filled day of wonderful entertainment, attractions, competitions, fairground rides and, of course, showbags.
3 August @ Strawberry Fields
Go fossicking for gems, see live demonstrations and amazing gemstones, and maybe even walk away with some treasure at this annual event hosted by The Caboolture Gem Club.
2 – 4 August @ Pine Rivers Showgrounds
Strawberry Fields Family Fun Day
Step into a magical world of wonders and wacky contraptions in this quirky tale of friendship with a touch of Mr Bean; perfect for kids aged 5 – 12 years and their families.
Pine Rivers Show
Get excited as the country makes its way to the city, with wood chopping, horse jumping and whip cracking, plus all the excitement of Sideshow Alley, carnival rides, live entertainment, and EkkaNITES.
WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST
Caboolture Family Fun Day
Grand Avenue S. S. Ekka Fun Day
12 August @ Centenary Lakes Park
14 August @ Grand Avenue State School
Head to Centenary Lakes Park to enjoy rides, stage shows, activities, show bags, market stalls, food, and a kids’ zone full of free fun, including workshops, arts and crafts, face painting, and more.
Bring the family for a fantastic day out on the Ekka public holiday, with heaps of awesome funfair rides for all ages, food options, market stalls, drinks, sweets, games, fireworks, and much more.
Brisbane Science Festival
Behind the Scenes Tour
17 & 18 August @ South Bank Piazza
17 August @ Queensland Museum
18 August @ QUT Gardens Point Campus
Celebrate Science Week with a weekend of interactive science, including smoke cannons, liquid nitrogen, flame tests, explosions, interactive activities, and special guests.
Take a guided tour behind the scenes for a unique chance to see the priceless collections up close and learn more about how the Museum stores and looks after precious objects and specimens.
Japanese Cultural Day 18 August @ Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha Celebrate Japan Week with traditional Japanese music, a tea ceremony, calligraphy, ikebana, kimono dressing, and taiko drumming in the beautiful Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha.
See the latest developments in robotics and interactive design at Robotronica, a groundbreaking one-day event featuring live demonstrations, performances and discussions.
The Strawberry Festival 24 August @ Sandstone Point Hotel Feast on strawberries at the annual Strawberry Festival, featuring live entertainment on stage, rides, live music, kids’ activities, and lots of delicious strawberry-inspired foods and drinks!
PLAN AHEAD EVENTS
RedFest 6 – 8 September @ Redland Showgrounds Experience Redland City’s premier event, with world-class entertainers, rides, spectacular fireworks, a strawberry eating competition, and an illuminating lantern parade.
Guide Dogs Open Day 7 September @ Guide Dogs Queensland Overdose on cuteness as you meet the gorgeous guide dogs, see them in action, and learn all about the important work they do at the Guide Dogs Open Day.
Green Heart Fair 8 September @ Carindale Recreation Reserve Have fun at Brisbane biggest and greenest sustainability fair where there will be sustainability displays, entertainment, activities and markets, plus the Brisbane Billycart Championships.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 20 – 29 September @ Toowoomba Take a drive to the Garden City and enjoy an awesome program of family-friendly entertainment, with amazing parades, day festivals, live entertainment, kids activities, a night garden, &more.
Brisbane Festival 8 – 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 and others require tickets.
Nundah Village Street Festival 8 September @ Nundah Village Head along to this annual community festival that boasts live bands and street performers, competitions, street stalls, the famous town crier, & much more.
Sunsuper Riverfire 28 September @ South Bank See Brisbane’s world class display of fireworks fired from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops, plus aerobatics from the Super Hornets and helicopters set to an amazing soundtrack.
ARAN GU T
INGSD SIGAHRT ANTEE
RANT UA E
BRISBANE’S BEST DAY OUT! June to mid-October is the season for whale song at Tangalooma. With over 33,000 whales expected to pass by Moreton Island on their annual migration, it’s an unmissable event! $5 donated to The Kids’ Cancer Project for every whale sighted!
Book your whale watching day cruise today at tangalooma.com/whalewatching 48