Are you scratching your head and wondering what fun school holiday activities Brisbane has to offer your kids?
Fret none, we’ve done OUR homework and compiled a huge list of Brisbane school holidays ideas for you. This list will take the hard work out of thinking about the best ideas of things to do in Brisbane with kids these September 2021 school holidays. Our comprehensive guide of the best school holiday activities over the September/October school holidays will help make your life so much easier!
We’ve listed what to do in Brisbane, where to go and what’s on for Brisbane school holidays this spring! Got teenagers? Find things to do with teenagers in Brisbane (that aren’t lame!) too.
State schools finish on Friday 17 September and return to class on Tuesday 5 October 2021.
Spring school holidays in Queensland are Saturday 18 September to Monday 4 October 2021.
Kids activities Brisbane – free, cheap or GO BIG!
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This article is an ‘at-a-glance’, go-to resource for parents listing the best things to do school holidays Brisbane style! If you are looking for school holiday programs in Brisbane where you can leave your kids to be looked after while you work or take care of other responsibilities, then we have that covered too.
School holiday activities Brisbane
Give spelling, punctuation and grammar a miss for a while with these fun school holiday ideas. From the Brisbane CBD to the suburbs, our comprehensive guide has listed a bunch of school holiday ideas. These will ensure the kids are kept happy and you will be stress-free over the school break.
Things to do in the Brisbane school holidays
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Fun things to do in the school holidays Brisbane:
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20 free school holiday activities Brisbane
As the old saying goes – the best things in life are free. School holidays don’t have to break the bank (or your wallet). These ideas are the best free school holiday activities for the September school holidays that Brisbane has on offer.
QUT The Cube
The Cube is one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces consisting of 48 multi-touch screens and soaring across two storeys in QUT’s Science and Engineering Centre. It is a must see for any young budding scientists.
The Cube delivers unique interactive digital learning experiences which communicate science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) concepts and bring research to the public. During the school holidays, they run hands on activities and experiences for children. You can find out more about The Cube here.
Located at the beautiful South Bank, Queensland Museum provides an interesting and educational day out. Queensland Museum is the State’s centre for natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement. Home to permanent and changing exhibitions and collections, the museum also provides innovative public programs, educational experiences plus holiday and early childhood activities. Find out what is happening at Queensland Museum here.
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
QAGOMA’s Children’s Art Centre works with artists to create exciting activities, books and programs just for kids. This very child-friendly space encourages children to explore art and artists from Australia and around the world. They can also play fun games, watch cool videos and get creative with make-at-home activities.
The gallery is found on the bank of the beautiful Brisbane River which makes the perfect back drop for a picnic lunch after a visit to the gallery, or there is a café onsite for all of your food and refreshment needs. You can find opening times and details of Queensland Gallery of Modern Art here.
A day out at South Bank
South Bank is known for its beautiful gardens, inner-city beach and restaurants, but it is also a fantastic place to bring the kids for a fun day out at one of the three specially-designed play areas. There is Riverside Green Playground, Picnic Island Green Playground and Aquativity. Pack your swimmers or sit back and grab a coffee while the kids enjoy the free aqua park. During the school holidays, there are many free organized activities for the kids. Check ahead as you do need to book in for some activities and others you are able to just turn up. Find out what is happening at South Bank here.
Museum of Brisbane
All Museum of Brisbane exhibitions are designed with the whole family in mind. There is something for all ages to enjoy and explore. They work with artists, musicians, designers, craftspeople and all kinds of creatives to create experiences and activities that inspire curiosity and learning. Whether you are planning a visit or looking for an activity to do at home, you will find something for each member of your family.
The museum is housed in the delightful Brisbane City Hall right in the heart of Brisbane City. We can highly recommend a tour up the Clock Tour where you will get a magnificent view of the city and learn some interesting facts about the tour as well as Brisbane. You can find more information about Museum of Brisbane here.
Swim or picnic at Settlement Cove
One great place to go for a fun (and free) swim is the Settlement Cove (Redcliffe) Lagoon in Redcliffe. Located in front of Redcliffe Parade, this 95m long paradise beside the sea is the perfect place to have a fun day out. It’s also open all year round, making it a great alternative to pools which are closed during the colder months.
There is a fenced off pool area made just for much younger children. Right beside the lagoon is an awesome shaded children’s playground. This playground includes a sand play area, swings and a slide. You can find everything you need to know about Settlement Cove here.
City Botanic Gardens
Take some time out to enjoy the great walks, history and extensive display of plants and gardens, or just kick back in one of the garden’s many shaded areas and reflect. The City Botanic Gardens Baldwin Lawn Playground is an all-abilities playground provides a variety of play experiences for people of all abilities.
The playground provides quality facilities where children of all abilities can play together in a well-maintained and safe environment. The playground provides access for children in wheelchairs and includes a mix of equipment that is stimulating and interesting for all children. Find out more about the amenities at City Botanic Gardens here.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Children and parents can explore the Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail set in the heart of the shady Exotic Rainforest in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. Collect a map at the start of the trail and follow it to make sure you spot all the surprises and amazing plant facts. The details of Brisbane Botanic Gardens are here.
State Library of Queensland
The State Library of Queensland has a special Kids Corner with reading fun and games. With the support of parents and families, kids under 8 years old can explore and engage in the creative hands-on and minds-on experience of a digital exhibition, online games and reading activities. Find out what is happening at the State Library of Queensland here.
There are more than 20 parks across Brisbane offering BMX facilities for fitness, fun and recreation. BMX facilities cater for different skill levels, but generally consist of dirt tracks, with some offering built-up dirt hills and various types of jumps. Visit your local BMX track to learn to ride, practice new tricks, improve your bike skills, or get ready for BMX racing. Find out where BMX Parks in Brisbane are here.
Adderton’s program explores justice and social issues through contemporary art exhibitions and workshops and events engaging in actions to help create change. There are new exhibitions, meaningful children’s activities, creative workshops for adults, free tours and lots more. Find more information on Adderton House here.
Brisbane City Council’s CityHopper is a free inner city ferry service for the Brisbane River. You can hop on and hop off the CityHopper at six stops between North Quay and Sydney Street, New Farm. The service runs every 30 minutes between 5.30am and midnight, seven days a week. Find the schedule for CityHopper here.
Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre
Brisbane’s environment centre, located in the Karawatha Forest Park, the Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre is the place to teach the kids about the environment. Engage them in nature and family walks through the park so they can learn to understand the impact their choices will make – now, and for the rest of their lives. There is more information on Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre here.
Daisy Hill Koala Centre
Nestled amongst eucalypt trees and featuring a large outdoor koala enclosure and many interactive displays, the Daisy Hill Koala Centre is a unique place to learn about koalas and their conservation. Wildlife Officers at Daisy Hill Koala Centre deliver talks daily at 11am and 2pm, providing information about koalas and their conservation. Find the opening times of Daisy Hill Koala Centre here.
Bike Riding on the Bike Paths
Get on two wheels and explore the city under your own (and the kids on their own) power. Brisbane is filled with bike paths around the city and around the suburbs. No matter where you are, there will be something close enough to have no excuse. Get the details of Bike Riding on the Bike Paths here.
Roma Street Parkland
The Roma Street Parkland is arguably one of the most beautiful spaces in the CBD. Check out the Spectacle Garden and try to spot as many varieties of flowers as you can, wander through the rainforest and around Fern Gully or pack a picnic and relax (or nap) under a tree in the Celebration Precinct. You can find more information on Roma Street Parkland here.
New Farm Park
Locals love New Farm Park – and it’s not hard to see why. One of the city’s most popular parks, grab the chance to sit on the grass by the river and watch the CityCats and other boats cruise up and down while embracing a riverside breeze, or drop a picnic rug under a tree in the main oval area and kick a football or throw a Frisbee with friends. Find all the details on New Farm Park here.
The Brisbane Riverwalk is one of the best ways to move between two of the city’s most vibrant precincts, whether you’re walking, running or cycling. It links trendy New Farm with the CBD via a suspended path sitting above the water, while offering a beautiful view across the river to Kangaroo Point and a fresh angle of the city. Find out more about Riverwalk here.
Mt Coot-tha Lookout
One of Brisbane’s most popular tourist attractions it is a must-see for visitors to Brisbane. The lookout boasts the best view of the CBD and well-known Brisbane landmarks. Beautiful by day and spectacular at night. There are a number of walking tracks and mountain bike trails leading from the lookout area. You can even take the Citriodora Trail down to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha or Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. Find the details about Mt Coot-tha Lookout here.
Brisbane Square Library
One of Brisbane’s most visually iconic buildings, at the top of the Queen Street Mall, the Brisbane Square Library regularly hosts kids’ events and has a kids’ section featuring interactive games and storytelling activities. Keep an eye on their events calendar for what’s on for kids. Find out about what is happening at Brisbane Square Library here.
Robelle Domain’s Orion Lagoon is Greater Springfield’s premier water park offering amazing facilities including waterfalls, water cascades, water play areas and an activities and interactive playground. The Robelle Domain Orion Lagoon Water Park is free throughout the year and a perfect kid’s activity. Find out about what Robelle Domain has to offer here.
We have a whole separate article on even more free school holiday activities in Brisbane for kids.
Cheap school holiday activities in Brisbane with kids
Want to take the kids out, but you are on a budget? That’s OK – we’ve got a list of low cost options for the school holidays. These are cheap school holiday activities in Brisbane and suburbs – all $10 or under per child – that the kids will LOVE!
Brickman® Wonders of the World Exhibition | Queensland Museum
We are so excited about this one! On now at Queensland Museum is the Brickman® Wonders of the World exhibition from 18 June – 4 October 2021! Explore history’s greatest masterpieces, brought to life by LEGO® Certified Professional, and LEGO Masters Australia judge, Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught.
From the Great Wall of China and Taj Mahal, to the Empire State Building — this world-class exhibition takes you on an interactive trip throughout history. No passport required!
Experience more than 50 awe-inspiring displays brought to life in incredible detail. From Asia, Europe, America, the Ancient Wonders, Technology and Transport, and the Great Barrier Reef, see if you can find:
- The tallest, heaviest and the most time consuming build – The Space Shuttle from this year’s LEGO Masters Australia at 4 metres tall
- The second heaviest – The Titanic at 120 kilograms
- The longest creation – Tokyo subway map at 4.65 metres long
- The second most bricks – Flying Scotsman steam engine at 164,611 bricks
- The longest build by single builder – St Basil’s Cathedral at 320 hours.
Discover the secrets behind how these epic constructions were built, brick by brick. Then create your own masterpiece!
Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre
Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre offer seasonal holiday programs during Queensland school holidays—4 times a year (Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring). Each program is packed with lots of fun nature-based activities about conservation and wildlife to help keep kids active and engaged during the school holidays. You can find more on the program at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre here.
Ipswich Art Gallery
Ipswich Art Gallery was the first in Australia to have a permanently dedicated Gallery space for children. They deliver child-centred programs that you will not see anywhere else. They have different exhibitions that are hands on for the children. This is not a place for the children to be directed by adults, it is a space for the children to really explore and self-direct. The exhibits for the children range from free to around the $5.00 mark. Find information on the latest exhibit at Ipswich Art Gallery here.
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
Brisbane City Council’s Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium features entertaining and informative shows for adults and children. All general audience and children’s shows include two parts – the main feature and a tour of Brisbane’s night sky by the Planetarium’s astronomers. Tickets start at $6.00. You can find the show times for Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium here.
Brisbane Tramway Museum
The Brisbane Tramway Museum is set in large parklands in the North West suburbs of Brisbane and features a unique collection of Brisbane tramcars and trolley buses. Six trams have been restored back to working condition and are available for tram rides. In addition, the museum holds photographs, uniforms and other items which tell the story of life in Brisbane in the first half of the 20th Century. Admission starts at $8.00. Find the details on opening hours of Brisbane Tramway Museum here.
The Abbey Museum offers a range of history-focused education programs for both primary and secondary schools. They offer a broad selection of activities and engaging experiences for history students including Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe and Aboriginal Australia. During the school holidays, they offer different activities and workshops for the kids. Prices start at $7.50. Find the program of Abbey Museum here.
Wheel of Brisbane
Another one of the fun things to do with kids, Brisbane offers is to ride the huge Wheel of Brisbane. Also located inside South Bank – the Wheel has guests ride in a fully enclosed air-conditioned gondola, and takes you 60 metres above the ground for fantastic 360 degree panoramic views of Brisbane. During the 12 minute ride, you can listen to the audio commentary, which points out attractions around Brisbane. Prices start at $14.00. Purchase your tickets for Wheel of Brisbane here.
Explore the Brisbane River on the City Cats
Another great way to explore the Brisbane River is to simply board one of the city’s iconic CityCats. CityCats are Brisbane’s public transport on the river. The CityCats go as far as The University of Queensland at St Lucia all the way down to Hamilton and operate every day with regular services every 15 minutes for most of the day, and express routes and more frequent services during peak times.
South Bank Cineplex
Young film buffs and those who just want to be entertained will enjoy catching a flick at the South Bank Cineplex. There’s always something for all ages, and with prices this affordable, the whole family can go! Weekends and evenings after 6pm. Prices start at $6.50. Find out movie times at South Bank Cineplex here.
Visit one of Australia’s largest maritime museums and discover historic vessels of all shapes and sizes. It’s a great place to visit for the whole family and the children especially enjoy exploring the BIG exhibits such as the warship Diamantina and the lugger Penguin. Tickets start at $8.00. Find out more information on Queensland Maritime Museum here.
BIG days out for the September school holidays
One or two BIG days out are sometimes a fun school holiday activity to create special memories with your kids. Here are our picks of awesome school holiday activities:
Dreamworld is the Gold Coast’s BIGGEST theme park, offering an experience for locals and tourists unrivalled anywhere in Australia. Since 1981 Dreamworld has been a place of thrills, excitement, wildlife and award-winning entertainment, and with a massive investment in NEW RIDES and experiences already underway, the only way is up for this beloved Gold Coast destination. It doesnt matter if you have toddlers, kids, tween or teenagers, there is something here to keep them all happy!
Find out more about Dreamworld here.
WhiteWater World is no ordinary water park! Co-located with Dreamworld, WhiteWater World features ground breaking technology to deliver some serious splash. Having just introduced our newest slide, Fully 6, WhiteWater World now offers guests even more value with a variety of slides and attractions. There’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Find more information on WhiteWater World here.
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The Workshops Rail Museum
The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich, Australia is a wholly interactive authentic heritage and cultural experience located at the birthplace of rail in Queensland. Make history come alive with hands-on exhibits, multi-media encounters and colourful stories coupled with huge steam locomotives and massive industrial machinery. There is lots of information on The Workshops Rail Museum here.
SparkLab at the Sciencentre
Ignite your imagination in SparkLab, an interactive science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) space, ideal for 6 to 13 year olds! Follow your curiosity and bring out your inner scientist as you question, investigate and wonder about the world around you. You can buy tickets online for SparkLab here.
Keeper for a Day
Has your child ever wondered what it would be like to work as a zoo keeper? Well they have the opportunity to give it a go in a few location in and around Brisbane. We have a list of places that the kids can live out their dreams as a zookeeper:
Iceworld™ Olympic Ice Rinks have been part of the Brisbane landscape for over 30 years, providing exclusive access to Olympic size ice rinks on the north and south side of Brisbane. Both rinks have a fully stocked skate shop…so no need to panic if you forget your socks or gloves!
Better still, both rinks have a cosy coffee shop so if you’re beginning to feel the cold, you can enjoy a hot drink and food, whilst you sit back, relax and view all the fast-paced action on the ice! Find out more about Iceworld Boondall and Iceworld Acacia Ridge here.
Victoria Park Golf Complex
Victoria Park is located two kilometres from the city centre on Herston Road, Herston. There is an awesome 18 hole mini putt putt course. You can sit and enjoy the beautiful views while having some scrumptious food at the bistro. Find all the details of Victoria Park Golf Complex here.
Riverlife Adventure Centre
Enjoy the outdoor green spaces in Brisbane’s inner city with Riverlife Adventure Centre, nestled on the river’s edge at the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. You can hire some bikes, scooters, or strap on some rollerblades and cruise along one of the city’s many bike paths, or get wet and wild with kayaks and stand up paddle boarding. Find the details and prices of Riverlife here.
Boggo Road Gaol
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) – once the largest and most notorious prison in Queensland and today – one of Brisbane’s most unique heritage sites and tourism experiences. Walk through Division 2 and discover the history of this notorious prison with one of their knowledgeable and passionate guides. Find tour times and prices for Boggo Road Gaol here.
Fox in a Box
An innovative, exciting and creative way for your children, kids and teens to have fun together in an escape room. Real-life room escape games are a type of game where everyone is together in a room and they have to work together to find clues or objects to solve a series of puzzles and escape the room within a 60 minute time frame. Prison Break and Bunker are great rooms for a younger audience. Find more information about Fox in a Box here.
Located in the Wintergarden complex of Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall, Strike Wintergarden is not a normal bowling alley and has raised the bar when it comes to entertainment in the city. Home to 12 bowling lanes, an amazing laser tag arena, pool tables, private karaoke rooms and three exciting escape rooms, Strike Wintergarden is the ultimate place for a great night out! Book a session at Strike Bowling here.
5 things to do at home these school holidays
Staying at in doesn’t have to be boring. Make some time and memories at home these school holidays.
Make an A-Z scrapbook
Using magazines see if you can find a picture of something that begins with each letter of the alphabet. To make it more difficult, try to choose a theme ‘animals’ or ‘places’ beginning with every letter of the alphabet. If you get stuck you could draw some of the things in.
Have a living room disco
Crank the music and get dancing! Pick your favourite tunes and dance around the living room. Close the curtains for a darker, more ‘disco’ atmosphere.
Listen to audio books
There is nothing better than curling up with a good book, so we know the kids will be enthralled by a good audio book. Why not pull the mattresses off the beds and make a cosy corner to listen in.
Write a letter to a friend
Get out the paper and pens (no devices, that’s cheating!) and handwrite a letter. If the kids are too little, draw a picture instead. Then next time you are out, get them to post it in a postbox.
Do chalk drawing
Take out the coloured chalk and get drawing on the driveway. This is also a great way to meet your neighbours and for the kids to make new friends.
Kids shows Brisbane
If you are looking for kids entertainment Brisbane style, why not a kids’ show or kids concert!? Here’s where to go in Brisbane for some theatre action for kids.
Kids shows at QPAC
QPAC is Queensland’s entertainment destination and the leading presenter of performing arts in the Asia Pacific. Located on the banks of the Brisbane river, QPAC is one of four organisations that make up the state’s Cultural Centre. Queensland Performing Arts Centre produces a variety of high quality children friendly shows each year, especially around the school holidays. Find show details at QPAC here.
Kids show at the Powerhouse
Brisbane Powerhouse is Queensland’s home for contemporary culture, a magnificent power station of the 1920s reborn as an arts centre on the Brisbane River. Powerkids is a program which runs each Wednesday for 0 – 5 year olds. Find out more details about Brisbane Powerhouse here.
Kids shows at QUT Garden’s Theatre
Gardens Theatre has been providing high quality entertainment for children and adult audiences alike for more than 20 years. Surrounded by the City Botanical Gardens, Gardens Point campus and a step away from central Brisbane, it’s a great place to experience professional productions. They usually run children’s theatre around school holidays. Find show times and details for QUT Garden’s Theatre here.
Kids shows at Brisbane Arts Theatre
Brisbane Arts Theatre’s intimate theatre was originally opened in 1961 and is an iconic Brisbane venue. They produce engrossing, high quality, accessible theatre. They have regular children’s theatre and you can meet the actors after each show to sign your program. The details of upcoming shows at Brisbane Arts Theatre are here.
Redcliffe Entertainment Centre
From musicals to comedy, dance and everything in between, the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre is the perfect venue for an outing with family and friends. They showcase family friendly entertainment regularly. Find out what is coming up at Redcliffe Entertainment Centre here.
Kids shows at Logan Entertainment Centre
Logan Entertainment Centre is the city’s premier entertainment and events venue. They host a great variety of family friendly shows, especially around school holiday time. Find the details of the shows at Logan Entertainment Centre here.
Kids shows at Redlands Performing Arts Centre
Redlands Performing Arts Centre proudly presents a rich and diverse program of events, performances and workshops sourced locally, nationally and internationally. With access to excellent music, drama, theatre, dance and more we appeal to a broad cross section of audiences and participants. They run a great variety of children’s shows. Find out more about RPAC here.
Kids shows at Twelfth Night Theatre
The Boutique Twelfth Night Theatre is popularly known as the theatre where every seat is a good seat and every show is the best. Located in leafy Bowen Hills yet nearby to the entertainment hub of Fortitude Valley, the boutique Twelfth Night Theatre has a long history of presenting popular and quality live entertainment for the people of Brisbane. Find out what is happening at Twelfth Night Theatre here.
Kids shows at SunPAC
Located in the heart of Sunnybank, SunPAC is a professionally equipped, multi-purpose theatre, cultural community hub and functions venue bringing arts and entertainment to the local area. They offer an enriching program of arts and entertainment as well as dedicated education and family programs designed to bring people of all ages together to learn and enjoy a range of artistic performances. Find out what is showing at SunPAC here.
Kids show at LaBoit
La Boite has a proud reputation for developing artists and audiences – with the aim to push the boundaries of theatre and create a pathway for local and national artists to mainstream stages in Brisbane and beyond. They also have some wonderful family friendly shows. Find show times and details of LaBoite here.
Kids shows at Brisbane Entertainment Centre
The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is Brisbane’s leading convention centre and event venue in the heart of South Bank. BCEC hosts concerts, conventions, exhibitions and tradeshows all year round. Find out about upcoming events at BCEC here.
Ipswich Civic Centre
Ipswich Civic Centre’s What’s On program showcases a most amazing line-up of national and international shows and performances. There is something for everybody – from classical and modern dance, musical theatre favourites, traditional, revival and modern music, to side-splitting comedy, thought-provoking drama and enthralling children’s entertainment. Show details and times at Ipswich Civic Centre are here.
Brisbane kids holiday ideas
Soooo…. what do you think? Plenty of days out ideas here to keep you and the kids entertained for the whole Queensland school holidays? These Brisbane holiday ideas are updated every term, so remember to bookmark this page.
Let us know if we missed your favourite or if you would like us to add your venue or event!
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