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School holidays: 11 fun things to do in Brisbane

Do your kids treat you like an entertainment manager as soon as school holidays hit? Stress no more, we’ve got you sorted. Here are the perfect activities to plan in your local patch to keep those “I’m boooored” comments at bay.

1. Discover a hidden world of parks in Fitzgibbon

Whether you have kids, or are just a big kid yourself, Fitzgibbon’s Hidden World Playground is a magical park with some seriously cool play equipment. Let the kids’ imaginations run wild as they explore the colourful huts, climbable sand creatures, wobble bridges and slides. On the other side there’s a dedicated dog park so even your fur baby can enjoy the outdoors. Continue the fun up the road at Flinders Park, or head out on one of the bush paths that meander beside Cabbage Tree Creek at Taigum.

2. Go wild at a free water park

Perfect for kids of all ages, Rocks Riverside Park in Seventeen Mile Rocks offers a jam-packed family day out, with a water-play area and two playgrounds to choose from. The lush green open spaces are perfect for ball games, kites and more, while you sit back and enjoy the sprawling shade by the Brisbane River.

The water park features are awesome for little adventurers navigating the miniature river rapids, while older kids will whiz through the sky on the flying fox before scaling the nautical-inspired playground. Industrial artifacts and sculptures are also scattered throughout the park, providing an interesting talking point for the kids and nodding to Rocks Riverside Park’s history as a commercial farm and cement quarry.

3. Catch a flick

The hip inner-city suburb of Red Hill has plenty of hidden gems, including the Five Star Cinema on Enoggera Terrace, painted in impressive street style art that is worth checking out. While the Red Hill Cinema opened in 2019, this family picture theatre business has been in Brisbane for decades - the Sourris brothers, Stephen and Peter, are the passionate movie lovers behind the Five Star Cinema brand, and refurbished the New Farm Cinemas in 2013, The Elizabeth Picture Theatre in 2017, and grew up with the Yatala Drive-In, originally built by their grandfather. So, grab some popcorn and a choc top – or even a wine and pizza from the snack bar - and enjoy retro style and an old school cinema experience.

4. Become a park ninja-warrior

Find your inner ninja at the Park Warrior course in Guyatt Park, St Lucia. Designed for adults and children aged 12 years or over, the track takes you on a range of ninja obstacles challenging your fitness, strength, agility, and coordination. For the little ones, there's still plenty of fun to be had in the junior playground close by as well as plenty of picnic and barbeque facilities.

5. Bend and snap at Yeronga

Have fun while you get fit at Balance Brisbane in Yeronga where you can improve your balance, strength and flexibility. With classes available for kids, teens, adults and seniors, this fitness space is all about helping you stay mobile and confident at every stage of your life. Choose from a range of classes including ninja classes for kids, gymnastics and tumbling, and kids’ birthday parties are also available on site to keep cheeky little monkeys happy.

6. Craft your own pottery

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of making something from scratch. Channel your inner ‘Ghost’ and craft your own pottery masterpiece at The Ceramic Studio in Indooroopilly. They cater for beginners, regulars and kids.

7. Ice skating at Boondall

Strap on your skates at Iceworld’s Olympic-sized ice rink for a unique workout option or family activity that’s been making locals smile for more than 30 years. Whether you opt for figure skating, ice skating for beginners or hosting a kid's birthday party, laughs are guaranteed as well as a fun day out. Don’t worry, if you’re not doing backflips like figure skating champion Surya Bonaly, you can cosy up at the coffee shop to watch all the action.

8. Crack the code at Cube Escape Room

For something different to do on the northside, head to Everton Park and experience the thrills of the Cube Escape Room – great for children’s birthdays, Christmas parties or just a fun day out. You and the kids will be locked into a room with 60 minutes to escape, but the only way out is to crack codes, discover clues and solve mysteries and puzzles. Will you get out in time?

9. Enjoy a cuppa, cuddle a cat

Cat Cuddle Café in Lutwyche is Australia’s only Cat Café run by a rescue and is the pur-fect environment for kiddy cat lovers to enjoy and interact with some of our rescue cats, and a enjoy a sumptuous range of vegan and vegetarian, savoury and sweet foods. You will also find an op shop - a browser’s delight of pre-loved and retro fashion and accessories, homewares, books and toys. With an eclectic mix and new stock daily, no two visits are the same.

10. Join a Junior Ranger program

Warril Parkland at Larapinta makes for a wild family day out. Navigate your way to this bush camp-themed playground with flying foxes and a lake - all part of the local Oxley Creek Transformation. There's also a lakeside boardwalk and pontoon, as well as birdwatching and space to picnic with barbecues.

Can’t tear the kids away at the end of the day? Sign them up to Oxley Creek Junior Ranger Program for a range of activities for children of all ages, including the Warril Parkland Discovery Trail, as well as activities for home or school.

11. Make like the Karate Kid

Martial arts, Taekwondo, Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, have grown enormously in recent years. If you hale from Red Hill or Kelvin Grove and surrounds and are after a different kind of workout, you can learn some new skills at BTC Martial Arts and self-defence on Bishop Street. It offers classes for beginner martial arts, black belts, competitors, of all ages and fitness levels.

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