Swap ‘bored’ for ‘busy’ these school holidays

Brisbane City Council has lots on offer to keep kids busy these school holidays ­– from creative pursuits to BMX riding, skating, outdoor adventures, and stargazing, there’s no excuse for a boring holiday!

Get back to nature

Get back to nature and quench their thirst for wildlife learning by visiting one of Council's three environment centres these school holidays. Take kids up to five years on a free Bush Kindy guided walk through Karawatha Forest Park, Boondall Wetlands or Downfall Creek Bushland Centre. Walks are held throughout the holidays at all three locations. For older kids from 6-12 years, the free Bush Buddies program at our environment centres lets kids take part in nature adventures, art and craft, games and more.  Bookings are required and kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Find a library and so much more

Our 33 libraries offer a hive of activities and events to keep your kids entertained over the holidays.  There is a whole host of free and low-cost events including movie screenings, coding lessons, family trivia, gardening workshops, STEM activities and more. The Pop-up Library also visits seven parks across Brisbane every fortnight and offers interactive First 5 Forever children's storytime sessions. Search for library events near you.

Chermside Library

Art attack

Our libraries aren't just for books. They also offer free maker space workshops. These sessions are targeted to specific age groups, so check event information to find a suitable workshop for your child. There are even young adult workshops for teens aged 14-17 years! Maker space is the perfect boredom-busting activity for young, artistic minds.

Choose your own water adventure

Get kids to choose their own Brisbane water adventure by picking from a range of free and low-cost water activities like windsurfing, sailing, or kayaking. Check event information for cost, age, requirements and whether bookings are needed.

If classes aren't your thing, BYO your own paddle craft (kayak, canoe, stand up paddleboard) and head to our of Council's river and recreation hubs located in our River Access Network, for an afternoon of fun on the river.

Outdoors and outer space at Mt Coot-tha

Pack a picnic and head to Mt Coot-tha precinct. Enjoy the lush surrounds of Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha. Add a spot of stargazing at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, or hit the Mt Coot-tha Forest walking tracks, or try your hand at an outdoor cooking workshop. For mountain bike riders and adrenaline junkies, Mt Coot-tha features over 23 kilometres of mountain bike trails. Remember to check the difficulty ratings first!

Make like a BMX bandit

Kids can show off their freewheeling, flairs and flat spins at one of our BMX parks. Our parks cater for different skill levels (from beginners to more experienced riders) and include dirt tracks, built-up dirt hills and jumps.

Skate the day away

If skateboarding, longboarding, scootering or blading is more your kid's style, there are 39 skate parks across the city to choose from. Kids can learn the basics, improve skills, land new tricks and have fun at skate and scooter events these holidays.

Splash into spring at a pool

If you're ready to make a splash these school holidays, head to one of Council's 22 pools. Many pools have water play areas and aqua parks for hours of water-based fun for kids and toddlers. Water play areas have a range of features including slides, mushroom fountains, drop buckets, lily pads, worms, bubblers, and water jets.

Newmarket Pool

Daytime dancing

Do your kids love to dance? There's a stack of free and low-cost school holiday dance activities at libraries and parks. Hip hop is always popular, but there's also Zumba, cultural dance and more.

Playgrounds and pooches

Wear the kids out, with a trip to a local park. With more than 2,100 parks across Brisbane, you're spoilt for choice. Explore a new park like the ocean-themed playground at Sandgate Foreshore, or the recently completed playgrounds at Chalk Street Park in Lutwyche and Hanlon Park in Stones Corner. Need some help? Use our featured park suggestions.

Find a dog park and take the dog and kids for some exercise.

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This blog was updated in September 2021,

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Last updated: 7 September 2021
Topics: things to do