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 and star gazing, there’s no excuse for a boring holiday!

Get back to nature

Get back to nature and take kids from 0-5 years on a free Bush Kindy guided walk through Karawatha Forest Park or Boondall Wetlands. Walks are held on Fridays at both locations during the January school holidays. 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.  There's no need to book for Bush Kindy or Bush Buddies, but kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Family movie night under the stars

Get comfy and enjoy a family movie night at our free community-focused Outdoor Cinema in the Suburbs events across Brisbane. We've got plenty of family favourites screening as part of this program, so find a movie in a park near you and get there early for food trucks, entertainment and fun.

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, kayaking, or stand up paddling. 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.

Art attack

Head to one of Council's 33 libraries for free maker space craft workshops. These sessions are targeted to specific age groups, so check event information to find a suitable workshop for your child. There's even young adult workshops for teens aged 14-17 years! Maker space is the perfect boredom busting activity for young, artistic minds.

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. 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.

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.

You could also take the kids to see local musicians perform in Brunswick Street and Chinatown Malls in Fortitude Valley for Valley Fiesta Fridays, every Friday afternoon from 2-4pm.

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. 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 originally published in December 2018. It was updated in January 2020 for the school holidays.

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Last updated:10 January 2020
Topics: things to do