What's on and open in Brisbane these school holidays

Okay kids, teens and parents of Brisbane, it’s time to break free (not literally!). As restrictions ease in time for school holidays, make sure you have the latest on all the free or low-cost activities you can do. It’s almost as exciting as that first post-iso birthday party!  

Whether you’re into bubble soccerroller skiing, audiobooks or outer space - we’ve got you covered for Brisbane school holidays. It’s time to hit the libraries, parks, environment centres and the Planetarium for holiday kicks.  

The sky's the limit

To infinity and beyond! Whether you are into stargazing or want to get your science fix, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium makes a great day out with free entry into the building and display zone. Learn how our planet supports all its ecosystems, as well as human life, with a brand new 13-metre exhibition, Earth, Our Blue Oasis or catch a show at the venue’s giant 12.5-metre Cosmic Skydome. With five kids' shows each day and two new shows on offer – Europe to the Stars and The Sun: Our Living Star - you’ll be spoilt for choice these holidays.  

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium displays

Book-worming is cool

Want to escape these holidays? Head to your local library to borrow books – or order ahead from our online library catalogue, where you’ll find 150,000 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, music and video streaming services, perfect for winter holiday lazing. For extra inside-fun inspo, check out the Brisbane Libraries Facebook page for Makerspace and STEM activities, children’s gardening workshops, online storytime for littlies, book trivia and more.  

Get into the wild

Are you an environmental warrior or do you just love nature?  All three of our environment centres are open these school holidays, hosting activities from guided walks to nature journaling sessions where you can sketch what you see.  

Not into drawing? Come and join a nature photography class and capture Brisbane’s most stunning natural landscapes– no fancy cameras needed, just a phone camera! 

Every Friday, Bush Kindy walks will give little brothers and sisters a chance to explore the plants, insects, and ecology of the Karawatha Forest and Boondall Wetlands.

Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre interactive display

Creative call-back

Embrace your inner artist with our youth hub, Visible Ink, reopening in time for the holidays. Creative teens can hook up free access to a rehearsal space, multimedia room, art area, printing and equipment hire (including PA systems, projectors, cameras, studio lighting kits, microphones and more).  

Book your slot early, because the limit of 20 people at one time (and just two people per room) means VisInk space will be in high demand!

Teens can take advantage of equipment hire at Visible Ink

Thrills with Chillout

Feel the thrills with our free Chillout program, which has more than 120 events for older kids and teens under 18 years these holidays. We’ve scheduled some really fun stuff – skateboarding, kayaking, cooking workshops, abseiling, lantern makingZumba, soccer, fishing, rock climbing, giant board games and circus skills – so bookings are essential.  

Chillout longboarding workshop, Murarrie Recreation Reserve

Snap happy

Photography fans get snapping. The Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards 2020 open on 8 July and there’s $1500 up for grabs for the student category. (That’s a lot of holiday cash!) All the entry and eligibility details are on our website, just remember to get your entry in by 8 August.

Quality grandparent time

Kids under four years can buddy up with Grandma and Grandpa for a bunch of holiday events, like Hollywood fun in a drama workshop or trying to land the catch of the day by learning the knots, tips and tricks of fishing. These fun holiday events are part of Council’s GOLD’n’Kids program, designed for little locals who love hanging with family members who are revelling in the joy of growing old and living dangerously. 

Get a move on

Switch screen time for greenspace these holidays. Join giant games in New Farm Park or try your hand at kayakingwater rocket activities and heaps more in our Active Parks program, happening in more than 50 local parks across Brisbane.  

Some of these parks also have access to our river and recreation hubs that offer short-term docking of private and commercial vessels. Our river hubs, as well as our new public pontoon at Riverhills and existing pontoon at West End, provide the perfect place to launch for self-guided family paddling adventures. 

Fitness fun games at Peter Lightfoot Oval, Middle Park

Take a dive

We are reopening some of our pools in time for the school holidays – so if you’re ready to make a splash, find your closest local and heated swim spot. We will continue to be guided by the Queensland Government and Queensland Health prior to reopening pool facilities.  

You little (botanical) beauty!

Race the clock, crack the clues and discover the natural gems hidden within the Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. We’re lining up treasure hunts for kids aged 5-12 years, with a special hunt for those under five.  

Or if you’re more interested in art, gather coloured leaves, seeds and flowers to create a masterpiece as part of an Art of Nature class, or sketch and press plants, just like the first European botanists. 

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha

Play time 

There’s nothing wrong with opting for a good old-fashioned playground in the holidays and we have some epic playgrounds across the city that are more like space-aged wonders.  

Council has lots on offer to keep you busy playing these school holidays ­– from creative pursuits to BMX riding anskating, so check out our haul of holiday entertainment to keep the boredom at bay.

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Last updated:23 June 2020
Topics: things to do