10 ways to keep kids happy
Going out with the kids can be an arduous task. They get tired, they get hungry, they get bored! But take a look around Brisbane and you’ll find, whether your children are into space, art or nature, there’ll be something out there that fits the bill. Here are 10 great ideas to get you started.
1. Lone Pine Sanctuary
If you and your kids are lovers of nature and animals, head to Lone Pine Sanctuary at Fig Tree Pocket. Lone Pine boasts the largest koala sanctuary in the world.
2. The State Library
There’s a full day of fun to be had at the State Library, with an entire section devoted to children. The Pen Plan Parlour runs daily from 10am to 4pm and The Corner boasts a range of activities from interesting instruments to arts and crafts. There’s also Kids Yoga every Wednesday between 10am and 2pm and Rhyme Time every Thursday between 10am and 3pm.
3. CityFerries and CityCats
For a relaxing day out, check out the sights of Brisbane aboard a CityFerry or CityCat. The ferries offer a slower pace and more cross-river stops. Together they give access to most places along the river, with 24 terminals stretching from The University of Queensland at St Lucia to Northshore Hamilton.
The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is a fantastic destination for space lovers, with captivating movies all about space sure to hold the attention of the fussiest kids – complete your outing with a babychino at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens next door.
5. Wynnum Wading Pool
If you love the great outdoors without the fuss, the Wynnum Wading Pool, built during the 1930s, will have parents relaxed and children delighted. The “tidal pool” fills with seawater at high tide and is only thigh-deep. Squirting whales and a nearby playground make this a fun and safe day out.
6. Wellington Point
On the mainland, Wellington Point Reserve offers a great day out for youngsters. The kids can throw in a line from the jetty, climb the huge fig trees, or just enjoy an ice-cream and watch sailboats gliding by. Picnic under ancient Moreton Bay Fig trees while watching the kids enjoy the playground. At low tide you can even walk to King Island.
7. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
For those hoping for a closer brush with nature, there’s no going past the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Hide 'n' Seek Children’s Trail. Children and adults alike can enjoy the purpose-designed walk through the gardens, stopping and learning about particular plants and wildlife along the way.
8. Cultural Centre Precinct
The Cultural Centre at South Bank provides a full day out – if not more – with activities and exhibitions to appeal to the entire family. The Gallery of Modern Art is a feast for adult eyes, while the interactive Children’s Art Centre will inspire little artists in the making. If science and history piques your interest, then head to the nearby Queensland Museum where you’ll find fossils, mummies, flora and fauna as well as a fantastic dinosaur display, complete with a Dino Activity Zone for the kids.
9. Streets Beach
Australia's only beach in the middle of a city, Streets Beach is one of South Bank's most popular attractions. The whole family will enjoy this unique man-made swimming beach overlooking the brilliant Brisbane River. Spend all day and visit the interactive playgrounds, where children will love to swing, climb and slide. The beach is patrolled by experienced, professional lifeguards seven days a week.
10. Brisbane Arts Theatre
Brisbane Arts Theatre is the place to go for kids and adults who love theatre, music, dance and meeting colourful characters. Rapunzel, Three Little Pigs and Disney's The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty and James and the Giant Peach are just some of the great shows being performed in the 2015 Children's Season. Tickets start from $16 with discounts for large groups.