21 things to do on a rainy day in Brisbane

Whether you are looking for something fun to do with the family, a dry and high place for brews with pals or have friends and family visiting from afar, we've put together a guide to keep you busy in wet weather.

Instead of watching the pitter-patter on the window, enjoy this list of fun activities in Brisbane that will entertain both young and old (while staying dry).

Fun with kids

Kids at The Workshops Rail Museum

1. Ditch the gumboots and rain coats for interactive exhibitions at the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre.
2. Keep them curious with art at QAGOMA.
3. Little ones will stay engaged with free activities, books and games on offer in The Corner at the State Library of Queensland.
4. For a fun, hands-on, play-based learning day visit the Abbey Museum.
5. Explore the world of trains and locomotion at the Ipswich Workshops Rail Museum.

(discover 40 things to do with kids and how to keep teenagers entertained here)

Undercover bars

Brooklyn Standard

6. Welcome the weekend with a few laughs at Knockoff, featuring free comedy from the best local talent each Friday from 6pm at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
7. Check out the scene at CBD bars Brooklyn Standard and Miss Kay's with a brew or two. Better yet, check out our list of cosy bars or the best bars in Brisbane.
8. Catch live music at Lefty's Old Time Music Hall with local and touring acts busting out epic jams and country tunes until late. Do drink a whisky apple or three. 
9. Unwind on a leather couch with a boutique beer and listen to live music at Foxy Bean’s on Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm.
10. Head to Cork & Chroma and learn how to paint at Brisbane’s first and only paint and sip studio – all you need to do is bring the wine.  

Cultural Precinct

Queensland Art Gallery 
11. Get cultured at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art where you can experience exclusive exhibitions.
12. Catch a world-class show at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Want to know what's on? Try these must-see musical performances.
13. Complete your day by matching your cultural experience with a dining experience at the hatted GOMA Restaurant, The Charming Squire, or The Manhattan Line.

Active indoors

FREE Sunday Salutations at Lululemon

14. Get drenched (in perspiration) as you keep living that active Brisbane lifestyle indoors. We've rounded up yoga studios here.
15. Challenge yourself with a rock climb at Crank Indoor Climbing, or try the classes in parkour or obstacle training.
16. For the kids, little and big, introduce some friendly competition at Strike Bowling at the Wintergarden, test your ice skating moves at Iceworld or jump around at Bounce.

Take a rain check 

Princess Polly, Adelaide St, Brisbane

17. Now is the perfect time to treat yourself. Take cover while discovering more than 1000 stores tucked away in the world-class centres and historic arcades along Queen Street Mall.
18. For something even more relaxed, check out changing exhibitions at the Museum of Brisbane.
19. Catch-up on the Oscar-nominated films at the restored New Farm Six Cinemas.
20. Take the whole day and pamper yourself at one of these nine luxe day spas.
21. Scrub up on your skills with a specialised cooking class at James St Cooking School or Mondo Organics.

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