What's on this school holidays at South Bank

Enjoy fun and inspired family-friendly events and activities taking place at South Bank this school holidays.

Queensland Ballet Kids Photo Credit Jason Starr
Holly Jolly Kids – Queensland Ballet sessions 15-23 December, South Bank Parklands. Photo by Jason Starr.

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Free | Daily until 11 February, various times | Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Take a wild and wonderful journey through significant moments in Yayoi Kusama's career in Life is the Heart of a Rainbow including the immersive interactive The obliteration room.

Queensland Ballet's The Nutcracker 2017

Prices vary | 8 - 16 December, various times | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Enter a magical world of festive wonder when Clara’s gift of a nutcracker comes to life! There’s mischievous mice, toy soldiers, a handsome prince and a blizzard of ballerinas in the Land of Sweets ruled by the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.

Xpress Fun Train at South Bank

$4 kids, $5 adults | 9 December – 21 January, times vary | South Bank Parklands

Steam your way around South Bank on the Xpress Fun Train these school holidays (please note the train is not operational on 25, 26 and 31 December and 1 January).

Emily Brown and the Thing

$35pp or $30pp for groups of 4+ people + transaction fee | 12 – 23 December, 10am and 12pm shows | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Join Emily and her old grey rabbit Stanley on a mission in search of the Thing’s missing cuddly. Emily Brown and the Thing is told with original music, beautiful puppetry, physical storytelling and comedy.

South Bank’s Christmas Village

Free | 15 – 23 December, 3pm-7pm | South Bank Parklands

Let your festive season be merry and bright at South Bank’s Christmas Village! Held in the South Bank Parklands from 15-23 December, the Village features free yuletide glee to suit all ages including kid’s activities as detailed below.

South Bank’s Christmas Village – Holly Jolly Kids – Queensland Ballet

Free | 15 – 23 December, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm sessions| South Bank Parklands

Join in the Christmas fun with Queensland Ballet! Children over the age of two are invited to get festive and dance the afternoon away with half-hour sessions starting on the hour.

Christmas Carols Kid

South Bank’s Christmas Village – Holly Jolly Kids – Create a Christmas Carol

Free | 15 – 23 December, 3pm-7pm | South Bank Parklands 

An interactive performance for children, who are asked by our lovable musical characters to help create the next Christmas hit!

South Bank’s Christmas Village – Holly Jolly Kids – Christmas Craft

Free | 15 - 18 December, 3pm-7pm | South Bank Parklands

Create your very own Bauble Elf, Christmas Card, or Christmas Tree Ornament to help you get into the spirit of the season!

South Bank’s Christmas Village – Holly Jolly Kids – Christmas Craft

Free | 19 – 23 December, 3pm-7pm | South Bank Parklands

Come along and get creative this Christmas with your very own wearable art reindeer crown creation plus song, craft and storytelling and games!

South Bank Christmas Fireworks Family

South Bank’s Christmas Firework Spectacular, presented by eatSouthBank

Free | 20 – 23 December, Nightly at 7:45pm | South Bank Parklands

Head to the Clem Jones Promenade and make your Christmas wish as the 8pm fireworks light up the summer night sky.

The Little Mermaid

Prices vary | 17 – 20 January, various times | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Experience the magical underwater world as Ballet Theatre of Queensland proudly presents its enchanting ballet, The Little Mermaid.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

Prices vary | Daily until 28 January | Queensland Museum

An exclusive exhibition featuring artefacts, interactive games and displays revealing how gladiators lived and how they trained.

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