Things to do with kids in Brisbane - Visit Brisbane


Things to do with kids in Brisbane

Updated: 19 July 2021

Looking for ideas to entertain the kids for an hour or a weekend? Look no further – we've compiled the ultimate list of things to do on hot days, rainy days, quiet days or adventure days.

1. Connect with wildlife

Have a koala-ty time and cuddle with a koala, view platypus, pat a llama or feed fish – discover Brisbane’s wide range of wildlife parks, zoos and animal farms.

2. What's on at Kids Collective

Spend a morning playing, creating and discovering with your child at Kids Collective, South Bank’s free children’s program. It takes place on Thursday mornings, with locations and activities changing so there’s always something new to enjoy.

3. Explore local parks

Plan a barbecue, relax by the river or entertain the kids at one of Brisbane’s best local parks. There are plenty of awesome playgrounds to tick off the list – start today.

4. Get out on the river

Riverlife offers a wide range of adventure activities to keep people of all ages busy. Try kayaking on the river, abseiling down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs or riding a Segway.

5. Burgers and bowling

Head to the Wintergarden centre in Queen Street Mall and book a lane at Strike Bowling. Afterwards, treat participants to burgers at Grill'd.

6. Rediscover Brisbane's past at Fort Lytton

Built in 1881 and used for the defence of Brisbane until the end of the Second World War, Fort Lytton is an important historical site in Brisbane and not far from the Brisbane CBD. The fort is open almost every Sunday and most public holidays, with free entry and tours. Check online for the next re-enactment or cannon-firing event.

7. Go for a dip at South Bank

The Boat Pool is making a splash, Aquativity is ready for the kids, and Streets Beach is looking as good as ever. Pop by South Bank for a free swim in the parklands. 

8. Learn about how food grows

Not far from Streets Beach the kids can discover exotic plants, fragrant herbs, talk to their dedicated gardener volunteers (onsite at various times throughout the year), and learn about inner-city gardening at South Bank’s tranquil Epicurious Garden.

9. All aboard a steam train

Choo choo. The Workshops Rail Museum is an award-winning interactive heritage and cultural experience located at Australia's oldest operating railway workshop. Tour the active heritage workshops in Ipswich and see the state's steam fleet being restored.

10. Turn their world upside down

Flipside Circus offers workshops to young people and their families – head along to a school holiday workshop, drop in for a free trial or sign up for a term.

11. Join a free Brisbane Greeters tour

Let the Brisbane Greeters teach you something new about Brisbane. These volunteers host free three-hour tours in Brisbane about almost any topic you can think of.

12. Satisfy a need for speed

Take the kids go-karting at Slideways in Eagle Farm or Kingston Park Raceway in Logan and let them test their skills against each other and the clock.

13. Eat your fill

Eat Street Northshore is Brisbane’s bustling Asian-style night market with fairy-lit alleyways of shipping containers down by Hamilton Wharf. Eat your fill on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Hot tip: don't forget to take some cash. There is an entry fee and some stalls take cash only.

14. Explore Roma Street Parkland

Take the kids on a stroll through the designer gardens and sprawling lawns, pack a picnic and utilise one of the parklands' many barbecues, let the kids loose on the playgrounds or enjoy the year-round calendar of events. You can also book a free guided tour that the kids are sure to enjoy.

15. Ready, set, go

UQ Sport Kids will keep children busy playing tennis, swimming, doing track and field or joining in for fun activities at the Kids Club. Check out the full program details here.

16. Take a mini break on an island 

Escape the city and head for one of the islands where wide, golden, sandy beaches and refreshing aquatic waters to swim in come standard. Discover more about Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island.

17. Urban Xtreme

Burn off all the energy at this wonderland of adventure activities. There is something for everyone and at all age and skill levels. Choose from indoor ski + snowboard sessions, ninja + parkour, trampoline and laser tag - game on.

18. Stop for a round of putt putt

Take the kids to enjoy mini golf at Hillstone St Lucia. The premier golf course sits within a backdrop of lush foliage and natural landscape. Navigate a series of slopes, hills, curves and beds amongst exquisite gardens and with four levels of difficulty you can make things fair.

19. Have a boogie with free live music

Listen to the sweet sounds of local musicians at South Bank lawns or while you shop at Queen Street Mall thanks to City Sounds, start your weekends with Friday Night Jazz at Studio 188, or kick back on QPAC’s Melbourne Street Green for Front Yard Music and enjoy generous helpings of iconic genres including Latin, jazz, rock, folk, soul and pop.

20. Take the family to the farm

A short drive from Brisbane lie a number of homely farm stays where you can take the family to have an authentic farm experience. Take a look at our favourite farmstays here.

21. Look at the stars

The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is the perfect chance for kids to learn about the stars, planets and what's out there in the sky. Head along to see re-creations of the night sky in the Cosmic Skydome, see fragments of asteroids and spacecraft models, and watch short feature shows.

22. Hike through our national parks

From heritage-listed rainforests to sand islands and bushland – discover a new national park near Brisbane to horse-ride, fish, bushwalk or cycle around Brisbane this summer.

24. Go for a scenic drive – we’ve found 23 for you

Pack the car, take a picnic and travel the road-less-explored to discover hidden pockets of nature and history surrounding Brisbane. We have found 23 scenic drives in the region surrounding The City.

26. Get reading at the State Library of Queensland

The State Library of Queensland has a special Kids Corner with reading fun and games. With the support of parents and families, kids can explore and engage in the creative hands-on and minds-on experience of a digital exhibition, online games and reading activities. Bookings are essential to attend children and family activities and can be done here.

27. Take to the trees

At the TreeTop Challenge the kids will have the ultimate adventure experience as they undertake the 100-plus TreeTop challenges spread over six huge courses, spanning through 10 acres of unspoilt natural bushland combining rope and wire challenges.

28. Magical bookstores just for children

West End's Where The Wild Things Are and Manly's The Mad Hatters Bookshop are two special stores that stock a massive range of children's literature and picture books. Check the store websites for special author events, workshops and more.

29. Enjoy one of Brisbane's top day trips

Make the most of this beautiful weather and get out and about with the best day trips from Brisbane.

30. Art in the 'switch

The Ipswich Art Gallery always has a great program for children, including exhibition features and special events. 

31. Picnic Island Green at South Bank

Picnic Island Green is the perfect family-friendly destination. Make the most out of summer holidays by enjoying the out-doors with your family. Bring snacks and pack a picnic meal with the use of the free barbecue facilities and let the kids burn off some energy at the state-of-the-art playgrounds.

32. Back to Medieval times

Go back in time to view a priceless collection of antiquities and fine arts from around the world at the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology

33. Explore the gardens

The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at the base of Mt Coot-tha feature a wonderful display of plants and attractions including a Japanese Garden, Tropical Dome, Freedom Wall, self-guided walks, Cactus Zone, Bonsai House and Hide 'N' Seek children's trail, and the Planetarium is right nearby.

34. Discover the history of the River City with Museum of Brisbane Kids

The Museum of Brisbane brings our city's vibrant art, culture and history alive right in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. Found in City Hall, the Museum runs its MoB Kids program through the school holidays.

35. Brisbane by Bicycle

Join a fun, easy-paced Brisbane By Bicycle tour and discover a new side to Brisbane. The authentic and informative tours run alongside the Brisbane River daily and can be booked online.

36. Catch a show at Brisbane Arts Theatre

Come and see the fabulous cast at the Brisbane Arts Theatre as they put on a selection of kid friendly shows. With a rotating children's program there is bound to be something to suit every little human and their parents too. Check out the program and book online.

37. Play around with the interactive Cube

As the world’s largest interactive learning display space, The Cube at QUT is designed to inspire the next generation of thinkers and is a fun way to encourage interactive and hands-on learning experiences.

38. Thunderbirds are go

Find treasure-filled thundereggs formed when dinosaurs roamed Earth, play laser skirmish in a jungle setting, tackle the high ropes course at TreeTop Challenge, enjoy a horse trail ride through rainforest or play a game of adventure mini golf at Thunderbird Park in the Scenic Rim.

39. Play a round of Supa Golf

Get the whole family involved with a game of Supa Golf at the 9-hole course at Sirromet Winery.

40. High tea for little ones

For a memorable outing, take the children to the historic Shingle Inn at City Hall and enjoy a traditional high tea fit for any Prince or Princess. It's a lovely way to create a beautiful family tradition.

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