Affordable activities for kids - Visit Brisbane


Affordable activities for kids

Keep the kids entertained these school holidays with a range of activities from arts and culture, to active and outdoors. Read on to find a list of the top low-cost or completely free activities that Brisbane has to offer. 

Arts and culture

1. Spiders: The Exhibition comes to Queensland Museum from 6th December to 4th May 2020. Thrill, excite and educate your children on the fascinating and often feared spider species. 
Cost: Adults $15.50, Concession $13.50, Kids $12.50

2. Escape the crowds with your children at Brisbane Square Library's Children's Lounge on level one for art, craft and storytelling suitable for kids aged 4-10 years. 


3. For the budding artist, why not take a trip to Gallery of Modern Art? Here you can experience interactive instillation and artists projects that inspire and challenge young minds. 

4. Youngsters will enjoy a visit to the State Library of Queensland for Kids Corner with reading fun and games. Kids under 8 years old can explore and engage in the creative hands-on and minds-on experience of a digital exhibition, online games and reading activities. 

5. The Ipswich Art Gallery has a dedicated children's gallery that includes a full program of exhibitions curated for little ones. Allow them to unleash their inner engineer with Ball Run or become a real life Bob The Builder with Construction Site Building Blocks interactive exhibit.

6. Take the kids on an exciting tour of Brisbane City Hall's clock tower. The guided tour runs every 15 minutes. Book online to secure your spot. 

7. Choo Choo Choose to take the kids to The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich (entry fees apply). The train will have little ones lit up with excitement as they explore a real-life Thomas the Tank Engine departing from and returning to The Workshops Rail Museum on Steam Train Sunday. 
Cost: Adult $14.50 Child (U15) $11.50 Concession $12.50 Family (2A+1-4C) $44.50 Child (U3 not occupying seat) Free

8. Imagine what life was like for prisoners back in 1883 with a tour of Boggo Road Gaol
Cost: Adult $27.50 Teens (12-17yrs) $20.00 Child (5-11yrs) $15.00 Child(under 5) FREE Family $59

9. Explore South Bank from a different perspective with a Greeters tour. Departing 10am daily from the South Bank Visitor Information and Bookings Centre. Bookings essential 24hrs in advance. Call (07) 3029 1797 or email [email protected]

The Cube at QUT

10. Meet the world's most scientifically accurate, life-sized, digital dinosaurs at QUT's The Cube. Find The Cube's whole program here. From 10am-4pm. 

11. Young film buffs and those who just want to be entertained will enjoy catching a flick at the South Bank Cineplex. There's always something for all ages, and with prices this affordable, the whole family can go! Weekends and evenings after 6pm 
Cost: Adults $8.50 Students $6.50 Children (2-12) $4.50.

12. If your kids need to stretch their creative muscles, try Sprouts in the Park. In the Children's Garden at Roma Street Parklands, kids can paint, play, and grow their own fun. 
Cost: May require a small fee. 

13. Steal the kid's attention and give it to the the poor souls who did arts degrees. Brisbane Art's Theatre presents a stellar children's program throughout the year and the school holidays is no exception. 
Cost: Tickets from $14 - $18.

Active and outdoors

Little Days Out

1. So the younger nippers don’t feel left out, bring them along for one of South Bank’s Kids Collective programs. Held daily 9am-1pm every Thursday, kids can participate in dance, art and craft workshops while having plenty of fun. 

2. Check out Brisbane's best local parks. Kids will have fun running, jumping and climbing while you sit and relax. That looks like a win-win to us!

3. Wow kids with the spectacular view from Mt Coot-tha. Take the drive yourself, then stop in at the Botanic Gardens to wander the Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail

4. Ahoy there! Little sailors will enjoy a day out at the Queensland Maritime Museum where they can explore the decks, engine room and staff quarters of the warship Diamantina. 
Cost: Adults $16 Child $7 Concession $14 Family $38

5. Explore the river city with a cruise along the Brisbane River. The CityCats are quick, easy and cost only a few dollars for maximum enjoyment.

6. Pack a picnic and head to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre where you can hang out with a real-life Blinky Bill. 

7. Escape to the seaside at Redcliffe, Wynnum or Manly with hot fish and chips or an ice-cream. 

Family get back to nature at the Lost World

8. Hit the road with a day trip to the Greater Brisbane region. Check out our list of tourist drives that boast scenic views wherever you go. 

9. Stop and smell the roses, dandelions and gerberas with a visit to Roma Street Parkland

10. Send your kids off on a Riverlife adventure for the day on a school holiday ranger camp. They could get involved in kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, laser tag, segway tours and bike riding through Brisbane along with making a whole group of new friends. 
Cost: From $99

11. Feel the wind in your hair with a bike ride around Brisbane. Hire a bike, ride your own or join a tour. The warm spring weather is the perfect excuse to get outdoors. 
Cost: Tour from $69pp with Brisbane by Bicycle or hire a CityCycle for $2.

Victoria Park Putt Putt

12. Make like Aussie golf champion Adam Scott and try your hand at golf (or mini golf for mini people). Victoria Park Golf Course offer putt putt golf which makes for a perfect family day out. 
Cost: Family $14 a head.

13. Explore cascading waterfalls, expansive lakes, and trickling waterholes near Brisbane. Be sure to keep an eye out for native wildlife on your adventure! 

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