23 things to do for kidults (yep, that’s you)
Updated: 21 July 2021
Bring back playtime, we say. And we’re not the only ones. Release the inner ‘kidult’ inside and get around these epic activities to do around Brisbane.
This is a list of fun things to do for the wise in years but young at heart.
1. Fly through the trees
Zip line along huge flying foxes through the scenic forest of Mt Tamborine, or get the adrenaline pumping with more than 100 treetop challenges. Thunderbird Park is the ultimate outdoor adventure park.
You read that correctly. Built in 1885, the old Presbyterian Church in the Valley long ago farewelled religion and reopened as an 18-hole mini golf course and bar known as Holey Moley. Sink balls, drink beers and compete against friends on the insanely themed holes. It’s loads of fun.
Remember when you were a kid (you would have been smaller and not chained to a desk 9-5?) and exercise was just an incidental part of life? Bring it back at Bounce – a giant indoor trampoline park that’s so fun you’ll forget its exercise. That is, until you can’t laugh the next day because your non-existent abs ache. So jump around and cut some sick shapes while practicing all the moves you used to do on your own backyard trampoline, you know you want to.
Wine makes everything more fun, and painting is no exception. Perfect for date night or small groups of friends, try Cork and Chroma’s paint and sip sessions and come away with your own unique piece of art.
5. Get around a frozen Marg
Yes, the adult version of slushies, perfect for any time of year in Brisbane. Frozen Margaritas are bringing back the nostalgia of your youth with an adult twist, and El Camino Cantina have it sorted.
And for your childhood record, ‘blue’ is not a flavour.
Vault Games hosts a range of social events for those lovers of games out there. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and get your competitive side out.
7. Look at the stars, look how they shine for you
Take your merry self to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium at the base of Mt Coot-tha. Inside marvel at the wonders of the universe projected onto the 12.5m projection Cosmic Skydome, explore the night sky with an astronomer, or drop in for a doco screening.
Learn to walk again… on ice. The suburbs of Acacia Ridge and Boondall are both home to ice-skating rinks. If you’re not yet a pro skater, you’ll wish you were small again so your centre of gravity was lower.
9. Throw some axes
Limber up and get ready to hurl some axes. Aim for the bullseye and have some fun along the way. Maniax is the place to go and it also offers food and beverage packages to really get the fun started.
Eat ice-cream, need we say more? But not just any old ice-cream — handmade, preservative and additive free ice-cream with the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients. Lick! not only tastes like a creamy delight, it offers wicked flavours that will keep you coming back to try out all the combinations. For the kidult, we recommend Redskin Whaat!, Oreo Cookies and whatever the rotating special is. The last one we tried was Milo and Whisky...drool.
11. Explore GOMA without the art talk
Does anyone else read the artwork descriptions for children rather than the academic artist statement at QAGOMA? #realtalk.
12. Bowl away the competition
When was the last time you went bowling? Organise a small group of friends and head to Strike Bowling in the Wintergarden. It features 12 bowling lanes and afterwards you can kick on at one of The City’s many great bars or stay and play laser tag, pool or do karaoke.
Jump into a transparent kayak with a night light and paddle over sunken shipwrecks. Do it at dusk and you’ll see the sun dip below the horizon before your eyes. The team also run snorkeling and four wheel drive tours, sand and surf, across stunning Moreton Island landscapes. So dreamy.
14. Need for speed – on two wheels
Get on ya bike (no training wheels needed) and ride Brisbane’s river loop or other cycling paths here. If you don’t have your own bike, hire a CityCycle. Don't forget your helmet.
15. Play arcade games
Timezone is long gone, but Funhouse next to the Myer Centre Event Cinemas and Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq Toombal. Drop some coin and play. Also make sure you explore Netherworld at the bottom of Brunswick Street for the perfect combo of beers and nostalgia. And B.Lucky and Sons have a comprehensive selection of arcade games on offer including basketball, shoot-em-up, boxing, car racing and more. The neon lights will draw you in and the signature alcoholic bubble tea will keep you coming back to try all the flavours.
16. Be a real-life detective
Gather your smartest friends and head to Escape Hunt in West End, Exitus at Strike Bowling in Wintergarden or Fox in a Box on Edward Street. The challenge is to solve the crimes and escape the rooms before the time is up.
17. Shoot each other in laser tag
Visit Brisbane’s home of laser tag at Laserzone. Laserzone has a world class multi-level (yes, you read that correctly) laser arena. While you’re there check out the bumper cars and retro arcade, your inner kid can thank us later.
Good news, we’ve rounded such bars up in a list. Whether you want to play pool, trivia, darts or giant boards, chances are Brisbane has a few bars offering such.
Wandering through Toys R Us as a kid, did anyone else always want one of those mini battery powered jeeps? Get hold of the adult sized version on Moreton Island and quad bike over sand dunes with Tangalooma Island Resort.
20. Live life in the fast lane
No, not the fast lane on the Pacific or Bruce Highway. Jump into a go kart at Slideways in Eagle Farm or Kingston Park Raceway in City of Logan and race around the long straights and fast bends of each track.
21. Embrace science with child-like curiosity
Indulge your curiosity at SparkLab Sciencentre. This interactive museum will have you playing in flowing mist, testing your super human strength by lifting a fridge and making 30,000 volt sparks fly. Essentially, you will be a superhero.
22. Ready, set, climb
Chalk up your hands and head to Urban Climb in West End or Rocksports in Fortitude Valley for indoor rock climbing. If you're wanting sunlight, then the Kangaroo Point cliffs can offer the real thing – the view at the top isn't bad either.
23. Thrill seek
With more thrills and spills than you can poke a stick at, the Warner Brothers Movieworld, Seaworld and Dreamworld theme parks are an easy way to keep kidults entertained. The bigger the rides, the better.
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