23 things to do for kidults (yep, that’s you)
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 for the wise in years but young at heart.
1. Fly through the trees
Zip line along 11 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, 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 glass of frosé
Yes, the adult version of slushies, perfect for any time of year in Brisbane. Frosé is essentially frozen rose wine, bringing back the nostalgia of your youth with an adult twist, and Stokehouse Q have it at the bar.
And for your childhood record, ‘blue’ is not a flavour.
Once a fortnight, Vault Games host a free boardgames night at the Fortitude Valley Grill’d. Drop in for dinner, make new friends and incinerate them over a game of Sushi Go (our personal fave).
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 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.
Surround yourself with pink in a #pinkparadise. El'rosa have created a happy place where you can consume exceptionally pretty, whimsical beverages such as the fairy floss milkshake or coffee. Pretty In Pink, eat your heart out.
10. Lick! Ice-cream
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 our 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. Once you’re done with the exhibitions, confidently stride into the Children’s Art Centre and get your craft on. Embrace your young side this season with The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9).
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 after you can kick on at one of the city’s many great bars or stay and play laser tag, pool or do karaoke.
13. Hit the water with Australian Sunset Safaris
Jump into a transparent kayak with a night light and paddle over sunken ship wrecks. 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 plaths here. If you don’t have your own bike, hire a CityCycle.
15. Play arcade games
Timezone is long gone, but Funhouse next to the Myer Centre Event Cinemas and iPlay on Albert St near Topshop have all the latest arcade games. 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. The new 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 or Exitus at Strike Bowling in Wintergarden. The challenge is to solve the crimes and escape the rooms before the time is up. Escape Hunt has three mysteries with two of each room – meaning you can split up and race teams to solve the problem.
17. Shoot each other in archery tag
Yes you get bows and arrows, and no the bows don’t have sharp, pointy ends to hurt people. Similar to dodgeball, in archery tag you use bows with foam tips to hit your opponents and knock ‘em out. Play it at the Archery Arena in Macgregor south of Brisbane.
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 biking 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 super hero.
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. Enter another world
Put down the gaming remote and prepare yourself for a whole new level in social gaming. Zero Latency has taken over a warehouse space in Newstead to create a free-roaming, multiplayer virtual reality centre, that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the game - get your game face on.
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