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How to keep the kids busy during the winter school holidays

During the school holidays, there’s one small phrase that can give any parent a feeling of dread.

‘Mummm, Daddd, I’m bored’.

Fortunately, it’s something you won’t need to hear if you’re in Brisbane during the June/July holidays. With mild temperatures and stunning blue-sky days, the Brisbane region comes alive over winter. This year’s holiday period is jam-packed with kid-friendly activities, events and experiences your whole family can enjoy. 

It’s the perfect time to get the family outdoors and explore the natural splendour Brisbane and its regions have to offer — and keep the kids entertained at the same time.

Keep the kids happy in Brisbane

These holidays, Brisbane city will be full to the brim with boredom-busting activities. You just have to know where to look. From indoor exhibitions and theatre to outdoor experiences in the heart of the city, there’s something exciting for kids of all ages and interest areas. 

Discover LEGO®  Wonders of the World at the Queensland Museum |18 June – 4 October

Presented by Lego Masters Australia’s Brickman, the Wonders of the World LEGO® brick exhibition at the Queensland Museum will inspire your kids with its block-busting creativity. This jaw-dropping exhibition will take you on an interactive trip through history, featuring 50 LEGO® masterpieces that together took over 1.3 million bricks and 5000 hours to create.

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Become a junior keeper at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary | 26 June – 10 July

Give your little animal lover the opportunity to experience life as a wildlife keeper, with the Lone Pine Junior Keeper for a Day program. Working with the Sanctuary’s trained professionals, they’ll take on the daily jobs of a keeper, including animal training, enrichment activities and food preparation. They’ll even get the chance to cuddle a koala.

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Have a full-day outdoor adventure at Riverlife | 30 June – 9 July

Whether abseiling the Kangaroo Point Cliffs or kayaking in the Brisbane River, Riverlife’s Adventure Rangers Day Camps are an action-packed way to get your 8+ kid away from screens and into adventure.

Under the supervision of Riverlife’s qualified adventure leaders at Kangaroo Point, they’ll spend the day enjoying the outdoors while you spend the day enjoying a little ‘me’ time.

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Ride a Dinosaur Time Machine at Brisbane Powerhouse | Tue 29 June - Sat 3 July 2021

Take a trip to the Jurassic with the hit kids show Dinosaur Time Machine at the Brisbane Powerhouse. A sometimes-educational and always-funny mix of science, circus, puppetry and imagination, the show will give your family’s resident dinosaur lover an unforgettable prehistoric experience.

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Perfect your swing at Victoria Park Golf Course

Located just 5 mins outside Brisbane’s CBD, Victoria Park Golf Course is a guaranteed hit with the whole family. Swing by for putt-putt on the 18-hole course, join the fun in the giant games area and enjoy lunch in the bistro while the kids play in the custom-built adventure playground.

Find out more: https://victoriapark.com.au/whats-on/school-holidays/

There’s more to experience outside the city

Take the kids on the road and you’ll find even more in the Brisbane region for them to explore. Within an hour’s drive of Brisbane you’ll discover edge-of-your-seat entertainment, festivals, workshops and regional experiences you won’t find anywhere else.  

Have a day out with Thomas at The Workshops Rail Museum | 26 June – 11 July


Peep-Peep! Meet Thomas the Tank Engine, the Fat Controller and all your other favourites at The Workshops Rail Museum at Ipswich these holidays. The Day Out with Thomas exhibition is jam-packed with Thomas-themed activities, including puzzles, play areas, activities and more.

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Discover 25 ways to entertain the kids in Ipswich

Just 30 mins west of Brisbane, Ipswich has cemented itself as a key destination for holiday boredom-busting, with over 25 kid-friendly experiences on offer. From enjoying dagwood dogs at the Rosewood show to building your own snowman at Snow4kids in Springfield, you’re guaranteed to discover something new. 

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Get up close with ocean’s gentle giants in Moreton Bay

Spend the day on board Brisbane Whale Watching’s purpose-built whale watching vessel for an unforgettable up-close experience with southern humpback whales. During the winter migration sightings are 100% guaranteed — making it the perfect time to take the family to meet and greet these gentle leviathans of the deep.

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Take part in the tournament at the Abbey Medieval Festival | 2 July – 4 July

Travel back to the days of yore and discover authentic sights, sounds (and smells) of the Middle ages at the Abbey Medieval Festival. An immersive re-enactment experience, you can watch as knights in full armour compete in combat displays and jousting. Then, explore the encampments to experience everyday life in a different era. Buy your tickets online by June 30! 

Get closer to nature at Redlands Indigiscapes Centre

The Indigiscapes centre is the home of nature education in the Redlands. As part of the centre’s holiday program, kids can join Ranger Stacy to meet native frogs, reptiles and mammals in an interactive wildlife show. There’s also nature photography workshops, fairy storytelling, orienteering and more. Or, simply relax and enjoy the 14.5 hectares of native bushland, tracks, and nature playground at your leisure.

Be part of Humpty Day at Summer Land Camel | 28 June


Discover a new favourite farm animal at Little Farmer Humpty Day, hosted by Summer Land Camels, Australia’s largest commercial camel dairy. The half-day experience is complete with a farm tour, kids’ activities and camel cuddling, while adults can relax with one of the farm’s famous ‘camelcinos’.

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Delight little taste buds at the Scenic Rim’s Eat Local Week | 26 June – 4 July

For one week, the idyllic countryside South-West of Brisbane explode with culinary experiences as part of the Eat Local Week celebrations. With daily tastings, workshops and even a carrot-themed farm event, there’s plenty to keep the whole family happy — and their taste buds too. The week culminates with the Winter Harvest festival on July 3 in Aratula – with free unlimited rides for the kids.

For more information on the school holiday activities click here

Experience the aeronautical thrills of the Brisbane Air Show | 3 July – 4 July

Get set for thrilling aerial acrobatics at Brisbane Air Show, as aircraft of all shapes and sizes take to the skies over the scenic Brisbane Valley.  Just a short 1hr drive from Brisbane, there’s plenty to see both above and at ground level, with World War II fighters, Jets, Helicopters, skydivers, live music, an amusement park and more.

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For more school holidays ideas check out our guide to school holidays in Brisbane