What's on this school holidays at South Bank

Enjoy fun and inspired family-friendly events and activities taking place at South Bank over the summer school holidays.

Holly Jolly Kids

Holly Jolly Kids – Elf Academy and Ballet workshops

Free | 14 – 23 December 2018, 3pm – 7pm | Little Stanley Street Lawns

If fun is on the wish-list, then South Bank’s Holly Jolly Kids activities are the solution! Head to South Bank any afternoon in the week before Christmas for some elf-y mischief at the Elf Training Academy, or some try your hand at the Queensland Ballet’s workshops for tiny dancers. Both located on the lawns near South Bank Piazza, the Elf Training Academy will teach kids how to hula hoop, tightrope walk, juggle and more, just like a nimble elf. Aspiring ballerinas will be excited to learn some simple steps from Queensland Ballet dancers, based on their production of The Nutcracker.


Prices vary | Daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 9.40am - 5pm | Queensland Museum

Ignite your imagination in SparkLab, the new Sciencentre experience at Queensland Museum. Follow your curiosity and bring out your inner scientist as you question, investigate and wonder about the world around you. Explore 40 interactive exhibits across three zones and discover how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) affect our everyday world.

Snow4Kids 2018 Christmas Edition

Ticketed | 14 – 23 December 2018, 9am – 9pm | South Bank Piazza

Snow4 Kids is back this summer with snow and fun to take the heat out of Christmas holidays. Book some tickets for the kids to chill out in the real snow blanketing the South Bank Piazza for the holidays leading up to Christmas. Head to the event website for tickets and more information – please click here.

APT9 Kids

Free | 24 November 2018 – 28 April 2019, 10am – 5pm | QAGOMA

The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern’s Arts signature program, the Asia Pacific Triennial, is back this summer! A blockbuster exhibit that takes over the majority of the gallery spaces, APT9 has a dedicated kids program based on works from artists all over the Asia-Pacific region. From computer-generated design, to photo moments, hands on craft and workshops, APT9 Kids is the perfect way to spend a day (or two) embracing their creative sides this summer (please note: closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Xpress Fun Train

Xpress Fun Train

$5 per person | 15 December 2018 – 27 January 2019, 10am - 5pm | South Bank Parklands

The Xpress Fun Train is a trackless train that will wind its way around South Bank Parklands, it's a perfect family adventure! Running throughout the summer holidays (except New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day), the Xpress Fun train runs a continuous loop around the Parklands, to the delight of young passengers!

Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Ticketed | 14 - 22 December 2018, show times vary | Lyric Theatre, QPAC

Tiptoe through the land of sweets with Clara in this timeless tale, told by the beautiful dancers of the Queensland Ballet. Suitable for ages 6 and up, tickets for this very popular annual production usually sell out, so secure your seats quickly. Head to the QPAC website for ticket information – please click here

A Christmas Carol QPAC

A Christmas Carol

Ticketed | 7 – 16 December 2018, show times vary | The Playhouse, QPAC

This dark and mysterious production by shake n stir theatre company is the perfect solution for tweens and teens these holidays. Journey with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future as per the Dicken’s classic. Head to the QPAC website for ticket information – please click here.

The Sleeping Beauty

Ticketed | 16 - 19 January 2019, show times vary |The Playhouse, QPAC

Performed by some of Brisbane’s most talented young dancers, the Ballet Theatre of Queensland’s annual fairytale productions are a wonderful way to introduce children to the theatre. Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous music, this production is full of fairies, princesses and beautiful costumes. Head to the QPAC website for ticket information – please click here.

Monkeys Queensland Museum

Monkeys! A Primate Story

$12 per person | Daily except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 9.40am - 5pm | Queensland Museum

Go bananas for the world of primates at Queensland Museum’s latest exhibition, Monkeys! A Primate Story. With 60 taxidermy figures and skeletons to marvel at, this maze-like exhibit is both fun and educational. A new and exciting monkey fact, display or activity is revealed around every corner, so take your time to be fully immersed in the indoor jungle this holidays.

Deadly 60 Down Under

Ticketed | 4 January, 10am and 1pm shows only |Concert Hall, QPAC

Back by popular demand, Steve Backshall and his bag of weird, wonderful and deadly animals will be at QPAC on 4 January for two shows only. Kids love Steve’s tales of predators from all over Australia, with audience interaction, question time and of course, photos with deadly snakes! Head to the QPAC website for ticket information – please click here.

The Illusionists

The Illusionists

Ticketed | 9 – 15 January, show times vary |The Playhouse, QPAC

Who doesn’t love a magic show! Some of the world’s best magicians, illusionists and performers are coming to Brisbane, to close the school holidays with a puff of smoke (and mirrors). Suitable for all ages, expect fire, levitation, mind reading and disappearing acts! Family ticket packages are available. Head to the QPAC website for ticket information – please click here.

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