8 family friendly things to do in the City

Do you remember visiting a big city as a kid? Towering skyscrapers, bright lights, chic shops, people in suits, sweet treats – it was a new adventure with plenty of rewards (hello ice cream). 

Travelling into the CBD is an exciting and memorable way to spend a day together as a family, and Brisbane City has plenty to offer – from hands-on activities for young children right through to free dance classes and a thrifty clothing market that will even keep tricky teenagers entertained. 

Here are eight things you can do in Brisbane City with kids - big or small.

Relax in a park with Gigs & Picnics

Gather the family, pack a picnic rug (or borrow ours) and spend a lazy afternoon lounging in the sunshine. Once a month on a Saturday, the City Botanic Gardens come alive with food trucks, free live music and hundreds of people picnicking. There’s plenty of space for kids to run around in the gardens while you relax to sweet mellow jazz sounds, modern reggae and dub vibes, gypsy swing and more. The line up of food trucks and live music is different every month.

Head to the Museum of Brisbane on Sundays

The Museum of Brisbane is an absolute gem and there’s always something new on or cool happening. Sunday is family day at the Museum of Brisbane, with family-themed tours and activities revolving around current exhibitions. Bring young ones along to the third floor of City Hall for free activities that will have the kids learning and creating while having fun. Children of all ages also love riding up the Clock Tower, and timed tour tickets are also free.

Dance the night away with Latin Friday Nights

Latin beats and dancing feet take over Reddacliff Place every Friday night. Wear your dancing shoes and join a passionate, pumping crowd that loves to shake their hips. The DJ plays fun, fresh and modern Latin music that teenagers and pre-teens will love. It kicks off at 8pm with a dance lesson, so grab dinner in the city and then wander over for a fun and safe dance street party that goes until late.

City Sounds

If you love live music, you’ll love the City Sounds. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Australia’s largest free live music program presents local and touring bands and artists on stages in the Queen Street Mall, Post Office Square and other locations around the CBD. Expect everything from alternative and folk, to jazz and electro – you can check out who is playing this weekend here.

Stretch out with the Medibank Feel Good Program

You no longer need to cross the river to access free fitness classes. The Medibank Feel Good Program is hosting two outdoor yoga classes in Queens Park on Tuesdays. Classes are suitable for all ages and experience levels and are held at 7-7.45am and 5.30-6.15pm until 27 November.

Rediscover the city with a Brisbane Greeter

Have you ever noticed the brass animals above your head as you walk along Adelaide Street? It’s amazing how many little facts and secrets the Greeters know. Book a free walking tour with a Brisbane Greeter and have them show you and your family the CBD in a whole new light. You can book a general greet, or request a special topic – like street art, architecture or war history – to suit your family’s interests.

Eat your way through the Jan Powers Markets

Jan Power Farmer Markets, Image Jared Vethaak

Every Wednesday the country comes to the city when one of Brisbane’s best farmers’ markets pops up in Brisbane Square from 8am-6pm. Take the kids along to meet farmers and producers, buy fresh produce and pasta, taste cheese and jams, and find meat, seafood and hot smoked salmon to take home. Arrive hungry for the hand-picked food stalls, where you’ll find everything from fresh juices to falafel pita wraps to indulge in for lunch. Find out why this weekly CBD market is a must-visit yourself.

Find new threads at Suitcase Rummage

Suitcase Rummage

Everything old is new again at the Suitcase Rummage. Twice a month this market sells vintage, clothing, bric-a-brac, artwork, books, jewellery, shoes, records, handmade goods and more in Brisbane Square. Each stall holder brings along a couple of suitcases with goods to sell – some sell handmade creations, others are clearing out their wardrobes. It’s a great place to pick up cheap second-hand fashion – bargaining, cloth swapping and haggling isn’t uncommon! 

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