School holiday fun in The City
Looking for fun and interesting things to do with the kids during school holidays or for a memorable family day out? We've compiled this list of great activities on offer in The City.
Learn about Brisbane with a Greeter
A free Brisbane Greeter tour is a great way to discover fun facts about the city. Each tour can be customised to your group's interests, so it's an enjoyable outing no matter what your age. Be sure to register your interest a few days in advance.
Ride the CityCat
Feel the wind in your hair as you cruise around the Brisbane River on a CityCat. Sit up front to see all the sights as you make your way into the CBD. Depending which way you travel, you may see the New Farm Riverwalk, the Story Bridge, or South Bank. The two stops that will get you into the city are Riverside (at Eagle St Pier) or North Quay near the Treasury Casino. Check the Translink website for fare and timetable info.
From 21 June to 14 July King George Square is transformed into a winter wonderland. Expect an ice skating rink (including Kanga skating aids), rides, markets and music.
Until July 14 take a trip down memory lane as you putt your way around 9 or 18 mini-golf holes inspired by your favourite Pixar films, including Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc., Wall-E and more.
Celebrate the school holidays with a MoB Kids school holiday program inspired by Brisbane. Free arts and activities and hands-on workshops with professional artists and designers are on daily. Activities include Colour Portrait Keychain, Painting with Light, Robotics Programming with Robotics Playground, Junior Coding for Creative Storytelling and Games and more.
Event Cinemas, The Myer Centre
Catch the biggest family-friendly films on the big screen at Event Cinemas, on the top level of The Myer Centre. The cinema also regularly offers promotional deals for families.
Roma Street Parkland
Jump aboard the Parkland Explorer at Roma Street Parkland. This trackless train provides an alternative to the guided walks within the parkland and operates Wednesday-Friday between 10am and 12.30pm and Saturday-Sunday between 10am and 3pm.
While you’re there, bring a picnic rug and use the Parkland’s many barbecue facilities, or visit the Melange Cafe on site. The Parkland also offers beautiful large lawn areas, gardens and artworks you can explore.
The Elizabeth Picture Theatre delivers glitz and glamour with its Golden Age visage. Step back in time with the family and explore the Tara Room, formerly a ballroom whose roof has been preserved so you can feel that little closer to the stars. The heritage-listed building offers full food and beverage service in selected cinema rooms.
City Botanic Gardens
A must-visit for kids in Brisbane City is, of course, the City Botanic Gardens. It’s Brisbane’s oldest park, originally planted by convicts in 1825 with food crops to feed the prison colony. The gardens include ancient trees, rainforest glades and exotic species and run the full length of Alice St. It’s the perfect place to take the family for a picnic, or dine in at The Gardens Club. There's also the Riverside Gardens Markets held each Sunday from 8am-3pm.
Planning an adventure these school holidays? Take the kids and discover fairies in Brisbane CBD. From secret fairy doors, magical fairy lights and hidden nooks in The City, there’s plenty to explore.
Strike Bowling, Wintergarden
Home to 12 bowling lanes and a laser-tag arena, Strike Wintergarden is a fun-filled paradise for children and adults alike.
The Cube, QUT Gardens Point
Housed in QUT's Science and Engineering Centre, The Cube is one of the world's largest digital interactive learning and display spaces, consisting of 48 multi-touch screens soaring across two storeys. The Cube regularly hosts hands-on programs for kids during school holidays, with an exciting line-up of new coding, robotics, and technology-based workshops.
Littlies High Tea, Shingle Inn City Hall
For a memorable outing take the children to the historic Shingle Inn at City Hall and enjoy a traditional high tea on the first Monday of each month. It's a lovely way to create a beautiful family tradition.
Brisbane Square Library
Expand your child’s creativity and join the Brisbane Square Library for its extensive educational program featuring story time, entertainment and arts and craft in the Children's Lounge on Level One.
Family-friendly dining options
Keep little tummies happy with family-friendly dining with everything from free meals at Bavarian Bier Cafe at Eagle Street Pier, to watching your pizza and pasta made right in front of you at Vapiano. Don't forget to keep space for a sweet treat afterwards! For a full list of dining options in the City, head here.
While you’re in Brisbane City, why not take the kids shopping and kit them out in the latest looks of the season. The City has everything from department stores David Jones and Myer offering the latest designer looks for kids, and buys that are easy on the hip pocket from Target and Big W, to great Australian boutiques Seed Heritage, Country Road and Cotton on Kids. Plus there are delights for all tastes and ages to take home and enjoy thanks to National Geographic and EB Games.
FunHouse, The Myer Centre and iPlay, Albert St
There is a whole world of gaming fun to have at FunHouse in The Myer Centre. Buy your tokens, play lots of games, count your tickets, then redeem for awesome prizes! Or battle it out at iPlay with favourites including Dance Dance Revolution, Tekken7, Jurassic Park and a photo booth to capture all the fun.