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School Holiday Activities in and around Brisbane

Jurassic World by Brickman

Summer in South East Queensland promises not only sun-kissed beaches and waterways but also a plethora of activities for families and individuals alike. If you’re wondering how to keep the kids entertained during the holidays or looking for exciting adventures yourself, look no further!

Here’s a curated list of unique and must-visit places and activities in and around Brisbane that promise an unforgettable summer experience.

1. Jurassic World by Brickman®

Step into a world where dinosaurs roam once again, but this time in LEGO® form! Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught’s reinterpretation of Jurassic World using over 6 million LEGO® bricks is a spectacle you wouldn’t want to miss. From gigantic dinosaur replicas to iconic scenes, relive the magic of Jurassic World at Queensland Museum. Secure your tickets today at Queensland Museum. Book your tickets here.

Thomas & Friends the Colour Tour

Thomas & Friends the Colour Tour

2. Thomas and Friends: The Colour Tour

From 27 December 2023 to 26 January 2024, Queensland Museum Rail Workshops, North Ipswich, welcomes the enchanting world of Thomas & Friends™. Climb aboard a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine, enjoy carnival rides, arts and crafts, and much more. Book your tickets for this rail-tastic adventure at Queensland Museum. Ideal for those with younger families of kindy and early primary school age. Book your tickets here.

3. Imaginator

Part of the recent wave of immersive experiences, Imaginator (Formally Imaginaria), is a colourful playground where imagination and technology collide to ignite your senses. This audiovisual experience can be taken at your own pace, allowing you time to imagine, explore, play, and capture the memories on camera. Imaginator is reasonably priced with a family of 4 admitted for $88. Children under 3 years of age are free. Find out more or book your tickets here.

4. Brisbane International 2024

Catch the excitement as Brisbane International returns to the Queensland Tennis Centre from 31 December to 7 January 2024. With family fun days, hot shots tennis, and appearances from Grand Slam champions, it’s a tennis extravaganza not to be missed. Check out the Brisbane International 2024 field. A ground pass for the day is awesome value at just $60 for 2 adults and 2 children.  Grab your ground pass or tickets here.

Brisbane Museum: Rearranged Art of the Flower

Brisbane Museum: Rearranged Art of the Flower

5. Museum of Brisbane Activities

There’s so much to see and do for all ages at the Museum of Brisbane during these school holidays. Create Petal Patterns inspired by MoB’s new exhibition Rearranged: Art of the Flower, craft a paper-hand-puppet at Carnivorous Plant Paper Puppets, create your own wearable art in the Flower Power Badge Studio, stitch up a storm at the Pom Pom Cactus Studio, or experience the Teen Gelli Printing to learn the magic of monoprinting.

6. Hologram Zoo

Recently winning TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of the year, Hologram Zoo is the world’s first-ever. Using laser technology to project animals and scenes in the air all around you, is a unique experience bound to spark imaginations. Dream of experiencing Japan’s Festival of Cherry Blossoms? Dive into this holographic journey and discover more about Asia’s rich culture and history with the latest exhibition Asia Hologram Experience. Be quick though this is showing for a limited time only! Learn more here. 

7. Save a Mate Ranger – Gold Coast

For the animal lovers, experience a day in the life of a Paradise Country Ranger. This is a drop-and-go program that’s tailor-made for primary-aged children. From feeding kangaroos to encounters with koalas and meerkats, it’s an animal lover’s dream come true. Discover more and book here.

8. Arts & Crafts Workshops

Does your kiddo love to get creative? Then these art and craft workshops hosted by a passionate and expert team just 30 minutes south of Brisbane’s CBD could be just what you’re looking for. Let your child’s creativity shine in guided painting sessions and hands-on tie-dye adventures. From mini crystal lamps to textural artworks, it’s a day filled with colorful fun. Find out more about these 2 or 4 hour workshops here. 

The Wildlings Forest School

The Wildlings Forest School – children in the forest

9. Venture into the Wild

Embrace nature with ropes, knots, advanced shelters, and raft-building activities. Dive deep into forest schooling and explore more than 20 school holiday programs available across some of the best unconstructed and natural spaces in Brisbane and Sunshine Coast. Learn more about these half and full day workshops here.

South East Queensland’s summer school holidays offer a blend of adventure, creativity, and exploration. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, these activities promise to make your holidays memorable. So, gear up, book your tickets, and embark on an unforgettable journey across Queensland’s finest attractions.

Here’s to a summer filled with fun, laughter, and cherished memories!


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