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Things to Do with Primary Kids in Brisbane for under $50

Urban Xtreme Adventure Play

Do you think your kids have exhausted all the popular things to do in Brisbane?

Are you running out of ideas on things to do with your primary-aged child on the weekend?

Are you looking for somewhere new to meet up with your children’s friends and their parents?

For many children by the time they’re seven or eight years of age, they’ve ticked off at least once if not twice a visit to all the museums, art galleries, botanic gardens, state library and planetarium with parents, grandparents or with their schoolmates.

At SPARK POP, we understand the importance of keeping things exciting and engaging for primary-aged kids. But it’s also important for gross motor skill which is vital for our children’s wellbeing and growth (see Ready Kids). That’s why we’ve created this list of top things to do with primary-aged children in Brisbane, all under $50.

Our handpicked selection of activities has been carefully curated to offer options for spending quality time away from home. Whether you’re looking for ways to be active, get curious, find inspiration or simply create memories together, we have you covered!

Partaking in a new experience doesn’t mean you have to pack the suitcase! These fun and unique activities and attractions under $50 are ideal for weekend warriors looking for things to do within Brisbane’s backyard.

NORTH BRISBANE

Trevena Glen Farm

Trevena Glen Farm

1. Trevena Glen Farm

Activity: Animal Experience

Hands down one of the best day trips in Brisbane! A trip to the sensational Samford Valley presents treats for all ages.

Our favourite itinerary is centred around a visit to Trevena Glen Farm just 10 minutes out of the village in Mount Samson. Here you can see all the farm favourites in action and even interact with the loveable folk! There’s even the option for a 15-minute introductory horse ride. Plus, don’t leave without a visit to the 130-year-old Fig Tree which has a surprise in-store!

For a trifecta on the way home, try The Long Yard Larder to satisfy hungry bellies, for a sprinkle of magic The Store of Requirement, and a run around John Scott Park with a train-themed playground, skate park and basketball courts.


CENTRAL BRISBANE

GoBoat Brisbane

GoBoat Brisbane River

2. GoBoat

Activity: River City Adventure

If you have a fur baby that likes to go on adventures with you, this could be a great option! Why not take a couple of hours to explore the river city by boat. Be the Captain aboard your own Danish-designed electric boat which holds up to 8 people, with your doggo welcome!

Departing from the Breakfast Creek Lifestyle Precinct or the new Mercedes Benz centre, opposite the heritage-listed Breakfast Creek Hotel, this adventure sets the scene for new discoveries and conversation and is perfect for a picnic with your family and friends. With a minimum of 5 people onboard you’ll pay less than $50 per person for 2 hours on the water in your private boat!! Serious cool creds on this one.

Clock Tower Tours

Clock Tower Tours

3. Museum of Brisbane

Activity: Clock Tower Tour

Do you ever feel guilty about visiting historic treasures overseas before seeing your own right here in Australia? Brisbane’s iconic Clock Tower is likely one of those. This family-friendly 15-minute tour includes a ride in one of Brisbane’s oldest working cage lifts, a look behind Australia’s largest analogue clock face and time to explore the observation platform that shares a unique perspective of the river city.

There’s plenty more to see and do at the Museum of Brisbane like artworks, exhibitions, and even tours of Brisbane City Hall. Best of all, it’s free. You must pre-book your ticket as spaces are limited.

4. Victoria Park Putt Putt

Activity: Putt Putt

The Victoria Park precinct is perfect for meeting friends and family with its central location and diverse range of facilities suited to all ages. Simply turn up ready for fun. For primary school children, Victoria Park’s 18-hole Putt Putt Mini Golf Course is like no other you’ve experienced before, with epic views of Brisbane City and challenging terrain!

Similar value to a movie session, you’ll find Vic Park Putt Putt fills up a good part of a morning or afternoon by the time you reach the 18th hole. If you have time, explore the grounds taking in the views while the kids discover the jumping castle and giant chess boards. The Bistro also serves light snacks and meals. Did you know they host Kids Putt Putt parties too? Find out more here.

Urban Xtreme Adventure Play

Urban Xtreme Adventure Play

5. Urban Xtreme

Activity: Adventure Park

Is there someone or several young bodies in your house still bursting at the seams with energy as the weekend rolls around? Or perhaps they are ready for a new physical challenge? Urban Xtreme could be the answer!

Brisbane’s number one indoor adventure centre offers the ultimate Xperience with the Adventure Park pass ideal for 6-to 12-year-olds looking for active fun. This pass is available in a one-hour or two-hour session which includes access to Ninja, Parkour, Trampolines, Dodgeball, Launch Jump and Laser Tag!

This is a great option if you have children of varying ages as you can be with your toddler or kindy-aged child in the Playland, while your biggie is exploring the Adventure Park. The UX café offers a full range of food and drinks including locally roasted coffee for keeping energy levels up as well as seating for parents to relax and catch up. Did you know they also offer indoor snowsports?

EAST BRISBANE

1. Miss Petite Day Spa

Activity: Mummy & Petite Manicure Pamper

Miss Petite Day Spa is a delightful haven for a treat day! You and your little one may be craving a day to reconnect, it may be a special day to celebrate together, or simply timeout to feel pampered. Miss Petite Day Spa is well-known in the area for its Petite Parties but you can also enjoy a variety of hair and beauty treatments and makeovers including our top pick: the Mummy & Petite Manicure Pamper!

Just 20 minutes drive east of the city towards Brisbane’s beautiful bayside, you’ll be transported as soon as you walk in the door to a wonderland of manicures, pink lemonade, sweet treats and tea or coffee for Mum. Bookings are required well in advance due to popularity!

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Children patting the holographic giraffe at Hologram Zoo

Giraffe at Hologram Zoo

2.  Hologram Zoo

Activity: 2hr session

If you’re in search of a truly one-of-a-kind animal encounter that will leave your little ones in awe, Hologram Zoo is the perfect weekend option for primary-aged children. Located in the heart of Cannon Hill, Hologram Zoo boasts the most immersive holographic experience in the world combining cutting-edge technology with the wonders of nature.

Step into a world where the past meets the present as you discover the latest holographic technology in action. Prepare to be amazed as the likes of Pteranodon, Velociraptor, and T-Rex come to life before your eyes in the zoo’s captivating exhibits – Prehistoric Oceans, Pteranodon Canyon, and Forest Floor. These incredible creatures are crafted from laser light, creating a mesmerizing and unforgettable experience for animal and dinosaur enthusiasts alike.

Beyond the sheer excitement of seeing holographic animals up close, Hologram Zoo offers an excellent opportunity for curious minds to delve into the realm of different sciences. With holography at the core of the experience, children can learn about light, optics, and advanced imaging technologies in a fun and interactive way. The educational aspect of the zoo adds an extra layer of value to the visit, making it a perfect outing for inquisitive young minds.

SOUTH BRISBANE

Friends Splatter + Splash

Friends Splatter + Splash

1. DIY Invasion

Activity: Splatter + Splash

DIY Invasion is a hidden gem found on the border of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. This vibrant space is home to fun-filled art and craft workshops that cater to all ages, making it an empowering experience for both you and your children. Let your little ones unleash their creativity as they explore a world of colourful paint and decorations where self-expression is highly encouraged, even if it involves painting on the walls or each other!

At DIY Invasion, children are given the freedom to choose their favourite tunes while engaging in artistic endeavours. Whether it’s picking up brushes, paint-squirters, or paint-filled water bombs for a fun-filled boogie and paint session, this place offers the ultimate creative outlet for your little ones. A visit to DIY Invasion isn’t just a treat for the kids – it’s a perfect friends catch-up date for parents and their little ones.

While the children are immersed in their creative ventures, parents can savour espresso coffee and enjoy light snacks available until 2 pm. Or if you don’t want to miss out, level up and book the family pass. BONUS –just 3 minutes away is Q150 Icon of Queensland for its role as a ‘location’, Yatala Pies has been a landmark for more than 130 years and makes a great family pie, easy weekend dinner sorted.

WEST BRISBANE

The Workshops Railway Museum

Courtesy Queensland Museum Network

1. Workshops Rail Museum

Activity: Ipswich Railway Workshops

Perhaps in the early years you’ve made a visit to The Workshops Rail Museum Ipswich to join in the Thomas the Tank Engine fun!  But with primary-aged children, they’ll see this with fresh eyes, being wowed by the 15 larger-than-life exhibition zones that showcase the various aspects of rail transport and travel. One of the highlights is the model railway of Queensland showing off the unique landscapes found within Queensland from the tropics to the outback and back to suburbia. The other would have to be the real train simulators for more hands-on fun!

With a mixture of media and engaging activities, this museum visit offers great value at just $11.50 for children and $14.50 for adults with plenty of space for a picnic or the café that offers plenty of refreshments.

Ditch the usual routine and embark on new and budget-friendly adventures with your little ones right here in Brisbane. View more experiences for primary aged children here and here for more family-friendly ideas to start planning your next weekend escapade!

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