School holiday activities in Brisbane this winter (2024)

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Updated on Jul 09, 2024 · 8 mins read
School holiday activities in Brisbane this winter (2024)

Calling all Queenslanders - as school bells take a temporary break from ringing, families across the Sunshine State are gearing up for a winter school break to remember.

That might mean re-discovering some classic activities or taking to the calendar to book some new school holiday events. No matter what your kid gravitates toward (be it adventures, crafts, games, you name it), we’re taking the load off your shoulders with this all-in guide.

Outdoor adventures

Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha
Imagine a perfect day – blue skies, a cozy picnic blanket spread under majestic trees, and the delicate fragrance of blossoming flowers. What more can you ask for in the school holidays? But of course, we’re talking about the winter school holidays, so a picture-perfect day may be out of reach.

That’s why it’s good news that Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens isn’t just a garden; it’s perfect for nature enthusiasts no matter the weather.
There’s no shortage of serene spots to relax and enjoy the surroundings. For the little adventurers, don’t miss the hide-and-seek children’s trail where they can search for native bees, water dragons, and maybe even spot a cheeky crocodile – this would make for the perfect school holidays!

Daisy Hill Koala Reserve at Daisy Hill
Daisy Hill Koala Reserve beckons with its tranquil bushland setting and, best of all, it’s free!

Wander along elevated boardwalks nestled among eucalyptus trees, keeping your eyes peeled for cuddly koalas lounging in the treetops. Beyond koalas, the reserve offers glimpses of other native wildlife like water dragons and colourful native birds. It’s the ideal spot for a leisurely family picnic surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Australian bush. What better way to spend the school holidays than seeking Australia’s most iconic native animal?

Theme parks

This might seem like the obvious idea when you’re a Queensland local (and maybe you’re tired of them) but it could be time to revisit some classic theme parks for easy, fool-proof fun.

Whether you want to just take your family, or gather the mothers group and take all the kids together for a day trip, the theme parks have everything you need to keep the kids entertained.

Filled with all sorts of thrilling rides that will leave you screaming with joy, from the towering drops of the Giant Drop to the twists and turns of the Mick Doohan’s Motocoaster, Dreamworld is iconic for a reason.

For those seeking a more relaxed pace, enjoy family-friendly attractions like the DreamWorks Experience, where beloved characters come to life, or get up close with native wildlife at Tiger Island.

Sea World
This one’s for the kids who are obsessed with Finding Nemo, the Little Mermaid, and really anything sea-related.

Enjoy the dolphins and seals during their captivating shows, or get an up-close encounter with marine life through interactive exhibits and animal encounters. Thrill-seekers can brave the rides like the Storm Coaster or Jet Rescue, while younger visitors can explore the fun-filled Nickelodeon Land.

Movie World
Hello heart-pounding action, familiar and well-loved characters, and the guarantee of a good time – Movie World brings Hollywood to the sunny Queensland shores.

It has rides like the DC Rivals HyperCoaster, the tallest, longest, and fastest roller coaster in the Southern Hemisphere, and brings the chance to immerse yourself in the world of superheroes and villains at the DC Comics Super-Villains Unleashed area.

Catch live entertainment featuring your favourite characters, and don’t forget to explore the behind-the-scenes magic of movie-making with studio tours and interactive exhibits.

Museums and galleries

Queensland Museum, South Brisbane
These holidays, you can escape the cold weather and go on a journey through time and discovery at the Queensland Museum, where ancient artefacts, dinosaur skeletons, and the marine wonders of the Great Barrier Reef come to life.

Special exhibitions like “Rearranged: Art of the Flower” offer young artists a chance to make new skills and engage in creative workshops and interactive tours, making learning fun and inspiring.

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), South Brisbane
GOMA is another hotspot these school holidays – perfect for all art lovers, enthusiasts and creative minds alike.

From contemporary art with vibrant installations to thought-provoking sculptures, and immersive exhibitions to stretch out your child’s imagination.

They can engage in hands-on workshops to experiment with different artistic techniques and explore their creativity in a supportive environment.

Brisbane Tramway Museum, Ferny Grove
Step back in time and experience Brisbane’s rich tramway history at Brisbane Tramway Museum this school break.

It features restored trams that once trailed the city, backed by a serene bushland setting. Kids can climb aboard vintage carriages, explore tramway artefacts, and even take a ride on heritage trams.

Sports and active play

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre
Nature and adventure await at Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre, where kids can immerse themselves in seasonal holiday programs designed to blend wildlife conservation with outdoor exploration.

Guided nature walks wind through picturesque bushland, helping you discover native flora and fauna while learning about conservation efforts in the region.

There are wildlife photography workshops, where budding photographers can hone their skills under expert guidance. Through this program, you can trick your kids into leaving the iPads behind and staying active but also help them gain a deeper appreciation for nature through hands-on experiences and outdoor adventures.

Adventure Activities

Botanic Gardens Playground, CBD
But if bushwalking isn’t for your little ones – stop past the Botanic Gardens Playground for some less-intensive nature fun.

Perfect for kids of all ages, this playground offers endless opportunities for fun and exploration. Whether they navigate tunnels, conquer climbing frames, or engage in imaginative play in a natural setting.

Parents can relax in shaded areas while children swing, slide, and explore, enjoying the fresh air and vibrant surroundings that make every visit an adventure-filled experience. And, in case we haven’t already sold you on this activity, it’s FREE – making it one of the best cheap school holiday activities!

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Fig Tree Pocket
For an unforgettable wildlife adventure, look no further than Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary’s “Junior Joeys” and “Senior Serpents Keeper for a Day” programs.

Kids can step into the shoes of a wildlife keeper, learning firsthand about fun things like animal care, feeding koalas, and interacting with other Australian wildlife species. These popular programs sell out quickly, so early booking is recommended to secure a spot for your young wildlife enthusiast.

Family-friendly events

Festivals and Performances

Circus Fun House, Hamilton
Step into the magical world of Circus Fun House and be mesmerised by international circus performers, led by Ringmaster Francois. This reimagined circus extravaganza promises a blend of music, comedy, dance, and jaw-dropping acts that will most definitely keep young people entertained. With multiple shows scheduled throughout the Queensland school holiday period, including matinee and evening performances, Circus Fun House guarantees an unforgettable experience filled with wonder and laughter. After all – kids love the circus!

Snow Festivals

Snow 4 Kids, North Lakes
Escape to a winter wonderland at Snow 4 Kids, where children and families can enjoy snow play, tobogganing, and winter-themed activities these school holidays. Located at Westfield North Lakes outside the car park next to Ikea, this festival runs from the week of June 1 to July 28, 2024. Embrace the winter chill and create lasting memories with your loved ones in the midst of Queensland’s frosty magic.

Concerts and Performances

Lord Mayor’s Children’s Program
Designed for children aged 5-12 years old, The Singing Chefs and the Tub-thumping Orchestra present a delightful musical journey that combines whimsical storytelling with catchy tunes. This interactive performance at various venues promises to entertain young audiences and ignite their imaginations while they are on a break from their busy school routines.

Dorothy the Dinosaur, Redcliffe
Okay, this one may just pique the interest of the real little ones (or not – we’re not judging your Wiggles-obsessed 10 year-old!) Dance and sing along with Dorothy the Dinosaur and her Wiggly friends as they perform beloved hits like “Hot Potato” and “Do the Propeller” at Redcliffe Performing Arts Centre on July 5. This lively concert promises toe-tapping fun for ALL fans of The Wiggles and their families.

The Gruffalo’s Child, Brisbane CBD
Join the Gruffalo’s Child on a thrilling adventure into the deep dark wood in this magical musical adaptation. Featuring puppetry, music, and physical theatre, The Gruffalo’s Child brings Julia Donaldson’s beloved story to life at QUT Gardens Theatre from July 5-7, offering a delightful experience for children aged 3 and up (it’s screaming primary-school kids!)

Technology and STEM activities

Science Centres and Workshops

Dopamine Land, Brisbane City
Or maybe your kids won’t sit through a performance – that’s totally fine, we’ve still got you covered with this sensory adventure at Dopamine Land! This interactive museum blends art, technology, and play into an unforgettable experience. Snap photos, explore colourful installations and let your child’s inner ccreativity shine in a world where imagination knows no bounds.

Cross River Rail Experience Centre, CBD
You can even help them explore the future of Brisbane at Cross River Rail Experience Centre. From virtual reality stations to interactive exhibits, this center offers a hands-on journey for any curious young mind – immersing them into a time machine through the city’s past, present, and future. It’s educational, engaging, and perfect for school-aged kids this school holiday!

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