School Holiday Fun Activities for Families

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School holidays are almost upon us which means it’s time to organise some family fun activities near Brisbane. The Moreton Bay Region will be playing host to a plethora of school holiday activities this June and July, but we’ve picked out our favourites just for you.

Bushwalking Under 5kms

Winter has always been the best time for bushwalking and in the Moreton Bay Region, we’ve got plenty of national parks and other natural wonders that will even convince the kids that fitness is fun. Explore some waterside walking tracks at Bongaree Walkabout, Deception Bay’s Cottonwood Walk & Heritage Trail or the Lake Samsonvale Loop at Bullocky Rest. Alternatively, take a walk among the rainforests and other natural flora in Maiala at Mount Glorious, Samford Conservation Forest or swing by John Oxley Reserve for a little fun, fitness and even a little history lesson!

Strawberry Farm Picking

Nothing tastes better than a sun-drenched strawberry picked straight from the bush on a cool winter day. Open from June to October each year, strawberry picking at Rolin Farms is a great family fun activity for the school holidays. Soak up the winter sunshine and fill your own basket with a bunch of sweet, juicy and freshly-picked strawberries. In-store, you can buy a bunch of pre-packaged strawberries, jams and Rolin Farms very own honey.

Butterfly House

What started as a residential property is now a community project designed to bring people together and promote butterfly population. On Sunday's and Wednesday's from 10 am - 4 pm, the Bribie Island Butterfly House becomes a large hub of activity. A great place to take the kids for some school holiday fun activities, little ones can learn about the role butterflies play in our ecosystem while enjoying a unique and wonderful experience among wildlife by the seaside.

Whale Watching

Did you know that over 25,000 whales pass through Moreton Bay from June to November each year? Staying on the same track, it’s pretty easy to get out on the bay and spot a pod of whales making their annual migration to the warmer waters of tropical north Queensland. Launching every day from Redcliffe Jetty, you can cruise aboard the twin-hulled catamaran Eye Spy with Captain Kerry Lopez of Brisbane Whale Watching, the only female captain of a whale watching venture in the southern hemisphere. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a little bit of a luxury getaway, you can take a ferry over to Moreton Island, staying at Tangalooma Island Resort and booking a myriad of marine cruises for the ultimate school holiday adventure.

Local Shows

Street food, sideshow alley challenges, Ferris wheels, fireworks and much more await throughout the month of June through to August. From Redcliffe to Woodford and everywhere in between, you can catch a local show and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of friends and family having a good time. Watch woodworkers compete in chopping contests, chow down on classic show food like dagwood dogs and fairy floss and don’t forget to purchase that all-important show bag!

Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun

With the Abbey Medieval Festival on its way, prepare your little ones with a family fun Medieval day. Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology will be hosting a range of medieval activities and workshops from June 1st – 5th including archery, mini archaeological dig, page training and more. For the more artistically inclined, why not try your hand at shield painting, embroidery or brass rubbing?

When: June 1st - 5th.

Where: Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology

Tickets: On sale now.

Inflatable Factory

Australia’s largest inflatable theme park is returning to Sandstone Point Hotel these school holidays for two weeks of family fun activities. Play some bubble soccer, get on the mechanical wipeout or roll your way down the hill in a zorb ball. Operating from the 29th June until the 14th of July, the Inflatable Factory will be open 9 am – 4 pm daily with some surprise new rides!

When: June 29th - July 14th

Where: Sandstone Point Hotel

Tickets: On sale now.

Bonfire Night

Action-packed, Sandstone Point Hotel is bringing the heat (literally) for this year’s Bonfire Night. With 5 flame shows, Brisbane’s biggest bonfires, fire twirlers and a few BIG surprises unveiled on the night, this is a school holiday fun activity you don’t want to miss! There is no better way to spend a winter’s evening than to be rugged up under the stars with delicious food trucks right at your fingertips, kids rides and live entertainment that will blow you away. Enjoy the warm winter essentials from midday, Saturday 6th July.

When: July 6th

Where: Sandstone Point Hotel

Tickets: On sale now.

Historical Village Holiday Fun

Get crafty, stay active and learn some new skills with some school holiday fun. Make a craft, sieve for gems and play some games these school holidays at the Caboolture Historical Village. From 2 July until 10 July, your little ones can get outdoors, make some new friends and, well, give you some peace and quiet for a few hours. Entry to the village and the activities is $10 per person with a sausage sizzle and bottle of water for an extra $3. Group bookings are available.

When: July 2nd - 10th

Where: Caboolture Historical Village

Soccer Camp

Focussing on improving your weak points and teaching you how to take your game to the next level, the SCA Under Armour Soccer Camp in Deception Bay is the perfect opportunity for soccer players of all skill levels and ages to socialise, have fun and improve their game. Attendees will spend two full days being coached by George Lazarou and other experienced coaching staff from the National Institute of Football. Every aspect of the game, from shooting, passing, dribbling, defence and game strategies, is covered in just two intensive days of fun and learning.

When: July 4th and 5th

Where: Deception Bay Sports Complex.

Registration: Open now.

Bribie Island OPA Greek Festival

Put your dancing shoes on and bring the family along for a colourful and lively day out celebrating Greek culture where the bush meets the beach in the oceanside suburb of Woorim on Bribie Island. From 9:00 am until 4:00 pm on Sunday 7th July at the Bribie Island OPA Greek Festival, you can wine and dine on traditional souvlakia, loukoumades, sheftalies, dolmathes, yiros, spanakopita, grilled halloumi and much more!

Learn how to make a traditional Greek meal at the cooking demonstrations, let the kids run around the Fun Zone and enjoy some live music and dance. Opa!

When: July 7th

Where: Woorim, Bribie Island.

Family Golf Day

Enjoy some school holiday fun activities at the Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club. Tee-off by the seaside and make your way through the lush green grounds with the little ones in tow. Format is 2 person Ambrose (guardian and child), with no prior experience necessary to play! It's a great chance for your kids to get involved, soak in some sunshine and have fun playing sport!

When: July 11th

Where: Pacific Harbour Golf, Avon Avenue, Bribie Island.

Abbey Medieval Festival

Since 1988, Moreton Bay Region has been home to the largest, most authentic, annual medieval re-enactment in the southern hemisphere – Abbey Medieval Festival – a completely immersive medieval experience transporting festivalgoers back to the days of kings, Vikings, fair maidens, knights and peasants.

With pigs roasting on spits, re-enactment camps, minstrels, jousters, mock-battles and music, it’s an event that is unmatched for its authentic recreation of this fascinating era. Catch it at the Abbey Museum on Saturday 13th July and Sunday 14th July.

When: July 13th - 14th

Where: Abbeystowe, Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology, Caboolture.

Tickets: On sale now.

Public Fly Day

Did you miss all the fun at Redcliffe KiteFest? Or maybe it inspired you to try your hand at kite flying. Whatever the case, Redcliffe Kite Club are hosting a public kite flying day on Sunday, 7th July from 12 pm - 3 pm. The event is open to existing or new members as well as interested parties. The Kite Club will put on kite demonstrations and displays of big and small kites alike. Everyone is invited and encouraged to join these social fly days, occuring on the first and third Sunday of every month.

Get the family together to head out for two weeks of school holiday family fun activities near Brisbane.

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Rochelle Lyons

With a background in content writing, social media management and marketing, Rochelle is an avid lover of all things food, book and dog-related, and thinks she's much better at sports than she really is. At only 5'3", she's usually always the shortest among a group of people but will make a point to tell you she's the tallest of all her family members.

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